He escaped the Soviet Union by swimming the Araks River in 1967. He lived in Istanbul and Beirut for a while. He moved to New York in 1974. Early on, his work resembled sculptural clay bits discovered in prehistoric investigations. His 1975 installation at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York, 1,000 Bricks Gilded in 22 Carat Gold Leaf, demonstrated a fascination in gold leaf, which he later employed on his furniture pieces.
First designer to work with bakelite
Friedrich Adler (1878 – 1942) was a German designer, educator, and artist. He was well-known for his work in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco genres of metals design. He was also the first to employ bakelite in his designs. He created his designs with a wide range of things and materials.