Comings & Goings | Feb 11, 2019 |
New hires at Christie’s, Gensler, NYC&G and more

Love is in the air this week, as are many new industry hires. Read on to learn about new starts and final chapters in media, architecture and more.


After more than four years at Architectural Digest, most recently as the news editor of AD Pro, Hadley Keller starts her new role as senior editor at House Beautiful today.

Allie Weiss, who left her position as site editor of Interior Design in August 2018, joined AD Pro two weeks ago.

Gabrielle Savoie joined Domino last week as senior home editor, where she will produce original house tours and feature stories. The former MyDomaine editor is reunited with Sophie Miura, who left MyDomaine in November to become Domino’s digital content director.

Ryan Waddoups, most recently web editor at Interior Design, joined Surface as news editor in November.

Cottages & Gardens has promoted a few long-standing employees: Kendell Cronstrom shifts from editor in chief to editorial director of NYC&G and HC&G and Melissa Groher, who was hired as account manager in 2014, is now associate publisher of NYC&G.

Succeeding Waynette Goodson, Jennifer Bringle will serve as editor in chief of Casual Living and Casual Living Today under the Progressive Business Media umbrella.

Rue has a new editor in chief. BOH profiled Kelli Lamb, who long served as managing editor before succeeding founder Crystal Palecek.

Miranda Agee is the new managing editor for Hospitality Design magazine, replacing Kari Costas, who left in November after four months in the position. She previously has held positions at AD, Luxe, Cottages & Gardens publications and Lonny.

Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney announced that after 15 years online, the brand will officially close in August. “Moving on to any new chapter is bittersweet,” Bonney told BOH. “I’m really proud of what we’ve done at DS.”

Loïc Arsac, who served as account coordinator at Head & Hand PR, is now a junior designer at New York–based firm Yabu Pushelberg, focusing on hospitality and retail projects.

Francine Weiss has joined the team at UpSpring PR as a senior account executive. Her clients will be in architecture, design and real estate.

Jenna Slavin is now senior account executive at The Consultancy PR. Prior to Consultancy, she worked at Rayce PR & Marketing.

Guy Tunnicliffe has joined Stacy McLaughlin Communications as an account executive, specializing in luxury media.


New York firm TPG Architecture promoted Shay Lam to managing executive. He has been with the firm since 2016, previously serving as studio design director.

New York–based design firm Humanscale has made a few corporate shifts. Meg Bruce Conway was hired as vice president of architecture and design sales, Lisa Hubbs was hired as vice president of retail sales, and John Finken was hired as vice president of government sales.

Los Angeles architecture firm Architecture for Education is now led by managing principal Rachel Adams and design principal Olivia Graf Doyle. The change follows Gaylaird Christopher stepping down as president; Christopher will remain on A4E’s team as founding principal.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation named new officers and board members for 2019. David Gebhart, CEO of Global Views, is now board president; Martin Ploy, president of AICO/Amini Innovation Corp, is first vice president; Caroline Hipple, president of Norwalk Furniture, is first vice president; and Larry Rogers, a consultant, is now secretary-treasurer.

The Museum of Arts and Design has made a few corporate shifts, appointing Terry Skoda as deputy director of institutional advancement, Andrew Blauvelt as curator-at-large for design, and John Underkoffler as curator-at-large for design technology.

Khoan Duong and Bret Walters were named principals of San Francisco firm John Lum Architecture.


C.F. Møller appointed Lone Bendorff as CEO. She previously served as the Scandinavian architecture and design firm’s COO.

American architecture and design firm Ike Kligerman Barkley named Andrew Davis and Patricia Cassidy as associates.

John Dudash was appointed as CEO of Raffel Systems, a Wisconsin-based industrial technology brand that produces motion furnishings.

Tristan Butterfield joined Gensler in January as regional brand/regional practice area leader. Until November of last year, he served as chief creative officer of Baker Furniture.

Christie’s appointed Alex Heminway as international head of design. Heminway will be based in New York, managing the art retailer’s global sales in 20th-century design.

Milliken & Company’s Specialty Interiors sector has expanded. Kim Grimsley was hired as design consultant and Brock Henderson was hired as account manager.

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association has appointed Giles Sutton as the senior vice president of industry engagement, a newly created role.

Luxury bathroom manufacturer Duravit hired two new vice presidents of sales. Kerry Rudd will oversee the brand’s North American sales team as VP sales, wholesale, while Russ Kinney will serve as VP sales, national business development.

IKEA named Javier Quiñones as its U.S. retail country manager. Quiñones succeeds Lars Petersson, who is retiring after 36 years with the brand.

Vanguard Furniture named John Pigg as vice president of sales. Pigg hails from Stanley Furniture, where he recently served as national sales manager.

Ralph Lauren Home appointed Day Kornbluth as its new president, following the departure of former global brand president William Li and executive vice president and chief retail officer Alfredo Paredes. The brand will also close its New York showroom at the D&D Building this week.

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