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Richard Mishaan

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As we said to designer Richard Mishaan at some point in our lengthy interview, “we thought we were going to be talking about if mid-century design is in or out and so forth …” but what we did talk about instead was how entrepreneurial he is. It does not detract from the fact that he […]... READ MORE
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Susan Bleckner Heller

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Although Susan Bleckner Heller studied fine art at The School for Visual Arts, she is wholly self-taught as a ceramicist and initially came to it through collecting. Perhaps because she grew up in an artistic family—her brother is Ross Bleckner and both her mother and her uncle were talented artists—when she […... READ MORE
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Charles H. Beckley Mattresses

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch & Pierre Crosby Sian’s search for a new mattress led to us to one of our more unusual interviews in a 19th century red brick mattress factory in the South Bronx, the premises of Charles H. Beckley Inc., a family business still run by Ted, Tim and Ken Marschke, who are […]... READ MORE
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Bennett Leifer

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Designer Bennett Leifer (pictured with his partner Benni Frowein) made the decision to major in both art history and business in college, not a combination that many choose but one, as it has turned out, very well suited to running an interior design firm. He agreed with us that he was “practical” but it is […]... READ MORE
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Priscilla Ulmann

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Priscilla Ulmann is a designer who is seasoned enough to know that she doesn’t need to cover all the bases — she’s not going to be doing an all-white, empty room anytime soon. Her style strengths lie in what she describes as a “Bloomsbury look” using a warm palette of reds, yellows and greens skillfully […]... READ MORE
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Tom Britt

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We asked designer Tom Britt if, as he claims, a room can really make you feel “important, sexy and confident.” Of course he unhesitatingly said it could—hesitating is just not something Tom Britt does. He is known for his dashing, confident, colorful rooms skillfully emboldened with an opulent flair, as well as for his big, […]... READ MORE
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Michael Smith

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It wasn’t easy to get hold of Michael Smith (pictured above with his partner, James Costos)—not that he wasn’t willing to talk to us, just that he seems to be constantly on the move. Even our phone interview took place in several chunks, the main part of which he was in his car driving to a meeting. Presumably […]... READ MORE
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Ellie Cullman and Lee Cavanaugh

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It has been almost a decade since we last walked into Ellie Cullman’s gorgeous Park Avenue apartment but the bowls of candy and the abundance of flowers were still there, as was the warm welcome. A high-end “couture” designer she may be, but she knows how to make a home. There have been a few […]... READ MORE
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Elizabeth Roberts

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Although Architect Elizabeth Roberts works on a variety of projects including store and restaurant design, she has made something of a specialty out of townhouse projects, particularly brownstones in Brooklyn. She renovated her own Clinton Hill house and things grew from there. Her interiors are light-filled, high-ceilinged modern re-imaginings o... READ MORE
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Pamela Talese

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Though born and thoroughly brought up on the Upper East Side, artist Pamela Talese found her first significant subject matter on the other side of the river in Brooklyn and Queens. She spent, and still spends, her days cycling around the boroughs, working on site to document through her paintings places like the Brooklyn Navy Yard and […]... READ MORE
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Wesley Moon

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Designer Wesley Moon has come a long way since his early days living in an unheated Mott Street tenement and tending bar to make ends meet while he slaved away at an entry level job at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill—not that he wasn’t grateful for the ticket it gave him to come to New York from Atlanta. […]... READ MORE
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John Rosselli

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There’s one thing that seems to generally hold true for antiques dealers and that is that they’re great at telling stories, or at least being interesting. John Rosselli, some fifty years in the business and counting, is no exception. Known best for his much-loved Upper East Side decorative emporiums, he probably needs little introduction as [&h... READ MORE