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Ralph Rucci

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At one point in our interview with fashion designer Ralph Rucci, we exclaimed that his story “was like the fashion version of Rocky” – at which he ruefully shook his head and muttered something about both stories even happening in Philadelphia, where he did indeed grow up and where he began making clothes. At his first show, […]... READ MORE
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Muriel Brandolini

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Interior designer Muriel Brandolini doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She leads her life as she pleases, taking on assignments that work for her daring creativity. As a result she has an air of authority that can be intimidating. Born to a French-Venezuelan mother and a Vietnamese father, Muriel was first raised in Saigon during the height of the [&... READ MORE
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Edwina Sandys

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Artist and sculptor Edwina Sandys has led a very full life. Growing up as the granddaughter of Winston Churchill she was surrounded by the wealthy, famous and the very smart. Edwina herself never went to college. She married young, bore two sons, and for the first three and a half decades did what she was supposed […]... READ MORE
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Joe Biunno

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Like his father and grandfather before him, Joe Biunno has spent his life repairing, and restoring furniture. In his 9000-square foot showroom and workshop in Long Island City his staff has the ability to design, carve, gilt, and polish projects from start to finish. Biunno has also developed a specialty business in curtain hardware that […]... READ MORE
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Penny Drue Baird

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Penny Drue Baird is a seasoned, pragmatic, and extremely hard-working designer who seems to know herself and her own thinking very well indeed. “What I think my job is, is to make people happy,” she said—and most of the successful designers we have interviewed are similarly clear-eyed about accepting that this is a service industry. At [&hel... READ MORE
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Marcy Masterson

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Poor Marcy Masterson had a bad throat when we interviewed her and a lesser soul would have canceled on us—she bravely croaked her way through. She lives in an apartment full of lovely antiques—we are still championing brown furniture at the HOUSE column. We’re also championing dogs—in fact we could probably do a companion column called DO... READ MORE
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Pintura Studio

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While wandering around the East Village after another HOUSE interview, I chanced upon what looked like an intriguing storefront but was, in fact, the fabric design workshop of Pintura Studio. I contacted the owners, Chris Isles and Ed Rollins and JH and I wound up paying a second, rather lengthy visit to the workshop, the factory in Red Hoo... READ MORE
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Maureen Footer

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“I guess at the end of the day, I’m a romantic,” is how the poised interior designer, Maureen Footer describes herself – a romantic with an MBA, that is, hard won she admits for someone who naturally gravitates towards the arts. “It took some naïveté out of my view of the world,” she says. She once wanted […]... READ MORE
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Martha Glass

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Reggie Darling Interviews Martha Glass Ceramics Collector Back in July I had the pleasure of sitting down with Martha Glass, whose photograph regularly appears here in New York Social Diary, to discuss her passion for collecting ceramics. David Patrick Columbia introduced me to her and suggested that I interview her for NYSD about her ceramic... READ MORE
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Oberto Gili

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Photographer Oberto Gili is a charming, if restless, man. During our interview at his wonderfully quirky West Village brownstone he smoked incessantly, picked at a loaf of crusty Italian bread and hopped around as we bantered about everything from the importance of curiosity to his Italian mother. His current project, “Home Sweet Home” (Rizzo... READ MORE
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Ultra Violet

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12.10.01: We went over to visit Ultra Violet at her penthouse on the Upper East Side. As you can see, her front lawn is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and she looks across to Central Park West, and north to the New Jersey Palisades, and south to all the rest of Manhattan and Staten Island […]... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach, Part I

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We are taking today off to continue to optimize the back end of the new site. In the meantime, please enjoy Part 1 of Augustus Mayhew’s series on Philadelphian Ellen Glendinning (first published on these pages in 2011), who kept an extensive diary where she recorded and photographed the life around her family and friends; a chronological scrapboo... READ MORE

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