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 James Zemaitis, curator and dealer on mid-century Nordic design; Steven Learner, founder of Collective Design Fair on design fairs; artist Allan Wexler on blurring boundaries between art and design; legendary dealer Mark McDonald, on his personal stories with Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Eduard Wormley, Sam Maloof, and Otto Natzler; Paul Johnson on contemporary design; Jason T. Busch on contemporary and vintage ceramics. In addition to classes taking place at NYSID, we will be visiting a design fair, a preview at an auction house, and a design gallery.

Register for both courses today! The full Fall 2017 schedule is below.

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

Fall 2017 (CE143-A and CE143-B)

Part I | October 3–November 7 (CE143-A) | Tuesdays, 10am-12pm
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10/3 — Introduction  The Italian Radical Design Movement

10/10 — Blurring Art and Design  Guest Speaker Allan Wexler

10/17 — Design Fairs  Guest Speaker Steven Learner

10/31 — Monographies  Charlotte Perriand

11/7 — American Mid-Century Design  Guest Speaker Mark McDonald

Part II | November 14–December 19 (CE143-B) | Tuesdays, 10am-12pm
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11/14 — The Salon Art + Design

11/21 — Contemporary Ceramics  Guest Speaker Jason T. Busch

11/28 — Plywood and Modernism: Straight, Bent, and Laminated. It's History and the Market
Guest Speaker James Zamaitis

12/12 — Visit Auction House

12/19 — Contemporary Design  Guest Speaker Paul Johnson


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 Fall 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.