The 36th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Takes Up Residence at Manhattan House

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Previously held in private mansions and restored single family homes, this year twenty-one top designers explore solutionThe Kips Bay Decorator Show House chaired by Mrs. W. Ward Carey raises over $1 million annually for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit organization that provides essential after-school and enrichment programs for over 14,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations in the Bronx. The Show House receives as many as 20,000 visitors during its four-week run and has raised over $15 million since its inception in 1973.

Dan Quintero, executive director of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, says “The opening of this Decorator Show House inaugurates a month-long fundraising effort in support of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The million dollars we raise is critical to the Club’s ability to fulfill its mission and serve over 14,000 young members in eleven locations throughout the Bronx.”

The fourth annual black tie President’s Preview and Dinner is April 21st. The dinner chairman is Joan O’Connor, and the gala chairmen are Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Dolly Lenz and Charlotte Moss. The Opening Night Gala cocktail will be held April 23rd.

Celebrating the launch of this premiere showcase for professional interior design, The Robert Allen Group/Beacon Hill sponsored the Pre-Renovation Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Manhattan House, located at 200 East 66th Street. The roster of distinguished participating interiors designers and architects was revealed at this event and guests were able to preview the spaces before the designers put their individual stamp on the rooms.

It will provide the backdrop for this year’s stellar roster of interior designers and architects:

Andrew Edward Kepler Design & Interiors
Bilotta Kitchens of New York with Chef Daniel Boulud
Bograd Kids, Inc.
Charlotte Moss Interior Design
Ellen Ward Scarborough Ltd. with Pariscope Design, Inc.
Geoffrey Bradfield, Inc. Ian Halliday, David Katon and Tania Balafoutis for BKH New York, Inc.
Jeff Lincoln Interiors
Kondylis Design
Larry Laslo Designs
Michael McKinnon, Inc.
Nancy Ruddy for CETRARUDDY
Philip Gorrivan Design
Richard L. Ridge & Roderick R. Denault Interior Design
S. Russell Groves Interior Design
Sara Bengur Interiors
Sara Story Design
Stephen Miller Siegel Architects, P.C.
TRUCK Product Architecture for Nurseryworks
White Webb, LLC
William McIntosh Design

This year Kips Bay will introduce an annual tribute to a “Design Icon”. There will be a special tribute honoring the legendary Vladimir Kagan and exhibition of vintage designs from Vladimir Kagan Couture.

O’Connor Capital graciously donated the use of Manhattan House for this year’s show house. “We are thrilled to have Manhattan House host this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House which has always symbolized the best in American Design. Nothing could be more appropriate than to show the work of talented interior designers within the context of such an important landmark as Manhattan House” explains Dolly Lenz, Vice Chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman, who is spearheading the sales and marketing effort for O’Connor Capital.

According to Charlotte Moss, one of this year’s Kips Bay designers, “I am very excited about this new approach Kips Bay is taking! It is a modern space that represents the way most people live today. Design must be relevant and always with a view to the future, that’s also the reputation of Kips Bay” she concluded.

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