When Larry Laslo was turning six, he asked his parents for a chandelier for his birthday. They were surprised at his request, but obliged. By nine, he had become an official collector. Since then Larry’s taste for that which is special and beautiful has evolved. A bright fixture in the world of design, Larry’s masterful imprint changed the vibe of Bergdorf Goodman, and several blocks south, awed shoppers and tourists alike at the groundbreaking Takashimaya. He has created countless illustrious spaces and designed product collections with top-notch partners. Larry Laslo is a collector of fine material objets as well as experiences and opportunities. (lead photo: Larry’s “collector” desk.)
Q: Larry, when were you first privy to the thrill of the hunt ?
A: I started collecting things at 9 years old. I observed all and mostly concentrated on found objets and pieces of architecture. I also loved anything that sparkled like crystal.
Q: Have you officially studied the decorative arts?
A: Yes, I have formally studied decorative arts and art history, eight years of school at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. As I go on, I refine and educate my tastes.
Q: What do you gravitate towards now?
A: There are so many things I love. But the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s French and American are near and dear to my heart.
Q Your most memorable purchase?
A: A Jean Dupas painting. He was a French painter, artist, designer, poster artist and decorator (1882 - 1964) whose work is considered the utmost example of art nouveau and art deco visual arts.
Q: What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on now?
A: I’d have to say my furniture collection for Kravet and Chaddock.
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THE ART OF COLLECTING
A PANEL WITH LARRY LASLO, MICHELLE WORKMAN, BARRY DIXON, STACEY TIVERON.
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