Murray Moss & Franklin Getchell
Having spent 50+ years tenure in New York City, Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell, creators of the iconic MOSS store and now design consultancy MOSS BUREAU, have decided that there’s always room to grow and change – even late in life. They emptied their modernist apartment, packed up their fantastic collection of designer furnitures and wares from centuries past, and migrated up to the academia of New Haven CT where they purchased a new-Colonial style home with a historical narrative as unique as any piece in the Moss collection.
The NYT asked me to go up and photograph the couple in their new place for a story on their Moss retrospective book “Please Do Not Touch”, which they’ve been hard at work on with acclaimed publisher Rizolli and set to release this April. Ironically, I spent the entire afternoon roaming around the house, sussing out the curious details of the space, designed by a now-forgotten female architect named Alice Washburn in the pre-depression era with a story similar to the newly discovered photographer Vivian Maier.