COLLECTING DESIGN | A New Program Presented by MODERN

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Collecting modern and contemporary design has become one of the most surprising, dynamic, and influential areas in the international marketplace. While at the turn of the millennium, it was mainly fueled by the energy of the fine art market, collectible design has since emerged into a discipline in its own right. It has influenced the design vocabulary of our time, dominating the entire territory of high brow interior design, as collectible design has brought a new way of creating interiors where objects play a prominent role in interior schemes.

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, and was even identified by Wall Street Journal before the recession as a lucrative venue of investment.




NYSID, MODERN, and Phillips de Pury present an educational program devoted to the study of collecting modern and contemporary design. Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, the first comprehensive program dedicated to collecting design, explores the following themes; The American Arts and Crafts Movement; Viennese Design and the Wiener Werkstatte; French Art Deco and Modernism; American Modern; Mid-Century American Design; French Postwar Design; The American Studio Movement; Postmodernism; Collecting Contemporary Design. The course will culminate with an expert-led, private tour behind the scenes of the Design exhibition at Phillips de Pury. Students will get a hands-on examination of objects, essential to any collecting activity.

Two Course Options:
May 17 – July 26 • Thursdays • 10am – 12pm

May 22 – July 31 • Tuesdays • 5 – 7pm

Registration is now open! Go to to register.


Daniella Ohad Smith, Ph.D. lectures and hosts key experts: collectors, curators, dealers, writers, designers, and architects who provide insights and advice, discussing highlights, and telling the story of the fascinating world of collecting modern and contemporary design.
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About New York School of Interior Design:
Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide more than 900 full-and part-time students.
NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).