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Louis Bofferding, a former contemporary art dealer and museum curator, has been dealing in art and design from antiquity to the present since 1994. Initially, as a private dealer, he gained recognition for reintroducing the 1930s high-style furnishings of Syrie Maugham, Jansen, and Baguès, and juxtaposing it with 18th-century furnishings and contemporary art. Then, in 2002, he opened a gallery on Lexington Avenue. There, he mounted the first exhibitions on Alessandro Albrizzi, the 1970s designer, and his contemporary John Dickinson. Both exhibitions were mounted in collaboration with their estates.
His inventory encompasses the rarefied (an ancient Pompeian marble head), the unusual (a 1930s Elsie de Wolfe mirrored fireplace), and the important (his rediscovery of a monumental Venini mirror, designed by Gio Ponti for the 1928 Venice Biennale, was the subject of an article in The New York Times). Among his clients are museums, collectors, decorators, and fashion designers, including the Metropolitan Museum, Pierre Bergé, Peter Marino, and Valentino. Bofferding’s seamless arrangements of Western, Asian, and African works, both in his gallery and at home, have been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, W magazine, and The World of Interiors, as well as in numerous books on interior design.
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 has also designed furniture for decorators, collectors, and himself. Currently, he is designing a limited-edition furniture line, and writing a book on the 20th-century domestic interior in the West.