Avenue Antiques & Art at the Armory Show

Opening Night Event Benefits New York School of Interior Design -- Mario Buatta to be Honored at Gala

New York, NY – March 3, 2011 – AVENUE Antiques & Art at the Armory Show opens Wednesday, March 9  with an invitation-only cocktail preview. The show will feature over 50 dealers specializing in high quality art and antiques.

Cocktails at the Armory will be followed by a gala dinner at the Metropolitan Club that benefits the New York School of Interior Design, the country’s leading educational institution for interior design A highlight of the dinner will be NYSID’s president Christopher Cypher’s recognition of renowned interior designer Mario Buatta whom the school is honoring by renaming its materials library and primary student work space, The Mario Buatta Materials Atelier.

Interior designer Richard Mishaan heads a committee of 30 designers including Eric Cohler, Victoria Hagan, Campion Platt, Laura Kirar, Susan Nagle, and David Scott, who are creating innovative “tablescapes” inspired by “The Prince of Chintz”, a moniker fondly used to refer to Mr. Buatta’s unique style.

Tickets for the gala are $750.00 and include admission to the Private Preview at the Park Avenue Armory which begins at 4:30 pm. Dinner co-chairs are Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Anne Eisenhower, and Bunny Williams and John Rosselli. Mario Buatta, Anne Eisenhower and Bunny Williams have enjoyed a 20-year affiliation with NYSID as members of the school’s international advisory board.

Expected guests for cocktails and dinner include Jamee and Peter Gregory, Karen and Richard Lefrak, and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia along with leaders of the interior design world including, Michael Boodro, Michael Bruno, Ellie Cullman, Amy Lau, Charlotte Moss, Alex Papachristidis, Ann Pyne, Todd Romano, Margaret Russell, Stephen Sills, and Vicente Wolf.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare, and the college is committed to actively improving, through design, the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 750 full- and part-time students. NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design, design history and theory, and sustainable design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

AVENUE’s Antiques and Art at the Armory Show will run from March 10th – 13th at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th ST, NYC. The show features over 60 dealers specializing in high quality art and antiques including French, Italian, English and Swedish furniture from the 17th century through mid-century modern; fine silver; Russian antiquities and art; Asian textiles and art; vintage and fine jewelry and more.

Dates: Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 13, 2011
Location: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th ST, NYC
Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tickets: $20
Information: 646-442-1627/www.avenueshows.com