Edwin Arthur "Ed" Schlossberg (born July 19, 1945), founder and principal of ESI Design, is an American designer, author, and artist. He specializes in designing interactive, participatory experiences, beginning in 1977 with the first hands-on learning environment in the US for the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Schlossberg continues to work in the field and publishes frequently on the subject. He is the husband of Caroline Kennedy and son-in-law of the late John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He has published nine books, including "Einstein and Beckett" and "Interactive Excellence". His art work has been presented in many one-man shows and museum exhibits. In 2011, he was appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts by President Barack Obama.[1]

Early life

Schlossberg was born in New York City to an Orthodox Jewish family.[2][3] His parents Alfred I. Schlossberg and Mae Hirsch were both children of Ukrainian immigrants. Alfred founded a textile-manufacturing business and was president of the Park East Synagogue on New York's Upper East Side, where Ed studied Hebrew and had a Bar Mitzvah.[4]


Schlossberg first attended New York's PS 166 school, and is a graduate of Birch Wathen School and Columbia College of Columbia University.[5] He received his masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Schlossberg's multi-disciplinary design firm, ESI Design, is based on Sixth Avenue in New York City. It has produced award-winning interactive experiences for both institutional and corporate clients.[5][6] Signature projects include:

  • Best Buy – Concept Stores
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate[7]
  • Ellis Island – American Family Immigration History Center
  • Playa Vista
  • Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
  • Reuters|Reuters Spectacular at 3 Times Square[8]
  • Sony Plaza and Sony Wonder Technology Lab
  • Time Warner Home to the Future installation[9]
  • World Financial Center Breezeway Media Walls
  • World Trade Center and World Financial Center Informational Kiosks

Schlossberg's plans for a redesign of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland received public attention when ESI was engaged to head the project in 2007,[6][10] but the Hall of Fame ultimately went with a different design because of cost considerations.[11]

Personal life

Schlossberg married attorney Caroline Bouvier Kennedy on July 19, 1986, his 41st birthday.[12] They have three children, all born in New York:

The family lives on Park Avenue, on Manhattan's Upper East Side.


  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1973). Einstein and Beckett; a record of an imaginary discussion with Albert Einstein and Samuel Beckett. New York. ISBN 0825630118. 
  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1977). The philosopher's game: match your wits against the 100 greatest thinkers of all time. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312604629. 
  • Fuller, R.B.; Schlossberg, E. (1977). Tetrascroll. Universal Limited Art Editions. 
  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1985). The pirated edition of Stevens and Bohr: a record of correspondence between Wallace Stevens and Niels Bohr and journals written during that correspendence. London; Zurich: Princelet Editions. ISBN 0862980143. 
  • Schlossberg, Edwin (1998). Interactive excellence: defining and developing new standards for the twenty-first century. Library of contemporary thought. New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0345423712. 


  1. ^ Thomas E. Luebke, ed., Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2013): Appendix B, p. 554.
  2. ^ "Alfred I. Schlossberg Textile Manufacturer, 87". New York Times. December 7, 1995. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths SCHLOSSBERG, MAE (HIRSCH)". The New York Times. May 26, 2005. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ C. David Heymann (July 10, 2007). American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy. Simon & Schuster. pp. 266–7. ISBN 978-0-7434-9738-1. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Jeffery Hogrefe, "The family man", New York, April 30, 2001.
  6. ^ a b Evgenia Peretz, "Interactive Man", Vanity Fair, December 2007.
  7. ^ Doug Most, "Behind the Kennedy Institute Experience with Edwin Schlossberg", The Boston Globe, March 29, 2015  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  8. ^ Brad Wieners, "Making Headlines in 10,000-Point Type", Wired, December 2002.
  9. ^ Rebecca Mead, "Cable Guy", The New Yorker, January 22, 2007.
  10. ^ "Rock Hall has designs for concert atmosphere", Associated Press in Toledo Blade, April 20, 2007.
  11. ^ John Soeder, "$6.9 million redesign reinvigorates the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum", The Plain Dealer, March 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "Caroline Bouvier Kennedy to wed Edwin Schlossberg". New York Times. March 2, 1986. Retrieved June 21, 2007. The engagement of Caroline Bouvier Kennedy and Edwin Arthur Schlossberg has been announced by her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis of New York. A summer wedding is planned. 
  13. ^ a b Zibart, Eve (June 18, 2012). "Kennedys 4.0: The Dynasty Endures". Boston Common. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2nd Girl for Caroline Kennedy". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 1990. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ Mcfadden, Robert D. (May 20, 1994). "DEATH OF A FIRST LADY; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Dies of Cancer at 64". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 

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