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Michele Varian

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Designer Michele Varian opened her first store in SoHo very shortly after 9/11 when she had money burning in her pocket from the sale of her gorgeous pillows to big name stores like Barneys and Neiman Marcus. Ultimately, she says, it was because she wanted complete control of the product—“I wanted […]... READ MORE
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Brian McCarthy

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Brian J. McCarthy is best known for the way in which every design he creates is highly personalized for each client. What they have in common is his exquisite taste, marrying quality antiques, texture, color and art so beautifully that his rooms may make you catch your breath. His own apartment, just steps from Central […]... READ MORE
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Jeanie Engelbach

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Professional organizer Jeanie Engelbach calls herself “a gentle drill sergeant” … and possibly sometimes not that gentle. The trouble is that people think they’re better at organizing themselves or their lives than actually are, at least that is what she has observed since she started her business some fourteen ye... READ MORE
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Richard Mishaan

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As we said to designer Richard Mishaan at some point in our lengthy interview, “we thought we were going to be talking about if mid-century design is in or out and so forth …” but what we did talk about instead was how entrepreneurial he is. It does not detract from the fact that he […]... READ MORE
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Susan Bleckner Heller

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch Although Susan Bleckner Heller studied fine art at The School for Visual Arts, she is wholly self-taught as a ceramicist and initially came to it through collecting. Perhaps because she grew up in an artistic family—her brother is Ross Bleckner and both her mother and her uncle were talented artists—when she […... READ MORE
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Charles H. Beckley Mattresses

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Photographs by Jeff Hirsch & Pierre Crosby Sian’s search for a new mattress led to us to one of our more unusual interviews in a 19th century red brick mattress factory in the South Bronx, the premises of Charles H. Beckley Inc., a family business still run by Ted, Tim and Ken Marschke, who are […]... READ MORE
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Bennett Leifer

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Designer Bennett Leifer (pictured with his partner Benni Frowein) made the decision to major in both art history and business in college, not a combination that many choose but one, as it has turned out, very well suited to running an interior design firm. He agreed with us that he was “practical” but it is […]... READ MORE
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Priscilla Ulmann

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Priscilla Ulmann is a designer who is seasoned enough to know that she doesn’t need to cover all the bases — she’s not going to be doing an all-white, empty room anytime soon. Her style strengths lie in what she describes as a “Bloomsbury look” using a warm palette of reds, yellows and greens skillfully […]... READ MORE
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Tom Britt

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We asked designer Tom Britt if, as he claims, a room can really make you feel “important, sexy and confident.” Of course he unhesitatingly said it could—hesitating is just not something Tom Britt does. He is known for his dashing, confident, colorful rooms skillfully emboldened with an opulent flair, as well as for his big, […]... READ MORE
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Michael Smith

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It wasn’t easy to get hold of Michael Smith (pictured above with his partner, James Costos)—not that he wasn’t willing to talk to us, just that he seems to be constantly on the move. Even our phone interview took place in several chunks, the main part of which he was in his car driving to a meeting. Presumably […]... READ MORE
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Ellie Cullman and Lee Cavanaugh

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It has been almost a decade since we last walked into Ellie Cullman’s gorgeous Park Avenue apartment but the bowls of candy and the abundance of flowers were still there, as was the warm welcome. A high-end “couture” designer she may be, but she knows how to make a home. There have been a few […]... READ MORE
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Elizabeth Roberts

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Although Architect Elizabeth Roberts works on a variety of projects including store and restaurant design, she has made something of a specialty out of townhouse projects, particularly brownstones in Brooklyn. She renovated her own Clinton Hill house and things grew from there. Her interiors are light-filled, high-ceilinged modern re-imaginings o... READ MORE