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LEGENDS 2011. MICHAEL BERMAN
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Renowned designer, Michael Berman has completed interiors projects from New York to Los Angeles for an enviable client list made up of the business and entertainment worlds’ elite. Berman’s products and interiors reflect the designer’s interest in history, art and architecture – especially the Deco period of the 30s and 40s – film noir, and the influence of American Modernism. His work strikes an uncommon balance between timeless style and an of-the-moment relevance. Although clearly inspired by architectural forms and lines – early 30s skyscraper design like the Empire State Building, the Radio City Music Hall and the Chrysler Building come to mind – Berman’s work resonates with warmth and approachability.

Berman has lent his creative vision to a burgeoning line of products, that have been embraced by the Interior Design Industry, including a furniture line, Michael Berman Limited Furniture, an American Modern plumbing line for Rohl, a rug and textile collection with Kravet, and a sophisticated collection of tiles, ‘Studio Moderne’ for Walker Zanger.

Michael has been featured in numerous Industry Trade publications, blogs as well as guest appearances on Bravo’s “Top Design” show and the forth-coming HGTV Show “Design School”.

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Pablo Picasso
1881-1973
Spanish
Picasso was a Spanish painter, draftsman and sculptor who lived most of his adult life in France. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and in which he worked. Picasso lived a very colorful and passionate life with wives, mistresses and drama swirling around him.

Picasso demonstrated precocious artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence; during the first decade of the 20th century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques and ideas. Picasso’s principal patron was Gertrude Stein. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune throughout his life making him one of the best known figures in 20th century art.

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