Robert Aibel is the founder and director of Moderne Gallery, which reflects his interests and passions. His abiding interest in visual communication and education as well as an exceptional eye for quality and "the unusual" have built his reputation as a dealer and as a resource to other 20th century experts and to the press. His scholarly approach to the field has established him as an authority, particularly in French Art Deco, the American Studio Craft Movement, Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima. He is often consulted by museum curators and is frequently cited as a source in newspapers, magazines, and books. He is a founder and former president and secretary of the Old City Arts Association (First Friday) and a 20+ year member and former chairperson of COLLAB, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's board for modern and contemporary decorative arts. Aibel received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. He was on the faculty at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania from 1974 to 1992.
Josh Aibel is following in his father's footsteps. Brought up surrounded by the furniture and decorative arts in which Moderne Gallery specialized, he joined the gallery in 2008 as an apprentice in the restoration studio. His deep familiarity with the furniture was developed through an intimate interaction with the pieces on a very basic level. He was a sales associate at SOFA NYC and Modernism, shows held at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. In 2010, he became a partner in Moderne Gallery.
Jason Joyce, director of our restoration studio, is Robert Aibel's nephew, rounding out what is essentially a family business. In the 1990's he began his association with Moderne Gallery as its manager. In 2005, he redirected his efforts and has proven to be one of the most talented restorers in the business. His work on Moderne Gallery's vintage inventory preserves the integrity and historical accuracy of the work while returning spectacular woods to their original beauty.