20th CENTURY DESIGN
Over the last fifteen years, Todd Merrill Studio has established a reputation for purveying and exhibiting the best of 20th Century American and European studio works, including furniture, lighting, and sculpture. Rejecting mass-manufactured furniture in favor of custom-made limited-edition and unique objects, Todd Merrill has been at the forefront of promoting the metalwork of Paul Evans, carvings of Phillip Lloyd Powell, unique forms of Vladimir Kagan, and the custom luxury designs of Karl Springer and James Mont, among others. Todd Merrill Studio offers the highest caliber of the career-defining works made by these designers. With a scope spanning the 1920s to the 1990s, Todd Merrill Studio’s 20th Century collection encompasses a vibrant and eclectic collecting market. A leading figure in the field, Merrill authored Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam in 2008; published by Rizzoli in the first definitive book on late 20th Century American studio furniture.Merrill’s uncompromising eye has attracted loyal clientele. As rocker Lenny Kravitz told the Financial Times of London in 2008, “His taste is impeccable – he’s absolutely the best at what he does.” In 2009, Elle Décor Magazine wrote “[Merrill has] a fearless eye and a passion for distinctive furnishings.”
Todd Merrill, a third generation dealer, first opened his gallery on New York City’s Lower East Side in 2000. In 2005, Merrill moved to a 4,000 square foot gallery in the only Louis Sullivan-designed building in Manhattan. Three years later Rizzoli published Merrill’s book, Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam, the first definitive book on late 20th Century American studio furniture. Merrill has been one of the strongest influences in helping grow the market for American studio and custom furniture. In September 2012, many of these designers were featured in the Museum of Arts and Design’s exhibition “Crafting Modernism: Midcentury Art and Design.” In 2016, Todd Merrill Studio moved into a new space at 80 Lafayette Street in the heart of TriBeCa, showing both 20th century and Studio Contemporary works.
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