Daniella Ohad is a leading design advisor with a special expertise in twentieth-century and contemporary decorative arts and design. She brings the highest level of scholarship and connoisseurship to vetting furniture and objects of design for her clients. She earned her Ph.D. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, which is one of the world’s leading institutions that trains in the history of the decorative arts and design, cultural history, and museum practice. Since 1999, Daniella Ohad Smith has advised on building collections in various areas of modern design, providing both the new and the experienced collector with a wide range of professional services, from coverage of the art market to expert research and analysis when building comprehensive collections of design.
Her services include educational programs and acquisitions. She started the first and only comprehensive program of its kind, “Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights” at the New York School of Interior Design, which is dedicated to the study of this influential territory that came to transform high-end interiors worldwide into dazzling spaces. In the program, Dr. Ohad lectures and hosts leading experts in their fields: collectors, dealers, curators, and scholars/writers who share their passion and expertise on such themes as American Postwar Design, French Art Deco, Italian Mid-Century Furniture, French design of the Space Age, Collectible Contemporary Design, and more.
Her services are designed for each client’s individual collecting objectives, desires, and home interiors. Areas of interest, aesthetic taste, and budget requirements, are all parameters that set to determine the style, furniture, and works of art. Daniella values all acquisitions according to their provenance, condition, global demand and supply, historical, and stylistic significance. She maintains customized databases for her clients, documenting condition, price information, provenance, exhibition history, bibliography, and other relevant data. She also advises on and can arrange all secondary services such as shipping, insurance, storage, loans, installing, and interior design services.
There are numerous art fairs, gallery shows, auctions sales, and museum exhibitions, focusing on modern design. As collectors typically busy with other interests and cannot possible cover all that is of importance to their own collections, Daniella extends the market coverage and thereby increases the access of her clients to the best works of art offered in the marketplace at any given time. Her clients are benefited by her close relationships with gallerists, dealers, auctions houses specialists, and from her ability to expend time and efforts attending the relevant exhibitions and selling venues.