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Katie Leede

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Our interview this week involved a thoughtful discussion with designer Katie Leede about the intersection between acting and designing. The former was something she wanted to do but, as she puts it, “didn’t have the talent for my talent”. The latter, however, was something that just seemed to come naturally in [&hel... READ MORE
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Jenny Dina Kirschner

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch After being something of a serial taker of college degrees (she has four), interior designer Jenny Kirschner quickly struck out on her own some twelve years ago and has managed to sustain a solid business along with being a mother of two daughters, PTA Leader and keeping up with some art […]... READ MORE
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Brock Forsblom

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch One of Brock Forsblom’s friends introduces him thus: “This is Brock. He went to Yale and then he became a decorator.” Well, we can let his friend know that there are plenty of Ivy League graduates among the decorators we have interviewed—somehow their academic achievement doesn’t get in their way. Brock, [&helli... READ MORE
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Lucinda Loya

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Designer Lucinda Loya divides her time between Houston and New York, living in an ultra-modern house back in Texas and an apartment in a renovated Victorian building that lies just off Stuyvesant Square in Gramercy. Originally an Episcopal Church, it has been occupied by the Salvation Army and Smith College. It […]... READ MORE
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Victoria & Son

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Anthony Victoria and his son, Freddy, represent the second and third generations of a family-owned bespoke furniture business long known for the elegance, quality and craftsmanship of the pieces they make. Established in 1933 by Anthony’s father, Frederick P. Victoria, the firm originally specialized in selling high-quality, unusual English and E... READ MORE
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Michele Varian

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Designer Michele Varian opened her first store in SoHo very shortly after 9/11 when she had money burning in her pocket from the sale of her gorgeous pillows to big name stores like Barneys and Neiman Marcus. Ultimately, she says, it was because she wanted complete control of the product—“I wanted […]... READ MORE
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Brian McCarthy

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Brian J. McCarthy is best known for the way in which every design he creates is highly personalized for each client. What they have in common is his exquisite taste, marrying quality antiques, texture, color and art so beautifully that his rooms may make you catch your breath. His own apartment, just steps from Central […]... READ MORE
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Jeanie Engelbach

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Professional organizer Jeanie Engelbach calls herself “a gentle drill sergeant” … and possibly sometimes not that gentle. The trouble is that people think they’re better at organizing themselves or their lives than actually are, at least that is what she has observed since she started her business some fourteen ye... READ MORE
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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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