Now celebrating its fourth year, a fresh star-studded judging panel, new categories, a new venue—and new rules—will make the 2013 A-List better than ever. So why enter the A-List? Aside from the honor of being recognized by those at the top of your industry, it’s your chance to get your name and your project into thousands of homes across Connecticut. From the sixty thousand A-List programs featuring the finalists' projects that get inserted into our Moffly titles before the event, to mixing and mingling with designers and architects from the top firms in the area at the awards ceremony, the A-List is the one competition that's a must to enter. When all it takes is a few photos and a fabulous project, why wouldn’t you?
Interior designer Jennifer Post’s ability to transform living environments into elegantly edited spaces has earned her a reputation amongst the country’s leading architects and designers, as well as a following of elite and sophisticated clientele. As the principal and visionary of her firm, Jennifer Post, Inc., she creates elegantly modern, contemporary homes with a flair of sophistication and richness not matched by others. A self-described perfectionist, Post personally sketches, draws, and documents the design details of each project, and her firm provides comprehensive construction management under her constant guidance. Her study of architectural principles and her fine arts background combine for an approach that treats each home like a piece of artwork. Her understated elegant approach to contemporary design is classical and timeless. Post is passionate about her work—and about how good design can influence lifestyle, earning her repeat inclusion in Architectural Digest’s coveted “AD 100″ list of the world’s top architects and designers.
Interior designer and television personality Thom Filicia worked at the most venerable firms in NYC, including Parish-Hadley, Robert Metzger and Jeffrey Bilhuber, before founding Thom Filicia Inc (TFI) in 1998. He has been named one of House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Designers,” and is a recipient of House & Garden’s coveted “International Tastemaker” designation. His projects and expertise have been regularly featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Country Living, Us Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, O At Home, Domino, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, USA Today, InStyle and Teen Vogue. He is the author of two books, Thom Filicia Style (October 2008/Atria/ Simon & Schuster, 2008) and American Beauty (Clarkson Potter, 2012). Some of Thom’s other notable projects include the living quarters at The Greystone Estate in Los Angeles, two Kips Bay Designer Showhouses, and Elle Decor’s “Dining by Design” DIFFA Event, as well completing the VIP Suite for the United States Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan, and the Olympus tents at New York Fashion Week.
Peter Pennoyer studied architecture at Columbia University and apprenticed in the office of Robert A. M. Stern before establishing his own firm, Peter Pennoyer Architects, in the 1980’s. Today, his practice includes four partners and 35 associates, and remains primarily a residential firm, though it has recently completed projects for Historic Hudson Valley, the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, The Hotchkiss School, and has designed an exhibition, The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis, at the Museum of the City of New York. Pennoyer has written three monographs with co-author Anne Walker, and has also had his firm’s work chronicled in Peter Pennoyer Architects: Apartments, Townhouses, Country Houses, published by the Vendome Press in 2010. He is currently a trustee at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, where he is chairman of the board.
Edmund Hollander is President of Edmund Hollander Design, an award-winning firm with offices in New York and Sag Harbor that includes environmental planners, landscape architects and horticulturists. Hollander and his partner Maryanne Connelly have been involved with environmental planning and design projects for over twenty years, working on estates and gardens from Connecticut to the Caribbean and beyond; golf course restoration and planning; historic landscapes, horse farms; and city gardens. Their projects have been published in The New York Times, Garden Design, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, as well as in other magazines and books, and the first volume of their most recent book, the critically acclaimed The Private Oasis (Grayson Publishing, 2012) is scheduled for a second printing. Hollander has taught at the City College of the University of New York and in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and lectured at the New York Botanical Garden. He is the Past President of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was recently elected a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects.
After working as a decorating editor at House & Garden and House Beautiful, and establishing a retail home furnishings store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Katie Ridder founded her firm in 1995. Known for bringing her editor’s eye and curiosity for unusual elements to the interiors she creates, Ridder designs for clients across the country. Her projects reveal a deft combination of comfort, practicality, and sophisticated color as well as a mindfulness of architectural surroundings. Ridder’s work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Elle Décor, Town & Country, Domino, and she is on the list of “Top 100” designers compiled by House Beautiful. Her first book, Rooms, was published by Vendome Press in 2011.
Richard Hartlage is principal of his firm, Land Morphology, and is working with private and public clients in NY, NJ, CT, NC, IL and WA. He has fifteen years experience in public gardening as Superintendent of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission where he directed horticulture at both Willowwood and Frelinghuysen Arboretums. In addition to completing the New Herb & Vegetable Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the first new garden built in twenty years at this venerable institution, his other notable public clients include The Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and the Chihuly Exhibition at Seattle Center. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Architectural Digest, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Traditional Home, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, and The Seattle Times in addition to other publications in the United States, Japan and Europe. In 2010 he received an Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater North Carolina State University for his contributions to public horticulture and landscape architecture.
World-renowned interior designer Vicente Wolf has been named one of the ten most influential designers in the United States by House Beautiful and has been inducted into the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior Design Magazine. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his team build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity. A sought-after public speaker, Wolf has lectured in South Africa, Japan, Canada, Dubai and Australia, and also teaches an annual course through Parsons School of Design in the Dominican Republic. Wolf has published three design books, as well his most recent book, Frida Kahlo: Photographs of Myself and Others (Pointed Leaf Press, 2010), which comprises a cache of rare and never-before-published materials from Vicente’s private collection. His portfolio offers the ultimate global aesthetic, from multinational conglomerates to private homes, from hotels and restaurants to product design.
Gisue Hariri is the founder and creative principal of Hariri & Hariri, a New York-based multidisciplinary design firm established in 1986 by Gisue and her sister Mojgan, both of whom are Iranian-born and Cornell-educated. Described by Dwell Magazine as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box firms currently working in the United States, Hariri & Hariri’s projects run the gamut from luxury apartments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. Celebrated projects include the winning master-plan for the St. Marks Coptic Canadian Village; a landmark mixed-use development under construction near the historic center of Salzburg, Austria; Swarovski 'Crystal Palace Collection' chandelier, an acclaimed 'Kryptonite' couture jewelry collection; and the recent BEST OF YEAR 'Crystalline' bath collection for AFNY. Gisue has been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, McGill and Parsons School of Design and has lectured on the work of Hariri & Hariri extensively at variety of institutions and architectural schools.
Interior designer Eric Cohler returns to host the A-List Awards for a second time in 2013. Dubbed “The Mixmaster” by industry editors, his interior spaces display layers of unusual texture, color, and verve. His New York firm handles residential and commercial projects throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, many of which have been featured in leading publications such as Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda and The New York Times. Additionally, Cohler is often a writer for House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and The New York Times, and is a contributing editor to the American Art Collector and American Fine Art, and has made numerous television appearances, including on HGTV and The View. Cohler is proud to be included in Elle Décor’s annual A-List issue as one of the Top 25 interior designer’s in the United States. The IFDA awarded Cohler with its Circle of Excellence Award and both Traditional Home and the D&D in New York named him Designer of the Year. His Lee Jofa "Tyler Crewel" fabric was selected by the President and Mrs. Obama for the White House family dining room. A frequent keynote speaker on interior design, art, and architecture, as well as an adjunct professor at Hobart College, he is also the author of Cohler on Design (The Monacelli Press, 2012).