The exhibition on Art et Industrie at Magen H Gallery is closing this week, thus it was a great moment to visit the show this morning, and to meet Rick Kaufman, the legendary founder of a gallery that became a movement, in the concluding session of the fall season of my program Design and Decorative Arts in New York City. The Art et Industrie gallery was founded by Kaufmann in SoHo, and was active during the 80s and 90s, when the neighborhood acted as the hub of New York’s conceptual art and its gallery scene. Since opened its doors in 1977, the gallery had become synonymous with the culture of downtown Manhattan; among those frequented its regular openings were the local up-and-coming artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. So intriguing and provocative were the objects showcased here, always in sarcastic and stimulating dialogues with the art movement of the time, always pushing the envelope of design, telling stories, conveying emotions and memories, that Richard Kaufman’s space became an institution, mecca for those seeking and making design without boundaries. Meeting with Rick Kaufman and hearing from him about the glory of the art world during those years and about the birth of design without boundaries, or in his words "art that is design and design that is art," was fascinating, inspiring, and moving. Would love to thank Hugues Magen for hosting us and for providing us with a remarkable design experience.