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Salon Conversations

Sublime Synergies: The Magic That’s Made When Top Dealers and Interior Designers Collaborate

Presented by 1stDibs

Sunday, November 12, 2 p.m.

Anthony Barzilay Freund, Editorial Director of 1stDibs, will lead a conversation between 1stDibs 50 interior designers Nicole Hollis and Damon Liss and two dealers with whom they've long enjoyed collaborating, Cristina Grajales, and Paul Donzella. The four will discuss the ways in which their partnerships have resulted in some of the most memorable rooms of the designers' careers.


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Anthony Barzilay Freund

Editorial + Fine Art Director, 1stDibs

As 1stDibs’ editorial director, Anthony Barzilay Freund oversees all digital and print content, including 1stDibs’ weekly Introspective magazine; The Study blog; and The 1stDibs 50, an annual celebration of interior design’s most compelling talents. He also serves as 1stDibs’ director of fine art. Prior to joining 1stDibs in 2010, Freund was editor in chief of Art+Auction magazine and, before that, the longtime arts and culture editor at Town & Country. He began his career at Esquire.

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Damon Liss

Interior Designer

Damon Liss, New-York based designer and founder of Damon Liss Design, has been headquartered in Tribeca since 2003. Damon Liss Design is a nationally recognized interior design studio with recent and ongoing projects in New York City, the Hamptons, Nantucket, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Big Sky, Park City, Atherton, and Palm Springs. The studio combines warmth, integrity, and accessibility of a local atelier with the level of talent and artistry of a top-tier design firm through a team of interior designers, interior architects, and project managers collaborating on each project. Damon Liss works with clients personally alongside his team through every stage of project development. He has been featured widely in publications including AD, Elle Decor, 1stDibs50, and HC&G. 

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Cristina Grajales

Founder, Cristina Grajales Gallery

As the design field has grown from a specialized niche for a handful of collectors into a vital form of contemporary expression, Cristina Grajales has championed authenticity, artisanship and innovation in the work she represents, contributing to greater understanding and interest worldwide. Born in Colombia, Grajales came to the US as a student in the late 1970s. Following an early job at a SoHo art gallery, she spent a decade as director of 1950 Gallery, New York’s pre-eminent source for post-war European design, where she introduced a new generation of collectors to masterworks by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Serge Mouille and Pierre Jeanneret, among others. In 2001, Grajales opened her eponymous gallery and design advisory business, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. At a series of striking downtown locations, Grajales mounted early, career-defining shows for the artists José Parla and Mira Nakashima, among others, and invited reappraisal of long-established voices, including Sheila Hicks, Robert Wilson and Doug and Mike Starn.

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Nicole Hollis

Interior Designer

NICOLEHOLLIS, Inc., founded by Nicole in 2002, is a San Francisco-based interior design studio working on projects in the US and Europe. The studio conceives timeless interiors that elevate the human spirit. Drawing from fine art, fashion, and nature this award-winning collective of interior designers, interior architects, and furniture designers work collaboratively with artisans, architects, builders and craft-people to execute impeccable, highly-detailed interior environments for both private residences and public spaces alike. NICOLEHOLLIS has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The World of Interiors, GQ, Elle Décor, Wallpaper*, Surface, 1stDibs Introspective, and other publications.  The studio has received many prestigious acknowledgments including being named “AD100”, Top 50 by 1stDibs, Wallpaper* USA300, Elle Décor A-List and Top 100 Giants by Interior Design Magazine. This year Nicole was named “Interior Designer of the Year” by our industry’s leading organization, The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

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Paul Donzella

Founder, Donzella Ltd

Paul Donzella has been a design dealer in New York City for more than three decades. As owner  of Donzella Ltd, he specializes in post-war design from the United States and Italy. In the early  aughts he began incorporating works by contemporary artists and designers, and has more  recently expanded his collection to include contemporary ceramics. 

After spending two decades in Tribeca, Donzella Ltd moved further north and now has two  large gallery spaces at the New York Design Center on Lexington Avenue. The additional real  estate allows for a dynamic and ever-evolving presentation of his robust inventory while also  maintaining a vibrant exhibition program.

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All Salon Conversations are open to all and free with admission. Conversations are held in the Board of Officers room. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before Conversations begin to ensure seating.

Header image from 1stDibs' 2022 Salon Conversation. Photo by Peter Baker.

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