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NYSID Study Abroad Q&A: Italy
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Carrie Anne Li at the Galleria dell'AccademiaThis summer, a group of NYSID students traveled to Italy on the “Immersion in Renaissance Florence: Bridging Art & Life” study abroad trip. See photos here.  Recently, we caught up with recent MFA-1 graduate Carrie Anne Li who shared her impressions of the trip. Read more.

NYSID Alumni Receive Awards
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Le CampusTwo NYSID alumni received awards this past month for their recent outstanding work in the design field. Read more on alumna and NYSID trustee Susan Nagle and alumna Therese Virserius.



Nora's Notables - Part II
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sherrill Whiton lecture notes

NYSID Archivist Nora Reilly shares three of her latest finds from the NYSID Archives: a collection of alumni business cards from the 1940s and 50s, student work from the 90s, and a selection of old faculty lecture notes. Read more.

Spring Thesis Exhibition Openings
Thursday, May 19, 2016

BFA Opening ReceptionOn May 16 and 17, receptions were held to celebrate the opening of the BFA Thesis Projects and the MFA Thesis and MPS Studio Projects exhibitions. The events kicked off an exciting week of commencement activities where graduates unveiled their final projects to family members, friends, and the NYSID community. Read more.

100 Years of NYSID Graduations
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Graduation 2016On May 18, 2016, after years of designing spaces large and small, NYSID’s Class of 2016 took a triumphant walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at the college’s 2016 commencement exercises. In honor of this year’s commencement, here is a behind-the-scenes look back at some graduation photos and highlights of the last 100 years of NYSID commencement ceremonies and celebrations. Read more.

NYSID Commencement 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Alexa HamptonNYSID’s 2016 commencement ceremony took place Wednesday, May 18 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. The Class of 2016, along with their friends and families, were treated to a candid address by designer Alexa Hampton before crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. Read Alexa's entire speech, view commencement photos, and read more here.

NYSID Students Receive 2016 Awards & Scholarships
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Can Weng - Tourneau Winning DesignThe 2016 award and scholarship season is upon us and NYSID students are once again being honored for their outstanding work. Read more.



Alexa Hampton to Speak at NYSID’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony
Monday, April 25, 2016

Interior designer and NYSID trustee Alexa Hampton will be the commencement speaker at NYSID's 2016 Commencement Exercises. She will receive an honorary doctorate degree alongside Wendy Goodman; design editor at New York Magazine, and Daisy Soros, NYSID alumna and philanthropist. Read More.

Support the IDLNY in Advancing NY State Interior Design Legislation
Friday, April 22, 2016

 The Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY) is working hard to pass legislation to improve the interior design profession in New York State. If you are a New York State resident, they need your help in support of this legislation. Read more.





NYSID's Contribution to the War Effort During WWII
Friday, April 22, 2016

Technical Training for Defense Industries

During World War II, it seems NYSID’s founder Sherrill Whiton knew that not only would the war would demand a change in the design industry, but NYSID would have to do its part to aid the war effort. NYSID Archivist Nora Reilly gives us a glimpse into life at NYSID during WWII. Read more here!


Nora's Notables
Friday, April 15, 2016

Sherrill Whiton sketch In celebration of NYSID’s 100th anniversary, NYSID archivist Nora Reilly pulled some of her favorite items from the college’s archives to feature as this week’s “Nora’s Notables.” Read more about the items and the stories behind them!




A Brief Introduction to the NYSID Archives with Archivist Nora Reilly
Friday, April 01, 2016

Archivist Nora ReillyIn 2013, NYSID established its archives in anticipation of its 100th anniversary in 2016. Since then, the majority of NYSID’s institutional collections as well as a number of acquired archives from interior designers and firms have been organized and rehoused according to archival standards. In 2014, Nora Reilly was hired as NYSID’s first official staff archivist. Read more!


NYSID Students Design Installation for DIFFA's Dining by Design
Friday, March 18, 2016

Dining by Design 2016
A team of NYSID students created a stunning installation for this year’s Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) Dining by Design. The event runs from March 17-21 at Pier 92 and will bring together international and local designers to create dining installations to raise funds for DIFFA’s efforts fighting HIV/AIDS. Read more!

NYSID Annual Dinner 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016

David Sprouls, Martha Stewart, and Patricia SovernOn Thursday, March 10, NYSID held its Annual Dinner honoring designer Ellie Cullman,  president and C.E.O. of the New York Design Center Jim Druckman, president of Jamestown, LP, Michael Phillips, and renowned landscape architect Deborah Nevins. Read more!

NYSID Students Attend ASID Summit in Savannah
Friday, March 04, 2016

Faith Hoops, Valerie Genovese,  Clarice Lysenko, and Daniella Brecher Feldman

A group of NYSID students got the opportunity to attend Launch: The ASID National Student Summit hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design from February 26-28. See photos here and read more!

Interior Design Today: Alumni Exhibition Opening
Thursday, March 03, 2016

On March 3, a reception for Interior Design Today: Alumni Exhibition was held to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of work from select alumni in honor of NYSID’s 100th anniversary. It was a festive evening, with many graduates, design professionals, and friends gathering to view the work of more than 30 alumni showing a wide range of projects for living, working, playing, and healing.  See photos from the opening!  And read more here.

NYSID Event in Palm Beach
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Michael Sovern, Patricia Sovern, Dennis MillerOn February 9, NYSID trustees, alumni, and friends gathered at Leta Austin Foster Associates in Palm Beach, Florida to celebrate NYSID's 100th anniversary. Guests included NYSID chairman Patricia Sovern, Michael Sovern, and trustee Dennis Miller, who helped organize the event (shown above). Other guests included Susan Bleda, Kim Coleman, Merrill and Bobby Debbs, India Foster, Susie Gilbertson, Carol and Tom Kirchoff, Miguel Rosales, Thomas Samet, Jorge Sanchez, Geri Skirkanich, Missy Taylor, Barbara Toll, Kenneth Walker, and Lynn Wankel.

NYSID Students Participate in NY Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Thursday, December 03, 2015

"Interconnectivity" student installation

“Interconnectivity,” a special design installation created by five NYSID students for this year’s NY Art, Antique & Jewelry Show was unveiled at the show’s grand opening on November 20.  The project was Led by NYSID alumnus and instructor Stefan Steil of Steilish Interior Design & Architecture, and designed by students Daniella Brecher (MFA ’17), Garrett Carter (BFA ’16), Valerie Genovese (BFA ’16), and Rikki Tenenbaum (BFA ’16). See photos and read more about the installation.


2015 Holiday House Student Competition
Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday House Student Competition participantsFor the first time ever, NYSID students competed for the opportunity to design a room at Holiday House

The student winner was Cheryl Sadlowski, BFA ’16, selected by a panel of judges including designers Drew McGukin, Alexa Hampton and Thom Filicia. Cheryl was announced the winner at a celebration at Holiday House on November 16. See photos and read more about the project here!

A Look at October Events and What's Ahead at NYSID
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Robert A.M. Stern & Four Seasons Book SigningOctober was packed wtih an exciting lineup of events! The Michael I. and Patricita M. Sovern Lecture on Design was presented by renowned architect Robert A.M. SternSee photos hereThen, a fabulous celebration was held at The Four Seasons for the release of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York. See photos from the night here. 

And, there are still more NYSID events ahead! Read more about these events and upcoming events.

NYSID Students Help Design Police Precinct in Brownsville
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

People's Precinct ProgramNYSID students are getting the exciting opportunity to design a section of the 73rd Police Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn as part of the “People’s Precinct Program,” which is being launched by the NYC Department of Design and Construction and the Town + Gown initiative in an effort to link schools and government through design. Ellen Fisher, NYSID’s vice president for academic affairs and dean, discussed the project on The Policy of Design and Equity panel discussion on Wednesday, October 28 at The Center for Architecture. Read more about the project here!

NYSID Students Travel to New Orleans for Architectural Photography Course
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Orleans Study TripA group of NYSID students traveled to New Orleans this October for Mark La Rosa’s Architectural Photography Urban Landscape course.  Over the course of four days, students visited iconic neighborhoods and architectural sites including the French Quarter and Garden District as well as other lesser known sites such as the Irish Channel, the Faubourg Marigny, and the St. Louis Cemetery. See student photos from the trip and  read more here!

Dialogues on Design
Monday, October 19, 2015

Alex Papachristidis & Newell TurnerThis fall, NYSID is bringing back the popular Dialogues on Design, a series of six conversations with noted designers moderated by Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group and NYSID trustee. Read more information about the series here! 


Angelo Donghia: Design Superstar Exhibition Opens
Friday, September 18, 2015

Donghia Living RoomOn September 16, a reception for Angelo Donghia: Design Superstar celebrated the exhibition dedicated to one of the design industry’s most versatile and talented practitioners. It was a spectacular night, with over 150 design professionals and friends gathering to celebrate a true renaissance man of interior design. See photos from the opening here and read more about the night.


NYSID @ Design Fairs
Monday, May 11, 2015

Get ready for NY Design Week, when a plethora of design fairs and events come to town. NYSID is excited to be taking part in a number of them. For the first time, our students’ furniture designs will be on view at ICFF – the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which takes place May 16 – 19 at the Javits Center. Read more.


TOURNEAU and NYSID Partner for Real-World Design Challenge
Monday, May 11, 2015

Tourneau, the largest luxury watch retailer in the US, partnered with NYSID to host a real-world design challenge. More than 20 NYSID students created design concepts for the new Tourneau store at 3 Bryant Park (which opened this March), and three winners were selected: first place, Elisa Vincenti; 2nd place, Vivi Rosenberg; and 3rd place, Dana Margaret Koebbe. The students will all receive Tourneau watches, and Elisa will be doing a summer internship at Tourneau.

The project was integrated into the curriculum of the Contract Design II course in NYSID’s BFA in Interior Design program. The spring 2015 class, taught by NYSID faculty members and architects Joseph Goldstein and Barbara Weinreich, focuses on design projects such as showrooms, corporate offices or retail environments, and integrating branding into interior design.

Congrats to the winners!

NY11+ Student Exhibition in Albany and Manhattan
Monday, May 11, 2015

NY11+ had its Annual Interior Design Student Exhibition in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY on April 13, and, as in years past, NYSID student work was well represented. The organization and exhibition aim to raise awareness of the interior design profession as it applies to health, safety, and welfare. NYSID students are shown here with their work, along with NYII+ founder Ruth Lynford and faculty member Robert Dadras.

And then one week later, the exhibition traveled to Manhattan at the showroom of Lapicida, a specialist in British and European reclaimed natural stone. There was a special reception and ribbon cutting on April 22, which was another opportunity to celebrate the students’ projects and the important advocacy work of NY11+.

Trisha Wilson Will Be Keynote Speaker @ 2015 Commencement Exercises
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trisha WilsonNow that spring is (finally!) here, NYSID’s end-of-year events are not far behind, namely the College's 2015 Commencement Exercises, which will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 3pm. We are excited to announce that Trisha Wilson, famed hospitality designer and chairman and CEO of Wilson-RED, will be this year’s keynote speaker at commencement. She will be receiving the College’s honorary doctorate degree along with interior designer Jamie Drake and John Rouse, publisher of Contract magazine.

NYSID Student Wins IIDA's Design This! Competition
Monday, April 13, 2015

Virginia (Callie) Ammidon

Congratulations to MFA-1 student Virginia (Callie) Ammidon, who won the IIDA New York Chapter Design This! Competition. Seven New York design students were challenged to design a unique textile pattern for the chance to be featured as part of a newly launched fabrics collection by Bole Road Textiles. The runners up, Kevin Lee Yi of NYSID and Aishwarya Govind of Pratt, also received recognition for their designs.

Hana Getachew, founder and creative director of Bole Road Textiles; Sheila Kim, editor at Architectural Record, and Jeanine Hays, editor in chief of AphroChic, served as the judges. Bole’s new collection, incorporating Ammidon’s winning design, will debut at BKLYN Design, May 8 – 10, 2015.

NYSID @ Dining By Design
Thursday, April 09, 2015

DIFFA teamNYSID made a big splash at this year’s DIFFA Dining By Design, an annual event where designers, brands, and other local talent create dining environments to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. NYSID’s student installation was named Top Pick 2015 by the ASID NY Metro Chapter, singled out amongst more than 40 other tablescapes

The student team included BFA students Emma Sawrey, Alexandra N. Sobolewski, Zhaoxu Vince Tong, and Sun Woong Youm, shown here with NYSID faculty member Rene Estacio (center), who led the student team with Brad Ford serving as a mentor. Congrats to the team and to Dining by Design for another successful year!

Watch an amazing video of our students at work on their Dining by Design installation!

Read a Q&A with Rene Estacio about the project.


New York Landmark Interiors Exhibition Opens
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Landmarks openingOn Thursday, March 5, a reception for “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York's Landmark Interiors” celebrated the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 117 public spaces, both familiar and less-known, that are designated as interior landmarks. It was a lively event, with designers, preservation advocates, NYSID faculty and students in attendance.  See photos from the opening and read more about the night's events!


MPS Lighting Interior Design at Industry Events
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NYSID participated in LEDucation, an annual lighting conference dedicated to advancing the education of the lighting community, which took place on March 5 and 6 at the Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel. John Katimaris, Program Director for MPS in Lighting Interior Design program, represented the College at our exhibitor table and talked to conference goers about our distinctive one-year, post-professional program.

And congratulations to MPS Lighting Interior Design student Matthew McCarthy, who won Honorable Mention at the Illumination Engineering Society Student competition. The theme of this year’s competition (which had more than 195 applicants) was “Residual Sparks,” a challenge to students to build a 3D study on how light is interwoven with time and memory.

New York School of Interior Design Annual Benefit Dinner
Friday, March 20, 2015

John Rosselli, Bunny Williams, David Sprouls, Betsey Ruprecht On Tuesday, March 10, the New York School of Interior Design held its Annual Dinner to benefit NYSID scholarships in the glamorous Rainbow Room in New York City.  It was a beautiful and inspiring evening celebrating outstanding achievement in design and its importance in our lives. Read more about the evening and see photos here.

Dean Ellen Fisher Receives Distinguished Service Award
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dr. Ellen Fisher, VP of Academic Affairs and Dean, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Fisher earned a PhD in Architectural Studies/Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2011. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the professional concerns and/or mission of the College of Human Environmental Sciences/School of Social Work. She will receive the award at an Awards Reception on April 7 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Michael Graves 1934-2015
Friday, March 13, 2015

Michael GravesThe New York School of Interior Design is deeply saddened by the death of longtime friend and advisor Michael Graves. As a member of the College's Advisory Board for more than a decade, and a program advisor for our MPS in Healthcare Interior Design, his guidance has been invaluable and will be missed. Graves received NYSID's honorary doctorate degree in 2011. His impact on the fields of architecture and design cannot be underestimated and we will always be thankful for his counsel and generosity.

New York Times obituary

We were fortunate enough to have Michael Graves present an inspiring lecture at NYSID in April 2014 on his work in healthcare design. You can view the lecture here:

Michael Graves: A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design

In Memoriam: Bill Breger
Friday, March 06, 2015

Bill BregerLast week, NYSID lost a long-time faculty member, supporter and friend. Bill Breger taught at NYSID from the 1940s to the 1990s and served as a member of the College’s advisory board. Breger had an illustrious career as an architect, which included the design of the college's space on 56th Street. He was also the Chairman of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, a visiting lecturer in Healthcare Design at Columbia University, and a lecturing professor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, specializing in English and French furniture. Arthur King Satz, president of NYSID from 1973 – 1989, said, “His association with the School went way back to the early years, and he contributed so much to its development. His passing has left a void in the lives of all who knew and admired him.”

You can read his obituary in The New York Times here.

Missed One of Our Lectures? Watch Them Online!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

For those of you who couldn't make one of NYSID's public programs this year, we have added a number of our lectures to the NYSID YouTube channel. 

Watch Inside the New Whitney Museum to get a preview of the new museum and learn about the design achievements and challenges. Or you can learn more about the oldest interior design firm in the country in Much About McMillen panel discussion with McMillen designers past and present.

You'll also find lectures by renowned architects and designers Michael Graves, Charles Jencks, and many more.

Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design
Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sovern Lecture - Barry BergdollOn Thursday, November 13, the NYSID community gathered for the first annual Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design, made possible by a generous gift from the Soverns for the enrichment of  NYSID's public programs.

The lecture was given by Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro professor of art history at Columbia University and curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art.

Read more about the evening.

NYSID Ranked Top Interior Design School by Design Intelligence
Friday, November 14, 2014

The New York School of Interior Design is ranked among the best in the nation, according to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. NYSID’s graduate interior design programs are ranked #1 in the nation and undergraduate interior design programs are ranked #3 in the nation for 2015.

Read the full press release here.

NYSID Students Participate in "Rooms With a View" Showhouse
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rooms with a view

NYSID students are designing a room for the upcoming Rooms With a View, a showhouse in Southport, Connecticut that takes place Friday to Sunday, November 14-16, 2014.

The NYSID team — MFA-2 student Jessie Chen and BFA students Yaneyra Hilario, Ilir Mani, Anjana Sathikumar, and Laura Schilling — is being led by NYSID alumna and associate dean Veronica Whitlock and NYSID alumna and faculty member Margaret Mintz.

Read more about the event.


Fall Alumni Party at Resource Furniture
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Alumni Party at Resource Furniture

On October 23, Resource Furniture hosted more than 90 NYSID alumni for cocktails and fun in their interactive showroom on the Upper East Side. Alumni were able to catch up with fellow classmates and faculty while playing with furniture that had them sit, pull, lift, and even design head-turning and space-saving furniture pieces. President David Sprouls and vice president for academic affairs and dean Ellen Fisher were there to greet and reconnect with alumni Kitty Chou ’09, Suzanne Knowlton ’11, Drew McGukin ’10, Elizabeth Murray ’05, and Charles Pavarini ’81, among many others. Pictured at left are alumni Michael Harold '10, Corinne Corbett '09, Karen Josue '08, and Jess Silverio '14.

Lawrence Levy, ’05, vice president of NYSID’s Alumni Council, made the initial connection with Resource Furniture and mentioned in his remarks some of the great new alumni initiatives, including the Alumni Mentorship Program, regional alumni parties, and the always useful Job Board offered through the College. 

NYSID Students Win 2014 Decorator’s Club Scholarships
Monday, October 20, 2014

The Decorator’s Club hosted its 21st Annual Scholarship Awards on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at SMART Technologies Showroom in the New York Design Center. The Decorators Club Education Fund -- established in 1960 to support interior design education -- sponsors an annual portfolio competition and awards grants to students in the New York City’s interior design programs.

Learn more about the NYSID students who were acknowledged for their outstanding designs.

Student Lunch & Learn with Mario Buatta
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Design legend Mario Buatta gave a talk especially for NYSID students at a Lunch & Learn on Monday, September 22. He was his usual jovial self, telling jokes in between stories about his experience growing up (he rearranged furniture in his home at the age of 5), his early influences (Sister Parish and the understated elegance of Colefax & Fowler), and dispensing advice (“If you can’t hide it, decorate it.”)

Read more about his talk.

Dialogues on Design
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NYSID is launching Dialogues on Design, a new series of conversations with leading interior designers, landscape designers, and architects. The first discussion, in a series of six, was Thursday, October 2 and featured Jamie Drake, founder, Drake Design Associates, and Jorge Sanchez, principal and co-founder, SMI Landscape Architecture Inc., and was moderated by Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful and editorial director of the Hearst Design Group.

Learn more and register for the series here.

Opening for McMillen Retrospective
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

McMillen Inc: Nine Decades of Interior Design, a retrospective exhibition celebrating the oldest continuously operating interior design firm in America, opened to glowing praise on Tuesday, September 16.

See images of the night and learn more about the exhibition.

Special Reception at NY Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

On Wednesday, September 17, NYSID hosted nearly 200 friends, alumni, and colleagues at a private preview of the first New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show at the Park Avenue Armory. NYSID chairman Patricia M. Sovern and president David Sprouls greeted guests at the entrance to the Drill Hall where they were able to visit the booths of some 70 exhibitors before the doors opened to a record-breaking number of attendees.

View photographs of the event.

Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
Monday, August 25, 2014

On Wednesday, August 6, Input Creative Studios hosted a benefit for Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. NYSID alumni and cofounders of Input, Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos, are working with a team of six NYSID students to design a bedroom for the home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.

Invited guests (including many NYSID students - shown left) got to partake in a fun photo booth and bid on auction items including: American Ballet Theatre tickets, a consultation at BuiltLean, custom painting by NOVO Arts, a ring from Diamond Doctor, a cake- decorating class at Sugar Flower Cake Shop; and design consultation from Input Creative Studio. Guests saw the plans for the space, which included an animated mural designed by Corse Design Factory. Food was donated by Breadberry and Village Taverna. You can still donate here.


MPS Graduates Event and Awards
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On Thursday July 24, NYSID students, faculty, and staff gathered for a reception for graduating MPS students who had just completed their summer coursework. The MPS Chairman's awards were also given out to
two graduates: Stacy Aristilde (MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments) and Rebecca Snell (MPS in Healthcare Interior Design).
For more news on the event and images, read the story here.

Thesis Up Close: John McHenry
Monday, August 04, 2014

Few college seniors are lucky or talented enough to receive an invitation to intern with the Imagineers, the legendary group of designers and engineers who shape Disney’s world of make believe. John McHenry, MFA’14 and winner of the 2014 Chairman’s Award, was one of them.

Read more about John and his thesis project, Hotel Ambrosine.

Thesis Up Close: Anne Aristya, 1.5 Place
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anne Aristya, (BFA, 2014), was born in Indonesia into a family with an architectural background, and has been surrounded by art and design throughout her life. She was awarded this year’s Ana Blanc Verna Award for Excellence in Interior Design, which is given to a senior in the BFA program who has demonstrated and expressed creativity throughout their entire course of study. Anne has since started a new job as an interior designer at Gensler. Read more about Anne's thesis project, 1.5 Place.



MPS Healthcare Spring Studio Project: Bayshore Cancer Center
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The MPS Healthcare Interior Design students gave an excellent presentation on their Spring Studio’s design project for the Bayshore Cancer Center this past Monday, July 21. The event took place at the American Institute of Architect’s Center for Architecture (in Greenwich Village) on LaGuardia Place, with architects, interior designers, NYSID faculty, and members of AIA’s Health Facilities Committee turning out to see the students’ final project.

Learn more about the project and view images of their presentation.

NYSID’s Green Roof Initiative
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Green roofs are increasingly cited for improving the urban climate, reducing pollution, providing a micro-habitat for insects, bees and birds, as well as contributing positively to a building’s water and insulation management.

NYSID’s USGBC Student Group — which provides students with the opportunity to network, be involved in community service, and raise awareness of LEED and green building — is currently working on a project for the rooftop of the 70th street building dubbed the Green Roof Initiative.

Read more on NYSID's USGBC Student Group's Green Roof Initiative here.

NYSID Students & Alumni Design a Room for Ronald McDonald House
Monday, July 14, 2014

As a next-phase step towards the room they will design and install for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island a team of NYSID students are hard at work turning drawings and plans into reality. Led by NYSID alumni Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos, co-founders of Input Creative Studio, MFA-2 student Bohou Cheng and BFA students Yuan Yuan Ma, Samantha Masone, Mary Thomas, Vince Tong, and Catarine Wright are on the team of this exciting community project.

Read more about the ongoing work and project.

Thesis Up Close: Yujin Oh
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Yujin Oh graduated in August 2014 from NYSID’s MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments program. She received her BFA in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design. She now works as a designer at the Switzer Group. She was a recipient of the 2014 Alumni Award.

See Yujin's thesis project and read more about her award here.




Thesis Up Close: Hyemi Kang
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A Q&A with MFA-1 graduate Hyemi Kang. Hyemi is originally from Seoul, Korea and has a BFA in furniture design and ceramics. She won the Chairman’s Award for her thesis project—a new, inspirational, and flexible space for dormitory living called the Dormetelier. Learn more about Hyemi's thesis project.


Designers from China tour NYC with NYSID: June 2014
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For two weeks this June, NYSID hosted a group of trained architects and interior designers from all over China, guiding them on a behind-the-scenes tour of the latest in interior design. The group was focused on hospitality design –- hotels, restaurants and cafes -– and included visits with top hospitality firms and cultural destinations. Read more about their trip here.

NYSID Alumni Alberto Villalobos & Mercedes Desio Make a Splash at Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio met in the summer of 2003 while they were both students at the New York School of Interior Design. After they graduated (in 2006 and 2008 respectively), they opened a home design store in the East Village, Etos, and also began taking on interior design clients. Read more about Alberto, Mercedes, and the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

From the NYSID Archives: Graduation 1964
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Graduates at NYSID Commencement 1964Fifty years ago this week, the NYSID Class of 1964 gathered at The Plaza Hotel (yes, The Plaza!) for a graduation banquet. While sorting through the NYSID Archives, our archivist Nora Reilly came across these amazing photographs. Commencement was slightly different back then, as was NYSID itself. Read more here.


NYSID graduates pose for a photograph, 1964

Three NYSID Students Awarded ASID ELF Scholarship Awards
Friday, May 09, 2014

ASID's New York Metro Chapter presented its annual Education Legacy Fund (ELF) Scholarship Awards on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Three NYSID students Vivian Rosenberg, Jamina Silen, and Alexis Wachtel, received awards of $1,000, $1,500, and $500 respectively. The event took place at Knoll’s New York showroom at 1330 Avenue of the Americas, NYC and many industry professionals and students from area schools were in attendance.

Since its founding in 1998, ELF has awarded over 60 scholarships to outstanding interior design students from CIDA-accredited design schools in the New York Metropolitan area. The awards are based on GPA and financial need and were founded by Edith Greenwood, ASID. NYSID congratulates the three winners and thanks ELF for their continued support of interior design education!

Faculty and Alumni Project Spotlight: Ethan Lu and The Blue Olive Team
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blue Olive, a multi-faceted, gourmet Greek food cuisine emporium has arrived in New York City thanks to a collaborative design endeavor between NYSID faculty and alumni. Ethan Lu, director of graduate studies at NYSID, and principal at Metropolitan United Studio (MUS) along with Jason Kim spearheaded a team of NYSID alumni and faculty to design the restaurant. Read more about the design of Blue Olive restaurant.

NYSID Students and Alumni Take Part in Ronald McDonald House’s Project Design 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NYSID students and alumni are joining more than 40 notable interior designers to transform the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, the home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. The NYSID team--MFA-2 student Bohou Cheng and BFA students Yuan Yuan Ma, Samantha Masone, Mary Thomas, Vince Tong, and Catarine Wright—is being led by NYSID alumni Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos, co-founders of Input Creative Studio. Learn more about this project.


Carlotta Valsecchi Wins First Prize in the 1st Annual Globus Cork Floor Design Competition.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Carlotta Valsecchi, a fourth year BFA student, won first prize in the 1st Annual Globus Cork Floor Design Competition. Globus Cork vice president Jennifer Biscoe said, "We are thrilled with Ms. Valsecchi's design as an excellent display of the style possibilities with 100% cork tile flooring. The Globus Cork Floor Design Competition is a new annual competition and the goal is to inspire designers and architects to think creatively about cork tiles which are one of the most sustainable flooring in the world."

NYSID Students Participate in NY 11+ Exhibitions
Monday, April 28, 2014

Eight students from NYSID are taking part in NY 11+ this month, an annual exhibition of work from 12 New York metropolitan area interior design institutions entitled “Interior Design: Codes For Living.” NYSID students made a field trip to Albany in early April to see the show and on Wednesday, April 23 they celebrated the opening of the exhibition at the NYC showroom of Grohe, the European designer of premium kitchen and bath fixtures. Read more about NY 11+ exhibition.


Amy Azzarito at NYSID: The History Behind the Trends
Thursday, April 24, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, the rich history behind today’s home and interior design trends was explored during The History Behind the Trends, a lecture at NYSID by Amy Azzarito, managing editor of the popular blog Design*Sponge.

“DesignSponge is read by many of our students, alumni and faculty,” said president David Sprouls in his introduction and he noted that the blog was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by The New York Times. Read more about Amy's the talk and see the full video.


Architect Arthur Gensler to Speak at NYSID's 2014 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, April 18, 2014

Arthur Gensler, Rosalyn Cama, and Christopher Hyland to Receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees

NYSID is pleased to announce that Arthur Gensler, founder of Gensler, will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 2014 commencement ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. NYSID is proud to graduate 163 candidates this year: 45 Master of Fine Arts, 18 Master of Professional Studies, 50 Bachelor of Fine Arts, and 50 Associate in Applied Science candidates.

Read more about NYSID's 2014 commencement and honorees.

NYSID Student Yuan Yuan Ma Wins IIDA NY 2014 Student Design Award
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Each year, the International Interior Design Association’s New York Chapter (IIDA NY) hosts the Student Design Awards, which celebrate students whose original interior design projects demonstrate consistent, creative principles. Read about NYSID student Yuan Yuan Ma who won a first place award.

NYSID Takes Part in Two Healthcare Design Conferences
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Victor Dadras, NYSID’s program director for the MPS Healthcare Interior Design program, was an active participant in two healthcare conferences: Design Connections: Engaging the Healthcare Design Community, which took place last month in Newport Beach, CA, and the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida. Read more about his experience at both conferences and the NYSID faculty and advisory board members who participated.

Michael Graves at NYSID: A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design
Monday, April 14, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, NYSID welcomed noted architect and designer Michael Graves, who presented a lively and informative talk entitled A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design. Graves is well known for planning the architecture and interiors of over 350 buildings worldwide, including hotels and resorts, restaurants, retail stores, civic and cultural projects, office buildings, healthcare, residences and a wide variety of academic facilities. Graves is also known for his product designs—designing everything from teapots to furniture to wrist watches. He is now at forefront of healthcare design, addressing some of healthcare’s greatest challenges by putting patients first with common sense design solutions.  Read more about Michael Graves' talk at NYSID and watch the video of his lecture.

NYSID's Open House on Saturday, April 12
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NYSID will be opening its doors to prospective students on Saturday, April 12, 11am. Our Open Houses are a great way to learn about the numerous fields within the profession, and NYSID's degree and certificate programs.

Hear from professionals, faculty, and students; see student work; and tour our 70th street building and our Graduate Center. Admissions staff, a financial aid officer, and academic advisors will all be available to answer any questions.  

Click here to register or call (212) 472-1500 x205.

NYSID Students Design for DIFFA's Dining By Design
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Every March in New York, Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) shines with the goodwill of more than 40 leading designers and artists who participate in Dining by Design, an event that runs concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and raises funds for organizations who fight HIV/AIDS.

This year, NYSID students, supervised by faculty member Rene Estacio, created a stunning dining installation. The table and table settings consisted of smashed tableware that gravitated toward the center of a vortex on the wall. The vortex represented the human population being surrounded by the illness. The student team included Hyemi Kang (MFA-1), Justin Venk (MFA-1), Joseph Vescio (BFA), and Alevtina Vinokur (BFA) along with lighting design by Shawn Anderson. Congrats to the team for showcasing NYSID’s creativity and talent! 

See images of the finished product and the installation process here.


Opening and Lecture for Maggie's Centre Exhibition
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Maggie's Centres NYSID

Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care exhibition opened at the NYSID Gallery on Thursday, March 6 to rave reviews. More than 150 people came to hear a lecture by Maggie’s co-founder Charles Jencks and to attend the opening reception.

The exhibition, which runs through April 25, focuses on five Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres that provide a range of support programs to cancer patients and their friends and families within inspired buildings designed by renowned architects such as Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid. You can read more about the exhibition in recent articles in The New York Times, Dwell, Healthcare Design Magazine, and Psychology Today.  See photos from the lecture and opening here.

NYSID Honors Mariette Himes Gomez and Charles Jencks at its Annual Benefit Dinner
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

On Monday, March 10, 2014, the design industry and supporters of NYSID attended the College's annual gala at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. More than 180 guests came together to honor interior designer and NYSID alumna Mariette Himes Gomez, who received the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, and landscape architect Charles Jencks, who was presented with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design. Read more about NYSID's annual gala.

Interview: Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Marisa Marcantonio is an interior design branding and marketing consultant and founder of the widely read design blog, Stylebeat. She is a contributing editor and editor TV host at Editor at Large and was previously the style editor for House Beautiful and O at Home.  

Marisa teaches blogging and marketing at NYSID’s Institute for Continuing & Professional Studies.  Marisa is teaching two classes this semester,The Medium is the Message: Social Media and Digital Marketing  and Blogging Basics.  The Medium is the Message  is running this Thursday, March 20, 9:30 – 11am at the New York Design Center, (NYDC) which hosts several NYSID classes each semester.  Read more about Marisa and her class.

Robert Arthur King Elected to AIA College of Fellows
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Robert A. KingCongratulations to longtime NYSID faculty member Robert Arthur King, who was recently elected to American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. The AIA has elevated 139 members to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The program was developed to recognize architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession, and contributed to architecture and society on a national level.

King will be honored at a ceremony at the 2014 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago in June. See the full list of 2014 Fellows here.


Alumni Interview: Marcia Butler
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Marcia Butler is an award-winning interior designer and founder of Marcia Butler Interior Design Inc. in New York City and a BFA graduate of the New York School of Interior Design. She is the recipient of a Design Excellence Award from the International Interior Design Association and has been featured in Design Bureau Magazine, on Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn, and in Gourmet Business magazine.

We interviewed Marcia on her experiences at NYSID and her path to becoming an interior designer, to read the interview, click here.

Porcelains Perfect: How Top Designers Accessorize with Ceramics at The New York Ceramics Fair
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Plates, bowls and vases can do much more than merely dress up a table, as celebrated designers Alexa Hampton, Kitty Hawks and David Scott will prove on Friday, January 24, 12pm, as they present their favorite ideas for using ceramic objects as key elements in decorating a home. The lively talk, entitled Porcelains Perfect, will be held at The New York Ceramics Fair, Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, in New York.

The Once and Future Interior at The Museum of Art and Design
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On Thursday, January 23, 7pm, NYSID and The Museum of Arts & Design present a discussion with three technology-savvy design professionals who will talk about the ways in which today’s (and tomorrow’s) developments will change the way our living spaces (home, office, and recreation) look and feel – with additive-layer-fabricated furniture and objects, computer-formed walls, space-age materials, personalized temperature control and mood-altering illumination.

The Once and Future Interior panelists include, Mike Szivos of Softlab NYC who will show what his firm has done to create cutting-edge environments, Jan Vingerhoets of FLOS North America who will talk about transforming interiors with light, and interior designer Nicholas Domitrovich of ICRAVE who will envision how designers will conceive and create the near-future home.

The evening event is free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission, at The Theater at MAD, 2 Columbus Circle in New York City.

Conversation with Clodagh: What's American About American Design? at the METRO Show
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Join NYSID on Thursday, January 23, 10 - 11am at the Metro Show for What's American About American Design?" A Conversation with Clodagh.

Celebrated designer Clodagh and marketing expert Ilene Shaw will talk about the characteristics that make American design unique and different. In words and images, they’ll show how an eclectic approach and an interest in this country’s heritage have made American-designed interiors and objects, past and present, part of our national identity. The Metro show is at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, in New York City, located between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Friends of the Library and NYSID Archives
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jim Druckman gift to NYSID LibraryOn December 4th, NYSID hosted the inaugural event of the Friends of the NYSID Library, a new group created that supports the ongoing activities of the library and helps generate active support for the NYSID Archives.  Ross Francis, NYSID board member and chair at FOL, welcomed library patrons, alumni and lovers of design libraries. 

Interior designers or design enthusiasts can join the Friends of the NYSID Library and read about the latest archives here.


NYSID Hosts Student Exhibition and Reception at Holiday House
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday House and NYSIDOn December 3rd, select students, alumni, faculty and supporters gathered at a special event at the esteemed Holiday House, the annual showhouse that raises funds for breast cancer research. On the invitation of Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House, NYSID students from Residential I Studio course were asked to create a design for the magnificent parlor room at Holiday House.

Alexa Hampton and Thom Filicia, design chairs of Holiday House were the judges for student projects.  

Read more about the Holiday House and NYSID event here.

NY Design Center and 1stdibs Host Booksigning Benefitting NYSID
Thursday, December 12, 2013

On Oct. 29th NYSID was the beneficiary of an exciting evening of shopping hosted by Jim Druckman, president and CEO of the New York Design Center  and NYSID board member, along with Michael Bruno, founder and chairman of 1stdibs. The event celebrated design industry legends, Ellie Cullman and Mario Buatta, who recently published Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration and The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close  with Cullman & Kravis respectively. 

For more on the event, guests and images, click here.  

NYSID’s New Alumni Mentorship Program
Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Nick Domitrovich (alum) and Lisa Epelbaum (student)NYSID recently launched a new Alumni Mentorship program -- a pairing of current students and alumni to enhance a student’s life at NYSID. The program required that students and alumni meet six to eight times per semester.  There was an enthusiastic response from both undergraduate to graduate students, with more than 30 applications.

 “We structured the program for alumni to help students set priorities, coaching them on specific classes and portfolio development to help support the whole student,“ said Karen Higginbotham, Dean of Students. “This is not an internship or work situation, it is a personal and professional growth opportunity for both student and alumni.”

Eight students were selected based on their applications, essays, and personal interviews and then carefully paired with the appropriate alum. To read more and see the list of students/mentor pairs for 2013/14, click here.

NYSID Celebrates Scholarships Cocktail Reception at the Park Avenue Armory
Monday, October 21, 2013

NYSID at ArmoryOn October 9, NYSID celebrated noted interior designers and their commitment to the education of aspiring and emerging designers with a private reception to mark the opening of the AVENUE Show: Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory.

Guests at the reception included designers for whom scholarships are named:  Geoffrey Bradfield and Ellie Cullman; emerging designers who received these awards and other alumni: Mariette Himes Gomez, Federica Monaco and Stefan Steil; NYSID trustees Jill Dienst, Dennis Miller, Betsey Ruprecht, Patricia Sovern, and David Scott; members of the design community committed to the education, training and mentorship of the next generation: Silvia Owen, Peter Pennoyer, Mary Jane Pool and Katie Ridder; and other NYSID Friends, such as Chiu Ti Jansen.

The following day, NYSID programed a full day of lectures with five leading interior designers, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Sandra Nunnerly and Vicente Wolf. Click here to see images of the event.

NYSID and ASID Kick-Off Event for GO PRO/NYC,The Society’s Annual Event for Emerging Interior Design Professionals
Thursday, October 10, 2013

“Empowering” was the word of the day on October 4, when NYSID hosted the kick-off event for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) third annual GO/PRO NY. The welcome presentation began an exciting two-day weekend conference of rigorous learning and networking. Over 100 emerging designers enjoyed dynamic panel sessions, exclusive showroom visits and architecture and design tours at venues throughout Manhattan.


To read more about NYSID's hosting of the GO/PRO NY 2013 welcome event, click here.


A Celebration of “Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll” Exhibition at NYSID
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

On October 1, NYSID hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition, “Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll.”

Notable art, interior design, mid-century modern fans and textile lovers came (see Flickr set of guests and the show here) to celebrate industry icon Boris Kroll, whose eponymous firm revolutionized commercial and residential textile design with both bright colors and innovative weave technology. 

To read more about the Boris Kroll opening and other mid-century modern events at NYSID, click here.

Alexa Hampton Visits NYSID for "Lunch and Learn"
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alexa Hampton at NYSIDOn September 24th, NYSID welcomed a visit from Alexa Hampton, owner and featured designer of Mark Hampton, LLC., the design firm founded by her late father, Mark Hampton. Alexa, a NYSID board member, author, award-winning fixture on Architectural Digest's AD100 list and designer of furniture and home décor, generously shared her valuable insights on how to have a successful interior design business with NYSID students. 

Click here to read more on Alexa’s visit.


NYSID Students Prepare for PARK(ing) Day 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013

Parking Day 2013This Friday, September 20th, a group of NYSID students will participate in PARK(ing) Day, an annual global event that transforms metered parking spots into temporary public spaces. Over the past month students from our BFA, MFA, and MPS programs have using their knowledge of interior design to rethink how a parking spot on the corner of 70th Street and Lexington Avenue, just a block away from our 170 East 70th Street building, could be used to better serve our surrounding community.

Learn more about PARK(ing) Day and our student's plans for the day.

Interview: Murray Moss: A Conversation on New Directions in Design and Design/Art
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Murray MossMurray Moss  - founder of the internationally renowned Moss design store and design consultancy Moss Bureau - interviewed with us as a preview to his upcoming lecture at NYSID.  His views of today's innovations in design and what he thinks the future has in store will be the evening's conversation topic with NYSID faculty member and historian Judith Gura on September 18, 2013. Read the Murray Moss interview here.

Thesis Up Close: Erin Goldrick-Kinesphere: Multi-Use NYC Space for Professional Dancers
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mixed use spaces for niche groups are a growing sector of interior design.  Our mobile lives now demand that spaces provide total support with everything at our fingertips wherever we go. Professional touring dancers, with their high-performance and demanding schedules, became the focus for one recent NYSID MFA-1 graduate, Erin Goldrick, who imagined the special needs of world traveling classical and contemporary ballet dancers who come to Manhattan to perform, audition, and seek opportunity to collaborate with other dancers for a space she calls, Kinesphere.

How do interior designers create spaces for multiple use for people on the move? Read our interview with MFA-1 graduate, Erin Goldrick here.

Award-Winning Project Up Close: Alevtina Vinokur's Detras Restaurant
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alevtina Vinokur restaurant image

We often hear prospective students asking “Can I enter NYSID without a portfolio and use class projects as my portfolio to enter a degree program?’
The answer is yes!
One of our BFA students, Alevtina Vinokur, a former English Literature major, began just that way, starting with the basic courses and moving into a degree. A few weeks ago, Vinokur won the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation student scholarship of $30,000 and another award from Gensler, the opportunity to intern at the firm and a scholarship of $2000.

We interviewed Vinokur about her intriguing award-winning restaurant design based on Elie Saab's designs and her future career, here.

Two NYSID Students Win Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarships
Monday, June 24, 2013

Anne Aristya and Alevtina Vinokur Win Prestigious $30,000 Scholarship

Two NYSID BFA students, Anne Aristya and Alevtina Vinokur, were awarded the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship for 2013, two of twelve winners.

The $30,000 award covers senior year tuition, board and maintenance, books and other requisite student materials. Each year there are over 200 competitors, with only 12 scholarships awarded. Aristya’s project, entitled Revolution of Ideas Space, was a community workspace for BOLD, a teen magazine that aims to nurture Generation-Y’s moral, intellectual, and social development. Vinokur submitted a design for a restaurant, called Detras, inspired by Elie Saab, a prominent fashion designer, whose dresses have fluid form, striking geometric shapes and precise tailoring. Congratulations to both winners!

For more about New York School of Interior Design's Donghia scholarship winners, read here.

Thesis Up Close: Erika Reuter – Marche: An Adaptive Re-use of US Post Office Buildings
Friday, June 21, 2013

Erika Reuter, who recently graduated from NYSID’s post-professional MFA-2 program, was inspired to design an adaptive re-use solution for US Post Office buildings, preserving these structures, while also highlighting their central, community-building aspects. 

While US Post Offices are among this country’s most revered landmark buildings, with over 1,100 constructed across the nation during the New Deal, they are being increasingly abandoned or demolished. The decrease in snail mail, budgets and the overall decline of town centers are all cited as causes for the post office vacating these structures. Many of these same post offices are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Public Works Administration emphasized the importance of high design and quality in order to ensure 'public works of an ensuring character and lasting benefits’ as it was described at the time.

We interviewed Reuter to learn more about her adaptive reuse vision created at the New York School of Interior Design, here.

LA Times Highlights Tour of Grand Central with NYSID Students
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Celebrating one hundred years in the history of any building is big news, and when students from the New York School of Interior Design tour that building…well, it becomes bigger news.

We were amused and honored to see that an article in the LA Times by Tina Susman, highlighted a recent tour our students enjoyed of Grand Central Terminal with its knowledgeable docent and chief historian. The Terminal turned 100 years old this year and of all the activities on the schedule to celebrate the anniversary, tours to appreciate its beauty truly reflect the strength and importance of good design…our favorite topic. Here is a link to the Los Angeles Times story, “At 100, Grand Central Still Holds Secrets.”

And now that our students' tour of Grand Central Terminal has become digitally legendary... the behind the scenes details of Grand Central Terminal as seen by a New York School of Interior Design student blog post adds even more intriguing facets of history as “secrets” of this famed New York City landmark.

Here’s to 100 more years!

Find out how to take a tour of Grand Central, here.

2013 Commencement
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

“Interior design is no longer a niche topic,” remarked design icon Thom Filicia during his address at the New York School of Interior Design’s 2013 commencement ceremony, which took place Thursday, May 23rd at the picturesque Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Class of 2013, along with their friends and families, were treated to Filicia’s lively and inspirational speech before crossing the stage to receive their diplomas.

Tom Filica's speech to 2013 interior design graduates, family and friends is here.

Future Spaces by NYSID Graduates
Monday, May 20, 2013

Every year NYSID’s BFA and MFA thesis projects imagine spaces for living, working, learning healing and community, both offering a window of the talent nurtured by the college and a glimpse into the future of the interior design discipline.

Next week, more than 80 of these undergraduate and graduate thesis and studio projects will be unveiled at two opening receptions. Thefirst reception is for the BFA Spring Thesis exhibition on Tuesday, May 21, followed by the MFA Thesis and MPS Studio Projects on Wednesday, May 22, which will show work from our two MFA Programs and our MPS in Healthcare Interior Design, Sustainable Interior Design, and Interior Lighting Design will present at NYSID’s Graduate Center, 401 Park Avenue at 28th Street, third floor, NYC, from 6 - 8pm.

 Talent abounds at New York School of Interior Design's Thesis Project exhibitions, see more here.

Interior Design Luminaries Attend NYSID's Annual Spring Benefit Honoring Geoffrey Bradfield and Laurie D. Olin
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Laurie Olin, Geoffrey BradfieldDesign is on everybody’s mind when spring arrives in New York City. Between ICFF, Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, and the inaugural NYCxDESIGN fair, the design world made sure their calendar included NYSID’s April 30th Spring Benefit Dinner to usher in the design season.

Celebrated art, design, and architecture luminaries came (see guests here) to celebrate two industry icons: interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, who was the recipient of the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, and landscape architect Laurie D. Olin, who received the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design, both presented by NYSID president, David Sprouls.

For more about the New York School of Interior Design's Spring Benefit, click here.


New York City’s Grand Central, Behind-The-Scenes
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

When you live in a place as fast paced as New York, it’s easy to take your surroundings for granted.  We’re all guilty of this.  Even myself, as a grad student at New York School of Interior Design!

Growing up in the suburbs, I’ve been rushing in and out of Grand Central for as long as I can remember.   As a kid, and even a teenager, it was like this magical gateway into the city. But now as an adult and a Brooklynite, I mostly see it as place full of people who are all in the way of where I need to go. When you stop and smell the roses, it’s a pretty great place. The space is downright beautiful, and as the city is being built up with glass curtain walls, this Beaux Arts gem is a shining beacon of New York’s past.

A tour of Grand Central's 100 year anniversary reveals many history and design surprises.

Nothing Like Home: NYSID Explores The Lure of Hotel Design
Monday, April 15, 2013

Much more than a home away from home, hotels have historically offered travelers a designed environment as an immersive experience to transport the senses. Inspired by its current exhibition on hospitality design, "Designing the Luxury Hotel: Neal Prince and the Inter-Continental Brand,”on April 10,NYSID hosted a discussion, “Nothing Like Home, Designing The Hotel Experience,” with a panel of industry experts speaking on the evolution and current state of luxury hotel design.

Historians, builders and keen observers of luxury hotel design had many insights, read more here.

NYSID Student Project Appears at DIFFA Dining By Design
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Come check out NYSID students’ dining-themed installation at Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’ (DIFFA) Dining By Designevent, on view at Pier 94 from March 21 – 24, 2013. They are taking part in DIFFA’s Student Design Initiative, which invites New York’s most prestigious schools to each create a design installation for the event.

The New York School of Interior Design's entry was a stand out...and enjoyed full page coverage in Interior Design magazine, read more here.

Students Explore South Florida's Art and Design Over Winter Break
Monday, February 04, 2013

In early January, students who signed up for the new design history course, South Florida: Cutting Edge of American Modern, took a 10-day study trip to Miami and West Palm Beach. Led by NYSID instructor Judith Gura, the students explored South Florida's beautiful beaches and admired architecture ranging from Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival to Art Deco and cutting-edge contemporary.

New York School of Interior Design BFA student Deanna D’Elia shares her experience on the trip, here.

NYSID Faculty and Staff Judge Entries for Westchester Home’s 2013 Design Awards
Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Winter 2013 issue of Westchester Home magazine includes the winners of their annual Design Awards, chosen from more than 125 submissions from area designers and architects. This year’s judges were made up entirely of NYSID faculty and staff: Veronica Whitlock, NYSID’s associate dean, and faculty members Pedro Lima, John Buscarello, Don Kossar, and Margaret Mintz.  Summing up the sentiments from the panel, John Buscarello said, “Overall, the winners exhibited a wonderful sense of materials. I liked how a strong sense of modernism exerted its influence in these traditional spaces.”

For winning projects chosen by New York School of Interior Design faculty and staff, read more here.

See What's in Store for Spring: New Course Offerings at NYSID's ICPS
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In addition to our usual offering of graphic communication and technology, professional development, and courses for academic credit, this spring, NYSID’s Institute for Continuing and Professional Studies (ICPS) has new courses that may pique your interest.

NYSID's Spring curriculum for the Institute of Continuing and Professional Studies can be found here.

NYSID Alumni Make Their Mark at DIFFA in San Francisco
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

NYSID alumni Karen Villanueva and Paul O’Rourke recently collaborated on an installation for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Dining by Design, an annual charitable event where top designers create one-of-a-kind tabletop installations, with all proceeds going to HIV/AIDS services. The duo represented their respective firms, Villanueva Design and Paul O’Rourke Design, at their first high-profile design event.

DIFFA designs from NYSID alumni can be seen here.

NYSID Student Leighanna Ternosky Awarded BiTTT Scholarship
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On November 15, Bring It To the Table (BiTTT) held their annual Holiday Fundraiser Party at the Anthony Lawrence-Belfair showroom on 53 W. 23rd Street, NYC.  This festive affair included music, dancing, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres but the highlight was the presentation of a scholarship to NYSID student Leighanna Ternosky, who is a sophomore in the BFA program.

From left to right: David Sprouls, Alexa Hampton, Leighanna Ternosky, Lana Lawrence, and Vicente Wolf

NYSID Student and NYSID Alum Were Honored at IFDA’s “2012 Rising Stars” Event
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NYSID student Katie Gyeonghee Kil and NYSID alum Drew McGukin were honored at the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association event, Rising Stars of Interior Design on November 13, at the Design & Decoration Building in New York City.

Alumni Gather for Special Event at Newel
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NYSID alumni recently gathered for the fall alumni event at Newel – a decorative arts and fine arts showroom located in a six story building on East 53rd Street, NYC. Over 60 alumni came out to celebrate, enjoy food and drinks, and peruse the wonderful collections in the showroom. Newel’s hosts, Guy Regal, Nicole Kapit, and Jake Bauer generously opened the showroom for NYSID alumni. “I was pleased by the enthusiastic turnout and hope to build on the momentum for the next NYSID alumni event this spring.” said NYSID Alumni Council President Allison Russell Davis.

The New York School of Interior Design's alumni annual event at Newel photos are here.

NYSID and MoMA Tackle Designing for Kids
Friday, October 26, 2012

MOMA Century of the ChildAt NYSID, we spend the majority of our time designing spaces for adults – their offices, homes, hotels, and even hospitals. But, of course, children also occupy these spaces and have specific design needs. We’ll be addressing this topic at the upcoming lecture Rooms for the Younger Generation, on Wednesday, October 31, 6pm.

For more on NYSID and MoMA together Tackling Designing for Kids, see here.

Q & A with NYSID President, David Sprouls
Monday, October 22, 2012

David SproulsDavid Sprouls was appointed president of NYSID in July 2012. Now that he’s been in his current position for a little over three months, we wanted to check in and see what his plans are for the coming year and beyond.

An interview with David Sprouls, president of New York School of Design is here.

Grad Center Opens Up for OHNY
Friday, October 05, 2012

NYSID Graduate CenterNYSID students spend a lot of time studying the built environment. It only seems appropriate that this upcoming weekend NYSID’s own built environment will get some special attention and be featured in the 10th anniversary of Open House New York (OHNY).

For more on Open House New York and our Grad Center, read here.

NYSID Appoints New President
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

David Sprouls

The Board of Trustees of the New York School of Interior Design has appointed David Sprouls as the college’s seventh president. Mr. Sprouls has been serving as Acting President since January 1, 2012.

Read press release.

Thesis Up Close - Sofia Juperius, BFA'12
Monday, July 23, 2012

MBA Athletic CenterWith the Summer Olympics about to start in London, everyone around here has a case of Olympic fever! So, we thought who better to spotlight for our Thesis Up Close series than recent BFA graduate Sofia Juperius. Her M.B.A Athletic Center, a performance enhancement and physical therapy center dedicated solely to professional athletes, is one of many projects on view at the NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69 Street, NYC through July 25.

Thesis Up Close: Heather Clinger - Shed 13 Ski Resort
Friday, June 29, 2012

During the month of the July, we will be spotlighting some of the exemplary thesis projects and giving you the chance to hear directly from the designers on their creations. First up is a Q&A with MFA-2 graduate Heather Clinger about her thesis project Shed 13, a ski resort set in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.

Read more

NYSID Welcomes New Board Members
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NYSID’s Board of Trustees is an active and involved group. In addition to their governing duties, they participate in lectures and class critiques, advise students on their thesis projects, and much more. Last month, five new members were appointed to NYSID’s Board: Amory Armstrong, Alexa Hampton, Ellen Kravet, Dennis Miller, and Betsey Ruprecht. Read more

2012 NYSID Commencement
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

On Friday, May 18th, the NYSID community gathered for its 95th Commencement Exercises. NYSID faculty, staff, board members and honored guests joined the 149 graduating students and their families to celebrate their extraordinary accomplishments.

Read more. You can see the photos here.

MPS Lighting Grad - 2nd Place in Competition
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Congratulations to MPS Interior Lighting Design student Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez for winning the Robert Bruce Thompson Annual Student Light Fixture Design Competition.  The assignment was to design a light fixture to illuminate the task area of an airline ticket counter.  Wendy’s project, called Shelter Light, won 2nd prize and was praised by the judges for “providing the best quality of light among the winning entries this year” and for “its graceful form and the strong architectural gesture.”Read more

NYSID Thesis Exhibitions 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012

It’s that time of year at NYSID when everyone is in overdrive–the staff is preparing for next week’s commencement ceremony, and the students are either finishing up their coursework, or in the case of the graduating students, putting the final touches on their thesis projects. Next week, these undergraduate and graduate thesis and capstone projects will be unveiled at two opening receptions. Read more

NYSID Alums Contribute to 2012 Kips Bay Showhouse
Friday, May 11, 2012

Each year, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Decorator Show House is one of the most anticipated interior design events in New York City, with celebrated interior designers transforming a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. This year is especially exciting because it marks the 40th anniversary of the event and it will be held for the first time at The Aldyn, a pristine luxury residential building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Read more here.

NYSID Honors Design Luminaries at Annual Benefit
Friday, April 27, 2012

The Metropolitan Club was the center for all things interior and landscape design related at NYSID's annual benefit on Wednesday, April 18.  Guests at the cocktail reception and dinner were there to support NYSID scholarships and pay tribute to legendary designer Jack Lenor Larsen (at left with David Sprouls and Patricia Sovern) and landscape architect Thomas L. Woltz (right). 

Larsen received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the School and Woltz was the recipient of the inaugural Thomas N. Armstrong III Award for Landscape Design, named in memory of NYSID's beloved trustee who died in 2011. Luminaries from the design world, along with other distinguished guests, were welcomed by NYSID Board Chair Patricia Sovern and were treated to presentations about Armstrong, Larson, and Woltz in a ceremony that was hosted by NYSID's Acting President and Executive VP David Sprouls. Both Larson and Woltz were presented with crystal bowls that were donated by Lalique.  NYSID Alumni Association President Valerie Mead, along with alumni Michael Harold, Kathryn Madden, Alejandra Munizaga, Elsie St. Leger, Lori Watts, and Missy Wolfe, created the floral displays that adorned each table. More Photos

Studio Break - Duncan Phyfe Exhibit at the Met
Friday, April 27, 2012

If there is one thing I love about New York, it’s that the city actually envelops you in culture. This weekend I took a break from the studio and headed uptown to see the Duncan Phyfe exhibit at the Met.

I highly recommend this to anyone interested in decorative arts. Phyfe was a major figure in American style around the turn of the 19th century and a New Yorker. Read more.

Lighting Design Charrette: What You Can Accomplish in a Weekend!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

As part of the one-year MPS in Interior Lighting Design program, the students take a required Lighting Studio II course. To kick-start the class, we have a series of three charrettes. These are intense brainstorming and design sessions that take place over the weekend. One focused on retail, one on hospitality, and one on commercial spaces. Read More

Ethan Lu on Upcycling in Puerto Rico
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As the Director of Graduate Studies & Sustainability Area Coordinator at NYSID, I recently had the opportunity to represent the School as one of the keynote speakers at the 2012 Annual Assembly & Convention for the Association of Interior Designers & Decorators of Puerto Rico, also known as CODDI (Colegio de Diseñadores-Decoradores de Interiores). I was grateful for the opportunity to engage with our fellow interior designers and design educators down in Puerto Rico and see what new design initiatives were happening on the island. Read more.

Francesca Russo Talks Theatre Restoration Next Week
Thursday, April 05, 2012

Francesca Russo is a theatre planning and restoration designer who has worked on the historic restorations of many of Broadway’s most famed theatres. In this illustrated lecture she will discuss her work on the historic renovations of many of the Shubert theaters, including the Booth, the Belasco, and the Barrymore. Check out her website. Following the lecture there will be a book launch for Gerald Schoenfeld’s memoir, Mr. Broadway: The Inside Story of the Shuberts, the Shows, and the Stars. Mr. Schoenfeld, legendary longtime chairman of the Shubert Organization, died in 2008 at the age of 84. Admission is free, but please RSVP.

Barry Lewis to Lecture on NYC's Music Halls
Monday, April 02, 2012

Architectural historian Barry Lewis is a New York institution. Like a slice of pizza or a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, he epitomizes the character and charisma of this great city. Lewis lectures widely at noted academic and cultural institutions but is perhaps best known for his video walks with co-host David Hartman that appear regularly on WNET Channel 13. Hartman and Lewis traverse the city, guiding us through the history and essence of Brooklyn, Harlem, Greenwich Village, Central Park and 42nd street. We are lucky enough to have him lecture at NYSID this Wednesday, April 4th on the Music Halls of Sixth Avenue. (Image: The Hippodrome) Read More

Shubert Theatre Lecture Tonight
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Join us Wednesday, March 28 at 6pm for Reagan Fletcher's lecture An Insider's Guide to the Interiors of Shubert Theatres. Along with his discussion of the theatres' interiors, Fletcher will also provide anecdotal and historical information on the various theatres as well as giving an overview of the Shubert brothers and the theatrical empire they created.

Satz Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, 6pm. Free and open to the public.                 

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NYSID Students Participate in DIFFA 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012

This year, NYSID was once again invited to participate in DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which is held in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in Manhattan. The NYSID team consisted of Elizabeth Battin and Nick Domitrovich of the MFA program and Suzy Genzler and Tim Hwang of the BFA program.  Rene Estacio served as the faculty advisor for the third year in a row and Clodagh Design, one of the world's leading design studios, mentored the team. Read More

Check out the installation video here!

20th Century Ceramics
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Last year NYSID joined forces with Sotheby’s and co-sponsored an engaging panel discussion on mid-century design. On Wednesday, February 29 at 6pm we continued this partnership by hosting 20th Century Post-War Ceramics: The Next Big Thing, a gathering of esteemed gallery owners, ceramic specialists and designers who will discuss the rise of 20th century European and American post-war ceramics. Read more

Mitchell Owens on Cecil Beaton
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our spring public program season began this Wednesday, February 15 at 6pm with Mitchell Owens, special projects editor at Architectural Digest, discussing the costumes and set designs of Cecil Beaton. Owens, a regular lecturer at NYSID, has given lively talks in the past on Rose Cumming, Ruby Ross Wood, and George IV, so we were thrilled to have him back again. Read more.

Chris Spinelli is the Associate Communications Director at NYSID.

Fall 2011 Thesis Projects
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You could say that understanding the importance of adaptive reuse, the process of adapting an existing structure for a new purpose, is a cornerstone of NYSID’s BFA program. At the NYSID Gallery through February 24, 2012, newly minted alumni display their mastery of this concept in the BFA Thesis Projects exhibition. Read more...

Chris Spinelli is the Associate Communications Director at NYSID.

A Q&A with Chuck Cameron About Interior Lighting Design
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Charles Cameron heads up the MPS in Interior Lighting Design program at NYSID. He is also Principal of Studio C Squared, a firm that specializes in creating beautiful and inventive environments with light for a variety of commercial and residential spaces.

Read the Q&A.

A Thesis Project for a Motel 6?
Friday, January 06, 2012

At the end of last semester, I had the opportunity to sit in on a few BFA thesis presentations. I was impressed, to say the least. The well-planned presentation pages, dynamic renderings, and refined concepts of each student are a real testament to the strength of the program. Read more.

Picasso's Drawings at the Frick
Thursday, January 05, 2012

One of the best things about studying at NYSID is the proximity to some of the greatest museums in the world—the Museum of Modern Art, the MET, and the Frick, to name a few. The Frick Collection is not a huge, encyclopedic museum, but it has some amazing art and right now there’s a show that’s really worth seeing. And act fast, because it closes this Sunday, January 8th! Read More

Brian Smith is the Public Programs Assistant at NYSID.

Crafting Modernism at the Museum of Arts and Design
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Crossover, intersection, blurring – these words appear often in the exhibition text for the Museum of Arts and Design’s Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design. A revisionist take on the history of craft media during the post-war era, the exhibition expertly debunks the longstanding myth that handcrafted and machine-made objects occupy opposite ends of the art/design continuum. The curators of this thoughtful and stunning show, Jeannine Falino and Jennifer Scanlan, lay down the gauntlet and seriously mix things up. Read More

Chris Spinelli is the Associate Communications Director at NYSID.

Victor Dadras on Healthcare Design Conference
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

As the Program Coordinator of the new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Healthcare Interior Design graduate program (launching in Fall 2012), I attended the Ninth Annual Healthcare Design Conference to meet, to learn from, and to share information with all of the leading educators, researchers, medical planners, healthcare designers, and product manufacturers from throughout the country.
Read more.

Victor Dadras, R.A., LEED-AP, NCARB, partner of Dadras Architects, will lead the new MPS in Healthcare Interior Design program launching in Fall 2012.

Learning How to See
Monday, November 21, 2011

Coming to NYSID with a background in Theatre Design, I thought I was sensitive to the aesthetics that surround me. I was wrong. After only two months in the MFA-1 program, I have learned so much that my perception of the world is undergoing constant evolution.

Read more here.

Matt Giampietro has recently started his first year as a NYSID MFA-1 Student. He earned a BA in Theatre Design from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and was born and raised in Westchester County, just north of New York City.  Matt will be contributing peridoically to NYSID's Blog.

Q & A with New Dean, Ellen Fisher
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dr. Ellen Fisher, who has worked at NYSID since 1999, was recently promoted to Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean.  She kindly took some time out from her busy schedule to talk about some of her current and future initiatives.

Modern in the Past Tense Opens Tonight!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Don’t forget design aficionados! NYSID will be hosting a panel discussion and opening reception tonight for the exhibition, Modern in the Past Tense: Revisiting the Landmark Exhibition “Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was” at the Musee des Arts Decoratif de Montreal.

The exhibition—which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year—instantly became a touchstone of modern design, and the exhibition catalog was the first scholarly assessment of an area of design that is now a popular market and collecting favorite.

View Images of the exhibition here.

NYSID Honors Mario Buatta
Friday, October 14, 2011

Materials Library Named for Legendary Designer

Last Thursday, October 6th, the design community gathered at NYSID to celebrate the dedication of the Mario Buatta Materials Atelier.The Atelier, which functions as the materials library and work area for students, is very much at the heart of the School. As such, we were thrilled to have it be renamed in Buatta’s honor and to acknowledge his illustrious career and longtime association with NYSID as an advisory board member.

NYSID Blog - The New Student Perspective
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NYSID Blog - The New Student Perspective

Matt Giampietro has recently started his first year as a NYSID MFA-1 Student. He earned a BA in Theatre Design from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and was born and raised in Westchester County, just north of New York City.  Matt will be contributing peridoically to NYSID's Blog.

NYSID Launches Blog!
Friday, September 16, 2011

President Cyphers Launches NYSID's New Blog

With the start of the new school year comes a new way of communicating with the NYSID community that is informative, interesting, relevant, and timely.  NYSID has started a blog! The blog will feature news items and opinion written by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and, every once and a while, me.

Christopher Cyphers, NYSID President

Q&A with Kitty Chou
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Q&A with Kitty Chou

The title of the show is "The Accidental Photographer." Why did you want to describe the show and yourself this way?

I call myself “The Accidental Photographer” because many images I captured can never be re-captured the same way again.

Graduate Center is Complete
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New LEED-CI Platinum Facility Houses All Graduate Programs

In August 2011, NYSID completed Phase II of its new Graduate Center at 401 Park Avenue South (Phase I opened September 2010). 40,000 square feet of sleek, light-filled space on two contiguous floors is now open to the School’s four graduate programs and contains dedicated workspace for 172 students.

Exhibition To Feature Photographs by Alumna Kitty Chou
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Accidental Photographer: Line, Color, Perspective
Photographs by Kitty Chou

September 15 - October 14, 2011
NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC

NYSID will be presenting an exhibition of the photographs of alumna Kitty Chou (BFA, 2009). Chou is currently practicing interior design in her native Hong Kong, however, she considers photography her primary medium of expression.  This exhibition explores Chou’s photojournalistic and organic approach to photography.

Duane Hampton To Lecture
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Duane Hampton: Is Less More?

Wednesday, September 14, 6pm
Reception and book signing to follow
New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70th Street, NYC

Writer and editor Duane Hampton has lectured extensively across the US on the subject of the work of her late husband Mark Hampton, one of the most famous and admired American interior designers of the 20th century.