New York City

City of Inspiration & Opportunity

One of the jobs of a design student in New York City is to stare. The art, the gorgeous interiors, the towering skyscrapers, the endless parade of urban living catches your eye, gets under your skin, and becomes part of who you are. NYSID students use the city as an extended classroom, visiting cultural institutions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Arts and Design, and Sotheby’s; and design hubs like the Decoration & Design Building and the New York Design Center. Antique stores, galleries, and museums surround and inspire NYSID students.

Studying in the nation’s design capital gives interior design students an edge. Information, people, and possibilities flow through NYSID’s doors from the city’s leading design firms and cultural institutions. Students show work at industry events like DIFFA’s Dining by Design. Design professionals who serve as guest jurors and lecturers sometimes offer our students their first jobs. 

NYSID instructors on the NEW YORK CITY spaces and places that inspire them:     

 “I love the Central Hall of Grand Central Station—its proportions, its scale, its attention to classical detail.” – Barbara Lowenthal, Director of MFA Programs

“I love to watch people move in the subway. There is no better place for an interior designer to study the way people relate to space and one another.”— Darris W. James, Contract Design Studio II Instructor

“When I was a student I used to sit for hours and sketch in the South Asian Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in front of a statue of a Celestial dancing.”—Charles Cameron, Coordinator of the MPS in Interior Lighting Design

“New York has more beautiful interiors accessible to the public than any other place in the world. I give my students a list of 250 must-sees.”–Peter Brandt, Director of Undergraduate Programs

“I rummage through old auction house catalogs at the Strand Bookstore, Brooklyn flea markets for interesting collectables, and small shops in Little Italy for new fashions.”—Adrienne Concra, Textiles Instructor