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Three Days Devoted to Design

Nantucket Island is known for its rare beauty and unique history. That beauty is alive in the gorgeous groomed hedges of ‘Sconset that surround their meticulously maintained famous rose-covered cottages to the stately, classic mansions of downtown Nantucket whose interiors are carefully planned to combine historic beauty with modern convenience . Much of this beauty is achieved by design, and in celebration of the importance of design in architecture and life, the Nantucket Historical Association is again hosting its Nantucket by Design events. Starting Thursday, August 5, the NHA will honor the highest caliber of creative with three days of stellar events. The 2021 Nantucket by Design will feature internationally known designers, national leaders, local talent, and even work by students of design.

At 12 noon on August 5, ticketholders will be served luncheon in the White Elephant Ballroom as they listen to award-winning interior designer Nate Berkus conversing with Stacey Bewkes, founder of Quintessence lifestyle blog. Since Berkus first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002, he has become one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers, transforming countless homes around the world through his design work, home collections, books, and television shows. He is also well-known for his socially responsible approach to design, and the Nate Berkus scholarship was established at the New York School of Interior Design in his honor to support students in their pursuit of a career committed to impactful design.

Later on Thursday, August 5, renowned interior designer Alexa Hampton will join in on a discussion about how to incorporate antiques into modern interiors with Arie L. Kopelman, former NHA Board Chair. Arie and his wife Coco Kopelman are honorary chairs of The Nantucket Summer Antiques Show Preview Party, which takes place at 6:30 pm the same evening.

Events continue on August 6, with a discussion on architecture and design featuring respected architect and designer Pietro Cicognani and his dear friend and client, actress Isabella Rossellini. Both will take viewers on a videotaped tour of the amazing adaptation they have done of an antique barn and farmhouse in Bellport, Long Island. Pietro will also participate live to discuss the process and his collaboration with Isabella. Rossellini and Cicognani have incredible stories and unstinting focus on design excellence. A Design Panel follows with interior designers Philip Gorrivan, Philip Mitchell, and Joy Moyler moderated by Steele Marcoux of Veranda magazine. 

NHA’s 2021 Nantucket by Design ends with a live in person presentation with keynote speaker Corey Damen Jenkins in conversation with Chesie Breen. Jenkins mixes vivid colors with layered patterns to create architecturally inspired spaces that are polished, inventive, and unexpected. His bold interiors have graced the front covers of House Beautiful, Traditional Home and more. Televised audiences declared Jenkins the winner of HGTV’s competition series Showhouse Showdown. 

In addition to the scheduled events, Nantucket by Design “extras” include an online auction, a pop-up shop by The Poppy Caravan, and a exhibition of projects by NYSID students tasked with bringing contemporary design values into NHA hisorical properties. 

Nantucket by Design is the premier fundraiser for the Nantucket Historical Association; the money raised will allow the NHA to continue the work of keeping Nantucket’s history alive for residents and visitors throughout the year. Leadership Level tickets and individual tickets are on sale now at

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