"Moss is no ordinary mortal, but one who has defined the design decade, who helped shape how we see objects." ...Metropolis Magazine 2012
Murray Moss is the founder and creative mind behind internationally renowned MOSS design gallery, established in 1994.
He conceived and curated over a hundred influential exhibitions, at Moss in New York and Los Angeles, as well as other venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Museum Fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Collective Design Fair and the Warhol Foundation in Pittsburgh.
Moss has written three books: Georg Jensen Reflections, (Rizzoli, 2014), Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli, 2013), and Tertium Quid, August Editions (2013), and co-authored Please Do Not Touch (Rizzoli, 2018).
In the December 2011 issue of the international magazine, Art + Auction, Murray Moss was included in the magazine’s list, “Most Powerful People in the Art World."
He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Chrysler Design Award, Russel Wright Award, House Beautiful’s Giants of Design Award, Metropolitan Home’s Modernism Award and was inducted into Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. He has served on the Boards of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA).
Murray Moss is a frequent guest speaker at art academies and universities, as well as cultural institutions around the world, including the TED Talks, the Neue Galerie, the Smithsonian, Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Parsons School of Design, the Sackler Gallery in London, the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, and Beijing Center for the Arts.
He is on the Graduate Faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design.
In addition to an Emmy, Franklin Getchell has received more than thirty other honors, including seven Emmy nominations, a Peabody, a Christopher, and the Japan Prize.
He is a senior executive with experience across a wide range of business disciplines.
To date, he has had four distinct careers. For ten years he was an actor, on stage and television, including commercials, plus print and radio advertising. Classically trained, in New York and the UK, including at the Royal Shakespeare Company, he toured the country, did musical theatre, and eventually went to Hollywood, doing episodic police dramas.
He is a writer. Of advertising copy, for two years, of television documentaries and drama, for twelve years, of newspaper and magazine articles and books, for thirty years, including co-authoring Please Do Not Touch (Rizzoli, 2018).
He is a producer, director and television programmer, for twenty five years. In the US, UK, France, Malaysia and Japan. He was responsible for over 800 hours of television, and in his tv career, had programming on PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC and HBO in the US, and on four cable satellite channels in the UK (one of which he created), as well as Discovery Channel Europe. For six years, he was in charge of Sesame Street.
He is a retail executive, for fifteen years as President of Moss.
And for the past five years, exploiting the experience and expertise gained from all that came before, he is a high level Consultant, and Advisor, over a broad range of topics and fields.
His professional expertise extends to marketing and branding, business development and corporate management. His own company, Getchell Intellectual, had clients in both the public and private sectors, and while in the UK, he had a regular column in Broadcast, the industry weekly newspaper. He was a frequent speaker at media conferences, festivals and trade shows.
He is a graduate of Harvard, and attended Columbia and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
"Moss--impresario, provocateur, and inventor of the store-as-museum concept--is the retailer most responsible for transforming Soho and taking high-end design mainstream." - Metropolis 2012
"Arguably the best design store in America" - The New York Times 2003
"Once in a hundred years, a shopkeeper may emerge with a vision powerful enough to alter the culture…. If a new design revolution results, it will have started at 146 Greene Street in the shop called Moss". - The Washington Post 2003
“(Moss) is a source of enlightenment to New Yorkers about the history and culture of furniture and designer objects. ” - Intramuros (cover story) 2000
"Moss is the world's best design store for the simple reason that its owner, Murray Moss, treats it as a personal obsession." - Sunday Telegraph 2004
“...one of the most influential retailers in America." - Departures 2005
(Moss has) “become the best (and I’ve chosen that superlative carefully) design store in the world.” -Alice Rawsthorne, International Herald Tribune 2007
“His shop and his New York gallery are considered the best of the United States." - Architectural Digest France 2009
"Murray Moss is the Pied Piper of avant-garde design, the Soho Savonarola of Sottsass, the Don King of Droog. For someone who is neither a designer nor a manufacturer, he exerts a profound influence on the elite New York design scene." - Interior Design 1999