Jun 9, 2014
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Home Design’s Top Names Star in Event at Mayflower Grace; ‘Muse’ Lunch

Home Design’s Top Names Star in Event at Mayflower Grace; ‘Muse’ Lunch

A pool house in Roxbury designed by Harold Tittmann.

We just got tipped to this great event in beautiful Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut for anyone interested in interior design carried out at the highest level, to be held at a country house hotel with a new restaurant and some of the best food anywhere (we tried it in a introduction event a while back.) Normally we would dig into the press release and write a story, but time is short enough that we felt it best to simply get the information out quickly, as there's still time to register and attend. So here's the press release verbatim.

On Saturday, June 14th, a select group of design professionals will take part in a ‘Day of Design’, a series of panels at the Mayflower Grace. This is the first time that such an illustrious group has come together to discuss their inspirations, point of view and design aesthetic. There will be a lunch provided by the new restaurant ‘Muse by Jonathan Cartwright’ as well as refreshments and a VIP ‘Meet the Designers’ cocktail party. The day is presented by John Richard, a Mississippi-based company that recently opened a showroom in the New York Design Center. 

(A room design by Florence de Dampierre, above.)

The first morning panel, ‘Global Finds: Searching the World for the Unique and the Unusual.’ will bring together Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano of Privet House with David Whitman and Peter Stiglin of Pergola to discuss shopping excursions to Morocco, France, India and Japan. The second morning talk covers ‘Tabletop: Inspirations for Summer’, ­­­­a subject that melds aspects of design with the art of entertaining. The three panelists have rich backgrounds. Stacy Kunstel is a designer, stylist and a writer for national magazines. She also founded the design company Dunes and Duchess with her husband, photographer Michael Partenio. Amy Beth CuppDragoo of ABCD Design is an artist, designer and stylist who splits her time between New York and Litchfield County. These two ladies will be joined by interior designer Ron Norsworthy, who has worked with many cultural icons and celebrities including Tyra Banks, Mariah Carey and Madonna.

After lunch, the afternoon will be a riveting agenda. First up is ‘Art, Fine Art Photography and Wall Decoration in Interior Design’. Dynamic interior designers Philip Gorrivan and Florence de Dampierre will be joined by KMR Arts gallery owner Kathryn McCarver Root.  KMR Arts has become quite a cultural force in the county especially after a groundbreaking exhibition of Diane Arbus photographs just last year. Following this panel is a discussion of ‘Architecture’s Influence on Interior Design’ with internationally renowned Robert Couturier who is included in Architectural Digest’s prestigious annual list of the best decorators and architects in the world. Joining him on  the panel are Robert Passal, a NY and Miami based architect and designer and Brussels born architect Harold Tittmann, who has designed some exquisite residences in the county.

The moderators for the panels are two of the most preeminent style setters and design mavens in the industry. Susanna Salk, a Litchfield County resident is a prolific author of highly regarded design books including  ‘Room for Children’, ‘Weekend Retreats’, ‘C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon’,  ‘Be Your Own Decorator’ (all Rizzoli) and ‘A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style’ (Assouline). Salk contributes to 1stdibs.com as well as producing decorating segments for NBC's "Today Show.". Stacey Bewkes, founder and writer of Quintessence, has a mantra to ‘Experience, inspire, inform – it’s all about living well with style and substance.’  After 17 years as an art director in New York City, she left the corporate world for Connecticut.  She adds, “It is a continuing love of design that led to the creation of this lifestyle blog, a discerning online guide to those special discoveries that make life just that much better.”

When asked about the event, the first of its type in the area, General Manager Ian Grant said, "We are thrilled to host a ‘Day of Design’ at The Mayflower Grace. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the local design community, and all of the talent that resides in the area."

The cost for the day is $170 which includes entry to both morning and afternoon panels, refreshments, lunch and a VIP cocktail party.

Reservations are required and can be booked by calling The Mayflower Grace at 860-868-9466

 

Home Design’s Top Names Star in Event at Mayflower Grace; ‘Muse’ Lunch

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