New York School of Interior Design Presents Spring 2017 Gallery Exhibition, "Redefining Traditional: Style for Today's Home"

New York, NY – February 10, 2017 – New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is pleased to announce its spring 2017 gallery exhibition, Redefining Traditional: Style for Today’s Home, which explores the theme through a series of design challenges for NYSID students. The winning designs will be displayed in the exhibition, co-sponsored by Traditional Home magazine, in honor of the College’s 100th anniversary. The exhibition will be on view from March 3 – April 28, 2017 at the New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, New York City. An invitation-only Opening Reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Students in NYSID’s Furniture Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, and Residential Design I, II, and III courses responded to challenges from five companies—Brizo, Ethan Allen, Hinkley Lighting, Mottahedeh, and Sunbrella—to either use the company's existing products in their interiors in new and creative ways or create new products with a modern twist. “It’s such a great opportunity for our students to be able to work with products from these top companies,” said NYSID president David Sprouls. “We believe in giving our students every opportunity to gain real-life experiences and interact with professionals within the industry. These challenges and subsequent exhibition, is a perfect example of the advantages of a NYSID education.”

For the Brizo Challenge, the students in Kitchen & Bath class integrated Brizo faucets and fixtures into a bathroom in a corporate apartment that encompasses the principles of universal design. The winners are: 1st place: Junying Jin; 2nd place: Ryan Feldstein; 3rd place: Ivana Crescimanni.

Brizo is a luxury fittings brand for those who understand that fashion isn’t only about the clothes they wear – it’s a lifestyle. The Brizo product team designs and crafts distinctive kitchen and bath suites that artfully blend form and function, transforming minds, moods and spaces.

For the Ethan Allen Challenge, students in Furniture Design courses designed new furniture concepts in four categories—a chair, chest of drawers, table, and upholstered piece—in keeping with Ethan Allen’s goal of contemporizing their traditional look. The winners of Chair Design are: 1st place: Can Weng; 2nd place: Shohei Shimokawa; 3rd place: Mae McKenna. The winners of Chest of Drawers Design are: 1st place: Meghan Ivie; 2nd place: Garrett Carter; 3rd place: Lea Lennox. The winners of the Table Design are: 1st place: Aparna Avasarala; 2nd place: May Ghadanfar; and 3rd place: Lisanna DeSieno. The winners of Upholstered Piece Design are: 1st place: Bonnie Hoeker; 2nd place: Lisanna DeSieno; and 3rd place: Lisa Samuelsson.

Founded more than 80 years ago, Ethan Allen is a leading interior design company celebrated for its beautifully designed, beautifully made home furnishings. It’s known worldwide for its classic designs with a modern perspective—and for exceptional American craftsmanship; approximately 70 percent of its products are made in its own North American workshops. It’s the best of traditional luxury, remade for today.

For the Mottahedeh Challenge, students from Residential Design I responded to two challenges. The first was to design a modern loft space, incorporating elements inspired by Mottahedeh. The second challenge was to create a rendering of piece or pattern that Mottahedeh could produce for their luxury line. The winners of the loft design are: 1st place: Lindsay Anfang; 2nd place: Terry DeCourcelle; and 3rd place: Sapir Ohebshalom. The winners of the design of the tabletop piece are: 1st place: Judit Lang; 2nd place: Molly Stevens; and 3rd: Diana Posen.

The company designs and manufactures Mottahedeh hard porcelain dinnerware, Milestone casual stoneware, and Rookwood monumental decorative stoneware. For nearly one hundred years, American owned and operated Mottahedeh has brought historic designs and timeless style to tables across the globe.

For the Sunbrella Challenge, Residential Design II students were asked to integrate Sunbrella fabrics into a home designed for a war veteran and his family, as part of the Wounded Warrior project. The winners are: 1st place: Junying Jin; 2nd place: Shannon McFarland; and 3rd place: Tova Tropp.

Sunbrella has revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an insired palette of colors, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabric gives consumers, designers and architects the material they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, residential/upholstery, commercial and contract applications.

And lastly, for the Hinkley Challenge, Residential Design III students were asked to integrate Hinkley into an outdoor garden area of an Embassy building. The winners are: 1st place: Erica Verbeek; 2nd place: Aries Swangler; and 3rd place: Shayna Sumner.

With its global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Hinkley Lighting has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality lighting fixtures for over 90 years and is driven by a passion to create lighting that blends design and function while enhancing the lifestyles of their customers.

Redefining Traditional: Style for Today’s HomeMarch 3 – April 28, 2017
New York School of Interior Design Gallery
161 East 69th Street, NYCGallery
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission is free.


About New York School of Interior Design
Ranked the #1 interior design school in the United States by DesignIntelligence, the New York School of Interior Design is a private, nonprofit college focused exclusively on interior design. The college offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs for students at all stages of their careers—whether they’re just becoming familiar with the discipline, considering a career change, or looking to deepen knowledge in a particular area. We have more than 600 students studying residential and commercial interior design, with specialties in sustainable design, lighting, and healthcare interiors. Because of our small class size and sharp focus, our students receive a great deal of personal attention from our dedicated faculty, and they go on to practice at the highest levels of the profession. To learn more, visit our website at

About Traditional Home:
As the largest upscale shelter magazine in America, Traditional Home celebrates the union of timeless design with modern living, inspiring almost 5 million design lovers to reinterpret classic elegance in a thoroughly personal way. From home, garden, and green living to food,entertaining, and travel, the magazine is a tribute to quality, craftsmanship, authenticity, and family—a trusted resource that respects the past, lives in the present, and embraces products designed for the future. For more information, please visit And for more great design ideas, check out Traditional Home’s free online magazine, TRADhome (


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