Last night at Lorin Marsh in the New York Design Center, guests were treated to a double dose of inspiration. Not only was the showroom’s new location at 200 Lexington filled with an incredible assortment of furniture, accessories, and bed linens, but The Alpha Workshops was on hand to demonstrate some of their amazing artisanal techniques.
Galerie magazine’s Editor in Chief, Margaret Russell, and designer Jamie Drake played host to a packed showroom of party-goers celebrating the new space, which Lorin Marsh’s Caryn Schacht and Sherry Mandel moved to three months ago after 18 years at another location and 46 years in business. Attendees included Jim Aman, John Meeks, Tom Kligerman, Caleb Anderson, Thom Filicia, Charlie Ferrer, Penny Drue Baird, and John Barman, along with Galerie’s Founder and Editorial Director, Lisa Fayne Cohen, and VP Revenue Janice Browne.
The Alpha Workshops, of which both Schacht and Drake have been longtime supporters, showcased their processes for gold gilding, faux malachite, and pleated wallpaper. As the nation’s only nonprofit providing decorative-arts education and employment to at-risk youths and adults with disabilities or other vulnerabilities, their studios offer a wide range of decorative-arts services highly sought after by interior designers and architects.
Drake toasted the crowd with the evening’s signature cocktail, a pink-hued Spring Lemonade made with Three Kilos Vodka saying, “How wonderful to be at Lorin Marsh celebrating their move downtown to the New York Design Center with people as close to me as to me as Karyn and Sherry.” Whether it was a guest’s first time in the showroom or they had been shopping with them for decades, everyone felt utterly at home.