The school has fulfilled its mission by graduating legions of scholars (both masters and doctorate programs are offered) and by holding influential exhibitions, including A.W.N. Pugin: Master of the Gothic Revival, which a New York Times critic called "a cause for jubilation." Major retrospectives like Marimekko (2003) and the recent Knoll Textiles (2011) have also inspired the work of contemporary designers. While Weber can be credited with further legitimizing decorative arts scholarship on the institutional level, she has also does so by example. She holds a Ph.D. form the Royal College of Art in London, where her focus was on the secular furniture and interior design of E.W. Godwin. Like the good scholar that she is, her studies didn’t stop there. Lately she has turned her attention to the American circus and Swedish wooden toys. "My interests lie in the study of objects—not only what they teach us about how we live now," she says, "but what they tell us about our past."
Now based in the San Francsico Bay Area, Joanne Furio is a veteran print journalist who segued into design over a decade ago. In addition to writing for Dwell, she contributes to San Francisco and the Believer.