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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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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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Resort Life, Chapter XXXVIII: January 1970 – December 1970 Palm Beach + Boca Grande + Down East + Brittany + Ireland

Social History
On New Year’s Day 1970, maestro Leopold Stokowski was visiting Palm Beach. Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin was due for a vacation at The Breakers. Dina Merrill and Cliff Robertson were put up at Mar-a-Lago. Alvin and Lilly Fuller were ensconced in their new Chinese-style house with a ten-tier pagoda by the pool.  During the holidays... READ MORE
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Resort Life, Chapter XXXIII: August – December 1967 Down East + Palm Beach + Naples + Virgin Islands

Social History
By 1967, Brooke Astor had already made a name for herself.  Following her short-lived five-and-one-half year marriage to Vincent Astor, and his ensuing death in 1959, she spent the next more than four decades dispensing as much as $200 million.  As head of the Astor Foundation, she became New York’s most generous godmother. Having transforme... READ MORE
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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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Palm Beach – 1937

Social History
“Happy bedlam” wrote social columnist Nancy Randolph in describing the 1937 Palm Beach season at the same time pointing out to her Palm Beach Daily News readers of the prevailing conservative undercurrent: “The trouble is this colony remembers the resort’s supreme Silliest Seasons of 1928 and 1929 when the stratosphere was the limit and... 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