LUXList Designer Edition | Dale Cohen

Engaging her clients from start to finish, Dale Cohen believes in making the design process as satisfying as unveiling the end result. She values her relationship with each individual client, incorporating their lifestyle needs, hobbies and style preferences, ultimately garnering satisfaction out of delivering a solution which is tailored to their personality.

After gaining her Masters in Architecture at Yale University, Dale taught design at Woodbury University and UCLA in Los Angeles. In 2000 she returned to the East Coast taking roles as the senior designer at Ingrao for Steve Cohen’s 35,000 sq ft home in Greenwich, CT and lead designer at Drake Design Assoc for the renovation and restoration of Gracie Mansion, under the Bloomberg administration.

Since creating her firm dale cohen designstudio in 2003, her work has been featured in the 2016 Watchcase Art & Design Installation, 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse, and the 2014 Sag Harbor Watchcase Factory Showhouse and has appeared at the Architectural Digest Home Shows in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a speaker and featured panelist.

Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See what pieces she choose from rubylux.com to be on her LUXList.

Dale’s LUXList Picks

1980’s Mazzega Italian Chandelier in white Murano Glass
1960’s 15 light blue glass chandelier Attributed to Gino Vistosi
Pierre Paulin Concorde Lounge Chair for Artifort
Large Vintage Schott Zweisel Overlay Glass Vase
1960’s Floating Vanity

Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?

A modern sense of craft, rigor, and precision derived from a highly trained artistic eye. My practice creates environments that are functionally articulate and seamlessly elegant in composition. I work to occupy the space between riotous whimsy and manicured restraint.

What do you love about using antiques in your designs?

The opportunity to bring the history of another time and place into my work adds texture and warmth to my projects. At turns I find pieces that are beaten up and I restructure them bringing new life and a new vision to them. I look for artful pieces to be deployed in just the right way to enhance the beauty and depth of a project.

What inspires you?

Art, architecture and the built environment. I trained in painting and photography from adolescence through college. Living in Paris after college shaped my understanding of scale and inspired a sense of grandeur. In graduate school at Yale, we were living in an architectural monument Paul Rudolph’s A&A Building. This building taught me what a building rigorously driven by an idea could be. Across the street from our school are two buildings by Louis Kahn, the Yale University Art Gallery and the British Art Center. Kahn’s work taught me about the virtue of the line, the beauty of quietude in built form and the restraint a designer needs to impose on their work to have their ideas brought to life.

What can you never have too much of?

Wandering around cities and buildings the world over. I have been studying architectural history since middle school because as you learn about world history you are exposed to architectural history. 


Clean, modern and functional. Dale attracts a loyal client base because of the attention directed to their style preferences and lifestyle needs.
Chic accessories create spaces of visual intrigue in this contemporary living area.
Love the use of various wood finishes to bring a natural look to the entryway directly from the outdoors.

About Dale Cohen

Dale Cohen’s distinct and creative voice has established herself as a leader in the New York design arena. Cohen received a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Architecture at Yale University. After graduation, she taught design at Woodbury University and UCLA in Los Angeles. In 2000 she returned to the East Coast and was the senior designer at Ingrao for Steve Cohen’s 35,000 sq ft home in Greenwich, CT. She followed this project with a position with Drake Design Assoc, as lead designer for the renovation and restoration of Gracie Mansion, under the Bloomberg administration.

Ms. Cohen established her full-service interior renovation, design, and decoration firm dale cohen designstudio in 2003 and since the firm’s inception, their work has been featured in the Watchcase Art & Design Installation 2016, the Holiday House Hamptons 2014, and the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse. She is the Winner of Bath Design and Finalist in Interiors and Kitchen Design at the 2016 Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards, as well as a Small Spaces Finalist at 2016 New York City Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards.

Dale has appeared at the Architectural Digest Home Shows in 2012, 2013 and 2014 – as a featured panelist at ‘Small Space Living: Don’t Think Small’ and ‘Kitchens & Baths Transformed’, and as a speaker, where she drew crowds for her lecture ‘Inviting Kitchens’. In 2015 Dale taught a private in-house series of lectures for the Hearst Design Group, the History of Architecture, and is a frequent design critic at Yale School of Architecture, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts.

Dale served as the chair of the American Institute of Architects NY Interiors Committee from 2011 through 2013, developing programming for interior designers trained as architects. She is currently active in the Alumni of Yale Association, as a delegate from the Yale School of Architecture and as founding chair of the committee organizing the International Yale Day of Service project for Architects; THE ARCHITECT IS IN, now in its third year.

From 2008-2012 Dale founded and ran design and lifestyle blog ‘BACHELOR by dale’ providing updates, commentary, and advice regarding Dale’s specialty of designing residences for men.

Presently Ms. Cohen is writing a book about how she has transformed her design process to meet men where they are because men don’t shop, they buy. “A MODERN GENTLEMAN’S FIELD GUIDE to Aesthetic and Practical Considerations” due out in 2018.

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