Timeless Design Gala 2015

Timeless Design Gala 2015

On Tuesday night (October 27th), The Royal Oak Foundation celebrated its 18th annual Timeless Design Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. More than 150 people attended the event, which honored The Kips Bay Decorator Show House with the Timeless Design Award and Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director of Bard Graduate Center, with the Heritage Award.

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Royal Oak Foundation Director Tracy Williamson Dart and supporter Charlotte Moss were the gala co-chairs. Proceeds supported Royal Oak’s conservation and education mission as the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Gala’s attendees raised money to send American scholars to the UK and to restore furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale at the National Trust’s Nostell Priory.

Royal Oak honored Kips Bay Decorator Show House in recognition of its extraordinary achievements as the quintessential design forum. The Show House’s ability to bring together a large and diverse community of designers, with all proceeds benefitting youth development, reflects its dedication to groundbreaking design and philanthropy. James Druckman, Chairman of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Dr. Susan Weber of Bard Graduate Center accepted the Heritage Award, which recognizes the preeminent role that the Center plays in the study of decorative arts and material culture, particularly British history. Since its founding in 1993, Bard Graduate Center has consistently supported ground-breaking study by scholars, curators and students, and presented it to the public in significant, impactful exhibitions and catalogues. Weber was introduced to attendees by Lisa White, Chairman of the National Trust’s Arts Advisory Panel and Editor of the Furniture History Society Journal, who expressed her deep appreciation for the Center’s work.

Thank you to everyone who made our 2015 Timeless Design Gala a night to remember!

2015 Timeless Design Award – Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Kips Bay Decorator Show House logoThe Royal Oak Foundation has selected the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, to receive the 2015 Timeless Design Award in recognition of the Show House’s extraordinary accomplishments as the quintessential design forum. Kips Bay’s celebration of interior designers from across the country and their remarkable eye for innovation and timeless aesthetics is renowned for sparking trends throughout the world. Additionally, their ability to bring together a large and diverse community of designers who ultimately benefit youth development is an inspiring and powerful message.

 

kips bay bookThe Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design Award recognizes outstanding achievement in British and American design and the stewardship of historic properties. Previous recipients have included the Kravet family, Lord Julian Fellowes, David Hicks, Charlotte Moss, Lord Rothschild, Bunny Williams, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Mario Buatta, David Mlinaric, Holly Hunt, Nina Campbell, Murray Douglas, Mary Fox Linton, David Anthony Easton, Colefax & Fowler and Albert Hadley.

 

2015 Heritage Award – Dr. Susan Weber, Founder of the Bard Graduate Center

WeberRoyal Oak’s Board of Directors has selected Susan Weber, Founder and Director of Bard Graduate Center to receive the 2015 Heritage Award.

In honoring Dr. Weber and Bard Graduate Center, Royal Oak recognizes the preeminent role that the center plays in the study of decorative arts and design history and, particularly, the major contributions that Dr. Weber has made in her studies of British topics. Since its founding in 1993, Bard Graduate Center has consistently supported ground-breaking study by scholars, curators and students and presented it to the public in significant, impactful exhibitions and catalogues. Last year’s “William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain” was the first comprehensive presentation of the work of one of Britain’s most important and influential designers and a landmark in the study of 18th-century material culture. Royal Oak also notes Dr. Weber’s work on E.W. Godwin and James “Athenian” Stuart and Bard Graduate Center’s important exhibitions on A.W.N. Pugin, William Beckford and Thomas Hope.

The Royal Oak Foundation Heritage Award recognizes individuals or organizations in Britain and the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage. Past recipients are: the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; The Garden Conservancy; Richard Broyd, OBE; and the Attingham Trust.

To learn more about our past Timeless Design Gala honorees, visit our Award Honorees page.