Design & Discovery


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Design & Discovery

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Haworth and Van Andel Institute for Design & Discovery. Merging the inspiration of modernist furniture design with the elegant shapes and colors of contemporary fashion, Design & Discovery will excite your imagination and showcase the power of the creative spirit.

This exclusive event will take place outdoors at the legendary Haworth headquarters and showroom in Holland, Michigan, and will feature a runway show by Leigh’s out on the lawn, an exclusive display of Ferrari sportscars, hors d’oeuvres, artisan cocktails and complimentary swag bags from Leigh’s. Dinner will be plated and served on the patio, and guests will be treated to AB’s incredible DJ sets during the fashion show and seated dinner. Seating will be assigned for this event.

All proceeds from Design & Discovery will benefit the Institute’s biomedical research and science education initiatives.

As the event will take place entirely outdoors, cocktail attire and comfortable shoes are suggested.

VAI is continuing to monitor applicable health and safety guidelines and will update the event format if necessary. Any changes will be noted here.

Sponsorships and tickets for this event are sold out.

Evening Agenda

Virtual Silent Auction


Event Committee

What to Wear


6-6:30 p.m.: Guest arrival, registration, and seating for fashion presentation featuring music by DJ AB

6:30 p.m.: Remarks and fashion presentation

  • Opening remarks by Franco Bianchi
  • Remarks by Carol Van Andel
  • VAI Video Presentation
  • Remarks by Rebecca Wierda
  • Fashion presentation by Leigh’s
  • Closing Remarks by Ann Harten

7:30-9 p.m.: Seated dinner and music by DJ AB

9:00 p.m.: Event Ends

Shrimp di Parma (GF)

jumbo shrimp, prosciutto di parma, dried apricots, basil, honey dijon

Antipasti Platter (GF available)

spicy capicola, prosciutto di parma, genoa salami, marinated mushrooms, olives, roasted tomatoes, roasted peppers, marinated ciliegine mozzarella, beemster’s gouda, farm country white cheddar, focaccia bread

Mediterranean Display (V)

roasted chickpeas, charred scallion hummus, marinated feta, mixed international olives, stuffed grape leaves, toasted naan, grilled vegetables, focaccia bread

Baby Farm Greens (GF)(VG) — Italian Salad

baby farm greens, shredded carrots, radish coins, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, lemon vinaigrette

Plated Dinner Service Menu

Includes house spent grain rolls & butter 

7oz Grilled Caprese Chicken (GF)

sliced roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, pesto, balsamic reduction

Grilled Asparagus (GF)(V)

lemon butter

Baby Purple, Pink, Yukon Gold with Caramelized Fennel & Onion (GF)(VG)


Tiramisu & Fresh Berries with Manchego Cream

Coffee Service

Franco & Alessandra Bianchi

Grace Brann

Deb Clark

Ann Harten

Matthew & Jennifer Haworth

Anne Nemschoff

Wendy Spoelhof

Carol Van Andel

Kurt VanderSchuur

Rebecca Wierda

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.

Presented By

Design Sponsor

Discovery Sponsors

Blueprint Sponsors

Sketch Sponsors

Doodle Sponsors

Restaurant Sponsors

Hair & Makeup Sponsor


June 17
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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1 Haworth Center
Holland, MI 49423 United States
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