A Tale of Two Irises and A Downtown Vibe at Holiday House SoHo

The fabulous style icon Iris Apfel was Honoree, and the marvelous founder Iris Dankner greeted guests at the ebullient, noisy and trés crowded opening night party of Holiday House SoHo.

Beautiful young people

In a distinct departure from the Upper-East-Side architecture of previous Designer Showhouses, Ms. Dankner, hostess of Holiday House Soho , which benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, partnered with builders to construct two brand new townhouses, “The Sullivan Mansions”  on Sullivan Street in SoHo, which became Holiday House’s newest setting  Though scarcely finished on the exteriors, the adjoining townhouses hosted not only some gifted designers in a holiday mood, but the 2016 Holiday House SoHo opening party, the charitable event’s ninth, which had a distinct young, jazzy millennial vibe.e.

Disco on floor one, anyone? Bartenders and servers in hard hats?  Yes!

The vertiginous, rounded staircases took guests up five floors to  rooftop decks on the third level, boasting black and white cityscape wallpaper at an angle with splendid city views from the outdoor decks.

Christopher Hyland, Committee Chair


Christopher Hyland, designer extraordinaire, served as committee chairman,  called the design of the shophouse “Omniurban", meshing high diverse materials, periods, color,art and object, "confirming a culture alive, outward-looking and adaptable to change.” Jared Seligman served as Co-chair.  The Showhouse is sponsored by incollect.

Notable Designers that participated from previous Showhouses were  Mr. Hyland, Campion Platt, and Geoffrey Bradfield of Bradfield & Tobin.  Many of the rooms were in neutral color palates,reflecting the social shift to clean and open design values. All were luxurious.  Notable were  Patrick McGrath's "Dreaming Room" and Juan Carretero's elegant bedroom suite.  A cutting edge Showhouse, indeed.

                                          —Linda Philllips

For full information and images, go to www.holidayhousedesignshow.com

Event Chairman and Founder Iris Dankner with Stephan Fanuka 


Nikolai Fedak-Nyyimby, Janine Warner, Stephanie Ramirez, & Kari Neering


The crowded downstairs "disco"


D.J. Natasha Diggs played the rocking tunes


"Constructing" and pouring drinks


incollect, a Holiday House SoHo sponsor


Designer Campion Platt discusses his stunning room


Set for dinner with Mr. Platt


Posing with the Parrots in Geoffrey Bradfield's room


Justyna  Watorek, Geoffrey Bradfield (Design Chair)  & designer Preeti Jain


Geoffrey Bradfield's whimsical parrots in his room



Serene room inspired by Tom Ford, designed by Juan Caarretero


Rio Hamilton & Newport Seen's Linda Phillips


The almost lenticular urban wall paper


Elegant bathrooms were on display


Champagne on the outdoor terrace


Lovely outdoor seating on Sullivan Street



Wallpaper designer Tori Golub shows how in an upper bathroom


Tori Golun's sensuous room



Iris Dankner Iris Apfel, and Jason Segal


Sasha Bikoff's  Red Room was a terrici color splash


Photograph of Mia Farrow & Frank Sinatra entering

Truman Capote's "Black and White Ball" 50 years ago



Mr. Korban's distinctive decor






Sensational kitchen


Fanciful portrait  of Iris Apfel


A period vignette by


     Jason Lyon, Natalie Cabessa &Jay Dankner


Iconic Iris Apfel on Holiday House Soho logo












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