All Aboard: IDLNY to Host Gala at the Intrepid with Special Honoree, Ruth Lynford

By Katherine Smythe

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Design fatigue? Not for us. Though we’re enjoying every second of the jam-packed NYCxDesign programming and looking forward to a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend, we’re excited for June 1st. That evening, IDLNY: Interior Designers for Legislation in New York will host its Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. For the second year in a row, IDLNY supporters and design industry leaders will board the USS aircraft carrier for a fun night of sunset cocktails and coalition building. With its mission to advance, promote and monitor the right to practice interior design, IDLNY continues to make strides for our industry as a whole. The gala is the perfect opportunity for our community to re-group before a busy summer, celebrate IDLNY volunteers and look ahead to the work that remains.

Photo from last year's Evening at the Intrepid by Peter Ou.

Photo from last year’s Evening at the Intrepid by Peter Ou.

As if the event’s instagram-ready venue (filled with design friends and colleagues) isn’t enough reason to attend, supporters will have the chance to show their gratitude and respect for this year’s honoree, Ruth Lynford. As a compelling advocate for designers across the state of New York and the collective industry, Ruth founded IDLNY in 1984. Generations of designers can attest to Ruth’s passion and generosity for this community, and IDLNY’s success would not be possible without her leadership. We look forward to taking a moment to raise a glass in Ruth’s honor. We’ll also be adding her book, My Life in Design, to our summer reading list. Copies will be available for purchase during the evening as another way to support the coalition and showcase Ruth’s lifetime of service for our industry.

Though we’re looking forward to this festive evening, those that can’t attend the Gala can still support the coalition. In partnership with Humanscale, IDLNY is hosting a sweepstakes to win one Freedom Headrest chair. We’ve long had our eye on this iconic chair designed by the late Niels Diffrient and can think of a number of spots that qualify as the perfect home for this uber-supportive, sleek chair.

With summer on the horizon, IDLNY’s Gala at the Intrepid promises to be a memorable party to kick off the season and support an important cause to us all.

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