Lobster & Steak: Designers Collaborative Celebrates the Holiday Season


Almost all members of Designers Collaborative (plus significant others) attended a delicious Holiday Dinner at City Lobster & Steak

Although Designers Collaborative has been meeting for 20 years, in all that time we had never had a proper end-of-year Holiday Dinner. This year we finally did, going to our friends at City Lobster & Steak where they customized a menu specially for our group.  Tim Button, Barry Goralnick, Scott Bromley, Bruce Bierman, Ron Bricke, Susan Arann, and new member Amy Lau all attended with our significant others. Here are a few photos from our evening, and we wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season and the New Year.

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Left: Bruce Bierman, Laura Bohn, and Scott Bromley. Right: Tim Button

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Left: Barry Goralnick. Right: Laura Bohn

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Left: Amy Lau. Right: Bruce Bierman

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Left: Ron Bricke. Right: Susan Arann

Bromley Holiday Dinner Party Menu


Holiday Giving: Designers Collaborative’s Favorite Philanthropies

This is the season for charitable giving, and everyone has their favorite organization, institution  or cause. Here, individual members of Designers Collaborative share where their philanthropic  dollars will be going this year.

Uniform Firefighters Association

Carl D’Aquino: My brother is a NYC Lieutenant Fireman and whenever possible we give to the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York: Widows & Children’s Fund.

The Isabel O'Neil Studio Workshop

Ronald Bricke: The Isabel O’Neil Foundation is instrumental in the revival of the art of the painted finish.


Laura Bohn: For years we’ve ben giving to Kiva, the non-profit microfinancing organization that facilitates small loans, some as little as $25, to impoverished people around the world. And the borrowers always find a way to pay back their loans–it’s amazing!

American Red Cross

Jerry Caldari: This year it will be the American Red Cross.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Tim Button: We’ll be giving to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Heifer International

Glenn Gissler: One of the charities I’ll be donating to is Heifer International, which combats world hunger and poverty through gifts of livestock and training.

Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Relief Fund

Susan Arann, Bruce Bierman, and Barry Goralnick: Susan lives on Staten Island, and we are all aware of how badly the borough was damages by Hurricane Sandy. One easy way to donate to the ongoing relief effort is through the Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Relief Fund, which was specially established to directly help families whose homes or apartments were devastated by the storm.


On the Road to Luxury: Lexus Seeks Design Advice

Lexus is conducting market research for a new luxury vehicle planned for the US and believes that interior designers can help their engineers, designers, and product planners better understand affluent American consumer design trends and tastes.  The research will effect both the interior and exterior design of the new vehicle. In mid-October  a lead design team at Lexus asked me to to consult with them on the luxury buyer and provide insight into new and innovative design features for future automobiles.

I suggested a round-table type meeting, but after Super Storm Sandy devastated my home borough of Staten Island, I had the meeting moved to the Cliff Young Ltd showroom in the New York Design Center with help the owner, my friend Leslie Young. Joined by Designers Collaborative member Barry Goralnick and designer Nitzan Tagansky, I met with the US and International Product Planning and Management teams along with Lexus Chief Engineer and Chief Designer. Here are some shots of what proved to be a very stimulating and inspiring discussion.

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Nitzan Tagansky, Barry Goralnick, and Susan Arann  at the Lexus roundtable meeting in the Cliff Young Ltd showroom at the New York Design Center.

The Lexus roundtable meeting

The meeting included Lexus’s US and International Product Planning and Management teams along with the Chief Engineer and Chief Designer.

Susan Arann showing the Lexus Chief Designer around the showroom.

Susan Arann and the Lexus team in the Cliff Young, Ltd showroom

Susan  and members of the Lexus team in the showroom.