• Matt Stewart

Design Spotlight: The Pace Collection

While shopping for a new fireplace screen, Steve found and purchased a real beauty on 1stdibs ( Created by The Pace Collection, the tempered glass and brushed brass tri-panel screen combines the utilitarian simplicity of Mid Century Modern design with some Halstonesque seventies glam, making this a real stand out in our living room.

The Pace Collection was founded by brothers, Irving and Leon Rosen, in New York in 1960. Their original showroom on East 62nd Street showcased unique, fine furnishings and provided high-level services for the interior design trade. The Pace Collection featured desks, tables, cabinets, chairs, sofas and accessories by Leon Rosen and a number of other noted designers (including Milo Baughman, Adam Tihany and Guido Faleschini) that incorporated rich, exotic woods and veneers enlivened by high gloss finishes accented by metal trim and hardware (most often in polished stainless steel), which came to be known as the "Rosen" style.

When Irving left the business in 1985, Leon decided to give The Pace Collection a fresh start by commissioning architect Steven Holl (, who went on to design a number of important structures including the Bloch Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the 2019 REACH expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to create a new showroom at Madison Avenue and 72nd Street. Holl's visionary design earned him the AIA ( award for Best Architectural Design in New York the following year, and led to his creating several exquisite patented pieces for Pace. Leon continued The Pace Collection until 2001, when it became the stuff of design legends.

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All photos courtesy of 1stdibs except for the final fireplace shot.

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