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Alex Papachristidis

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We think Alex Papachristidis has recovered from Sian’s admission that she uses paper plates and, at his exhortation, she might even consider exhuming her full set of Tiffany silver that has spent decades at the back of a closet. An aesthete to the soles of his bespoke shoes, on our first visit to his former […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: SHANGHAI DINING

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One of the great pleasures of traveling, to me, is the chance to sample the extraordinary variety of cuisines around the world. Some of the most exotic meals I’ve ever tasted were in Asia, thanks to Chinese friends who made sure I didn’t overlook any of the best dishes on the menu. AUTHENTIC SHANGHAI CUISINE […]... READ MORE
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John Douglas Eason

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There are few straight paths in life and designer John Douglas Eason took a while to get to where he wanted to be, finally breaking into interior design by becoming (after many other jobs) a chauffeur for the well-known decorator, Noel Jeffries. Just as he was about to resign—he hated chauffeuring—Cindy Rinfret, the senior designer for Noel [... READ MORE
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Michael Walter

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Co-owner of Lexington Gardens on the Upper East Side, Michael Walter talked about “the floral world” and a personage who is the “German Master of Floral Design.” The floral world isn’t always as poetic as it sounds with competitions and strict apprenticeships, especially if, like Michael, you grew up in Germany. Although he still does f... READ MORE
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Eddie Lee

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Eddie Lee comes from a daunting-sounding family of high achievers: Dad’s a doctor, Mom’s a nurse, Sister is a doctor and Brother has a graduate degree in genetics … he was supposed to become “the lawyer”, but that didn’t happen because he became an interior designer. It wasn’t an easy path but he followed this sage […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: Culinary Adventures In Shanghai

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One of the many reasons I travel is to taste the various cuisines of the world. In Shanghai, I’ve had the opportunity to entertain and dine with my friends in a variety of venues. In this dispatch, I’ve picked a few dining experiences that were special. LUNCH WITH FASHION DESIGNER HAN FENG On a lovely […]... READ MORE
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Howard Slatkin, Part II

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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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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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