Architecture, Art & Interior Design – Building a Living Collection


Join this conversation about the collaborative efforts that make the relationship between art, architecture, design, and home relevant.

The curatorial process of a private space is crucial to the interplay of art and interior design as we'll hear from John Wolf, Mauricio Oberfeld and James Magni. Homes today are treated themselves as a collector’s private museum. Our homes as refuge, play and work, the space is defined by our passions. The integration of art into these spaces involves many important players. Design is crucial to the exhibition of art, and the panel will discuss the best approach to design your lifestyle with your art.

Assembling a cohesive collection of art and objects is an exercise in trial and error. It takes time to develop a discerning eye, but the process is immensely rewarding. The satisfaction that comes from living with artwork that you love is worth the effort. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Visit museums, galleries and art fairs to learn about different styles and periods of art. Developing a knowledge base will give you a better sense of what you like and don’t like.
  • Pay attention to your instinctive reactions to works of art. If you’re drawn to a particular piece, there’s probably a reason why. Trust your gut—you can always make adjustments later if necessary.
  • Take your time when making purchases. It’s better to wait for the right piece than to buy something on impulse that you’ll end up regretting later.
  • Create a budget and stick to it. It’s easy to get carried away when buying art, but it’s important to be mindful of your finances. Overextending yourself financially can lead to resentment towards your collection down the road.

Art & Interior Design with John Wolf, Mauricio Oberfeld and James Magni

Building a collection of art and objects is an ongoing process that requires time, patience, and most importantly, guts. It’s important to follow your intuition when choosing pieces for your collection—if you love it, chances are someone else will too. With some forethought and planning, you can create a living space that reflects your unique taste and personality.

This session about art and interior design is led by John Wolf, founder of John Wolf Fine Art. He is joined by Mauricio Oberfeld, who has an extensive background in architecture and construction, and James Magni, founder of Magni Design.

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John Wolf

John Wolf is a global art advisor at the helm of his firm, which assists private collectors, institutions and corporations in creating outstanding collections of contemporary art. Through private brokerage and his myriad relationships with artists, galleries and collectors around the world he gains access for his clients to buy the best quality works of art. His firm’s goal in the...

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Mauricio Oberfeld

Mauricio Oberfeld has an extensive background in architecture and construction. Through his experience in real estate development, Mauricio has gained an extensive understanding of the financial aspect of construction, from bidding and budgeting to financing and cost control. Having been a client himself, Mauricio understands the needs and whims of a client, a key component complimenting...

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James Magni

The end result speaks for itself. This is the mantra behind innovative designer, James Magni. His signature aesthetic is clean modern elegance against strong architectural backgrounds. Named as one of Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 Designers” and famed for his signature aesthetic of “Global Modernism”. Architecture and interior design have allowed Magni to work on his true love –...

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