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Pamela Talese

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Though born and thoroughly brought up on the Upper East Side, artist Pamela Talese found her first significant subject matter on the other side of the river in Brooklyn and Queens. She spent, and still spends, her days cycling around the boroughs, working on site to document through her paintings places like the Brooklyn Navy Yard and […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Uncommon Lives

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Uncommon Lives: David & Gertrude! Emily! Charles! Gertie! George & LaLa! Palm Beach’s seasonal social cha-cha-cha may be drawing to a close but apparently islanders will still need to adjust their calendar and logistics for the comings-and-goings of POTUS45, especially those living within the perimeter termed “the zone.” L... READ MORE
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Wesley Moon

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Designer Wesley Moon has come a long way since his early days living in an unheated Mott Street tenement and tending bar to make ends meet while he slaved away at an entry level job at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill—not that he wasn’t grateful for the ticket it gave him to come to New York from Atlanta. […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: Palm Springs Pilgrimage

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 I always knew  “Everything old is new again …” even in death.  But I never experienced it until my most recent trip to Palm Springs during their “Modernism Week.” It is kind of like the Super Bowl for architects and design fans for everything mid-century modern; from houses to antique shows to vintage cars to […]... READ MORE
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Architectural Illusion: Villa Giardino at Palm Beach

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Architectural Illusion: Villa Giardino at Palm Beach During the early 1930s Ohan Berberyan moved his Spanish Art Galleries shop from Worth Avenue to Peruvian Avenue where he recreated a Venetian Gothic showroom with formal Italian gardens to house his palatial Aubusson tapestries, Savonnerie carpets and ancient artifacts. At the time, Peruvian Aven... READ MORE
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John Rosselli

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There’s one thing that seems to generally hold true for antiques dealers and that is that they’re great at telling stories, or at least being interesting. John Rosselli, some fifty years in the business and counting, is no exception. Known best for his much-loved Upper East Side decorative emporiums, he probably needs little introduction as [&h... READ MORE
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This was Then: Malcom Forbes’ 70th, Part II

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Photographs by Mary Hilliard Malcolm Forbes was the most celebrated magazine publisher of his day although there were others far richer and with larger media empires. Forbes was famous for his lifestyle, which was viewed as a kind of flashy irreverence. He appeared to be the ultimate WASP who could “get down” with the best […]... READ MORE
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This was Then: Malcolm Forbes’ 70th Birthday, Part I

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Malcolm Forbes is a name that only vaguely, if that, resonates with anyone under fifty today. Yet when he died 27 years ago at the age of 70, he was one of the most famous personalities in America as a result of his flashy talent for his great publishing success as well as other business […]... READ MORE
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Landon Metz

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Landon Metz, brought us most thoughtfully into the experience of what it is to be a painter in today’s world of the Internet, Instagram, selfies and Snapchat. Not that it he isn’t up to the challenge of it—he doesn’t even see it that way. “It’s just happening” is how he expresses it. There were times when […]... READ MORE
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Brett Leemkuil

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We already knew that decorator, Brett Leemkuil, was known for his Tony-Duquette influenced Hollywood flair but we weren’t quite prepared, when we stepped in off a street in Sunnyside, Queens, for the wonderful theatricality of his studio apartment. Full of sumptuous color, low lighting and glamorous swags of tasseled silk, in our era of glass, ... READ MORE
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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach

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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach Architect Howard Major was Palm Beach’s leading advocate for an American-based classical building style during the post-WW I boom when Spanish and Italian reproductions became commonplace. Foreshadowing today’s “America First” populist sentiment, Major believed a mix of Old World styles should never... READ MORE
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James Reginato

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Like most of the other writers we’ve interviewed, James Reginato, writer-at-large for Vanity Fair and former features director of W magazine, is much happier being on the other side of the tape recorder. However he has a wonderful new book to promote, Great Houses Modern Aristocrats (Rizzoli) so he might have to get used to it, although that ... READ MORE

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