With almost forty years as a designer, Irwin Feld conveys a unique perspective to his role as Creative Director at CF MODERN. After graduating from college, Irwin began his career in the fashion industry, working in sales at a private label firm. Unhappy with the quality of the product he was to sell, he designed a collection that was well received and changed the face of the company, from conservative to progressive. Over the course of five years, Irwin created a women’s division, forging a collaboration with French designer Chantal Thomass, helping her channel her vision for the American market. He taught himself how to design textiles and prints, while raising the company to new heights.
In 1983, Irwin joined his wife Marcy and created Marcy Feld Accessories which became a powerhouse in the fashion jewelry market. His unparalleled approach to jewelry design was immediately acknowledged, making Marcy Feld pieces a part of major department and specialty stores across the globe. He implemented his proven formula, targeting private labels and soon became an asset for retail giants.
In 1997, Irwin set his sights on his passion, home design. A nursery school renovation project honed Irwin his skills as a design professional and confirmed his gift for changing people’s lives by enhancing their physical surroundings. Soon after, Irwin was sought out for major home and commercial projects including pro bono work for children. He became a keen listener to the wants and dreams of clients, taking heart to their words and creating environments with pragmatic solutions.
An avid collector, Irwin, expanded his scope and set up an antiques shop in a Stamford Ct. where he pioneered his Mid-Century aesthetic. He curated a collection that placed him as one of Fairfield Counties most influential dealers, topping sales records in 2004 and 2005. His quick expansion into the luxury furniture market led to the opening of Irwin Feld Design, a freestanding gallery in the South End of Stamford, showcasing Mid-century Modern design pieces. He soon cultivated a clientele that reached local designers with an international outreach. From 2006-2015, Irwin Feld Design became the premier source for all things modern including a selection of fine art, and unique lighting.
In 2011, Irwin created CF Modern, a luxury brand offering unique pieces, locally handmade to order in New York City, and tailored to the specifications of the client. By 2013, CF Modern opened their first showroom in the New York Design Center located at 200 Lexington Ave., in Manhattan.
CF Modern continues to expand under the creative direction of Irwin Feld, reinventing ideas once brought forth by Twentieth Century masters. His interpretation of Mid Century design and his merchandising skills have enabled CF Modern to become a one of a kind firm with an innovative product selection, unifying the sum parts of his lifelong dedication to beauty and excellence.
In 2011, CF Modern became the platform for the evolution of contemporary Mid-century Modern design. Irwin Feld began designing and creating bold new pieces that are fully customizable, from specific dimensions to the selection of luxury materials and finishes. The successful outcome of this new creative process motivated Feld to transition away from vintage furniture and diversify his business. In 2013, CF Modern moved to the New York Design Center, located at 200 Lexington Ave. where it remains to date. The firm’s new bespoke direction has consolidated signature design elements that currently define CF Modern as a brand.