Joel Barkley, Thomas A. Kligerman, and John Ike.

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA)—an esteemed organization dedicated to preserving the history of Nantucket Island and fostering an appreciation of its historic significance—has revamped its fundraising plan for 2016, placing a greater emphasis on design. The new approach includes the debut of Nantucket by Design—a weeklong design extravaganza that will include a panoply of events featuring some of the country’s most notable tastemakers.

The event, which will take place August 2-7, 2016, at various locations throughout the island, builds on the thirty-eight year history of the NHA’s annual antiques show, which significantly expanded its design focus in recent years. Nantucket by Design will delve even deeper into the world of design via a jam-packed program that includes lectures, panels, vignettes, and much more. According to Maureen Fennessy Bousa, the 2016 Nantucket by Design Chair, “When I ask people what draws them to Nantucket, their immediate response is the island's beauty and history. The NHA's Nantucket by Design fundraiser celebrates those two cherished qualities through a week-long series of events highlighting great design across a variety of disciplines. We are excited to be hosting outstanding talent from across the nation and from our own island in the unique settings.”

A home in Nantucket by Ike Kligerman Barkley.

Nantucket by Design will kick off with a VIP Cocktail Party featuring Design Luncheon speakers John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman, and Joel Barkley of Ike Kligerman Barkley—a renowned architecture and interior design firm with offices in New York and San Francisco. The exclusive event will take place at a private residence designed by the firm, allowing guests to explore the monumental home alongside the talented designers who created it. The Designer Luncheon will take place the next day at the Great Harbor Yacht Club and will feature a champagne reception, a multimedia presentation by Ike, Kligerman, and Barkley, and a Q&A session. A perennial on Architectural Digest’s prestigious AD100 list, Ike Kligerman Barkley marries traditional handicraft with cutting-edge techniques to create spaces that are functional, highly personalized, and exceedingly beautiful.

Clockwise from top left: Susan Zises Green, Nancy Braithwaite, James Huniford, Suzanne Rheinstein, Charles Pavarini III, and Juan Montoya,

Another must-see event at Nantucket by Design is the All-Star Design Panel taking place Thursday, August 4, at the Whaling Museum. Moderated by the New York-based interior designer, Susan Zises Green, the discussion brings together some of the country’s most revered interior designers, including Juan Montoya, Charles Pavarini III, James Huniford, Suzanne Rheinstein, and Nancy Braithwaite. The participants will speak about today’s latest design trends before joining guests on the museum’s rooftop observation deck for a cocktail reception.

On Saturday, August 6, a stylish fête will take place at Nantucket’s oldest residence, aptly known as The Oldest House. The New Party at the Oldest House will be held under a tent and will feature four distinct lounge seating vignettes created by local designers Trudy Dujardin of Dujardin Design, Donna Elle of Donna Elle Seaside Living, Barbara Halsted of Fenwick House Design, and Michelle Holland of Nantucket House Antiques & Design Studio.

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