The 2019 Lecture serieS


Individual tickets (see lecture descriptions below) in advance are $30, and $35 at the door. You will be emailed a confirmation of your purchase. A list of purchasers will be at the door. For further information, please contact Chase Damon at

All lectures will be held at the New York School of Interior Design, 170 E 70th Street.

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Wednesday, april 3, 2019 • 6:00 PM

A presentation from the celebrated architect of several recent projects, most notably the major new expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection historic building on Fifth Avenue, an expansion project at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, along with some recent multifamily and private residential designs.

Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Since its inception, the firm’s guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life, and made complete, by those who use it. Clients include cultural institutions (LUMA Arles), universities (Brown), galleries (Hauser & Wirth) and museums (Neue). The firm designed the largest recycling facility and education center in the US; the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Brooklyn.

Generously underwritten by Joseph Carini Carpets • Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams • Rusk Renovations and Xhema of New York with Media Sponsor Architectural Digest

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019 • 6:00 PM

Kit and Stellene will explore a selection of Kit’s latest designs: country house, city pied a terre, hotel, penthouse and a beach bar. As always, each treated as an individual work of art.

Kit Kemp MBE is an award-winning Interior Designer, internationally acclaimed for uniquely designed interiors, textiles, fragrances and homewares. She is the author of Design Thread, her third book out now. A champion of British art and craft, she is celebrated for her individual approach to design. Kit is the Co- Owner & Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels.

Stellene Volandes is the Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country Magazine. Formerly the
Style Director, she played a significant role in developing the magazine’s journalistic range and stable of contributors. Her book, Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design, was published by Rizzoli in 2016.

Generously underwritten by Bunny Williams • Fromental • Plain English Design and Suzanne Rheinstein with Media Sponsor Town & Country

Wednesday, may 15, 2019 • 6:00 PM
lisa immordino vreeland: cabinet of curiosities

As a filmmaker, Lisa Immordino Vreeland has had the unique pleasure of being able to tell different stories. She has been inspired by many different characters, places and historical periods, among them Diana Vreeland, Peggy Guggenheim and Cecil Beaton. Ms. Immordino Vreeland will share some of her past and current obsessions and how they have influenced her work.

Documentary Director and Producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland has been immersed in the world of fashion and art for the past 25 years. Her directorial debut, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012), won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival and the prestigious Design of the Year Award at the Design Museum in London. In addition, she authored the companion book to the documentary. Her second film, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and had its European premiere at Art Basel. Her third film, Love Cecil (2017), premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and a second book was published to accompany that. She has developed, and continues to add content, to a short film series called Art of Style for the digital fashion network, Made to Measure.

Underwritten by 1stdibs and Charlotte Moss with Media Sponsor Vogue

Wednesday, september 18, 2019 • 6:00 PM
lulu lytle & catherine connolly: the urgency of slowing down

In an environment driven by cheaper, faster, more disposable - the future of design is in peril. Lulu and Catherine will illustrate a new path to slowing down and creating a future of design through craftsmanship, integrity of design and materials, deep collaboration between designers and makers and unwavering focus on originality and innovation.

Lulu Lytle is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Soane Britain, based on London’s Pimlico Road since 1997. Her knowledge of British craftsmen’s skills such as fine chair making, iron forging, precision engineering, rattan weaving and saddlery inspired Soane’s furniture, lighting, fabric and wallpaper collections.

Catherine Forster Connolly is the owner and CEO of Merida—an American textile design house based in Fall River, MA. With her market research background, she has led the transformation of the company from an importer of high-end sisal to a design-driven textile company designing and manufacturing rugs.

Generously Underwritten by Cornerstone Builders • Design Leadership Network • Merida • Soane Britain and The Flat with Media Sponsor Luxe Interiors + Design

Wednesday, september 25, 2019 • 6:00 PM
Anne Pasternak & Susan Fisher Sterling: Women Artists - The Naked Truth

A fascinating look at how institutions can champion women in the arts and what equity for women means in art, design, and architecture.

Anne Pasternak was named the Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum in 2015. She has devoted her career to engaging broad audiences with the limitless power of art to move, motivate, and inspire. An advocate for the civic and democratic roles our cultural and educational institutions can play, Anne is committed to projects that demonstrate the crucial links between art and social justice.

Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Susan Fisher Sterling promulgates equity for women through excellence in the arts. Honored for her stewardship of the museum and its unique programming, she has been awarded the National Orders of Merit from Brazil and Norway and the President’s Award of the Women’s Caucus for Art. In 2017 she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine.

Generously Underwritten by Cheryl Tague for Core Home • DoyleVictoria Hagan Interiors with Media Sponsor Galerie

The Decorators Club Education Fund, Inc. is a New York not-for-profit corporation and tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3). Tickets and contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.