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Katie Ridder

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We don’t much like the suburbs, but the lovely old trees and the gracious 1920s villas along Katie Ridder’s street exuded an atmosphere of stability and affluence, which is somehow different from wealth. It was kind of comforting. Katie, who is married to the architect, Peter Pennoyer, began her working life at House & Garden, […]... READ MORE
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Harry Allen

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If you don’t necessarily know who Harry Allen is, you’ve seen at least one of his designs somewhere—most likely the realistic piglet piggy bank cast in a variety of materials or the fruit bowl shaped like a bunch of bananas. These products from his “Reality” line represent just one set of his ideas—there’s much more to his […... READ MORE
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Kitty Hawks

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We didn’t want to leave the Westchester house that Kitty Hawks and her husband Larry Lederman have spent 24 years perfecting—it is perfect. Although everyone we interview loves their homes, somehow Kitty seemed to love hers with a special and protective intensity. How it has paid off—comfortable rooms full of lovely things, a house surrou... READ MORE
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Robert Couturier

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Robert Couturier was our very first HOUSE interview in 2006 and he helped us set the tone for the kind of column we wanted: a real conversation where you could hear the actual person speaking—no canned answers or prepared sound bites. It isn’t always easy to get that out of interviewees but it was easy […]... READ MORE
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Patrick Gerard Carmody

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Patrick Gerard Carmody grew up steeped in the history of one of Louisiana’s fabled families, the Aime family. In the 19th century, Francois-Gabriel “Valcour” Aime, Patrick’s great, great, great grandfather, owned an enormously lucrative sugar plantation and a refinery that made them the wealthiest family in the state. Not surprisingly, “... READ MORE
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Alex Papachristidis

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We think Alex Papachristidis has recovered from Sian’s admission that she uses paper plates and, at his exhortation, she might even consider exhuming her full set of Tiffany silver that has spent decades at the back of a closet. An aesthete to the soles of his bespoke shoes, on our first visit to his former […]... READ MORE
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Howard Slatkin, Part II

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What to say of a single apartment so lavishly decorated that its rooms and their contents fill the pages of an entire book? “Fifth Avenue Style” (Vendome Press) by the designer Howard Slatkin was published in part because of the pressure Howard’s late mother put on the reticent designer to make a record of at […]... READ MORE
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Howard Slatkin, Part I

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What to say of a single apartment so lavishly decorated that its rooms and their contents fill the pages of an entire book? “Fifth Avenue Style” (Vendome Press) by the designer Howard Slatkin was published in part because of the pressure Howard’s late mother put on the reticent designer to make a record of at […]... READ MORE
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Jamie Drake

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Even Jamie Drake himself seemed surprised when he told us he had been in the design business some 36 years (“36 years!!”) and he has packed a great deal in, from designing for Madonna and Michael Bloomberg to designing the interiors of a radiation oncology clinic in Florida and the City Clerk’s Office (aka the […]... READ MORE
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John Robshaw

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Although it says on textile designer John Robshaw’s website that he initially went to India to find natural indigo dye for his (rather good) paintings he told us that he originally went as a “sequin courier” for someone who wanted to get expensive sequined dresses through customs, presumably without paying any import duties. Students, which ... READ MORE
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Garrow Kedigian

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Of all the coolest people to have been the previous owner of your apartment, Fred Astaire must top the list—and the designer, Garrow Kedigian is now the current owner of this spacious, graceful Park Avenue property—a considerably different space to the charming walk-up featured in our previous 2009 HOUSE interview. We wondered if Astaire’s gh... READ MORE
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Stephen Sills

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“I hate that word ‘designer’,” declares Stephen Sills, “it’s such a made-up thing from the 70s when decorators were looked down upon, so everybody became a ‘designer’. A great decorator should be every bit as respected as a great architect.” And cheers to that, we say. Stephen Sills is respected. He is widely admired for […... READ MORE