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Stonehill Taylor Designs Renaissance Chelsea Hotel, TEFAF Names Spring Exhibitors, and More News in New York

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The “Warmer Hearts, Safer Spaces” auction, held at the D&D Building last Friday, raised $5,600 for gun safety.

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The New York design world is always busy. Keeping up to date on all the news can be tough, which is why we're here to give you the news roundup for New York, a one-stop shop for everything you need to know.


Stonehill Taylor Unveils The Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel

The Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is now open on 25th Street. The towering 341-room hotel, designed by Stonehill Taylor, is located on the site of the former Chelsea Antiques Garage, and boasts one of the highest rooftop pools in the city.


The Alpha Workshops Launch New Series of Classes

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Alpha Workshops, the nonprofit organization is debuting a new roster of single-session art and design classes. Courses include sessions on block printing and weaving and can be booked through the organization’s website. The suggested donation is $10 per class.

TEFAF New York Spring Announces 2020 Exhibitors

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) has announced the exhibitors for its spring 2020 edition in New York. Returning to the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side from May 8 to 11, the show will feature 91 galleries from around the world. The full exhibitor list can be found here.

Stephanie Goto Hosts Anna and Joseph Syrop Annual Lecture at Pratt

Award-winning designer Stephanie Goto is hosting this year’s Anna and Joseph Syrop Annual Lecture at the Pratt Institute’s Department of Interior Design. Goto will talk through her process and discuss previous and forthcoming projects. The talk, scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m., will be held in the Institute’s Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn.

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Stonehill Taylor Announces New Principals

New York–based architecture and design firm Stonehill Taylor has announced two new principals at the firm. Sara Duffy, who has been with the company for 11 years and worked on some of the company’s most important projects, including the TWA Hotel, has been promoted to the role. Coming from HBA Singapore, Mark Hayes is also joining the firm as a principal, and will bring his international experience to the company.

Former Rockwell Group Exec Named Partner at LaPlaca Cohen

Strategy and branding firm LaPlaca Cohen has announced a new partner and CFO at the company, Jeffrey Ashey. Ashey had previously worked as the CFO of Rockwell Group and Champalimaud Design. He will be working to expand LaPlaca Cohen’s expertise in architecture and design.

Real Estate

Rafael Viñoly to Renovate National Academy of Design Building

According to a report from Curbed, starchitect Rafael Viñoly has been tapped to transform the National Academy of Design into a new art gallery. The academy reportedly announced four years ago that they would be selling the building, located at 3 East 89th Street, to Salon 94 gallery. The renovations will also potentially include some modifications to the upper floors of the building, pending approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Party of the Week

Design for Gun Safety Awareness Auction Raises $5,600

Last Friday, on the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting in Florida, activist groups Moms Demand Action and Gays Against Guns brought the design industry in New York together at the D&D Building for an auction of art and design pieces to raise money and awareness for gun safety measures. Called "Warmer Hearts, Safer Spaces," the auction featured donations form Farrow & Ball, Lalique, John Derian, and more. The event raised $5,600.

"We have seen what the design community can do to affect real change, whether it is fighting to end the AIDS epidemic, supporting breast cancer research, or helping at-risk youth. When we join together, with our voices, talents, and wallets, we are unstoppable," committee member Tyler Hamilton Larmee tells AD PRO. "Friday proved that. Seeing support from so many companies and colleagues wanting to stand up for gun safety, we know this is just the beginning."