NHA’s Major Summer Fundraiser NANTUCKET BY DESIGN Returns July 31 – August 3

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce its NANTUCKET BY DESIGN line-up of events from July 31- August 3, 2019. NANTUCKET BY DESIGN will bring the world’s top talent in Interior Design to the island and offer a carefully curated line up of lectures, discussion panels, and student vignettes along with an Antiques Show Preview Party, Private Dinners, and Museum Galas.  Now in its fourth year, NANTUCKET BY DESIGN draws a distinguished crowd for four days to celebrate the islands unique influence on American Design all while supporting an organization that is central to all we cherish about Nantucket.

Under the leadership of Event Chair, Phoebe Tudor, NANTUCKET BY DESIGN begins with one of the most anticipated events of the summer, the Design Luncheon with a keynote presentation by one of the most talented names in design, Bunny Williams. Bunny is an accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist, in addition to her thriving design career.

New for this year, the NHA is pleased to be partnering with the Antiques Council to host the opening night Preview Party for The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show, celebrating its thirty year tradition of managing fine antique shows on Nantucket.  The evening will also celebrate honorary chairs, Richard Keith LanghamAlex Papachristidis and John Rosselli.  The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show will be held from August 1 through August 5, with all proceeds from the Preview Party ticket sales to benefit the NHA. 

NANTUCKET BY DESIGN continues with the Design Panel, which brings together outstanding design talent for a discussion moderated by editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine, Steele Marcoux.  The line-up of distinguished design panelists includes, Anthony Baratta, Cathy Kincaid, and Stewart Manger. The Design Panel is followed by All-Star Private Dinners hosted at private homes around the island, providing guests with the unique opportunity to dine with renowned design luminaries. 

The NHA is thrilled to once again host New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) students to reimagine select rooms inside the NHA’s Oldest House historic property. Ellen Fisher, NYSID Dean and VP for Academic Affairs, has designed a university course that aims to provide students with a show house experience. Students will be on site to discuss their work and creative visions with visitors starting Tuesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 3 from 11A.M. to 4 P.M.

The four day extravaganza concludes with Night at the Museum, a finale celebration set amid Nantucket’s history.  During this celebration, the Whaling Museum is transformed into an unforgettable party venue for guests to enjoy the ultimate Nantucket experience with all of the design luminaries and interior design elites.  The evening includes, a champagne welcome, amazing food, and dancing the night away to live music under the whale.

Media partners for NANTUCKET BY DESIGN 2019 are Veranda and Modern Luxury Interiors Boston.

NANTUCKET BY DESIGN is made possible through the generosity of our event sponsors, Boston Design Center, Chairish, First Republic Bank, Kathleen Hay Designs, Nantucket Island Resorts, and Nantucket Looms.

Additional sponsors include Arrowhead Nursery & Showroom, Audrey Sterk Design, BridgePoint Risk Management, The Bright Group, Carolyn Thayer Interiors, Centre Pointe, Congdon & Coleman Insurance Agency, Current Vintage, Donna Elle Design, Hingham Institution for Savings, James Robinson Inc., Joseph Olson Interiors, Mark Cutone Architecture, Nantucket Bank, a division of Rockland Trust, The Nantucket Hotel and Resort, Stark, Trianon Seaman Schepps, Waterworks, William Raveis Real Estate.


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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