Achievement in Business Award – Reunion 2008
In the course of creating exceptional living environments for his clients, Anthony Ingrao has created a considerable reputation for talent and imagination. His interest in the decorative arts has provided him with an absorbing career on two continents.
Tony came to Drew from Bronxville, New York, majored in economics, and took advantage of Drew’s opportunities for European study by participating in the London and Brussels semesters. A winter session course in water color revealed his gift for the arts and made a major change in his career direction. Following his instructor’s recommendation, Tony pursued graduate studies, with a concentration in architecture, at the Rhode Island School of Design. He set up his own studio upon graduation, and then headed to Paris. There he started a branch of his design business and educated himself in what would be a lifelong quest for fine European antiques. Twelve years of work in France, restoring a variety of grand houses and chateaux and deciphering the intricacies of European design, shaped his design philosophy. His favorite project there was the restoration and decoration of an 11th-century monastery in the Luberon Valley.
In the 90s, Tony returned to the Upper East Side of New York. He established his business, which provides unique architectural and design services to a select group of private clients. From there he has built and decorated many great estates in California, Connecticut, Florida, Long Island, Maine, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. He has completed architecture and interiors for clients including Howard Stern, actresses Goldie Hawn and Kim Cattrall, producer Marty Richards, and businesspersons Jack and Suzy Welch, Richard Rainwater and Darla Moore, Steven and Alex Cohen, and Dan and Jane Och, as well as the chairman of The Related Group, and Steve and Kara Ross. Tony’s work is frequently featured in art and design periodicals.
A designer who is equally adept with homes, commercial sites, and landscapes and gardens, Tony works in a variety of styles, from traditional French, English, and American to contemporary and modern. He is known for intriguing and often playful designs, and is never afraid to combine seemingly disparate elements to achieve a result that combines the client’s taste with his own intuitions and expertise. His designs blend a fresh, contemporary approach with old-world classicism, and he succeeds in uniting the timeless with the practical in an integrated environment.
The opening of the Ingrao Antiques & Fine Arts gallery on Manhattan’s East 64th Street was one of the Manhattan design world’s major events of 2003. In the gallery, Tony has brought new drama to the antiques field by displaying fine art and antiques in a stark, minimalist setting, a move which the art world has found both startling and refreshing. His expressed aim is “to present important works of art in a non-museum setting, and to open a fresh dialogue between art and objects with architecture.”