Collecting Design:
History, Collections & Highlights

Leading Experts Share their Knowledge & Passion

This course on collecting modern and contemporary design will educate architects, interior designers, decorators, and art collectors in one of the most fascinating territories—the international marketplace. Lectures will address furniture and styles in modern design history that have a strong presence in the market, with a focus on the state of the marketplace. Featured guests include experts, curators, collectors, dealers, and scholars. This season, Daniella Ohad will host Dr. Jennifer Goff, Curator of Furniture, Silver, Music, Science and the Eileen Gray collection at the National Museum of Ireland, foremost scholar on Eileen Gray, and author of Eileen Gray Her Work and Her World, on the history of collecting Gray’s furniture; Louis Bofferding, contributing editor to Architectural Digest and a dealer known for his academic approach to 20th-century design, will speak about the legendary collector Jacques Doucet; Patrick Parrish, dealer, writer, curator, blogger, specializing in vintage and contemporary furniture will present his program of collectible contemporary design; Brian Kish, the most distinguish scholar/dealer on mid-century Italian furniture and lighting, will illuminate various chapters in this territory; Renaud Vuaillat, Director and founder of Twenty First Gallery will discuss his own program in representing, producing, and promoting French contemporary design; and James Zemaitis, curator and dealer will speak about his passion for American modernism of the interwar years.

Register for the course today! The full Spring 2017 schedule is below.

Those who register for the program receive free access to the annual report of the design market conducted by (valued at $375).

Spring 2017 – Morning Course (CE143 WA)

TUESDAYS, 10am-12pm

April 4 – The American Studio Movement – Celebrating Paul Evans

April 11 – American Modernism - Guest Speaker Sarah Coffin on Jazz Age

April 25 – Contemporary Design - Guest Speaker Zesty Meyers on the Haas Brothers

May 2  - Contemporary Design - Guest Speaker Jane Adlin on Zaha Hadid

May 8 – French Mid-Century Design

Summer 2017 –

June 5- Visit to an Auction House

June 13- Dutch Design

June 27 - Studio Movement - Guest Speaker David N. Ebner

July 11 - Italian Design - Guest Speaker Nicholas Kilner on Mid-Century Italian Furniture

July 18 - George Nakashima - Guest speaker Natalia Torija


Daniella OhadInstructor: 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. 


Collecting Design Spring 2017

Watch Collecting 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 and tell the story and the history of collecting the architects’ work. This program is presented by Cassina and co-sponsored by Cultured Magazine and DeTnk.



Cultured Magazine
CULTURED | a quarterly art and design publication

Throughout the year we invite 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.

DeTnk. LogoThe 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.