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Michele Oka Doner

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Michele Oka Doner is justly known for her exquisitely beautiful public commissions such as the ‘Radiant Site’ at  the Herald Square subway station and ‘A Walk on the Beach’, at the Miami International Airport, as well numerous pieces that have found their way into private collections the world over. Her governing passions are the strange ... READ MORE
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Fairfax & Sammons

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Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons live in a little house in the Village that once belonged to Armand Hammer, the flamboyant (and highly controversial) industrialist and art collector. There can’t be a house anywhere that has had two such contrasting sets of owners. Where Hammer’s taste ran to leopard prints and gaudiness, theirs is an essay [&h... READ MORE
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Tord Boontje

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Tord Boontje, the designer is unusually well known. Even if you do not know his name, chances are you will recognize his distinctive, delicate, and at times, edgy work. The New York Times described him as ‘the closest thing industrial design has to a celebrity’, a backhanded compliment if ever there was one. In person he is gentle […]... READ MORE
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Thad Hayes

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Thad Hayes did seem somewhat nonplussed by our style of interviewing but he gamely went along with it, offering us very good insights into his way of doing things. Originally trained as a landscape designer, he is unusual among interior designers because where they often say their work is mainly instinctive, he believes in being able […]... READ MORE
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Don Rattner

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Don and Gaby Rattner live in an elegant house in Brooklyn Heights, which they have furnished almost exclusively with antiques, old paintings and a few custom pieces. Although it does not come across as any kind of statement, it is evidence of Don’s essentially traditional approach to architecture and respect for the best of the past, […]... READ MORE
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Alexis Gregory

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Private Splendor: Great Families At Home By Alexis Gregory and Marc Walter The Vendome Press The cover photograph of this rather elegiac and lovely book seems to say it all. The table in a splendid red dining room is laden with flowers, china, crystal and candelabra. In front of a pair of gilded double doors stands an immaculately-attired butle... READ MORE
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Jeffrey Bilhuber

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There is a brittle wit and energy to Jeffrey Bilhuber that belies a more serious person. His range of reference is impressive, as is his ability to rarely say anything boring. Occasionally there is a sense that what he says is slightly rehearsed, and it probably has been, but only miliseconds beforehand in his very quick mind. He works at [&he... READ MORE
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Juan Pablo Molyneux

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What a grand, incredible world Mr Molyneux lives in, but what a thoughtful, courteous and cultured man he is. His design company works on some of the most astounding design projects in the world, palaces in India, a building in Russia for the ceremonial signing of treaties, castles in the Caribbean. The drawings he showed […]... READ MORE
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Marshall Watson

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We interviewed Marshall Watson on Valentine’s Day, which, if you remember was also the day of a fierce and gusting snow storm, one of those days when New Yorkers make a point of going about their business as normal, despite the weather. And so did we. Part of Marshall Watson’s great kindliness showed immediately when he insisted […]... READ MORE
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Brooke Duchin

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A disadvantage of print rather than broadcast journalism is that it is often difficult to convey tone of voice, expression and gesture, which, in the case of Brooke Duchin is a shame. Although she was reticent, at times quite happy to give one-word answers or simply say ‘I don’t know’, those answers merely reflect her determination to [&hel... READ MORE
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Adam Kushner

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Architect, Adam Kushner tested our mettle as interviewers because he really is impassioned and well-reflected on many things. Each answer gave us pause for thought as we spoke about his views of technology as limiting rather than expanding our experience of the world. His apartment in the West Village was conceived as a space that moves through [... READ MORE
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Nancy Corzine

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Furniture and textile designer, Nancy Corzine is tiny, elegant and very, very determined. Over the years she has single-handedly built a substantial business as well as raising three children. After nursing her mother through Alzheimer’s disease, she decided to spend a good deal of her time with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, a no... READ MORE

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