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Salon Conversations

The Object: A Powerful Agent of Transformation: Spirit, Taste, and Experience

Presented by Dr. Daniella Ohad

Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m.

The object has become a key player in the curated interior, a powerful agent of transformation that stood at the core of the 21st-century revolution. Collecting design is the engine to achieve the meaningful, sophisticated, personal spaces that we all seek to achieve. In this talk, design connoisseur Daniella Ohad will host four collectors for whom collecting modern and contemporary furniture and objects has become central to their living experience, the fixtures which express their taste, identity, and connoisseurship. They will highlight pieces they love and speak about the way in which their passion and emotional connection to the object have come to shape their lives and help them live in fulfilled, inspiring homes.


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Dr. Daniella Ohad

Design historian, connoisseur, and curator

Design curator, connoisseur, and curator Daniella Ohad received her PhD in design history from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. For the past 25 years, she has been commitment scholarship, education and publication in the field of modern design culture. Her work has been focused on history, theory, interiors, material culture, contemporary design, connoisseurship, and the decorative arts. She has taught in some of the world’s leading art institutions, and has spoken worldwide in conferences, events, and symposiums in museums, cultural institutions, and television networks. Ohad’s meeting with George Nakashima has come to shape her connection to the object and the way she has implanted design in her personal and professional life.


Brian J. McCarthy

Interior designer, curator, and collector

Ever since award-winning interior designer Brian J. McCarthy founded his eponymous firm in 1992, he has been commissioned for residences across the globe, which he turned into the sanctuaries of his clients. His curated, bold interiors are largely defined by his deep knowledge and passion for collecting art and design of various periods. In 2005, McCarthy had famously refurbished the private quarters and State Rooms of Winfield House, the official residence of the Ambassador to the Court of St. James, during the appointment of US Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle. To him, collecting objects has become the core of his own living experience, while his personal relationship with French designer Claude Lalanne has transformed the way he has come to think of the object and its powerful role in the interior space.


Nazy Nazhand

Creative consultant, advisor, collector, and artist advocate 

Nazy Nazhand is a New York City based art advisor, creative consultant, writer, and the founder of Nazhand Art & Culture. Known for discovering and supporting artists who examine the sociopolitical and technological developments of our time, Nazhand's practice explores the confluence of visual arts with  music, film, design and civic engagement. Born and raised in Tehran in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the Iran/Iraq war, and emigrated to America as a young child, Nazhand has spoken extensively about generational trauma and about the power of art as an engine for social change. To her, living with good, authentic design is a way to craft emotional connections with her personal interior space. Nazhand is particularly interested in European radical design of the 60's and her choices reflect the forms, materials, and spirit of the time. 

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Dr. Frank Moore

Neurosurgeon and collector

Dr. Frank Moore is a neurosurgeon, specializing in brain and spine surgeries, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and listed among the Best Doctors in New York Magazine. A longtime collector of contemporary art and mid-century design, Moore was among the pioneer collectors of Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand in the 90s, before scholarship and the market was fully developed. His passion for the object and for living with good, historical design has defined his aesthetic choices and sensibility and has shaped his living spaces. 

Get Tickets

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 via Magen H Gallery / Cat Sanders Photography
Headshots courtesy of (left to right): Daniel Elster, Jordan Tiberio, Francesco Lagnese, Dr. Frank Moore

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