Collecting Design: History, Collections & Highlights

Leading Experts Share their Knowledge & Passion

Collecting modern and contemporary design has become one of the most dynamic, influential territories in the international marketplace, a territory that stands at the forefront of style and taste. While initially fueled by the fine art market, collecting design has emerged as a discipline in its own right; one that not only dominates interior design, but also attracts those who value living with beautiful things. The design market is now a global barometer of trend forecasting, signifying status and culture. 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. Collecting design has come forward as a source of taste-making and trend forecasting, a maker of culture, taste, and status, generating market reports, art fairs, museum exhibitions, research projects, scholarship, monographs, and endless headlines.



This course, the only one of its kind, educates architects, interior designers, decorators, and art collectors in this fascinating territory. Lectures address furniture and styles in modern design history. Featured guests include experts, curators, collectors, dealers, and scholars.

In the fall 2018 season of Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, Dr. Daniella Ohad will host Valerio Capo and Sam Pratt in discussing the program and production of contemporary design at their London-based Gallery FUMI; Marilyn Friedman on American interwar design, which is her expertise in celebrating her publication 'Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 30s; Joe Nahem of international firm Fox Nahem on the vision of decorating with collectible design; Nicholas Kilner on Ico and Luisa Parisi; Patrick Parrish on navigating the world of design; Dr. Deborah Goldberg on one magnificent table by Isamu Noguchi and on Ettore Sottsass and his place in the pantheon of design history; Alberto Aquilino on Pierre Jeanneret and his work in Chandigarh.

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

october 2 - December 18

Tuesdays, 10am-12pm

  • 10/2 – Introduction; The Intersection of Social Media and Collectible Design – Guest Speaker Michael Jefferson

  • 10/9 – American Modernist Design of the Interwar Years – Guest Speaker Marilyn Friedman

  • 10/16 – One Iconic Table by Isamu Noguchi + Ettore Sottsass and his Legacy – Guest Speaker Dr. Deborah Goldberg

  • 10/30 – On the educated way of Collecting Design – Guest Speaker Patrick Parrish

  • 11/6 – Collectible Contemporary Design: Curating, Producing, and Promoting – Guest Speakers Sam Pratt and Valerio Capo of London-based Gallery FUMI

  • 11/12 (Monday) – Visit to the Salon Art + Design

  • 11/20 – The Legacy of Chandigarh and its place in the market – Guest Speaker Alberto Aquillino

  • 11/27 – Italian Mid-Century Design – Guest Speaker Nicholas Kilner

  • 12/11 – Visit to an Auction House

  • 12/18 – Collectible Design in the Curated Interior – Guest Speaker Joe Nahem of Fox Nahem

Participants receive free access to the annual report of the design market conducted by (valued at $375).


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 themes in design history, theory, and collecting worldwide. 


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Watch Collecting Design: George Nakashima, produced in conjunction with Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights courses at NYSID.


Watch the films Collecting Frank Lloyd Wright and Collecting Charlotte Perriand, the first two in a video series produced in conjunction with Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights courses at NYSID. Some of the world’s leading experts on collecting furniture by Wright and Perriand share their expertise, tell the story and history of collecting work by each architect. This program is presented by Cassina and co-sponsored by Cultured Magazine and DeTnk.


CULTURED is a quarterly art and design publication. Throughout the year CULTURED invites you into the private dwellings and workspaces of international collectors, artists and designers from the fields of fashion, architecture and art to enjoy an intimate snapshot of how design influences their experience. Get Cultured.

The sponsorship of DeTnk allows every student, who signs up for the entire 10-sessions program, a free access to its collectible design market annual report. The 2013 report is a holistic analysis of the emerging design market, generated on the base of the sales data from the world’s largest auction houses. Some key findings of the report include details of the average yearly market growth and the varying regional impact of the design market. This information is paired with opinions and essays from specialists reflecting the driving forces behind the greater design market, and includes  DeTnk’s Top 100 listing; it is valued at £250.00. Graduates will receive a discounted subscription for future reports.