Bruce Museum holds Art of Design luncheon

Creative leaders from the worlds of art and design will join together for a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Art of Design luncheon. The annual event benefits the Bruce Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Greenwich Country Club.

This year’s panelists will discuss how successful design is approached in today’s complex, fast-paced, and ever-changing world. From minimalistic trends to over-the-top designs, the speakers will present unique insights on the influence of style and the intersection of art and design. Moderating the insightful discussion will be design influencer Pilar Viladas of Town & Country magazine.

This year’s Art of Design panelists:

Jamie Creel. A native New Yorker, Jamie Creel splits his time between New York, Paris, Morocco to source fascinating and exquisite objects from around the world for Creel and Gow, the Upper East Side boutique that he curates with former Sotheby’s specialist Christopher Gow.

Rebecca de Ravenel.  Known across the globe’s fashion runways and red carpets for her colorful, playful Les Bonbon earrings, Bahamas-born designer Rebecca de Ravenel is making her first foray into the ready-to-wear world with her Spring ’18 collection.

Molly Howard, Valerie Macaulay, Meredith Melling.  Former Vogue trendsetters Meredith Melling and Valerie Macaulay and Molly Howard, former head of Business Development at rag & bone, are the masterminds behind La Ligne, a direct-to-consumer womenswear line. Launched in April 2016, the minimalistic new brand is all about stripes and lines — and more.

Markham Roberts. Called “a master of timeless American style” by Vogue, Markham Roberts has earned the reputation as one of the top decorators of his generation. Since opening his eponymous firm in 1997, Markham and his work have been featured in Architectural Digest, Cabana, Domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Town & Country, Veranda, Vogue and The New York Times. His monograph, Decorating: The Way I See It, published by The Vendome Press, showcases his thoughtful, tailored, and refreshing approach to decorating and is widely praised as an essential design tome.

Pilar Viladas (Moderator). Pilar Viladas writes about architecture and design. She has been an editor at Progressive Architecture and HG magazines and is the former design editor for T, The New York Times Style Magazine. She has recently contributed to magazines that include Architectural Digest, W, 1stdibs Introspective, and Surface. She is the author of three books, and has recently contributed to others, including Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp, and Ward Bennett, a book on the late American designer’s work that was published in November by Phaidon.

Co-chairs of the 2018 Art of Design luncheon and panel discussion are Eva Maria Janerus, Karen Morstad, Betsey Ruprecht, and Judith Wertheimer. The Bruce Museum is grateful for the support of J.P. Morgan, Green of Greenwich, Horseneck Wines and Liquors, and The Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford. The event organizers also thank Moffly Media for media sponsorship.

Advance registration is required. For tickets and information, visit and click “reservations” or contact Lindsay Saltz at [email protected]

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