New York School of Interior Design honors legendary interior designer Albert Hadley at its Benefit Cocktail Reception at the Park Avenue Armory

New York, NY – August 14, 2012 – The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will honor legendary interior designer Albert Hadley at a Benefit Cocktail Reception on Thursday, September 20, 2012. The reception will benefit NYSID’s scholarship fund and will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. in the historic Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York City.

This special tribute to the life and career of Hadley, who passed away in March 2012, will be held in conjunction with the AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory Show’s Private Opening Night VIP Preview Event also on Thursday, September 20, where visitors will get a sneak peek at high-quality art, antiques and jewelry from over 50 dealers.

NYSID’s benefit is 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, project manager at Cullman & Kravis Inc. (Full Benefit Committee listed on p.2).

“We are thrilled to be partnering with AVENUE magazine for our benefit in honor of the late renowned interior designer Albert Hadley who was such a special friend to the New York School of Interior Design,” said Patricia Sovern, Chairman of NYSID. “This is the second time that AVENUE has graciously joined forces with NYSID and this event will provide essential scholarship funds to our most worthy students.  AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design show is always a great event and we are honored to be a part of it.”

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.

Tickets: Benefactor $500, Sponsor $250, Contributor $100, Young NYSID Alumni (2008 – 2012) $50*.  Visit for more information. To purchase tickets, please call 212-472-1500, ext. 431 or e-mail

NYSID’s A Day of Design Lecture Series takes place on Monday, September 24, 2012 during 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.

BENEFIT COMMITTEE (list in formation)

Benefactors:  Bunty Armstrong, Michael Boodro, Geoffrey N. Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Elaine Wingate Conway, Cullman & Kravis, Inc., James Druckman, Anne Eisenhower, Mica Ertegun, Ross J. Francis, Alexa Hampton, William Hodgins, J. Pocker, Jodie W. King, Kravet Inc., Silvina Leone, Jennifer Matthews, Florian Papp, Thomas Pheasant, Betsey Ruprecht, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Sculco, Becky Smith/Thatchers’ Fine Timeless Fabric, Patricia M. Sovern, David Sprouls and Kate Wood, Robert Stilin, Taconic Builders, Inc. and Walter Vosburgh.

Sponsors:  Amory Armstrong, Robin Klehr Avia, Jake Baer, Pamela Banker, Nancy Boszhardt, Susanne Earls Carr, Alexander C. Cortesi, Mark Cunningham, Matthew DeMarco, Kiki Dennis, Jill H. Dienst, Deborah Ann Donovan, David Easton, Elliot Greene, Judith Gura, Inge Heckel, Robert E. Helbig, Mariette Himes Gomez, Valerie Hyman, Thomas Jayne, Noel Jeffrey, Nicole Kapit, Terry Kleinberg, Anne Korman, Phyllis Lee Levin, Pauline C. Metcalf, Dennis Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse, Jr., Susan B. Nagle, Amanda Nisbet Designs, Inc., Stephanie Odegard, Alex Papachristidis,
Charles Pavarini III, Mary Jane Pool, Diana Quasha, Guy Regal, Arthur King Satz, David L. Scott, Britton Smith, Barbara Tober and Veronica P. Whitlock.


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).