The East Hampton Historical Society’s Annual Summer Lecture Luncheon With Interior Designer Stephen Sills & David Netto

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On August 10, the East Hampton Historical Society brought together acclaimed interior designer Stephen Sills in conversation with David Netto at the seventh annual Summer Lecture Luncheon, held at the Maidstone Club.

Stephen Sills and David Netto. Photo: Rossa Cole

Stephen Sills just released his third book, Stephen Sills: A Vision for Design. Wanting it to be a teaching book, Sills asked David Netto to write the text with his mission in mind.

A sold-out crowd was enthralled as Netto engaged Sills in conversation, walking through the designer’s projects which featured a wide variety of styles and locations — including the East End of Long Island — and his own house and garden, which Karl Lagerfeld described as “The chicest house in America.” Netto artfully wrangled intimate design details and client backstories from Sills, as the audience hung on their every exchange.

Stephen Sills, David Netto. Photo: Rossa Cole

Doris Meister, CEO and Chairman of Wilmington Trust introduced the dialogue between the two designers. Jennifer Hall, Senior VP of Christie’s, made closing comments.

Guests included co-chairs Debbie Druker and Sarah Wetenhall. Host Committee members included Guy Clark and Harrison Morgan, Paige Daly, Kate Davis, Kathleen Kirchgaessner, Dale Ellen Leff, Cheri Mowrey, Victoria Patricof, Kara Ross, and Cameron Silver, as well Jennifer Levene Bruno, EHHS President Hilary Osborn Malecki, and EHHS Executive Director Steve Long. Special guests included Kate Brodsky, Laura Doyle, Alexandra Hess, Tom Scheerer, and Amy Tarr – to name just a few.

Photo: Rossa Cole


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