Michael Berman is one of the most respected designers of the country, combining his own unique vision and sophisticated style with unexaggerated charm. Berman's works reflect his interest in history, art and architecture, especially the Deco period of the 30's and 40's dominated by film noir and designers such as Angelo Donghia, Billy Haines, Frances Elkins and Dorothy Draper. In his works, he blends the present time that is being experienced with eternity. Although influenced by conventional architectural forms and lines, the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall and the Chrysler Building, all of which carry influences of the skyscraper designs in the thirties, provide a feeling of warmth and accessibility.
As well as works for an elite group of customers, including famous figures from the world of entertainment and business from New York to Los Angeles, Berman also employed his creative vision for Michael Berman Limited Furniture for a furniture series, for an installation series called American Modern launched as Rohl and for a rug/carpet and textile series called Kravet, which will be soon be launched as Gotham.
In the spring of 2017, Berman released a sophisticated tile series called ‘Studio Moderne’ for Walker Zanger. His most recent work is the "Califolia" collection he released for Theodore Alexander. The collection includes clean lines, modern shapes, softly furnished upholstery, unique finishes and well-scaled rare pieces accompanied by a color palette describing the light airy style of southern California.
Born in Detroit, the city he grew up in, Berman lived in New York before moving to Los Angeles. In 1986 he founded his own company, Michael Berman.