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Douglas Wright

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“Sometimes I sit here and wonder, what was he thinking?” says Douglas Wright of the well-known architect. C.C. Wendelhack who designed his lovely, quirky 1920s home in Maplewood, NJ. “I think at some point he just went, ‘Eh, let’s try it and see what happens.’” Somehow we don’t think that’s exactly Douglas Wright’s own approa... READ MORE
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Ernie Smith

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Ernie Smith founded his custom embroidery company, Penn & Fletcher (the name is made up) back in 1986 after deciding that his previous line of work as a costume, scenery and lighting designer was “killing” him. Although most of Penn & Fletcher’s work is commissioned by interior designers, the company also restores pieces from major m... READ MORE
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Kyle Timothy Blood

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For a column about interiors, we don’t actually talk all that much about them. That’s often because the people we’re interviewing have aspects of themselves or their lives that interest us a lot more—to wit Kyle Timothy Blood who also happens to have the coolest name of any designer we’ve interviewed. We had to ask him about […]... READ MORE
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Patricia Morrisroe

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Not sure what readers of the HOUSE column will make of this week’s interview since we discuss, with writer Patricia Morrisroe, shoe lust that is “a carnal blend of animal hides with a splash of insanity”, small town America and Robert Mapplethorpe’s sexual obsessions—not to mention insomnia.  These have all been the subjects of Patrici... READ MORE
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Tara Seawright

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Tara Seawright didn’t seem like she was expecting us, or maybe she was … either way there was no sign of her. The pillows on the couch were minus their covers, the throw was rumpled and crooked and there was a pair of curling irons on the dining table. Things looked a little “distrait”. We like […]... READ MORE
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Debra Blair

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Since getting rid of stuff seems to be all the rage now—to whit Maria Kondo’s best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”—we found ourselves talking with designer Debra Blair about downsizing for her clients. “I’m a lot more militaristic ” she said crisply dispensing with the Kondo philosophy of only keeping things... READ MORE
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Steven and William Ladd

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Working in deep collaboration, the brothers and artists, Steven and William Ladd use textiles, beading and small cast forms to create strange and intricate evocations of their shared memories. Steven began cutting and sewing his own clothes while at school in Kansas City, not far from where they grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. William began obses... READ MORE
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Donald Rattner

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In our last interview with architect Donald Rattner we found ourselves in lovely, antiques-filled, traditional Brooklyn Heights brownstone apartment—the kind of apartment that now causes a Brooklyn-bound stampede whenever one is put on the market. Well, the apartment was indeed sold and the Rattner family moved to Greenwich and house so differe... READ MORE
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Michael Tavano

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One thing we haven’t asked many interior designers is how well they did in home economics—it seems an obvious question now that we’ve interviewed Michael Tavano,whose home ec teacher believed early on that Michael’s sewing skills would lead to success. And so it has come to pass. He started off as a florist, running four flower […]... READ MORE
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Karl Kipfmueller

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There are lots of naked men in Karl Kipfmueller’s Clinton Hill townhouse—really good ones, painted, sculpted and sketched. He studied art and design at Pratt Institute nearby but he is also one of the go-to furniture restorers for many of the top decorators in New York. The one discipline informs the other as he re-finishes furniture […... READ MORE
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Joyce Kozloff

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Joyce Kozloff’s new show at the DC Moore Gallery (March 26th to April 25th) is the culmination of over four years of work in which she has returned to ideas that had once dominated the paintings of her earlier career. One of the founders of the Pattern and Decoration movement in the 1970s, she says that […]... READ MORE
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Scott Sanders

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“No one ever hires us to do yellow,” says designer Scott Sanders. “I love yellow.” He sounded a little regretful—designers, like all of us, have unrealized dreams—but he has had something of a charmed career. His very first independent design job, a mere week out of Parsons, was a 175-room hotel in Miami, owned by […]... READ MORE