Interior Design: The Legends

Event Pass Information

Event Pass Type
AIA Member (not AIANY)$500.00 USD
ASID Member$500.00 USD
General Public (Early Bird)$550.00 USD

Event Details

AIA CES and IDCEC accreditation pending

Join design educator and historian Daniella Ohad for an ALL NEW online course exploring the work of some of the world's most prolific interior designers. This unique 10-session course will examine the original, influential talents who have come to define 21st-century interiors.

Interior Design: The Legends is a 10-session course featuring a series of personal interviews with legendary interior designers, many of whom have been instrumental in shaping the interior design profession. This course will investigate the field of interiors today, offering a stimulating opportunity to be introduced to the concept of "the home" as defined by designers and to explore current approaches, methods, and philosophies of residential interior design.

The participating speakers have all established international profiles in residential design, are known for their own signature idioms, and have designed some of the world's most renowned residential projects for clients who are passionate about the culture of design. Speakers will provide insight into the evolution of their careers and will offer thoughts on the state of interior design today.

This program is essential for architects, interior designers, and anyone interested in design culture.

Participating speakers include:

India Mahdavi (Paris)
Veere Grenney (London)
William Sofield (New York)
Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht of Commune Design (Los Angeles)
Pierre Yovanovitch (Paris)
Kathleen and Tommy Clements of Clements Design (Los Angeles)
Alan Wanzenberg (New York)
Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini of Studio Peregalli (Milan)
Olivier Dwek (Brussels)
Jacques Grange (Paris)

Please note that, due to copyright reasons, these sessions cannot be video recorded.

General Public "Early Bird" pricing will be in effect until 8/1/2021.

Program Sessions (all Fridays from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET)

October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19
November 26 - NO CLASS
December 3 - NO CLASS 
December 10
December 17
December 21

About the Instructor
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 topics in design, collecting, and taste worldwide.

Individual Program Descriptions

Clements Design: Kathleen Clements and Tommy Clements

Kathleen and Tommy Clements are the founders of the Los Angeles-based interior design firm Clements Design. Their design identity and signature style is defined by understated elegance and Zen-like simplicity. Their spaces are refined and unpretentious, informed by a neutral, matte color palette and by a blend of natural materials—stone, wood, bricks, and textiles. Their interiors are contemporary and harmonious, possess exquisite ambience, and are typically filled with collectible pieces by Rick Owens, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Jean Royère, Les Lalanne, Diego Giacometti, as well as contemporary furniture combined with rustic antiques and muted oriental rugs. Their pared-down spaces are cozy and relaxed, imbued with contemporary glamour.

William Sofield

Since establishing Studio Sofield in 1996, William Sofield has specialized in architecture, engineering, industrial, interior, graphic, and landscape design. His work is both modern and timeless in his quest to create spaces that empower the user. A self-taught carpenter and artisan, Sofield is informed by his passion for the integrity of crafts and meticulous details. He regularly works with guilds, ateliers, and workshops, and is committed to keeping the crafts alive. Bronze, crackled glass, upholstery, draperies, concrete, wood, gold and silver leaf, burnt wood preserved under resin are just a few of the materials found in his site-specific work. Respect for and sensitivity to the site stands at the core of his work; moreover, his interiors are often bright, uncluttered, and clean, using a natural color palette and imbued with a sense of ease and lightness.

Olivier Dwek

Brussels-based architect Olivier Dwek is a Belgium modernist and purist. With a great passion for and knowledge of art history, contemporary art, modern design, and the art market, Dwek has made a name for himself via his curated interiors filled with art and design masterpieces. Since opening his architecture firm in 2000, Dwek's projects have combined architecture, décor, interior design, and a curatorial selection of objects. They are typically filled with work by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, George Nakashima, Charlotte Perriand, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Donald Judd. Dwek is known for encouraging his clients to collect and for guiding them in their art acquisitions. An artist to his core, he believes that architecture should be created in the service of the arts, and his spaces are characterized by comfort, calmness, and visual continuity. His interiors are pristine, timeless, fluid, and elegant. “Natural light,” he says, “brings architecture to life in a way that is extraordinary.”

Alan Wanzenberg

New York-based architect Alan Wanzenberg is the best kept secret in the world of interiors. For four decades, he has practiced architecture and interior design, creating sophisticated spaces that are accented with impeccable art and furniture. In 1982, he co-founded the firm Johnson & Wanzenberg with his life and business partner, the late Jed Johnson. This practice became the most influential design partnership of the 80s and early 90s, and after Johnson tragically died in a plane crash in 1996, Wanzenberg established Alan Wanzenberg Design LLC. His residential design is known for its rigorous, fastidious detailing and modern sensibility, filled with historical objects. His passion for the Arts & Crafts Movement and other avant-garde movements of the early and mid-20th century has had an impact on his oeuvre. He was one of the first to bring furniture by Gustav Stickley to interiors and he promoted the taste for Mission during the 1980s and early 90s. Congruent with his private commissions, Wanzenberg's commitment to nonprofits runs deep; he has used his professional talents to further the missions of several education and community organizations.

India Mahdavi

Iranian-born French architect India Mahdavi is known for creating bold interiors of bold colors, often working in monochromatic schemes (such as the famed pink Sketch Restaurant in London). Since founding her studio, IMH Interiors, in 1999, she has made a name for herself with interiors informed by storytelling and narratives, based on scenarios that are often romantic and filled with fantasy. She seeks to create an experience, and her interiors are always strong and daring, yet fun and playful. Mahdavi's storytelling is rooted in history and in  place. For French bakery Ladurée she created a different theme for every location. The combination of color is at the core of her practice, meant to make people feel joyful. “I like colors to have a conversation,” she says. “They should start a conversation, they should argue, they should get close, they should get upset with one another.”

Pierre Yovanovitch

Since moving from the fashion world and establishing his Paris-based atelier in 2001, Pierre Yovanovitch has specialized in interior architecture, creating haute couture residences and retail and hospitality spaces across the globe. His powerful signature style is strongly rooted in the history of French modern design and particularly in the mid-20th century era. Materials—precious woods, stone, marble and metal—have become the touchstone of his spaces and furniture alike. His passion for craftsmanship has led him to work with some of the finest artisans and craftspeople, such as ceramicist Armelle Benoit, woodworker Pierre-Eloi Bris, upholstery studio Jouffre, and metalworkers at Fonderie Fusions. His love for collecting has resulted in bringing pieces of art and design into spaces, combining vintage, antiques, modern, and contemporary styles. Pieces by such masters of modern design as Paavo Tynell, Flemming Lassen, Paul Laszlo, Paul Frankl, and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings can be regularly found in his interiors, along with site-specific works by such contemporary artists as Daniel Buren, Ugo Rondinone, James Turrell, Tadashi Kawamata, and Klara Kristalova.

Jacques Grange

Jacques Grange was named in Time magazine’s 2008 Design issue as one of the world’s most influential designers. Over the course of his five-decade career, he has designed homes for some of the world's most respected collectors, artists, designers, and tastemakers. His style is defined by his refined and eclectic taste—simple and sophisticated—and his personal signature by grouping objects of great historical value and showing unparalleled  attention  to  detail. Always  balancing  virtuoso  flourishes with tasteful understatement, Grange’s unique touch reflects the harmonious balance of a true artist. His immense personal collection was unveiled to the public when it was auctioned by Sotheby's in 2017, revealing his private world and his passionate life as a collector. It included works by Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Frank, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Hector Guimard, Fernand Léger, Donald Judd, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Yves Tanguy, Alexandre Noll, Archibald Knox, Victor Brauner, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Paul Klee, Armand-Albert Rateau, Max Ernst, Eileen Gray, David Hockney, Joseph Hoffman, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, and Alexander Calder.

Veere Grenney

Born in New Zealand, Veere Grenney settled in England at the age of 23 and has since become a key figure in the English decorating world. He was apprenticed under Mary Fox Linton and later was a director at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler before launching his own studio, Verre Grenney Associates, in 1997. His personal vocabulary is defined by combining the humble with the grand, the modern with the classic, all informed by an English touch. His spaces are harmonious and livable with a sense of English country house comfort and Arts and Crafts allure, while constantly seeking to interpret his clients' visions of interiors that reflect their own lifestyle. Grenney tends to include pieces of furniture from the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts, and Georgian eras, and his taste has always remained highly eclectic. His color palette is serene, including pale grays and pinks, yet he does not promote one look but rather believes in elegance, simplicity, great proportions, and comfort.

Studio Peregalli

Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli established their Milan-based interior design firm, Studio Peregalli, in 1992. Both were trained by legendary Italian architect and decorator Renzo Mongiardino, who created classical and romantic spaces in the 70s and 80s and is considered among the greatest decorators of the 20th century. Their love for traditional craftsmanship, art history, and Italian heritage, as well as their passion for collecting, have come to inform their oeuvre. Much of their interiors are reinterpretations of Italian Renaissance architecture and many of their clients are art collectors. However, they seek not to create homes that resemble galleries, but believe that works of art should be integral to domestic interior spaces. The decorated, hand-painted wall in the Italian tradition of frescoes and Trompe-l'œil has become a touchstone of their interiors, as they always avoid plain, white walls. Their spaces are filled with books, antiques, art, colors, textures, and layers of memory and nostalgia.

Commune Design

Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht are founders of the Los Angeles-based design studio,Commune Design, which creates architecture, interior, graphic, and product design. At the core of its design philosophy is the notion of collective work and collaborations. Its notable work is the result of collaborations with artists, artisans, and craftspeople around the globe. Alonso was born in Caracas, emigrated to Miami as a teen, and worked in art publishing. Johanknecht became Vice President of Display and Store Design for Barneys New York. Together, they founded Commune Design in 2004. Their style captures the effortless, cool lifestyle of Southern California.