New York School of Interior Design announces Public Programs for Fall 2016

New York, NY – September 1, 2016 – The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) announces its fall 2016 lineup of exhibitions, lectures, and book signings with some of the most respected leaders in the fields of interior design and architecture. Highlights include a one-day symposium, “Interior Design: The Essential Profession;” lectures by architect and writer Witold Rybczynski, architect Deborah Berke, and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A.

The full schedule is listed below:


Redefining Traditional Style for Today’s Modern World
Wednesday, September 21, 6pm

What we think of as traditional is often rooted in a specific style, with its matching furniture, distinct patterns, and saturated colors. But contemporary life has changed how we use our spaces and what we expect from them. A preview of NYSID’s 2017 spring exhibition, this panel discussion will explore how the next generation of designers may adapt traditional styles to fit with a modern sensibility: featuring Laura Brooks, senior brand manager, Brizo; Jimmy DeBernardo, senior director, Ethan Allen; Rick Wiedemer, CEO, Hinkley Lighting; Wendy Kvalheim, president & design director, Mottahedeh; Sherri Donghia, designer, Sunbrella. Moderated by Tori Mellot, senior style & markets editor, Traditional Home magazine.


Designing Tomorrow’s Home
Fall Exhibition
September 30-December 3
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 29, 6pm

In celebration of the New York School of Interior Design’s 100th anniversary, NYSID’s Master of Fine Arts students were challenged to envision what the home of the future will look like in New York City for our fall exhibition, Designing Tomorrow’s Home. The exhibition will feature student projects that incorporate innovations in technology and sustainability that both address the needs of New Yorkers over the next 100 years and support the iconic concept of the home as a refuge and source of comfort. The exhibition will be on view from September 30 – December 3, 2016 in the NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC.


Witold Rybczynski: A Tool for Sitting
Wednesday, October 5, 6pm

The distinguished architect and writer Witold Rybczynski talks about the history of the chair from the folding stools of pharaonic Egypt to the ubiquitous stackable mono-bloc chairs of today. The history of the chair is a social as well as a technological history—of different ways of sitting, of changing manners and attitudes, and of varying tastes. There will be a book signing following the lecture featuring Rybczynski’s new book, Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 2016).


Symposium: “Interior Design: The Essential Profession”
Friday, October 7, 9-5pm

On Friday, October 7, NYSID will host Interior Design: The Essential Profession, a thought-provoking one-day symposium where attendees address how interior design functions in today’s dynamic global environment, and the critical contributions of interior design to public health and well-being, hospitality, urban environments, and interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information and to register for the symposium.


Deborah Berke: Architecture Inside Out
Michael I. and Patricia M. Sovern Lecture on Design
Wednesday, October 19, 6pm

Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, is an architect, educator, founder of Deborah Berke Partners and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the first woman to hold the position. She has been a professor (adjunct) at Yale since 1987. In 2012 she was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize at the University of California at Berkeley, which is given to an architect who has advanced the position of women in the profession and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community. Berke and her firm are the subject of two recent books: House Rules (Rizzoli, July 2016), which focuses on the firm’s residential work and offers practical and poetic advice for better living; and Working (Artifice, fall 2016), a survey of the firm’s work spaces, including offices, galleries, factories, and learning environments.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. There will be a reception immediately following the lecture.


Interior Design Master Class
Thursday, October 27, 6pm

Poised to become the essential book on design, Interior Design Master Class (Rizzoli, October 2016) collects the expertise and knowledge of the best interior designers working today. The book features 100 essays by America’s top designers—from established design legends to members of the new guard—each of whom have chosen a single subject to explore. Author Carl Dellatore will be joined by Penny Drue Baird (Paris), Glenn Gissler (Alchemy), Mariette Himes and Brook Gomez (Neutrals), and Thomas Jayne (Provenance), as they discuss their work, chosen topics, and evolution of the interior design profession.

There will be a book signing immediately following the lecture.


[Re] Designing & [Co] Living the [New] American Dream
Wednesday, November 2, 6pm

What used to be seen as the antithesis to the classic American dream, moving to the city instead of buying a home and settling down in the suburbs, has become the new norm. Jeff Wilson, CEO, KASITA; Darrick Borowski, principal, ARExA; and Brad Hargreaves, founder & CEO, Common and co-founder, General Assembly, will discuss trends driving innovation in the housing industry and the response to the issues that arise from the desire to live in tight-knit urban neighborhoods that are close to work and filled with amenities.


Primo Orpilla: Working Beautifully, Making Space for New Business Environments
Wednesday, November 30, 6pm

Every modern office is an ecosystem of interconnected activities—some in harmony, others in conflict—all requiring designated spaces for those functions. For 25 years Primo Orpilla and Studio O+A have designed work environments that promote the health and vigor of that ecosystem. Recognizing that a café can be as important to getting the job done as a conference room and that people working in an open plan still need places to be alone, Orpilla will disucss how O+A has developed a vocabulary of space types equally adaptable to start-ups occupying their first real office to corporate giants hitting the refresh button.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at
New York School of Interior Design
Arthur Satz Auditorium
170 East 70 Street, NYC.

$12 general public
$10 seniors and non-NYSID students
NYSID students & faculty are free

To purchase or reserve tickets in advance, visit our Public Programs page or call 212-472-1500, ext. 405.

The fall 2016 Public Programs are sponsored in part by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New York Metro Chapter.

NYSID is also participating in Archtober (October 1 -31), an annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The festival’s many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment.

Press ReleasePhyllis Greer