The authors would like to thank the Asherman family for their generous help, in particular Mary Leigh Smart, and Ted, Pam, Ellie, Joanne, and Brett Asherman. We are also grateful to Renate Reiss of the Reiss Partnership for her help in assembling some of the images.

1 Edward Aschermann gradually Americanized his last name. It appears as Asherman in his obituary in the New York Times (March 3, 1940, p. 47), and his descendants currently use that form. 

2 Interview with Ted, Ellie, and Pam Asherman, August 8, 2009. 

3 Interview with Mary Leigh Smart, August 8, 2009; and Bert Denker, The Substance of Style: Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement (Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Del., 1996), p. 208. 

4 Louise Brigham, Box Furniture: How to Make a Hundred Useful Articles for the Home (Century, New York, 1909), p. 2. 

5  Ibid., p. 24. 

6 Quoted in Eduard F. Sekler, Josef Hoffmann: The Architectural Work (Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., 1985), p. 514. 

7 Interview with Ted, Ellie, and Pam Asherman. 

8 E. H. and G. G. Ascherman, “The Modernist School of Interior Decoration,” Arts and Decoration, vol. 4, no. 8 (June 1914), p. 300. 

9 “News and Notes of the Art World,” New York Times, April 27, 1913, p. 14. 

10 “Art Notes: Mr. and Mrs. Aschermann’s Studio Decorations,” ibid., April 15, 1914, p. 8. 

11 “More Color in the Home: Painted Furniture Inspired by Peasant Art,” The Craftsman, vol. 28, no. 3 (June 1915), pp. 253–254. 

12 Edward Stratton Holloway, The Practical Book of Furnishing the Small House and Apartment (J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1922), p. 188. 

13 E. H. and G. G. Aschermann, “Modernist School of Interior Decoration,” p. 300. 

14 Ibid., p. 301.  

15 Ibid., p. 300. 

16 Ibid. 

17 Ibid., p. 304. 

18 E. H. and G. G. Aschermann, “Modern Interior Decoration,” Modern Art Collector (M.A.C.), vol. 1, no. 4, (December 1915), n.p. 

19 “More Color in the Home: Painted Furniture Inspired by Peasant Art,”p. 254. 

20 Hazel Adler, The New Interior, Modern Decorations for the Modern Home (Century, New York, 1916), preface. 

21 Smart interview. 

22 See n. 1. 

23 “Gladys G. Asherman,” New York Times, October 27, 1948, p. 27.

AURORA McCLAIN recently received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

CHRISTOPHER LONG is University Distinguished Teaching Professor for architectural and design history at the University of Texas at Austin.


[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi

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