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Student Design Team Chosen for Next Mansion in May
(March 16, 2012) - The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has enabled design students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Kean University and Berkeley College to work in conjunction with ASID designers and industry partners at the upcoming Mansion In May. This team of talented students, working together as members of the NJ ASID Student Affairs Committee, was selected by the Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Center (WAMMC) from over 200 applicants. This was the first time a student group has been awarded a design space in the prestigious Mansion In May Designer Showhouse and Gardens.
The 16th Mansion In May will be held at ‘Glynallyn’, a 32,000 square foot castle in Morris Township, that was modeled after the English Tudor castle, Compton Wynyates, in Warwickshire, England. ‘Glynallyn’ was built in 1913 by businessman George Marshall Allen as a country home for his family. It contains 575 stained glass windows, 16 chimney stacks, gargoyles, terraced gardens, and a vault-ceiling dungeon. In 1987, ‘Glynallyn’ was placed on the National Register of Historical Places and is considered one of the most impressive examples of English Tudor architecture in the country.
Robin LaMonte, owner of Rooms Revamped, a Basking Ridge firm that specializes in residential design and small offices, is an active member of the New Jersey chapter of ASID and serves as the Chairman of the Student Affairs Committee. Robin works with other interior designer professionals to mentor design students from five New Jersey colleges. Gwen Nagorsky, owner of Directions in Design in Long Valley, is another dedicated ASID professional who enjoys sharing her expertise in residential and commercial interior design. Gwen is currently the Student Affairs Committee liaison to NJIT. Jeffrey Brooks, of Jeffrey Brooks Interior Design in Long Valley, is an Allied Member of ASID and the Student Affairs Committee liaison to Kean University. Jeffrey is also an artist and a past president of the NJ Chapter of the Interior Design Society. All three of these professionals have devoted their time to guide the student members with the transformation of the Designer Sales Office.
This project was undertaken by the ASID New Jersey Chapter as a vehicle to introduce talented student members to the public and to showcase their work during this month-long designer Showhouse. The designers and students have titled the space, ‘Entre Rouge’, in a symbolic gesture to their mission. The word “entre” means “to introduce” and “rouge” is the dynamic red color in the ASID logo. “Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives”.
Student designers, Tristan Pashalian, Nora Hamade, Nicole Zampolin, Arielle Allen and Marybeth O’Haire from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ana Morim, Christine Pao and Diana DiMura from Kean University and Joanna Cortez from Berkeley College have all been involved in designing this wonderful room.
The Mansion In May is WAMMC’s signature fundraiser. Proceeds from the May 2012 event will be directed toward the $2.5 creation of an innovative Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Morristown Memorial Center. The Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center will be designed with a residential atmosphere to help relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for seriously ill patients.
WAMMC’s most recent Mansion In May was held in 2010 at Fawn Hill Farm in Harding Township. This month-long event involved over 1,000 individuals volunteering in excess of 12,000 hours in the Showhouse and Gardens. Over 18,000 visitors visited Fawn Hill Farm. Anyone wanting to volunteer at the Glynallan castle this year should visit www.MansionInMay.org
Mansion In May at Glynallyn will be open for the entire month of May and is also available for private tours and private events. Advanced tickets are $25 and will be available online in March and at select retail locations in March. Tickets at the door will be $30.
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Mansion photos - Glynallyn
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: The WAMMC has been a driving force and supporting presence at Morristown Medical Center since its earliest days. The Association has over 900 members and raises more than $700,000 annually for the medical center. The Mansion In May is the Association’s most profitable event, having generated over $6 million for Morristown Medical Center since its inception in 1974.
1974-Upton Pyne, Bernardsville
1980-Schiff Estate, Mendham
1981-Hollow Hill Farm, Convent Station
1988-Warren Estate, Bernardsville
1991-Upton Pyne Revisited, Bernardsville
1994-Bayley Ellard, Madison
1997-Vail Mansion, Morristown
1999-Knox Hill, Morris Township
2001-Ellerslea, Morris Township
2003-Cross Estate, Bernardsville
2006-Ross Family Farm, Basking Ridge
2008-Froh Heim, Far Hills
2010-Fawn Hill Farm, Harding Township