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Dialogues on Design with David Netto

  • New York School of Interior Design 170 East 70th Street New York, NY, 10021 United States (map)
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Dialogues on Design consists of a series of four moderated conversations with prominent interior designers where each discusses their approach to their own work — their inspiration and influences, their response to trends, and the evolution of the field, accompanied by a reception.

Thank you to our sponsors Ingrid Edelman, Susan Zises Green, Ellen Kravet/Kravet, Inc., Benjamin Moore & Co., and Peter Pennoyer.

For more information, contact Samantha Fingleton at 212-472-1500, ext. 431 or by email at

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About David Netto

David Netto is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and writer.

David grew up in New York surrounded by taste and people talking about it, which for a young person was both a good and a bad thing (his father owned the fabric house Cowtan & Tout). From an early age he was interested in architecture, furniture, cars, and the history of each.

Since dropping out of Harvard Architecture School and founding his studio in New York in 2000, he has specialized in residential decoration in no particular style. It might be said that David’s work is known for trying to bring to modernism a touch of warmth and personality, and to traditionalism young energy and a dash of the exotic. For a project to be successful he believes in the importance of getting the architecture right, but that good decoration should also be a portrait of the person who lives there. His projects have been published in VogueElle DecorHouse BeautifulADHouse & Garden, and Veranda, as well as several books.

In 2002 David launched NettoCollection, a pioneering line of modern children’s furniture which channeled the style and beauty of pieces from the 1930’s and 50’s to lift the aesthetics of a whole industry.

As a writer on the history of architecture and design, from 2010-2012 he worked as contributing design editor to the Wall Street Journal. After 2012 he did so for T, the New York Times Style Magazine, and now writes the Case Studies column for Town & Country. Recently David authored a monograph on the work of Francois Catroux, published by Rizzoli, and he is presently at work on two new books, one of his own designs and another--co-authored by Peter Pennoyer and Paul Goldberger--on the apartment house architecture of Rosario Candela. Both will be released in Fall 2021.

David Netto Design LLC (with studio director Lily Dierkes) is now active in LA with projects on both east and west coasts, and recently the Bahamas, London, and Arizona. David lives with his wife Elizabeth and two daughters in a small but dazzling Neutra house—which started as a portrait of its owners but is now more a portrait of their children—in Silver Lake, and welcomes your interest.

About Dennis Scully


Dennis Scully is the host of the weekly BOH podcast, where he explores the changes and challenges facing the interior design community through interviews with industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives. He is also the vice president of sales and marketing at luxury textiles company Castel. Scully was previously a business development consultant for major trade brands, and has held sales and marketing roles at Domino, Waterworks and Twill Textiles. In his Market Watch columns, Scully calls upon his background as an analyst and longtime securities trader as he explores the ins and outs of the home industry’s publicly traded businesses.