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 Fall 2019 season of Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, instructor Dr. Daniella Ohad will host: Derek Ostergard on Viennese modern design and the innovation of the Wiener Werkstätte; Dr. Robert Aibel on Connoisseurship in George Nakashima’s furniture; David Scott on the curated interior and on selecting the right collectible objects; James Zemaitis on learning about collecting design through Instagram; Russel Piccione on how collectible pieces of furniture and objects help him in the process of creating interiors of ‘soul’; Béatrice Saint-Laurent and Laure Hélène Joseph on the program of contemporary design of Parisian Galerie BSL.
See the series featured in Cultured Magazine here.
Fall 2019 Schedule
October 15: Viennese Early Modernism. Guest Speaker: Derek Ostergard
October 22: Italian Mid-Century Design. Guest Speaker: Paul Donzella
October 29: The Curated Interior by Russell Piccione
November 5: The Curated Interior by David Scott
November 12: Collectible Contemporary Design. Guests Speakers: Béatrice Saint-Laurent and Laure Hélène Joseph
November 18: Visit to the Salon Art + Design
November 19: The American Studio Movement. Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Aibel
November 26: Collectible Contemporary Design: Typology
December 10: Collecting Design and Instagram. Guest Speaker: James Zemaitix
December 17: Visit to a notable design preview at an auction house (TBA).
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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