Recognizing fine design

Have you made plans yet to attend one of the region’s most noted design events?

If not, there’s still time to add the 13th annual Russel Wright Award Brunch & Auction to your calendar.

Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, the longtime Garrison home and studio of the famed industrial designer, will host the event from noon to 4 p.m. June 9.

Here’s how the organizers summarize the honorees:

“Each year, The Russel Wright Award acknowledges those who carry forward the legacy of iconic mid-century industrial designer Russel Wright. This year, the award will recognize David Rockwell, architect, founder and president of Rockwell Group, for his recent work in the Hudson Valley including the design of Roundhouse at Beacon Falls — an extensive renovation and transformation of 19th– and early 20th-century industrial buildings into an environmentally conscious destination hotel, restaurant and spa. Verlyn Klinkenborg, another honoree of the Russel Wright Award, is author and New York Times columnist for ‘Rural Life,’ whose writings, in the spirit of Russel Wright’s Manitoga, connect readers to the natural world.”

The afternoon will include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at Wright’s home, a National Historic Landmark, with the signature auction and Russel Wright Award presentation in Mary’s Meadow on the grounds. Manitoga’s house, studio and woodland garden will be open throughout the afternoon.

Tickets start at $250. For further details on the awards, or Manitoga and its programs, visit or call (845) 424-3812.

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