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Todd Merrill

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Todd Merrill, owner of Todd Merrill Antiques, was one of the first to realize the importance, and subsequent popularity, of what is now loosely called mid-century modern. And we don’t like mid-century modern. It reminds us of our parents’ living rooms. But with that prescience of his and what seemed to us like a tremendously driven […]... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part II, 1931-1935, cont.

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Chicago, June 1933 In Chicago for a Garden Club meet and a party at Marion McKinlock’s, Ellen Frazer visited the International Exposition. Chestnut Hill, 1933-1935 Amidst the Wood, Field and Stream, 1934. January-March, 1935. El Paso, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Palm Springs. Before heading to Palm Beach in late March and April, Ellen Frazer and ... READ MORE
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Pierre Durand

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Pierre Durand, a financier and director of Adair Capital, also “moonlights” as owner of The Chinese Porcelain Company, a gallery on Park Avenue. His 5th Avenue home was one of the most exquisite we have visited and the pictures, we hope, are an absolute treat for NYSD readers. He himself is, and we don’t want to […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: San Francisco Asian Art Museum Trip: Part I

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SHANGHAI — I was in Shanghai when the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art delegation came to Shanghai (its sister city since 1980), and I was delighted to join them for a few busy days. I like to report on various museum’s trips to China, as it highlights what is happening in the art and […]... READ MORE
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Part II: Grand Hotels in the Italian Lake District: Lake Como’s Uncommon Allure

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Before setting off for a week in Menaggio, we had planned only two days at the Hotel Metropole-Suisse in Como. We might have stayed a week had we realized the “City of Silk’s” wealth of architectural gems. Often heralded mostly for its immense Gothic cathedral, Como offers a walled medieval maze of streets, an attractive […]... READ MORE
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Venetian Heritage as seen by Mary Hilliard

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Venetian Heritage, one of the intrepid groups which raises money for preservation and restoration in Venice, Italy, held a gala event there for a few beautifully sunny days in early June. Their scheduled activities for the 200 or so guests coincided with the opening of the Biennale, the much discussed and often maligned, but nevertheless […]... READ MORE
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Jonathan Burden

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We really hope that this little interview will stand as a some kind of testament to the power of fashion cycles in the world of design because our discussion with British furniture restorer and antiques dealer, Jonathan Burden might some day be used as proof that the early 2000s was ‘the’ time to buy English furniture. Mid-century [&h... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part II, 1931-1935

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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part II, 1931-1935 In March New York Social Diary featured the first part of a series Philadelphia in Palm Beach: 1920-1931 adapted from Ellen Glendinning Frazer Ordway’s voluminous biographical scrapbook of photographs. For this next chapter, I perused the more than 3,000 images Ellen Frazer compiled in a six-volu... READ MORE
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Sue Hostetler

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Sue Hostetler is the editor-in-chief of Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine and has written a number of books but she did have the guts to admit that the verbiage in ‘Art Forum’ is too hard to wade through even if she is in the business. Her books include titles such as ‘Hip Hollywood Homes’ and ‘Majestic […]... READ MORE
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Grand Hotels in the Italian Lake District

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However much the Italian Lakes District is culturally set apart from the more well-traveled museum-saturated Venice-Florence-Rome-Naples route, the region’s breathtaking scenery, invigorating alpine air, virtuoso villas, and splendid gardens are as enthralling as any Botticelli or Tintoretto. While the tradition of the European Grand Tour dated b... READ MORE
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Brett Beldock

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Having interviewed so many designers by now, we could probably write a scholarly paper on designers with dyslexia because so many people we interview suffered through school with their intensely visual rather than verbal minds and Brett Beldock is one of them. We happened to be talking about schools and learning issues on the way in to […]... READ MORE
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Vicente Wolf

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We were shown in to Vicente Wolf’s loft apartment in the Garment District by his housekeeper and then encouraged to wander … we just turned to each other and said ‘I could move in immediately!’ How easy this interview was going to be with someone whose design sensibility resonated with our own taste! So it […]... READ MORE

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