Benevolence & Bling Win Big
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EDITOR’S NOTE: A little over a year ago we featured the dynamic duo of Carlson Joyce Interior Design – Barbara Carlson, RID, IIDA, NEWH, and Gina M. Joyce, RID, IIDA – in READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP. After being laid off from the same firm on the same day, these two talents had just hit the reboot button, combining their many years of collective experience in the hospitality design market to form a stronger, more powerful union. While working hard to establish their firm, however, they have taken time to give back to the industry. Recently, they were recently honored for it. We hope that their success not only will inspire you to use your talents to make a difference in your own design community, but also serve as an encouraging example of how what might seem like a curse on your career can actually transform itself into a blessing.

On October 14, 2011, the Dallas Chapter of NEWH held their The Life of Design scholarship fundraiser event to showcase the creative talents of interior designers, architects, interior design students, and industry members in conjunction with local and national manufacturers.

Fifteen Dallas-based architecture and interior design firms participated, and each firm was randomly paired with a manufacturer – a.k.a. Chair Sponsor – and challenged to create a design using 50% of a manufacturer’s product on a standard wooden library chair. Interior design students and individuals also had the chance to put their talents to the test by coming up with their own chair creations.

During the evening, guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and view the chairs created by the teams. Judging occurred in three categories: Best Design, Director’s Choice, and People’s Choice.

Carlson Joyce Interior Design was paired with HB Architectural Lighting, and together our team created the Bling Chair, “the chair with a bright personality.”


We are extremely pleased to announce that our creative contribution won two of the three award categories: the People’s Choice Award and the Director’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award was determined solely by the event guests who purchased $1 tickets and placed them into a box in front of each chair. The Director’s Choice Award was given to the chair that sold for the highest price in the silent auction.

Proceeds from the entire event will go to the Dallas NEWH scholarship fund, which recently distributed $20,000 to students studying curriculums related to the hospitality industry. Happily, between the two awards, the Bling Chair brought in almost $1,000.

Of course, we are very excited to win the awards, but most of all we are proud that the team effort will result in making a difference in the education of a deserving student.