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Stephen Shadley

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So easy to talk to designer Stephen Shadley, too easy: we stayed so long we ended up taking down his recipe for salad dressing and perusing The Big Book of Penises, a gift from his great friend, Diane Keaton. He’s designed six houses for her as well as a house for Jennifer Aniston and a townhouse for […]... READ MORE
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Elizabeth Pyne

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If New York Social Diary is a kind of chronicle of city life then this is our contribution: three generations of designers in three HOUSE interviews: grandmother, mother and now, in this new interview, daughter. Elizabeth Pyne is the daughter of designer Ann Pyne and granddaughter of Betty Sherrill, of the design firm McMillen. After a stint ... READ MORE
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Nancy Boszhardt

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Designer Nancy Boszhardt has lived plenty—she’s been a dancer, a hippie, a flight attendant and, briefly a posh wife in a posh house in Boston. She can also cut wood with a chainsaw, cook a Thanksgiving dinner for her seven siblings and their families and run a very successful design business. If all of this information is […]... READ MORE
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Ruth Shuman

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Ruth Shuman lives in one of the most singular apartments in New York, in part because her long-time friend, the well-known Italian designer Gaetano Pesce, gradually filled the space with his intensely original and seriously playful work. The apartment is also a visual essay in the uses of color, fittingly so because Ruth is the founder of Public... READ MORE
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Dennis Wedlick

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Dennis Wedlick is a prime example of how one small but crucial thing can lead to a whole career. While working as a lowly intern for Philip Johnson and invited to attend the firm’s annual picnic at the Glass House, he went over to the great man and pointed out that all Johnson’s drawings were moldering […]... READ MORE
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Ralph Harvard

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Ralph Harvard is particularly known for restoring old houses and making them livable for the people romantic enough to buy them. He himself has several 18th century wooden houses disassembled and packed away, ready for when he has the time to reassemble them and restore them—it just sounded so cool to say that you have whole […]... READ MORE
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James Rixner

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Interior designer James Rixner initially studied architecture and then came to New York with a Masters in Urban Design. He originally worked on a project studying the effects of urban design on mass transit, studying things like the effects of incorporating a subway entrance to a building. So far, so interesting but after three years he realized ... READ MORE
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Deborah French

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Deborah French found her calling as a teenager when her mother sent her, against her will, to art classes on a Saturday morning where a sculpture teacher told her she had real talent. But as is the way of life, marriages are made and unmade, you move to another country (in her case, Greece), you […]... READ MORE
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Brian del Toro

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Designer Brian del Toro lives in a charming Hell’s Kitchen rental that is filled with objects, furniture and art inherited from his mother and grandparents. There is a sense of nostalgia about the place that one rarely sees these days. Its charm is not lost on Brian who grew up in a large, comfortable home on Long […]... READ MORE
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George Glazer

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“As you may or may not know, what I’m mainly known for … is globes,” said George Glazer in what was possibly the best understatement we’ve heard as we stood in delighted silence taking in his “Harry Potter” living space filled with what is probably the world’s most extensive collection of American globes as well as a […]... READ MORE
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Noha Hassan-Smith

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Designer Noha Hassan-Smith is a fully fledged member of the international tribe, definitely coming from one place but sort of coming from many other places too. In her case, she is Egyptian but spent much of her childhood and adolescence in Europe, eventually moving to London to work in finance and marketing. Her reincarnation as a designer [&hel... READ MORE
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Jed Bark

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If we still had medieval guilds, then Jed Bark would some sort of Grand Master Framer – he’s the guy The Metropolitan Museum turns to when they want works framed, not to mention artists like Donald Judd and Richard Avedon. His huge airy space in Long Island City had long tables filled with incredible artworks: at one […]... READ MORE

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