The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will honor textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Spring Benefit on April 18 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The school will also present the first Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design to Thomas L. Woltz, where Armstrong’s son and landscape architect Whitney Armstrong will present Woltz with the award.
“Each of these men has enriched the textures of our lives and the quality of the built environment,” says Patricia Sovern, chairman, board of trustees. “We are particularly proud to launch the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design, honoring our late trustee’s devotion to landscape design.”
Larsen founded his eponymous firm in 1952 and has designed thousands of textiles, fabric patterns, and natural yarns. He also designed his well-known 13,000-square-foot home, LongHouse, in East Hampton, New York, inspired by the Ise Shrine in Japan and enhanced with works by Lucie Rie, Wharton Esherick, and Dale Chihuly.
Thomas Woltz is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is the owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. A practitioner of 16 years across the U.S. and New Zealand, his recent work has focused on restoration of damaged ecological infrastructure within working farmland to create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.
Co-chairs for this year’s benefit include Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Philip Gorrivan, Amy Lau, Stephanie Odegard, Campion Platt, and Barbara Slifka. Vice-chairs include Grahm Arader, James Druckman, Marina Kellen French, Hugh Hardy, and Mary Ellen and Richard Oldenburg.