More News From That White House Brunch You Might Have Heard Of

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By Alissa Walker Comment

The Cooper-Hewitt just released two more photos from the respectfully boycotted National Design Awards reception with Laura Bush on July 10.

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Mrs. Bush poses with the 2006 National Design Awards Winners in the Blue Room, July 10, 2006. From left: Michael Gabellini, John Hoke, Maria Cornejo, Paul Warwick Thompson, Syd Mead, Mrs. Bush, Paolo Soleri, Paola Antonelli, Thom Mayne, Martha Schwartz. White House photo.

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Mrs. Bush poses with the 2005 National Design Awards Winners in the Blue Room, July 10, 2006. From left: Sergio Palleroni, Eva Zeisel, Burt Rutan, Mrs. Bush, Isabel Toledo, Paul Warwick Thompson, Ruben Toledo, Richard Gluckman. White House photo.

2005 and 2006 winners also missing from the photos:

Bill Stumpf
Katherine & Michael McCoy
Anyone from Patagonia
Diller, Scofidio or Renfro
Ned Kahn

Were they busy…or boycotting? According to this article from the Washington Post, Thom Mayne attended the brunch prepared to air his grievances about the administration–but didn’t have a chance to:

A leading practitioner of “green” technology, Mayne says he was eager to respond to Laura Bush personally but didn’t get the chance.

“I was next in the receiving line when they pulled her away,” he said. “I was going to say to her: ‘You should encourage your husband. This administration isn’t exactly famous for that.’ ”

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