133 Design Collective is the brain-child of two friends, Lark Morgenstern & Madeline Geftic. Morgenstern & Geftic’s friendship began in the Catskill mountains and continued over the course of fifteen years into their lives in New York City. In college, both studied design but from different angles. Geftic studied the making & construction of designed objects at SUNY New Paltz & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Morgenstern studied design history & theory at Parsons School for Design. After graduating, the two kept discussing plans of putting on exhibitions, getting a studio space, and creating a collaborative environment for friends to make and show their work. They’re ecstatic to get 133 Design Collective off the ground and to create a platform for designers, artists, musicians, and creative professionals to display their work.
Madeline Geftic is a comfort concierge. She develops intricate textiles to create soft furniture and wearables. These experimental designs explore a complex relationship between tactility and emotion. Geftic studied furniture design and printmaking at the State University of New York at New Paltz and recently graduated with a Masters of Design in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been featured on Core77 and Moco Loco as well as exhibited in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New York, the Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, and Salone de Mobile at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan Italy.
Lark Morgenstern is lead curator at 133 Design Collective. She is a design historian specializing in Scandinavian design and 20th century popular culture. During her undergraduate studies at Parsons School of Design, she discovered a strong interest in arts management, material culture, and design history. She continued at Parsons in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies MA program focusing on 20th century Scandinanvian design and exploring American popular culture through the lens of race and ethnicity. She has worked at the Brooklyn Museum in the American art and Decorative art curatorial departments and currently works at 1stdibs.com.