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Bunny Williams: Not a House But a Home Premieres this Spring

We’re incredibly excited to announce the upcoming release of a new documentary chronicling Bunny’s career in her own words. Bunny Williams: Not A House But a Home is the latest installment in the original documentary series Design in Mind by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). The film will air on PBS affiliate stations starting this spring and a special online screening for ICAA members will take place March 18th at 7:00 PM EST.

Design in Mind is a series of documentaries produced by the ICAA that provides a behind-the-scenes look into the work of famous architects and artists who are influenced by classical design traditions. In the film, Bunny takes us inside her Manhattan apartment, Connecticut home and gardens, and various projects, offering insights into her process and her inspirations while sharing the practical lessons and advice that inform her projects. Along the way, she recounts the story of her career, accompanied by exclusive photographs and newly filmed scenes of beautiful homes and gardens, ranging from grand estates to modest clapboard houses.

In her own words, Bunny shares her philosophies on working with clients, developing memorable gardens, tackling challenging spaces, and creating a warm and welcoming home that reflects its owner’s personality. Our hope is that you’ll find that her approach, one which has been refined over the past 50 years, contains words of wisdom for anyone with a passion for architecture, interiors, landscapes, and artistry.

An important theme throughout is the importance of collaboration in design, both with other practitioners and with clients, in creating special places that are elegant, personal, and comfortable. The documentary dives into this collaborative process, highlighting intersections between traditional design and innovation and celebrating the long-term evolution of personality-rich spaces.

ICAA President Peter Lyden offered these words about the film: 

“Bunny’s incredible gift is her ability to weave together every aspect of a project—architecture, craftsmanship, gardening and landscape design, and interiors—to create homes that are classic yet surprising, elegant yet comfortable, and innovative yet enduring. Her career is a shining example of the great value of meaningful collaborations, and we are beyond honored to tell this story of one of the design world’s true greats.”

We invite ICAA members to register for a special online screening on March 18th at 7:00 PM, and we hope that all will enjoy the film from the comfort of their own homes this spring. 

If you are a member of the ICAA and would like to register for the screening please visit this page.

To read Bunny’s recent interview about the film with Steele Marcoux, Editor-in-Chief at Veranda, visit this page.

About ICAA

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a nonprofit membership organization with a mission to advance the appreciation and practice of the principles of traditional architecture and its allied arts by engaging educators, professionals, students, and enthusiasts. The ICAA is headquartered in New York City with regional Chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, awards, and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called the Classicist, an acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture, and an original documentary film series, Design in Mind. The ICAA’s weekly content series, Classicism at Home, offers articles, short films, online courses and lectures, an original podcast series, and much more.

Posted to Events & Entertaining on February 18, 2021

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