Charles S. Cohen, the owner of Design Center of the Americas in Dania, and head of Cohen Brothers Realty, Cohen Design Centers and Cohen Media Group, last week was given the National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic for his commitment and contributions to the French artistic community. He will be decorated with the prestigious Knight of the Order medal at a ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Cohen is chairman and CEO of the Cohen Media Group, which released Emmanual Bercot’s On My Way starring Catherine Denueve on March 14. Other upcoming releases include Cedric Klapsich’s Chinese Puzzle and Le Chef, among others.
Established by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963, The National Order of Merit was created to award French citizens as well as foreign nationals for distinguished civil or military achievements. Charles S. Cohen was honored for his work as the leading distributor of French cinema in the U.S.
Cohen, who lives part-time in Palm Beach, also oversees DCOTA, one of the world’s largest design/office campuses with 775,000 square feet. His group owns and manages a total of more than 12 million square feet of prime office and showroom space, including centers in New York, Los Angeles and Houston.