Meet the Hamptons Judges

Landscape Architect
Mario Nievera

Mario Nievera, FASLA, founded his eponymous firm in 1996. Mr. Nievera received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Purdue University in 1987. Mr. Nievera divides his time between Palm Beach, New York City, and East Hampton. Mr. Nievera has completed numerous projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, the Island of the Bahamas, and is also working on project in Shanghai, China. Mr. Nievera has frequently lectured about his firm’s work throughout the United States. He is actively involved with the American Society of Landscape architects and donates firm’s design and consulting services for many non-profit organizations, as well as serving as a member of the board of directors for many non-profit organizations including, but not limited to, The Cultural Landscape Foundation ( and The Horticultural Society of New York ( Mr. Nievera’s work has been recognized in many national and international design publications, and his firm has earned numerous awards and recognitions for their superlative and sensitive design work. Mario Nievera and Keith Williams have completed many projects together since they joined forces in 1997. In December 2011, the firm was proud to be renamed Nievera Williams Design and a book of their collective work, Forever Green, was published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2012

Interior Designer
Jennifer Post

Jennifer Post is the award winning principal and visionary of her firm – Jennifer Post Design, Inc. She has been creating elegantly modern, contemporary homes with a flair of sophistication and richness not matched by others. Post has been called “The White Tornado” by Architectural Digest for her clean, minimal and polished (mostly white) spaces. She is the originator of the firm’s calling card of simple, elegant, minimalist design with a particular mastery for creating white spaces that are always functional, ethereal and warm.

Jennifer is sought after by an A-list clientele to create her signature brand of luxurious, well edited and contemporary living spaces that are timeless and classic. Her work has kept her on Architectural Digest’s AD100 list of the best architects and designers in the world for the past 13 consecutive years

Home Accessories Designer
Madeline Weinrib

Designer Madeline Weinrib has shaped a sophisticated signature style that is at once timeless and modern. She brings a layered and luxurious sensibility to the world of contemporary design with her collections of heirloom quality carpets and artfully conceived textiles, accessories and home accents. Through her Atelier and Showrooms in New York and San Francisco, Madeline Weinrib is devoted to helping her clients create beautifully appointed, bespoke spaces that reflect their distinct personality and singular point of view. Madeline’s entry into the world of design was, in many respects, organic. An established painter, she exhibited regularly throughout the 1990s and taught drawing at CUNY before designing her first carpet collection for ABC Carpet & Home in 1997. Inspired by the challenge of translating painterly ideals to warp and weft, Madeline sensed an opportunity to carve out a new niche and to redefine what was at the time a conservative, ancient idiom. With her individual approach to pattern, palette and scale, her unorthodox, ultra-chic reinterpretations bring an unprecedented vitality to a centuries-old art form. Embracing authenticity as one of her hallmark values, Madeline’s aesthetic is defined by her use of techniques that favor hand over machine and tradition over automation. Rigorous and process-oriented, her design approach is one of open-ended experimentation, reframing and refinement. She continually works with artisans around the world, seeking out fresh and creative perspectives. With a discerning, well-traveled eye she is committed to sourcing superior materials and transforming them in stylistically unexpected ways.

Architect Critic
Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger, who The Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School. His full length biography of the architect Frank Gehry, entitled Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, was published by Alfred A. Knopf and he is the author of many other books as well. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism. In 2012 he received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in recognition of the influence his writing has had on the public’s understanding of architecture. He lectures widely around the country on architecture, design, historic preservation and cities. He is a graduate of Yale University, and is a trustee of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and the Forum for Urban Design. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., and serves as chairman of the Advisory Council for The Glass House, a historic property of the National Trust. He resides in New York City

Home Accessories Designer
Kim Seybert

Kim Seybert’s intricate and elegant designs are the equivalent of couture for the home and jewelry for the table. Over the last fifteen years, Kim Seybert has transformed residences all over the world putting her signature embellished touch on everything from statement-making runners and placemats to over-the-top embroidered napkins and beaded napkin rings as well as pillows and bath collections. As an authority of luxury lifestyle home decor, she strives to offer beautiful pieces that her customers can mix and match using their own personal creativity. Kim loves to see how others interpret and layer her pieces and is proud to know that her designs are part of treasured milestone moments and of casual everyday living.

She has mastered the art layering multiple elements and styles to set an unparalleled table and frequently entertains using her own collections in both her New York City and East Hampton homes. Her seasonal collections are shown at high-end department stores Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s New York and specialty boutiques nationwide.

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