NYSID announces Public Programs for Spring 2017

New York School of Interior Design Announces Public Programs for Spring 2017

New York, NY – February 17, 2017 – The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) announces its spring 2017 lineup of exhibitions, lectures, and book signings with some of the most respected leaders in the fields of interior design and architecture.

The full schedule is listed below:


From Stud to Stalled
Wednesday, February 22, 6pm

Joel Sanders, principal, Joel Sanders Architect, will present a lecture that traces the evolution of two decades of work on gender, identity, and design since the publication of his book of essays, STUD: Architectures of Masculinity (1996). The talk will look at shifting cultural conceptions about masculinity, femininity, and LBGTQ rights over the past 20 years. Divided into four chronological sections that correspond to four cultural issues that have shaped Sanders’ writing and projects, this talk will provide the audience with new ways of seeing important cultural issues that resonate today.


Redefining Traditional: Style for Today's Home
Spring Exhibition
March 3 – April 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 6-8pm

This exhibition explores the theme of “redefining traditional style” through a series of design challenges for NYSID students in the courses Furniture Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, and Residential Design I, II, and III courses. The challenges were proposed by 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. The winning designs will be displayed in the exhibition.

NYSID is grateful to Traditional Home magazine for co-sponsoring this event in honor of our Centennial Celebration.


A Conversation with Rick Fedrizzi and Randy Fiser
Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design
Wednesday, March 22, 6pm

This annual lecture was established to honor the memory of the NYSID faculty member Sally Henderson who developed the College’s first course in green design. For this conversation Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and chairman, International WELL Building Institute, and former CEO and founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Randy Fiser, CEO, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), will discuss their visions for harnessing the power of design to transform the human experience. Both Fedrizzi and Fiser also serve on the advisory board of Delos™, a pioneer of Wellness Real Estate that has worked to transform our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments. The company is the 2017 recipient of NYSID’s annual Green Design Award.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged.


Re-imagining the Havana Home: Authentic Cuban Style Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, March 29, 6pm

Since 2010, Cuban-American Hermes Mallea, co-founder of (M)Group, has been working with a handful of Cuban photographers to document the city’s rich architectural patrimony that was interrupted by the Cuban Revolution of 1959. In this lecture, Mallea will take us behind the scenes to visit landmark houses constructed between 1860 and 1960 highlighted in his book Great Houses of Havana (Monacelli, 2011). He will also share his passion for the authentically Cuban style homes of the city’s artists, international residents, and cultural elite featured in his upcoming book Living in Havana Today (Rizzoli, September 2017) – personality-filled interiors that are a testament to Cuban ingenuity, created while working within the constraints imposed by Cuba’s economic and material isolation.


NEST Magazine – A Wild Adventure
Thursday, April 27, 6pm

NEST Magazine was a publishing outlier with a brief but impactful life from 1997-2003. Joseph Holtzman, publisher and editor-in-chief, created an outrageously unique and provocative experience for readers, exploring and revealing every kind of dwelling, from the professionally designed and grand, to the humble yet beautiful. Lisa Zeiger, former decorative arts editor of NestMitchell Owens, decorative arts editor, Architectural Digest; and Glenn Gissler, president, ASID NY Metro, will discuss the magazine’s creators and exuberant content, and its influence upon design thinking and writing today.


Alumni Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 12, 6pm

As the NYSID’s centennial year comes to an end, we take the time to look at the past, present, and future of the interior design industry through the eyes of our alumni. With NYSID as their springboard, this panel will discuss their own experiences within the field and the roll that an education in interior design played. Susan Zises Greenwill moderate a discussion with David KleinbergTimothy Whealon, and Ann Pyne


Joseph Walsh:  Crafting the Contemporary
Wednesday, May 3, 6pm

Joseph Walsh is an Irish master maker and furniture designer of an international acclaim, who has formulated a unique and personal language based on the art of bending and laminating ash and other indigenous timber, reflecting his heritage. This panel positions Walsh, who has exhibited internationally, and whose work is included in collections of many major museums, within the fabric of contemporary design and within that of Irish design and heritage. Panelists include Joseph Walsh, furniture designer; Jennifer Goff, curator of furniture, silver, and the Eileen Gray Collection at the National Museum of Ireland, and Visiting Fulbright Scholar and NYSID instructor; and Glenn Adamson, design curator and scholar. The discussion will be moderated by Daniella Ohad, design historian.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Irish Historical Society.


BFA Spring Thesis Projects
May 23 – August 18, 2017
Opening reception: Monday, May 22, 6-8pm

Graduating BFA students will present their final thesis projects—hypothetical designs based on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69 Street, NYC. Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11am – 6pm


MFA Thesis & MPS Studio Projects
May 24 – August 18, 2017
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 23, 6–8pm

A range of thesis projects will be on view from graduates of the professional-level MFA-1 program, the post-professional MFA-2 program, as well as studio projects from graduates of the MPS programs in Sustainable Interior Environments, Healthcare Interior Design, and Interior Lighting Design.

NYSID Graduate Center, 401 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, NYC. By appointment only.

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 spring 2017 Public Programs are sponsored in part by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New York Metro Chapter.