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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Timeless mid-century designs and fabrics

For those readers living within easy driving distance of New York City...or those of you so drawn to the subject matter that it's worth flying there...I would like to announce a couple of events you may want to attend, brought to my attention by Jade Dressler at the New York School of Interior Design.

Taking place tomorrow is a panel discussion entitled Return of the Classics: Timeless Mid-Century Design. It is being held on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the NYSID Auditorium at 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors and non-NYSID students. NYSID students get in free.

The panelists will discuss why 20th-century design is still so apealing, and these experts will revisit the best designs of several decades past, some that never lost popularity and some that are just now being revived. Panelists include Susan Lyons, president of DesignTex, Steven Stolman, president of Scalamandré, Inc. and Larry Weinberg, 20th-century design historian and dealer. The discussion will be moderated by Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York.

It's not too late to register! Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors and non-NYSID students. NYSID students get in free.

Also of interest is the current exhibition in the NYSID gallery, Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll. Kroll is credited with the first introduction of bright color for upholstery fabrics and designed textiles for the Continential Airlines premier 747 jet service to Honolulu, featuring colors ranging from hot pink in first class to turquoise blue in coach.

The exhibition runs through December 7 at the NYSID gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, you can email proffice@nysid.edu or call 212-472-1500 x405.


Eames LAR chair with Kroll Mirage upholstery
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Kroll fabrics
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6 comments:

  1. It looks like a great show, a pity I don't live close enough.

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    1. It would be a bit of a hike from Texas too, but I've asked Jade from NYSID to send me a tape of the discussion. She said it will be taped but not edited, so I don't know if she'll be able to send me one or not. If so, I'll post it for those interested.

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  2. Oh to be able to attend! Those fabrics are very cool. xx

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    1. I have a thing for fabrics, and I could stand and look at them for hours. This would really be fun to attend.

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  3. Most excellent textiles. I love the Knoll fabrics. The first lecture sounds pretty good ... as to why mid-century is so popular now. Is it just a fad?

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    1. I think some of the more kitschy pieces may be a fad, but there's not a lot invested in them, so they can be a fun addition to decor as long as the fad lasts, but high end vintage modern has never gone out of style, and I honestly don't think it will.

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