Martina Grünewald BBA, MA
BBA (Hons) Design and Management (Parsons School of Design, NYC);
MA History of Decorative Arts, Design and Culture (Bard Graduate Center, NYC)
Martina Grünewald received a Diploma in Interior Design at KLS School of Design, London (1999) before moving to New York to study Design and Management at Parsons School of Design. After completing her BBA with Honors, she enrolled at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) to gain an MA in the History of Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. In the fall of 2005, Martina joined the University of Applied Arts as a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Prof. Alison Clarke. Research scholarships and travel stipends from the BGC, the University of Applied Arts, and the Emanuel und Sofie Fohn Stipendien Stiftung have supported her studies in the United States and Austria.
Parallel to her academic trainings, Martina has worked for the Terence Conran Shop, Neue Galerie New York, MAK, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Clinton Howell Antiques, Sotheby's New York, and Alex Papachristidis Interiors. She has contributed design-related articles for Die Presse, IdN Magazine, and pureaustriandesign.com amongst others.
Research interests include Design History, Social Anthropology, and Consumption Studies with focus on structural changes in the circulation and value construction of material culture in Western modernity.
‘What You Did Not Know About Design, Because You Never Asked’ and ‘Review: Veni Vidi Vintage and More: Re-Collecting Design Miami/Basel’ in PadFinderMagazine 1, 1 (2007)
‘The Power Invested in Modern Design: How a Fountain in Auction Redefines National Identity’, Conference paper given at the Sixth Annual BGC Graduate Student Symposium (27 April 2007)
‘A Walz on the Wild Side’ in IdN Magazine: Crime and Ornament 14, 2, with Patrick Bartos (2007)
‘Review: Freud’s Therapeutic Boxsprings’ in Material World (10 November 2006).