ASID New York Metro Chapter

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After a year getting my feet VERY wet as the President-Elect of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), I took the helm as the new President in October at a beautiful and well-attended party at the new Jonathan Adler showroom on 58th & Third Avenue.

While my involvement with ASID has me taking on a lot of responsibility, the resulting opportunities have been remarkable — up to and including the chance to meet hundreds of new people in the interior design industry.


Creative Collaborations: Designing Signature Product Lines

As some in the design community already know, I’ve been the President elect of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID since October of last year. I’ll become the President later this year in October.

But in the interest of raising the bar on activities within the organization I’ve been working with New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) President, David Sprouls, and his fantastic staff on a lecture series presented at the school. The latest event was held last Wednesday evening, and was titled ‘Creative Collaborations: Designing Signature Product Lines’.

The panel included 3 accomplished interior designers — Barry Goralnick, Alexa Hampton, and Laura Kirar — all of whom have been developing products for a variety of home ‘furnishing categories’ and a variety of manufacturers for years. Also on the panel was Kate Verner who is a creative strategist, brand manager and business expert in the luxury home industry.

I had the great pleasure of moderating the event.  It was very fun and, at some moments, quite funny — and was very well attended both by students of the school as well as many members of the design community.

NYSID videotaped the event, so if you weren’t able to attend I’ve added the entire clip here for your consideration.

Donald Kaufman on the Art and Science of Color, at the New York School of Interior Design

Last week my long time friend and sometime collaborator Donald Kaufman shared some of his knowledge about light, color, and materials to a nearly full house at the New York School of Interior Design.

To set the tone for the evening’s discussion, Donald showed this legendary film clip from the 1948 movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, in which Mrs. Blandings (Myrna Loy) describes in ephemeral terms the ‘exact’ paint colors she was looking for in her Connecticut home.


ASID New York Metro Chapter News!

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The ASID New York Metro Chapter, which is celebrating its 40th year, had their Annual meeting last Thursday at the chic Grohe Showroom on Fifth Avenue. On the agenda was the passing of guard to the new incoming board and President Robin Baron. I have been involved with the board since early this year, and am happy to announce I now serve as President-Elect on the new board. We were especially thrilled to have Luxe Magazine as our media sponsor, as it continues to have a meteoric rise in the shelter magazine arena.
Robin is a bundle of energy and has ambitious plans for Chapter – much of which is already underway, so keep a lookout for the realizations of her ideas in the coming weeks and months — especially a greatly expanded and comprehensive social media presence and vitality for the chapter.
For my part, I am taking on getting the interior design student community involved with the chapter. I’ll be working to bring  more student members in; my goal is to get the students exposure to the interior design industry leaders through educational trips to their home/studios, such as the recent visit to Laura Bohn’s Loft in the iconic Beaux-arts Bank Building and it’s transformation into residential apartments. There are many more of such excursions planned, stay tuned.
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Robin Baron and I at last Thursday’s event
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Donovan Mally – Membership Director,  Alex Sobelewski – Director at Large,   Jon Pesce – Financial Director,
Robin Baron – President,  Bonnie Hoecker – Student Representative,  and Glenn Gissler – President-Elect.
Not in Photo: Dionne Gadsden – Professional Development Director, Jennifer Quail – Communications Director
I’m thrilled and honored to be on the board of the ASID New York Metro Chapter, to serve as President Elect, and look forward to working with everyone involved with the organization to move it forward into the 21st century.
I encourage you to ‘like’ our Facebook Page, and to follow us on Twitter to stay abreast of all the exciting initiatives that Robin and I have planned.