Edwin Schlossberg Biography

(American Designer, Author, and Artist Who Specializes in Designing Interactive Experiences)

Birthday: July 19, 1945 (Cancer)

Born In: New York, New York, United States

Edwin Schlossberg is a well-known American designer, artist, lecturer, and author, who was appointed to the ‘US Commission of Fine Arts’ by Barack Obama in 2011. He is the husband of Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the 35th president of the US, John F Kennedy. Schlossberg specializes in experiential designing and participatory interactions. His specialization also includes integrated retail and cultural facilities. One of his best designs was exhibited as the ‘Shanghai Corporate Pavilion’ for the ‘World Expo’ in Shanghai. Edwin is the founder of internationally acclaimed firm ‘ESI Design,’ which focuses on designing and maintaining interactive and learning environment among its clients. He is also an author and has written more than 10 published books, including ‘Einstein and Beckett,’ ‘Interactive Excellence: Defining and Developing New Standards for the Twenty-first Century,’ and ‘Tetrascroll.’ His art works have also been part of many famous museums. He is often invited to his alma mater, ‘Columbia University,’ to deliver lectures about his life and experiences. He delivers lectures at other colleges, too. He has also worked with many non-profit boards and organizations to support designers and other community causes. Edwin Schlossberg is indeed a genius in his field.

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Also Known As: Edwin Arthur Schlossberg

Age: 78 Years, 78 Year Old Males


father: Alfred Schlossberg

mother: Mae Schlossberg

children: John Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg, Tatiana Schlossberg

Born Country: United States

Writers Designers

Ancestry: Ukrainian American

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Columbia University

Childhood & Early Life
Edwin Arthur Schlossberg was born on July 19, 1945, in New York, to Alfred I Schlossberg and Mae Hirsch. He belonged to a Jewish family with orthodox beliefs.
His grandparents were Ellis Islands immigrants and were born within 50 miles of one another, in Poltava, Russia. His grandfather owned small real-estate business but lost it all during the Depression.
His father was a businessman who had started a textile-manufacturing business and was also the president of the ‘Park East Synagogue’ on New York's Upper East Side.
Edwin completed his schooling from ‘PS 166’ school in New York. He later graduated from the ‘Columbia College’ of ‘Columbia University.’
He earned his master’s degree from the ‘Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.’
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Initially, when he described his profession and claimed that he was a specialist in interactive media, nobody really understood it. He now owns a well- recognized design firm, ‘ESI Design,’ which is based in New York City.
He once stated that he had never thought of becoming a designer. He said that he would think a lot and people suddenly started paying him for his thoughts.
Some of his major projects include the ‘Terrell Place,’ Washington, DC; the ‘Barclays Center Media Experience,’ Brooklyn; the ‘Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate,’ and the ‘Ellis Island–American Family Immigration History Center.’ His company has also worked for ‘Best Buy,’ ‘Playa Vista,’ ‘Reuters Spectacular,’ the ‘Pope John Paul II Cultural Center,’ and the kiosks of the ‘World Trade Center’ and the ‘World Financial Center.’
The company’s other famous clients are ‘Sony Plaza,’ the ‘Sony Wonder Technology Lab,’ ‘Time Warner,’ and ‘World Financial Center Breezeway Media Walls.’ Edward is often appreciated by his trusted clients for his vision and hard work.
His project on redesigning the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in Cleveland could not come to fruition in 2007 due to the high costs involved. Eventually, a different design was used for the hall.
As a Writer
Edward is also a published writer. He has written 11 books to date.
His first book was released in 1973 and was titled ‘Einstein and Beckett.’ The book was about an imaginary interaction between Albert Einstein and Samuel Beckett.
His next book, ‘The Pocket Calculator Game Book,’ was released in 1975.
In 1977, he released three books. The first of these was titled ‘The 1977/78 CB Guide.’ His second book of 1977 was ‘The Philosopher’s Game: Match Your Wits against the 100 Greatest Thinkers of All Time.’ He co-wrote the latter with John Brockman.
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His third book that year was titled ‘Tetrascroll.’ It was co-written with RB Fuller.
He released ‘The Home Computer Handbook’ in 1978, followed by ‘Atlas of Perception’ in 1992. His next book, ‘Interactive Excellence: Defining and Developing New Standards for the Twenty-first Century,’ released in 1998.
Other Major Works
Edward Schlossberg is also a lecturer and is often invited to deliver lectures at various organizations and colleges, including his alma mater, ‘Columbia University.
He has also worked with numerous non-profit organizations that support designers and community organizations on a pro-bono basis. He was appointed to the ‘US Commission of Fine Arts’ by President Barack Obama.
He is also an artist and has had his work showcased in various exhibitions and famous museums. In 2014, he had a solo show titled ‘From Here: Drawings by Edwin Schlossberg’ at the ‘Ronald Feldman Gallery’ in New York.
In 2019, another show, titled ‘Assignments and Earlier Works,’ was held at the ‘Ronald Feldman Gallery’ in New York.
Awards & Achievements
’Wired’ has named him a “leader in interactive design.”
Family & Personal Life
Edward married Caroline Kennedy, John F Kennedy’s daughter, on July 19, 1986. He turned 41 on the day of his wedding.
The couple has three children: Rose, Tatiana, and Jack.
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