Students Participate in NY Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

“Interconnectivity,” a special design installation created by five NYSID students for this year’s New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show was unveiled at the show’s grand opening on November 20. See photos here! Led by NYSID alumnus and instructor Stefan Steil of Steilish Interiors & Architecture, students Daniella Brecher (MFA ’17), Garrett Carter (BFA ’16), Valerie Genovese (BFA ’16), and Rikki Tenenbaum (BFA ’16), worked for three months to create what Daniella called “an inspiring visual representation of the development and production of everything that is art.”

The installation was on display in the lobby for all attendees to admire. Using materials donated by Kravet, Inc. and Phillip Jeffries, the students used strings to to weave together in space different objects wrapped in plain craft paper  as a way to represent connections between the artists and craftsmen who create the objects as well as the different design disciplines.  The neutral color palate of the installation served as a visual connection to the fall season. In their three months of planning and collaboration, Steil said that the team learned firsthand “the importance of time-management, and building mock-ups and models to be able to understand the physical scale of the project.” More importantly, he felt that the students came away “understanding that while working as a team and creating a vision might not necessarily reflect their own personal style, each person’s strengths could be utilized for the benefit of the project.”

Following a seven hour installation on the day of the show’s opening, the team’s final work was unveiled to the press by NYSID president David Sprouls and show director Barbara Goodwin. On November 23, NYSID also presented a lecture in conjunction with the show; “What’s Modern About Traditional Interiors: How Traditional Design Can Fit 21st Century Lifestyles” featuring designers Ronald Bricke, Robert Couturier, Elizabeth Pyne, and Alberto Villalobos.

Phyllis Greer