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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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Fawn Galli

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Designer Fawn Galli has a blog entry entitled “The Glory of Pom Poms” and that somehow captures her. She values charm. Her team of eight staff are asked, “Where’s the magic?” when designs are put forward. Fawn’s own Carroll Gardens brownstone, which she shares with her architect husband, Julio Salcedo and their two sons, manages to es... READ MORE
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Richard Haas

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You may have seen muralist, Richard Haas’s work because it’s right there in Soho, on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets to be exact. That delightful trompe l’oeil extension of the 19th century cast-iron façade, painted in 1974, was his first mural—in the original, a little cat was balanced on one of the window ledges. Sadly, [&helli... READ MORE
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Timothy Whealon

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Designer, Timothy Whealon pulled a face when we said that he had been described as having impeccable taste—it’s not something he’s aiming for although there’s no denying a certain level of elegant formality in his work. The title of his first book, In Pursuit of Beauty: The Interiors of Timothy Whealon (Rizzoli) speaks to a kind of old ... READ MORE
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Tyler Trinh and Jammie Waldron – Harlem Heirloom

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Tyler Trinh and Jammie Waldron met while they were both working at Pottery Barn and slowly hatched the idea of owning their own home décor store. Perhaps lots of Pottery Barn employees have the same thoughts, only Tyler and Jammie actually did it this year. Jammie, who grew up in Harlem, found a former barber’s shop for rent […]... READ MORE
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William Meyer

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“I don’t want to tell you too many of my secrets,” said William Meyer, who together with his partner Wayne Adler, own the two long-established eponymous home décor stores, William-Wayne & Co. But he would tell us that the key to business success is for customers to come and “take a little piece of the fantasy … I want [&helli... 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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Genie Livanos Fuhrmann – The Isabel O’Neil Studio

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The Isabel O’Neil Studio was founded in 1955 as a small art school dedicated to teaching the traditional techniques used to create painted finishes. Its eponymous founder was both scary and gifted. O’Neil’s meticulous obsession with this particular art form, the techniques of which find their origins in the Renaissance, still informs the teac... READ MORE
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Janine Carendi MacMurray

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Designer Janine Carendi MacMurray lives in that elegant, tranquil apartment we all want—the kind of place that fuels those fantasies in which we own a few beautiful things and nothing more. It’s an aesthetic that requires discipline although she did say that they had hidden all her kids’ toys behind a door that Jeff wasn’t allowed to [&he... READ MORE
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James Klein and David Reid

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KleinReid, a ceramics studio, was founded in 1993 by James Klein and David Reid when they had, in David’s words, “some energy—and a lot of naiveté”. Their work is known for its elegance and a deceptive simplicity, so hard, as any designer or artist will tell you, to achieve. An order from Bergdorf Goodman was their first break and [&he... READ MORE
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Robyn Pocker

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“A family business is not for the faint of heart,” says Robyn Pocker, owner of J.Pocker, the bespoke framing store on Lexington Avenue. Established by her grandfather in 1926, the business continued under her father until it was eventually passed on to Robyn. She laughed at the idea that joining the business was even a choice, still […... READ MORE