On October 20, New York’s premier boutique design location, the Interior Arts Building, hosted the third iteration of its biannual event, Design61. With World of Interiors American editor Mitchell Owens serving as master of ceremonies, programming kicked off with a discussion about brand-building moderated by Frederic design editor Hudson Moore and featuring Georgia McElveen of Casa Branca, Kyle Marshall of Bunny Williams Home, Lily Lanahan of Elizabeth Lake, Tyler Hill of Transparent and Marian McEvoy. Other panelists throughout the day included such notable designers, architects and landscape architects as Terrence Charles, Jamie Drake, Kathryn Given, Eric Groft, Ellen Hamilton, Roxanne Hanna, Edmund Hollander, David Kleinberg, Stewart Manger, Melanie Millner, Andrew Oyen, Elizabeth Pash, Byron Risdon, Scott Sanders, Stephen Sills and Douglas Wright. Tastemakers Asad Syrkett of Elle Decor, Stellene Volandes of Town & Country, Jacqueline Terrebonne of Galerie, Peter Lyden of the ICAA, Nazira Handal of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Clubs and Benjamin Reynaert of Interior Define moderated the conversations.
Complementing the panels, the vignettes of the Artisans Arcade displayed new collections from talented creatives and makers Casa Branca, Transparent, Elizabeth Lake, Aerin, Everyday Elegance, The Poppy Caravan, From Jaipur with Love, Maison Maison Design, Schneller Inc., Marie Suri, Maki Yamamoto, R.A. Pesce and Penn & Fletcher. The arcade remains open through Friday, October 28.
The day concluded with book signings by 10 newly published designers, followed by celebratory cocktails hosted amid the spectacular antiques and vintage furnishings of the Newel showroom.
“It was an exciting day of expertise and inspiration from top design industry talents Alex Papachristidis, Aerin Lauder, Mark D. Sikes, Joy Moyler, Meredith Ellis, Katie Ridder and Richard Mishaan, among many other colleagues whose work I greatly admire,” said Liz O’Brien, whose eponymous gallery is also in the Interior Arts Building. “The Artisans Arcade spotlighted gifted makers who loved meeting all the editors and designers.”