Collecting modern and contemporary design has become one of the most dynamic, influential, and intriguing territories in the international marketplace, standing at the forefront of style and taste. While initially fueled by the fine arts market, collecting design has emerged as a discipline in its own right; one that dominates high-brow interiors and attracts those who value living with the finest design. The market has become a global barometer of trend forecasting, signifying the language, directions, and taste of our time. Collecting design has come forward as a source of taste-making and trend forecasting, generating market reports, art fairs, museum exhibitions, research projects, scholarship, monographs, and endless headlines. Collecting design inspires scholarly analysis, art fairs, museum exhibitions, and monographs, and was cited recently by the Wall Street Journal as a lucrative avenue of investment.
This unique program is directed by design historian Dr. Daniella Ohad, and comes to educate architects, interior designers, design lovers, and art collectors in this fascinating world. It focuses on various themes which have a central place in the collectible design world, with a strong focus on the history of modern design and the story of contemporary design. Lectures are accompanied by conversations with such world’s leading experts as curators, collectors, dealers, and scholars.
For the Spring 2020 seaon of Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, instructor Dr. Daniella Ohad will host Sarah Madfort on Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier’s furniture for Chandigarh; Evan Snyderman on Wendell Castle’s early years; Peter Blake on his design program; Chris Schanck on his work; Carol Egan on creating curated interiors and contemporary furniture; Benjamin Macklowe on French Art Nouveau; and Hugues Magen on Hervé Baley.
Spring 2020 Schedule (Tuesdays)
February 18: Pierre Jeanneret at Chandigarh (Speaker: Sarah Madfort)
February 25: Wendell Castle: The Early Years (Speaker: Evan Snyderman)
March 3: Between Art and Design (Speaker: Peter Blake)
March 24: Japanese Contemporary Design (Daniella Ohad)
March 31: Collectible Design and the Curated Interior (Speaker: Carol Egan)
April 7: Art Nouveau (Speaker: Benjamin Macklowe)
April 14: Japanese Contemporary Design (Speaker: Joan Mirviss)
April 21: Collectible Contemporary Design (Speaker: Chris Schanck)
April 28: French Designer Hervé Baley (Speaker: Hugues Magen)
May 11: Visit to the Park Avenue Armory: TEFAF New York (TBD)
About the Instructor
Daniella Ohad received her Ph.D. from Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. She lectures and publishes widely on design history, theory, and the decorative arts. She has taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and Bard College. She is a speaker on topics in design, collecting, and taste worldwide.
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