NYSID announces bequest from Albert Hadley

Major Gift Was Announced at September 20th Benefit Cocktail Reception in Honor of Albert Hadley

New York, NY – September 21, 2012 – Last night more than 150 guests gathered to honor legendary interior designer Albert Hadley at the New York School of Interior Design’s Benefit Cocktail Reception at the Park Avenue Armory. The event was in conjunction with the AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory Show’s Private Opening Night VIP Preview Event, where visitors got a sneak peek at high-quality art, antiques and jewelry from over 50 dealers.

The event was co-chaired by Bunny Williams, Brian McCarthy, and David Kleinberg – all of whom trained under Hadley before starting their own firms – as well as NYSID’s Alumni Council President and Chair Allison Russell Davis. Among those who attended were Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Jill Dienst, David Easton, Alexa Hampton, Inge Heckel, Ilene Judell, Lana Lawrence, Ruth Lynford, Charles Pavarini III, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, Susan Nagle and Peter Bentel, Arthur Satz, David Scott, Kevin Sharkey, Stephen Sills, Britton Smith, Patricia and Michael Sovern, William Spink, and Ilene Wetson. Click here to see photos from the event.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement that Albert Hadley had bequest nearly half a million dollars to the College. “Albert cared about many things in life, and we are grateful that one of them was the New York School of Interior Design,” said NYSID President David Sprouls.  “As a long-time member of our Advisory Board, Hadley gave generously of his time and, as founder and benefactor of the Albert Hadley Scholarship fund, he made significant contributions to NYSID students and the education they receive.  And while we are all saddened by his death last March, I am honored, excited, and humbled to report that his legacy lives on even more so thanks to his generous bequest of almost half a million dollars to the New York School of Interior Design.  I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement tonight amongst friends of Albert’s and NYSID’s.”

The celebration of the life and career of Albert Hadley continues on Monday, September 24, 2012 at NYSID’s A Day of Design Lecture Series , which takes place at the AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design Show at the Armory.

10am - Panel Discussion - Albert Hadley: A Heritage of Riches
Designers Bunny Williams, David Kleinberg and Britton Smith, client Diana Quasha and journalist Jennifer Boles will review legendary Hadley interiors and share fond memories of the multi-talented and much-loved designer.  Moderated by Inge Heckel, Trustee Emeritus and former President of NYSID.

11am - The Artful Interior: Choosing and Using Art presented by designer David Scott
12 Noon - Decorating with Antiques for Today presented by Mario Buatta
1pm - The Bright Side of Design: Composing with Color presented by designer Valerie Mead
2pm - Finishing Touches: Essential Details and Accessories presented by Ellie Cullman and Tracy Pruzan, Cullman & Kravis Inc.

Hadley created residences and rooms that made design history for an illustrious roster of clients, including: Mrs. Brooke Astor, Ann Getty, former Vice President and Mrs. Albert Gore, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, William S. Paley, Oscar de la Renta, and Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols.  He was also a long-time NYSID advisory board member and a dedicated friend and supporter of the School. Known as the “Dean of American Interior Design,” Hadley possessed
a deep understanding of the continuity of space, architectural design, scale, and elegance. Over his lifetime, he was lauded with numerous international design awards and was an icon of 20th century taste.  In 1986, Hadley was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.


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 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 more than 900 full-and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Press ReleasePhyllis Greer