“What fires my imagination, he asks? The endless possibility of the day after tomorrow.”
Acclaimed for his distinctive ability to fuse classic and contemporary elements, Eric Cohler was dubbed the original “Mixmaster” by Traditional Home magazine. He designs spaces that look carefully composed yet are luxuriously comfortable – believing in putting “living” back into the living room.
Cohler’s extensive experience in both residential and commercial interiors is seen in projects throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. His award-winning product design includes textiles and furniture for Lee Jofa, lighting for Visual Comfort, luxury fireplace surrounds for Chesney’s, and rugs for Stark. Cohler is proud that his Lee Jofa “Tyler Crewel” was selected for the White House family dining room.
Cohler is the recipient of numerous design industry awards including:
• Elle Décor’s annual A-List
• “Top 100 Designers” issue in House Beautiful
• Circle of Excellence Award from the International Furniture Association
• Designer of the Year by Traditional Home and Decoration and Design Building – in New York and Florida’s DCOTA.
His work appears in almost every interior publication including – Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda. Most recently Cohler’s design for a Gramercy Park triplex was featured in the February 2016 issue of Architectural Digest. He has made numerous television appearances on CBS, HGTV, Bravo, NBC, PBS, and “The View” on ABC.
A well-respected keynote speaker on design, art and collecting, Cohler holds an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a Certificate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Oxford’s New College. He is an art historian and an adjunct professor in the architectural studies program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Serving on the board of directors of Manhattan’s Museum at Eldridge Street and donating time to philanthropic causes such as the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, the Kips’ Bay Boys and Girls Club, and the Susan G. Komen Holiday House are personal passions. He also underwrites a scholarship program sending college students abroad in their junior year.
Eric’s memoir, “Cohler on Design,” won the Elevate Award in 2016 for the best book on interior design. He is working on his next monograph, “Cohler on Art,” which is to be published in 2018.
In 2010, he was made an Ambassador of Creativity by the Won Buddhist organization of the United Nations and represented the UN at the G20 in Seoul where he addressed the conference on empowering women in third world countries to develop business collectives. “What fires my imagination, he asks? The endless possibility of the day after tomorrow.”