October 31, 2019
Bob Greenberg is the founder & Executive Chairman of R/GA, an international innovation consultancy headquartered in New York. Bob has been a pioneer in the advertising and communications industry for nearly four decades.
In this interview Bob gives us insights into what it’s like to be at the epicenter of the ever-changing digital landscape, his vision for the company and the groundbreaking design of the new headquarters at Hudson Yards. Bob also delves into his passion for collecting outsider art and his recently curated Bob Greenberg Selects collection at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
October 10, 2019
Jan Broman is one of the founders of a new museum for photography Fotografiska New York, which will open its doors to the public at the Church Mission House in New York during the winter of 2019. Jan Broman tells the inspiring stories of the many moving parts that went into building a new museum with a clear vision and values that, like its Swedish predecessor Fotografiska Stockholm - with about 170 exhibitions including David LaChapelle, Annie Leibowitz, Albert Watson, Sally Mann, Zanele Muholi, Cooper & Gorfer, Ren Hang, Irwing Penn to name a few - aims to provoke global conversations around important topics through photography. (This interview is from 2018).
September 24, 2019
Jim Elkind is one of New York’s legendary art collectors of 20thcentury fine art and design. In this interview Jim takes us back to the beginning of his career and shares stories of discovery and adventure over the years, with a great deal of warmth and humor.
In the 80’s he founded Lost City Arts to preserve decorative architectural artifacts that lined the facades of buildings in Manhattan. He is widely recognized as the leading authority on the work of Harry Bertoia, who has become the subject of exponentially growing interest in recent years. At the end of this fascinating interview, you will have opportunity to enjoy the sound of some of Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sculptures!
August 27, 2019
Studio 54 was an infamous nightclub that defined an era. Almost 50 years later, it has become fodder for American filmmaker and Vanity Fair correspondent, Matt Tyrnauer. The award-winning documentarian shares the impetus behind his 2018 film, Studio 54, about the notorious nightspot. We also discuss Matt Tyrnauer’s other New York-centered documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016), about Jane Jacobs, famed author of the book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities and an activist who is credited with saving Soho from powerful city-planner, Robert Moses’ dreaded Lower Manhattan Expressway. Matt Tyrnauer just recently release his latest documentary: "Where is my Roy Cohn".
August 9, 2019
The recent turmoil surrounding Dean and Deluca in Soho marks the end of an era for this dynamic neighborhood in New York. How did we get to this point? Aaron Shkuda, the author of The Lofts of Soho: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, shares the dramatic story of how Soho became Soho, one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Manhattan. With its quaint cobble stone streets, unique collection of cast iron buildings and sophisticated blend of fashion, art and business, it is hard to imagine Soho, as it once was - an industrial neighborhood dubbed “Hell’s Hundred Acres.”
July 24, 2019
Richard Dattner of Dattner Architects is the architect behind the sculptural Spring Street Salt Shed at the intersection of Spring Street and West Side Highway in Manhattan. The salt crystal shape inspired the building’s exterior design, a peculiar structure that has piqued the interest of spectators and made it an ideal backdrop for a number of fashion shoots. Richard Dattner tells the intricate and exciting story of a somewhat mundane project on its face that became perhaps one of the most complicated and challenging projects of his career.
June 22, 2019
Rafael Risemberg, founder of New York Gallery Tours, comments on the current contemporary art gallery scene, giving insights and perspective on the ever-changing art community in New York. New York City is the world's center for contemporary art, with over 600 galleries and Rafael Risemberg visits them all to curate an exciting and inspiring art experience for his clients. Each tour is based on a selection of the most fascinating and varied exhibits; the newest in painting, sculpture, electronic media and photography, by American and International artists. The most frequent tours take place in Chelsea, with its 300 galleries, plus special tours in Soho, Lower East Side, Upper East Side, and Midtown.
May 29, 2019
Victoria Shaw, provides valuable insights and observations regarding trends in the burgeoning online auction market for mid century design. A special focus will be devoted to transparency and the often-intriguing approach to determining the provenance for design objects sold online. Victoria is a certified appraiser with over 25 years of experience in the world of art, antiques and auctions following a career spent working with Christie’s and 1st Dibs. Victoria has also signed up with AirBnB Experiences to lead gallery tours in Chelsea!
May 8, 2019
Every May, thousands of spectators, innovators and investors meet in New York City for a one-of-a-kind spotlight into the best of the design world called NYCxDESIGN. What does it take to organize and coordinate such a celebration of design, with over 400 events in five boroughs over two weeks? Who better to share the fascinating story of how a design event of this magnitude takes place each year than the person at the epicenter of it all, Ed Hogikyan.
April 20, 2019
Marcus Fairs is the founder of the website Dezeen - a portmanteau of design and magazine. With 2.5 million monthly users, Dezeen is widely regarded as one of the most influential and popular design website in the world. Marcus Fairs tells the fascinating story of how Dezeen came about and how it has developed over the years, including their first ever award program celebrating the world's best architecture, interiors and design. Marcus himself has won numerous awards over the years, and he is the first digital journalist to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects.