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Eric Cohler ’81 Leads Discussion

On Friday, Sept. 20, renowned interior designer Eric Cohler ’81 led a talk on design in Houghton House as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Cohler ’81, one of the leading and most sought-after interior designers in the country, has authored a book, “Cohler on Design” (The Monacelli Press). The book features 160 illustrations of his work including images of seminal historic interiors, artwork, style icons, and architectural masterpieces that have influenced his designs and encouraged him to look at a space in a new way.

“‘Cohler on Design’ exemplifies how to live well by integrating your personal tastes and passions into your interiors. This lavishly illustrated volume is a visual tour of Cohler’s work,” explains the publisher. “Eric Cohler, a perennial name on Elle Decor’s A-List, translates his extensive education in art and architecture into an uncomplicated, modern approach to interior design. He presents each project not as a merely aspirational fait accompli, but as a real example of a design idea that you can try in your own rooms, whether you’re hanging your collection of original Andy Warhol prints or your child’s finger-paintings. With vivid, dynamic text detailing Cohler’s experiences in the world of interiors, ‘Cohler on Design’ is a guide to making the fantastic possible, and the commonplace extraordinary.”

Cohler earned his B.A. in English and art history from Hobart in 1981. He also holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the Columbia University School of Architecture and Urban Design, and a certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was recently named to the top 10 designer list in the U.S. by Elle Décor, and had his design and fabric selected by President and Mrs. Obama for the White House dining room.

In 2006, Cohler established an award at HWS that provides rising seniors with the opportunity to complete a two-week summer internship at Eric Cohler Design as well as a travel stipend for a senior research project of the student’s creation.