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Launched in May 2013 by the architect and interior designer Steven Learner, Collective Design was conceived by a passionate group of designers, curators, collectors, and gallerists who recognized a need for a new commercial and educational platform for design enthusiasts. In addition to this core ensemble, which includes the architect Alexander Gorlin, collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, design dealer Todd Merrill...

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 17:19

Mid Century Modern Design Masters: Karl Springer

In his seminal book, Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam (Rizzoli), Todd Merrill, a New York-based dealer of mid-to-late 20th century design and studio furniture, describes Karl Springer as having a “flair for glamour without ostentation.” Using exotic materials, bold proportions, and striking colors, Springer took classic forms and made them his own. His aesthetic was a perfect match for the glittering Disco Decade, and in the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, Springer was one of the most well-regarded and in-demand mid century modern designers in the world.

Born in Berlin in 1931, Springer studied bookbinding and worked as a window dresser at a prominent clothier before leaving for New York in the late 1950s. At the age of twenty-six, Springer began styling windows at Lord & Taylor. In an effort to advance his career, he started applying his bookbinding skills to making jewel boxes, desk accessories, and telephone tables, which he expertly wrapped in animal skin. Soon, his work was garnering attention from the upper echelon, including a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman and the Duchess of Windsor, who introduced Springer to an array of high-end clients.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:49

New Book Celebrates Design in the Hamptons

 The Hamptons region of Long Island, New York, has long been a popular destination for the stylish, wealthy, and influential. Thanks to its astonishing natural beauty, it has also been a popular retreat for creative types, including pioneering artists like Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning. A new book by architectural publisher and art critic Anthony Iannacci showcases nineteen private houses in the fabled enclave, giving readers an unprecedented glimpse of some of the most beautiful architecture, interiors, and gardens in the country.

“Design in the Hamptons” features works by celebrated designers, including Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, John Barman, Fox-Nahem, Thad Hayes, Tony Ingrao, Todd Merrill, Roman & Williams, and Joe d’Urso.

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