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by Topic : Interior design (31)

Includes: doors; doorways; house furnishings -- marketing; interior architecture; interior decoration; interior decoration firms; interior decoration in art; interior decoration rendering; interior decoration -- periodicals

Stanley Barrows papers

Creator : Barrows, Stanley

circa 1934-1993, 1.8 linear ft
Stanley Barrows (1914-1995) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1940 and taught interior design at the school for over twenty years, becoming mentor to several generations of notable designers. The collection includes examples of student work compiled by Barrows, course outlines, class travel itineraries, reference photographs of Italian decorative styles, biographical material, and correspondence from Barrows related to his activities as a designer and teacher.

Bernard Design International renderings

Creator : Bernard Design International

1960s-1980s, 3.2 linear ft
In 1960, Bess Bernard established her own company, Bernard Design International, Ltd., specializing in interior design projects for commercial and residential spaces. The collection (1960s-1980s) consists of forty-two watercolor and pencil renderings produced by various artists for Bernard Design International.

Katherine Bosch student work

Creator : Bosch, Katherine

circa 1917-1920, 0.1 linear ft
Katherine Bosch (1896-1980) attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1917 to 1920 and received her diploma in Interior Architecture, Decoration, and Furniture Design. The collection consists of three undated watercolor renderings depicting doorways.
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Mary L. Brandt home furnishings training course materials

Creator : Brandt, Mary L.

circa 1946, 1953, 0.1 linear ft
Mary Largent Brandt was an interior decorator, author, lecturer, and merchandising expert. In the 1940s, she developed a training course for retail sales staff to promote more effective merchandising of home furnishings. Included in this collection are Home Furnishings Training Course: Handbook of Home Furnishings (1946) and a binder entitled, Home Furnishings Training Course: Summary of Visual Chart Materials for Home Study and Reference (undated).

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.

Dero Darwin, Jr. papers

Creator : Darwin, Dero

1951-1979, 8.7 linear ft
Dero Darwin, Jr. (1929-2014) graduated from Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department in 1964. This collection includes design work Darwin produced as a student, as well as lecture notes and course materials, and material from Darwin's professional design career.
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Melvin Dwork papers

Creator : Dwork, Melvin

1933-2012, 3.2 linear ft
Named one of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers in 1990 and 2002, Melvin Dwork (1922- ) attended Parsons School of Design in the 1940s, and later served on the Parsons Advisory Committee. The collection (1930s through the 2000s) includes student work, slides and photographs of professional work, news clippings, press releases and publicity materials.

Francis J. Geck papers

Creator : Geck, Francis

1923-2001, 3.5 linear ft
Francis Geck (1900-2005) graduated from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1924 and taught interior design at the school's Paris Ateliers until 1927. Following a professional career in his native Detroit, Geck became a professor of Fine Arts at University of Colorado, where he taught for 39 years. The papers contain correspondence with Parsons administrators, including Frank Alvah Parsons, design renderings and student work, publications, and course-related materials.

Jeremiah Goodman interior design renderings

Creator : Goodman, Jeremiah

circa 1970s-1980s, 0.4 linear ft
Jeremiah Goodman (1922- ), studied at Parsons School of Design and the Franklin School of Professional Art in the 1940s, and went on to become a sought-after illustrator of interiors, creating covers for Interior Design magazine for fifteen years. The New School Archives' collection consists of nine watercolor renderings and one reproduction, dating from the 1970s and the '80s.
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Albert Hadley papers

Creator : Hadley, Albert

1947-1999, 0.4 linear ft
Albert Hadley (1920-2012) graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1949 and served on the faculty from 1949 through 1954. Hadley later joined Dorothy "Sister" Parish to form the interior design firm Parish-Hadley. The collection includes correspondence, design and lecture notes, student work and a mock-up for a booklet.

Elizabeth Hoopes interior design watercolors

Creator : Hoopes, Elizabeth Geary

1934, 1939, 0.3 linear ft
Elizabeth Geary Hoopes Krusen (1908-2006) was a student and instructor at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design). She specialized in watercolor interior design renderings. The collection consists of four renderings of residential interiors by Hoopes, two of which were commissioned by McMillen, Inc.

Eleanor Horst interior decoration photographs and renderings

Creator : Horst, Eleanor

1930s-1997, undated, 3.7 linear ft
After graduating from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) in 1936, Eleanor Horst (1892-1995) led a long career as an interior decorator. The collection includes photographs and slides of Horst projects, as well as numerous renderings of Horst designs, several by fellow Parsons graduate Lyman Martin.
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Michael Kalil papers

Creator : Kalil, Michael

1966-2004, 114 linear ft
Michael Kalil (1943-1991) was an interior architect, philosopher, educator and artist, known for his innovative work with new materials and for humanizing digital technologies. From 1981 to 1991, he was the principal of Kalil Designs/Kalil Studio, a firm that specialized in high profile commercial, prototype and theoretical, and residential design commissions. Kalil also was an adjunct faculty member at the Parsons School of Design, and taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The collection includes Kalil's personal and professional papers, including original artwork, sketchbooks, journals, photographs, project records, architectural drawings, photoprints and sketches, design prototypes, and posthumous materials.

Daniel Lashen student work

Creator : Lashen, Daniel

1947-1950, 1.8 linear ft
Interior design sketches and detail studies from Daniel Lashen's studies at Parsons School of Design in New York and in Italy. Lashen graduated from Parsons in 1950.

Harry Marinsky interior design illustrations

Creator : Marinsky, Harry

circa 1953-1988, 9.4 linear ft
In the 1950s and 1960s, Harry Marinsky (1909-2008) illustrated for many publications, including House and Garden, House Beautiful and Woman's Day. The New School Archives collection consists of seventy illustrations in watercolor and marker depicting residential and commercial interiors and exteriors.
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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.

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.

Catherine Minkiewicz student work

Creator : Minkiewicz, Catherine

1964-1966, 2.7 linear ft
The collection consists primarily of course assignments in the form of a collage, presentation boards, photographs, and a watercolor rendering by interior designer Catherine Minkiewicz (1966) during her studies in Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department.
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Violet Holsinger Mueller papers

Creator : Mueller, Violet Hubbard Holsinger

1926-2010, 2.3 linear feet
Violet Holsinger Mueller (1907-2003) studied fashion design at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1926 through 1929. She worked as an interior designer for the St. Louis-based department store, Stix, Baer & Fuller for over two decades, and also established her own design consultancy in Belleville, Illinois. Her papers include personal materials, as well as documentation created over the course of her education at Parsons and her professional career. Student work includes a number of assignments demonstrating the principles of Dynamic Symmetry in design education.

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.

Parsons School of Design Centenary oral history project

Creator : New School

1994, 13 audiocassettes
The Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project consists of recorded sound interviews with twelve individuals as well as two audio monologues by the project's manager, Martica Sawin. These interviews, all recorded in 1994, cover the history of different academic departments and design disciplines over the course of the twentieth century as experienced by leading former and then-current instructors and administrators. Recordings are all in English.
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Jeanette Olliver student work

Creator : Olliver, Jeanette

1941-1943, 0.3 linear ft
The collection consists of Jeanette Olliver's student work in the form of lecture notes, detail sketches and course materials, representing her work in the Parsons Interior Architecture and Decoration Department in the early 1940s.

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).

Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project

Creator : Parsons the New School for Design

2010, 5.2 gb
The oral histories comprising this collection were conducted in the fall and winter of 2010 in preparation for the exhibit, Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955-1985, with the goal of recording a range of perspectives on the interior and environmental design departments at Parsons School of Design in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period, Parsons' longstanding and famous interior design program completely transformed, adopting a more experimental and socially engaged program of study in the newly-created Environmental Design Department.
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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.

Sunbeam Randall student work

Creator : Randall, Sunbeam

1948-1993, 0.5 linear ft
Sunbeam "Sunny" Randall (1898-1993) graduated from Parsons School of Design Interior Design Department in 1951 and worked as a professional decorator. The collection includes course materials, furniture and decorative style sketches, class notes, and a scrapbook documenting Randall's art tour of Europe as a Parsons student in 1950.

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.
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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.

Allan Skriloff student work

Creator : Skriloff, Allan

1963-1966, 5.4 linear ft
The collection consists of art and design work executed by furniture and interior designer Allan Skriloff during his studies in Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department.

Carolyn Nesbitt Wagenseller student work

Creator : Wagenseller, Carolyn Nesbitt

1960-1963, 0.4 linear ft
The collection consists primarily of lecture notes and course-related notebooks maintained by designer Carolyn Nesbitt Wagenseller ('63) during her studies in Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department.
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Raymond Waldron papers

Creator : Waldron, Raymond

1939-1994, 4 linear ft
Raymond S. Waldron, Jr. (1913-2002) attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1938-1941. After serving in World War II, Waldron worked for Lord & Taylor. In 1965, he established his own interior decoration firm. The Raymond Waldron papers include his student work, a travel sketchbook, and professional files. Work from Waldron's years at New York School of Fine and Applied Art include notebooks with graded assignments, instructor handouts, sketches, and tracings; and larger-format renderings of European interiors and sites. A travel sketchbook reflects Waldron's later design studies in New York, France and Italy. Materials from Waldron's professional career include project files, design research, stereo slides of the Blair House, among other projects, and publicity for his business.
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