Joe Nevin Inducted into Retail Design Institute’s Legion of Honor

June 22, 2017
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Bergmeyer Senior Principal Joe Nevin was named the newest member of the Retail Design Institute’s Legion of Honor during the Institute’s 46th Awards Gala and Fundraiser. The Legion of Honor was established by the Institute in 2000 and recognizes talented and visionary designers in the retail design industry. Since its creation, only 39 men and women have been recognized for their lifetime of achievement.

“It’s really wonderful to see Joe honored with this award.  Having … [Read More]

Brian Perlow Honored with 40 Under 40 Recognition

May 11, 2017


Brian Perlow, an Associate at Bergmeyer, was named one of design:retail magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients. This honor recognizes the design industry’s most promising leaders. Brian and the other honorees will be honored at the design:retail Honors event in New York on May 22, and are featured in the April/May issue of design:retail. Brian is highly regarded within the firm and serves as not only a leader on our projects, but also as a … [Read More]

California Closets Showroom 2.0 Design Receives a 2017 Shop! Design Award at GlobalShop

April 6, 2017
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce our California Closets San Francisco Showroom 2.0 prototype design recently won the Silver Award in the Service Retailer category at the annual Shop! Design Awards. Held on March 29th at GlobalShop in Las Vegas, the Shop! Design Awards celebrate and recognize the best new designs in retail environments and experiences.

“The Bergmeyer team perfectly captured the essence of our brand in this award-winning showroom design,” said California Closets CEO Bill … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Getting to Know Associate Brian Perlow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP

March 6, 2017
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of informal interviews with members of the Bergmeyer team. We invite you to meet Associate Brian Perlow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, who has been with the firm 6 years. Here is what he had to say during his Spotlight interview:


What led you to study architecture?

From a young age I was very into the building and assembly of things. I remember the day I received my … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Smart Infrastructure

March 3, 2017

Everyone’s talking about infrastructure these days. It has somehow become our national “common ground” topic. Hard to argue against fixing roads and bridges, right?

But in fact, there is much room for differing opinions within the topic. If we can somehow produce the $1 trillion that some people think we need to spend on our national infrastructure, what should we spend it on?

Those of us who have signed the AIA 2030 Commitment to … [Read More]

DJ Khaled’s Specialty Champs Store Featured on Design:Retail’s Cover

February 21, 2017

Stan Kubinski, Associate at Bergmeyer, was interviewed by Design:Retail Magazine for its February feature on our collaboration with Champs Sports to bring DJ Khaled a personal Champs store. Stan shared the story behind the store’s conception and why this design is a major key alert . Read the article below:


When Champs Sports and DJ Khaled come together, unique ideas result. Think an exclusive, invitation-only store designed to mimic the Instagram-friendly artist’s shoe closet … [Read More]

Eric Kuhn Joins Bergmeyer as Retail Market Leader

February 20, 2017

Bergmeyer is pleased to welcome Eric Kuhn to the firm as a retail market leader. Eric will focus on developing and serving key client accounts in our retail markets, as well as lend his expertise to the firm’s hospitality and food service design projects.

Throughout his career, Eric has excelled in designing user experiences. With nearly 30 years of service to retail clients and a portfolio ranging from Macy’s to Hilfiger, Columbia Sportswear to Harley, … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Announces Promotions

January 5, 2017

We are proud to announce the promotion of four colleagues who have been named Associates and Senior Associate. Each of these people has played an important role in Bergmeyer’s recent success, and have contributed in their own ways to our dynamic firm culture. Congratulations to Jef, Stephanie, Jess and Andrea!

Jef Leon, AIA

Jef works closely with our client and project partners to lead creative direction, manage project team delivery, and identify opportunities for us … [Read More]

Workbar featured in Design:Retail Magazine

January 4, 2017
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Bergmeyer recently collaborated with Staples and Workbar to bring their new strategic partnership to life. With both firms serving the needs of businesses, they partnered to incorporate Workbar’s co-working spaces within the retail footprint of Staples’ suburban stores. Check out this exciting new space!

Cowork Meets “Coretail”

Collaboration has been a business buzzword for some time now, and – at its best – it results in innovation and out-of-the-box thinking that promotes business growth. The … [Read More]

The Bergmeyer Scholarship

December 2, 2016

We are pleased to offer a scholarship to a designer who is working towards a career in Interior Design. The Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in the field of Interior Design and Architecture through a $2,500 award.

We are teaming-up with PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership, which is the educational foundation for the retail environments industry. PAVE helps the design industry grow a future talent pool and foster professional development in … [Read More]

California Closets Featured in Design:Retail Magazine

November 28, 2016
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Joe Nevin, Senior Principal at Bergmeyer, was interviewed by Design:Retail Magazine for its October feature on California Closets’ Showroom 2.0. Joe shared the story behind the showroom’s design and how key design elements contribute to the elevated customer experience provided by the new showroom concept. Read the article below:

We Believe Exceptional Design Changes People’s Lives.

The best quality, form and function work together to give each of us space to think creatively, live freely … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Stay Strong(er)

November 22, 2016

My partner and I recently spent four days knocking on doors in Charlotte, North Carolina working to get out the vote just before the 2016 Presidential election. And you know how that story ended. But what’s relevant here is what happened along the way.

Being out of my comfort zone was rewarding. Except for Halloweens past, I have little experience to going door-to-door. To make it even more challenging, here I was, an east coast … [Read More]

President Mike Davis Speaks at Bisnow Higher Ed & Student Housing Program

October 11, 2016

Student housing has become an in-demand submarket of residential real estate. At Bisnow’s Higher Education and Student Housing program on October 20, Bergmeyer President Mike Davis and a panel of experts will discuss the latest design and management trends, who’s expanding where, and how the big development and investment deals are getting done.

An RSVP link is attached to the Bisnow registration site. We hope to see you next Thursday morning!

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Bergmeyer Spotlight: Getting to Know Director of Sustainability Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C, O+M

October 4, 2016

Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of informal interviews with members of the Bergmeyer team. We invite you to meet Associate Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, our Director of Sustainability who has been with the firm 5 1/2 years. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:


How did you become the Director of Sustainability at Bergmeyer?

My career path certainly hasn’t been linear. I have worked in a variety … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Leadership

September 26, 2016

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say ‘thank you’. In between, the leader is a servant.”

. . . or so said Max De Pree, the CEO and President of Herman Miller from 1980 to 1987. His father, D. J. De Pree, founded the office furniture company in 1905 and we now know it as one of the most equitable, forward-thinking, and sustainably-focused businesses in our … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Size Doesn’t Matter

July 1, 2016

Here’s a fun fact for you: According to the 2014 AIA Firm Survey report (sorry, no hyperlink, you have to buy it), 79% of AIA Member firms have less than 10 employees. Recognizing this, the AIA has a Small Firms Roundtable knowledge community and a whole online Small Firms Resource Center with practice tools, contract and insurance information, and links to sustainability resources to serve these members.

Oddly missing from the Small Firms Resource Center: … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Commitment Issues

June 2, 2016

Are you a commitment-phobic? It’s not pretty.

If you have commitment issues, the thought of going “all in” with another person could give you the shakes. For some peripatetic people, the grass over there always looks greener. Some sorry folks have torched a few too many bridges in their lives.

But hey, not us! We’re architects and interior designers. Ours isn’t a field you dabble in. You commit to it. Every day.

So we … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Receives 2016 Vision Design Award for UMass Lowell McGauvran Student Center

June 2, 2016
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce its design for UMass Lowell’s McGauvran Student Center was honored with a 2016 Vision Design Award by Floor Focus magazine.

The Vision Design Awards celebrate the dynamic integration of flooring and architecture in five categories: corporate, healthcare, education, hospitality and retail. Winners are featured in the April issue of Floor Focus. Bergmeyer was recognized for its repurposing of a 40-year-old concrete and brick student center as a new dining and … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Named LEED® Proven Provider™ by Green Building Certification Institute

May 26, 2016
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Bergmeyer is excited to announce the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has designated our firm as a LEED® Proven Provider™ in the Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) rating system family. The designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects. Bergmeyer is one of only 15 organizations to receive this designation in ID+C.

Bergmeyer’s first LEED project was certified in October of 2008, … [Read More]

Vice President Rachel Zsembery Presents at Shoptalk New York

May 24, 2016

We are pleased to share Bergmeyer’s Rachel Zsembery will be a featured speaker at A.R.E. | POPAI Shoptalk New York on June 1st. Rachel will present findings from the latest A.R.E. | POPAI trend report which provides insight on the cultural shifts and innovations that shape the retail industry. Additionally, she will share ideas on how to use data on psychographics, technology changes, demographics, brand impacts, visual and design trends, and more to reach new … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Meet Designer Samantha Goodman, LEED AP BD+C

May 23, 2016

Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. Meet Samantha Goodman, LEED AP BD+C, a Designer for the hospitality team who has been at the firm for 4.5 years. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:


What led you to study architecture?

I wish I could say I always knew I wanted to be an architect, but it wasn’t something I grew up dreaming about. Even though … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Welcomes Jess Smith, Director of Human Resources & Administration!

May 3, 2016

It is with great pleasure we welcome Jess Smith to the Bergmeyer family. Jess brings a depth of experience in human resources and a special personal touch to her interactions.

Jess Smith, Director of Human Resources and Administration, is a veteran of the Boston design community and is right at home supporting the ever-changing creative workplace and its professionals.  She has recruited, hired, reviewed, and coached hundreds of architects and interior designers and brings a … [Read More]

Celebrating 50 LEED Certified Projects and Counting!

May 2, 2016
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Bergmeyer is excited to announce that we have surpassed the 50 LEED Certified project mark! Our recent project for TD Bank in Burlington, MA, has achieved LEED Gold certification under the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system making it our 51st LEED Certified project. This is an important milestone for the Bergmeyer team, and we’re happy to share it.

Bergmeyer’s first LEED project was certified in October of 2008, and within less than 8 … [Read More]

Retail Design Trends: Bergmeyer in New York City with the Retail Design Collective!

April 11, 2016
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  By Catherine Keywan & Anna Kissell

This past December, a group of our designers attended the 2015 Retail Design Collective to check out the new “must-see” retail shops and design trends. From impressive new flagships, to intimately hip boutiques, we spent the day exploring a breadth of new retail environments around NYC. Along the way, we noticed many retailers competing with the rise of online shopping by transforming their typical brick-and-mortar into experiences intangible on … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Honors President David J. Tubridy on his Retirement

March 31, 2016
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This week, Bergmeyer celebrates the retirement of our first and longest-serving President, David J. Tubridy, AIA. His thirty-two years at the firm and twenty-seven years as President cannot adequately be described in a blog post, but here are the highlights:

Dave studied architecture at Pratt Institute and the Harvard GSD. After bouncing between Boston and NYC working at Parsons Brinkerhoff and Cambridge Seven (plus a summer job with Paul Rudolph that for some reason doesn’t … [Read More]

Where’s the Green? Dee Spiro Featured in Retail Environments Magazine

March 29, 2016


Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C and O+M, GGP, Associate and Director of Sustainability at Bergmeyer, contributed to Retail Environments Globalshop Products Preview issue with her thoughts on sustainability and optimizing energy efficiency in big box retailer stores. Read Dee’s analysis below:

Where’s the Green in Going Green for Big Box Retailers? 

How should building owners address energy efficiency during the design process?  When does it make sense to invest additional funds in order to … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Connecting to the Mission

February 29, 2016

“It’s great that the firm’s senior leaders are so committed to sustainable design. But it’s hard to see how I connect to that mission in my day-to-day work.”

I’ve recently become president of Bergmeyer, my architecture and interior design firm. With this new position, I have set an ambitious goal: to have lunch with each and every member of our staff. It’s been great so far! But that first statement has come up a few … [Read More]

President Mike Davis Moderates at Bisnow

February 26, 2016
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At the core of our practice Bergmeyer embraces sustainability as integral to our design process, and the way we operate our own business. Join Bergmeyer’s Mike Davis as he leads an interesting discussion with real estate developers, landlords and industry experts. Learn how they are incorporating sustainability in their management of real estate assets for attraction and retention of tenants, and an improved ROI. An RSVP link is attached to the Bisnow registration site. We … [Read More]

The Bergmeyer Scholarship

February 10, 2016

We are pleased to offer a scholarship to a designer who is working towards a career in Interior Design. The Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in the field of Interior Design and Architecture through a $2,500 award.

We are teaming-up with PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership, which is the educational foundation for the retail environments industry. PAVE helps the design industry grow a future talent pool and foster professional development in … [Read More]

Forward Thinking: Mare Weiss Featured in Retail Environments Magazine

February 8, 2016
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Mare Weiss, IIDA, LEED AP, Senior Associate and senior designer in Bergmeyer’s Retail Practice group, contributed to Retail Environments annual mash-up of reader ideas, “Blue Sky Thinking”, with her thoughts on sustainability in the fast paced world of retail environments. Read mare’s thoughts below:

Forward Thinking

Anticipate the future when designing for the present. The retail industry has made great strides in embracing sustainability in the past few years—from adopting LEDs to using reclaimed materials

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Bergmeyer Spotlight: Brian Fontaine of the Retail Design Team

January 19, 2016

Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Brian Fontaine, LEED AP BD+C, a Senior Job Captain/Designer for the retail team that has been at the firm for 2.5 years. Here is what he had to say during his Spotlight interview:


What led you to study architecture/ interior design?

I’ve wanted to be an architect as far back as I can remember. I always enjoyed playing … [Read More]

Stories on An Unlikely Story

September 30, 2015

With a vision to breathe new life into their adopted hometown of Plainville, Massachusetts, author Jeff Kinney – of the popular Wimpy Kid series – and his wife Julie purchased an abandoned commercial property. Big ambitions and a goal to connect people to their neighbors, their community, and the world through literature led the Kinney’s to revive and re-invent the model of the local bookstore. Just a few months after its opening, the building at … [Read More]

The Table at LX launches June 11!

June 8, 2015
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The latest exhibition from Design Museum Boston is launching on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Design for Dining is a public exhibition, distributed across seven restaurants in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood that will showcase how designers shape the dining experience – from a restaurateur’s vision to the completed dining experience.

Bergmeyer has partnered with Legal Crossing (LX), an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. The restaurant’s proximity to Chinatown … [Read More]

Fashion Statement – Exhibit featured in Design New England

February 5, 2015
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IIDA New England’s Post Fashion Show Exhibit at the Innovation and Design Building has been featured on the blog of Design New England, one of the area’s premiere publications for design professionals. Written by Gail Ravgiala, editor at Design New England and a former fashion show judge! Since winning big at the Fashion Show last October with “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” awards, Bergmeyer was ecstatic to design the exhibit too.

From the feature … [Read More]

An Unlikely Story on CBS News Sunday Morning

January 5, 2015
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From CBS News Sunday Morning, “Rita Braver talks to the author of the best-selling book in the nation: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. It turns out, cartoonist Jeff Kinney’s success story is a tale worthy of its own work of fiction.”

Bergmeyer has been working with author Jeff Kinney on a new community building in Plainville. The project at 111 South Street is a catalyst for the local community. The bookstore, café, … [Read More]

design:retail recognizes Bergmeyer as Design Firm of the Year

September 2, 2014

The design:retail awards are a huge honor for Bergmeyer and affirms our national presence in the retail market space. What’s most rewarding about the acknowledgement though is that the firm and Principal Joe Nevin were nominated by peers and industry experts, not by the editorial staff or an awards committee. The firm and firm leader Joe Nevin are – in design:retail’s words – “reshaping retail through their passion and creativity, and carving out new paths … [Read More]

Food Management awards Hampshire Dining Commons with Best Concept Awards

August 7, 2014
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Hampshire Dining Commons, a $15.5 million renovation project by Bergmeyer, recently received just one of a handful awards from Food Management and their award program, the 2014 Best Concepts Awards. Food Management showcases creative projects in onsite dining, bringing much-deserved attention to innovative foodservice outside of commercial restaurants. From the Food Management publication: “Following on the heels of the renovation Berkshire Dining Commons, which won a Best Concept Award in 2007, Hampshire Dining Commons is … [Read More]

Bergmeyer noted for leadership in sustainability by SPI

July 11, 2014

Architects have not begun issuing sustainability reporting nearly as decisively as they have adopted CAD or BIM transition, but Barbra Batshalom is working to speed the transition. As founder of the Boston-based Sustainable Performance Institute, Batshalom teaches design firms and real estate owners to institutionalize sustainability. In her interview with Green Source, she noted Bergmeyer as having an “effective approach to systemic sustainability.”

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Hampshire Dining Commons featured in Campus Dining Today

June 20, 2014

The newly renovated dining facility at UMass Amherst was recently featured in Campus Dining Today, the publication of the National Association of College & University Food Services

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Rachel Zsembery to sit on a panel for Women in Design Boston

May 8, 2014

The practice of design is rapidly changing, to keep pace with changes in the world around us. As designers, we must position ourselves to adapt to the changing environment of our industry. Senior Associate Rachel Zsembery, along with a panel of professional women in design, discusses the skills and strategies necessary to stay competitive in the 21st century.

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VMSD’s Third Annual Designer Dozen Winners includes Bergmeyer’s Stephanie Jones

March 17, 2014

VMSD magazine is celebrating the best and brightest young designers in retail with the third annual VMSD Designer Dozen. In retail’s global, multi-channel and fast-paced market, it’s going to take more than business-as-usual to help propel the industry forward. Bergmeyer’s own Stephanie Jones makes the list of up-and-coming talent that are introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century.

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Sonja Haviland details Cannondale’s innovative design in VMSD Magazine

March 16, 2014

Sonja Haviland of Bergmeyer shares what makes the new Cannondale store in Carle Place, NY so successful – a design that puts customer comfort, brand identity, and apparel first- in VMSD magazine.

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Why LEED matters for future generations

March 3, 2014

Why LEED matters for future generations, a primer on LEED from our sustainability team, in the latest issue of New England Real Estate Journal.

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“LEED v4: Materially Different”, article by Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C and Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

December 2, 2013

Dee Spiro, Bergmeyer’s Sustainability Manager and Rachel Zsembery, Senior Associate of Bergmeyer discuss the extensive changes to the Materials and Resources category in LEED v4 and what those changes mean to our industry. Learn more in their article “LEED v4: Materially Different” featured in the current issue of Retail Environments.

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Eustis Street Fire House Earns LEED Silver

November 25, 2013
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The Eustis Street Fire House, the oldest remaining firehouse in Boston, recently earned a LEED Silver certification, which recognizes the structure’s energy efficiency and environmental impact.

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Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP in the November issue of VMSD Magazine

November 4, 2013
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In VMSD Magazine’s “Green Today, Gone Tomorrow?” Rachel Zsembery, Senior Associate at Bergmeyer Associates sees sustainability opportunities in the challenging and ever evolving world of technology.

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RH Featured in October Issue of DDi Magazine

October 2, 2013
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DDi Magazine highlights Bergmeyer’s work restoring the Boston flagship’s historic 1860s building.

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Hampshire Dining Commons at UMASS Amherst now open!

September 10, 2013
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The Hampshire Dining Commons’ grand opening was featured in the Boston Globe where Ken Toong, Executive Director of the campus’ Auxiliary Enterprises, praised the newly renovated dining commons, calling it “next-generation campus dining.

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RH Featured in September-October Issue of Contract Magazine

September 3, 2013
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Contract cites Bergmeyer’s revival of a Boston landmark as an elevation of retail to high art.

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VMSD Magazine Announces 2013 Designer Dozen

May 15, 2013
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Sonja Haviland, Senior Designer at Bergmeyer, was selected as one of VMSD Magazine’s “Designer Dozen”, a celebration of the best & brightest up-and-coming designers in retail. Sonja is featured in the magazine’s May 2013 issue.

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“Firehouse Rescue” by Peter Vanderwarker in Design New England Magazine

March 7, 2013
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Historic Boston Incorporated steps in to save the old Eustis Street station and assist in the revitalization of a Roxbury neighborhood.

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Fantasy and furniture in new Back Bay store

March 6, 2013
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Restoration Hardware receives praise in this article on the opening of the store from the Boston Globe.

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