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interior and industrial designer

Melanie Kahane, interior and industrial designer.


Kahane, Melanie was born on November 26, 1910 in New York City. Daughter of Morris and Rose (Roth) Kahane.


Graduate, Parsons School Design, Paris, France, 1932. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Parsons School Design, New York City, 1982.


Illustrator Tobias Green Advertising Company, 1931-1932. Designer Lord & Taylor, 1933-1934. Founder, president Melanie Kahane, Incorporated, New York York City, 1935-1952.

President Melanie Kahane Associates, 1952. Designer for SBF Department and suburban stores, St. Louis, from 1958, Charles of Ritz, beauty salons, throughout United States, from 1957, Playbill Restaurant, New York City, 1958, Children's Museum, Fort Worth, 1955, Ziegfield Theatre, New York City, 1963, Governor Shivers mansion, Austin, Texas, 1957, official residence of president, Princeton University, 1958, Reid Hall, Paris, France, 1948, First National Bank, Fort Worth, 1962, Shubert Theaters, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, 1977-1983, others. Director styling and design Sprague & Carleton Furniture Company, Inc., 1962-1970.

Lecturer Parsons School Design, from 1950. Design, color and fabric consultant, from 1952.


  • Other Work

    • Author: There's a Decorator in Your Doll House, 1968. Produced: documentary film Decorating, A Way of Life, 1949. Contributor to books, encyclopedias.


Member commission to Southeast Asia for New York World's Fair, 1964-1965. Member National Panel Arbitrators, from 1963, NBC Monitor program mission to Russia, 1959, Agency for International Development Design Team for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1972-1973. Member Parson's School Design Board Overseers, since 1984.

Chairman Greater New York Fund, 1961. Fellow American Institute Interior Designers (honorary life member, past national secretary, director, past president New York chapter, national treasurer 1971-1975), American Society Interior Designers. Member Municipal Art Society, Decorator's Club New York City (president 1982-1985), Architectural League New York, National Society Literature and the Arts, Illuminating Engineering Society, Inter-Society Color Council, National Home Fashions League, Institute Practising Designers (England), Women's Forum, American Theatre Wing, American Museum in Britain.

Clubs: Cosmopolitan.


Married Theodore Earl Ebenstein, December 22, 1934 (divorced 1945). 1 child, Joan Ebenstein Porter. Married Ben Grauer, September 25, 1954 (deceased June 1977).

Morris Kahane

Rose (Roth) Kahane

Theodore Earl Ebenstein

Ben Grauer

Joan Ebenstein Porter Kahane