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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 educates 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. Lectures are accompanied by conversations with leading experts, including curators, collectors, dealers, and scholars.

For the Spring 2019 season of Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, instructor Dr. Daniella Ohad will host Larry Weinberg on the 100th anniversary of the legendary Bauhaus and the market for Bauhaus material; Kelly Behun on the notion of collectible design in the 21st-century sophisticated interior; Zesty Meyers on the contemporary design program of R & Company, the gallery he co-founded with Evan Snyderman; Felix Burrichter on a new design movement that in recent years has come to dominate the collectible design world and signify narratives of 21st-century culture; Christina Miller on the behind-the-scenes of 1st Dibs; and Christian Larsen, design curator at the Met, on Brazilian mid-century design. We will be visiting a design fair for a first-hand experience.

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19
April 2, 9, 16, 30
May 7

Participants receive free access to an annual report on the design market conducted by (valued at $375) and an annual subscription to Cultured Magazine.

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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 of design history, theory, social media, and collecting worldwide. 

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Organized by
AIA New York and Dr. Daniella Ohad
  • Sponsored by
Pair of Chairs by Joaquim Tenreiro. Photo: Courtesy R & Company.
Tuesday, 2/19
10:30am to 12:30pm
Center for Architecture
AIANY Members: $675
General Public: $750
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