Nov 3, 2021 | New York |
Design61 at Interior Arts Building
Design61 at Interior Arts Building

New York’s premier boutique design building, the Interior Arts Building, hosted its second biannual event, Design61, on November 3 and 4. The two days of panels and keynotes kicked off with interior designer David Netto in conversation with gallerist Liz O’Brien and wrapped up with a closing keynote by Bunny Williams

“We were delighted to bring our interior designer and editor friends together at the Interior Arts Building in the name of great design,” said Ellen Niven, principal of NivenBreen strategic communications, who orchestrated the event. “We can only put together top-tier programming with top-tier talent, and we were thrilled to include Alex Papachristidis, Corey Damen Jenkins, Elizabeth Lawrence, Jeff Lincoln, Keita Turner, Martin Brudnizki and Philip Gorrivan—among the many other colleagues whose work we greatly admire—on our panels.” 

Additional participants included leading designers Andrea Monath Schumacher, Charlotte Barnes, Jesse Carrier, Mara Miller, Lee Ann Thornton, Richard Mishaan, Sarah Blank and Young Huh. They were joined by tastemaker moderators Tori Mellott of Frederic, Hadley Keller of House Beautiful, Jacqueline Terrebonne of Galerie, Lila Allen of AD Pro, Nazira Handal of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Clubs, and Wendy Goodman of New York magazine.

The first day concluded with book signings by Ashley WhittakerAldous Bertram, and Ferguson & Shamamian’s Damian Samora inside the Newel showroom on the third floor. Guests enjoyed champagne and canapes amidst the spectacular antiques, vintage furniture, and objets. On November 4, Williams, ever the hostess, invited all panelists, keynotes, and members of the IAB community to her interior design office for closing cocktails in celebration of Design61. 


Images by Gaia Squarci. 

EVENT GALLERY
Aldous Bertram discusses his book ‘Dragons & Pagodas.’
Aldous Bertram discusses his book ‘Dragons & Pagodas.’
Aldous Bertram discusses his book ‘Dragons & Pagodas.’
Ashley Whittaker and Aldous Bertram
Ashley Whittaker and Aldous Bertram
Ashley Whittaker and Aldous Bertram
Damian Samora of Ferguson & Shamamian signs copies of the book ‘Collaborations.’
Damian Samora of Ferguson & Shamamian signs copies of the book ‘Collaborations.’
Damian Samora of Ferguson & Shamamian signs copies of the book ‘Collaborations.’
Ashley Whittaker and Mark Gilbertson
Ashley Whittaker and Mark Gilbertson
Ashley Whittaker and Mark Gilbertson
Chesie Breen and Lindsay Hair
Chesie Breen and Lindsay Hair
Chesie Breen and Lindsay Hair
Keita Turner and Carolyn Englefield
Keita Turner and Carolyn Englefield
Keita Turner and Carolyn Englefield
Members of the Doris Leslie Blau team
Members of the Doris Leslie Blau team
Members of the Doris Leslie Blau team
Ellen Niven and Ashley Whittaker
Ellen Niven and Ashley Whittaker
Ellen Niven and Ashley Whittaker
Inside the Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
Inside the Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
Inside the Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
Guests enjoyed champagne at the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Guests enjoyed champagne at the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Guests enjoyed champagne at the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Ashley Whittaker
Ashley Whittaker
Ashley Whittaker
Ashley Whittaker, Christopher Spitzmiller and Charlotte Barnes
Ashley Whittaker, Christopher Spitzmiller and Charlotte Barnes
Ashley Whittaker, Christopher Spitzmiller and Charlotte Barnes
Ashley Whittaker and Christopher Spitzmiller
Ashley Whittaker and Christopher Spitzmiller
Ashley Whittaker and Christopher Spitzmiller
Damian Samora
Damian Samora
Damian Samora
Ellen Niven, Austin Mill, Aldous Bertram and Chesie Breen
Ellen Niven, Austin Mill, Aldous Bertram and Chesie Breen
Ellen Niven, Austin Mill, Aldous Bertram and Chesie Breen
Stewart Manger, Charlotte Barnes and Chesie Breen
Stewart Manger, Charlotte Barnes and Chesie Breen
Stewart Manger, Charlotte Barnes and Chesie Breen
Robert Rufino, Ellen Niven, and Ray Attanasio of Balsamo Antiques
Robert Rufino, Ellen Niven, and Ray Attanasio of Balsamo Antiques
Robert Rufino, Ellen Niven, and Ray Attanasio of Balsamo Antiques
Guests mingle and network while enjoying the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Guests mingle and network while enjoying the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Guests mingle and network while enjoying the book signing in the Newel showroom.
The Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
The Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
The Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
The Casa Branca pop-up at the Interior Arts Building
The Casa Branca pop-up at the Interior Arts Building
The Casa Branca pop-up at the Interior Arts Building
Books by Aldous Bertram, Ashley Whittaker, and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects were available for signing.
Books by Aldous Bertram, Ashley Whittaker, and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects were available for signing.
Books by Aldous Bertram, Ashley Whittaker, and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects were available for signing.
Ashley Whittaker signs copies of her book ‘The Well-Loved House.’
Ashley Whittaker signs copies of her book ‘The Well-Loved House.’
Ashley Whittaker signs copies of her book ‘The Well-Loved House.’
Christopher Spitzmiller and Aldous Bertram
Christopher Spitzmiller and Aldous Bertram
Christopher Spitzmiller and Aldous Bertram
Damian Samora and Ashley Whittaker
Damian Samora and Ashley Whittaker
Damian Samora and Ashley Whittaker
Jake Baer and Robert Rufino
Jake Baer and Robert Rufino
Jake Baer and Robert Rufino
Stewart Manger, Robert Rufino, Aldous Bertram and Chesie Breen
Stewart Manger, Robert Rufino, Aldous Bertram and Chesie Breen
Stewart Manger, Robert Rufino, Aldous Bertram and Chesie Breen
Matt Cassin
Matt Cassin
Matt Cassin
Guests mingle at the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Guests mingle at the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Guests mingle at the book signing in the Newel showroom.
Inside the Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
Inside the Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
Inside the Newel showroom at the Interior Arts Building
The Casa Branca pop-up at the IAB
The Casa Branca pop-up at the IAB
The Casa Branca pop-up at the IAB