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The Telephone Exchange Building: 100 Years in the Making

A new exhibition at AMEICO celebrating the centennial of the Southern New England Telephone Exchange Building of New Milford, CT.

On view from June 30 until October 31, 2018

Photo by Sarah Taylor

Originally built by the Southern New England Telephone company (SNET) in 1917-18 to house the equipment and switchboards for the growing local telephone clientele of New Milford and the surrounding towns, the building at 29 Church Street is now home to AMEICO’s contemporary Design Store & Gallery.

To commemorate the centennial of this historic structure, restored for future generations to enjoy, AMEICO will host an exhibition of rare telephones belonging to local collectors Mark Berghold, George Champion and Nancy A. Davis, the earliest examples of which would have been found in households when 29 Church Street was constructed. The exhibition will also provide an overview of the growing importance of the telephone in New Milford one hundred years ago.


Image courtesy of the New Milford Historical Society


AMEICO is a New Milford based company which specializes in importing and distributing modern and contemporary industrial design. Founded by Peter Kahane in 1995, it chose to purchase and restore 29 Church Street in 2012 to house its operations and display its product for the public.

AMEICO, 29 Church Street, New Milford, CT
Open M-F 9am-5pm; Sat: 11am-4pm 
Contact Daniel Basiletti for images or more details about this exhibition

June 08, 2018 — Ameico Design
JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN & CRAFT

JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN & CRAFT

Tampopo, Japan, AMEICO

May 21st - Aug 31st

AMEICO presents an exhibition of handmade products from Japan. 

Opening Reception May 20th from 6-8 pm

RSVP to daniel@ameico.com or call 860 354-8765

Pictured above: Tampopo Dandelion Objet d’Art by Takao Inoue

A selection discovered by AMEICO in recent months in Japan which showcases traditional and contemporary work by a variety of designers and manufacturers throughout the country. Also shown, for the first time in the U.S., the monumental political poster Sheltered Weaklings, designed by Takashi Kono (1906-1999) in 1953 at the height of the cold war.

May 13, 2016 — Ameico Design
20th Anniversary Exhibition

20th Anniversary Exhibition

To celebrate our 20th year, AMEICO presents a special selection of products spanning over 250 years of good design.
Stop by and see new 2016 brands, as well as handmade Japanese knives, shears and woodblock prints. 
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November 23, 2015 — Ameico Design
Interaction of Color & Form: Works by Josef and Anni Albers

Interaction of Color & Form: Works by Josef and Anni Albers

 July 11 - October 31,  2015

New Milford, CT – Ameico is pleased to present an exhibition of Bauhaus-era furniture designed by the influential 20th century artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) alongside rugs designed by Anni Albers (1899-1994), his creative partner and wife. Accompanied by a selection of silkscreen prints from Interaction of Color, Yale University’s 1963 publication based on the Albers course on color, this exhibition showcases the creative duo’s ways of thinking about color, form, and texture. 

The collection consists of a bookshelf designed in 1923 for Bauhaus founding director Walter Gropius’ offices in Weimar, and a series of nesting tables and desk with painted glass tops designed in 1926-1928 for the apartment of clients Fritz and Anne Moellenhoff. 

Also included are rugs with designs created from 1926-1928 by Anni Albers, a widely-respected textile designer and printmaker who also studied at the Bauhaus. These hand-tufted wool rugs are produced in limited editions by the London-based company Christopher Farr, using the best available yarns, dyes and weavers. Christopher Farr has been a spearhead of contemporary rug design for over twenty-five years, producing rugs with designs by Josef and Anni Albers, Gunta Stölzl (another Bauhaus designer), Gary Hume, Andrée Putman, John Pawson, and many other design visionaries.
 Recently, Ameico acquired a complete Interaction of Color, consisting of 80 folios of silkscreened plates and accompanying commentary based on the Albers course on color. Printed in a limited edition of 2000 copies by Yale University Press in 1963, this book, with its folios, is acknowledged as one of the most influential books on color ever published.

 In the Ameico reading room, visitors to the exhibition will be able to create and share their own digital color studies using Yale University’s Interaction of Color app, presented on the iPAD. The app presents the book in an interactive format, with the complete accompanying text, 125 plates, 60 interactive studies and over two hours of video commentary. interactive format, with the complete accompanying text, 125 plates, 60 interactive studies and over two hours of video commentary.

For more information, please contact Daniel Basiletti:
email: daniel@ameico.com | telephone: 860-354-8765

July 06, 2015 — Daniel Basiletti
Tags: Albers
Masters of Graphic Design: Posters from a Private Collection

Masters of Graphic Design: Posters from a Private Collection

An exhibition of extremely rare, original posters from 1908 – 1988, juxtaposed with iconic industrial design products of the 20th century. The exhibition is presented at the 29 Church design gallery, located inside the newly-restored, historic 1917 Telephone Exchange Building of New Milford.

These Museum-quality posters, selected from a private Connecticut collection which has never before been shown publicly, reveal the evolution of graphic design throughout the 20th century. This important collection rivals that of many Museums, and several of the works can also be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. The posters are shown with industrial design products of the same time period, underlining the tandem development of graphic art and industrial design in the 20th century.

Including work by Otto Baumberger (Switzerland), Francis Bernard (France), Emil Cardinaux (Switzerland), Ludwig Hohlwein (Germany), Charles Loupot (France), Burkhard Mangold (Switzerland), Makoto Nakamura (Japan), Giovanni Pintori (Italy), Koichi Sato (Japan), the Stenberg brothers (Russia), Niklaus Stoecklin (Switzerland), Ikko Tanaka (Japan), and Ryuichi Yamashiro (Japan).

For more information, please contact Daniel Basiletti:
email: daniel@ameico.com | telephone: 860-354-8765

May 17, 2015 — Daniel Basiletti