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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
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Leslie Banker

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“First I was mystified, then I was de-mystified,” says Leslie Banker whose three books all set about the process of de-mystification on two fronts: every day speech and culture in Britain and the subject of decorating. ‘Britannia in Brief’ (Ballantine Books) written together with Leslie’s husband William Mullins, is a genuinely he... READ MORE
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Daun Curry

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We were kind of fascinated that designer Daun Curry, who appeared so city-sleek and soigné, grew up as one of five kids on an organic farm in Florida. “So your parents were hippies!” we cried. “Big time,” she said and offered us some homemade organic raspberry lemonade. Like so many designers, she had a previous incarnation having [&hell... READ MORE
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Ronald Bricke

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A natural storyteller, Ronald Bricke is a designer who has been in the business a long time throughout its shifts from swags and country French and on into our era of Internet shopping, flat screen TVs and bookless rooms. There is an old-world courtesy about him and he can do that thing that only designers […]... READ MORE
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Suzy Slesin

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We managed but it is a little odd interviewing another journalist who specializes in design and Suzy Slesin really knows this world having written numerous books as well as working as a writer and editor at pretty much every shelter magazine you’ve ever heard of, including House & Garden, HomeStyle, O at Home and the […]... READ MORE
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Sam Botero

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When we first met with designer Sam Botero and his partner Emery von Sztankoczy in their East 70s apartment we were confronted with packing boxes and crates. They had moved in two months earlier and Sam, who had thought we were there to shoot a single portrait, was gracious enough to let us photograph the […]... READ MORE
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David Kleinberg

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It’s always interesting to interview a designer after they’ve moved to another apartment and, given designers’ penchant for moving, we think eventually we may well be interviewing everyone at least twice for HOUSE. The ever-elegant David Kleinberg recently switched from a glass eerie near the 59th Street Bridge to a small but perfectly-formed... READ MORE
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Cindy Gallop

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The rather marvelously-named Cindy Gallop and her opium-den-bohemian space represent something of a departure for the HOUSE column this week because although we’re happy to talk about sex with any of our interviewees, sex was pretty much the entire subject of this interview. That’s because former high-powered advertising executive, relentless... READ MORE
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Deborah French

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Deborah French found her calling as a teenager when her mother sent her, against her will, to art classes on a Saturday morning where a sculpture teacher told her she had real talent. But as is the way of life, marriages are made and unmade, you move to another country (in her case, Greece), you […]... READ MORE
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Christopher Gow

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Christopher Gow, the British owner of Ruzzetti and Gow, a shop on Madison Avenue specializing in one-of-a-kind textiles and decorative accessories, lives with his partner Henrique Faria in a lower Park Avenue rental that is filled with a combination of Latin American art and unusual finds from his many shopping trips abroad. A tireless traveler,... READ MORE
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Oberto Gili

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Photographer Oberto Gili is a charming, if restless, man. During our interview at his wonderfully quirky West Village brownstone he smoked incessantly, picked at a loaf of crusty Italian bread and hopped around as we bantered about everything from the importance of curiosity to his Italian mother. His current project, “Home Sweet Home” (Rizzo... READ MORE
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Ultra Violet

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12.10.01: We went over to visit Ultra Violet at her penthouse on the Upper East Side. As you can see, her front lawn is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and she looks across to Central Park West, and north to the New Jersey Palisades, and south to all the rest of Manhattan and Staten Island […]... READ MORE