When it hands out the 2012 HUE Awards on Tuesday, April 3, Benjamin Moore will be shining the spotlight not only on veteran architects and interior designers but also on a new crop of emerging professionals. With the help of House Beautiful magazine, Benjamin Moore has identified three talented up-and-comers whose work has demonstrated they may be the next generation of HUE title-holders.
The three “Emerging Designers” who’ve been named to each receive a $1,500 cash prize are Timothy Brown, Jon Call and Jill Goldberg (pictured below). Both Brown and Call have practices in New York City; Goldberg is based in Boston.
In announcing the presentation, John Turner, Benjamin Moore’s director of architect and designer segments, said, “The HUE Awards have become a well-established platform for Benjamin Moore to honor the North American design community, and especially to recognize those who are color evangelists and whose body of work reflects it. Now,” he continued, “it’s time to keep an eye on the future stars whose work shows the potential and promise of being HUE-worthy in the coming years. So, we are proud to add to this celebration and acknowledge these three impressive breakthroughs.”
Timothy Brown has accrued a decade of experience working on commercial and residential projects throughout the U.S. and overseas. He now heads his namesake New York City interior design studio, which is all of three years old. Brown favors a “clean, modern, edited” style, yet there’s palpable warmth to his spaces that’s undoubtedly instilled by his Southern (Tennessee) roots.
“It feels great to get such an important thumbs up. Over the past few years I have dedicated so much time, passion and effort to my career and developing my business, so this award is a welcome acknowledgment that I’m heading in the right direction,” said Brown.
Ironically, Brown started his career as a decorative painter, so color is very important to him, and he didn’t rule out entering the HUE Awards in coming years. “Predominantly, I use subtle shades of colors on walls as a background to create flow, then add texture and color to the rooms through the use of fabrics, furniture and art. When I feel there is a need to add a pop of color, I will turn to brighter or stronger hues.”
Jon Call began his New York City career with Diamond Baratta (a past Benjamin Moore HUE Lifetime Achievement honoree), and his mission is to reinterpret the Modern American interior. Just last year, he was the consulting creative director for HGTV’s “High Low Project.” He launched his own business in 2010, Mr. Call Designs.
“Being recognized as an Emerging Designer is an energizing honor that validates our company’s point of view. We are so grateful to be named,” said Call.
As for his color philosophy? “Color is a fundamental building block of all of our projects,” he admitted. “With it, we define and develop the spirit of our spaces: bold, shy, quiet, romantic, private, extroverted, trendy or classic. It's a simple tool that delivers complex results and helps us as designers achieve the multi-dimensional interior spaces that have become the signature of Mr. Call Designs.”
Classic design foundations, with a mix of traditional, modern and vintage, define the style Jill Goldberg brings to her design projects. She founded Hudson Interior Design, her own firm in 2010 following the successful launch four years earlier of HUDSON, a home furnishings and gift boutique in Boston’s South End.
“I just simply love what I do,” said Goldberg, who made a U-turn into interior design from what originally was a career path in acting. “I literally get a rush from the hunt for a room’s components, the discovery of the patterns, textures, colors and putting it all together for a client. The recognition from an iconic company like Benjamin Moore leaves me speechless. The vote of confidence for my interior design work encourages me to continue to define my approach and look for ways to evolve as a design professional.”
The “Emerging Designers” will receive their prizes during the HUE Awards ceremony, which is being hosted at Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street, by Hearst Design Group and its trio of publications—Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Veranda. This year’s HUE Award honorees include: Muriel Brandolini, New York, Lifetime Achievement; D’Aquino Monaco Inc, New York, Residential Interiors; and, Architecture Is Fun, Chicago, Contract Interiors. Additionally, 89-year-old itinerant muralist Virginia McLaughlin, of Frederick, MD, will be presented a Special Achievement Award, and the non-profit organization Publicolor and its founder Ruth Lande Shuman, will pick up an award for Social Responsibility.
For more information go to benjaminmoore.com/hueawards.