Tuesday marked the 8th annual Independent Woman Luncheon held at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Independent Woman Luncheon has quickly become one of the Valley’s most beautiful and beloved philanthropic events. I had the privilege of being included amongst a sold-out crowd of the Valley’s premier design community as we came together in support of Phoenix Art Museum’s commitment to excellence in visual arts and education.
Each year a keynote speaker is selected in the tradition of honoring a high-profile designer. This year we welcomed renowned interior designer, Amy Lau, to speak about her work. An Arizona native, Amy studied art history at the University of Arizona and later received a master’s degree in fine and decorative arts from the prestigious Sotheby’s Institute of Art graduate program in New York. Amy’s interiors are known for their expressiveness, impeccable attention to detail, and fusion of fine art and design elements. Her firm’s work has been featured in such notable publications as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, NY Cottages & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, and Luxe Interiors + Design.
Besides enjoying an array of stunning one-of-a-kind themed centerpieces created by the Valley’s top design firms, we enjoyed a delicious lunch of stuffed squash, light green salad, and bite-sized sweet treats.
But why hear it from me! I invited my table-mates to chime in and this is what they said:
“This was my first time attending the luncheon. I really enjoyed going around and looking at all the different Tables. Coming from a fashion background I couldn’t help but admire all the fashionistas! Women and men all architecturally different coming together for a wonderful cause and passion we share.” – Lori Clarke, Lori Clarke Design. Lori and her team have been transforming spaces and coming up with new ways to recreate your favorite spots since 2010.
“The Independent Woman Luncheon is leaving a legacy while setting the stage for the Valley’s most talented Interior Designers to engage our talents to create beauty and support the Phoenix Art Museum’s educational opportunities for children in our community. Each year the room is filled with interpretations of design that are completely unique and yet endlessly connected. This year’s event was equally spectacular and truly highlighted the color and life that Amy Lau represents in her designs. It was an honor to participate and attend.” – Jackie Funkhouser, Scottsdale Interior Design Group, where interior design is their passion and client satisfaction the inspiration.