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232 EAST 59TH STREET NYC 10021  TELEPHONE 212.744.6725

LOUIS.BOFFERDING@VERIZON.NET

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Since 1994, Bofferding, a former museum curator and contemporary art dealer, has been dealing in art and design from antiquity to the present. Initially, as a private dealer, he gained recognition for reintroducing the 1930s high-style furniture of Syrie Maugham, Jansen, and Baguès, and for juxtaposing it with contemporary art and 18th-century antiques. In 2002 he opened a gallery.  There, he mounted the first exhibition of Alessandro Albrizzi furniture, designed in the 1970s, and his contemporary John Dickinson.  Both were mounted in collaboration with their estates.

Bofferding’s taste encompasses the rarefied – an ancient Pompeian marble head — the unusual – a 1930s Elsie de Wolfe mirrored fireplace – and the important – a monumental Venini mirror designed by Gio Ponti for the 1928 Venice Biennale (his rediscovery of it was the subject of a New York Times article). Among his clients are museums, collectors, fashion designers, and decorators, including the Metropolitan Museum, Pierre Bergé, Valentino, and Peter Marino.  Bofferding’s seamless arrangements of antique to contemporary works, from Western, Asian, and African cultures, both in his gallery and at home, have been published in Vogue, The World of Interiors, Town & Country, and many books on decorating.

Bofferding has lectured at the Los Angeles County Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Winterthur, and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum. He has written catalog introductions for historic auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York and London.  He wrote a monthly design column for Domino and Elle Decor, and contributes to Architectural Digest.  He is also a furniture designer — initially for himself, prompting commissions from decorators and collectors.  Currently, he is designing a line of limited-edition furniture, and writing a book on the 20th-century domestic interior in the West.