Holiday House NYC 2017

Interior designer and NYSID graduate Cheryl Settino Mosher, was the winner of a 2015 contest sponsored by Robert Allen, Holiday House and NYSID. Her prize was to install her winning design, “Cocktails and Conversation,” at Holiday House NYC with the support of Robert Allen. Inspired by the “Zingara Study,” Cheryl’s creation is one of the stars of this year's showhouse.

This year five NYSID students, who were mentored by NYSID alumni, were challenged to create renderings using textile and furniture from Robert Allen’s collection. Michelle Lau, a student in the Master of Fine Arts program, was selected by Holiday House founder Iris Dankner as the winner, at a reception in the Holiday House on November 27. See photos here!

With help from her mentor, NYSID alumnus and president of NYSID’s Alumni Council Lawrence Levy, Michelle created a design titled “An Artist Retreat,” inspired by the Three Kings Day. The furniture was from Arteriors, Theodore Alexander, Rene Cazares and Mackenzie Dow. She used materials including wallpapers, fabrics, and leather from Robert Allen, Beacon Hill and Taylor King to create a warm, welcoming space that inspires the artist to create. “I'm generally a very curious person and I get inspired by the things I see or touch. This project in particular was inspired by some of the key fabrics and furniture I chose in the showroom, allowing me to create little moments in the space,” said Michelle.

The other student and mentor teams included Ashley Crook with alumnus Billy Ceglia; Patricia Huamanchumo with alumnae Elise Morrissey; Kimberly Macaluso with alumnae Lisa Casertano; and Caitlin Nolin with alumnae Lauren Stern.

The work of 25 designers, including Cheryl Settino Mosher’s, was on view at the Academy Mansion (East 63rd Street) from November 15 to December 6, and all proceeds from the event benefitted The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Phyllis Greer