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Interior Design and Collecting Talk at HWS

Renowned interior designer and Hobart alumnus will discuss his art in the Colleges' Houghton House.

(October 30, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—Interior designer Eric Cohler, a member of the Hobart Class of 1981, will present “A Passion for Collecting—Equal Parts Disease and Cure” from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, in Houghton House, room 212. Cohler will speak about his career, recent projects, and the unique design sensibility that has made him a highly demanded interior designer among his numerous well known clients—both collectors and artists. His talk will touch on well known American and European collectors, and then focus on how he integrates collections into his clients’ projects.

Cohler is considered one of the country's leading interior designers. His projects have included houses, apartments, and commercial spaces across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Since establishing Eric Cohler Design in 1991, Cohler has earned critical praise. House Beautiful includes him annually in their “Top 100” issue and has described him as one of the 14 “best of the best” in the “next wave of designers in America.” In addition, Cohler has received Traditional Home's Designer of the Year award and has been recognized by his peers as one of the 26 leading designers in the U.S.

A featured designer on the Home and Garden TV network, Cohler's work is often spotlighted on television programs including NBC's Today Show, CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News and CNN Style. In addition, he lectures frequently on design and preservation and has been a keynote speaker for Architectural Digest, the Parrish Art Museum and West Week. Most recently, Cohler was a contributing writer in House Beautiful, reflecting on the meaning of home and its place, inspired by his upbringing in homes in Chicago and New York City.

Following his undergraduate studies in art history at HWS, Eric went on to receive a master's degree in historic preservation from the Columbia University School of Architecture and a certificate in design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Cohler's presentation is free and the public is welcome to attend.