“Anyone designing a room must have real passion — this is nonnegotiable.”
— Eric Cohler

Eric Cohler, who established his firm Eric Cohler Design in 1991, has a passion for design that began at a very early age.  His family history of collecting, long with  having both a grandmother and mother with impeccable taste, led to Cohler’s early appreciation for great design. After earning his undergraduate degrees in Art and English from Hobart College in New York, Cohler attended law school.  It was there he first realized his passion for design when he began drawing plans for how he would redesign the lecture halls.  After a brief career in advertising and PR, Eric Cohler attended Columbia University. There he received a historic-preservation degree from architecture school and then went on to receive a design certificate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

An education rooted in classicism and a deep appreciation for mid-century modernism has resulted in the iconic style that we see today in Eric Cohler’s work.  Early on in his career, Eric was dubbed the “Mixmaster” for his ability to rethink antiques and use them in a contemporary environment.  His interior spaces display layers of unusual texture, color, and vigor.

Cohler’s work is consistently featured in leading domestic and international publications, such as, Elle Decor, Traditional Home House Beautiful, Veranda, Town & Country, and The New York Times.  In recent years, he has expanded to include product design for Lee Jofa and Visual Comfort & Co.

Here are just a few more interesting facts about Eric Cohler…

Eric Cohler does between 20-25 projects a year.

Sources of inspiration: David Adler, Dorothy Draper, Frances Elkins, David Hicks, Jean Charles Moreux, Karl Friedrick Schinkel, Billy Baldwin

His love of “I Love Lucy” created his soft spot for decorating with a 1950’s bent.

He has had 20+ apartments since college and feels most comfortable staying in hotels.

His Lee Jofa “Tyler Crewel” fabric was selected by President and Mrs. Obama for the White House family dining room.

He has over 10,000 books in his library, located in a Queens warehouse.

Make sure to read Eric Cohler’s book, Cohler on Design, to see more of his impressive design aesthetic.  You can view his full collection of lighting for Visual Comfort & Co. by visiting our website.


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