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A curated interior by Michael Boyd. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Boyd.
A curated interior by Michael Boyd. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Boyd.
10/6/20, 3:30pm - Wednesday, 12/16, 5pm
1.5 LU

AIA CES 13.5 LU (1.5 LU/HSW) available for the series.

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, recently cited by the Wall Street Journal as a lucrative avenue of investment.

This unique program is directed by design historian Dr. Daniella Ohad, and seeks to engage architects, interior designers, design lovers, and art collectors in an exploration of this fascinating world–both novices and experienced collectors are welcome! For the first time this fall, the beloved Collecting Design series will be offered as an online course, accessible to anyone across the globe.

Collecting Design: The Legends provides a rare opportunity to explore historical, mid-century, and contemporary design; to discover the world of collectible design and its sustainable impact; to look and analyze the finest interiors—all with a series of prolific experts who have defined this field and shaped its culture. Join us and enter into the cultural conversation of design; enjoy the best, most innovative design ever created; learn how to ‘read’ objects; find the value of living with great design; develop a critical eye; and take your taste into new horizons.

Click here to read an article featured in Cultured Magazine, including interviews with the series speakers.

Fall 2020 Schedule and Speaker list (all 3:30pm-5:00pm EST)

Individual sessions are AIA CES eligible, as noted below.

Tuesday, October 6 (1.5 LU)
Rossella Colombari: Mid-Century Italian design

Tuesday, October 13 (1.5 LU)
Marc Benda: Contemporary design

Tuesday, October 20 (1.5 LU)
Michael Boyd: The Eye of the Design Connoisseur

Tuesday, October 27 (1.5 LU)
Ulrich Fiedler: German Modernism and the Bauhaus

Tuesday, November 3 (1.5 LU)
Evan Snyderman: Objects USA

Tuesday, November 10 (1.5 LU)
Jason Jacques: Contemporary Clay Art

Tuesday, November 17 (1.5 LU)
David Gill, Patrik Fredrikson, Ian Stallard: British Contemporary Design

Tuesday, November 24

Tuesday, Dec 1 (1.5 LU)
Libby Sellers: Women and Collecting
Tuesday, December 8 (1.5 LU)
Ben Brown: Claude Lalanne and François Xavier Lalanne
WEDNESDAY, December 16 (1.5 LU/HSW)
Paul Jacksons: Scandinavian Modern


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.

Resources and Session Recaps

Design Legends give Lessons for the Ninth Annual Collecting Design Program, Cultured Magazine, October 2020

Collecting Design: The Legends, with Michael Boyd, Design Miami/Daniella Ohad, October 2020

Collecting Design: The Legends, with Marc Benda, Design Miami/Daniella Ohad, October 2020

Collecting Design: The Legends, with Rossella Colombari, Design Miami/Daniella Ohad, October 2020

Collecting Design: The Legends, with Marc Benda, Design Miami/Daniella Ohad, November 2020




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Organized by
Center for Architecture and Dr. Daniella Ohad
A curated interior by Michael Boyd. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Boyd.
A curated interior by Michael Boyd. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Boyd.
10/6/20, 3:30pm - Wednesday, 12/16, 5pm
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