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by Topic : Furniture design (13)

Includes: chair design; furniture -- catalogs; furniture design -- study and teaching; furniture -- exhibitions; house furnishings -- marketing; office furniture -- catalogs; selling -- house furnishings -- handbooks, manuals, etc.; tables

Bruce Buttfield renderings and photographs

Creator : Buttfield, Bruce

circa 1930s-circa 1950s, 2.4 linear ft
Interior decorator Bruce Buttfield (1897-1969) made his mark in the 1930s by creating distinctive furniture and rooms. In 1931, he designed the interior of the original Whitney Museum building on Eighth Street in New York City. The collection includes photographs and color renderings of Buttfield interiors.

Joseph Marcella student work

Creator : Marcella, Joseph

1968-1971, 2004, 5.8 linear ft
The collection consists of student work and related records created or received by Joseph Marcella while studying in the Design Correlations Department (now Product Design) of Parsons School of Design between 1968 and 1970. In addition to project files for portable structures, underwater and outerspace habitations, and a one-piece plastic chair, the collection includes photographs, posters, and textual materials documenting the first Earth Day observances at Parsons.

Lyman Martin interior decoration work and papers

Creator : Martin, Lyman

1928-1992, 6.3 linear ft
Lyman Martin (1908-2003) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1939 and went to work for Thedlow, a prestigious interior decoration firm. After serving in World War II, Martin returned to Thedlow, where he created interiors, produced watercolor renderings, designed rugs and painted murals for clients. In 1969, Martin was appointed president of Thedlow and stayed until the company closed in 1979. The collection includes student work, renderings and drawings of interiors, sketches, an illustrated European travel diary, floor plans, photographs, news clippings, and exhibition records.
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Ina Dell Marvin student work

Creator : Marvin, Ina Dell

1928-1931, 1970s, 0.5 linear ft
The collection consists of student work and related documents kept by Ina Dell Marvin (1893-1991) while studying in the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons School of Design). Includes class reference materials, clip books, correspondence, diploma, London itinerary, lecture notes, photographs and renderings of furniture, decorative pieces, and interiors.

Harold Matossian graphic design work for Knoll

Creator : Matossian, Harold

1971-1994, 1.3 linear ft
In 1979, Harold Matossian (Parsons School of Design, 1968) became director of the Knoll furniture company's graphics department, producing invitations, brochures, stationery, catalogs and other corporate literature for the company until 1994. The Kellen Design Archives holds finished examples of these graphics.

Michael Kalil oral history project

Creator : New School

2011, 0.1 gb
The Michael Kalil Oral History Project consists of recorded sound interviews with colleagues, collaborators, and friends of interior designer Michael Kalil (1943-1991). Jean Gardner, Karyn Issa Ginsberg, and Marty Speigel discuss Kalil's education, career, and ideas with project archivist Jennifer Larson. Kalil's work—incorporating varied and diverse principles of architecture and philosophy—was considered by many to be revolutionary in the 1970s and 1980s. Recordings are all in English.
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Parsons Table research files

Creator : New School Archives and Special Collections

1923-2006, 0.4 linear ft
The Parsons Table research files consist primarily of work conducted and assembled by the director and staff of the New School Archives in 2002 to support a Parsons School of Design's Design and Management Department project in which students would construct and market a version of the Parsons Table. Archives staff prepared a questionnaire for alumni to gather information about the origins of the table and its design. Several responses include sketches of the table. While furnishing no conclusive evidence, these files will be useful to researchers investigating the history of the table, its relationship to the school, and the stories that have been told about it.

Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1914-2009, 26 linear ft
Collection contains materials created by academic departments of Parsons School of Design. In addition to documentation of Parsons' main campus in New York City, Includes materials originating from overseas facilities and affiliate schools, such as Otis Art Institute (California), Paris Ateliers/Parsons Paris, and Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic).

Frank Alvah Parsons lectures on art and prints of period rooms

Creator : Parsons, Frank Alvah

1917-1922, 1.8 linear ft
Frank Alvah Parsons (1866-1930) began as an instructor at the New York School of Art in 1904. In 1911 he became director, renaming the school the New York School of Fine and Applied Art to reflect his reorientation of the institution's focus toward the practical design disciplines. The school was later renamed to honor Parsons' leadership. The collection is comprised of published editions of 21 of Parsons' lectures on art, and includes prints of period rooms he used to illustrate his lectures.
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Luis Rey student work

Creator : Rey, Luis A.

1964-1967, 0.5 linear ft
Luis Rey graduated from the Interior Design Department of Parsons School of Design in 1967. The collection consists of student projects, primarily in the form of drawings and plans, executed by Rey for his courses between 1964 and 1967.

Jessica Rummel interior decoration working files

Creator : Rummel, Jessica

1920s-1960s, 3.9 linear ft
Ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, the Jessica Rummel interior decoration working files consist of the files Rummel kept for her New York City-based interior decoration business, which operated during at least part of this period as Harding & Rummel, Inc. The files, which Rummel arranged under subjects such as "Fireplace equipment," "Quilting," "Decorative motifs," and "Egyptian," include small drawings, watercolors, site plans, and tracings of decorative elements, furniture, textiles, and interior layouts produced by Rummel in the course of doing business. The collection also includes vendor literature, magazine and catalog clippings, postcards, price lists, and business correspondence. Rummel was on the faculty of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) in the Interior Architecture and Decoration Department from 1921 through 1934.

Henriette Granville Suhr papers

Creator : Suhr, Henriette Granville

1949-2014 (bulk 1950-1976), 1.1 linear feet
The collection consists of photographic prints, press clippings, promotional materials and some correspondence, primarily documenting Granville's professional career in the 1950s. More than half of the collection consists of photographic prints of Granville's home furnishings showrooms at Bloomingdale's. The collection does not contain Granville's student work from Parsons School of Design or work from her early career at Jeanne Lanvin or Macy's. A small amount of correspondence with friends and colleagues offers only a glimpse into Granville's activities outside of her professional life.
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Edward Wormley papers

Creator : Wormley, Edward

circa 1908-1991, 19.2 linear ft
Edward Wormley (1907-1995) is often cited as one of the top 20th century designers of American modernist furniture. Beginning at the Dunbar Furniture Company at the age of 23, Wormley eventually became sole designer for the company and maintained a partnership Dunbar for more than three decades. In the 1950s, many of his designs received Good Design designations at the annual Chicago Merchandise Mart/Museum of Modern Art exhibition. Wormley taught at Parsons School of Design between 1952 and 1970. The collection includes photographs, slides, biographical materials, news clippings, technical drawings, Dunbar catalogs, and several original sketches.
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