DCOTA Takes the Design World by Storm

Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) will take the design world by storm with three innovative events taking place from January 12-14. These events celebrate all the very best design has to offer; they are the fourth annual DCOTA Stars of Design, the inaugural DCOTA DesignHouse and the much anticipated annual DCOTA WinterMarket.

Schedule and Highlights

January 12 – Stars of Design Awards from 5 to 7 p.m.

Established more than a decade ago at Charles Cohen’s Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the Stars of Design Awards honor professionals who have attained distinguished recognition in various fields of design. Honorees are highly regarded for their significant accomplishments and contributions to their professions.

Since that time Charles Cohen, owner of Cohen Design Centers, has introduced the awards at all of his Design Centers to acknowledge talent nationwide. Cohen Design Centers include the D&D in New York, the DCOTA in Florida, and the DHC in Houston. 2010 marks the fourth year for the awards ceremony in Florida.

The DCOTA Stars of Design have been selected by a distinguished design panel of renowned professionals and members of the national, regional and South Florida media. The 2010 Stars of Design will be awarded to those who are distinguished in their careers and well respected by their community in the design categories of interior design, architecture, photography, graphic design, art and lifetime achievement.

The 2010 Stars of Design Award Winners are:

Sam Robin: Interior Design
Max Strang: Architecture
Carlos Betancourt: Art
Nicholas Varney: Jewelry Design
Jeff Blakely: Landscape Design
Robin Hill: Photography
Laura Paresky Gould: Graphic Design
Vladimir Kagan: Lifetime Achievement

DCOTA DesignHouse

The DCOTA DesignHouse is a model house of 14 rooms, ranging from grand entrance foyer, to kitchen/family room, wine cellar, balcony terrace, and master bedroom suite, will be created within the DCOTA building. The nine thousand square foot show house will highlight the newest and premier product available in the marketplace, as seen through the eyes of the industry’s most creative minds. DesignHouse will be open daily, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from January 13 through June 11, 2010.

In collaboration with the showrooms of DCOTA, these designers will draw upon the world class resources to create dazzling room settings that will stimulate and inspire the design community and visiting public. More than 14,000 visitors are expected to view the house during its five month run.

This year’s inaugural exposé will allow designers to express their own personal styles through surprising and unusual uses of color and materials as it reflects Florida’s climate and lifestyles.

The outstanding designers showcased will be: A. Keith Powell, A. Keith Powell Interior; Aldo Puchendorf, Puschendorf Interiors; Alfredo Brito, Brito Interiors; Alfred Karram Jr., AKJ Design Concepts; Allison Paladino, Allison Paladino Interior Design; Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor, B+G Design; Cecil Hayes, Cecil’s Designers Unlimited; Jack Fhillips, Jack Fhillips Design; Joseph C. Fava, Fava Design Group; Kim Collins and Sherron Dupont, Collins & Dupont Interior Design; Osirys Mendez and Sabrina Vela, Mendez International & Associates; Timothy Dupont, Blue, A Design Company; and Wade Hallock, Hallock Design Group.

In accord with DCOTA’s continuing efforts to support the advancement of the arts and culture of the tri-county area, and strengthen the community, DCOTA Design House will benefit three outstanding cultural institutions, who will be the beneficiaries of the initiative. Three outstanding museums, representing each of the three counties of South Florida, have been selected as beneficiaries: The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach; the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Broward; and the Vizcaya Museum, Miami/Dade.

WinterMarket Day 1

January 13 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A Day packed with designer personal appearances and the latest in the world of interiors and décor. Keynote Panel Discussion hosted by The Editor At Large: “Evolution of Design”

10:45 a.m. to noon – The morning will feature panelists who are using new tools and resources, such as the internet, online outreach and blogging, to innovate and take their businesses to the next level.
Moderator: Sophie Donelson, Editoratlarge.com
Introduction: Julia Noran, Editoratlarge.com
Michael Bruno, Founder, 1stDibs.com; Jillian St. Charles, Vice President and Site Director HGTV.com; Brad Ford, Designer & Founder, DesignTherapy.com; Phoebe Howard, Designer & Founder, MrsHowardPersonalShopper.com; Brian Patrick Flynn, Designer, Founder of DécorDemon.com (upcoming) and On-Air Designer for TBS “Movie and a Makeover”

WinterMarket Day 2

January 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Keynote Panel Discussion Hosted by Luxe Interiors and Design
The PROCESS OF THE PROCESS: Inspiration, Creativity & The Design Process

With Eric Cohler Thomas Jayne and Philip Gorrivan
Moderator: Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief, Luxe Interiors and Design
Join Philip Gorrivan, Thomas Jayne and Eric Cohler to hear how these creative minds get inspired and translate their visions into stunning interior spaces, textiles and furnishings. Discover what aspects of design are currently exciting these designers.
Reception to follow at Durlee, Suite C-100.

INSIDE DesignHouse

Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite A-200
With Keith Powell, Cecil Hayes, Allison Paladino, and Alfred Karram, Jr.
The Inaugural DCOTA DesignHouse launches this season – presenting the most coveted resources of DCOTA as seen through the minds of South Florida’s most renowned design talent. After you view DesignHouse, join DCOTA and Luxe Interiors + Design for an afternoon discussion with four of the collaborators as they discuss the experience, their installations, favorite products, new finds, and the importance of being active with the local community. Find out how you can make it into next year’s DesignHouse!

There is no charge to attend Wintermarket however, a $10.00 admission fee will be charged per visit for entry during the run of the DesignHouse. This admission fee will be divided equally between the three museums.

For more information please call 954.920.7997. DCOTA is located at 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, Florida

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