Daniella Ohad Smith

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Daniella Ohad
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Born 1961 (age 56–57)
Occupation design historian, educator, writer, and critic
Website www.daniellaohad.com

Daniella Ohad (born 1961) is a design historian, educator, tastemaker, influencer, writer, and critic on 20th-century and contemporary design culture and design history, living in New York City. She publishes in various publications on interior design, design culture, and the decorative arts, such as Journal of Interior Design and Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, by Berg Publishers, and Journal of Interior Design, where she serves as a reader. Her interviews with designers, architects, and collectors are published regularly and conducted on stage at the 92nd Street Y, New York School of Interior Design, and elsewhere. She is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, and at the New York School of Interior Design. Dr. Ohad is a regular contributor to conferences and events in the design world. In recent years, she has hosted the only program to be devoted to collecting design. Her blog Daniella on Design has received awards and is considered one of the world's most respected design blogs, presenting the finest design in today and in history. She is a member of various committees of New York City art museums, and lectures worldwide on collecting design,[1] taste, decorative arts, and domestic culture. She is a regular contributor and an interviewee in studies and articles on design.[2][3]


Daniella Ohad comes from the Feuchtwanger family, the only Jewish family whose family tree dates to the 18th century; its latest version was updated in 2009. She is the niece of music and theater critic, writer, and director Michael Ohad; she is the great-niece of the renowned German playwright and novelist Lion Feuchtwanger; her father Reuven Ohad pioneered the subtropical fruits industry in Israel. Her family was among the founders of the Hebrew University and the banking infrastructure in pre-state Israel.

Education and career[edit]

She studied Art History at Tel Aviv University; she received Master's in Museum Studies: Decorative Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology; she earned the Ph.D. degree from the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture and was the first Ph.D. awarded by Bard College. Her dissertation (2006) investigates the cultural and design aspects of hotels and tourism in British Mandate Palestine. It discusses such icons as the King David Hotel, the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, the Park Hotel in Jaffa, owned by Plato von Ustinov, grandfather of Peter Ustinov, and an unrealized hotel designed by Erich Mendelsohn in Haifa. She has published articles on such topics as T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Louis Comfort Tiffany, various topics in domestic culture, collecting design, and the marketplace, and contributes exhibition reviews. She is a member on various committees and boards of museums, art fairs, and design conferences. Dr. Ohad is a speaker on design in conferences, and known for her stage interviews of design legends. She started her blog Daniella on Design in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

She has lived with her family in New York City since the 80s.



  • Ohad Smith, Daniella (March 2011), "DECODENCE: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers aboard the SS Normandie: Exhibition Review", Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, 2 (1): 128–131, doi:10.2752/204191211x12980384100274
  • Ohad Smith, Daniella (September 2008), "T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings: Crafting a Modern Home for Postwar America", Journal of Interior Design, 34 (1): 39–55, doi:10.1111/j.1939-1668.2008.00005.x
  • Ohad Smith, Daniella (2010), "Hotel Design in British Mandate Palestine: Modernism and the Zionist Vision", Journal of Israel History, 29 (1), doi:10.1080/13531041003595035

Ohad Smith, Daniella (March, 2013), "The 'Designed' Israeli Interior, 1960-1977: Crafting Identity", Journal of Interior Design, 38 (3): 21-36.



  1. ^ Bella Neyman, "Bringing Power Back to the Collector: Daniella Ohad on Her New Course Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights." New Focus On, July 2012. http://www.newfocuson.com/news-view.php?post_id=225
  2. ^ Penelope Green, "In Defense of the Decorator." New York Times, July 20, 2012. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/garden/in-defense-of-the-decorator.html?pagewanted=all
  3. ^ Paola Singer, "Selling Seashells not by Seashore," Wall Street Journal June 15, 2005. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB111896847553062169

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