NEW YORK–Designer Mario Buatta will serve as master of ceremonies of the Big Apple Award Reception to be held by the International Furnishings and Design Association on Monday, Oct. 6.
The reception will honor the Museum of Arts and Design, and will take place in the museum’s new home at 2 Columbus Circle here. Known as the “Prince of Chintz” because of his preference for classic English decorating, Buatta helped restore Blair House, the White House guest house in Washington. His clients have included Barbara Walters, Henry Ford II, Nelson Doubleday, Mariah Carey and Billy Joel. Hermine Mariaux, director at large of special events for IFDA’s New York chapter, cited Buatta’s “charm and delicious wit” in announcing his role in the event.
The Big Apple Award will be given to the museum by Maureen Klein, president of IFDA’s New York chapter. IFDA gives the award to a business or institution that has had a positive impact on the cultural and commercial life of New York City. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the museum.