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Design Through the Ages Exhibition

A showcase of the best in modern design from the last half century. Celebrated interior designers will create vignettes from the mid-20th century through today that will tug at the nostalgic heart strings of design enthusiasts and inspire design ideas for the future. The New York Design Center acts as the perfect backdrop for this showroom installation which will be on display throughout the week.

Designers: Nate Berkus (70s), Thom Filicia (today), Francis D'Haene (80s), Ghislaine Viñas (60s)


Date: Starting Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5
Hours of Exhibit: 10 - 4pm


New York Design Center | 200 Lexington Avenue | 15th Floor | New York, NY


October 1: Invite-Only Press Preview and Opening Party
October 2-5: FREE; Open to the Public


Nate Berkus
In 2002 Nate Berkus was invited to make over a small space for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," after which he became a featured design expert for the show and continued to garner national press in publications such as Elle Décor, US Weekly, People, O Magazine, Lucky, InStyle and House Beautiful. Following the debut of his branded line of home products, Nate's first book, Home Rules (Hyperion) was released in 2005 and went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. "The Nate Berkus Show," a daily syndicated first run talk show hosted by Nate, launched in September 2010 and returned for a second season in the fall of 2011 (co-produced by HARPO Productions and Sony Pictures Television [SPT] & distributed by SPT). In 2011, Nate also enjoyed a new role as executive producer on the Disney and DreamWorks film, The Help. Nate's Chicago-based design firm, Nate Berkus Associates, which he founded in 1995, continues to design interiors across the country and around the world. Starting next month, Nate will bring his branded line of home goods and accessories to Target. October also brings the publication of his 2nd book The Things That Matter (Spiegel & Grau). To learn more about Nate please visit

Thom Filicia
Interior designer Thom Filicia is founder and Chief Creative Officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the acclaimed enterprise in 1998, Filicia's New-American Style has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Jennings, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic which reflects the individuality of his clients.

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, USA Today and many other national and international publications.

Filicia's recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was assigned the program's most demanding segment—transforming the home of a design-challenged man. Filicia’s camera-friendly personality and design acumen garnered him a huge following and led to numerous TV appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and many more. Filicia has also hosted several successful shows for the Style Network, including Dress My Nest and Tacky House and has been featured talent on the HGTV Network.

Filicia’s diverse design portfolio also includes various first-class hotels and special projects such as the VIP Suite for the USA Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan, the first-ever outdoor lounges for Delta Air Lines at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, an eco-friendly apartment for Riverhouse, Manhattan’s first premium (LEED certified) “green” luxury condominium tower, which received a merit award by Interior Design magazine for “Best Eco-Residential Design Interior” and designing the holiday decoration installation with American Christmas and HGTV for the world’s most famous music venue; Radio City Music Hall.

The celebrated designer is also the author of Thom Filicia Style published in 2008 by Atria/Simon & Schuster, and is a contributing author of the best-seller Queer Eye For The Straight Guy: The Fab 5 Guide To Living Better. He’s currently completing his next book for Clarkson Potter Publishers, scheduled for release in November 13, 2012. Furthermore, Filicia is the creative mind and driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, which includes furniture, rugs, textiles, art and broadloom for the retail market. The success of his franchise has led to partnerships and projects with some of the world's leading brands including American Express, Audi, Bosch, Barilla, Kravet, Soicher Marin, Safavieh, Classical Elements, Shaw, Vanguard, Proctor & Gamble, Xerox, Kohler, Water Works and Viking.

Filicia graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and is now a visiting design professor at the School of Art & Design. Filicia began his career at the renowned design firms, Parish-Hadley, Inc., Robert Metzger Interiors and Bilhuber & Associates and currently resides in Manhattan and Skaneateles, NY.

Francis D’Haene
Francis D’Haene, a Belgian-born, New York City-based architect and designer, founded D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. in 1996. With a residential and commercial focus, his design studio specializes in architectural, interior and furniture design. D’Haene’s discerning clientele includes design-savvy homeowners, art dealers and gallerists such as Christophe van de Weghe, Per Skarstedt, Dominique Levy and Stellan Holm. His work for this venerable list includes New York City apartments and lofts, private homes in the Hamptons and gallery spaces in Chelsea and uptown. He recently completed an upper west side apartment for art collectors, a Paris apartment in Saint Germain, the New York offices of the Calder Foundation, a downtown loft and several houses in the Hamptons. From an original Takashi Murakami to the Campaña brothers “Boa” sofa, D’Haene’s projects seamlessly blend art and design. His work has received numerous awards including a 2010 Interior Design Best of Year Award and has been recognized by top design publications from around the world.

A graduate of St. Lukas in Brussels, Francis D’Haene moved to New York in 1992 to pursue his design career. He quickly got his foot in the door with several freelance stints for prominent design firms including Robert Metzger and Marc Charbonnet. Shortly after, he began working with Mark Zeff and gained valuable experience within the international design community. In 1996, he founded his design studio, D’Apostrophe Design, Inc., in 1996, and then went on to launch D’Apostrophe, LLC, the exclusive BULO showroom in the east of the USA, in 1999. Over a decade later the showroom has grown into a resource for international and design-forward brands, yet still remains true to its Belgian roots.

Ghislaine Viñas
Born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa, Ghislaine brings a special blend of international sensibility, intuitive style, humor, irony and refreshing enthusiasm to her work. She is driven daily by her passion for interior design and especially by color. Ghislaine and her team thrive on collaboration and although the backbone of their work is a strong clean refreshing look, they dare to go "off roading" by experimenting with and exploring many areas of design.

Ghislaine Viñas established her interior design studio in 1999, when commissioned to do the complete build-out of a 9,000-sq-ft office/art gallery in the Starrett Lehigh Building in New York's Chelsea art district. Since then she has successfully completed many projects, both commercial and residential, ranging from New York City, including apartments, townhouses, lofts and an art gallery in Chelsea, to offices and homes in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Holland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Ghislaine has chosen to keep her office small so her clients can expect a very “hands -on” personal approach as she works through the project. Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design embarked on their first hospitality project in 2012 and they are currently developing a product line on top of many other exciting design projects.

Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design was awarded the Interior Design Merit Award for "Best of Year" in the residential category in 2007, 2008 and 2011 and won Interior Design Best of Year award in 2010. In 2007 she won the Pantone "Color Outside the Lines" competition for color use in residential interiors , as well receiving third place in the Electrolux, "The lived-in Kitchen", design competition and honorable mention in the same competition in 2012. The firm was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Moore Hue award in 2010 for their use of color in residential interiors. Ghislaine has been featured on various TV programs including HGTV, Open House New York and IDTV “Designing New York”.

Ghislaine's work has graced the covers of countless magazines and she has been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide including Interior Design, New York Times, New York Magazine, Departures, Frame, O At Home, Dwell, Elle Decor Japan, England and Mexico as well as Architectural Digest in Russia just to name a few.

Ghislaine studied interior design at Philadelphia University and moved to New York right after receiving her degree. Ghislaine now lives in New York City with her husband and their two young girls.

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