Laurie Beckelman, Ted Hathaway

Designer David Stark had chosen the cardboard-box-bubble-wrap-and-twine motif for the Museum of Arts & Design’s (MAD) 14th annual Visionaries! Awards Gala, held at Pier 60, to signify the museum’s impending relocation to 2 Columbus Circle.

Hobnobbing amidst artfully mounted bags of packing peanuts and reams of wrapping paper were MAD board of trustees chairwoman Barbara Tober with hubby Donald, director Holly Hotchner, chairman Jerome A. Chazen, trustee Ted Hathaway, Bloomingdale’s CEO Michael Gould, Barbaralee Diamonstein and Carl Spielvogel, fur designer Adrienne Landau, and Edward and Patricia Faber.

Four individuals received honors for exemplary vision, innovation, and entrepreneurship in their respective fields: Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski Crystal, philanthropist Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Bloomingdale’s Frank Doroff, and Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Various works of art, travel and dining packages, and luxury items were up for grabs at the silent and live auctions, including a shopping spree with Liz Claiborne and Tim Gunn.

The evening raised $1.7 mil for MAD, which is dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects.

The fire hazard posed by hundreds of table candles in perilous proximity to all that cardboard was ingeniously offset by the Pier’s proximity to the water.

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Najda Swarovski,
Adrienne Landau
Tim Gunn
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Campion and Tatiana Platt Maria Eugenia Arria,
Amb. Diego Arria
Barbara Tober, Jerome Chazen, Najda Swarovski, Marcel Wanders,
Holly Hotchner, Frank Doroff, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros
Barbaralee Diamonstein Spielvogel and
Carl Spielvogel, Shirley Young


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