Explore Design Through the Ages

City Modern

This week the New York Design Center offers the chance to take a stroll through Design Through the Ages, with stops in the 1960s through today. Celebrated designers Thom Filicia, Nate Berkus, Ghislaine Vinas and Francis D'Haene were invited to curate vingettes, each representing a unique decade.

The exhibition, on display for the week, is open to the public and marks the beginning of the first ever City Modern, a week of design events presented by Dwell Media and New York magazine.

Ghislaine Vinas brought the 1960s to life in her vignette filled with bright and bold pieces.

"Colorful, graphic, bold and wacky is what the sixties were all about," she said. "The sixties was a time of rebellion and people were looking for a new spirit and for wild, fun, colorful alternatives to their parents' drab pasts."

Mixing ocelot wallpaper, vintage furnishings, and select pieces from his new line of rugs and accessories for Target, Nate Berkus channeled the 1970s.

"There is something so memorable about 70's inspired design; the metallic sheens, the edginess… It was the era of disco and sexy interiors — what's not to like?"

Take a trip back to the height of the 1980s with Francis D'Haene.

"The decade of 'greed is good', ME! ME! ME!, Trump and 'If you got it, flaunt it'. Perhaps not the most interesting time for good design, but it was certainly the launching pad for the sophistication of the 90's!"

Representing design today, Thom Filicia demonstrates how the design of the past has influenced modern design.

"What I love about design in this moment is that it bridges all time periods and styles effortlessly with a smart and thoughtful nod to the future."

In addition to the Design Through the Ages exhibit, the public is welcome to attend City Modern's Open Studio tours. Select designers are opening their doors, offering a glimpse into their design process and making themselves available for conversation. The City Modern events bring New York City architects and designers face to face with he public for a celebration of design in the city.

City Modern will host an amazing array of events, from intimate talks with top architects to studio tours with Brooklyn's hottest industrial designers, to modern home tours this weekend in Manhattan and Brooklyn curated by Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron and New York design editor Wendy Goodman.

For more information on the events, tours and exhibition, visit City Modern.

(Images: 1., 2., 4. & 5. Getty Images (used with permission), 3. Liana Walker)