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A CENTURY OF RE-IMAGINING INTERIOR DESIGN
home of the Department of Architecture. We continue to lead the ﬁeld. back cover photo by Bob Handelman inside front cover: Selections from a collection of sketches for Metropolitan Home magazine by Illustration chair Steven Guarnaccia. and fashion. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as our contributors have enjoyed putting it together. Dean above: Dean Tim Marshall. and habitat and enacts social. including furniture and product design. Interior Design. build a portable living space. in which students develop lighting concepts for speciﬁc environments. Front cover photo by Paula Giraldo. Interior Design. Interior design stages relationships among many design ﬁelds. William Odom. and Lighting. and the ﬁne arts. or create a laundry facility and information center to serve a community’s particular needs. The school’s early leaders.LETTER FROM THE DEAN In this issue of RE:D we pay tribute to interior design. They shaped an interior design program that was visionary for its time and has an ongoing inﬂuence on interior design theory and practice. especially Frank Alvah Parsons. Van Day Truex. Best regards. . Mississippi (page 5). Mario Buatta ’61. While these stories may highlight the disciplines of product design. It is a pleasure to stay in touch with all of our alumni from across Parsons and to bring you the latest news from the school. it’s clear that the “interior” is central to these multifaceted projects. Tim Marshall. personal. as demonstrated by the achievements of our illustrious alumni—such as Albert Hadley ’49. We are also delighted to feature a proﬁle of the Parsons lighting design program (page 18). domestic and media technologies. Sweden (page 16). photos from the “Little Houses” project in Hällefors. the human being. and architecture at Parsons. lighting. and Jean-Michel Frank. and Lois Weinthal. architecture. lighting. Betty Sherrill ’51. You can read more about these intersections—and the ways in which the interior design program at Parsons is responding and helping to shape them—in the dialogue between Kent Kleinman. Photo by Matthew Sussman front and back cover: The Angelo Donghia Materials Library and Study Center. and cultural meaning. a ﬁeld of study and practice that has been a vital part of Parsons The New School for Design’s reputation for 100 years. and news on The Design Workshop’s recent project in DeLisle. foresaw the potential and the importance of interior design as both a critical design discipline and a powerful social and economic force. and Lighting. chair of the Department of Architecture. Interior design engages the complex interactions of the body and space. the new director of the interior design program. and following generations including Victoria Hagan ’84 (see page 32) and Jamie Drake ’78 (page 33). that appears on page 20. We’re proud of the interior design program at Parsons and to commemorate its centennial with this issue of RE:D.
London. alumni news. and an MArch from Princeton. and interior design’s new director.Lewis. She also designs and fabricates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry sculpted from found objects and wire. Please include your year of graduation. interior design. .newschool. He is currently on staff at The New School as special project producer. photo submissions. commentary. director. lewis is associate professor and director of the master of architecture program. Graphic Design ’05 (AAS). david j. and suggestions for features. Lois Weinthal. He received his BA from Carleton College. 7th ﬂoor New York. and producer whose work has ranged from international documentary television to makeover reality shows. and major. studied photography and graphic design in her native Colombia before moving to New York to attend Parsons.edu/RE:D CONTRIBUTORS CONTENTS features 10 The Inside Story 100 Years of Interior Design at Parsons 16 Track Housing Little Houses on the Black River Illustration department chair steven guarnaccia is a frequent contributor to publications including Time. . 18 Illuminating Education A Look at Parsons’ MFA Lighting Program 20 Expanding the Theory of Interiors Architecture.newschool. alumni proﬁles 32 Victoria Hagan ’84 33 RE:SPOND Jamie Drake ’78 in every issue lisa zeiger (not pictured) was decorative arts editor for the quarterly interiors publication nest and a freelance arts writer in Glasgow. and lighting’s new chair. paula giraldo. and/or artwork will be considered for publication.Tsurumaki. photography. . Weiss Lectures karissa krenz is a New York–based arts and entertainment writer and former Editor-in-Chief of Chamber Music magazine. .Parsons Journals . Empowering Kosovar Women . this page: MFA Lighting Design.edu/alumni. holds an MA in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell. Letters may be edited for content and/or length. Zeiger is at work on her ﬁrst book. Erin De Vries 1 4 8 22 Letter from the Dean Letters to the RE:DITOR RE:TINA RE:CORD Alumni News. She is currently on staff at The New School as a graphic designer. degree completed. . and Class Notes 28 RE:COGNITION Gifts to Parsons in 2006 .RE:D Magazine Guest Editor Karissa Krenz Managing Editor Lindy Regan Alumni Relations Jessica Arnold Rachel Denny Assistant Editor Sarah Kricheff Creative Director Meg Callery Designers Anna Ostrovskaya Paula Giraldo Production Tina Moskin Copy Editor Ellen Davidson Letters to the Editor We want to hear from you. Submissions Original manuscripts. RE:D welcomes letters to the editor regarding published articles. opinions. Co-author of Black and White and author/illustrator of numerous children’s books. related materials. She studied decorative arts at Sotheby’s London and the University of Glasgow and holds degrees from Barnard and Columbia Law School. discuss the present and future of the department. . . Lewis is partner in the New York–based architecture ﬁrm Lewis. Rolling Stone. and Cologne. .edu www. and BLAB! and was previously art director of the New York Times op-ed page. Her writing appears frequently in publications including Time Out New York and Playbill. NY 10011 RedEditors@newschool. RE:D Parsons The New School for Design 66 Fifth Ave.parsons. Target: Grocery . The Sims.. . Kent Kleinman. matthew sussman is a photographer. and artwork will not be returned. Unsolicited manuscripts. Guarnaccia hosted the hugely successful Illustration Today symposium at Parsons in November. Blanquita: A Memoir of the Bronx. 30 The Gift of Education Interior Design Scholarships at Parsons news at parsons 5 Design Workshop in Mississippi . . Address Changes Please submit address changes at: www. Upcoming Alumni Events.
the theater and the colors and textures in museum exhibitions (and the spaces in which they’re held) are among my many sources of inspiration. 66 Fifth Ave. and hotels. negotiate. now a member of Manhattan-based SHoP Architects. was consulting with Murphy while working on the ﬁrm’s rebuilding efforts in DeLisle. The organized. the summer studio instructor.edu/alumni/REDsurvey. Mississippi. “Which interior space has had the greatest inﬂuence on your work?” The interior space that most inﬂuences my work is Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona. Whenever I am timid about mixing colors and adding whimsy. in which students work collaboratively with a nonproﬁt client to conceive. Voronado Realty Trust.YOU TELL US Letters to the RE:DITOR In the last issue we asked. 6th ﬂoor. yet so beautifully unique. Though it dates back to the early sixth century. and Lighting’s annual design-build program. carved woods. living in FEMA trailers and working 12-hour days on the job site. By the conclusion of the semester. but my observation of these spaces and my memory of them inﬂuenced my ability to “see” rooms. The students spent the summer in DeLisle. Generous support was provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. jennifer watty ’93 photo courtesy of jennifer watty NEWS AT PARSONS Mississippi Returning The Design Workshop 2006: 39751 InfoWash by david j. Interior Design. Murphy saw an opportunity to engage Parsons in the DeLisle community’s need for basic amenities and communication and envisioned a solution. Parsons The New School for Design. you tell us: What is the most interesting change in communication design you’ve seen since you graduated? Send your letters to RedEditors@newschool. who insures that the students are able to translate their designs into built form. younger approach. The use of geometrics. developed a complete set of construction documents.org.newschool. and the Dean’s Ofﬁce at Parsons. Under the supervision of Terry Erickson. the group erected the steel structure by hand. A feature article on the DeLisle project appeared last fall in the New York Times.. Italy. clad the building in aluminum mesh and stained cedar. www. traveling twice to Mississippi to meet with the client and members of the community. students collectively worked to research and design 39751 InfoWash. walls. SHoP Architects . marguerite franco ’51 My childhood home in San Vitale in Ravenna.html. and worked with structural engineer and faculty member Harriet Markis to execute the structural drawings. the building was in operation. restaurants. anna wolcott ’04 the next issue celebrates the communication design centennial. stores. Negro. color. to create spaces so bizarre and expressive. By early fall. and construct a built solution to a real-world urban/environmental challenge. ceiling. courtney (murray) goldsmith ’97 aas In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Not afraid to take risks. clean surfaces adorned with mosaics and the warmth of the space make it striking. Sal La Rosa. Others include design associates who have worked for me and have presented “new ideas” with a fresher. The house’s architecture. I once saw a picture of a bedroom Mario Buatta designed for the 1984 Kips Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club Decorator Show House. assembled material orders for the project. a combination information center and laundromat designed and built in the spring and summer of 2006 by 12 graduate students and one undergraduate from Parsons’ architecture programs. design. and the occasional ﬂood. It was just for fun. was a combination of glass and steel. he mastered freedom of expression while contradicting perceptions of the norm. constructed and insulated the roof. a conversation about The Design Workshop between DeLisle. one sees a typical blue-and-white bedroom. The result was 39751 InfoWash. photo courtesy of angelika wrzesinska 4 5 this page: Laura Lyon. New York. resident Martha Murphy and Parsons MArch graduate Federico Negro ’04 led to the program’s most ambitious effort since its inception nearly ten years ago. providing natural light. Help shape the future of RE:D: Fill out our reader survey online at www.edu or RE:D Editors. I remember this room. Modern furniture combined with Spanish colonial antiques created a unique space. juxtaposed with natural stone and terracotta ﬂoors. inspired by the modern movement. and outﬁtted the interior spaces with custom-made interior furniture and wall systems. SOM. a domed Romanesque cathedral full of elaborate details and diffused natural light. The Design Workshop is the Department of Architecture. with SHoP providing critical input and support. the students had created a compelling design. providing the community with a vital centerpiece for the area’s rebuilding efforts. During the spring semester. Buatta used a sheer white fabric that lets in light. lewis Growing up in a townhouse in New York City. NY 10011. installed structural panels and waterprooﬁng. angelika wrzesinska ’04 Colombia continues to inﬂuence me.parsonsdesignworkshop. but the walls are actually pale lavender with touches of salmon pink. and parabolic arches are astonishing. a town hit hard and dead-center by the storm. open air. lyn henry ’84 My mom and I used to play a game: We would visit the powder rooms in homes. Heuer Foundation. it has the fundamental values of the contemporary aesthetic: simplicity framed in complex and surprising details and inspiring lighting solutions. and rate their level of luxury and design on a scale of one to ten. Most of the rooms had access to the outdoors. Instead of a blue canopy for the bed. despite the austere structure. At ﬁrst.
mobile technologies.edu/architecture/aidl/scapes. Since 2002 the Department of Architecture. featuring work by faculty and alumni (April 5–14). and assistant managing editor for BusinessWeek (March 15). Design and Management.newschool. design and technology. last fall Parsons continued its involvement with Women for Women International (WFWI). Members of the Departments of Product Design.parsons. an associate principal with the consulting engineering ﬁrm Ove Arup and Partners (February 27). and ethnographer Genevieve Bell. and Lighting are conceiving all layers of the project: market research and branding strategies. Visit www. The exhibit is among several the Department of Communication Design and Technology will present at the museum: Ten Years Running. and Innovation addresses the dynamic synthesis of creative vision and strong business sense. Inc. and Tucker Viemeister (pictured). approaches.parsons.000-square-foot prototype grocery store that would be integrated into an urban SuperTarget. and Architecture. the popular video game in which players control the lives of virtual people. it will appear annually in print and online at www.Addressing Innovation The Department of Design and Management’s Stephan Weiss Visiting Lectureship on Business Strategy.edu/events/. MFA). and the marketplace. launched in the spring of 2006. Speakers this fall were Peter Laundy of Doblin. is conceptualizing a 50. . supervised by faculty and Target Corporation representatives. environmental impact and sustainability studies. and marketing. it is available in print and online at www2. Funded by a grant from the KaranWeiss Foundation. in an exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum. The Sims (April 19–May 12). interactive media. Communication design. Target: Grocery Over the course of the 2006–07 academic year. production.edu/dm.” Edited by Joanna Merwood. senior principal engineer and director of user experience for Intel’s Digital Home Group (April 3). Several designs will be available by Mother’s Day. VP of Creative at Rockwell Group and founder of Smart Design. and Lighting has published Scapes. metropolitan. Helping Hands in Kosovo Building on a collaboration with women in Rwanda in 2005. including an apron and place settings accented with traditional embroidery. Mods. projects. examines and explores the intersection of design and business. Bruce Nussbaum. The Journal of TARGET 6 7 Design & Management.parsons. a team of students. Communication Design and Technology. Students developed products that the women could easily produce themselves and sell through WFWI’s online bazaar and retailers in the United States. and three-dimensional TARGET printing. while focusing on economy. and illustration students have created pieces utilizing traditional and technology-driven art forms including machinima (using a game engine to produce animation or ﬁlm). Through the company’s internship and recruitment collaborations with Parsons Career Services.womenforwomen. commentator on economic issues. a nonproﬁt aid organization that helps women in war-torn countries cultivate job skills in design. and events fundamental to the development of pioneering ideas. For information visit www. and departmental perspectives on architecture. The spring semester’s lectures feature Jean Rogers.org. BFA. Integrated Design Curriculum students in the Core Colloquium: CrossCultural Collaborations class worked with women in Kosovo to help them achieve a sustainable source of income. Interior Design. society. essayist. and student professionalism would make the school an ideal partner for the upscale discount store. Each issue will highlight people. which discusses “global. and thesis exhibits (May 17–26. Target Vice President of Store Design Rich Varda realized that Parsons’ interest in sustainability. focus on cutting-edge design. and More Parsons takes on The Sims. Negotiation. Off the Shelf Parsons publishes two journals that highlight the scholarly discourse and discoveries emerging from the school.html. TARGET Machinima. store ﬂow and mapping.. Interior Design. and product development. and May 31–June 9.
Maira Kalman. and theatrical lighting 2. at pier 60. Parsons Dean Tim Marshall. Paul Goldberger.. interior and environmental design. 2006. Former Dean Paul Goldberger. At Tishman Auditorium: Illustration Chair Steven Guarnaccia. Florence Guiraud ’06 4 . Betty Sherrill. Photos by David Minder 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 2 3 paolo soleri. and Sheila C. Johnson. Betty Sherrill. Anna Lee Wolcott ’04. Wid Chapman. swayduck auditorium Renowned architect Paolo Soleri spoke about his work on the occasion of receiving the National Design Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. 2006 1. Angelina Wrzesinska ’04. New School President Bob Kerrey. architecture and interior design. Ronald Bricke ’61 3. Moss. at tishman auditorium 1. april 11. A student design from the Fashion Centennial Collection 4. A tree-lighting toast to Sheila C. and AIDL Chair Kent Kleinman 2. Photos by Patrick McMullan and Matthew Sussman illustration today symposium. At the reception: Assistant Professor Dan Nadel. and Victoria Hagan ’84 2. Tess Dempsey ’88. illustrators Kim and Gene Deitch 3. Annette de la Renta and Vogue Editor-inChief Anna Wintour 3. Fine Arts Chair Donald Porcaro. 2006. Patti Butler. at the mandarin oriental. at the häfele showroom 1. Peter Sis 2. Presented with the Museum of Arts & Design. Photos by Nick Ferrari ’03 second annual parsons centurion award for design excellence luncheon honoring interior designer betty sherrill ’51 and mcmillen inc. november 29. Judge William Newman 4. and Judge William Newman. founder of the SoHo design store. chelsea piers 1. october 16. 2006 1. Madeleine Moore ’64. Photo by Yong Kim 4 4 4 5 1 3 parsons 58th annual beneﬁt and fashion show honoring oscar de la renta. Parsons Dean Tim Marshall. Katherine Bragg ’07. Bill Clinton. Victoria Hagan. Anne Pyne speaks about her mother. Honoree Oscar de la Renta and former President Bill Clinton 2. and lighting graduates. october 23. Photos by Alan Klein 3 4 2 board of governors holiday party hosted by sheila c. johnson at saks ﬁfth avenue. Betty Sherrill. new york 1. George Lyall. Photos by Patrick McMullan the reunion reception for architecture. Photos by Crissie Ferrara 8 9 . october 23. 2006. 2006. november 11. may 8. and New School President Bob Kerrey 4. Parsons Board of Governors Chair Sheila Johnson. and Anne Pyne 3. Lighting Designer Ingo Maurer in conversation with Murray Moss. Peter Darrow. Peter de Seve ’80. this interdisciplinary international design conference brought together innovators in the ﬁelds of physics. Erin Brandariz ’06. and Fashion Design Chair Tim Gunn 3.RE:TINA Making a Scene in New York 1 2 1 2 speed of light. 2006. Johnson 2. board member Denise Seegal. James Borynack ’67 and Michael Vollbracht ’68 5. Guarnaccia (center) with Friends With You.
In 1918. Elsie Cobb Wilson. and for his devotion to the decorative arts of France he was anointed a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. by Ina Dell Marvin.. While Frank Alvah Parsons initially created a department that reﬂected his own passion for the decorative arts. While expertise in styles of earlier centuries was a hallmark of the department through the mid-20th century. through which he acquainted himself with Europe’s wealthy aesthetes. His aim was “to train [students’] eye. students at work in the Donghia Center (photo by Bob Handelman). Ogden Codman. which ofﬁcially adopted his name. Vogue’s art director. by lisa zeiger The story of interior design at Parsons The New School for Design is central to the history of the school itself. revealing that human relationships and personal preferences have been as inﬂuential as theory in shaping the curriculum over many generations. color theory. Penney outlet. fashion. ensuring the institution’s survival. Eleanor Brown. “We have not forgotten the foundations from which the department made the most striking contributions to the ﬁeld.” says Melvin Dwork ’41. and practice.” Parsons’ second great player. Jr. and scholarship—a progression that can be charted through the succession of personalities that have animated the program from then until now. we have the beneﬁt of having lived through the modernist revolution and can question and incorporate the lessons learned from that time into a broad approach encompassing history. The next great Parsons prodigy was Van Day Truex. who enrolled as a student in 1923. instill in them an idea of quality. The aura Parsons spun around his school. in 1925 he received a Paris scholarship. It is an intriguing genealogy of mentorship. founder of McMillen. granting students entrée to magniﬁcent private houses and collections. Truex was a brilliant fundraiser. made it the most prestigious institution of its kind in the country. business knowledge. hired Frank Alvah Parsons.” says Galland. acting director of interior design from January 2005 to December 2006. this page: “Empire Chair. William K. co-author with Edith Wharton of The Decoration of Houses. the Donghia Materials Library (photo by Paula Giraldo). today’s students study architecture as a foundation. and upon his graduation in 1927 Truex became an instructor. and Ogden Codman. through his unwavering convictions about period style and his social connections. Inc. “He became my mentor and good friend and was nice enough to give me a partial working scholarship. 10 11 . a student of the Interior. “It was a great school and a privilege to be there. trends. and Lady Duff Gordon. founded in 1896 by painter Willliam Merritt Chase. learning to blend technical skills with aesthetics. theory.. Residential designer Danielle Galland ’95. Architecture.” Upon Parsons’ death in 1930. Van had a sense of style we all looked up to—he gave the school a sort of aura. making the school a formidable resource for those aspiring to a career in the field. and advertising. RE:D recounts some of the notable events. Chase retired in 1907. a six-week summer trip through France and Italy. Within a decade the board boasted design luminaries Lady Elsie de Wolfe Mendl. Historically. it has been eclipsed by a modernist focus in the last 30 years.C. star graduate William Odom. knowing the European tradition is not sufﬁcient to create a well-qualiﬁed and diverse designer nimble enough to work in the varied areas of the ﬁeld. and interior decoration—the ﬁrst such program in the United States. Frank Parsons became not only Truex’s teacher but his social shepherd. dividing his time between the New York and Paris schools. though a revival is emerging. inducting this Dust Bowl aristocrat into New York high society. and 39year-old Parsons purchased the school. and develop their sense of style. A Parsons’ atelier was established in Paris.” The demands of preparing students for the profession have dramatically changed in the past 80 years. cultural imperatives. Born in Kansas into a family who managed a J. who were joined in 1922 by Heyworth Campbell. Exalted Americans living in Paris became devotees: Edith Wharton. joined the faculty in 1909 and became Frank Alvah Parsons’ business partner in 1920. In 1904 the New York School of Art. He elevated decorative arts to the same level as ﬁne art and convened powerful names in interior design. and Decoration Department. who introduced courses in design. Odom published his highly-respected History of Italian Furniture. Vanderbilt. Jr. the curriculum developed students’ understanding of the tenets of furniture design. as he correctly foresaw image as playing an important role in the expansion of art and design in America. has sought to restore a greater balance of connoisseurship and technique. the Grand Tour. Although he was not interested in the modernist revolution taking shape in Europe at the start of the 20th century. and personalities that make up the department’s history.The Inside Story Celebrating 100 years of interior design at Parsons.. Parsons Paris (courtesy of the Kellen Archives Center). As a result. Truex was a classic misﬁt artist whose father refused to support his design studies.” circa 1930. and Mrs. He launched his pet project. Elsie de Wolfe. and color use through exposure to the highest building craftsmanship in the European classical tradition. “The demands of preparing students for the profession have dramatically changed over the past 80 years. Training today’s interior designer is a great responsibility and one that is continually questioned by the faculty. He never abandoned his predeces- Parsons was ahead of his time in promoting the commercial ﬁelds of interior design. By 1924 he was named top student. architectural composition. Odom took charge and appointed Truex head of the Paris program and associate director of the New York school.
Eleanor Brown led the board of trustees to unanimously elect Truex president of the school. Brown at McMillen.” says Gubelmann. 2-D design.sors’ insistence on art history.” recalls Mario Buatta ’61. and Mrs. Photo courtesy of the Kellen Archives Center. architect and head of Windigo Design in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the Kellen Archives Center. He soon triumphed as design director of Tiffany & Co. but I had made up my mind.” says Gubelmann. Our floor plans were traditional: Everybody had a table to put a drink on and a place to sit. After Odom passed away in 1942. and academic drawing and faithfully transmitted the neoclassical tradition as the pinnacle of interior design. author of Designing with Nature . Jr. “He once came by for a drink. Is it sustainable? How will people behave in this environment? Can design elevate the human spirit? In 1964 the Department of Interior Design was reworked into a new discipline. the Duchess of Windsor. and the student demographic was dramatically altered by an influx of male war veterans. required reading for all students. His famous lectures to the student body were lessons in the art of living. and the opportunity to have extended exposure to the Parsons philosophy of design. Privately and subtly Truex escaped his mentors’ 18th-century taste and developed his own style. who was above all a businesswoman (a “gangster.. private places. Houghton.” But after a complex series of events. Truex was ousted by the board of directors in 1954. He went on to work for Mrs. Truex joined the faculty in New York—at its new location at 136 East 57th Street—and became vice president. which he encouraged us to use in our projects. Some graduates bemoan this era. Stanley urged me to take this penchant as far as it would go. McCarg’s philosophy was a powerful call for congruity in all design endeavors. is credited with designing the clean and simple lines of the ubiquitous Parsons table while working with Truex and students at the Paris school. and “the White Queen” to Dwork). Parish Hadley. 12 13 . –Mario Buatta According to Gubelmann. who would go on to become the “Dean of American Decorating.) Truex learned the business side of decorating from Lady Mendl. chair of the Department of Interior Design. At the onset of World War II in Europe.” She learned the secrets of proportion through Barrows’s weekly sketching excursions outdoors and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. which all too often are ignored: Don’t build on a ravine. known as the ‘base year. Castle (far left). This affiliation would serve Truex well as he entered the field later in his career. whose décor and merchandise retain his imprint to this day. or desk. I knew that a faculty position at Parsons. He experienced environmental design as the disciplined liberation of each student’s innermost gifts. Ian was the catalyst who enabled us to become sympathetic to the world around us. room.” says Hadley in Adam Lewis’s Albert Hadley: The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer.” “The book taught you not to design separately from the environment but to be inclusive in your products. We also learned self-evident technical principles. looks on as the judges. and lecture courses on applied arts from antiquity to modernism. Arthur A. widely acknowledged as one of the most inﬂuential designers of the thirties. Truex championed freedom in interior design while still honoring the legacy of Odom and Parsons. partly through a bond with Jean-Michel Frank.” this page: Classroom at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (Parsons School of Design) at 80th Street and Broadway.’ you were required to take general classes: a 3-D design studio. “We were given a broad base of classes to choose from. Odom told Truex to close the Paris school. an elective in color run by artist Hector Leonardi. Truex acquired prestigious patrons from high society and the world of design. strongly disagrees. “and in your ﬁrst year. period design. Among Truex’s famous prodigies was Albert I had just hung wall brackets supporting blue-and-white Delft jars. At 50. she tried to convince me to decline the teaching position.” as Truex called her. “You had to respect what existed. 1961. could only beneﬁt my future. he was out of a job and shunned by the school to which he had devoted his life. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the department was led by the designer Stanley Barrows. Ronald Bricke ’61 won the award. the past was not ignored. Barrows fused a love of the past with exposure to “well-designed contemporary furniture. “Stanley would make you look into yourself and express what was inside you.. but set forth as the seed of contemporary forms. but Jimmy Gubelmann ’73. He especially recalls his teacher Ian McCarg. You don’t erect a Le Corbusier in a Georgian town. don’t build on a slope with morning light. (Frank. Academically. “I had been with [Roslyn Rosier’s shop] three months when Van Truex called and asked me to join the interior design faculty at Parsons.” Hadley ’49. Parsons ﬂourished: New members joined the faculty. and eventually began his famous partnership with Sister Parish at their ﬁrm.” above: Judges of the Pini di San Miniato Scholarship Award Competition. which lasted until 1992. circa 1933–34. This award enabled a graduating student of interior decoration to study in Italy. survey the entries. Mary Louise Gertler ’61 recalls her three-month European study trip with Barrows as a privileged glimpse at “fascinating. and I had just hung wall brackets supporting blue-and-white Delft jars. but one with afternoon light. Robert J. environmental design. who is still venerated by former students. Stanley urged me to take this penchant as far as it would go. (left to right) Salvador Dali. from omelettes to boiserie. During what Gertler calls a “transitional time” for the school. whether building a house.” It was under Truex that Hadley was hired to teach at Parsons immediately following his graduation. “During the remaining days that I worked for [Roslyn]. and design new elements that harmonized.
we’re building a church in a community with three different “While Parsons’ roots were established in religions. Economics and function are always variables students are required to navigate as well. The amazing diversity of the program’s student demographics broadens Parsons’ educational influence well beyond the United States.. Is it sustainable? How will people behave in this environment? Can the design elevate the human spirit? How will a particular demographic respond in this environment? We ask these questions while considering the shape. social purpose. Alan Tate scratched out the ‘A’ and changed it to an ‘F. Today we focus on students’ ability to work at widely divergent scales. “The instructors would say.The designer Luis Rey ’67. proportion. Brown (class of ’18). who attended Parsons during this period of dramatic change.’ But Alan Tate made you design things you’d never get to do in your life. but the larger social and economic impact. and Barrows hung my plan on the wall and gave me an ‘A. Galland speaks of four elements that are considered to be the essence of interior design: structure. effecting changes in the field that could never have been imagined even 30 years ago. public.” Rey says of this odd couple. Courtesy of the Kellen Archives Center. “I was very lucky. “I had the old. Photo by Clemens Kalischer. Paris studies remain available to Parsons students today.” Galland continues. and the new dean. residential design. While the original Paris school closed at the onset of World War II. the second. it is no longer enough to design for this constituency. is at left. 1955. opposite: “Colour Spectrum Chart. and composition of the elements within the design. The program continues to evolve to meet the imperatives of the times. Inc.” says Galland.” While the client of Odom’s time was always understood as the wealthy urbanite. “Four of us would then get together and declare we wanted to make a tramway through Central Park.” With additional contributions by Danielle Galland and Karissa Krenz. a student at Parsons Paris. “While each could encompass design elements within one room. Barrows represented the first camp. I admired both. as well as for the most influential residential design ﬁrms. environmental design had a conservative strain.” he says. it is no longer enough to design for this one constituency. president of the ﬁrm. We’d go to Alan Tate and he would facilitate our proposal. I had the new. by Ina Dell Marvin.’ The next day. from a single room to a Target prototype store. even if this meant total rejection of a given assignment. . While the client of William Odom’s time was always understood as the wealthy urbanite. “we are continually challenging students to think of not only the visual effect of their designs.” Under a seemingly radical banner. 15 this page: Students visiting the showroom of the interior design ﬁrm McMillen.” 1928. “a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design today is as likely to work on corporate. thoroughly relished this clash of interior design training with a new emphasis on architecture. or hospitality design. Eleanor S. Once we were assigned to design a dining room. color. The future of the program engages new technologies and arenas that are suddenly under the umbrella of the interior.” In the early nineties interior design was again established as a distinct department. Gubelmann still cherishes the freedom instructors permitted students to follow their unique obsessions. Alan Tate (appointed in 1964). retaining the basic tenets of Frank Parsons while promoting the new forms students invented. and context.
The project won the top honor in the design school category at the 2006 International Contemporary Furniture Fair for students in Parsons The New School for Design’s product design program in collaboration with France’s St.TRACK HOUSING Little Houses on the Black River is an ingeniously adaptable clutch of temporary dwellings designed to accommodate visiting designers in Hällefors. Sweden.) More than 100 sustainable. Craft and Design. problem-solving collaborations calling on design integration. community engagement. New York. Etienne School of Art and Design and Sweden’s Konstfack University College of Arts.blogspot. Follow their progress at the “Revitalizing Margaretville.com for more photos and info. Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.com. . New York” blog at margaretvilleny. This year.blogspot. (Visit bridgefriggebod. addressing business and main street renewal and a community center redesign. and nonproﬁt and corporate partnerships have been spearheaded by Product Design in the past four years under the guidance of chair Tony Whitﬁeld. students take on the ﬂood-crippled town of Margaretville.
It has a signiﬁcant effect on the way we live and think and feel. pioneering Professor James Nuckolls spearheaded the program. director of the lighting program. they each carry a distinct cultural identity with light through color and symbology. as much a variable as it is a constant. 18 19 . and ﬁne arts to the less predictable areas of anthropology. and theatrical and exhibition lighting. as a spatial catalyst. environmental studies. interior design. The Master of Fine Arts in Lighting program at Parsons The New School for Design is a torchbearer of lighting education and experimentation in relation to human experience. It was brieﬂy altered to a one-year (three-semester) structure offering a master of arts degree and then returned to the more robust two-year MFA program in 2004. “I tend to think about these human relationships more abstractly: Light exists at peripheral boundaries.Illuminating Education A Look at the MFA Lighting Program Light is as elusive an element of human existence as it is ubiquitous. integrating strong technical coursework with studies in culture. a 25-foot table designed by lighting students for a dinner following Architectural Lighting magazine’s Light & Architecture Design Awards roundtable discussion. opposite (clockwise from upper left): Chanel Ginza. The emphasis on the importance of social responsibility and sustainability is a common thread throughout all courses. “I’m intrigued by how the topic of light can bring together such a diverse group of individuals. and economics. “Individuals that grow up in Sweden versus Greece are biologically conditioned through the unique environmental exposures of their respective geographical regions to understand light differently. In the 1970s. sociology and psychology. It simultaneously exists everywhere but yet nowhere until it touches something.” This cultural and professional diversity brings an uncommon richness to the studio that complements the formal education offered in class. In 1996–97 the program became part of the Department of Architecture. psychology. yet lighting is often designed with little regard for aesthetic consequences or emotional effect. architecture and interior design. product design. in various forms. Interior Design. and further encourages interaction with architecture and interior design students in order to give complete consideration to the holistic understanding of the built environment. mathematics. The study of lighting has been part of Parsons. and Lighting. “In addition to these biological factors. a binder of foreign matter.” Parsons focuses on design and social practice. energy-efﬁcient lighting for Boston University’s Agganis Arena and Recreation Center lobby by Mark Loefﬂer. the edges.” The caliber of the education students receive from the lighting program is apparent in the success of its alumni. on surfaces. and design components of lighting. Parsons Lighting graduates are highly sought after in manufacturing. IALD (MFA ’90). which in 1984–85 evolved into a two-year master of ﬁne arts degree (as a component of the Continuing Education department). While most academic programs concentrate primarily on the technical considerations of “illumination engineering. The buzz on lighting’s high-quality and unique approach has attracted top students from across the globe. for more than 30 years. history and theory. journalism. and a number have started private practices. perception. theater. LED/Electrochromic Glass Media Wall by Parsons graduate Matthew Tanteri (’92) of Tanteri + Associates (photo by Vincent Knapp). Loefﬂer’s design for the Boston University Life Science and Engineering Building. attracting students determined to expose and explore the ways in which individuals perceive and interact with light. and the program has quickly become the most culturally diverse at Parsons: 45 students represent 17 different countries and as many distinct professional backgrounds and undergraduate degrees—from the obvious ﬁelds of architecture. research.” says Porter.” says Derek Porter.
lw: It’s also important to mention the support that the materials library has been given. kk: You can’t represent the sensual touch of a certain fabric. architect and scholar Kent Kleinman. kk: I want to add how much we’re going to need the faculty’s advice as we move forward into terrain that is pretty unknown. whose scholarly focus is 20th-century european modernism. it is important to emphasize that the department is made up of three unique disciplines: lighting. she has lectured. kk: The question of what constitutes the interior is interesting. interiors. One of the needs that we have—and it’s an urgent one—is to build scholarships for students. We’re planning a symposium in March on the state of interior design. a recipient of numerous grants and awards. RE:D asked Kleinman and Weinthal to discuss their new bailiwick. to look at it with a view toward developing a curriculum for the graduate program. that’s new to Parsons. because there’s so much interaction between interiors. It promises to be one of the collaborations that will lead to a new deﬁnition of interior design. 20 21 . We’re determined to do it in a way that’s ahead of the curve. the Department of Architecture. There will be lots of details forthcoming. and I think it’s going to be exciting to try to write a theory for interior design. very successful alums that can guide. architecture. has to address these kinds of questions.Expanding the Theory of Interiors This year. We’re really excited about having Lois on board. The discipline encompasses much more. but also to the rest of Parsons. and I’m so excited for what will come out of it. Interior Design. and a daad (german academic exchange service) award. Now the interior designer is becoming the person who coordinates everything. and mies van der rohe : the krefeld villas. and professionally it’s never really discussed. and Lois is perfectly situated through her training and her work in Austin to do that in a way that very few people could. as well as the overall discipline. without whose support for the current materials library. kk: To begin. the villa müller : a work of adolf loos. I think the knowledge such people bring from having studied other disciplines ﬁrst often makes a program much richer. direct. kk: Lois is bringing both creative energy and scholarly rigor to the table. We also need to look at where it is going. the need for support for students is huge. I’m hoping that it will surface more throughout the undergraduate and graduate interior design programs. It’s very much a consolidation of the past. What kind of clients will we be serving in the future? What do the demographics mean for the profession of interior design? What new sites and practices are available for future interior designers? What new kinds of hybrid bodies are we housing? I think the future of the discipline. lw: This is a great opportunity for us to be thinking about what interior design means at the present and how we can start cultivating a program that responds to where it is situated right now. not only within our program. a fulbright award. we don’t know. lw: The event is so important. and a new director of the interior design program. It’s an agenda kent kleinman. and exhibited widely. and objects. We need help to support that kind of activity. and is principal of the design practice weinthal works. Asking questions is one thing that we have started to do very well. There aren’t that many interior design graduate programs in the world. Here I want to express our profound gratitude toward the Angelo Donghia Foundation. and we want to be the best. and goals for the future. but we just want everyone to know that it’s going to be an exciting event. buffalo. is particularly interested in the relationships between architecture. It’s one of the elements of the curriculum that has been lacking in the academic realm. As an introduction to the Parsons community. or the relationship of a body to a piece of furniture—you have to build it. we couldn’t really be thinking about these experiments—we wouldn’t have the infrastructure. published. but also as a place to supply materials for full-scale experiments. at least at Parsons. who comes to parsons from the university of texas at austin. Interiors is ﬁlling so many gaps that architects and industrial designers may have done in the past. but to the rest of The New School. and we want to continue to do it much more aggressively. Another interesting subject on the table is a graduate studies program for interior design. it begins to link not just to Parsons. and we’re inviting lots of people to come and talk to us. which raises all sorts of questions about their commonalities and differences. was previously professor and chair at the department of architecture at suny. and interior design. The materials are a necessary tool that students need for the experience of port has been so productive in advancing the program. lw: I always meet potential students who have ﬁnished undergraduate degrees and realized that they’re actually interested in interiors. he has exhibited worldwide and has published works including lois weinthal. Lois Weinthal. especially for the discipline. and prevent us from falling off a cliff. The beautiful thing about interior design is that you can build it. I’m also very interested in what a theory of interior design might be. she has received grants from the graham foundation. It’s not just that we’re going forward and leaving the past behind. and textile and furniture design. kk: As we start thinking about expanding into the graduate realm. lw: This is true. working with them. We want to communicate to the alumni that we really need their help. architecture. not just as a source for students to reference. and Lighting welcomes a new chair. so that we move forward collectively. lighting. it’s not like you’re designing a city. We’re going to put lots of questions on the table. One thing I’m really looking forward to is actually building those bridges. What it’ll look like. What’s exciting is that we’re knitting those three disciplines together in novel ways. Donghia’s sup- rudolf arnheim: revealing vision. We are lucky that we have very. so we have to tackle questions that can’t be addressed on the undergraduate level. We are quite determined to put one in place by fall 2009. its needs. We’re competing for the best in the world—that’s our market—and we don’t want ﬁnancial need to be a limiting factor.
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She recently moved to Amsterdam. Poesie at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. senior designer. Trade Center. DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY siddharth jatia ’02 (MFA) has been working with the design ﬁrm Razorﬁsh for the last year as senior Web strategist and user experience lead. until taking a break to spend time with her children. FASHION MARKETING sumit kumar ’01 (AAS) has successfully combined his Parsons degree with his engineering background from MIT in Supply Chain Management. mimi so ’88 was recently proﬁled in Elements magazine for her success as a jewelry designer. Neiman Marcus. which lists a variety of sources for fabrics. Italy. the number of ﬂoors each building had). She currently has her own soap company in Florida. Ohio. Melissinos Art in Athens’ Monistiraki district has been a destination for artists. It has been visited by the likes of Sophia Loren. leah benjamin ’98 is senior designer of the women’s clothing collection at Calvin Klein in New York. Bill T. Haim’s designs for Centro. composer. won a ﬁrstplace award in the Hospitality category of the 2006 design competition sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers’ Florida South chapter. COMMUNICATION DESIGN susan mendola angelo ’85 currently does freelance special publications work for major corporations including Gannett. aneta genova ’00 is involved in building a helpful Web site for fashion students. and others. which she collected from September 2001 to September 2002. Taiwan. and she has been featured in Casa & Estilo magazine.” panteleimon “pantelis” melissinos ’85 (Illustration). Green Building Council. The collection includes clutches and minaudieres made of exotic skins. and adorning red carpet celebrities. Trouble in Paradise. D. as well as Bergdorf Goodman. which featured her ﬂoral collages and highly intricate linear graphite studies. rosemary simpkins ’88 exhibited her interactive sculptural “bookwork. He previously worked for Electronic Arts for more than four years leading the production of games like NCAA Football and Madden NFL Football. lisa petker-mintz ’87 has exhibited her artwork in New York City and Long Island for the past 20 years. for two months this fall at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. “for a new experience. He was also a ﬁnalist in the 2005 Green Builders Design Competition hosted by the U. First shown in 2002. Ohio. and seekers of the family’s custom-made footwear. This year her work has been shown in Selections from the Permanent Collection Since the 1950s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.500-square-foot restaurant and lounge in Miami’s new Espiritu Santo Plaza in the Brickell Key area. which is sold in more than 70 specialty stores nationwide. Russia. Within six weeks it was picked up by Jeffrey New York and Atlanta.S. leather. lela rose ’93 (AAS) has recently signed a deal with Payless ShoeSource to create the Lela Rose for Payless collection. FINE ARTS leslie wayne ’85 received the 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting.” Twin Books. knitting.C. Since the early 1920s. Her solo show. a line of original footwear and accessory designs. will be at the Jack Shainman Gallery in 2007. Peace Tower/Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.C. DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT elizabeth clark billipp ’05 is an advertising account executive for People Newspapers. Each “tower” is 24” high and comprises 55 accordion-shaped books (totaling 110. opening stores internationally. intellectuals. fashion.com/ny. and Pull at the Red Gallery at Savannah College of Art and Design. www. Visit jadaloveless. and the O’Connell Gallery at Trinity College in Washington. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The new line had its debut at Lela’s New York Fashion Week show in February and will be available for purchase at Payless stores next fall. Prior to this she worked for Savvy magazine and Arista Records (for eight years). diane wachs ’05 (MA) is a decorative arts specialist at Cowan’s Auctions in Linwood. and reviews of his recent hit play Bacchus named it among the best modern Greek comedies. 24 25 . Her most recent show was at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library in November and December 2006. D. Rubin Museum of Art. and third-generation sandal-maker (son of Stavros Melissinos. Simpkins received an MA in Book Arts from the London Institute’s Camberwell College of Arts in 1996. playwright. and she has met with other major luxury retailers. sarah schwaber ’05 worked on a project that appeared as the “featured idea house” in the November issue of Coastal Living magazine. Bloomingdale’s. ’87 (MFA. FASHION DESIGN ellen (howard) burkhart ’81 worked at Donnkenny Apparel for 16 years as designer. Her work on the Miami restaurant Q Lounge was highlighted in Architectural Lighting magazine and the Miami Herald (which also did a cover story on her work on a Bal Harbour residence).com for complete details. Pantelis has served as the artistic director of the Greek Cultural Center in New York City. Jones Dance Company. He currently works in operations and logistics as a consultant with Capgemini Consulting (formerly Ernst & Young). the piece contains clippings and photocopies of news articles and other memorabilia about the attacks on the World HISTORY OF DECORATIVE ARTS AND DESIGN anne woodworth ’92 (MA) is editing and design supervisor of APA Books at the American Psychological Association. set and costume designer. creating branding and materials for The Silk Road Project. and Japan.. and The Beatles and was featured in Vogue magazine and by NBC during the 2004 Athens Olympics. trims. and art supplies. Her accomplishments include designing Neiman Marcus’ fastest growing precious jewelry launch in history. michelle haim ’00 (Interior Design) is a senior designer at the North Miamibased design ﬁrm Fanny Haim & Associates. France. Previously she was executive director of the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington. jada (casteel) loveless ’01 (AAS) launched a luxury handbag line in September 2006. and internationally in Canada. Painting) is a painter. She has also held curatorial positions with King Manor in Queens.fashionstudentsource. Nordstrom. and then director of technical design. Lela designs ready-towear apparel under the Lela Rose label. moulsari jain ’04 worked with Real Design in New York City for two years. the famed “Poet Sandal-Maker of Athens”). and jewelry of vermeil encrusted with precious and semi-precious stones.RE:CORD ARCHITECTURE/ ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN jeffrey olinger ’03 received a fellowship from EDAW London to work on the 2012 Olympic Games. a new 4.
are on display this February and March at Merge Gallery in New York City. Video Dia Logh. “But often what they want are design fantasies. coasters. and the iconic webbed dress worn by Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman.com/artistproﬁles/ hillaryvermont. 2006. Her newest works.com and www. Image Courtesy of Interior Design magazine paul siskin ’79 (Interior Design) believes the substance of space and its ability to function matter as much as its style. above) created rooms in the White House. A memorial service was held at Parsons on February 9. 2006.digital pimponline. After studying at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts (now Parsons). She is an accomplished interior designer. Number… The Mystique. joseph dunn ’01 writes a comic series about “crappy movies” titled Joe Loves Crappy Movies. which is now a private client.com. he studied at Parsons and the University of New Mexico before receiving his MFA from Yale. (www. A sportswear designer known for clean lines and colorful patterns.juri. he has had work in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art. work together. hillary vermont ’72 (AAS) has her own manufacturing business.” sheila bridges ’93 is currently embarking on a new Internet venture. and Lore of Baseball’s Uniform Numbers (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers). An artist and curator. Inventor McGregor. whose licensees include MoMA. Born and raised in Brooklyn. GRAPHIC DESIGN jack looney ’56 (AAS) recently published a book titled Now Batting. perhaps best known for designing Bill Clinton’s New York ofﬁces. whose celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey. Kennedy. the Ritz Carlton in Boston. boyhood idols. Gina has recently designed an application for voice-over IP communications geared toward the online gaming community. He was inducted into the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame in November. including Collectors Items and Clothes Circuit. the oldest interior designers group in Texas. Superstition. Jack and his book were featured on the front page of the sports section of the Bergen County Record in August. including the Lincoln and master bedrooms. zoya bograd ’87 and scott sanders ’98 participated in the 2006 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. and all should reﬂect its inhabitants. His most recent work. complete rosters. www..org) olja stipanovi ’98 (BFA) and ’00 (MFA) exhibited photographs at the Centre Culturel Français de Turin in Turin. and visit www. she began in the studios of designers including Oleg Cassini and Anne Fogarty and at retailer B.com.tictocrocks. to keep designconscious consumers privy to notable interior design trends. thenestmaker. and the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. Six-time Tony award winner Klotz designed some of Broadway’s most memorable costumes: The beaded showgirl togs for Follies. peter fasano ’72 (AAS) is a wallpaper and fabric designer with a showroom in Dallas. The studio plans to issue a spring collection. Smith worked under the direction of Eleanor Brown (’20). For more information. are carried in 14 showrooms across the country. He was recently summoned to the White House by Laura Bush to work on the wallpaper and upholstery in several rooms.crashbangboom. Joseph P. In 1976 she opened Adri Studio Limited on Seventh Avenue. Inc. the Metropolitan Opera. age 62. George Abbott. Inc. oakcreekprintworks. Pure Love. IN MEMORIAM ﬂorence klotz ’41 died November 1. combining her interior design skills with his woodworking and business background to create desirable homes in the Princeton. Archibald Frisby (1994) and Alphaboat (2002). products. available only to the design trade. Shedletsky was a beloved and inﬂuential member of the Parsons ﬁne arts faculty for more than 30 years. PHOTOGRAPHY gina cassese ’06 is working as a graphic designer for LiveTechnology. and Tiger Woods. and the Smithsonian. Oregon. She and her husband. New York. INTERIOR DESIGN charles rutherford ’51 was elected Life Member of the Interior Designers Guild. It took him 14 years to compile this passionate look at the numbers in the game of baseball that includes dream teams. During her extraordinary 70-year career in interior design. Inspired by the beauty of the Southwest. the ornate Japanese robes of Paciﬁc Overtures.com. Martha Stewart. Previously she worked for ten years in advertising at large agencies and CBS Records and then started her own graphic licensing business. adrienne “adri” steckling-coen ’58 died November 5. Among Smith’s clients were Douglas Dillon. featured several international artists. ILLUSTRATION michael chesworth ’86 is a children’s book illustrator. “I try to express what my clients want. New Mexico. and Marshall Field. Vermont etches rocks with ancient motifs and her own designs. and the Albright Knox Gallery. at age 86. and resources. Wragge. Mrs. in 1966. buy-and-order-based company run from Adri’s loft on West 20th Street. Contact her via email at hillaryvermont@hotmail. Michael Shevelev. and hundreds of photographs. where more than 20 professionals collaborated to “create a masterpiece in interior design and landscaping for a modern-day mansion in Saddle River. Doris Duke. a provider of marketing communications technology offering an array of online business solutions. marina shevelev ’95 is co-creator of the family-run real estate development company Princeton Development Associates. the Brooklyn Museum. on ESPN2’s Cold Pizza in July. this December and January. and on more than 50 radio shows nationwide. in June 2006 at Butters Gallery in Portland. anna wolcott ’04 works for Sarah Smith Interiors. 2006.” says Siskin. transforming them into affordable home accessories including clocks.H. One aspect of my job is to bring them back to reality about the way they actually live. She launched her own collection. It has been published for the past year online at www. Tic Toc Rocks. Inc. and tables. stuart shedletsky (faculty) died on May 29. The show. in Sante Fe. Adri Designs. Compositions in Four Dimensions. Smith (with Betty Sherrill ’51. His distinctive hand-printed designs. history. New Jersey. Italy. area. behind-the-scenes tales. He launched the New York–based interior design ﬁrm Siskin Valls in 1984 and was ranked among the country’s top 100 designers by both New York and House Beautiful magazines. and created lines under several different labels.juri morioka ’90 presented a collection of paintings.com. among others. the legendary founder of McMillen. visit www. all published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.” 26 27 . follows Rainy Day Dream (1992). ethel clark smith ’27 (Interior Design). Hillary Vermont Designs. retired numbers.
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has interned with Tsao and McKown Architects. please contact Lucretia Cavan in the development ofﬁce at 212. Laura Cheung Katherine Bragg . Meyers Weinberg scholarships.The Gift of Education Parsons The New School for Design relies on the generosity of dedicated individuals and organizations to provide students with merit. we are proud to highlight the 2006–07 interior design scholarship recipients: Katherine Bragg: Tom Fox Scholarship and Ruth F. In December 2006 she received the Rising Star Award at the Women in Design Award Luncheon. laura cheung received the Brunschwig & Fils Scholarship. both of Parsons’ entrants. and is eyeing a future in the healthcare industry.and need-based competitive scholarships to pursue their educations. won. She is a senior graduating in May. paula rodriguez and ling-zhi hew.edu. martina sencakova is the recipient of the Adelaide Gadde Scholarship.8590 x4218 or cavanl@newschool. and is currently interning with interior designer Danielle Galland.229. In honor of the program’s centennial. Martina Sencakova Laura Cheung katherine bragg is the recipient of both the Tom Fox and the Ruth F. She is involved in Parsons’ Target collaboration. The gift of endowed scholarship support is a Ling-Zhi Hew wonderful way to have a lasting impression on the lives of students and create a legacy that lives on for many years. Laura Cheung We are pleased to announce that two Parsons students were selected to receive the prestigious full-tuition scholarship supported by the Angelo Donghia Foundation. which allowed her to study in Paris. She is a junior studying commercial interior design. Meyers Weinberg Scholarship Alba Contreras: Mary Brandt Scholarship Martina Sencakova: Adelaide Gadde Scholarship Ling-Zhi Hew Laura Cheung: Brunschwig & Fils Scholarship To learn more about how to make a gift of a scholarship to any Katherine Bragg Katherine Bragg Martina Sencakova of Parsons’ departments. Schools may submit only two students for consideration. and out of 80-plus candidates across the country.
what is your favorite red thing? A searing hot summer sunset sky. I am fascinated with voluptuous forms. when did you know that you wanted to be an interior designer? I ﬁrst knew it was my calling when I was about six. and in 2005 he published Jamie Drake’s New American Glamour (Bulﬁnch Press). what would you have been? A criminal trial lawyer. and Nostradamus. ready to be a designer and a New Yorker. and how to transform those into a modern language. two days after graduation I got a call asking me if I would take on the design of two apartments in the same building for a friend and his father. and a new house in the Hamptons. For her remarkable dedication to Parsons. and interned with the late Angelo Donghia. who would you invite to your ideal dinner party? I’d ﬁll my table with Louis Kahn. and that would have been. good counsel. As her success has soared. Her work as a designer is characterized by a clear understanding of the relationships of interiors. This is the citation read in her honor: Victoria Hagan is an exemplary member of the extended community of Parsons The New School for Design. And forgiveness. 2006. New York-based interior designer Jamie Drake has created spaces for high-proﬁle clients around the world. what’s your current obsession? Creating a new baroque vocabulary. Photos by Matthew Sussman Photo by Peter Freed what do you think is the most exciting trend in your ﬁeld today? New materials and technological advances are the industry trends that most excite and fascinate me. from the 17th century to the 1940s. a 25. Literally. what did your mother want you to be when you grew up? A lawyer. she has been a wise and forward-thinking proponent of extending the interior design curriculum by strengthening its connections with the architecture and lighting programs. The New School Board of Trustees presents the Distinguished Service Award to individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the university. Mahatma Gandhi. She is someone whose engagement with the school spans many years and many roles: she is an alumna of Parsons. either defense or prosecution. Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. and for her commitment to the highest standards of education at Parsons. what’s the last book you read? The Beautiful Fall.ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Victoria Hagan ’84 Victoria graduated from Parsons in 1984. Two years later. Most recently. My glass is always half full. she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Charles de Bestegui.” In 2002 she was cited by Architectural Digest as one of the “AD 100. The New School is honored to present Victoria Hagan with the Distinguished Service Award. by 1991. and. if you could re-imagine any space in the world. I can have a meltdown. in what was then the environmental design program. Victoria Hagan Interiors. received the Decorators Club Award. At Parsons he earned his degree in three years. a member of the board of governors. Her portfolio includes an impressive range of residential and commercial interiors. and special projects. His fabric collection for Schumacher launches this spring. Drake was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2003. and products. but get over it in 15 minutes. if you hadn’t taken up interior design. what is your most marked characteristic? Optimism. and enthusiasm. a signature line of home furnishings. doctor. ﬁne art. Victoria has also been an enthusiastic supporter of the Centurion Award event. RE:SPOND Jamie Drake ’78 what is your best parsons memory? The excitement of my ﬁrst day—wearing a jumpsuit. then ﬁnding the solutions that express their personalities. She wasted no time making a mark for herself professionally. and. know my clients. Think Law and Order. what was your ﬁrst job after college? I started my own ﬁrm right away. which one would it be? The White House. politically. what’s the best part of your job now? My favorite part is truly getting to Known for dynamic interiors that are beautifully bold yet exceptionally livable. Beau Brummel. He is currently working on a private foundation’s home in a landmarked New York City townhouse. as the interior is quite beautiful.” the 100 most important and inﬂuential interior and architectural designers.000-square-foot government project. and brought new public and media attention to the interior design program. Victoria has also generously supported Parsons through her ﬁnancial gifts for programs. Beyond her time. in particular to helping the school continually build its strengths in interior design studies. Marie Antoinette. I was in charge of decorating and antiques for the backyard fort I had built with my best friend. Faye Dunaway. and a generous supporter of the school. Victoria has remained committed to her alma mater. Interior designer and board of governors member Victoria Hagan (along with four others) was presented with the award at the President’s Council reception on October 25. or architect. for the pride she has fostered as one of the school’s most distinguished and involved alumni. she had started her own design ﬁrm. most recently. 32 . don’t go out dancing ’til the wee hours the night before deadlines. furnishings. I guess I ended up fulﬁlling all three in a way. which in its ﬁrst two years celebrated the lives and work of Parsons alumni Albert Hadley and Betty Sherrill. a product line with Target that has launched her name and her design sensibilities into the public realm in a whole new. Busby Berkeley. Her talent was recognized early on by many and in 1995 New York magazine named her one of the “10 Top Trend-Setting Designers. is there one piece of advice you wish you’d had then? Yes. architecture. broadly accessible way. scholarships. a fantastic read about the rivalry between Yves St.
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