Annual Benefit Dinner

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. You can see the photos here.

The evening was co-chaired by NYSID trustees Alexa Hampton, Betsey Ruprecht, David Scott, and Newell Turner. They brought 300 leaders in interior design -- designers, writers, publishers, executives, philanthropists and friends, including NYSID trustees and alumni  -- to salute our honorees:

Edmund Hollander, who received the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design for 2015

New York Restoration Project, Green Design laureate for 2015, with Executive Director Deborah Marton accepting the medal on behalf of founder Bette Midler

John Rosselli and Bunny Williams, winners of the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award

The evening also recognized landmark interiors of New York City (The Rainbow Room included), the subject of the current exhibition at NYSID’s Gallery, Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors, on view through April 24, 2015.  As Patricia M. Sovern, chairman of NYSID’s Board of Trustees, said in her opening remarks:

 “Welcome to the Rainbow Room: our iconic and glamorous venue which was given protected status as a landmarked interior in 2012. This is the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Preservation Law, and what better way to celebrate tonight than in one of the 117 landmarked interiors and to honor the designers and architects who rescue and restore them and add to the continued vitality of the city.”

NYSID president David Sprouls expressed the gratitude of NYSID trustees, alumni, and students to the design community for their generous support of this annual dinner and awards ceremony that helps make possible scholarships for outstanding and hardworking students who are the designers of the future.

The event was covered in The New York Times, New York Social Diary, Editor at Large, and Quintessence.

Phyllis Greer