Gilbert Rohde, Under-the-Radar Master of Modern Design

(Photos: Phyllis Ross)

Watch out if, like us, you’ve been known to scour 1stdibs for biomorphic coffee tables, chunky nightstands, and swooping art deco lamps by Gilbert Rohde. The influential yet not terribly well-known designer gets his close-up this spring in Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living (Yale University Press), a monograph by Phyllis Ross that traces Rohde’s career at Herman Miller in the 1930s and 1940s, his bold experiments with materials such as Plexiglas, and his innovative merchandising schemes. The book, which judging by the cover (pictured above, at right) would look dynamite on any coffee table, isn’t due out until April, but New Yorkers can get a sneak preview on February 10. That evening, Ross will lecture at the Museum of the City of New York, where a couple of Rohde’s designs (including the table pictured above) are on view in the “Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940” exhibition. We hear that the exhibition will be open especially for program attendees before the discussion, so reserve your tickets now and get there early.