+ Expand all text to enable full keyword searching

Guide to the Bernard Design International renderings, circa 1960s-1980s

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Bernard Design International.
Creator - Designer
Bernard, Bess
Bernard Design International renderings, 1960s-1980s
3.2 linear ft: 2 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders (42 illustrations)
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 42 watercolor and pencil renderings produced by various artists for Bernard Design International.

Return to Top »

Historical note

Bess Bernard established Bernard Design International, Ltd., and served as president of the interior design firm. Specializing in corporate and residential projects, Bernard Design International's work included house and apartment interiors as well as offices, clubs, dining establishments, and commercial spaces. Notable clients included the Friar's Club and Sak's Fifth Avenue.

Prior to establishing Bernard Design International, Bess Bernard worked for New York-based interior decorator Melanie Kahane. Bernard later started her own business, "Bess Bernard Interiors." She was a member of the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID, later ASID).


Return to Top »

Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection contains watercolor and pencil renderings created for residential and commercial projects throughout the New York metropolitan area and Florida. Although the firm retained international clients, no renderings for these projects are included in the collection. The bulk of the renderings are unsigned. None of the renderings are dated.

The collection contains a sample of the firm's work, primarily one to three renderings for each client. Corporate clients include Burlington Mills for the designer Anne Klein, the Friar's Club, Gherardini, Potamkin car dealership, Sak's Fifth Avenue, and the Singer Company.


Return to Top »

Organization and Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by client or by subject.

Return to Top »

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives January 29, 2010

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Bess Bernard, 2001.

Return to Top »

Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Anne Klein (Firm).
  • Burlington Industries, Inc.
  • Friars Club (New York, N.Y.).
  • Saks & Company (New York, N.Y.).


  • Renderings.


  • Interior decoration rendering.
  • Interior decorators.
  • Women interior decorators.
  • Women-owned business enterprises.

Return to Top »

Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Altschul residence: Master bathroom  k_OSxx-2 10
Anapol residence  OSxxx-1 2
Burlington Mills for Anne Klein  OSxxx-1 2-4

Renderings of interiors depicting Anne Klein celebrity designs manufactured by Burlington Mills. Celebrities consist of Cher, Betty Ford, Paul Newman, and Barbara Walters.

Corporate office  k_OSxx-2 10
Title Map-case Folder
Friar's Club dining room   3 illustrations D 4 3
OSxxx-2 1
Title Box Folder
Gherardini, Inc.: Floor plan  OSxxx-2 1
Girl's bed room  k_OSxx-2 10
Kaitz residence [Boston]: Sitting room  OSxxx-2 1
Katzenberg residence  OSxxx-2 2
Levi residence [Tenafly, NJ]: Dining room  k_OSxx-2 11
Napoli residence  k_OSxx-2 11
Oliphant residence [Florida] 
Title Box Folder
Potamkin car showroom   2 illustrations k_OSxx-2 12
OSxxx-2 2
Reid residence [Providence, RI]: Foyer  OSxxx-2 2
Sak's Fifth Avenue [signed "Sch?uabe"]  OSxxx-2 2
Sak's Fifth Avenue Men's Department [signed by Nair Nourigat]  k_OSxx-2 10
Schulman residence and offices 

Includes offices of Baker Brush Co. of Springdale [Stamford], Connecticut.

Baker Brush Co.: Office of Stuart Schulman  k_OSxx-2 12
Baker Brush Co.: Office of Walter Schulman  k_OSxx-2 12
Palm Beach residence  k_OSxx-2 12
Palm Beach residence: Sitting room  k_OSxx-2 12
Title Box Folder
Shapiro residence: Living/dining room  k_OSxx-2 12
Showrooms  OSxxx-1 1
The Singer Company  OSxxx-2 3
Untitled renderings  OSxxx-1 1-2
Untitled rendering signed by M. Munroe III  k_OSxx-2 10
Title Map-case Folder
Yamada residence: Living room  D 4 3

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

Copyright © 2010 Kellen Design Archives, The New School. All rights reserved.

Archivist Toolkit at_eadToHTML stylesheet Version 1.01