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I recently judged Benjamin Moore’s Hue awards. The winners will be announced by the year’s end and the Awards Ceremony will take place in the Spring of 2012. Here is the press release.


(MONTVALE, NJ—APRIL, 2011)—Architects and interior designers who possess a passion for using color—and have a portfolio of projects to prove it—are invited to submit their work for the Benjamin Moore HUE Awards. In its fifth year, the competition, which recognizes exceptional use of color in architecture and interior design, will begin accepting submissions April 15, 2011, with a July 15th deadline. There is no fee to enter; downloadable entry forms and instructions are available only at www.benjaminmoore.com.
Since establishing the HUE Awards in 2005, Benjamin Moore has presented more than $130,000 in prize money to both the super novas and novices of the design profession in categories that include Residential Interiors, Residential Exteriors, Contract Interiors and Contract Exteriors. Additionally, there is a Lifetime Achievement Award, plus past years have seen the presentation of discretionary awards for Social Responsibility and also one for Restoration & Preservation. A $5,000 cash prize goes to each honoree along with a HUEY mouth-blown crystal sculpture.
“The power and impact of color are what the Benjamin Moore HUE Awards is all about,” said Eileen McComb, director of corporate communications. “And, Benjamin Moore, which has been a color authority for over a century, is proud to be able to shine the public spotlight on some of the most creative and forward-thinking design talents who have demonstrated their affinity for color and applied it in innovative and imaginative ways.”
The judges for the HUE competition also have been named and are an illustrious group drawn from the worlds of design, fashion and industry. They include:  Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker; Tim Murray, creative director, TARGET Creative Vision Group;  Hans Neubert, executive creative director, frog; Linda O’Keeffe, design author and former creative director Metropolitan Home magazine; and, Gary Panter, artist, graphic designer and set designer for the original “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”
“The high caliber of HUE judges has always been upheld,” said McComb. “We are again grateful to have enlisted another group of rarified individuals who add to the credibility and legitimacy of the awards thanks to their experience and insight.”

About Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of the country’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, its products are distributed via a network of independent paint and decorating retailers throughout North America. Benjamin Moore has been a longstanding steward of the environment with a relentless commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices plus the ongoing development of the most eco-responsible formulations possible. Its portfolio of Green Promise® products continues to grow and includes Aura, über-performance low-VOC paint; Natura, the true zero-VOC interior paint, remaining zero after tinting in any color, any sheen; and EcoSpec zero-VOC paint for commercial interiors. What’s more, the Benjamin Moore color offering of 3,300 hues is unrivaled, but any custom color choice can be matched, as was recently done for the White House Oval Office ceiling and trims. The only assurance of getting an authentic Benjamin Moore color is using Benjamin Moore paint, since the colorants and resins are proprietary and formulated with the company’s own patented waterborne technologies. And, authentic Benjamin Moore colors are available exclusively from Benjamin Moore retailers.

Past HUE® Awards Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Steven Holl  ‘06
Ettore Sottsass  ‘07
Legorreta + Legorreta  ‘08
Diamond Baratta Design ‘10

Residential Interiors​​Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners ‘06
Drake Design Associates ‘06
David Ling Architect ‘07
Danielle Bokor, ‘08
Ghislaine Viñas ‘10

Contract Interiors​Clive Wilkinson Architects ‘06
TVS Interiors, Inc. ‘06
Saia Barbarese Topouzanov Architectes ‘07
STUDIOS Architecture  ‘08
Envision Design, ‘10

Residential Exteriors​Daniel Weiland Architect ‘06
Ibarra Rosano Design Architects ‘07
Donald Lococo Architects  ‘08
Amy Wax, Your Color Source Studios ‘10

Contract Exteriors​Rockwell Group ‘06
SMC Alsop, Inc. ‘07
Allen + Philp Architects/Interiors ‘10

Social Responsibility​Gary Wang, Architect ‘07
Make It Right, New Orleans ‘08

Special Achievement
Restoration & Preservation​​Eikona Studios ‘10