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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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Benjamin Noriega Ortiz

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If you’ve ever been to a Mondrian hotel and felt like you were a celebrity, it’s by design—Benjamin Noriega Ortiz’s design—and not accident. It’s all part of the brand that he has helped to develop, apparently catering to our need to feel like stars walking the red carpet, making an entrance, all the while keeping […]... READ MORE
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Alan Wanzenberg

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A long, thoughtful interview this week with Alan Wanzenberg, whose new book, “Journey: The Life and Times of an American Architect” (Pointed Leaf Press) chronicles the development of his design career. The book includes a long personal essay about his childhood, the times in which he was studying both at Berkeley and Harvard as well as his l... READ MORE
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Caryn Schacht

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Caryn Schacht joined her mother’s design business when her mother persuaded her to give up on the film industry. The final humiliation of being fired from a production assistant job on a new NBC mini-series the night before the job even started made Caryn rethink her life. Apparently her mother, who has now passed, did not […]... 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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Philip Gorrivan

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Philip Gorrivan is living out something of a dream at the moment since he and his family have moved to South Kensington in London where they will be for the next couple of years. The trick, he says, to falling in love with a city is to quit comparing it to your own city. He still […]... READ MORE
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Andrew Jones

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By day, Andrew Jones works in finance but by night, and any other available times, he paints elegant—and elegiac—pictures of city stoops and their shadows.  A member of one of America’s oldest families, he has an ancestor with the un-improvable name of Noble Jones. His own restored townhouse in the Village, which he bought in 1994, is [&he... 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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Louis Navarrete

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We always love to hear of designers when they have had previous incarnations as something else and Louis Navarrete (pictured right), like a surprising number of designers we have interviewed, was once a dancer—a ballet dancer to be exact. Very glamorously he danced for the Ballet Monte Carlo where he was invited to the homes of people […... READ MORE
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Andrea Anson

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We tracked down Andrea Anson the ancient way: through the White Pages, scarcely imaginable in this era, we know, but we were so taken with the richly-layered rooms in his SoHo townhouse when it was featured in Architectural Digest that we wanted to see things for ourselves. Bought in 1970 for $17,000 by Andrea’s late partner, Gordon […]... READ MORE
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Dee Dee Eustace

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“I was the cheerleader with the 95 average,” says Dee Dee Eustace and there was something beguiling about declaring such a thing to a pair of long-time, utterly non-cheerleading New York journalists (us) … “Do you hate me?” she added. We didn’t. Newly arrived from Toronto where, as an architect and interior designer, she has her own [... READ MORE

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