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.

This season, Dr. Daniella Ohad will host Richard Wright, founder of Wright Auctions in Chicago; Kim Hostler, co-founder of Hostler Burrows; design and architecture curator Donald Albrecht; Evan Snyderman, co-founder of R & Company; scholar Dr. Deborah Goldberg; and Suzanne Demisch, co-founder of Demisch Danant. In addition to classes taking place at NYSID, we will be visiting at a design fair and at a NYC-based restoration center to learn about the process behind authenticating 20th-century design. This program is supported by Cultured Magazine and DeTnk.

Register for the course today! The full Spring 2018 schedule is below.

Spring 2018 (CE143)

February 20–May 8

2/20 — Introduction to Course

2/27 — Italian Radical Design Guest Speaker Evan Snyderman

3/6 — American design during the Age of Mad Men Guest Speaker Donald Albrecht

3/20— Isamu Noguchi: Designer Guest Speaker Dr. Deborah Goldberg

3/27 — French Design during the Cold War Guest Speaker Suzanne Demisch

4/3 — Collecting Modern Design Guest Speaker Richard Wright

4/10 — Contemporary Design

4/17 — Nordic Design of the Mid-Century Guest Speaker  Kim Hostler

5/1 — Authenticating 20th-century masterpieces; field trip TBA

5/8 — Design Fair; field trip TBA 

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 2018

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.