Minted Launches Personal Stationery Design Challenge With Celebrity Interior Designers

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Minted recruits three of the country¹s most renowned interior designers­ Martha Angus, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, and Jay Jeffers ­ as inspiration for and judges in their first-ever personal stationery design challenge.

I love working with creative people so I am excited to see the results of all these artistic designers

To achieve the ultimate class, sophistication, and stunning beauty people have come to expect from personalized stationery and correspondence notes, Minted ( has recruited three of the country's most renowned interior designers - Martha Angus, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, and Jay Jeffers - as inspiration for and judges in their first-ever personal stationery design challenge. At the competition's conclusion, the three designers will pick their favorite card for their own extensive personal correspondence.

"We stand for the very best in stationery design," says Minted founder and CEO Mariam Naficy. "Diaz-Azcuy, Angus, and Jeffers all stand for the very best in interior design. We couldn't be more pleased to be bringing these disparate design worlds together in this extremely exciting competition"

"The art of the hand-written note is not dead! It is a special treat for me to receive a note from a friend or business associate," says Jeffers. "I can't begin to tell you the number of comments I get from people when they receive one from me. Minted gives everyone the opportunity to create something beautiful that will makes someone's day special," he says.

"I love working with creative people so I am excited to see the results of all these artistic designers," says Angus. "It is such a thrill to have my own personal stationary designed just for me!"

The top ten design awards will be determined by Minted's audience ratings. The first prize personalized stationery design will receive $500. The second prize design will receive $250. Prizes for the 3rd through 10th ranked stationery designs will each receive $100 each. In addition, the designs chosen by each of the three interior designers will each receive $150, for a grand total of $2,000 in prizes.

The deadline for challenge submissions is 9 AM PST Monday, July 20th, 2009. Design challenge information can be found at

Martha Elizabeth Angus
Over the last twenty years, Angus's fresh yet classic, comfortable but still refined, approach to interior design has built her an extremely loyal following. A painter at heart, her work combines contemporary art with a diverse mix of modern and timeless furniture. She began designing in New York City where she worked on projects for a number of well-known clients including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and the Lauder family. Since starting San Francisco and New York based, Martha Angus Inc., her work has been featured in California Home + Design, Western Interiors and Design, and Elle Décor. http://www.

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy
Widely regarded as a "dean of interior design," Diaz-Azcuy has had a far-ranging influence on the contemporary practice of interior design. His elegantly composed rooms speak volumes for his spare, intelligent, and disciplined touch. He has designed everything from private residences to the Spa and Pool of Hong Kong's celebrated Peninsula Hotel. A critically acclaimed book about his design, published by Rizzoli and written by Diane Dorrans Saeks, came out earlier this year.

Jay Neal Jeffers
The head of the San Francisco and Los Angeles-based Jeffers Design Group, Jeffers is known for his extensive use of patterns and for his unexpected and whimsical additions to a room. He often infuses period antiques with modern pieces. His work is at once elegant and sophisticated, but always still approachable. House Beautiful has twice named Jay Jeffers one of its Top 100 Interior Designers, and he and JDG's projects have appeared in Metropolitan Home, Elle Décor, and The New York Times.

About Minted: is an online store offering modern, custom stationery and photo cards for all of life's special events. Minted carries exclusive designs that can't be found anywhere else, printed on thick, highest-quality paper (including 100% recycled paper) and in innovative formats. In addition to wedding invitations, Minted offers save the date cards, birth announcements, party invitations, shower invitations, personalized stationery, holiday photo cards, and thank you cards. Minted's modern designs have been featured in Town & Country, InStyle Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, and other major national magazines.


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