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Miles Redd

House
So we’re going to be talking more about you in this interview, rather than about design. We’re not going to ask you so much about whether or not you like furniture on the diagonal. You know, there are no absolutes … although there are certain things that I hate like glass tops on skirted tables […]... READ MORE
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High over Palm Beach

Social History
Late last fall a friend and I were motoring to Ithaca for the festivities at Cornell surrounding the dedication and DNA ribbon cutting of Weill Hall designed by Richard Meier, when my friend suggested we stop at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY, on Lake Keuka. I hesitated, admittedly not knowing a byte about Glenn Curtiss. Fort... READ MORE
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Thomas Jayne

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This was really worth the five-floor walk-up! Why all the skulls and books about cemeteries – what do they tell you? I’ve always been interested in ritual and monuments and that’s how I got interested in these things. It’s one area that makes people different from animals because [people] bury their dead and there’s ceremony […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary Remembering Old Iron Pants

Across the Nation
It was 1970. I was a rogue teenager working a “cub” job in the Washington Bureau of United Press International. I preferred to work in a newsroom to being in school. Journalism was all I wanted to do or be.  One evening, home from work, I dug into the new issue of Look Magazine. I bought it […]... READ MORE
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Garden Grandeur endures at Casa Phippsberger

Palm Beach
In Palm Beach, where escapist landscapes borrowed from English rose gardens, French parterres, Spanish cloisters and Tuscan courtyards amplify the surreal allure of streets lined with imported architectural facades, Casa Phippsberger’s tropical splendor is a welcome relief, a six-acre sanctuary inspired by the barrier island’s own natural histo... READ MORE
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Lisa Mahar

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Whatever you think of this interview with Lisa Mahar, mother of three and owner of Kid O, a store that sells what she prefers to call ‘materials’ rather than toys for pre-schoolers, you will find her opinions on children and learning, stimulating. If it sounds uncompromising, and to us, near-impossible at times, it might also be viewed [&hell... READ MORE
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Ellie Cullman and Tracey Winn Pruzan

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It was hard to get down to business with Ellie Cullman and Tracey Winn Pruzan. Our interview started in the kitchen and we could have chatted all day like old girlfriends getting cozy. Both women are relaxed and comfortable about their lives and their careers and it shows. As colleagues and co-authors of their recently released book […]... READ MORE
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The tragic life of the Corsair IV

Social History
J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, owned four yachts christened Corsair, and built three of them. Each yacht was bigger, […]... READ MORE
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Alexis Bittar

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‘Jewelry wunderkind’ and ‘Jewelry tour de force’ are just two of the phrases that might pop up if you Google Alexis Bittar. Well, we want to describe him in English as someone who has built an extraordinary business, selling his handcrafted jewelry everywhere, from tiny boutiques to places like Takashimaya, Saks and the MoMa stores. Every... READ MORE
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Jonah Bokaer

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Dancers are warriors in the most punishing artistic discipline there is and the choreographer and media artist, Jonah Bokaer, despite his slender physique and quiet voice, is one of them. The youngest dancer ever to be hired as a professional for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (he was only 18 years old) he has worked with a […]... READ MORE
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Cynthia Lufkin

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Cynthia Lufkin, privileged though she may be, has not been exempt from some of the toughest trials of life: In 2005, a breast cancer diagnosis at 32 weeks pregnant that precluded chemo. As the cancer spread, it was decided that her baby was to be prematurely delivered by Caesarian section so that Cynthia could begin some […]... READ MORE
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Harry Allen

House
We had a lot of fun in the East Village interviewing Harry Allen who is the designer with the kind of ideas that you think you could easily have thought of – except you didn’t, he did. He is best known for his cast line of useful objects made from real objects, a piggy bank cast from […]... READ MORE

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