Born to a highly creative couple in Pittsburgh, PA., Fred Bernstein moved to New York City after studying Arts and Humanities at Temple University. Once in New York, Fred immediately set to work as a Visual Merchandiser for several retailers including Macyʼs and Bergdorf Goodman.
After a chance meeting with a makeup artist, Fred learned that he could transition his visual background and love of fashion into wardrobe styling for photo shoots. Fred went on to style numerous editorials for European publications such as Italian Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Bambini, LʼOfficial and Lei. Throughout his styling career Fred has worked with many noted photographers such as Steven Klein, Ben Watts, Albert Watson, Duane Michaels, and director Penny Marshall.
After working in fashion and props for several years, Fredʼs interest in set design and interiors grew. Throughout his life, he had always had a passion for 20th century furniture and design and began amassing a personal collection. Fred was inspired by these designs and began to funnel this inspiration into designs of his own. “The Modernist” line saw its debut at Sublime American Design in Tribeca. As his personal collection continued to grow, Fred realized he wanted his own showroom space and chose Shelter Island as the location. Home114 was an immediate success and received an invitation from 1st Dibs to be featured as one of their dealers.
Clients soon began to rely on Fredʼs sense of design and architecture, and his career took off. Fred has created and overseen his design of residences in New York City, The Hamptons, Princeton, Old Greenwich, Cos Cob and Miami Beach as well as the boutique cottages at the Pridwin Hotel in Shelter Island. Fred was awarded for one of his Shelter Island projects, in the Hampton Cottages and Gardens' prestigious Innovation In Design Awards and was featured in the special issue.