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History

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The Design Library was founded 35 years ago by Susan Meller and her late husband Herbert.
Through their love of old fabric patterns and passion for collecting, the Mellers assembled a vast
record of Western textile design. Then began the daunting project – which continues today – of
cleaning, mounting and classifying the hundreds of thousands of documentary fabric swatches,
paintings and antique wallpapers. The acquisition and classification of unique design collections
from all over the world is ongoing and the archive continues to expand.

Peter Koepke joined the Design Library in 1990 and acquired the company in 2002. Peter has
managed sales, initiated the development of digital design collections on CD-ROM, and achieved
the move from Manhattan to the Hudson River Valley in 1998.

This move to Wappingers Falls unlocked vast sections of the collection that were previously stored
in Vermont. At last, the entire archive was united under one roof and fully accessible to our clients.