NY11+ Exhibition: ‘Wellness of Interior Design’ with Prestigious New York Interior Design Colleges at Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal

Left-Right: Prof Jason Lee (FIT SUNY), Catherine Britell (General Manager PANYNJ/PABT), Hans Galutera (NY11+ VP, HG DesignWorks, Doc of Des), Prof Ellen Fisher (NY11+President, Dean & VP of Academic Affairs of New York School of Interior Design ), David Sprouls (President of New York School of Interior Design), Myron Johnson (PABT Operations Supervisor and Curator of Arts and Culture), and Tania Sofia Branquinho (Assistant Chair of PRATT INSTITUTE). Photo credit KADDY TSANG

New York Eleven Plus (NY11+) – a prominent New York Student Interior Design exhibition is now on view at the Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal through April 30th at the South Wing 9th Ave Gallery Space.

In this substantial exhibit in a main thoroughfare, the work of interior design students are displayed to educate the public on the benefits and potential of studying and practicing interior design. The focus of the exhibit is to highlight one of the most relevant issues of our day: HEALTH+SAFETY+WELFARE=WELLNESS.

Representative institutions include Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT SUNY); New York School of Interior Design (NYSID); Parsons The New School (SCE); Pratt Institute; School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Villa Maria College.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on April 4th with special guests – PANYNJ Catherine Britell, P.E.; Myron Johnson, PABT Operations Supervisor; Assistant Chair Tania Sofia Branqinho from PRATT INSTITUTE, and Prof Jason Lee from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT SUNY).

Opening Reception with Special Programming April 20th 6-8PM, Location: Haworth Showroom 125 Park Avenue Enter on 42nd Street New York, NY 10017. Principal Partners and Design Directors from prestigious Healthcare Institutions and Architectural Interior Design Studios (specializing in Spas/Wellness Hospitality Projects) will have a lively discussion on the topic of “Wellness Interiors” with Student Representatives from the participating universities. Panelists include:
-Nancie Min, Design Director Clodagh Design
-Elsie St Leger, Healthcare Designer/Project Manager
-Laura Constantin, NYS CID Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
-Sarah Levine, NCIDQ Principal ZGF Architects, IIDA NY Chapter President
-Addison Hansen, ASID Student Representative
-Jonsara Ruth, Design Director Healthy Materials Lab


This year’s NY11+ Exhibit coincides with United Nations World Creativity and Innovation Day. Each student’s project was assessed and selected by their respective college’s curatorial team and was based on the quality of use and needs; the rationality of constructional approach; and the level of innovation in terms of both materials and techniques in relationship with local resources and traditions.

“The NY11+ Student exhibition is a wonderful way to showcase the design philosophy/beliefs, reinforce new habits (post covid), human behavioral information, and the powerful knowledge of interior design education”, says Hans J. Galutera, NY11+ Vice President and founder of HG DesignWorks LLC and one of the members of the New York State Education Board of Directors (NYSED)

All photos by KADDY TSANG:

NY11+ was founded by Ruth Lynford in 1997 as an exhibition of work from six New York metropolitan area interior design institutions. Under the auspices of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC), a non- governmental agency of the United Nations, students exhibited their work and met with delegates from all over the world, who took back to their native countries the students’ many innovative ideas in interior design. For more details visit: http://ny11plus.org/board-of-directors.php