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Brett Leemkuil

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We already knew that decorator, Brett Leemkuil, was known for his Tony-Duquette influenced Hollywood flair but we weren’t quite prepared, when we stepped in off a street in Sunnyside, Queens, for the wonderful theatricality of his studio apartment. Full of sumptuous color, low lighting and glamorous swags of tasseled silk, in our era of glass, ... READ MORE
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James Reginato

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Like most of the other writers we’ve interviewed, James Reginato, writer-at-large for Vanity Fair and former features director of W magazine, is much happier being on the other side of the tape recorder. However he has a wonderful new book to promote, Great Houses Modern Aristocrats (Rizzoli) so he might have to get used to it, although that ... READ MORE
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Jesse James and Kostas Anagnopoulos

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Jesse James together with his husband and business partner Kostas Anagnopoulos(Gus) own and run a design think tank called Aesthetic Movement that provides a range of services including branding, marketing, designing and overseeing launches of products in the gift, home, jewelry and personal accessories market. They have been together for twenty ... READ MORE
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John Barman

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John Barman was one of the designers in our very first batch of HOUSE interviews and he had us reaching for the names of movies that we thought would best describe his style sensibility—James Bond! Austin Powers! This time, after his sophisticated renovation, we were thinking Bertolucci films. But in the end the look is […]... READ MORE
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Luca Andrisani

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Italian architect Luca Andrisani doesn’t like chit-chat or small talk and that is fine by us. That’s not at all to say that he is brusque—he’s charming—but he shoots straight. Like so many people we interview, he dislikes and avoids the tireless self-promotion and networking that is now apparently required if one is going to survive in ... READ MORE
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Bjorn Bjornsson

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Our HOUSE interviewees often throw us curveballs but Icelandic designer Bjorn Bjornsson gave us more than pause when we realized only part-way through his account of working on a hotel in Baghdad, that the design stand-off he was describing was in fact with … Saddam Hussein. You’ll have to read on to find out more. Bjorn, whose […]... READ MORE
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Rio Hamilton

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Rio Hamilton is a man of our times. He braids a number of skills into a self-employment and those skills are really of our time too. He has developed a social media presence through his blog “Mon Oncle” where he chronicles parties, launches and events within the design world and he has also leveraged his previous […]... READ MORE
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Sasha Bikoff

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So we all nestled together on the magnificent, inherited, Loro Piana fur throw slung across designer Sasha Bikoff’s couch: me, Sian, Sasha and her phone, which she occasionally stroked like a kitten. She’s young. But there’s a period sensibility to her interiors which, if developed, might become what we agreed to call “The New Opulence”... READ MORE
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Patrick Mele

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Interior designer, Patrick Mele grew up, he told us, “in a chicken coop on a farm” but the chicken coop was pretty near Greenwich, where his family owned and ran high-end restaurants. He knew the Greenwich way of life, shall we say, but as he puts it, “I was so immersed in it, but so not it.” […]... READ MORE
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Jeffrey Bilhuber

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In his new book, “Jeffrey Bilhuber: American Master” (Rizzoli) designer Jeffrey Bilhuber describes his work as “sort of a wonderful burden”. Thirty years into his career, he’s bearing that burden pretty well but, as he pointed out frequently during our interview, for all its (mis)perceived superficiality, making it as an interior ... READ MORE
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Karl Kipfmueller

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There are lots of naked men in Karl Kipfmueller’s Clinton Hill townhouse—really good ones, painted, sculpted and sketched. He studied art and design at Pratt Institute nearby but he is also one of the go-to furniture restorers for many of the top decorators in New York. The one discipline informs the other as he re-finishes furniture […... READ MORE
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Scott Sanders

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“No one ever hires us to do yellow,” says designer Scott Sanders. “I love yellow.” He sounded a little regretful—designers, like all of us, have unrealized dreams—but he has had something of a charmed career. His very first independent design job, a mere week out of Parsons, was a 175-room hotel in Miami, owned by […]... READ MORE