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DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Feb 13, 2015

During its annual Winter Market, the Decorative Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in South Florida honored the latest group of Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise, recognizing some of Florida’s leading professionals and rising talent in interior design, architecture, photography, art and landscape design.
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Paige Rense
The highlight of this year’s awards was the Lifetime Achievement honor given to founder and former Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest Paige Rense. Rense served as editor in chief from 1975 until 2010, when Margaret Russell took the reigns. She is also the founder of the Arthur Rense Prize poetry award.
In addition, Rense founded national food magazine Bon Appétit, was editor in chief of GEO, and is the author of a mystery novel, Manor House. She is currently working on a book about the career of her late husband Kenneth Noland, who was known as one of the best "American Color Field" abstract expressionist artists.
Additional Stars of Design winners:
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Interior Design: Deborah Wecselman of DWD :: Home
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Architecture: Bruce Brosch of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc.
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Art: Adler Guerrier
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Photography: Ken Pao
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Graphic Design: Carlos Suarez
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Landscape Architecture: W. Christian Busk of W. Christian Busk ASLA
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Product Design: Courtney Crown of Courtney Lee Collection
In addition, a handful of young, Florida-based firm-owners were named “Stars on the Rise.” Included:
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Jay Britto of Britto Charette
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Sandra Diaz-Velasco of Eolo Designs
DCOTA bestows Paige Rense with Lifetime Achievement Award
Cristina Villalon of Alvarez-Diaz Villalon
A panel of past winners selected the award’s recipients. Charles S. Cohen, president and CEO of DCOTA, presented the awards on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

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