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Karl Kipfmueller

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There are lots of naked men in Karl Kipfmueller’s Clinton Hill townhouse—really good ones, painted, sculpted and sketched. He studied art and design at Pratt Institute nearby but he is also one of the go-to furniture restorers for many of the top decorators in New York. The one discipline informs the other as he re-finishes furniture […... READ MORE
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Joyce Kozloff

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Joyce Kozloff’s new show at the DC Moore Gallery (March 26th to April 25th) is the culmination of over four years of work in which she has returned to ideas that had once dominated the paintings of her earlier career. One of the founders of the Pattern and Decoration movement in the 1970s, she says that […]... READ MORE
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Scott Sanders

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“No one ever hires us to do yellow,” says designer Scott Sanders. “I love yellow.” He sounded a little regretful—designers, like all of us, have unrealized dreams—but he has had something of a charmed career. His very first independent design job, a mere week out of Parsons, was a 175-room hotel in Miami, owned by […]... READ MORE
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Edward Mapplethorpe

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Perhaps Edward Mapplethorpe could have chosen an easier path than becoming an art photographer but because he is the real thing, he probably didn’t have a choice—he needed to be what he is. Emerging from the long shadow of his brother Robert has been the challenge of his artistic life.  The youngest of six children, and twelve years younge... READ MORE
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Sheelin Wilson

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For our interview, Sheelin Wilson wore a dress that glinted with metallic thread—it was a perfect way to dress for the camera because she is a renowned gilder. Also, the dress came from H&M. “I don’t have a grand lifestyle. I’m pretty much a peasant! I really am. I choose to live very simply. I like drinking […]... READ MORE
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Otto Kahn’s Palm Beach

Social History
At Palm Beach, where most everyone was a somebody at some time somewhere for something, prominent Jewish personalities are not customarily included in the telling of the resort’s history. By recounting their lives, it enriches our appreciation for the complex social order that once existed when notables like Otto Kahn made Palm Beach their re... READ MORE
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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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Mary Hilliard’s Journey to China

Travel
Mary Hilliard, known for her society and fashion photography to readers of the NYSD, Vogue, Town & Country as well as the major shelter magazines, took a special trip to China. This was a voyage motivated by the desire to look at another side to living on the planet. It was a trip not so […]... 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