Fred A. Bernstein

Fred Bernstein has degrees in architecture (from Princeton University) and law (from NYU) and writes about both subjects. He lives in New York City and has two sons.


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Design Reporting

A Natural Spirit

In Central Washington State, Painter Leo Adams unveils his masterpiece: a house that gives new life to found objects

Published in Metropolitan Home, May 2003

Vito Acconci

"I can't stand art. I never could," the former artist (now designer) claims

Published in Art Basel Magazine, November 2, 2012

An Artful Retreat from the Art Scene

Building a modernist house in the Hamptons

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2007

Mass Market and Couture

Young designers mix it up in Greenpoint

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2007

Empty Nest Syndrome

For children of minimalists, only more is more

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), November 7, 2009

A Beijing Hotel by Graft

The Emperor, a boutique hotel by Graft, sets out to rule Beijing

Published in Interior Design, June 2008

Narrow Slope

An 11-foot-wide site didn't deter this designer/homeowner from creating fascination...and wonder

Published at, March 2014

A Champion of the Quirky Writes Finis

Joseph Holtzman is putting his award-winning magazine, Nest, to rest

Published in The New York Times, August 19, 2004

A Harvest of Temporary Shelters

Published in The New York Times, September 16, 2010

Lifting a High Ranch to New Heights

A relatively small project turns into a major renovation

Published in The New York Times, November 4, 2007

A Home as Quirky as Life Itself

A family lives and works in an eccentric space that overlooks the lighting fixture stores that dominate a section of the Bowery

Published in The New York Times, May 18, 2008

An Architect and an Interior Designer at Home

David Penick, an architect, and Mary Delaney Penick, an interior designer, live in an elegant brick-and-limestone building in Greenwich Village

Published in The New York Times, December 26, 2008

Two MoMA Design Shows Explore Ways of Living

The exhibitions look at daily life in very different ways: via mid-century modernist interiors and through temporary homes for refugees

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), November 28, 2016

How Noguchi Elevated Ashtrays to Objets d’Art

Smoking might have fallen out of fashion, but these ashtrays have enduring design appeal

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), March 8, 2020

François Catroux Reflects on a Career of Elite Interiors

Having created rarefied spaces for decades, the legendary French designer has finally agreed to document his impressive body of work in a new book

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), October 10, 2016

200 Square Feet and Room to Swivel

A Bulgarian immigrant finds that thrift and ingenuity go a long way in a tiny apartment

Published in The New York Times, February 2, 2011

From Bubble-Gum to Beige

Bringing in an architect to reconcile her taste for bling and his taste for Bauhaus

Published in The New York Times, January 27, 2008

Barry Wine Moves Beyond the Kitchen

The owner and chef of the Quilted Giraffe in the 1970s and ’80s has a simple recipe for home design: Anything goes.

Published in The New York Times, June 5, 2008

The Color of Comfort

The playwright John Patrick Shanley has had a lifelong fascination with color -- as seen in his latest apartment

Published in The New York Times, June 29, 2009

Heating/Cooling Unit as ‘Elephant’ in the Room

A PTAC — package terminal air-conditioner — can be an ugly intrusion, and a great convenience

Published in The New York Times, January 14, 2011

At the Ardsley, Art Deco the Way It Was

Scott Salvator has a lot of very funny things to say about a serious lobby restoration

Published in The New York Times, June 4, 2010
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