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Guide to the Allan Skriloff student work, 1963-1966

Collection Overview

Repository
Kellen Design Archives
Creator - Designer
Skriloff, Allan
Title
Allan Skriloff student work, 1963-1966
Extent
5.4 linear ft: 1 oversize box, 5 oversize folders
Summary
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 between 1963 and 1966.

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Biographical note

Allan Skriloff was born in 1944 and grew up in Forest Hills, New York. He attended Dwight Academy in New York, graduating in 1962. Following high school, he studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and at Parsons School of Design. He graduated from Parsons' Interior Design Department in 1966. During this time, Skriloff also took summer classes at the Art Students League, a practice he continued for approximately a decade.

Skriloff first found professional employment with Zimmer Design Associates and later joined Philip Bruce, Inc., where he designed furniture. Beginning in 1968, Skriloff bought a series of brownstone buildings on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and renovated them. He had earlier apprenticed with an uncle who renovated buildings and thus had gained construction skills outside of an academic environment. In 1974, Skriloff began managing Pottery Barn stores in New Jersey, designing and renovating four facilities. He then became a freelance designer and moved to Woodstock, New York, where he continued to build and renovate.

Although semi-retired, Skriloff established a design consulting firm, Interior Analysis, in 2008 with the purpose of aiding prospective home buyers and real estate agents to optimize space in residential interiors. Additionally, Skriloff has exhibited artwork at Manhattan College, General Electric headquarters, the Woodstock Art Association, and OK Harris gallery in Soho.

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of art and design work created by Allan Skriloff during the course of his studies at Parsons School of Design's Interior Design Department from approximately 1963 until his graduation in 1966. The majority of the work is undated. Materials have been arranged in alphabetical order by format, and include a collage, presentation boards for design problems, life drawing sketches, a notebook, and renderings.

Design problems consist of a child's room, a city apartment, and a restaurant complex. According to Skriloff, the instructor gave the same blueprint to all students. A visit to the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado influenced Skriloff's design for the restaurant complex.

Skriloff executed the two life drawings during an Art Students League class. While studying at the Pratt Institute, he had been advised to improve his drawing skills.

The notebook primarily consists of tracings of furniture, architectural elements, elevations, and floor plans interspersed with handwritten notes. Originally bound into one notebook, it was separated into three sections during processing, although the original page order has been retained.

Renderings, primarily executed in watercolor, depict furnishings, elevations, and perspectives of historic rooms. Many feature comments by an undidentified instructor. Skriloff created the sketch executed in felt tip pen after graduating from Parsons School of Design; it depicts his first apartment at 125 West 96th Street, which he advises rented for $98.40 monthly in 1966.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives September 13, 2011

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

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

Donated by Allan Skriloff, 2010.

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Related Materials

Researchers may also wish to consult the Kellen Design Archives’ additional holdings of student work from the Interior Design and Environmental Design Departments.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons School of Design. Interior Design Dept.

Genre(s)

  • Collages (visual works).
  • Drawings.
  • Notebooks.
  • Renderings.
  • Student projects.

Subject(s)

  • Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Human figure in art.
  • Interior decoration in art.
  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Collage  k_OSxx-4 3
Design problems 
Child's room  k_OSxxx-5 6
City apartment  k_OSxxx-5 7
Restaurant complex  OSxxx-1 1-6
Title Box Folder
Life drawings  k_OSxxx-5 8
Notebook  k_10 5-7
Title Box Folder
Renderings and sketches  k_10 8
k_OSx-4 13
k_OSxx-4 3
k_OSxxx-5 6

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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