Edward Andrew Zegawas raised in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania, and received a B.A. in English Literature and Writing Magna Cum Laude with prizes from Princeton University. He was Assistant Editor at William Morrow and Bantam Doubleday Dell, then Project Editor at Chanticleer Press, all in Manhattan. In 1988 he began an association with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, producing renderings for competition entries, client presentations and publications. He illustrated The American Houses of Robert A.M Stern and a children's book, The House that Bob Built (both Rizzoli). He also designed interior furnishings, as well as fabric collections for Hickory Business Furniture and bed linens for Atelier Martex, winning several industry awards.
Bernd H. Damswas raised in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr and received his Master of Architecture degree at Munich Technical University in 1991. His doctoral thesis upon the genesis of the French royal château of Marly was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Prize and the Borchers Medal from Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen in 1998. He was Special Assistant to the late Lisa Taylor, Director of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and prepared the exhibition and catalogue, Berlin: Architecture and Design 1900-1933. He served in the same capacity with Marcia Tucker, Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in 1987, and the following year with Michael Findlay, Director of Impressionist Art at Christie's New York. From 1988 to 1991 he was assistant to the Princess Charlotte zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Director of Christie's Munich. In 1989 he began a five-year association with Robert A.M. Stern Architects as an architectural designer.
Since 1994, Didier Aaron, Inc. in Manhattan has exhibited their watercolors of historic garden architecture; in Paris, Messrs Zega and Dams exhibit at the Galerie de Bayser, France's foremost Old Master drawings dealers. As most of the structures they investigate are destroyed, their drawings combine extensive archival research with knowledge of period architectural practice.
Major exhibitions are listed in Exhibitions and Projects.
BooksMessrs Zega and Dams have co-authored and co-illustrated seven books (and have illustrated four other volumes):
Pleasure Pavilions & Follies/La folie de bâtir (Flammarion, 1995)
Garden Vases/Vases de jardin (Alain de Gourcuff Editeur, 2000)
Palaces of the Sun King: Versailles, Trianon, Marly (Rizzoli, 2002)
Chinoiseries (Connaissance et Mémoires, 2005), a limited-edition work in French and English; winner, 2006 Prix Redouté
Versailles: The Château and Its Satellites (Connaissance et Mémoires, 2007), a limited-edition work in French and English
Chinoiseries (Rizzoli, 2008)
An Architectural Alphabet (Connaissance et Mémoires, 2008) a limited-edition work in French and English
More information on book publications can be found on the Books page.
Magazine PublicationTheir work is regularly featured and reviewed in leading periodicals, including The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine; The Los Angeles Times; The New Yorker; The Times of London; Architectural Digest (USA, France and Germany); Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Le Figaro; Versalia; Connaissance des Arts; Elle Decor, Elle Décoration and Elle Italia; Vogue, Vogue Brazil and Vogue France; HG; as well as the major architectural journals.
Links to online articles are provided on the Contact/Press page.
CollectorsThe work of Messrs Dams and Zega is collected primarily by professionals in the visual arts: directors and trustees of America's foremost cultural institutions, among them The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, the New York Public Library, and The Morgan Library; presidents and specialists of the leading international auction houses, Old Master gallerists and collectors, and internationally known interior designers and couturiers.
Public collections holding their work include the New-York Historical Society; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (with three works); the Museé des arts-décoratifs, Paris (with six works); the Museé de l'Île-de-France at Sceaux; Princeton University; the Museum Schloss Fasanerie/Hessian House Foundation; The Getty Center (for Chinoiseries); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Design Collection (for Robert A.M. Stern Architects).
LecturesMessrs Zega and Dams have jointly lectured upon French architecture and gardens for the Smithsonian Institution; the Bard Graduate Center, Manhattan; CIVA, Brussels; the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Four Arts Society, Palm Beach, FL; the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; the Beaux-Arts Alliance, Manhattan; the New York School of Interior Design; the Société des Amis de Versailles; Christie's London and Paris; Sotheby's France; Syracuse University; the University of Dortmund; and the 1999 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville.