It’s less than one week left to see this year’s pick for the Kips Bay Decorator House 2014, and I made it! I’d chose a Thursday evening to attend, it was rainy and quite humid – but the anticipation was well worth it! I attend every year, to get ideas and see the designer’s amazing work! All for a beautiful cause, the Kips Bay children! Here are some pictures of the rooms. For a full listing of all the designers, please click: DESIGNERS. If you in NYC, there’s still time – it closes on May 29th.
The place this year is the Villard Mansion on 51st Madison Ave!
The Villard Mansion was constructed in 1884, designed by the architecture firm McKim, Mead & White three years after they started their company. The houses were commissioned by Henry Villard, then president of the Northern Pacific Railway, shortly before his railroad empire began to crumble. Ownership of the building changed through many hands throughout the century.
In 1968, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the complex a historical landmark. Restoration and construction for a new hotel complex was proposed by real estate developer Harry B. Helmsley who constructed the 51-story New York Palace Hotel tower directly behind the original building. The project was designed by architects Emery Roth & Sons and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer in 1977 and completed in 1980.
The original building was restored in 2003 and office space was furnished for city preservation group The Municipal Art Society, as part of an agreement to save the building from demolition.
More information, please go to http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.
Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology.
This all began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club launched the Kips Bay Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.