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Malene Barnett

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“Believe me, I’ve had many nights of tears,” says carpet designer Malene Barnett who started Malene B, her own business in handcrafted custom carpets some five years ago. She says she knew instinctively when deciding to go it alone, that “nobody is going to give it you” but that she wanted what she wanted: to get up […]... READ MORE
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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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Miriam Ellner

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Verre églomisé is a decorative art technique involving a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with a variety of luminous materials, most commonly gold leaf or silver leaf. The gilding may also be combined with reverse painting on the glass. As Miriam Ellner, one of the most sought-after artists in this decorative technique [&hellip... 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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Ben Schonzeit

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The bio on artist Ben Schonzeit’s website is brief: Born May 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York; BFA (1964) Cooper Union, New York, NY; lives and works in New York City. But our interview is not brief—he has plenty to say and he says it well. He doesn’t kid himself much—“I’m a terrible painter—terrible. I’m an […]... READ MORE
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Shawn Henderson

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In eighth grade, Shawn Henderson subscribed to Metropolitan Home – he clearly knew what he wanted to be. Briefly he studied hotel management — “I thought if I studied interior design, everyone would think I was gay … well, they probably suspected anyway …” Now he designs for the likes of Will Ferrell, Glenn Close and fiv... 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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Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat

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“If we didn’t know you were architects, we would have thought artists lived here,” we said about Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat’s lower Fifth Avenue loft. They were pleased. Known for their painterly use of color, it was fascinating to listen to their thoughts on this surprisingly complex subject of color in the lives of human beings. ... READ MORE
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Daphne Merkin

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Looking back over this interview, it could be said that we were more nosy than usual but then there is little that writer Daphne Merkin shies away from discussing. It was wonderful to listen to someone who often speaks almost as she writes, in carefully crafted sentences that say unguarded things. Her latest book, which came out […]... READ MORE
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Stephen Kelly

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Stephen Kelly is either a dealer in Art Deco who is interested in ophthalmology or an ophthalmologist who is interested in dealing in Art Deco. Either way he has combined his medical practice, his gallery and his home in one building—presumably a unique living arrangement and one that must suit him very well. Attracted to the […]... READ MORE
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Gary Brewer

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We’ve started doing a few field trips for the HOUSE column, daring to venture into the beyond—this week, it’s Park Hill in Yonkers, where we sat outside in the sunshine and (very loud) birdsong to interview Gary Brewer, a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Park Hill is something of a well-kept secret: a planned community that [&hellip... READ MORE

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