• Timeless Design 2014

    On November 13, 2014, The Royal Oak Foundation celebrated their 17th annual Timeless Design Award at the Essex House on Central Park South here in New York. More than 200 attended the event to present Viscount Linley of Nymans with the Timeless Design Award and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) with the Heritage Award.

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    Royal Oak Foundation Director Tracy Williamson Dart and supporter Charlotte Moss were the event co-chairs. Proceeds support Royal Oak’s conservation and education mission as the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland while sending American scholars to the UK to study gardening, architecture and decorative arts.

    Royal Oak honored Lord Linley (David Armstrong-Jones), who attended with Lady Linley (Serena Armstrong-Jones) for his accomplishments in furniture and decorative arts design, citing his passion for craftsmanship and the history of design. The son of HRH Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, he launched his first LINLEY Collection in 1985. He became Chairman of Christie’s UK in 2006. Mark Ferguson, ICAA’s Chairman, accepted the Heritage Award in recognition of the organization’s work in advancing the Classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.

     Timeless Design Honoree

    Viscount Linley

    The Royal Oak Foundation’s Board of Directors honored David Linley with the 2014 Timeless Design Award for his extraordinary accomplishments in furniture and decorative arts design over the past three decades as well as his achievements in interior design. The son of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, Linley’s creative ability was nurtured by his parents from an early age as they encouraged his passion for craftwork. Linley developed an avid interest in wood-working as a student, which eventually led to his first LINLEY collection, launched in 1985. His work continues to be beautifully made by hand with distinctly British sophistication, charm and inventiveness. Linley produces pieces that consummate artistry and craftsmanship and a deep knowledge of and passion for the heritage of art and design, from the Renaissance through neo-Classicism and Modernism. In 2006, Lord Linley became Chairman of Christie’s UK, where he is responsible for leading the Chairman’s office and working with Christie’s specialists to develop business and client relationships both in the UK and internationally.

    Heritage Award Honoree

    Royal Oak’s Board of Directors honored the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) with the 2014 Heritage Award.

    In honoring the ICAA, Royal Oak recognizes the significant role that the Institute plays in the advancement of the Classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. This aligns it with the mission of the National Trust, Royal Oak’s principal partner, which preserves and makes accessible some of the greatest examples of neo-Classical architecture and fine and decorative arts. The Institute’s commitment to education for both professional and wider audiences and its national reach also correspond to Royal Oak’s work in educating American audiences about British art, history and culture. The 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.

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