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The Winning Entries for the PaperCity Design Awards Houston 2021 Are. . .

More Than 300 Entries in 21 Categories

BY Staff Report // 05.31.21

The annual Houston PaperCity Design Awards elicited over 300 project entries from interior designers and architects in 21 categories, each reviewed and commented upon by our panel of judges: designers Alessandra Branca, Ashley Whittaker, Corey Damen Jenkins, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Tom Scheerer and architect Michael Imber.

The awards celebration took place  Thursday evening, May 20, as part of Texas Design Week Houston. The evening began with a cocktail celebration in the Fayez and Susan Sarofim House, followed by the awards with master of ceremonies designer Mark D. Sikes. The winning projects will be published in the September 2021 issue of PaperCity Magazine (50,000 circulation) and online at papercitymag.com (2.5 million-plus unique visitors per month).

 

Firm: By Design Interiors

Lead Designer: Ayca Stiffel

Judges’ Remarks:

“Bespoke, curated glam at its finest. Love the application of textures.”  — Corey Damen Jenkins

“Wonderful work … clean, updated and handsome ” — Alessandra Branca   

“I admire the varied and well controlled use of materials and textures. I especially love the chandelier. I’d be happy to be invited for dinner!”— Matthew Patrick Smyth

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Runners-up (2-Way Tie): Benjamin Johnston, Benjamin Johnston Design | Roxanne Wimmel, Jonathan Wimmel, Wimmel Design Construction

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Firm: Laura U Design Collective

Lead Designers: Laura Umansky, Shannon Smith

Judges’ Remarks: 

“Really, really, well done. Love the use of sculptural lighting and furnishings.” —  Corey Damen Jenkins

“Very updated Mad Men mid-century vibe. Love the play of then and now colors.” — Alessandra Branca

“Just when I think I may have seen enough of  mid-century style an interior like this one pulls me back in. There is a wonderful lightness here and yet it’s fully grounded.” — Matthew Patrick Smyth

Firm:  Meg Lonergan Interiors

Lead Designer: Meg Lonergan

Judges’ Remarks:

“Great work! Super clean and fresh … a design exhale! Big living in a relatively small space! Beautifully designed and quality building! LOVE it!”  —  Alessandra Branca

“I like the subtle rush that I get when looking at interiors that rely on things made by hand and are unique. This project does that for me! Nothing screaming out for attention … just a quiet chicness.” —  Matthew Patrick Smyth

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Runner-up: Joe Adams, Gail Adams, Adams Architects

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Firm: Creative Tonic Design

Lead Designer: Courtnay Tartt Elias

Designers: Trisha Thornton, Avery Freeman

Judges’ Remarks: “This house is like a good Cajun crayfish boil – eye-catching color with a lot of spice!” —  Michael Imber

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Runners-up (2-Way Tie): Roxanne Wimmel, Jonathan Wimmel, Wimmel Design Construction | Kelly Cusimano, Cusimano Architect

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Firm: Adams Architects

Lead Architects: Joe Adams, Gail Adams

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Runner-up: Brett Zamore, Brett Zamore Design

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Firm: Wills Design Associates

Lead Designer: Lauren Wills

Judges’ Remarks:

“I’m not one for an accent wall, but in this instance it’s a home run! I love its rustic charm and the stained oak provides an instant sense of history. The fact that it conceals two 21st century rooms is an added bonus!” — Ashley Whittaker

“Nicely done … the jib doors are smart … the details are lovely. Well done!” —  Alessandra Branca

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Runner-up: Benjamin Johnston, Benjamin Johnston Design

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Firm: Lauren Haskett Design

Lead Designer: Lauren Haskett

Designer: Laura Hoppe

Judges’ Remarks:

“This kitchen’s chic design delights my inner Francophile!” — Corey Damen Jenkins

“Fantastic work … love the material mix … great design … millwork and planning were great! Loved this kitchen!!!!” — Alessandra Branca

“Classic and timeless are the words that pop up. Everything here is so well chosen. The accents in brass are a welcomed choice and add a nice warm and slightly glam dimension.” — Matthew Patrick Smyth

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Runners-up (2-way Tie): Ayca Stiffel, By Design Interiors| Mary K. Lambrakos, Lambrakos Studio

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Firm: Benjamin Johnston Design

Lead Designer: Benjamin Johnston

Judges’ Remarks: 

A breathtakingly, gorgeous example of visual art. This bath is haute couture interior design at its zenith.” — Corey Damen Jenkins

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Runners-up (2-way Tie): Alexandra Killion, Alexandra Killion Interiors | Courtnay Tartt Elias, Creative Tonic Design

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Firm: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Lead Designer: Marie Flanigan

Judges’ Remarks:

“Is there anything better than a child growing up in the great outdoors? This room lays the groundwork for a love of nature and its surroundings. I always say in children’s’ rooms choose one element and do it really well – in this instance the walls speak for themselves.” — Ashley Whittaker

“Very sweet and calm… love the painted walls … the mix of old and new… urban and country.” — Alessandra Branca

Firm: Meg Lonergan Interiors

Lead Designer: Meg Lonergan

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Runners-up (2-way Tie): Courtnay Tartt Elias, Trisha Thornton, Creative Tonic Design | Katie Davis, Katie Davis Design

 

 

Firm: Nina Magon Studio

Lead Designer: Nina Magon

Judges’ Remarks:

“I admire the varied and well controlled use of materials and textures. I especially love the chandelier … I’d would be happy to be invited for dinner!” —  Matthew Patrick Smyth

“The illuminated wall sculpture is a knock-out! I want to have dinner in this room just to see the luminescence at night. The balance of textures between the hand-blown glass Adelman fixture, the rough-hewn walls and the matte plaster wall finish, provides visual interest but in a tonal palate which creates a calming place to dine.” — Ashley Whittaker

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Runner-up: Benjamin Johnston, Benjamin Johnston Design

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Firm: Marie Flanigan Interiors 

Lead Designer: Marie Flanigan

Judges’ Remarks: 

“Beautifully done … serene and comfortable … great work!” —  Alessandra Branca

Firm: Laura Dalton Design

Lead Designer: Laura Dalton

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Runner-up:  Julie Dodson, Dodson Interiors

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Firm: Katie Davis Design

Lead Designers: Katie Davis, Mary Kate Carl

Judges’ Remarks: 

“I’m a sucker for a camouflage green wall (maybe I’ve been in Millbrook too long!). You walk through this entry and you know you’re going to have fun. The white starburst mirror, marble and brass lamps and vintage console all lend a sophisticated yet playful air to an otherwise formal space.” — Ashley Whittaker

“Inspired, fresh and vibrant! It takes a certain level of chutzpah to employ lacquer at this level — and in this hue. Well done!” — Corey Damen Jenkins

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Runner-up: Rick Grett, Grettworks

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Firm: Rottet Studio

Lead Designer: Lauren Rottet

Project: Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Judges’ Remarks: 

“Simple luxury. I’d go there just to wear my new jacket.”— Michael Imber

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Runners-up (2-way Tie): Lisa A. Haude, PDG Studios, for AC Hotel by Marriott, Washington DD | Jivar Foty, for Heights House Hotel

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Firm: Gensler

Lead Architect: Doug Detiveaux

Project: Thorntree Showroom

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Runner-up: Michael Hsu, Jay Colombo, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, for Zadok Jewelers

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Firm: Mirador Group

Lead Architect: Todd Blitzer

Architects: Jerry Hooker, Krystyn Haecker

Lead Designer: Erica Baumgartner

Project: Giorgetti Houston Lobby

Judges’ Remarks:

“An incredible mosaic of warmth” — Michael Imber

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Runners-up (4-way Tie): Kelie Mayfield, Erick Ragni, Linnea Wingo, Rachel Grady, Daniela Gonzalez, Alisha Gaubert, MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio, for The Parker | Alysha Koenig, Ivan Pire, Jay Latiolais, PGAL, for Galaxy Aviation, William P. Hobby Airport | Kara Rockefeller Williams, Makr Design, for Alexan River Oaks | Architect Dean Strombom, interior designer Ami Buckner, Gensler; landscape architect Clark Condon, Sheila Condon, for Houston Center

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Firm: Jackson Warren Interiors

Lead Designers: Aileen Warren, Kiley Jackson

Project: Broadacres Historic Renovation

 

Firm: Rottet Studio

Lead Designer: Lauren Rottet

Project:  La Colombe d’Or Hotel

Judges’ Remarks: “Hip History” — Michael Imber

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Runner-up: Gin Braverman Marcos Ramos, Hannah Bailey, Gin Design Group, for La Colombe d’Or Bungalows

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Firm: Creative Tonic Design

Lead Designer: Courtnay Tartt Elias

Architect: Michael Landrum

Judges’ Remarks:

“I’d love to see how the living spaces are arranged under this 52 x 58 terrace! It looks to be a great way to capture another view of the bayou.” — Tom Scheerer

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Runner-up: Yesely Love, Deniss Labrador, Canaima Design

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Firm: Hallie Henley Design

Lead Designer: Hallie Henley Sims

Project:  Floating Lucite Ottoman

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Runner-up: Courtnay Tartt Elias, Creative Tonic Design, for The Blake Ottoman

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Firm: Maison Maison Design

Lead Designer:  Suzanne Duin

Project:  Woven Collection

Judges’ Remarks: “Love these!” —  Alessandra Branca

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Runner-up: Janet Gust, Janet Gust Design Group, for The Untitled Collection – Pillows

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Firm: Matt Camron Rugs

Lead Designer: Sarah Tringhese

Project: Between the Lines

Judges’ Remarks: 

“The textural quality of these handmade carpets would instantly create warmth in today’s modern interiors. The braided tassel fringe is another element which showcases its handmade quality.” — Ashley Whittaker

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Runner-up: Benjamin Johnston, Benjamin Johnston Design, for Flight Collection

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Firm: Segreto Finishes

Lead Designer: Leslie Sinclair

Interior Designer: Amy Murchison, Wren Design

Project: Sculptured Plaster Wall in Segreto Palette, Kemwood

Judges’ Remarks:

“Three cheers for three dimensions! This white-on-white wall treatment is the perfect complement to the incredible view. It’s stunning without being distracting.” — Ashley Whittaker

“A clever choice of placement for a strong, sculptural statement.” — Corey Damen Jenkins

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Runners-up (TIE): Janet Gust, Janet Gust Design Group, for Forms of Beauty Wallpaper | Anna Sandberg, Sandberg Custom Wallcoverings, for Vitality Collection

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