A Dark, Sleek Holiday House 2015 in New York


Island Rice & Rio Hamilton in his "charging" room

Edgy and sophisticated, the 8th Annual Holiday House at the architecturally fascinating Academy Mansion on New York's Upper East Side drew New York's top interior designers (as per usual), who transformed the rooms into fascinating fantasies for the benefit of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


The elegant Geoffrey Bradfield served as Design Chair along with the estimable Thom Filicia, Mario Buatta and Alexa Hampton.  Ms. Dankner's co-chair was The honorable Christopher Hyland, consul to Rhode Island from the Republic of Malta!  We didn't know!


The "Preview Party" was a Hollywood-style premiere, with music by the Chris Gillespie Trio and hordes of design devotees, TV interviewers, magazine editors and photographers mingling with guests.  Ally Coulter, formerly headquartered in Newport, and now an executive of Fendi, designed the large central room "Constellation Celebration", gloriously tented and draped.  Bjorn Bjornsson did a sophisticated "Snow Day",  a textural room with vaulted ceiling, and an outdoor camping room, atmospheric with tent a stuffed bear, brought in the great outdoors.  Marks & Frantz did "Game Night", in which a game of sand shuffleboard
was played by attendees.


Each room was a livable fantasy, created around a holiday meaningful to the designer (we particularly liked James Rixner's "St. Andrew's Room", with Macauley Neilson in a Scottish kilt.) 


The passageways were done by individual inspiration, and smaller rooms, such as Drew McGuykin's "Upstairs Retreat" was sweet, patterned  and comforting.

Major rooms by Vicente Wolf, Campion Platt, Paris Forino, and Antonino Buzzetta attracted comments and partygoers.


Holiday House Design Show was founded seven years ago by Iris Dankner to raise breast cancer awareness within the design industry. A nineteen - year breast cancer survivor, she spoke feelingly from the magnificent staircase of the Mansion about the successes of the organization, and thanked her collaborators.


In 2008, combining her two passions, namely her love of design and her efforts to help women in need, Iris created Holiday House, the first designer Showhouse held in New York City to benefit a breast cancer organization. Recruiting top interior designers in the New York City area, the showhouse was held in a historic the historic Academy mansion and was a resounding success, with all proceeds donated to help the quest to end the scourge of breast cancer forever.


Since its inception, Holiday House has featured the celebrated interior designers in the industry, received critical acclaim, been endorsed by some of the most celebrated global luxury brands, and expanded to a summer Showhouse in the Hamptons. Holiday House is about the celebration of life, with proceeds again going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation , headed by Leonard Lauder.


                                                                           -- L.P.                           


Holiday House New York ran through December 2, with a full schedule of designer events and presentations.  For information on upcoming events, go to www.HolidayHouseNYC.org


Friend, The Honorable Christopher Hyland and architect Andre

Iris Dankner greeting a friend


Michael McGraw  & designer Campion Platt

Design Chair Geoffrey Bradfield says "Really?"

Melanie Calder Russo & Patricia Calder

Allison Eden in her handmade mosaid glass dress

Abigail Lyons in Vicente Wolf's room

The Call of the Wild

Discussing trends on  the landing

Diandra Barsalan, Style Editor of New York Girl Magazine, in front of a red painting.


Alfred Gonzalez & designer Bjorn Bjornsson in his room "Snow Day"

Christopher Hyland, TV's Maurice Dubois & Iris Dankner addressing the crowd

Thanking the crew and the guests for their help and support

Listening to Ms. Dankner

Ally Coulter's room, "Constellation Celebration"

Stuart Rothenburg & James Rixner in "St. Andrew's Day" room

A cozy corner in the den

Alfred Gonzalez & Maurice Dubois

Interviewing designer Ally Coulter

Geoffrey Bradfield & Cynthia Murphy

The program book

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