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Junior League of Boston 2016 Show House Announced

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Roster of Selected Interior Designers Revealed


Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Show House, the Junior League of Boston has announced that the 2016 Decorators’ Show House (Show House) will be the 1854 Nathaniel Allen House in Newton, Massachusetts. This premier design event will be held May 7, 2016 through June 5, 2016 and will feature the creative talents of the Boston area’s finest designers.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the Nathaniel Allen House was the site of the earliest co-educational school in the country and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Owned by the Newton Cultural Alliance (NCA) since 2012, the property will support small and medium sized performances and cultural events.

“The Junior League of Boston specializes in embracing signature service projects to benefit the greater Boston community. Improving the Nathaniel Allen House through our Decorators’ Show House will facilitate enhanced program space for arts and culture, with a special focus on programming for children,” said Valerie Pontiff, President of the Junior League of Boston.
Pamela Berutti, Show House Co-Chair, comments: “The League is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2016 and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the area’s best designers, share the League’s mission and activities with the public, and raise money for the programs which impact thousands of girls and women annually.”

“The timing could not be more perfect to help the Newton Cultural Alliance get a boost in their renovation efforts while also benefiting the Junior League and causes that we hold dear”, adds Co-Chair Susan Moussalli.

Constructed in 1854, the property is ideally situated in West Newton Square and consists of a Greek Revival house, a former servant’s wing, and a barn. Using the home as blank canvas, the 2016 Decorators’ Show House gives Boston area designers the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and unique design style through complete redecoration of the home.

The Nathaniel Allen House boasts over 20 rooms that will be transformed by renowned designers in the coming months before opening to the public. As in years past, interior designers were invited to submit design proposals to participate in the 2016 Junior League Show House. After reviewing proposals from many talented designers and firms, the Junior League of Boston is delighted to announce that the following designers have been selected:

Cecilia Walker Design
AnaVera Design – Ana Bonilla
Dibby Flint Design
Elizabeth Home Décor – Elizabeth Benedict
Favreau Design – Steven Favreau
Gerald Pomeroy Interiors
Holly Joe Interiors, LLC
Interior Design International – Diana Frucci
John Coles Art
Kelly Rogers Interiors
Mally Skok Design
Sarah Scales Design Studios
Suzanne Logan Design Studios
Tess and Ted – Paige Lewin
Theo & Isabella – Susan Schaub & Scott Bell
Vani Sayeed Studios
Water & Main – Tracy Foley
LZM DeZigns – Nancy Seibel

The 2016 Show House will host a sneak peek with a free “Bare Bones” open house on Saturday February 27th from 11am to 1pm where the public can see the spaces prior to redecorating.

The completed Show House will launch with a Preview Party on Thursday May 5th. The Show House will open to the public on Mother’s Day Weekend, starting May 7th, and running through June 5th. The Nathaniel Allen House is located at 35 Webster Street in West Newton.

Hours are Wednesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Closed Mondays. Tuesdays, the Show House may be rented for special events and groups. Every Wednesday the designers will be on hand to answer questions and interact with visitors. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and are available online beginning March 1st at

Group rates and private event packages are available. Through the new “Party in a Box” program at this year’s Show House, corporate or private events will have access to preferred catering and floral companies, simplifying the process of creating a special Show House event.

All proceeds from the 2016 Show House will go exclusively to fund the Junior League of Boston’s charitable mission. The Junior League of Boston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information, visit

Editors Note:
“Bare Bones” Open House Saturday February 27th, 11am-1pm. Opportunity to take “before” photographs. Please RSVP
Wednesday May 4th, 10am- 4pm – Press Preview Day. Please RSVP
Interviews with the organizers and participants encouraged.

Ronbow® Premieres New Signature Series – 9 Renowned European Designers Create 11 Globally Trendsetting Collections for the Bath

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The Signature Series by Ronbow marks the rare occasion that nine of the world’s most distinguished designers have been chosen to create their own collections for one single brand. The designers responsible for the Signature Series are known for their contributions to iconic brands such as Nike, Adidas, Vuitton, Apple and a firm recognized for several exotic Italian automobiles. The series includes multiple options and configurations, with convenient and smart innovations such as LED touch sensitive mirrors, USB ports and plug outlets incorporated into the product, as well as unique material combinations.

Bringing together some of the world’s most innovative masters of expression, the Signature Series by Ronbow consists of 11 collections designed by nine top European designers. Designers involved with the series include: Pininfarina (Italy), DANELONMERONI (UK), Ramon Esteve (Spain), Ora Ito (France), Kurz Kurz Design (Germany), Joan Lao (Spain), Phoenix Design (Germany), Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriquez (Italy) and Alexander Zhukovsky (Russia). These designers infused their passion and creativity with Ronbow’s philosophy of high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail to create next generation bathroom furniture and complete suites unlike any seen before.

“The Signature Series is a landmark for Ronbow’s presence in the upper echelon of unforgettable brands and continues to define our mission of bringing astonishing products with design integrity, functionality and quality to market,” said Stuart Stanton, executive vice president at Ronbow. “The spirit, imagination and art that these incredible designers put into the collections give them a look and feel overflowing with energy and ingenuity.”

The initiative to extend product development and industrial design to award-winning talent outside of Ronbow’s team was the vision of Ronbow’s Founder and CEO, Jason Chen, as part of the ongoing strategy to bring fresh and contemporary European design into their diverse portfolio of collections. To do so, Ronbow went directly to the most celebrated and internationally recognized experts around.

“For over 14 years, the Ronbow brand has been synonymous with quality, craftsmanship and diverse product offerings all over the world,” said Chen. “We are driven by innovation in design, technology and refined manufacturing practices, so our evolution in creating the next bath furniture suite release for our discerning clientele led us to working with nine European designers who are each recognized as being leaders in their respective fields. There is something very humbling and gratifying to realize when working with these renowned brands that is much more than us selecting and investing in them; they have entrusted their prestigious reputations to Ronbow because they know we can deliver on their design visions and that our manufacturing capabilities, finishing techniques and exceptional quality are world class.”
The following is an overview of the Signature Series by Ronbow:

Designed by commercially successful and critically acclaimed UK design duo Claudia Danelon and Federico Meroni, founders of the iconic London based design studio DANELONMERONI, the BRIT collection exudes comfort and refined luxury to complement every residential interior – from urban apartments to classic homes. Like the finely crafted furniture that it is, great attention has been paid to the smallest of details. Available in three sizes: 27”, 41” (R or L) & 53” and one finish: Bristol Beige (E40).

Also designed by DANELONMERONI, the FREE collection is inspired by the adaptability of living room furniture and is designed to offer a high degree of flexibility. It is characterized by clean lines and a linear aesthetic, allowing the user to configure the pieces in creative and surprising ways. Available in three sizes: 31”, 47” & 63” (modular) and two finishes: Light Bamboo (E71) & White (W01).

MARCO Collection by Ramon Esteve
Designed by Spain’s Ramon Esteve, a former architect whose work with prestigious brands has been published in more than 100 books and magazines, the MARCO collection emphasizes strong linear design, focusing on essentials rather than embellishments. With smartly designed storage accessories like the towel bar, drawer and side cabinets, designs can be customized with a minimalist approach. Available in two sizes: 31″ & 63″ and three finishes: Dark Bronze (DB) powder coated metal, Oak Toscana (E82) wood and White (W01) wood.

NOCE Collection by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriquez
Designed by revered Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun, who is well known for his design work with Swatch, and Antonio Rodriquez, the NOCE Collection was born from the designer to combine urban and contemporary classic styles while ensuring maximum comfort. The core element is the hutch hosting the mirror, framed by storage space. NOCE results in a space that is compact but comfortable. Available in four sizes: 27”, 39”, 51” & 78” and one finish: American Walnut (E56).

PEBBLE Collection by Ora Ito
Designed by award-winning French designer Ora Ito, world famous for his iconic work with brands such as Heineken, Nike and Toyota, the PEBBLE collection represents Ito’s idea of “Simplexity” – art to give an object with complex functions a visible simplicity. The Glossy White wood finish acts as a canvas to best showcase the unique, organic, “pebble-like” shapes and curves. The PEBBLE vanity design also integrates an LED mirror and a solid surface sinktop for a simple, seamless look. Available in one size: 29″ and one finish: Glossy White (E23).

PURE Collection by Alexander Zhukovsky
Designed by celebrated Russian designer Alexander Zhukovsky, highly regarded for his exceptional industrial design work across multiple disciplines including lighting, furniture, sanitary, medical and automotive, the PURE collection accentuates the beauty of simplistic, pure line forms by integrating a sleek, symmetrical line design theme throughout each unique piece. Available in one size: 43″ and one finish: Glossy White (E23) with Chene (E07) accents.

STACK Collection by Phoenix Design
Designed by German design leader Phoenix Design, which has won more than 700 prestigious awards and has been recognized for its revolutionary design achievements, the STACK collection is innovative and multifunctional. True to its namesake, its asymmetrical nature and functional beauty make it easily adaptable to fit a variety of spaces. STACK also provides well-planned storage solutions for more confined areas. Available in two sizes: 27” & 54” and one finish: Stone Gray (E73).

WIDE Collection by Phoenix Design
Also designed by Phoenix Design, the WIDE collection is inspired by Bauhaus values, integrating the simplicity of clean, geometric forms and pure elegance for a refreshingly modern style. Available in two sizes: 28” & 54” and two finishes: Traffic Gray (E11) & Stone Gray (E73).

UNITY Collection by Kurz Kurz Design
The UNITY collection was designed by leading German designer and founder of Kurz Kurz Design, Dorian Kurz. Calming, serene, and beautiful, UNITY features a harmonious blend of simple shape and color using a soft Glossy White palette and a symmetrical “U” shaped, curved design theme carried through the wood open shelving, stainless steel legs and ceramic sinktop. Available in two sizes: 31″ & 47″ (wall mount or floor standing with optional Brushed Nickel (BN) stainless steel legs) and one finish: Glossy White (E23) with exposed plywood edge trim.

VENTO Collection by Pininfarina
Designed by internationally reputed Italian design house Pininfarina, iconic for their more than 85-year history of prestigious design in an endless number of fields including transportation, architecture and interiors, the VENTO collection, or “wind” collection in Italian, emphasizes an elegant, sleek and innovative sinktop design inspired by perfectly smooth snowdrifts carved by fast, strong winds. Available in two sizes: 30″ & 42″ and two finishes: Graphite (E19) & Chene (E07).

WATERSPACE Collection by Joan Lao
Designed by Spanish international design luminary Joan Lao, who is recognized globally for his work in product, interior and architectural design, the WATERSPACE collection embodies the essence of all of Joan Lao’s pieces – balance. This induces harmony and serenity into his pieces and spaces. Available in 3 sizes: 10” tall, 20” tall & 30” tall and two finishes: Ebo Gray (E60) & Drift Gray (E58).

The Signature Series by Ronbow is available for purchase through Ronbow’s exclusive decorative plumbing fixture and hardware dealer network all over the world.


About Ronbow®
Ronbow is a leading global company in the architectural products industry that produces luxury bathroom furnishings with a focus on wood and ceramic products. Founded by CEO and Owner Jason Chen in 2002, the company is family run and continues to build on its exemplary reputation for quality, luxury and design innovation. Ronbow is based in the San Francisco Bay Area (Fremont, CA), with two large-scale manufacturing facilities in Shanghai and regional offices and partner sales agents located throughout the United States and Canada. Ronbow owns and operates furniture, stone and ceramic facilities, which allow them to control their design, manufacturing and supply chain, ensuring the highest quality. Ronbow has more than 2000 employees dedicated to producing exceptional products, which can be found in millions of homes and businesses around the globe.

For more information about the Signature Series by Ronbow, contact David Schlocker at DRS and Associates: (818)981-8210 davidrs(at)drsandassociates(dot)com.

Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo 2016 to Begin March 29

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A grand gathering of commercial space design at the Shanghai New International Expo Center

SHANGHAI, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As the first one-stop supply purchase platform for professional solutions for hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, stores and other commercial spaces in the sector, the Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo 2016 will take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from March 29 to April 1, 2016.

In a convergence of architects, designers, land agents, hotel owners and global buyers & sector leaders crossing the industry chain, it is expected to be an optimal commercial platform for displaying products, establishing brands, consolidating industrial positions and meeting buyers in engineering channels.

Hotel Plus Mock Up Room Show — fashion trends in hotel design

The Hotel Plus Mock up Room Show is a hotel investment brand event co-sponsored by China Tourist Hotels Association and Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. that has been successfully held for four years. It is an upscaled platform for developers, hotel management firms, architects and designers to select engineering materials and exchange ideas where mock up rooms in different styles and unique features manifest design trends and brand creativity. The 2016 event is supported by numerous hotel management firms and design institutions.

Well-known Participating Enterprises

Global leader in the hotel sector — Wyndham Hotel Group
The first domestic multi-brand chain hotel management group — Huazhu Hotels Group Ltd.
Competitive upscale hotel brand in Europe — NH Hotel Group
Conceptual hotel of selected services — Shimao Hotel Group
China’s leader among hotels of selected services — Eastern Crown Hotels Group
Space dream master — Ivan Cheng
Cross-sector brand — Momezhujian@Y&Y HOTEL MANAGEMENT
Taiwan villa king — James K. S. Tu
China’s largest private high-star chain hotel group — New Century RV
Oriental expression in hotel design — Tao Chen
One-stop, complete period, portable solution to meet with the requirement of holiday resort hotel — IMBOX
Hotel of theme cultures integrating pension, vacation and leisure — Yinlai Group
Convergence of masters — Design Week Shanghai

Held concurrently with the Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo and hosted by Ecobuild China, Design Week Shanghai is a feast of design ideas that includes dozens of haute forums and awards events such as China Real Estate Architects Forum, Hotel Design in the Post-industrial Era – International Building & Interior Design Forum, the International Interior Design Summit, the New Hotel Engineering Technology Forum, and the Real Estate Design China Award Conference, all of which comprehensively cover real estate, hotel, design and other popular topics and consolidate the leading position of this expo.

Experts such as Tony Chi from Tony Chi and Associates, Ken Hu from CCD and Yang Bangsheng from YANGBANGSHENG & ASSOCIATES GROUP will attend Design Week Shanghai as speakers.

Real Estate Design China powerfully stationed at the expo

A review of the most authoritative design award in the sector (Real Estate Design China 2015-2016) is expected to be made at the venue of Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo 2016. It will include exhibition of finalist products, an awards ceremony and speeches from award winners.

The finalists, which will be judged by a jury composing more than 20 real estate and architecture leaders, will be displayed at the expo along with the best works of the year.

Integrating innovative products and facilitating materials selected for design

As one of the main events in hotel engineering and design, Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo (HDE) has long been favored by numerous top domestic and foreign top brands. Its scope of products covers ceramic bath accessories, chemical building materials, illuminating light fixtures, furnishing fabrics, and other areas of general architectural decoration.

HDE 2016 is expected to work together with Hansgrohe, Gani Marble Tiles, 5th Gallery, BOET, LMAT, Honlley, MasterCard, Dajiny Diatom Ooze, Pakheng, Shirong, Juguang, Lafite, deRucci, Yuanzhicheng, Dayan, Eller, wood-be and other top domestic and foreign brands in Shanghai to supply integrated solutions for hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, clubs, villas, and other haute properties from design and building to decoration and operation.

Dates: March 29-April 1, 2016
Location: Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Sponsor: China Tourist Hotels Association
Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

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