Editor’s Miscellany: 5 Under 40 Preview—The Men

August 16, 2012

By Kyle Hoepner

Glimpses of black, turquoise and lime green around the office were the first tipoff. A glut of planning meetings cluttering up my calendar were clue number two. And now, the growing buzz around town confirms that time is short before this year’s 5 Under 40 awards celebration.

For a third year New England Home is honoring the up-and-coming young stars of our region’s home-design firmament with an awards ceremony and oh-so-stylish cocktail party. This year’s bash will be the evening of Thursday, September 13, at The Galleria at 333 Stuart Street, in Boston’s Park Square. (Hint: it’s not at all too early to buy tickets.)

We’ll be producing a full-dress special section on the topic in our soon-to-go-in-the-mail September/October 2012 issue…but to pique your interest early and sharpen your desire to come help us fête this year’s winners, I thought I’d share a preview of what earned them their awards.

In this first of two posts (check this space again in two weeks) I thought I’d start with the first two winners alphabetically, who also, it turns out, happen to be the two males. I could go into detail about their impressive credentials and the lusciousness of the custom rugs they have designed to be auctioned off at the party–but instead I’ll just share some images of the work that so impressed this year’s panel of judges.

John Day, architecture and interiors
Second-generation architect John Day is currently director of interior architecture and design at LDa Architecture and Interiors in Cambridge, Mass., following work at other notable firms such as Hutker Architects and Gensler.

All photos courtesy of John Day

Click to see more of this house.

Asher Dunn, furniture
You may have seen Studio Dunn‘s sleek and stylish productions in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Elle Decor, or Dwell. But RISD graduate Asher Dunn also has more local concerns, as evidenced by his community woodshop in Providence, Keeseh Studio, which offers memberships, classes, and services to local artists and artisans.

All photos courtesy of Studio Dunn

Want to learn more? Visit the 5 Under 40 website. Want to party with these two guys and other luminaries of New England’s design world? Click here to buy tickets.

And check back in two weeks to see how our three women stack up…