The ARTS Awards is like the Golden Globes of our industry. A Who’s Who of the home accent-focused design and retail industry, the 30th anniversary bash boasted 630 guests gathered in the Hilton Anatole ballroom around tables of 10. This year’s gala with its art deco vibe, assortment of black tie fashion, and special salutes felt even more glam than usual.
In addition to the traditional awards for retailers, rep groups, product design and interior design, Sharon Davis, Executive Director of ART (Accessories Resource Team), who has nurtured and grown the group for 26 plus years, was given the Legendary Leadership Award and, David Gebhart, CEO of Global Views and Studio | A Home, was acknowledged with the Academy of Achievement Award. Frederick Rayner, David’s partner in life and work, orchestrated the latter presentation, assembling a cast of cronies to create a This is Your Life-style skit. Accepting the honor with grace and humility, David spoke of an early penchant for his grandmother’s china cabinet and he thanked his father for releasing him from the obligation to carry on the family’s farming business. He also asked those in attendance with whom he had any sort of relationship to stand. It was a truly beautiful moment.
A partial list of the ARTS Awards winners are:
Interior Designer: Denise McGaha
Product Designer: Aimee Kurzner, Currey & Company
Green Award; Lighting Fixtures: Hubbardton Forge
Area Rugs: Jaipur Living
Accent Furniture: Currey & Company
Home Accents: Two’s Company/Tozai Home
Home Textiles: Aviva Stanoff
Outdoor Living: Palecek
Wall Decor: Oliver Gal
Lamps: Regina Andrew
For a complete list of winners, please visit my colleague Thomas Lester’s account in Home Accents Today.
Via my iPhone camera (and a little help from my friends’ FB and IG accounts), here are some unprofessional captures from the evening