This exhibition was on display from November 11, 2016 to May 21, 2017.

There were 54 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 50 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Hi there! I don’t know if you know this, but I have always had an appreciation and strong passion for the history of design and architecture. During my travels I have had the opportunity to collect rare and unique objects from all parts of the world. I am inspired by each piece: its history and the story it has to tell. This room is filled with a selection of objects whose origins range from ancient Egypt and Peru to mid-20th-century Scandinavia and 21st-century Brooklyn. I hope you enjoy exploring and imagining the histories and stories behind the objects that I have chosen.

This installation is an intimate and personal look into my design aesthetic, my living space, and the special objects that I have come to love. A few of my pieces are dotted around the room! I like to mix a modern feel with a rustic, antique look. I like the juxtaposition. Here an African mask sits near a wall unit designed by George Nelson and plates by Pablo Picasso share a tabletop with a modern Austrian tea set.

The Selects exhibition represents all the qualities I love and cultivate in my home. My home is my canvas for inspiration, a place where I generate ideas and learn. I’m always on the search for new, beautiful and interesting objects. And I’m always moving things around and switching things out so I have something new to look at and appreciate.

  • ESU 400 Storage Unit, 1950–52
  • moulded birch plywood, lacquered masonite and wood, zinc-plated steel,....
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2013-58-1-a/d
  • ES 108 Sofa, 1984
  • aluminum, walnut, leather, epoxy, urethane foam, polyster fiber.
  • Gift of Herman Miller, Inc..
  • 1985-98-1
  • Tale Stool, 1951
  • painted wood, mahogany-veneered molded plywood.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2013-50-7
  • Pot (USA), ca. 1950
  • hand-coiled earthenware, slip and mineral decoration.
  • Gift of Mrs. Homer Kripke.
  • 1980-21-6
  • Tall Stool, 1964
  • carved, turned and joined walnut wood.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2013-50-32
  • JH 539 Stool, 1953
  • teak, cane.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2013-50-25
  • Bali Lamp, ca. 1958
  • plastic, brass wire, walnut.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1991-47-1
  • Plate (USA), 1921-24
  • hand-thrown and glazed earthenware.
  • Bequest of James H. Stubblebine.
  • 1988-44-2
  • Whistle, 1964
  • incised earthenware.
  • Gift of Edward L. Kallop Jr..
  • 1964-41-4