What a palava!!

Earlier this year, in April, I received an email that I had won an award for my design –
Claire de Lune  ®    Chandelier.   This came from A’Design Awards in Italy.

At first I didn’t believe it until I read it again at least twice!
But then it sunk in.  I was going to Lake Como to a gala event to accept my award!! Suddenly, I was accutely aware that I was going to have to presentable, that not only would there be the other winners, but the organizers also informed that the press would be there, and there would be SERIOUS picture taking going on!   ACK!!

My daughter, who lives in Hamburg, said she would join us there in Como for the event, so we made a little family outing out of it.

Then the preparations started:  I had to have a new dress, the right shoes, the right accessories, both under and over the clothes, just the right make-up, and had to be ready to say something! – THAT was the most nerve-wracking!

We are off to Milan airport, Malpensa,  the day before the gala event.
We arrive in  Terminal One, this is an area that reminded me of the fruit section of a supermarket.  Ok, maybe that’s not what they had in mind, but hey….

I had taken one of my lamps with me to assemble and be exhibited at the MOOD Museum of Design, starting the day after the gala event.

The award was a very nice thing to happen.  I was proud and honored.  But what really made an impression on those weeks, was the preparation of preparing the trip, the thoughts of how I would “present” myself.
The actual gala took place on the shores of Lake Como in beautiful Villa Gallia.

This is the hall where the awards were handed out.

Here I am with my award!

Broletto di Como, where the exhibition took place.

Most of the winners showed up at the opening of the exhibition, and here is one of our group photos.  More can be seen here on FB:

A very memorable occasion, indeed.

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