Designers from China Tour NYC with NYSID

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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 such as the Metropolitan Museum and the Modern Museum of Art.

The tour was led by two NYSID faculty members, alumnus and interior designer Stefan Steil, principal of Steilish, and Zhijian Qian, an art historian, art critic and curator, who teaches Arts of China and Japan at NYSID.

The group toured a wide range of hotels such as The Ace, The Crosby Street, The Standard, The Nomad, Andaz, Yotel, and The Plaza, even one of New York City’s newest hotels, The William, which was designed by NYSID faculty members Edwin Zawadzki, Mason Wickham, and NYSID student Lilian Bakhash in collaboration with artist and NYSID faculty member William Engel.

The group visited design firms MR Architecture, Gensler, the offices of Tony Chi, Jeffrey Beers Design, and I-Crave, with principal and NYSID alumnus Nick Domitrovich. A taste of the vast material and furnishing resources the city offers were seen at Material Connexion and the Decoration & Design Building.

See images from the tour here on Flickr. Also in the month of June, a feature article on NYSID was published by YUE magazine, a bilingual, New York lifestyle magazine for China's luxury travelers.  

We enjoyed hosting our guests and look forward to their next visit this fall. 

Phyllis Greer