We joined more than 20 design firms as official plumbing sponsor for this year’s Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House project.
The project raises awareness and funds for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club that has been in operation for more than 100 years. Originally the Kips Bay Neighborhood Association organized boxing matches to deter local boy gangs from mischief. Today, the organization provides essential funds for after school and enrichment programs for kids ages 6 to 18. The majority (98%) come from minority backgrounds and disadvantaged and disfranchised environments and most of them attend school in District 8 in New York City.Kips provides these talented young Bronx kids with activities that will help them stay in school, get through school, graduate and eventually move on to college.
The Kips Bay decorator show house project is, however, much more than a worthwhile charity activity for us. It links great architecture, design and our notion of gracious living perfectly.
This year’s decorator house is the former China Institute headquarters in New York City. In 1904 this neo-Georgian style Manhattan townhouse was commissioned by Frederick S. Lee who hired Charles A. Platt as a designer. Platt who also designed President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Manhattan townhouse created an “American Renaissance” model building at 125 East 65th Street.His love for details is visible in every nook and cranny of the 18-room 9,000 square feet house, the rooftop garden with views of downtown New York, and 1,050 square feet rock garden.
On the livable four floors (there are six in total) Platt’s characteristic wood paneling including in the kitchen with a fire place and herringbone floors are visible. The red-brick estate comprises six bathrooms for which we provided the products and services in this latest refurbishing project.China Institute has received this exclusive home as a donation from the Luce Foundation in 1944 and called it its home until 2015 when the Institute moved to a new location downtown. Since then exclusive house has been on the market and Sotheby’s currently offers it for almost 27 million USD.
The Kips Bay Decorator show house can be visited until the beginning of June 2017. It is a great opportunity and well sought out by design enthusiasts who are looking for the latest design trends and inspirations.