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A former contemporary art dealer and museum curator, Louis Bofferding deals in art and design from antiquity to the present. He first made his name in the field by reintroducing the 1930s high-style furnishings of Syrie Maugham, Jansen, and Baguès, and juxtaposing them with 18th-century furnishings and contemporary art. At his former Lexington Avenue gallery he mounted the first exhibitions on the 1970s designers Alessandro Albrizzi and his contemporary John Dickinson, both 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 arrangements of Western, Asian, and African works have been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, W magazine, and The World of Interiors, as well as numerous books on interior design.
Bofferding has lectured at such institutions as 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. He wrote monthly design columns for both Domino and Elle Decor, and contributes to Architectural Digest. He has designed furniture for decorators and collectors, and is currently designing a limited-edition furniture line. He is also writing a book on the 20th-century domestic interior.