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Jeffrey Bilhuber

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In his new book, “Jeffrey Bilhuber: American Master” (Rizzoli) designer Jeffrey Bilhuber describes his work as “sort of a wonderful burden”. Thirty years into his career, he’s bearing that burden pretty well but, as he pointed out frequently during our interview, for all its (mis)perceived superficiality, making it as an interior ... READ MORE
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Genie Livanos Fuhrmann – The Isabel O’Neil Studio

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The Isabel O’Neil Studio was founded in 1955 as a small art school dedicated to teaching the traditional techniques used to create painted finishes. Its eponymous founder was both scary and gifted. O’Neil’s meticulous obsession with this particular art form, the techniques of which find their origins in the Renaissance, still informs the teac... READ MORE
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Janine Carendi MacMurray

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Designer Janine Carendi MacMurray lives in that elegant, tranquil apartment we all want—the kind of place that fuels those fantasies in which we own a few beautiful things and nothing more. It’s an aesthetic that requires discipline although she did say that they had hidden all her kids’ toys behind a door that Jeff wasn’t allowed to [&he... READ MORE
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James Klein and David Reid

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KleinReid, a ceramics studio, was founded in 1993 by James Klein and David Reid when they had, in David’s words, “some energy—and a lot of naiveté”. Their work is known for its elegance and a deceptive simplicity, so hard, as any designer or artist will tell you, to achieve. An order from Bergdorf Goodman was their first break and [&he... READ MORE
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Robyn Pocker

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“A family business is not for the faint of heart,” says Robyn Pocker, owner of J.Pocker, the bespoke framing store on Lexington Avenue. Established by her grandfather in 1926, the business continued under her father until it was eventually passed on to Robyn. She laughed at the idea that joining the business was even a choice, still […... READ MORE
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Douglas Wright

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“Sometimes I sit here and wonder, what was he thinking?” says Douglas Wright of the well-known architect. C.C. Wendelhack who designed his lovely, quirky 1920s home in Maplewood, NJ. “I think at some point he just went, ‘Eh, let’s try it and see what happens.’” Somehow we don’t think that’s exactly Douglas Wright’s own approa... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part IV

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I’ve been fascinated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since I was a child. As a painter and a writer, I never imagined I could go there. Then I became Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which has strong relationships in Saudi Arabia. Recently, and incredibly, I not only got to go to […]... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part III

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“Cancer will touch the lives of everyone — either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one or friend. A notoriously dreadful illness, cancer is a leading cause of death. It strikes regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, or age.” — Dr. Mary Beckerle PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute. The [&hellip... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part II

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Say “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and, for many, the first thoughts are one of opulence, royalty, palaces, monuments rising out of the desert. It is all that. Absolutely dazzling. Yes, it was opulent, but I was in search of more than a palace tour. I was after the action and lively hustle I expected […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: Gone to the Dogs

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I have almost given up on all shopping. Maybe I’m getting too old to care. Clothes don’t call me. I’ve never been a shoe ‘n bag gal. Cosmetics are hopeless. Malls scare me as potential terrorist locations. Online bargains are flatlining and I am sick of “return labels.” Even hardware stores and stationary boutiques leave […]... READ MORE
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Ernie Smith

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Ernie Smith founded his custom embroidery company, Penn & Fletcher (the name is made up) back in 1986 after deciding that his previous line of work as a costume, scenery and lighting designer was “killing” him. Although most of Penn & Fletcher’s work is commissioned by interior designers, the company also restores pieces from major m... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part I

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As we took off on Saudi Arabian Airlines from New York’s JFK International Airport, I settled in for a 13-hour flight. I ate the delicious Lamb Kapsa (lamb cooked with tomato sauce, spices and kapsa rice), informed the flight attendant that I was closing my eyes for a bit, and the next thing I knew […]... READ MORE

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