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

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier



Bernard Design International.

Creator - Designer

Bernard, Bess M.


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 forty-two watercolor and pencil renderings produced by various artists for Bernard Design International.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Bernard Design International renderings, KA.0003, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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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).


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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.


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Organization and Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by client or by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - January 29, 2010

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

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Bernard Design International renderings, KA.0003, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Bess Bernard, 2001.

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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.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Bernard Design International renderings, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0003.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
Altschul residence: Master bathroom 
k_OSxx-9 3
Anapol residence 
OSxxx-1 2
Burlington Mills for Anne Klein 

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

OSxxx-1 2-4
Corporate office 
k_OSxx-9 3
Friar's Club dining room   3 illustrations
D 4 3
OSxxx-2 1
Gherardini, Inc.: Floor plan 
OSxxx-2 1
Girl's bed room 
k_OSxx-9 3
Kaitz residence [Boston]: Sitting room 
OSxxx-2 1
Katzenberg residence 
OSxxx-2 2
Levi residence [Tenafly, NJ]: Dining room 
k_OSxx-9 4
Napoli residence 
k_OSxx-9 4
Oliphant residence [Florida] 
k_OSxx-9 4
Potamkin car showroom   2 illustrations
k_OSxx-9 5
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-9 3
Schulman residence and offices 

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

Baker Brush Co.: Office of Stuart Schulman 
k_OSxx-9 5
Baker Brush Co.: Office of Walter Schulman 
k_OSxx-9 5
Palm Beach residence 
k_OSxx-9 5
Palm Beach residence: Sitting room 
k_OSxx-9 5
Shapiro residence: Living/dining room 
k_OSxx-9 5
OSxxx-1 1
The Singer Company 
OSxxx-2 3
Untitled renderings 
OSxxx-1 1-2
Untitled rendering signed by M. Munroe III 
k_OSxx-9 3
Yamada residence: Living room 
D 4 3

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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