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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
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Douglas Wright

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“Sometimes I sit here and wonder, what was he thinking?” says Douglas Wright of the well-known architect. C.C. Wendelhack who designed his lovely, quirky 1920s home in Maplewood, NJ. “I think at some point he just went, ‘Eh, let’s try it and see what happens.’” Somehow we don’t think that’s exactly Douglas Wright’s own approa... READ MORE
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Ernie Smith

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Ernie Smith founded his custom embroidery company, Penn & Fletcher (the name is made up) back in 1986 after deciding that his previous line of work as a costume, scenery and lighting designer was “killing” him. Although most of Penn & Fletcher’s work is commissioned by interior designers, the company also restores pieces from major m... READ MORE
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Kyle Timothy Blood

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For a column about interiors, we don’t actually talk all that much about them. That’s often because the people we’re interviewing have aspects of themselves or their lives that interest us a lot more—to wit Kyle Timothy Blood who also happens to have the coolest name of any designer we’ve interviewed. We had to ask him about […]... READ MORE
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Patricia Morrisroe

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Not sure what readers of the HOUSE column will make of this week’s interview since we discuss, with writer Patricia Morrisroe, shoe lust that is “a carnal blend of animal hides with a splash of insanity”, small town America and Robert Mapplethorpe’s sexual obsessions—not to mention insomnia.  These have all been the subjects of Patrici... READ MORE
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Tara Seawright

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Tara Seawright didn’t seem like she was expecting us, or maybe she was … either way there was no sign of her. The pillows on the couch were minus their covers, the throw was rumpled and crooked and there was a pair of curling irons on the dining table. Things looked a little “distrait”. We like […]... READ MORE
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Debra Blair

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Since getting rid of stuff seems to be all the rage now—to whit Maria Kondo’s best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”—we found ourselves talking with designer Debra Blair about downsizing for her clients. “I’m a lot more militaristic ” she said crisply dispensing with the Kondo philosophy of only keeping things... READ MORE

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