The Art of the Restorer

The program Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, which I have started seven years ago, comes to illuminate and explore the market, history, and connoisseurship of modern and contemporary design. I curate the program season by season according to the shifts, events, and directions of the marketplace. To conclude another successful season, I have initiated a visit to the Long Island City restoration studio of Oliver Westermeier. ‚ÄčArtisan, restorer, and creator, Munich-born Westermeier is one of the most respected restorers in New York, and his immense experience through the various waves and streams of the marketplace has made him into an adviser to collectors, galleries, and auction houses. In our visit, we were guided through the multidisciplinary of his practice, restoring work in wood, ceramic, stone, lacquer, metals, and so many other materials, getting a glimpse into the complexity of the world of restoring mid-century furniture, and the various issues the restorer is facing in the current state of the marketplace. Thank you, Oliver Westermeier for hosting my class and for a generous and genuine presentation.

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