Meet the Expert: Scalamandre and Textile Restoration

Dr. Frank Koe, former Vice President and Director of Restoration at Scalamandre, a manufacturer of traditional textiles, decorative textile trims, wall covering, and carpeting, will host a special presentation at the National Museum of Industrial History on Saturday, January 19th at 2pm. Koe, who brought the restoration division of Scalamandre into fruition, worked with the talented mill artisans to reproduce high-end fabrics for historic site throughout the country. Projects under taken during Koe’s tenure at the company include textiles for The white House and restoration of the Andrew Johnson Suite in the US Department of Treasury.

His academic experiences include serving as Professor and Chairman of the Education Department at Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania, Dean of the New York School of Interior Design, Acting Dean of the Baker School of Business and Technology at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and Associate Director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at the Stern School of Business, New York University. While writing the First Edition of Fabric for the Designed Interior, Frank was named Writer in Residence at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York City. He is currently Associate Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship at Penn State’s University Park campus.

The Meet the Expert series takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This unique opportunity to hear thematic talks from experts in their respective fields will include a 45-minute lecture and 15-minute Q&A. Meet the Experts is included in your admission price and is free to all members of the museum.

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