Art Study Center

Decorative Art and Design

Greenwich, CT May 24th, 2018

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Peter Brant, Founder of The Brant Foundation, has been an avid collector of art and design since the mid-1960’s.  This life-long passion has resulted in a collection of important works of by contemporary art masters, as well as significant decorative art and design objects.  The Brant Foundation is pleased to broaden access to these historically noteworthy objects through featured online posts, furthering our mission to promote arts education by making resources available to the public.



In celebration of Father’s Day, this design post highlights the formal dining room which was originally designed with the assistance of Jed Johnson in the early 1980’s.

The beautiful American sideboard from the 1880’s was a housewarming gift given to Peter Brant by his father Murray Brant. The sideboard and accompanying dining set was chosen by Peter and had belonged to Robert W. de Forest, the fifth president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. De Forest and his wife Emily, were great collectors of Americana and conceived the idea to build a wing at The Met that would house a permanent collection of American decorative objects. The Museum’s American Wing opened to the public in 1924.

18th Century Chinese Wallpaper: This wallpaper inspired Karen Kilimnik’s chinoiserie installation for her 2012 exhibition at The Brant Foundation. 

Various silver horse racing trophies

“Red Elvis” (1962) by Andy Warhol

Photography: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

To celebrate the beginning of summer, our first post features objects collected by Stephanie and Peter Brant for their seaside home.

Using his welding, metallurgy, and jewelry design skills, designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931-1987) established a reputation as a creative designer of unique sculpted metal furniture. Constantly experimenting with new materials, technologies, and designs, his shop operated much like an industrial laboratory, and his highly innovative experimental approaches to metal have attracted an international following, especially over the past decade.

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism at Michener Art Museum Website

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905 and grew up in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture at the University of Washington and a Master’s from MIT in 1930, as well as the Prix Fontainebleau from L’Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in France in 1928. After spending some time in Paris, he traveled around the world and secured a job at the Antonin Raymond office in Tokyo which sent him to Pondicherry, India, where he was the onsite architect for the first reinforced concrete building in that country and became one of the first disciples of Sri Aurobindo.

George Nakashima Official Website