Nantucket by Design

Save the Dates! August 1–3, 2019

As the NHA’s premier summer fundraiser, Nantucket by Design celebrates the island’s unique influence on American design with engaging lectures, previewing an antique show, lively panel discussions, and both intimate and grand gatherings.

Phoebe Tudor, Chair
Nantucket by Design 2017-19


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Nantucket by Design 2019
Schedule of Events

Design Luncheon

Thursday, Aug 1 at 11am
White Elephant Village Ballroom

Champagne reception and lunch with keynote presentation by one of the most talented names in design Bunny Williams. Includes book signing.

Co-chaired by Chesie Breen & Stacey Bewkes 

Sponsored by Chairish and Nantucket Looms 

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New! The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show Preview Party

Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:30pm
Nantucket Boys and Girls Club 

The Nantucket Historical Association is pleased to be partnering with The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show, featuring more than 30 fine antiques dealers from the United States & abroad. Managed by The Antiques Council. Enjoy cocktails and light bites while getting an exclusive first access to the show.

Co-chaired by Kelly Williams & Andrew Forsyth and Pamela & Max Berry 
Honorary chairs: Richard Keith Langham, Alex Papachristidis & John Rosselli

Sponsored by Boston Design Center and First Republic Bank

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Design Panel

Friday, Aug 2 at 2pm
White Heron Theatre

The Design Panel brings together outstanding design talent for a lively discussion.  This year’s panelists include Anthony Baratta, Christopher Drake,  Cathy Kincaid and Stewart Manger. Moderated by editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine, Steele Marcoux, followed by a reception and book signing.

Chaired by Tharon Anderson McEvoy

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Emily Elisabeth Photography

All-Star Private Dinners

Friday, Aug 2 at 7pm
Nantucket Private Homes

Dine with one of the renowned design luminaries at an intimate candlelit dinner.

Co-chaired by Gary McBournie & William Richards

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Emily Elisabeth Photography

Tabletop Workshop

Saturday, Aug 3 at 10am
White Heron Theatre 

Join Wendy Kvalheim, CEO of Mottahedeh, Margo Shaw editor-in-chief of Flower magazine, and Kim Merlin of KKM to learn creative ways to set a stunning table and design a beautiful centerpiece. Have fun with an Interactive to set up your own table design. Choose between a number of Mottahedeh China selections and several stunning Leontine Linens to choice and fashion a table setting to admire and Instagram.

Followed by a book signing with Wendy Kvalheim, From Drawing Board to Dinner Table and Margo Shaw, Living Floral. 

Sponsored by Mottahedeh

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Emily Elisabeth Photography

There’s No Place Like Home

Saturday, Aug 3 at 11:30am
White Heron Theatre 

Learn how the concept of “home” has evolved in a world driven by social media online shopping and digital convenience. Debbie Propst, president of One Kings Lane, will moderate panel discussion with brand consultant Anne Hardy of Hardylon, renowned designer Alex Papachristidis.

Sponsored by One Kings Lane 

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Night at the Museum

Saturday, Aug 3 at 7pm
Whaling Museum

Set amid Nantucket’s history, a Night at the Museum transforms the Whaling Museum into an unforgettable party venue. Nantucket being the far away isle leaves us all “lost at sea.” This year’s theme leaves interpretation up to you!  Enjoy the ultimate Nantucket experience— amazing food, delectable cocktails, rooftop views and dancing the night away under the whale to Yacht Rock Schooner.

Co-chaired by Elizabeth Georgantas & Marla Mullen Sanford 

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Read more about this year’s featured Design Luminaries 

NYSID Project
Re-imagining The Oldest House

Re-imagining the Oldest House, 2018

Tuesday, Jul 30 – Saturday, Aug 3
11am – 4pm

FREE to NHA members and open to visitors with the purchase of an NHA Historic Pass.

NANTUCKET BY DESIGN is delighted to be working with the students from the New York School of Interior Design for the fourth year to re-imagine the two main rooms at the Oldest House. Directed by Ellen Fisher, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, the students are guided to develop narratives about their design concepts and to rethink modern life in the Oldest House. The students research the island’s history and culture, and create their vision for you to experience.

Enjoy these brief recaps of last year’s Nantucket by Design events:

For more information about Nantucket by Design and Sponsorship Opportunities,
please contact:

Director of Corporate Development
Stacey W. Stuart
508-228-1894, ext. 130

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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