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16 Updating The Suite Life By Catherine McHugh Caroline Rippeteau puts a modern, distinctly feminine spin on the Tiffany Suite at New York’s St. Regis Hotel.

22 There’s Something About Mary By Cathy Whitlock A profile of milliner-turned-interior designer and television star Mary McDonald.

28 Designing Writer By Cathy Whitlock The perfectly imperfect career of Deborah Needleman.

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Exploring space and the value of water, playing some chess, plus a peek at a private collection.chens, the works of Edward BOOKS&BLOGS By Cathy Whitlock Theatrical, French and reinterpreted traditional interiors along with all that’s new and chic in hotel design. ead new tomes from Alexa Hampton and TROVE By Michele Keith Creative ways to light up your life, jazz up your home, add fun to parties, and seat your friends—all while helping to save the planet.

32 EATS’N’SLEEPS By Shelley Wolson


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Vegetables take center stage at Dirt Candy, get a taste for Harlem at Red Rooster, and have a dreamy stay at Dream Downtown.nal and Setai Fifth Avenue are just MYFAVTHINGS A burger joint and a puff piece, along with singular tables, lighting, and seating inspire these designers.ce ssories and color choices. GALLERY And now for something a little different. oing soft: ARRAY looks at the new pastels. FRESHPICKS The most current products in NYDC showrooms.

54 STYLESPOTLIGHT Featured highlights of craft and design.

62 DEFININGPIECES Items that sum up what a showroom is all about.

70 SHOWROOMPORTRAITS Profiles of some of NYDC’s most familiar names.

74 NYDCEVENTSCALENDAR A look at a few recent celebrations.

78 SHOWROOMDIRECTORY A complete list of who’s where in 200 Lex.

80 BACKSTORY By Shelley Wolson A study in elegance: Christopher Guy Harrison’s sophisticated office design.



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Adam Cohen IT Contributors Michele Keith Catherine McHugh Shelley Wolson New York Design Center James P. Druckman President & CEO Daniel M. Farr Director Alix M. Lerman Director of Marketing & Communications Leah Blank Senior Marketing/Events Manager Alana Moskowitz Design Services Manager Tracy Waller Marketing Coordinator Susan Lai Controller Vera Markovich Acounting Manager on the cover: Deborah Needleman photographed by Andrew French. Grooming by Crystal Torres.

letter from the editor Dear Readers, Sometimes life isn’t about a destination, it’s about the path that you travel. And many of the designers featured in this issue understand firsthand that their journey is a long and winding road. Deborah Needleman’s career hasn’t followed a straight, predetermined path, but it has nevertheless led her to exciting places. ARRAY’s Cathy Whitlock profiles the high-flying creator of Domino and the current editor of the Wall Street Journal’s monthly WSJ magazine and OFF DUTY weekend section (Designing Writer, p. 28). What we glean from her experience is that the shortest distance between two points isn’t always the preferred route. Deborah’s two books on interiors help to further our understanding of her design aesthetic and how enthusiastically she embraces asymmetry and imperfections. Whitlock also spoke with the inimitable Mary McDonald, who has traveled a similarly circuitous route to her success (There’s Something About Mary, p. 22). A milliner who left the fashion world behind to become an interior designer in Hollywood, Mary later became a celebrity herself in the Bravo reality TV series, Million Dollar Decorators. With a design eye that effortlessly combines classic luxury and dramatic flourishes of the unexpected, there’s something special about her work. Photo by Andrew French

Tiffany & Co. first collaborated with the St. Regis New York hotel in 1991 to create its popular Tiffany Suite. And just as a prized gem can benefit from a more modern setting, this grand suite has been transformed by a complete redesign by Caroline Rippeteau. See how Caroline’s update has brought new luster to this jewel of the city (Updating the Suite Life, p. 16). We hope this issue provides inspiration over the coming months and perhaps even helps you to set out on unexpected new paths. Enjoy the journey.

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By Catherine McHugh

Exploring space and the value of water, playing some chess, plus a peek at a private collection. FINAL FRONTIER With Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, the American Museum of Natural History aims to go where no museum has gone before by offering a vision of the future of space travel and boldly exploring our next steps in our solar system and beyond. The ambitious exhibition offers a retrospective to create a forward-looking examination of our future in the cosmos. Exhibition sections include Introduction: a history of space travel, a Solar System Theater, Returning to the Moon, Exploring Asteroids, Voyaging to Mars, Reaching the Outer Solar System, and Beyond Our Solar System. Through August 12, 2012. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 212.769.5100, NOT A DROP TO DRINK By virtue of its history of social action and its architecture, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is both hosting and a part of The Value of Water: Sustaining A Green Planet, an art exhibition about the element on which all life depends—and which is becoming scarce for growing numbers of people worldwide. Featuring the work of 41 visual artists, including Mark Rothko, the exhibition is installed in every part of the Cathedral, from the Crossing to the Nave, the Chapels, Bays, and other intimate areas. By displaying work focused on engaging with water, prominent artists and activists reflect on the need for imagination to spark urgent social change. Through March 25, 2012. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, 212.932.7347, Astronaut’s Gold Visor: All 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon needed to wear gold-coated visors like this one to reduce the sun’s intense solar radiation. © AMNH/ D. Finnin.

Teresta Fernandez, Untitled, 1997. Wood, fabric, plexiglas mirror, painting, graphite and opaque liquid (47.25 x 47.25 x 9). Courtesy of the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Chess Piece in the Form of a King, ca. 1150–1200. Scandinavian, probably Norway, found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 1831. Walrus Ivory H. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm). The British Museum, London (1831,1101.78). Image: © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.

Game of Thrones The Cloisters is hosting The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessman from the Isle of Lewis. More than 70 chess pieces and several other objects, all made of carved walrus ivory and dating from the 12th century, were unearthed off the west coast of Scotland in 1831. Dubbed the Lewis Chessmen, they come from at least four distinct, but incomplete sets, and are arguably the most famous chess pieces in the world today. On loan from the British Museum in London, this exhibition includes more than 30 of the chessmen. Each piece is a delightful sculpture in miniature, with a specific, individualized character, and the exhibition is set up in the form of the endgame of a famous chess match. Through April 22, 2012. The Cloisters (Romanesque Hall), 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, 212.923.3700, FEB


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Above: Rebecca Lepkoff, Lower East Side, 1947, gelatin silver print. Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, Photo League Collection, Museum Purchase with funds provided by Elizabeth M. Ross, the Derby Fund, John S. and Catherine Chapin Kobacker, and the Friends of the Photo League. © Rebecca Lepkoff. Right: Weegee, Empire State Building, c. 1945, gelatin silver print. The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Photography Acquisitions Committee Funds. © Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images.

Double image For its exhibit, The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, The Jewish Museum in New York City has collaborated with the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio to show nearly 150 vintage photographs that depict the group’s history, artistic significance, and cultural, social, and political scenes. The artists’ black-and-white images captured compelling moments from everyday life on New York City’s vibrant streets; visitors will also see an interactive map of New York City showing where over 50 photos were taken. Through March 25, 2012. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, 212.423.3200, Left: Egon Schiele (1890–1918): Mime van Osen, 1910, Watercolor, gouache, and crayon on paper; courtesy of Neue Galerie New York. Right: Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945): Elisabeth of Austria, 1988. Lead on photographic paper mounted on wood. © Anselm Kiefer, courtesy of Neue Galerie New York.

Arches of orchids and lights from The Orchid Show: On Broadway (2011). Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen.

Reaching Horticultural Heights This spring, the New York Botanical Garden will host its 10th annual orchid exhibition, The Orchid Show, which will be curated by the famed French botanist and artist, Patrick Blanc. Blanc will introduce his signature vertical gardens to the exhibition galleries of the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Throughout the hall, visitors will be drawn to living walls clad with lush ferns, tropical foliage, and thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The exhibition promises to transport visitors’ senses to the exotic and captivating world of a tropical paradise. March 3–April 22, 2012. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, 718.817.8700, a private peek In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Neue Galerie of New York is showing the collection of the museum’s cofounder for the first time in public. The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the Third Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France provides visitors with a rare glimpse into this private art collection. The exhibition focuses on six areas: medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th- and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art. Artists represented include Paul Cézanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Through April 2, 2012, Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue, 212.628.6200,


METAL METHODS Rising to prominence in the late 1950s, John Chamberlain has become one of the most innovative sculptors of modern times and his work has been associated with Minimalist and Pop Art movements alike, showing that he tends to defy labels. The Guggenheim’s Choices exhibition comprises approximately 110 of his works, from his earliest linear, monochromatic iron sculptures to the large-scale foil creations he is working on today, encompassing shifts in scale, materials, methods, and type, informed by the assemblage process that has been central to his working method. February 24–May 13, 2012. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, 212.423.3587, Lord Suckfist, 1989
Painted, chromium-plated, and stainless steel
83 3/4 × 57 × 56 inches (212.7 × 144.8 × 142.2 cm)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Sammlung Brandhorst.
© 2011 John Chamberlain/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: Courtesy of The Pace Gallery.

Left: Cindy Sherman. Untitled #465. 2008. Chromogenic color print, 63 3/4 x 57 1/4″ (161.9 x 145.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. © 2011 Cindy Sherman. Right: Cindy Sherman. Untitled #155. 1985. Chromogenic color print, 72 1/2 x 49 1/4″ (184.2 x 125.1 cm). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. © 2011 Cindy Sherman.

Woman of Many Faces By bringing together more than 170 key photographs, The Museum of Modern Art will present a retrospective on Cindy Sherman that traces the groundbreaking artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. This comprehensive survey represents why Sherman’s work forms the cornerstone of postmodern photography. To create her photographs, she works unassisted in her studio, assuming the roles of photographer, model, art director, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, and wardrobe mistress. A sitespecific photographic mural produced in 2011-12 will also be shown for the first time in this exhibition. February 26–June 11, 2012. Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 212.708.9400, RARELY SEEN LANDSCAPES

George Inness (1825-1894), A Cloudy Day, Milton, ca. 1877-1880. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 in., Collection of Joseph and Lisa Amato.

Fittingly, The Montclair Art Museum’s first special exhibition in its George Inness Gallery is George Inness: Private Treasures, which consist of ten works, nine from private collections and one from the Montclair Historical Society. The space customarily houses an installation of rotating selections from Inness, who is often referred to as the “father of American landscape painting.” A visionary artist, his renderings of nature were profoundly spiritual and the town of Montclair was frequently the subject of his art. Through April 1, 2012. Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 973.746.5555, FEB


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Books&Blogs Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg

Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design

The New French Interior

Katie Ridder Rooms

David Kleinberg Monacelli Press 240 pages, $60

Thomas Messel Rizzoli 272 pages, $75

Penny Drue Baird Monacelli Press 224 pages, $50

Heather Smith MacIsaac Vendome Press 240 pages, $50

Former Parish Hadley designer David Kleinberg’s mantra is “beauty meets quality of life” and it shows in the 240-page design tome Traditional Now. After a summer job at Denning & Fourcade, Kleinberg studied with legendary master Albert Hadley (who wrote the book’s foreword), and his book offers a variety of styles from 20 design projects. Ranging from a dramatic Tribeca duplex to an island villa on Mustique, the multitalented designer offers a commentary on his approach and philosophy to each project that covers an array of styles—urban chic, coastal country, French, prewar townhouse, and midcentury modern meets Connecticut, just to name a few. Kleinberg’s own personal residences—a ’70s industrial chic abode and his tailored and elegant prewar apartment in Manhattan—are also featured. Wellappointed and restrained classic interiors that mix traditional and contemporary would best describe his work. His design philosophy is simple as he explains, “In every apartment or house there should be a cohesive thread that starts at the front door and continues to the back hall. It is the design equivalent of a trail of bread crumbs…”

Design inspiration comes from a variety of places and often one of the most overlooked venues is the stage (be it film or theater). Many production designers’ careers overlap the worlds of costume, design, and architecture, and such is the case of Oliver Messel. Considered one of the most celebrated designers of England, Messel began his career in 1925 creating the backdrop for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Memorable set designs soon followed: the ballet Sleeping Beauty and films Caesar and Cleopatra, The Thief of Bagdad, and Suddenly Last Summer, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction. Following his stage work, the talented designer entered the worlds of interior design and architecture, where some of his best work could be found on the islands of Mustique and Barbados for the fashionable ’70s and ’80s jet set. The hallmark of a Messel interior was pure whimsy mixed with the unlikely elements of baroque, rococo, surrealism, and classicism. Written by his nephew and furniture designer Thomas Messel, the book is a must for both design and film aficionados alike. While Messel may not be a household name outside of design circles, his vast body of work deserves a look.

Known as a “quintessential Parisian New Yorker,” international interior designer Penny Drue Baird heads the design firm Dessins, based in both Paris and New York. So who better than to write a book on The New French Interior? Named as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designers, Baird dissects the styles that make up a classic French interior with the sensibilities of a younger, modern Parisian look. French designs used to connote a French Country/Provençal or Napolean/ Directorie style; this book is decidedly different. Monochromatic rooms of ivory and cream along with mid-century designs that are simpatico with Art Deco are highlighted in every room in the house from entrance hall to bedroom. Her interiors are steeped in tradition, charm, and warmth combined with European style. The book is a wonderful reinterpretation for today’s interior as told through ten of the designer’s most recent apartment and house installations. A mixture of materials (think stone, metals, and woods) coupled with new and modern ways to use traditional French furnishings make this a unique book and a look at a very beloved and iconic style. With The New French Interior, Baird may have given birth to a new design trend.

Former editor of House & Garden and House Beautiful turned interior designer and wife of architect Peter Pennoyer, Katie Ridder knows good design. Her inventive use of color combinations (magenta, aubergine, and brown), Turkish inspirations, and unique eye has appealed to clients from the Adirondacks to Argentina. Inspired by everything from Grace Kelly’s bracelet in the Hitchcock film Rear Window to the “dappled bark of a tree at New York’s Botanical Garden,” a Ridder room mixes art and objects, pattern, and period with ease. A classic room may have the pop of an unexpected mirror ball or Moroccan tiles, and it all works. The Californian-turnedManhattanite offers design tips on everything from “the best bookcase” and “what every entry needs” to “how to dress a bed, Katie style” and the essentials for a “hard-working kitchen.” A former Upper East Side shop owner, Ridder was particularly inspired by a trip to Turkey and her love of Islamic arches, exotic textiles, emerald- and turquoise-colored rooms, and Mughal-style flowers infiltrates many of her projects. It’s no wonder that Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace is her favorite place as the design influences turn up in everything from rugs to bedcovers to cushions and wallpapers and rugs.


By Cathy Whitlock

Theatrical, French, and reinterpreted traditional interiors along with all that’s new and chic in hotel design.

Clarence House: The Art of the Textile

Hotel Chic: Hotel Style Translated to Real Life

Design Tech Tonics: Tech Information for People Who Aren’t Techies

Slow Love Life

Kazumi Yoshida and Robert Appelbaum, Rizzoli 224 pages, $65

Sara Bliss

Beryn Hammil welcome-to-design-tech-tonics.html

Dominique Browning

A trip to the Clarence House showroom was always a treat for both client and designer (along with those great multicolor bags). It was also one of the hardest showrooms in which to gain entry—even actress Greta Garbo had to provide credentials one day when she wandered in off the street. From fabric designs such as the Japanese botanicals Papiers Japonais to the whimsical Grand Tableau Chinois, the work of the venerable house—truly one of the most iconic names in textile design—has appeared in historic homes and eminent museums around the world. Founded in 1961 by the late Manhattan interior designer Robin Roberts, Clarence House offered the best collections of decorative fabrics and wallpapers available in Europe to American designers and architects. He teamed up with designer Kazumi Yoshida, and the pair created an in-house signature of unique high-end designs never seen before. Today Yoshida resides as creative director and penned Clarence House: The Art of the Textile just in time to celebrate the firm’s 50th anniversary. The book details the company’s history along with the creative process from initial design to finished product through beautiful images and colorful sketches of fabrics and interiors. It’s a great walk down memory lane.

The marriage of hotel and residential design may not be a new concept, but finally someone has featured the best of the interiors of five-star properties from Amsterdam to Santorini on one site. Hotel Chic: Hotel Style Translated to Real Life is the brainchild of author and freelance magazine writer Sara Bliss, whose work appears in such diverse publications as Esquire, Town & Country, O The Oprah Magazine, and Interior Design. Hotel Chic is a “travel/design blog to showcase the coolest hotels around the globe” and it doesn’t get any better—some of the most innovative designs are coming from the world of hospitality these days. Readers are not only inspired by the stunning hotel rooms, lobbies, and bars, but also by the site’s great travelogue offerings. Bliss also features products on “how to get the look.” Hotels such as Kennebunkport’s Tides Beach Club, Capri’s J.K. Place, and Morocco’s La Sultana Oulidia are putting residential interiors to shame in terms of innovation, elegance, and that essential “wow” factor. Part travelogue, part design journal, Bliss chronicles the favorite haunts of designers such as Jonathan Adler and Miles Redd. Truly one of my favorite blogs for armchair travel, here’s hoping Bliss turns this into a coffee-table book someday.

It has always fascinated me how designers and architects can be adept at creativity and problem-solving yet can barely program their new iPhones. Enter Design Tech Tonics, a blog for people who aren’t “techies” written by an interior designer. The blog grew from the Facebook and Twitter posts of San Francisco interior designer Beryn Hammil, who occasionally offered tips on short cuts, innovations, and apps. Her posts eventually turned into a popular blog, and it’s quite clear Hammil has found her niche. No matter what your level of proficiency, there is something for everyone. A recent post can be as simple as upgrading to Apple’s i0S operating system to more applicable advice on why designers need to know about QR codes (you will notice these in the corner of your favorite shelter magazines), apps for construction and home improvement, and painting and drawing tutorials. While I can go to the Apple website and sift through dozens of entries on a subject, this blog seems to frequently offer what I am looking for. And if you still can’t figure out how technology can improve your life, the filmmaker turned interior designer also has a video for that.

One door closes and another opens as the old saying goes, and it’s a phrase that proved apropos for Dominique Browning. The former editor of House & Garden found herself unemployed after the magazine’s demise, grieving and contemplating her next move. Going from life in the fast lane to discovering a new way to live, she discovered a state of being known as “slow love life,” which translated into a wildly popular blog and the eventual book Slow Love Life: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas and Found Happiness. While it’s not a spiritual how-to blog, Browning’s candid personal essays cover her weekly journey, reminding us all to wake up and smell the proverbial roses. Her loyal readers are glad she is back and covering topics from “around the house” design, and gardening (clearly her passion), to stories on green living, travel, “in the kitchen,” and even politics. Each no-holds-barred essay reads like an intimate letter from the editor. As Browning notes, slow love is a “means of engaging with the world in a considered, compassionate way” and a place to “practice daily mindfulness in the midst of our busy, productive days.”



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By Michele Keith

Creative ways to light up your life, jazz up your home, add fun to parties, and seat your friends—all while helping to save the planet.

01 IT’S A WRAP The first leather company to complete the Greenguard Certification Program, Spinneybeck turns stairways into works of art by wrapping handrails with full-grain, vegetable-dyed cowhide in overlapping, flat, or channel styles. In over 1,000 colors, excess leather is recycled and the glue contains no VOCs. $144 to $275 per linear foot depending on leather and wrap style. Pulls are available in 26 colors, 9 shapes, and a variety of sizes. $15 to $25. Both can be customized.



Drink Up From Resource Revival comes a most unconventional bottle opener. The flexible handle is made of recycled bike chain obtained from donations and shops throughout the country, while the head—the colored part—is anodized aluminum, 15% to 75% of which is recycled. Available in red, blue, silver, green, and orange. 8 x 2.5 inches. $14.

Textile specialist D. Bryant Archie offers pillows— blankets, too—in unusual fabrics created by artisans in New York City and around the world. This pillow is from the Kuba people of Congo, and features a handwoven square of raffia fabric embellished with cowrie shells sewn on linen. Filled with 90% goose feathers and 10% goose down. 26 x 26 inches. $295.

04 Roughing It One of Anzfer Farms’ newest pieces is the Reflection Coffee Table. Made in San Francisco, the top is sliced, weathered, reclaimed redwood from salvage yards. The four-legged base is carved of reclaimed fir, and natural wood glue holds the pieces together. Large 16 x 50 inches. $2,800. Small 21 x 18 inches. $1,800.



Sitting Pretty Molo uses craft paper with 50% recycled content to shape strong and durable furnishings. Available in a naturally unbleached brown and a bamboo charcoal, ink-dyed black, the broad range of sizes allows you to make a variety of objects—as small as a stool 9 x 16 inches for $160, as big as a lounger 16 x 84 inches for $4,400.


07 Organic Beauty


Enjoy trees in a most ecologically correct fashion. Crazy Lace™ from Barkskin™ is hand-pounded bark, seen here in the grass-over-moss combination. In a gamut of colors and weaves, it’s wonderful as a wall covering and for making furniture and lampshades. Available by the sheet in three sizes: 16 x 24 inches; 24 x 32 inches; and 48 x 96 inches. Prices available upon request.

No tools required. The Origami Side Table from MIO is made of two laser-cut, slotted, steel sheets, which once bent, lock the parts into place. One sheet is the negative of the other, eliminating waste during production and giving the table its dynamic form. The surfaces are finished with a durable, low-VOC powder coating and it ships flat. Red, white, and black. 19 x 20 x 20 inches. $185.

08 Elegant Enlightenment The Silversage Chandelier is so glamorous, who would guess it’s made of rescued plastic bottles? Manipulated and reduced to obtain a glass-like appearance and feel, each fixture consists of approximately 800 plastic bottles. Used in their entirety, nothing is returned to landfill. 8 x 15 inches. $2,200.



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Updating the Suite Life Caroline Rippeteau puts a modern, distinctly feminine spin on the Tiffany Suite at New York’s St. Regis Hotel.

By Catherine McHugh

Pictured on the left is the expansive living room of the Tiffany Suite. It is bright and airy, showcasing the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue with breathtaking views of Central Park. The furnishings mix modern, deco, and classic pieces, including precious McGuire jewel-shaped armchairs, a contemporary coffee table and desk with white lacquer and chrome accents, and mirrored side tables. The bar cart boasts a wide array of Tiffany crystal barware and accessories. Large archival Tiffany photos adorn the walls. The foyer features a Tiffany-blue glass-beaded and silver-leafed handmade wall covering, which enhances the stunning architecture of the entryway. The entry console’s design is a subtle reference to one of Tiffany’s most iconic pieces, the engagement ring.



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Breakfast at Tiffany’s—as well as lunch, dinner, and dessert—is back on the menu at the New York St. Regis. In June, the iconic hotel unveiled the redesign of its Tiffany Suite, located on the 14th floor of 2 East 55th Street. In 1991, these two bastions of New York glamour collaborated to present the original suite, which was overseen by John Loring, who is now the design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co. Starwood Hotels’ senior designer Caroline Rippeteau directed the makeover of the 1,700-square-foot suite. “From an operational standpoint, the suite needed to be refurbished because it had gone past its typical hospitality life cycle,” Rippeteau explains. “And the St. Regis was looking to have a fresh take on the suite and also the Tiffany relationship. I think it has almost a feminine feel but I don’t think it’s off-putting to the male guest. o u r ov e r a l l g oa l wa s t o c r e at e a f u n c t i o n i n g s u i t e a n d t o g i v e i t m o r e of a residential feel.

“It’s actually quite a departure from what John Loring had designed, which was a little bit more formal and, I would say, traditional,” Rippeteau continues. “That palette was a mix of creams and neutrals and there really was not a presence of the Tiffany blue.” r i p p e t e a u i n s e r t e d l i t t l e t o u c h e s o f t i f fa n y ’ s s i g n at u r e b l u e a l l ov e r t h e s u i t e : f r o m t h e l i n i n g i n t h e d e s k d r aw e r s t o t h e c o n s o l e s t o t h e h e a d b oa r d i n t h e b e d r o o m .



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Rippeteau explains. “I selected the Mirrorbell chandelier from the Arteriors collection. I pulled the pearls in the fixture down so that they would drape more dramatically—they almost touch the table. Because the ceilings are so high, I really wanted to show that space.” Two antique mirrored consoles flank the dining table on either side. “I designed them in a very contemporary style and then had the vendor Lily Jack build them,” Rippeteau explains. “For the front, I found hardware in hammered silver at Michael Aram that looks like metal bows. The wall sconces in that room are faceted crystal to represent Tiffany diamonds. The dining room makes this overt Tiffany’s statement and then we have more subtle references throughout the rest of the suite. There is kind of a layering over what is more of a subtle neutral palette of silvers, grays, and golds.”

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Behind the console is a Maya Romanoff wall covering called the Bedazzled Leaf in the Tiffany blue. “We didn’t have to custom color that— it was actually a wall covering that I had been dying to use and The stunning dining room has been created to resemble a signature Tiffany blue box. The walls and the ceiling are painted a custom Tiffany Blue and the crown jewel of the room is a shimmering crystal chandelier.



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it worked for the Tiffany Suite perfectly,” Rippeteau explains. “Tons of little glass balls are adhered to it and, in this design, there is an aqua base with silver leafing. It’s quite rich when you see it up close. The mirror above the console is a custom design I did with Majestic Mirrors. The frame of it has a series of hexagons, which is just a subtle reference to a jewel shape.” throughout



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The living room features two Fretwork Lounge Chairs from McGuire furniture, which are part of the Barbara Barry collection. “I had them do a custom gold finish on the frames and incorporate the Tiffany blue color as an upholstered backing that’s underneath the fretwork,” Rippeteau says. “Between the chairs, I placed a faceted mirrored side table, which also had the diamond shape. “One of my favorite pieces is the Diamond Chest with a silver-leaf exterior, also from the Barbara Barry Collection,” Rippeteau adds. “It holds the TV and houses the DVD player and the speakers. Finally, for the carpeting, I brought in more of a reference to gems in a graphic way.” The same carpet continues into the bedroom, where Rippeteau utilized existing legacy pieces from the St. Regis New York. “I had the headboard refinished in white (it was walnut in the original suite) and reupholstered as well with that Tiffany swatch of striped fabric,” she says. “I also refinished a beautiful dressing table that sits in front of the bedroom window and then I designed a standing tri-fold mirror to sit on the vanity.” perhaps the suite’s most unexpected element is the series o f w h i t e b ow l s at tac h e d t o t h e wa l l b e h i n d t h e b e d .


wa n t e d t o d o s o m e t h i n g t h at wa s m o r e o f a n a r t i n s ta l l at i o n a n d wo u l d s p e a k t o t h e k i n d o f w h i m s y t h at i f e lt wa s d e v e l o p i n g ,” r i p p e t e a u s ay s . “I found these bowls at Global Views. They’re not custom pieces, but the application here is unique to the suite. My motivation was to introduce something that broke the mold of that very traditional Beaux-Arts molding in the room. The ceiling details are absolutely beautiful but this adds a more contemporary flourish. Plus, t h e r e i s s o m e t h i n g s o f e m i n i n e a b o u t t h e w h i t e c o l o r a n d t h e way i t j u s t f l oat s ac r o s s t h e b l u e wa l l w i t h t h e r u f f l i n g .”

So, with a rate of $8,500 per night, what type of guest does the suite host? “It has been a real hit among brides-to-be and princesses from all over the world,” Rippeteau says. “It’s in such high demand that just getting back in to take some measurements was kind of a struggle!”

The Tiffany Suite bedroom features an expansive porcelain flower installation, encompassing two walls of the bedroom. The bedroom is vibrant and playful, featuring a bright, contemporary floral patterned loveseat and a Tiffany-blue striped upholstered headboard.





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By Cathy Whitlock

McDonald designed this classically inspired traditional home in the Hollywood Hills. Opposite: The interior designer turned author signs her book Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style.


Once upon a time interior designers toiled in the background, working as unsung heroes, treated as servants, and rarely lauded for their efforts. Clearly, those times have changed as many of today’s interior designers are becoming as famous as rock stars.

There's Something About Mary a profile of milliner-turned-interior designer and television star mary mcdonald Credit Bravo TV’s successful show Million Dollar Decorators that places the designer front and center on the pop culture scene. Starring interior designers Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn Ireland, and Mary McDonald, the docu-series reality show follows the Los Angeles– based professionals through the minefields of money, ego, and demands of affluent clients.



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Left: McDonald’s designs for a tailored yet glamorous bedroom Above: the designer’s bold signature zigzag floors provides a contrast to the light and airy master bath.

One of the stars of the show is the glamorous award-winning Hollywood interior designer Mary McDonald, who could have easily been a movie star herself. Raised in Brentwood, California, in a family of stylish women (her aunt was a decorator), McDonald’s sense of confidence and elegance was learned through osmosis, eventually earning her the nickname of “decorating daredevil” by Domino magazine several decades later. Her road to the top of the fabric heap was an untraditional one. After college in Boston, she studied fashion at Parsons School of Design and started making hats for fun. Fortunately, hats became in vogue and soon Women’s Wear Daily and The New York Times were calling her the “young hot milliner of the moment.” Fashion eventually led to interior design when a publicist for shoe designer Robert Clergerie saw her apartment in the Hollywood landmark Chateau Rossmore and another career was born. McDonald’s rise in the design industry was not an overnight one. “My career evolved organically,” the petite designer explains, “and it snowballed over time. House & Garden put my project on their cover a dozen years ago and the rest is history.” t h e t h i r d - g e n e r at i o n a n g e l i n o u n d e r s ta n d s t h e c a l i f o r n i a l i f e s t y l e a n d k n ow s h ow t o m i x t h e m o r e c a s u a l a e s t h e t i c w i t h f o r m a l e l e m e n t s . w h i l e m c d o n a l d c u t h e r d e s i g n t e e t h o n t h e w e s t c oa s t , h e r s o p h i s t i c at e d s t y l e i s a n at u r a l f o r h e r m a n h at ta n c l i e n t s a s s h e

“ e u r o p e a n m e e t s pa r k av e n u e l o o k w h i l e k e e p i n g t h i n g s She finds that her Manhattan and East Hampton clients are definitely more open to the traditional use of fabrics while her Los Angeles and Malibu clientele prefer linen. favo r s a

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Opposite page: Bill Blass–inspired man’s bedroom with gray flannel upholstered walls and screen, men’s tie silk accents and antique rug and bust. Top left: McDonald’s interiors for a bachelor’s home in the hills of Los Angeles was inspired by the classicism of Bill Blass. Top right: A gold ceiling makes a bold statement in McDonald’s dining room.

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h e r e a n d t h e r e ,” p u t t i n g a c o n t e m p o r a r y t w i s t o n t h e t r a d i t i o n a l w i t h b o l d c o l o r ac c e n t s a n d g e o m e t r i c m o t i f s . “You don’t want your eye to go to the one yellow pillow in the room, so add the pop evenly.” Her forte is working with color as it evokes an “instant emotional state” and signature colors include yellow, and hot and light pink. Currently she is into “eggplant and old-school teal in that washed-out velvet look that makes me think of an Yves St. Laurent/ Park Avenue/France in the ’70s look.”

And her rooms are often filled with a boldly designed floor pattern, chinoiserie, Indian influences, contemporary upholstery lines, and dressmaker details that harken back to her fashion days. a s e l f - p r o f e s s e d “ c l a s s i c i s t u n d e r t h e g l a m o u r ,” t h e d e s i g n e r e x p l a i n s , “I a lway s l i k e t o pa i r v e r y s y m m e t r i c a l e l e m e n t s w i t h s o m e t h i n g t h at ’ s a s y m m e t r i c a l , b e c a u s e t h e s y m m e t r y c l e a n s o u t t h e a s y m m e t r i c a l pa r t s a n d k e e p s t h e m f r o m g e t t i n g t o o c r a z y !” Many will note her look is Hollywood Regency and shades of Dorothy Draper as she says, “There will always be the futuristic group of designers doing the lacquer, Lucite, and plastic look. But I am waiting for chintz to come back!”

Her home and working laboratory is the silent film star Buster Keaton’s legendary estate—very fitting for a woman who many say channels actress Ava Gardner. Chronicled in her monograph Mary McDonald Interiors: The Allure of Style (Rizzoli 2009), the refurbished villa is alongside the pages of projects from her client list that ranges from celebrities and Forbes 400 CEOs to boutique hotels.

As for her work on the show, McDonald explains that what you see on camera is “a typical day minus designers picking out fabrics and doing floor plans. We try to pick things that have action such as a client meeting, as no one wants to watch us do floor plans.” And is the often outspoken designer aware a camera is present? “I try to be aware of the cameras and know when I am saying something controversial. We do tend to camp it up a bit!” Most designers can relate as one episode follows her exploits at the High Point Furniture Market while another finds her dealing with a disgruntled client who thinks a zigzagpatterned floor looks like Willy Wonka. McDonald and close friend Nathan Turner provide levity to the show as she notes, “If you have to say something, say it with humor and laugh at how crazy it is!” She is also quick to explain this is not the (name that city) Housewives franchise Bravo has successfully built upon. “Our show is unlike the ‘Housewives,’ as it is based on people actually doing something!” The future for McDonald is as bright as the signature acid lemon yellow often found in her interiors. She just launched a line of lamps with wholesaler Robert Abbey with 19th-century, ’40s, and ’80s influences. “Lighting in general inspires me because it can be either very perfunctory or the real jewelry of the room, and both are necessary depending on circumstances.” She is also working on a fabric line for Schumacher and a rug line for Patterson, Flynn, and Martin that will launch in 2012. And as the lines of fashion and interior design blur, her dreams of a jewelry line could one day be a reality.



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Deborah Needleman, editor of the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Magazine and OFF DUTY at her Tribeca home.


By Cathy Whitlock Photography by Andrew French

DesigningWriter the perfectly imperfect career of deborah needleman

Perhaps the old saying “when one door closes, another door opens” best describes the unplanned yet very successful career of author and editor Deborah Needleman. The road to the editor’s office of the Wall Street Journal’s monthly WSJ Magazine and creator of the OFF DUTY weekend section was not a clear-cut one, as she actually never set out to be a journalist. “I have really had a very haphazard and rambling career path—to call it a path implies a sense of direction I didn’t have,” Needleman notes, admitting to no proverbial “aha” moment until she was 40. Needleman began her career as the photo editor of the Washington Post Sunday magazine where working with a small staff afforded her “the opportunity to produce special sections on food, design, fashion, and travel.” A love of gardens and landscaping led to courses at the New York Botanical Garden followed by photo editor and editor-at-large stints during Dominique Browning’s reign at House & Garden (where she suitably specialized in garden features). In 2005, Needleman developed an idea for a style magazine that centered on the home, catered to a 30-something design audience, and would catapult her career to the next level. “The world had changed drastically, but the format of the shelter magazine had remained unchanged for 100 years,” she explains. “I didn’t think the existing titles were perfectly suited to the times. i t h o u g h t t h e r e wa s a m a r k e t f o r a m ag a z i n e t h at wa s m o r e r e a l a n d ac c e s s i b l e a n d m o d e r n i n i t s a p p r oac h , b u t a l s o m a i n ta i n e d a h i g h ta s t e l ev e l a n d a r e s p ec t fo r t h e t r a p p i n g s a n d h i sto ry o f i n t e r i o r d e c o r at i o n a n d g r ac i o u s l i v i n g .”

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concurred and soon Domino was born. t h e m ag a z i n e ’ s tag l i n e s ay s i t a l l —“ t h e g u i d e t o l i v i n g w i t h s t y l e f o r t h e wo m a n w h o wa n t s t o h av e f u n o n t h e n e v e r - e n d i n g s e a r c h f o r i t e m s f o r h e r h o m e .” Featuring stories on everything from “Fast and Fearless Decorating” and “The Organized Home” to DIY tips and affordable design resources, the pieces were fresh, witty, young, and hip, and featured stylemakers from Mary McDonald to Drew Barrymore on the cover. Honored with numerous media awards for best new magazine, Needleman and Domino quickly became media darlings and the hot magazine of the moment.

Needleman and her editors also penned the hit book Domino: The Book of Decorating (Simon & Schuster 2008), a natural offshoot that served as a style and how-to decorating manual. Domino gathered a cult following, one that continues today although Condé Nast shuttered the publication in 2009. The mother of two and wife of journalist Jacob Weisberg continues to remain surprised by the response. “There is really almost no day that doesn’t go by without someone saying something to me about it,” she says, “and I hear that from everyone who worked there.” The illustrious alumni list includes Veranda editor Dara Capinegro, Gilt Home editor Tom Delavan, and WSJ editors Sara Ruffin Costello and Ruth Altchek. Work at the WSJ poses a unique challenge for Needleman as she oversees “two distinct but related style products—very left brain, right brain” and two types of disciplines with OFF DUTY requiring fast turnarounds and short lead times while the magazine allows her the time to “pull back and examine subjects within their broader cultural context.” The popular OFF DUTY has been a huge hit, drawing an untapped weekend audience and new readers who previously eschewed what they perceived as a stodgy financial newspaper. While the weekend section is about service (“what to do, see, buy, cook, eat, drive, etc.”), the magazine offers a more detailed insight and access into the worlds of style, culture, and the arts. “If OFF DUTY is like your own concierge, then the magazine is your consultant,” says Needleman. “OFF DUTY is unsnobby but with a very high taste level,” she explains, and like Domino, has the same spirit and energy which no doubt accounts for its popularity. And if this staggering workload is not enough, Needleman recently debuted her second book The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well (Clarkson Potter 2011). Growing out of a need to inspire and educate, the book highlights 80 essentials everyone needs to create a well loved, truly lived-in home. “ i wa n t e d t o w r i t e a d e c o r at i n g b o o k f r o m t h e p e r s p e c t i v e o f d e s i r e f i r s t a n d t h i n g s s e c o n d . w h at d o yo u wa n t yo u r h o m e t o d o f o r yo u ? h ow d o yo u wa n t i t t o m a k e yo u f e e l ?” she notes. And in true Needleman-speak, she continues, “Because I am not a decorator, I realized I was thinking about decorating in terms that no self-respecting professional ever would—what things would ‘cozify’ a room, or offer ‘glamification’ and what about the necessity of quirky items whose purpose is to act as ‘jollifiers.’”



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Filled with artist Virginia Johnson’s hand-drawn watercolors and warm, candid design conversation, the book was influenced by Needleman’s discomfort in overly decorated houses. “ i lov e h o u s e s t h at a r e p o r t r a i t s o f t h e i r ow n e r s . i ’ v e n e v e r l i k e d o r b e l i e v e d i n t h e i d e a o f d e c o r at i n g a s s o m e t h i n g t h at c a n b e f i n i s h e d . l i k e l i f e , i t i s a wo r k i n p r o g r e s s ,” she details. Her philosophy of home no doubt mirrors her illustrious career. And speaking of philosophy, the talented editor and design devotee offers sage advice on the state of design and journalism. “ n o t h i n g b r i l l i a n t h a s e v e r c o m e o u t o f f o l l ow i n g s o m e o n e e l s e , o r l i s t e n i n g t o c o n v e n t i o n a l w i s d o m ,” she notes. “Everyone is following everyone else and the magazines, the blogs, and the decorators are all looking at each other. If you have a style or an idea that seems out of sync with them, you should most certainly go for it. Either it will be the next thing or it will be awful, but at least it will be authentic and interesting and yours, so who cares! The only thing to care about is whether it makes you happy.” Sage advice indeed.


With a career that appears to be tailor-made, Needleman reflects, “I think a defining quality of my ‘career’ has been breaking through boundaries. People don’t think of themselves as categories the way magazines do; I want to reach an emotional part of the reader, his imagination, his appreciation for quality.” She also notes, “Being in the media is a wonderful, exciting thing. And when you’re having fun, it’s clear in the product. A huge joy in my current job is the opportunity to join different worlds together—art, fashion, design, decoration, media, technology, business, and philanthropy. And to bring to light what’s best and most creative and influential in each of them. I do love the now overused term ‘disruptive’ because I am so bored by the status quo. I love people and ideas that shake things up, people who solve problems by looking at the problem differently.”

1. Needleman’s first book Domino: The Book of Decorating reflected the magazine’s sensibilities. 2. Needleman oversees “two distinct but related style products—very left brain, right brain” at the Wall Street Journal. 3. Her latest book The Perfectly Imperfect Home is a primer on the art of living well and decorating tips gleaned from her years at Domino and House & Garden magazines. 4 & 5. Needleman's artfully arranged coffee table reflects her love of books. 6. Needleman's house reflects her design aesthetic -"layered, elegant and a little messed up!" 7. The designing writer recommends mixing books in both horizontal stacks and vertical rows, topping with a small object or two. 8. Her serene and sophisticated dining room she shares with her two children and husband, fellow journalist Jacob Weisberg. 9 & 10. Artist Virginia Johnson’s whimsical hand-drawn watercolors illustrate The Perfectly Imperfect Home.







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Eats’N’Sleeps Gazala’s 380 Columbus Avenue 212.873.8880

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana 11 Madison Avenue 212.612.3388

Dirt Candy 430 East 9th Street 212.228.7732

East End Kitchen 539 East 81st Street 212.879.0450

Chef Gazala Halabi was to the business born. She came to New York from a small Druze village in Northern Israel with a lifetime of recipes and culinary tradition from her family’s restaurant, and spices from her grandmother’s shop. Now she is a pioneer and ambassador, serving New Yorkers a delicious glimpse into her unique Middle Eastern culture. Her special domeshaped sagg griddle takes center stage; the pita the chef bakes on its surface—thin, warm with a slight cornmeal texture—is central to Druze cuisine and is served with a variety of hot and cold mezes (five kinds of hummus, lebanee, a homemade goat cheese and Druze staple, falafel, taboule, and more). When you visit, don’t forget to sample the homemade bourekas—crisp and flaky whole wheat pita dough stuffed with lebanee and spinach or sun-dried tomatoes; the delicate, crunchy, and savory treats are big enough to share. Don’t skip dessert: The buttery date cookies and baklava are sublime. The food is served with love and pride in its landmark building space, and the restaurant’s exposed brick and artisanal decorative tiling beckon you in for a delightful dining experience you won’t soon forget.

Chef Gaston Acurio, the globally renowned chef with more than 29 restaurants around the world, makes his Manhattan debut with La Mar. His menu—inspired by the thousands of cebicherias found throughout South America —offers haute Peruvian cuisine, focusing largely on seafood and showcasing bright flavors, color, textures, and the freshest local and seasonal produce and ingredients. Award-winning architect Stephanie Goto has created a bright atmosphere to match, transforming the bi-level space into a stunning, contemporary restaurant that echoes its sister eateries in Peru. It also features a distinct New York point of view, with a neutral palette accented with vibrant colors, customized furniture, and one-of-a-kind art installations—pieces created in collaboration with Brent Kanbayashi of Kanbayashi Design. These standouts include: a rain chandelier, a suspended pool of water that visually connects the two levels; a texture wall, a pointillist setting of 8,000 kernels of colorful Peruvian corn evoking an abstract landscape; and a texture cloud chandelier—5,500 kernels suspended on piano wire forming a cloudlike tapestry fixture. The food suspends belief as well: In addition to heavenly cebiche, try the tiraditos, the Peruvian version of sashimi, or the causas (traditional whipped potato entrees) and the anticuchos (grilled skewers).

The East Village is home to an award-winning, vegetable-focused restaurant with cuisine that astonishes. Chef/owner Amanda Cohen showcases the lowly veggie like never before, satisfying food lovers with a deceptively simple combination: extraordinary food made with the freshest ingredients. She has succeeded big time. Her innovative dishes are served with straightforward yet bold flavors, and Cohen personally presides over the entire restaurant from the open kitchen of the 18-seat eatery that celebrates vegetables every which way. You feel like you’re at an intimate dinner party, in a setting that includes white tables on recycled linoleum against a background of recycled natural Kirei wood walls, contrasted with a kicky bright orange banquette. For Cohen, the pleasure is all hers, as she loves engaging directly with guests, hearing their reactions and answering their questions on the spot. But the feedback’s all good, especially when diners dig into a Portobello mousse with truffled pear and fennel compote appetizer, or a main course of stone-ground grits with corn cream, pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche, and a tempura poached egg. Believe it or not, the desserts incorporate vegetables, too, like the sweet pea mint ice cream Nanaimo bar or the red pepper velvet cake. Viva la veggies!

With the opening of East End Kitchen, owner Diane Carlin brings the cool vibe of downtown dining to an uptown neighborhood lined with Italianate townhouses and postwar apartment buildings. At this modern bistro, which features seasonally focused American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, Carlin is deeply committed to serving sustainable food; the menu offers continually changing selections of delicious market-driven fare. Executive chef Edward Martinez, whose pedigree includes a stint at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at Four Seasons NYC and San Domenico on Central Park South, uses artisanal ingredients from local purveyors, including organic produce, seafood, and meat from grass-fed animals. The beverage program also reflects the restaurant’s commitment to greenmarket ingredients, featuring cocktails made with infusions of seasonal fruits and veggies, and the wine list includes a number of locally produced varietals from New York State’s notable wine regions. East End’s decor combines rustic American design with urban elegance. From the façade, French doors open into a 65-seat dining room that features reclaimed barn wood. The dining room’s centerpiece is a 20-seat, 22-foot-long bar made of maple and butternut woods; modern embellishments, such as vintage schoolhouse lamps and antique mirrors, add stylish flair.


By Shelley Wolson

Vegetables take center stage at Dirt Candy, get a taste for Harlem at Red Rooster, and have a dreamy stay at Dream Downtown.

Toloache 82 166 East 82nd Street 212.861.4505

Red Rooster Harlem 310 Lenox Avenue 212.792.9001

Dream Downtown 355 West 16th Street 800.336.4110

Mondrian Soho 9 Crosby Street 212.389.1000

At Toloache, Chef Julian Medina presents a unique take on Latin flavor profiles, elevating them through classic French technique. Born and raised in Mexico City, he was trained in New York at the French Culinary Institute., and his menu reflects those influences—creative, contemporary Mexican dishes made with traditional and nontraditional ingredients drawn from around the world. Start with a selection of Medina’s signature guacamoles, like the Frutas, made with avocado, pomegranate, Vidalia onion, mango, apple, peach, and habanero peppers. Or choose from 12 types of tacos, like braised veal cheeks or spicy lobster. Accompany those spirited dishes with the appropriate spirits—margaritas, of course: Try the Toloache—Herradurablanco, hibiscus, blueberries, and lime or the Sandia Ria—Riazulblanco, Tyku, fresh watermelon, and lime. A killer tequila and mescal list completes the beverage roundup. This southof-the-border fare is served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which, like the food, is a mix of conventional and modern. The front of the house features a dark wooden bar, luxurious leather barstools, and colorful copper pendant lamps. Diners walk past the open kitchen to the main dining room, outfitted with Mexican tin lighting fixtures and contemporary ceiling pendants in metal with glowing onyx panels.

Red Rooster celebrates the richness of Harlem’s history, culture, and ethnic influences. Named after a legendary neighborhood haunt, and inspired by Marcus Samuelsson’s personal culinary journey, its menu is a soulful blend of contemporary comfort food, as seen through the lens of the acclaimed Ethiopianborn, Swedish-raised celebrity chef. Guests may sample Samuelsson’s take on southern classics, like his Shrimp & Red Grits—flash-seared wild tiger shrimp over white grits and tomato broth with basil, sausage, and poached egg, the delectable Fried Yard Bird, or Helga’s Meatballs—beef and pork meatballs seasoned with allspice, served with daily mash and lingonberry preserves, a nod to his grandmother’s recipe. Other dishes draw inspiration from the multicultural communities located nearby, be it Jamaican, South American, or African. The restaurant’s design captures the essence of Harlem as well, with its welcoming palette of amber, cream, burgundy, and browns inspired by surrounding churches and brownstones. Homey touches abound, like the reclaimed wooden bookshelves that are filled with an eclectic collection of NYC-centric books and objects from the chef and his team. A Bisazza glass tile floor draws the bar and dining room together, along with brass fixtures, blended woodwork, antique light fittings, and copper accents.

Extraordinary in design and unique in character, this imaginative new property pairs chic-cool influences with modern elegance. Following a $270 million renovation of an iconic ’60s Albert Ledner edifice (formerly built for the National Maritime Union and later, a halfway home managed by Covenant House), the property has arrived, thanks to Handel Architects’ work to preserve the building’s distinctive look, including its block-like structure and portal windows. The resplendent façade, newly clad in stainless steel, plays off of artist Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, which creates stunning celestial reflections when light hits the exterior, making the circular windows appear as though they were floating. Throughout the interiors, the architects channeled another downtown legend, the visionary Andy Warhol and his gritty yet sleek Factory aesthetic. With walls adorned with reflective aluminum foil, it transports the metallic theme to modern day, with layers of silver serving as a shimmering backdrop. The 316 spacious, loft-like guestrooms are reinvented with Ardex cement floors featuring deconstructed patchwork Tabriz rugs, flanked by contemporary pieces such as a butter-leather Chester loveseat and an oxblood Safari chair. Custom-chrome FX headboards mimic the hotel’s façade, while customized Etro amenities bedeck the bathroom.

Situated in the heart of Soho, the Mondrian takes its place amongst A-list residents, fashionable and picturesque streets, charm, and energy. The hotel adds its own cultural influence to the mix. Morgans Hotel Group and developer Cape Advisors engaged Barry Rice Architects and H. Thomas O’Hara Architects to realize their vision for the building—a classically proportioned glass tower with themed, eclectic interiors. The luxurious destination boasts a romantic setting that draws inspiration from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French fantasy film, La Belle et la Bête, inviting guests into a vibrant escape. As visitors enter the lush topiary façade, the fairy-tale story is unveiled in the lobby; a powdery French blue color palette unifies a series of seating vignettes over a pale oak floor. The casual seating—Noriegadesigned furniture—echoes the whimsical environment. Saturated blue corridors with custom rose vine carpets provide elegant entry to the property’s 270 jewel-box rooms that sport large dramatic mirrors, a clever nod to the French fable. A number of rooms also feature a sparkling chrome desk, night tables, and sconces, which offset an angelic white bed, 10-foot ceilings, and floorto-ceiling windows that lend stunning views. Fairy tale indeed.

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Kati Curtis (Nirmada Interior Design) “One of my favorite things is the porcelain mortar stool/side table from Tucker Robbins. Inspired by Filipino Kalinga tribal bowls, the stools are reinterpreted in the porcelain pottery craft of Peru. We are always looking for things like this that are handcrafted, sustainably made, and finished unexpectedly—as in the gold, platinum, and blue finishes available on these exquisitely created pieces. The stools can be used as additional seating, side tables, or simply beautiful objet d’art.”


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A burger joint and a puff piece, along with singular tables, lighting, and seating inspire these designers.

Kirsten Brant (K. Brant Interiors) “Interesting end tables can be a challenge to find. I like this one from Frazier because of the chic detail on the legs and the brass fitting—including the subtle brass wrap around on the feet. It is a great juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. And the lacquer finish really accentuates the piece, making it a highlight in any room. It is refreshing to see so much thought put into an end table.”

Laura Bohn (Laura Bohn Design Associates) “My Uniqlo puffy coat...great color and so lightweight. Perfect coat to travel great that it even comes with a little bag that it can be put in. Light as a sweater.”


Jason Nixon & John Loecke (John Loecke Interior Design) “The John Loecke, Inc. duo is currently obsessed with Howard’s Famous Bacon & Avocado Burgers on Venice Boulevard in L.A. Not only are the burgers and tacos totally killer, but these folks have the most amazing color sensibility. The restaurant’s range hood is a Schiaparelli-worthy shocking orange that is just so divine, and they have a blue-and-pink trash can that says “Thank you” on it that sends me into paroxysms of delight. In fact, I just designed a blue-and-pink bedroom that was a total homage to Howard’s very polite and remarkably rad receptacle. If I ever need a jolt of color and some knockout taquitos, I head straight for Howard’s.”


Robert Passal (Robert Passal Interior and Architectural Design) “I have chosen a sconce which is sold at Dennis Miller that I’m absolutely crazy about. The Geneva Sconce is a lesson in detailed simplicity. I love the stark details of this sconce and can see it in an uber-chic powder room paired with dark lacquered walls and lots of mirror....”



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Additional photography by Andrew French

and now for something a little different

Recliner available at Louis J. Solomon, 212.545.9200

Abalone Chandelier available at Baker Knapp & Tubbs, 212.779.8810



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Cube magazine rack available at Atelier Interior Design, 212.696.0211


Disco-Tec by Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, 212.779.4540



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Exceptions de GRANGE Hall Cabinet available at Grange, 212.685.9494

SBV-Light Nest available at Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., 212.545.0032

Hammered Lever available at S.A. Baxter, 800.407.4295

2700-12 King Bed available at Henredon, 212.679.5828


4087-70 Carved Chest available at Hickory Chair Pearson, 212.725.3776

Lumbre rug in antique celadon available at Stephanie Odegard Collection, 212.545.0069

Reclaimed Teak Slab #9 available at Restoration Timber, 877.980.WOOD



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Nebula Vase available at Brueton, 212.838.1630

Biedermeier Stool available at Bolier, 212.684.0070

270 Red Acrylic Chair by Espacio/Sami Hayek available at Dennis Miller Associates, 212.684.0070

Copa Grande Side Table available at Tucker Robbins, 212.355.3383


L16TC5 Louis XVI Daybed available at C么t茅 France, 212.684.0707

Vessels by Erin McGuiness available at Ted Boerner, 212.675.5665

Grand Tour Accessory Table available at Century Designer Showroom, 212.479.0107



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freshpicks Lux Cosmos and Lux Nieve Rectified Porcelain Tile available at Porcelanosa, 212.252.7370 Facing page, clockwise from top left: Metal frame chair designed by Evan Lewis available at Bright Chair Company, 212.726.9030 Dag & Natt Thunder rug available at Kasthall, 212.421.0220 Elegant Camp Stools available at Global Views, 212.725.8439




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freshpicks T H E M O S T C U R R E N T products in nydc showrooms .

That's Entertainment The Entertainment Credenza from the Folio Eighteen Collection at Henredon was inspired by a 1940s original. The doors are done in antique mirror with a hand-painted pattern typical of Greek mythology. It stands on simple tapered legs. Included are a triple electrical outlet, infrared system, and grommet ventilation and wire access openings. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 616, 212.679.5828, Contemporary Couture Modern Colors, a new collection from Kravet Couture, is made up of bold, sophisticated fabrics with a modern twist. Available in a range of bright, fresh colors and patterns, the collection mixes embroidery, silks, velvets, leathers, linens, and textures in the boldest of hues for any interior style. Kravet Fabrics & Furniture, Inc., Suite 401, 212.725.0340, FEB


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freshpicks Louis Is Tsar-y Grange is pleased to introduce the first bed to its Ermitage Collection. Inspired by the Louis XVI-style furniture found throughout the Winter Palace, this collection combines the vibrant colors found in the Tsars’ royal chambers with fluted and raised moldings. Made of beech wood with antiqued brass feet. Available in all sizes and colored finishes. Grange, Suite 201, 212.685.9494,

Handles With Care With unique, faceted wood handles, a solid wood frame and cushions that appear to float within it, the Aaron Bench at Bright Chair Company is the work of world-renowned designer, Doug Levine. The piece is manufactured in Bright’s own Middletown, New York, factory. The Bright Chair Company, Suite 902, 212.726.9030,

To Have and to Hold Tucker Robbins’ Matrimonial Human Chair is carved from solid acacia wood in tribal areas of the Northern Philippines. This handmade chair holds you, embraces you, and entertains you. It’s also surprisingly comfortable and fun to have around. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, 212.355.3383,

In the Paint Hickory Chair’s new Artists Studio Accent Paint Program was inspired by years of special requests. In the company’s on-site studio, awardwinning artists make painted detailing on any case-good item as easy to specify as Hickory’s other options. From textile-inspired patterns to classic trompe l’oeil, designs can be scaled and modified to suit any room. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, 212.725.3776,


The Met And The Modern The Metropolitan Buffet, available exclusively at Profiles, is a modern update on a classic mid-century cabinet. The glamour of exotic woods, metal leaf, and rich finishes provides an elegant focal point of any room or space. Profiles, Suite 1211, 212.689.6903,

Choose Your Cloud

Never Too Thin The tall base of Carlo Colombo’s Angelina Floor Lamp at Atelier Interior Design is made of exquisitely thin varnished steel (in gloss white or gloss chrome) supporting a large white Plexiglass globe shade. It is available in two sizes; the shorter one has a larger diameter shade. Atelier Interior Design, Suite 202, 212.696.0211,

The new CloudBox Seating Series at Ted Boerner is available in two motifs: Cumulus and Nimbus. Cumulus, a cell-like constellation of irregular shapes, provides an organic and subtly playful surface across the inside back and arms. Nimbus is made up of regularly pieced sections of oversized hexagons for a bolder look. Ted Boerner, Suite 515, 212.675.5665,

Distressed Damsel The Maison Jardin Dining Table—the newest introduction to Century Furniture’s luxury outdoor collections—captures the graceful and timeless magic of Provence with its classically styled framework. Superb metalwork, teak with detailed distressing and finishing, deep, comfortable seating, and a selection of exquisite outdoor fabrics make this collection ideal for living outside. Century Furniture Showroom, Suite 200, 212.479.0107,



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freshpicks Fabric Fusion Côté France has introduced an exclusive new fabric line in linen, silk, Egyptian cotton, and cashmere. The Kohro Fabric Collection fuses nature, art, and design with craftsmanship and technology into over 1,000 patterns and textures to choose from for upholstery, drapery, bedding, and accessories. Côté France, Suite 1201, 212.684.0707,

Drape the City Maxwell Fabrics’ City Chic Collection is a fusion of style, bringing together contemporary patterns and modern versions of traditional designs into one distinctively unique drapery and bedding collection. New fabric constructions emphasize the wonderful properties of both cotton and linen to create various levels of sheen, softness, and color intensity. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, 212.779.4540, Swedish Stripes Pinstripe XL is a hand-tufted rug collection from Kasthall designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune that exudes luxury and elegance through its simple but sophisticated pattern. The handdrawn pinstripes have a unique character—a result of blowing up the pattern and a relief effect achieved by combining cut pile with bouclé. Kasthall USA, Inc., Suite 611, 212.421.0220.


Twiggy With It The Twig Pendant Light at Global Views is a sculpture that provides functional ambient light. The twigs are made of solid brass cast from actual branches and then artfully arranged. It is complemented by a bronze finish ring shade. The fixture holds four 40-watt bulbs. Global Views, Suite 613, 212.725.8439,

Full Slate Kathmandu is large format slate wall tile from Porcelanosa with variegated shades of earth tones in umber, emerald, and golden ochre. The natural slate’s distinctive layered composition and textured surface is professionally sealed to prevent stains and absorption. A high resistance to temperature changes makes slate ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Porcelanosa, Suite 609, 212.252.7370,



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freshpicks Got a Bead on It Designed by Louis Henri, this Traditional Door Lever at S.A. Baxter elegantly curves with lined exquisite metal beading that accentuates its stately shape. Shown here in a brass and nickel finish, this lever’s perfect contour in over 28 finishes makes it suitable for almost any space. S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, Suite 1205, 800.407.4295,

Dream Dimensions A Customizable Sofa Group is part of the new line of fully upholstered furniture created for Louis J. Solomon by Sherrill Upholstery. The series offers a large variety of sizes as well as style options to create the custom sofa of your dreams. Available in a variety of fabrics and COM. Louis J. Solomon, Inc., 911, 212.545.9200,

Silver Sleeper Charpoy, from The Stephanie Odegard Collection, is a woven “mattress” on a frame frequently seen at the roadside of truck stops in India, but here takes on an opulence with hand-carved teak wood and silver-clad legs. The collection seeks to preserve rare artistic traditions from around the world. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, 800.670.8836,

Walking the Planks Bali Boatwood from Restoration Timber uses teak reclaimed from Indonesian fishing boats and hand-painted in a variety of colors. Balinese boats are taken apart and recycled into engineered 8-inch planks in a variety of lengths and then hand-finished in pink, blue, gray, green, yellow, or unpainted. The planks can be used for flooring or paneling. Restoration Timber, Suite 436, 877.980.WOOD, Shine On The Humo Coffee Table at Dennis Miller Associates is handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico, from clay taken from nearby rivers. Humo has a characteristic shine thanks to natural materials burnished into the raw clay. The patterns blend traditional motifs of the sunflower and the seeds as a representation of life, strength, and fertility. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, 212.684.0070, 52

Light Lines The dynamic, handcrafted Inertia Pendant at Metropolitan Lighting is made up of crystal and stainless steel prisms that grab the light and shift it outwards, causing a shimmering effect. Shown here in a silver leaf finish, it is also available in other sizes and variations. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, 212.545.0032,

Star Maker In the Celestial Chest, from the Barbara Barry Collection at Baker Knapp & Tubbs, a subtly dimensioned face of galaxy-like swirls are framed in exquisite walnut and trimmed in gold leaf. A custom circle door pull is attached to one door. Hand-finished and burnished, an entire room can orbit around this piece. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, 212.779.8810,

Lying Well Designed for Boliers & Company by Richard Mishaan, the Modern Domicile Chaise, designed by Michael Vanderbyl for Bolier, can best be described as pure, warm, North American moderne design. Shown here in walnut and leather with a stainless-steel base, it is available in other fabrics, leathers, COM, and COL. It provides a refined place to relax at home or in the office. Bolier & Company, Suite 1216, 212.684.0070,

Diamond Life Diamante is the newest jewel in Brueton’s upholstery collection. Clean, simple modernist lines and diamond tufting were the inspiration for designer Stanley Jay Friedman. Diamante also flaunts modern proportions and an architectural stainless-steel leg base. Brueton, Suite 1502, 212.838.1630,



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STYLESPOTLIGHT F eatured highlights of craft and design .

1. Moonglow (facing page) Inspired by mid-century designs, the Luna Globe by Downtown, available at Profiles, casts a warm glow through 116 glass windows. But unlike the real thing, this one has no dark side. 2. Burnished Reputation The Bolier Classics Klismos Chair is a modernist’s interpretation of the classic Klismos design with burnished bronze metal accents on the arm and back. FEB


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3. Classic Convenience Grange’s Louis XIV Curved Chest has been updated for modern convenience. Outfitted with an integral hideaway for a flat screen TV, this piece transforms from traditional to modern by remote control. 4. Bold Faced The Tycho Table at Brueton is a striking design of high-grade stainless steel with an exotic veneer. The proportions and contrasting material thicknesses create a bold visual statement. 5. Not Finished Yet Beautiful Reclaimed Teak from Restoration Timber is recycled from old buildings in Indonesia and made into flooring or paneling in widths from 3 to 10 inches and in varying lengths. Choose between a custom finish or unfinished. 6. Suitable for Framing Ted Boerner’s new Portrait Collection is seating with clean-edged wood detailing that frames softly tailored upholstery. Options include 11–inch-wide bookcase arms or open slotted arms. 7. Natural Pair The pure form and solid wood construction of the Duette Table and Timbre Bench at Dennis Miller capture the innate beauty of natural wood grain. 8. Hip Swivel (facing page) Create a new look with the 684 Swivel Chair at Atelier Interior Design by combining fabrics or leathers on the seat and backrest. Available without a back, with a footstool, or with a tray/table. 56



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9. Double Single This double candle Art Deco Sconce with a single shade is available at Côté France. It is handmade of solid bronze and finished in polished nickel, one of many available choices. 10. Wood Not Porcelanosa's Durable Woodtec Porcelain HardwoodTM tile is as beautiful as hardwood, but requires little or no maintenance. It is ideal indoors or out and is also perfect for radiant floor heating. 11. Magical Thinking This sparkling bath bar from Metropolitan Lighting’s Magique Collection has inset jewel-like accents and a polished nickel frame. It is also ADA-compliant making it suitable for residential and commercial applications. 12. Table Dances For Tucker Robbins’ Dancing Table, the crotch of a salvaged tree is used as a base for a salvaged, book-matched mara top. 13. Panel Discussion The Vetiver Jaali Panel, from the Viya Home for The Stephanie Odegard Collection, is a stunning contemporary interpretation of the traditional stone jaali. 58





14. Protection Plan The Nantucket Collection from Maxwell Fabrics is a compilation of their best-selling textures, recolored and refinished with Nano-Tex technology, building permanent spill and stain protection into the fiber structure. 15. Spiral Bound The Swirl Escutcheon Plate, the final piece of S.A. Baxter’s Swirl Suite, makes a statement in any doorway. The spirals are neatly framed in a modern, rectilinear form. 16. Marriage License With a Cupid’s bow crest, a complex open fretwork back, and blind fretwork legs, the Maze Arm Chair at Baker Knapp & Tubbs is a perfect marriage between classic and exotic. 17. Split Seating Each cushion on Doug Levine’s Elena Ottoman at Bright Chair Company is individually upholstered so that you can give each piece its own unique cover.



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18. Blessed Soul The Soul Sofa designed by Juan Montoya for Century Icons is shown here in oatmeal velvet with a cushion fabric he named “beach bum.� 19. Upon Reflection This Mirrored Writing Desk at Louis J. Solomon offers lots of room to complete daily tasks with additional space from two hidden pullouts on either side. A true statement piece in any living room, bedroom, or home office, this desk says you like to get things done in style.







20. Precious Dots Doris is a woven rug that combines two of Kasthall’s unique yarns—a fluffy chenille and their classic wool yarn. The geometric dot pattern is inspired by precious stones. 21. Florentine Surprise The Surprise Landing Sculpture was created by sculptors and artisans from Florence, Italy. Originally made in the mid-1960s, it is being reissued exclusively for Global Views. 22. Fancy Fretwork The Shagreen Bunching Table at Hickory Chair features a faux shagreen leather-wrapped top raised on gilded iron legs with a Regency-inspired fretwork base. 23. Use Your Smarts Kravet Smart carpets are guaranteed-in-stock luxury carpets that are hand-knotted in India with wool and viscose. Available in up to seven standard sizes, five designs, and three price points. 24. Mirror Art With handsome custom details, the beautifully framed bronze Bowmont Mirror at Henredon has a silk mat border that turns every reflection into a painting.



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De. FIN.ingPieces items that sum up what a showroom is all about.

Century Designer Juan Montoya says his Strap Dining Table, “reminds me of the machine age. I like that it can serve multiple purposes with chairs or without as a center table in the middle of the room as a library table.� It is shown here in maple solids with primavera veneer, metal edge trim with nailhead, and a hammered metal base. Century Furniture Showroom, Suite 200, 212.479.0107,

Kravet Exploring richer tones and exciting new patterns, the Barbara Barry Fabric Collection offers upholstery and drapery in a wide range of prints, woven patterns, silks, and embroidery. Three luscious books of color are inspired by the ancient hues of Asia. Grass cloth wall coverings finely balance tonal and textural elements of the fabrics. Kravet Fabrics & Furniture, Inc., Suite 401, 212.725.0340, FEB


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PROFILES The Perry Chair is seating of impeccable design and craftsmanship. It combines gracious curves, a hardwood frame, a spring core, and a down and feather wrapped cushion into a chair of exceptional comfort and style. Profiles, Suite 1211, 212.689.6903,

Brueton Bridget is the latest addition to Brueton’s line of contemporary low tables. It has a double tier of glass, with one tier featuring a series of etched parallel lines. Bridget is available in rectangular or square configurations and in numerous finishes. Top options include glass, stone, and wood, as well as custom designs. Brueton, Suite 1502, 212.838.1630,

Louis J. Solomon This is a unique Louis XVI Bergere that creates the look of a grand throne from Versailles but on a small scale. It can be dressed up in a fun pattern or become more formal in a silky solid. It makes a perfect accent piece in a living room or bedroom. Louis J. Solomon, Inc., Suite 911, 212.545.9200,

Baker Knapp & Tubbs The Wisteria Long Table, from the Bill Sofield Collection, is inspired by an altar table and recalls Asian Modern design. Long, hand-fit marquetry panels drape over a waterfall edge. The changing taper and scale of the wisteria inlay, actually light Mozambique petals against an ebony field, offers a sense of perspective akin to a painting. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, 212.779.8810,


HENREDON A confident statement in wood and upholstery, the smooth lines of the Grace Chair are defined by a curved santos rosewood veneered back and lined with inviting and comfortable upholstery. The open oval aperture adds lightness and personality to one of the company’s signature pieces. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 616, 212.679.5828,

Dennis Miller The Square Tuffet Ottoman by Powell & Bonnell is an interplay of surface and detail. The stitched leather seat cushion has an elegant reverse tapered iron leg and an integrated cross stretcher base. It’s shown here in an antique brass frame, upholstered in Powell & Bonnell dressage horseshoe leather. Also available as Round Tuffet Ottoman. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, 212.684.0070, Grange For their Modular Wall Units, Grange has introduced two new options: sliding panels and a drop front desk. The panels, with a shelving facade, can easily conceal a television, while the drop-down desk becomes a functioning home office. Both features are a great addition to multi-use living, working, and entertaining rooms. Grange, Suite 201, 212.685.9494,

Ted Boerner Designed with studio colleague Katherine Lam, Skoop, one of Ted Boerner’s most popular and comfortable chairs, is now available on a swivel. The new base, a thin layer of steel and a support stem, has an underlayer of wood trim to lend thickness and a touch of warmth. Ted Boerner, Inc., Suite 515, 212.675.5665,



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freshpicks DefiningPieces Atelier

The Assuan Bed by Ferruccio Laviani reassesses the design of a classic bed in a contemporary way. A sturdy wood base is softened by a curved headboard, while the feet refine the proportions. The bed frame, in leather or fabric, serves as a link between it all. Atelier Interior Design, Suite 202, 212.696.0211, Maxwell Fabrics Baroque opulence and modern sensibility come together in the Chatelaine Collection. Polished satin and sumptuous chenille fabrics, in lavish over-scaled traditional patterns, elegantly complement sleek contemporary pieces with comfortable softness. Heavy full-bodied draperies and romantic plush upholstery pieces are revitalized with a refreshing color palette. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, 212.779.4540,

REstoration Timber Restoration’s Reclaimed Teak Siding is made from Indonesian paneling with its original weathered patina from years of use. It’s recycled to make an aged, gray paneling that is unique to the marketplace. Restoration Timber, Suite 436, 877.980.WOOD,


Porcelanosa Shine is a unique wall tile available in a quartet of rich, dimensional colors that dazzle the eye with an almost lacquered effect. Shine combines the beauty and elegance of ferroker and ruggine with an incredibly high-gloss finish. The large format and rectified edges allow for a narrow grout line for a seamless look. Porcelanosa, Suite 609, 212.252.7370,

GLOBAL VIEWS The Marble Fret Cocktail Table is made of white honed marble that is hand-carved by artisans in the desert of Rajasthan, India. The design incorporates themes that are drawn from classic western and Indian design. The scale of this table, however, lends itself to 21st-century rooms. Global Views, Suite 613, 212.725.8439,

Kasthall USA Ingrid, a shaft woven rug in 100% wool with folkloristic origins, is available in multiple natural shades that fit easily into many settings. The pattern recalls knitted sweaters from northern Scandinavia, yet despite its traditional connotations, Ingrid feels equally at home in a contemporary, cosmopolitan setting. Kasthall USA, Inc., Suite 611, 212.421.0220.



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Côté France The Commode Bordelaise Maury is one of the most popular French reproductions at Côté France. This classic Bordeaux-style chest of drawers has a serpentine curved front, large scale top and drawers, and solid bronze decorative drawer pulls and key escutcheons. Available in Côté France colors, or your color can be matched. Côté France, Suite 1201, 212.684.0707,

Hickory Chair Pearson The Kent Sofa refreshes the iconic Chesterfield with a handsome, structural silhouette and graphic nailhead detailing, while retaining the hand-tailored biscuit tufting authentic to the style. Available in six standard lengths, the style was also reconsidered with Hickory’s hallmark customization and made-to-measure offerings in mind. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, 212.725.3776,


Bolier Faceted white lacquer doors provide a unique play on light and shadow in the gray ceruse oak case of the Domicile Faceted Door Cabinet, designed by Michael Vanderbyl for Bolier. The style is modern, but with a warm and inviting tone. Bolier & Company, Suite 1216, 212.684.0070,

TUCKER ROBBINS The Natural Sideboard is crafted in Tucker Robbins’ own Long Island City studio. The twisted limbs and flaming crotch design exhibit the work of true master builders. Shown here in satinwood, it is available in other finishes as well as custom sizes and constructions upon request. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, 212.355.3383,

STEPHANIE Odegard COLLECTION Vintage Japanese textiles inspired Stephanie Odegard’s Kyoto Collection of handmade Himalayan wool rugs, which includes Ikat Flower, shown here in willow. This combination of Japanese naturalism and the clarity and intensity of Odegard’s pure vegetal dyes results in beautiful rugs inspired by obis and antique kimonos. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, 800.670.8836,

Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. The Alecia’s Necklace 1-light Mini Pendant at Metropolitan was designed by Alecia Wesner for George Kovacs Lighting. The brushed nickel geometric pattern wraps around the etched opal glass cylinder. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, 212.545.0032,

BRIGHT The loungy, luxurious, and sophisticated DB Sectional Sofa from Bright Chair Company has a solid wood frame, and is built by Bright in their factory in upstate New York. Create your own configuration for sofa and chaise pieces with right or left facing arms. The Bright Chair Company, Suite 902, 212.726.9030,

S.A. Baxter This Oversize Doorknob has a four-inch diameter and a slightly larger projection. A staple for large entryways, these knobs are nonmoving decorative answers for big-scale doors, especially when a European look is desired. Shown in antique nickel bronze, it is available in over 28 finishes. S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, Suite 1205, 800.407.4295,



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ShowroomPortraits Profiles of Some of NYDC’s Most Familiar Names

APROPOS Suite 710




Apropos is a fourth-generation showroom to the design trade. Serving the design community for over 25 years with uncompromised service and product offerings, Apropos strives to be a leader for future generations to come. Apropos, Suite 710, phone 212.684.6987, fax 212.689.3684,

Atelier offers an exceptional selection of residential and contract furniture, lighting, accessories, and artwork. The contemporary designs offered are advanced in quality, comfort, functionality, and aesthetics. Atelier's mission is to provide a plethora of lifestyle alternatives in contemporary living and provide highly personalized service and inspiration. Atelier Interior Design, Suite 202, phone 212.696.0211, fax 212.696.0299,

Founded in 1902, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc. remains one of the largest wholesale distributors in the industry with 17 showrooms located in major design districts throughout the United States and at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre in London. Product assortment spans from historic reproductions dating back to the 17th century to modern designs from today’s most recognized independent designers. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, phone 212.779.8810, fax 212.689.2827,

Benjamin Moore has opened the doors of its new designer showroom for the New York City design community. This to-the-trade show­room brings the company’s color design tools and color consulting directly to the New York City market. The goal is to be at the heart of the design community—to provide convenience, accessibility, service, and inspiration when it comes to color selection. Benjamin Moore & Co., Suite 714, phone 212.684.2001, fax 212.684.2115,

BOLIER Suite 1216


BRUETON Suite 1502


Presenting a "modernist's view of classic form," Bolier offers a select portfolio of classic forms inspired by traditional fine furniture and shaped for contemporary lifestyles. Each piece reflects a dedication to design, materials and authentic craftsmanship and is created to be of lasting value. Bolier, Suite 1216, phone 212.684.0070, fax 212.684.0776,

The Bright Chair Company, a leading upholstered seating manufacturer located in Middletown, New York, is pleased to introduce Lorae, designed by Douglas Levine. With its sleek and striking curves, the Lorae Lounge Collection has a vintage modern feel suitable in residential and commercial settings. Lorae's unique side arm curve is the perfect height for a comfortable pose. The Bright Chair Company, Suite 1511, phone 212.726.9030, fax 212.726.9029,

Brueton, a U.S. manufacturer based in New York, manufactures a full line of contemporary furniture including sofas, tables, chairs, case goods, and accessories catering to residential and commercial clients. In addition, Brueton offers vast custom capabilities, including fabricating the simplest to the most complicated stainless-steel products and architectural metals for architects and designers. Brueton, Suite 1502, phone 212.838.1630, fax 212.838.1652,

Founded in 1947 and now a third-generation family-owned company, Century is located in Hickory, North Carolina. From the frame construction to the hand-application of finish and distressing, to the sewing and application of the fabric or leather, each piece of Century Furniture passes through the hands of some of the most experienced artisans and craftsmen in the industry. Century Furniture Showroom, Suite 200, phone 212.479.0107, fax 212.479.0112,


COLOMBO Mobili USA, INC. Suite 809

CÔTÉ FRANCE Suite 1201



Family-run since the 19th-century, Colombo’s tradition of handcrafting exquisite pieces has made the company the face of classical furniture. The headboard displayed here is carefully adorned with 18K gold-plated mountings. It is manufactured as every Colombo piece is, with devotion to handmade quality and exceptional attention to detail, making it an heirloom of the future. Colombo Mobili USA, Inc., Suite 809, phone 212.683.3771, fax 212.684.0559,

Visit Côté France for quality, style, and originality. The company’s French workrooms proudly boast generations of families continuing a tradition of fine handcraftsmanship. In addition to classic French reproductions in authentic finishes, Côté France brings tradition into the 21st century with vibrant colors and unique painted designs. Recently introduced is a collection of 18th-century reproduction outdoor teak furniture and a solid bronze lighting collection. Côté France, Suite 1201, phone 212.684.0707, fax 212.684.8940,

Couture Showrooms is now on the 7th floor. In addition to carrying the wellknown Vladimir Kagan Couture line, they have now expanded their offerings to encompass other prestigious names such as A.S. Morris, Spectrum West, Ron Seff, Axis Mundi, and Custom Designs by Luigi Gentile. Fabric and leather lines are available for your selection from their local workroom. Couture Showrooms, Suite 715, phone 212.689.0730, fax 212.689.1830,

Since 1983, Dennis Miller Associates has offered innovative furniture and lighting collections designed by architects, interior designers, and artisans. Its showroom provides a continually evolving showcase of contemporary and 20th-century classic design excellence. Its popularity with top designers speaks for itself. Come see the recent additions to Dennis Miller Fabrics, Lighting, and Rug collections. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, phone 212.684.0070, fax 212.684.0776,



GRANGE Suite 201


After 58 years, Maxwell’s reputation is rock solid. Now they have a new face and a fresh look as a younger generation of the Maxwell family sets the pace. They have unique insight and awareness into emerging new design trends, while presenting modern classic fabrics that add distinction, value, and vitality to projects. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, phone 212.779.4540, fax 212.779.4542,

Global Views is a home decor wholesale company with collections that blend various styles to make pieces that are elegant, exotic, refined, and casual. They offer a wide assortment of fashion-forward products from furniture to accessories that fit every price range. Global Views, Suite 613, phone 212.725.8439, fax 212.679.4927,

Grange, introduced in the United States in 1982, has a commitment to the techniques of master artisans. Each piece is handcrafted using 19th-century methods and materials and 21st-century green practices. Grange uses waterbased paints and varnishes to reduce emissions and good-sense forestry practices that honor the 60- to-80-year rotation. Since 1904, the factory has been based in the foothills of Lyon, France. Grange, Suite 201, phone 212.685.9494, fax 212.213.5132,

The mission of the Henredon Interior Design Showroom is to service the design trade at the highest possible level, while offering a fashion-forward shopping experience. The showroom represents Henredon Furniture, Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, LaneVenture, Maitland-Smith and LaBarge. Founded in Morganton, North Carolina, in 1945, Henredon now offers hundreds of beautiful wood and upholstery designs for every room. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 616, phone 212.679.5828, fax 212.679.6509,



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Hickory Chair-Pearson Suite 102




Hickory Chair and Pearson represent 172 combined years of fine furniture manufacturing. Pearson has over 500 styles, from traditional to contemporary. Hickory Chair offers everything from 18th-century reproductions, 19thcentury European Arts and Crafts, and American antiques, to designer collections by Thomas O’Brien, Mariette Himes Gomez, Alexa Hampton, and Suzanne Kasler. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, phone 212.725.3776, fax 212.725.3763,

Kravet’s showroom strives to create a unique shopping experience for every designer in order to be the primary resource in the decorative fabrics and furnishings industry. Their goal is to create a comfortable workspace and resource center for designers that serves as an extension of their own design studios. Product selections are presented in an environment that is both functional and stimulating. Kravet Fabrics & Furniture, Inc., Suite 401, phone 212.725.0340, fax 212.684.7350,

For more than 75 years, Louis J. Solomon has been an important source of traditional fine reproduction furniture to the trade. They specialize in producing 18th- and 19th-century French and English antique reproductions that have been carefully rescaled and restyled to appeal to the modern lifestyle. They are an important source to interior designers, high-end furniture retailers, and designer showrooms throughout the United States. Louis J. Solomon, Inc., Suite 911, phone 212.545.9200, fax 212.545.9438,

The name McGuire is synonymous with style and elegance. For almost 60 years, McGuire Furniture Company of San Francisco has built a reputation for design and quality as gracious and lasting as the furniture it makes. McGuire consistently pairs classic and modern materials with innovative designs to provide a repertoire of furniture that has withstood, and will continue to withstand, the test of time. McGuire Furniture Company, Suite 101, phone 212.689.1565, fax 212.689.1578,




PALECEK Suite 511

Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. has been illuminating fine interiors since 1939. Now part of the Minka Group, the Metropolitan showroom represents lighting from all Minka companies, including George Kovacs, as well as products from other quality lighting manufacturers. Its large showroom offers one of the most comprehensive selections of designer-oriented lighting in the industry. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, phone 212.545.0032, fax 212.545.0031,

Odegard is a leader in bold design and color innovation in the production of high-end, hand-knotted carpets. It has recently added the multiline Stephanie Odegard Collection featuring furniture, lighting, antiques, and decorative accessories from across the globe. In all her products, Stephanie Odegard requires strict adherence to social responsibility, raising standards of living for thousands of craftspeople in developing countries. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, phone 800.670.8836, fax 212.545.0298,

Orrefors designer Martti Rytkonen likes to give his clear crystal designs a narrative theme. Even in experiments with form and execution, his collections are always designed in true “Orrefors spirit.” In his Fashion series, he re-creates the grid pattern of the city’s streets and avenues, while the subtle optics and finely rendered cuts suggest something of the pace and pulse of the exciting Manhattan scene. Orrefors Kosta Boda, Suite 602, phone 212.684.5455, fax 212.684.5665,

Since 1975, Palecek has built a reputation for creating distinctive handcrafted designs from the finest sustainable, natural materials. Founder Allan Palecek has developed an extensive global network of talented artisans, who together have created award-winning products that have made Palecek synonymous with a lifestyle encompassing beauty, innovation, and an appreciation for quality. Express yourself with Palecek. Palecek, Suite 511, phone 212.287.0063, fax 212.287.0066,



PROFILES Suite 1211



Porcelanosa, a leader in the manufacture and distribution of Tile, Kitchen, and Bath products, is the industry leader, providing cutting-edge designs of unparalleled beauty, uncompromising quality, and dependable services to clients. Porcelanosa, Suite 609, phone 212.252.7370, fax 212.252.8790,

Serving the design profession since 1980, Profiles’ workrooms in the USA and Europe create pieces of uncommon beauty and imagination for residential and contract customers. They offer a full spectrum of furniture in a variety of woods, metals, and finishes, as well as finely tailored upholstery—all to the designer’s specifications. Profiles, Suite 1211, phone 212.689.6903, fax 212.685.1807,

Restoration Timber offers a wide spectrum of materials, including reclaimed wood flooring, wainscoting, beams, siding, and stock for furniture and cabinetry. Naturally weathered by a century or more of use, Restoration Timber provides wood rich in history, unparalleled in beauty, and solid with age. Environmentally responsible reclaimed wood adds warmth, depth, and character to almost any installation. Restoration Timber, Suite 436, phone 877.980.WOOD, fax 212.679.5408,

From handles to hinges, from levers to latches, S. A. Baxter manufactures hardware of exquisite complexity and finishes to adorn the doors and windows of luxury homes, chic hotels, and upscale retailers. They offer the deepest palette of patterns, metals, and finishes, and deliver the highest quality, custom-designed pieces for the upscale residential and luxury commercial markets. S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, Suite 1205, phone 800.407.4295, fax 212.252.1031,





Established in 1986 by renowned designer John F. Saladino, the Saladino Furniture collection currently has over 75 original designs of upholstery, case goods, and lighting. The line is available exclusively through its New York showroom among select antiques and accessories. A 75-page catalog may be purchased via the Web at Saladino Furniture, Inc., Suite 1600, phone 212.684.3720 x31, fax 212.684.3257,

Ted Boerner, Inc., New York offers a diverse and captivating variety of home furnishings and artwork. The showroom includes collections from the following renowned designers and artists: Ted Boerner, Lesley Anton, Tracy Kendall, Christopher Farr, Michael Shemchuk, and Rick Chapman. Ted Boerner, Inc., Suite 515, phone 212.675.5665, fax 212.675.5654,

For over two decades. TK Collections has been the sole importer of the classic French handcrafted rattan café chairs and stools along with French sidewalk café tables. In addition, its new collection also includes decorative wroughtiron table bases, coffee tables, and cast-bronze lighting made in France. TK Collections, Suite 410, phone 212.213.2470, fax 212.213.2464,

The Tucker Robbins showroom features products from all over the world, developed by Tucker and indigenous craftspeople. The Toraja women of Suluwesi, Indonesia, created this form originally to catch fish. Now they continue their beautiful tradition of weaving rattan to catch light in the Teardrop Table Lamp, shown here in natural rattan. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, phone 212.355.3383, fax 212.355.3116,



MAY 2012



NYDCEvents Calendar W hat ’s N ew What’s Next

W nwn - B arbe q ue D inner

On September 20, the New York Design Center hosted the third annual What’s New What’s Next , a building-wide event focusing on all things new in the design industry. Thousands of designers, architects, press and design enthusiasts viewed the thousands of new product introductions from nearly 100 showrooms. The design community traveled NYDC’s 16 floors visiting participating showrooms for informative and stimulating programming. In addition, the event boasted design book signings, designer conversations and special programs supported by media partners: Architectural Digest, Editor at Large, Elle Decor, The Home Observer, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Lonny, Luxe Interiors and Design, New York Magazine, New York Spaces, Traditional Home, Wall Street Journal and Veranda.

To conclude the third annual What’s New, What’s Next, Jim Druckman hosted a barbecue dinner to celebrate the event’s incredible success directly following the event on September 20. Presenters, editors, designers, bloggers and showroom staff gathered on the 16th floor of the NYDC for barbecued grub and bluegrass entertainment, toasting to another exciting and high-energy event at 200 Lex.

Left to Right: the doors of the NYDC branded for the event; designers Sara Story and Carlton Varney discuss what’s new and next with the Wall Street Journal in the Baker Knapp & Tubbs showroom; House Beautiful’s editorial staff discusses color in the Benjamin Moore showroom; Traditional Home Publisher Beth Brenner with designer Suysel dePedro Cunningham; Arteriors President Mark Moussa with designer Laura Kirar with her Caviar Lighting Collection designed for the brand; designer Miles Redd, Veranda Editor in Chief Dara Caponigro, with designers Charlotte Moss and Juan Montoya host a discussion on Century Icons in the Century Furniture Showroom; NYDC’s Jim Druckman with Architectural Digest’s Margaret Russell and Mitchell Owens; Traditional Home Editor-in-Chief Ann Maine and designer Matthew Patrick Smyth; Sleep No More director and set designer Felix Barrett discussed his innovative production with Interior Design’s Cindy Allen in the SA Baxter showroom; Veranda’s Catherine Davis and designer Kristen McGinnis; a new product is highlighted in the Smith and Watson showroom ; ceramic artist Lesley Anton poses with Ted Boerner in the Ted Boerner showroom; the energy of the event began outside 200 Lex. 74

Left to Right: Architectural Digest’s Ellie Somerville, Bill Pittell and Courtney Peterson; Elizabeth Blitzer, Talis Lin, Lonny’s Michelle Adams and House Beautiful’s Orli Ben Dor; Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess jazz band; Traditional Home’s Tori Mellott with NYDC’s Jim Druckman and Alix Lerman; designers Frank Webb and Matthew White of White Webb; editors Elaine Wrightman and Sabine Rothman with designer Kristen McGinnis; Kravet’s Beth Greene with Veranda’s Jennifer Levene Bruno and Alexa Wilson; Interior Design’s Helene Oberman and Cindy Allen.

C ecil Beaton and the 1930s : P op - U p Exhibition The New York Design Center, the Museum of the City of New York and 1stdibs held a celebration for the opening of “Cecil Beaton and the 1930’s” on September 15. Guests enjoyed champagne and delicate hors d’oeuvres as they viewed a selection of Cecil Beaton’s images and evening gowns created by Chanel, Schiaparelli, and other designers whose work Beaton photographed in the 1930’s. The pop-up exhibition at 1stdibs@NYDC was a preview of the exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, on display through February 20, 2012. Cecil Beaton: The New York Years chronicles the full range of Beaton’s artistic accomplishments in 20th-century Manhattan; for more information visit

Left to Right: Vintage Molyneux silk crepe dress with dyed ostrich feather trim; Larry Weinberg of Weinberg Modern with MCNY curator of architecture and design Donald Albrecht; designers Thomas Burak and Michael Devine with Adrian Kahan (center) of HL Group; Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the MCNY, with NYDC’s Jim Druckman and Alix Lerman; Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and MCNY’s Phyllis Magidson; Cecil Beaton: The New York Years on display and available for purchase.

Bryan Batt’s Big, Easy Style B ook L aunch

Elle Decor C elebrates C liff Young’s R e -O pening

On October 4, designers and friends of the designer, actor, and author Bryan Batt gathered in the Ted Boerner showroom to celebrate the launch of his new book, Big, Easy Style. The actor has always turned to interior design as a creative outlet, and Big, Easy Style reflects his New Orleans upbringing. The illustrated coffee table book is Batt’s second book, and includes some of his favorite residences in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles.

The iconic modern furniture showroom renovated their 5th floor showroom and held a celebration to debut the new space with Elle Decor magazine on November 16. Editors, designers, friends and colleagues enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music while touring the revamped Cliff Young.

Clockwise from top left: NYDC President and CEO Jim Druckman with Cliff Young’s Leslie Young; Hearst Design Group’s Sean Sullivan and Elle Decor’s Quy Nguyen; the Elle Decor cover blow-up placed amidst the showroom’s new pieces.

IF DA’ s 2 011 Rising S tars

Left to Right: Big, Easy Style, (Clarkson Potter) on display and available for sale during the event; Bryan Batt poses with Ted Boerner; Cynthia Parsons McDaniel and Steven Rappos enjoying the party; Bryan Batt signs a copy of his book for friend Patricia Clarkson.

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The International Furnishings and Design Association honored their 2011 Rising Stars on November 14 in the Cliff Young showroom. Designer Jamie Drake introduced the 2009 recipient Brad Ford, who was the moderator for the night. The 2011 stars include Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham, partners at Tilton Fenwick Interior Design; Nick Olsen of Nick Olsen Inc. and Ron Marvin of Ron Marvin Design. Left to Right: Ron Marvin, Nick Olsen, Anne Maxwell Foster, Suysel dePedro Cunningham, Brad Ford, Jamie Drake. FEB


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MasqueradeBall 2011 The New York Design Center and The Alpha Workshops hosted the Sixth Annual Masquerade Ball on October 27. Celebrating their 85th anniversary, the event was a perfect depiction of 1920s glamour, including Alpha Workshops–created décor that transformed the showroom into a dancehall with a hidden speakeasy. Editors, designers, architects and manufacturers dressed incognito for the occasion, all vying for a Best Costume Award from one of the nine media sponsors. The spectacular evening raised funds for The Alpha Workshops Studio School, a nonprofit organization that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts field. The New York Design Center would like to express gratitude to all of the sponsors and guests for making the 2011 Ball a huge success, with over $100,000 directly benefiting the organization.

best costume winners

Left to Right: the Architectural Digest staff dressed as the Royal Wedding award Ramon Woo of Odegard for his surrealist representation; ARRAY Magazine awards Ron Dudding (pictured) and designer Patrick Hamilton dressed as jockeys; Elle Decor awards Kathy Levin dressed as Amelia Earhart; the House Beautiful team dressed as the Royal Wedding also awards Ramon Woo; designer Amy Lau and her staff win Best Costume from Interior Design as the Rockford Peaches; Rue Richey of Architectural Digest wins Best Costume from Luxe for her Beatrice costume; rockstars Jason Kontos and Janice Brown of New York Spaces award designer Tyler Wisler; Traditional Home, dressed as the Annie cast, award David Slovinsky, creatively dressed as a Mondrian; Veranda’s dodgeball team award Best Costume to Amy Lau and the Rockford Peaches.

M edia S ponsors


W e would like to thank the 2 011 supporters :

Tony Manning / Mitchell Manning Associates

Left to right: the NYDC lobby welcomes guests with an extravagant entrance referencing the theme, created by The Alpha Workshops; Beth Dempsey and Laura Newman of Images and Details PR with the Alpha Workshops Executive Director Ken Wampler dressed as Homer for Herbert Hoover; Richard Brode, Katherine Tekworth-Porter, David Gittleman of PROFILES; Alpha Workshops Executive Director Ken Wampler dressed as Homer for Herbert Hoover; Susan Becher’s PR staff pose silently as silent movie stars; designer Ernest de la Torre; Joan Michaels, Laura Kirar, Jayne Michaels, Dierdre Jordan, and Richard Frazier; New York Design Center’s Alana Moskowitz, Alix Lerman, Jim Druckman, Leah Blank, and Tracy Waller pay homage to 1926; designers Jayne Michaels, Joan Michaels and Kate Korten; designer Kirsten Brant; Kim Huebner, Jennifer Beek, Harry Heissmann, and Lynn Kuhn; designers Lisa Frantz and Lydia Marks of Marks & Frantz Interior Design and Decoration; designer Dennis Rolland; Joe Hearney, Piera Sacino, Rob Whitlock, Roby Hastey, and Tony Manning dressed as oldfashioned bathers; designer Bill Spink and NYDC President and CEO Jim Druckman both dressed as the New York Design Center. Photo Credits ©Shaun Mader/ ©Matthew Carasella/

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ShowroomDirectory A Complete List of Who’s Where In 200 Lex SHOWROOM

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646.293.6633 646.293.6687

Korts & Knight Kitchens by Alexandra Knight

Access To Design


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Kravet Fabrics & Furniture, Inc.




Antique Rugs, Jerry Livian Collection 806



Krug, Inc.








LaCOUR, Inc.




Aqua Creations




Lampworks, Inc.




Arc|Com Fabrics




Laserow Antiques







The Levine Calvano Furniture Group, Inc.



Aristeia Metro/David Edward




Lexington Home Brands




Arteriors Home




Louis J. Solomon, Inc.





Atelier Interior Design




Luna Textiles




Atlas Carpet Mills, Inc.




Mannington Commercial Carpets




Baker Knapp & Tubbs




Maxon Furniture, Inc.




Benjamin Moore & Co.




McGuire Furniture Company






212.684.0070 212.684.0776

Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co.




Boyce Products, Ltd.




M. Topalian, Inc., Antique Carpets




The Bright Chair Company




Napier + Joseph + McNamara, Ltd.








Niermann Weeks




Calger Lighting




Stephanie Odegard Collection




Century Furniture Showroom




Orrefors Kosta Boda




City Dekor Lighting







Christopher Guy


Paoli/ Whitehall




Cliff Young, Ltd.


212.683.8808 212.683.9286

Pennoyer Newman




Colombo Mobili USA




Porcelanosa USA





Cosmopolitan Entertainment Systems




Pringle-Ward Associates




Côté France










DECCA Contract



Delivery By Design (DBD)



Dennis Miller Associates


212.684.0070 212.684.0776

Renaissance Carpets & Tapestries, Inc.








Restoration Timber




DIFFA DIRTT Environmental Solutions

910 1516

212.727.3100 212.204.9026


Riservato & Co.




Rooms by Zoya B


212.726.0006 212.726.0061

Disegno by James DiPersia


212. 679.3927


Roubini Rugs and Furniture







R & Y Augousti Paris







S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware






Saladino Furniture, Inc.




Gibson Interior Products




Sanford Hall Carpets




Giorgetti USA








Giorgio USA, Inc.




Smith & Watson



212.686.6606 212.231.2708

Gans Bros.




Global Views




Sun Decor Fabrics



Gordon International




Ted Boerner








texstyle/jamie stern




Hamilton Furniture




Thompson Contract




HBF/HBF Textiles




Thrive by Herman Miller








TK Collections




Hickory Chair-Pearson






Hightower Group




Tucker Robbins






In House Kitchen Bath Home



Vladimir Kagan Couture



Indiana Furniture


212.686.8500 812.482.9035

Weinberg Modern





212.686.6020 212.686.6258

Wood & Hogan, Inc.




Jasper Group


Wood Mode, Inc.




Kasthall USA, Inc.





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Keilhauer Primason Symchik, Inc.




New York Design Center






backstory A Study in Elegance

By Shelley Wolson

Christ op her Gu y H a r r i s o n 's S o ph i s t i cat e d O f f ice De sign

Clockwise, from left: Christopher Guy Harrison's core design philosophy can be seen in his new personal office in Singapore, which fuses contemporary and classic details in a fabulously elegant setting. His Christopher Guy furnishings line offers sophistication and timeless beauty, such as this black lacquer wall lamp with off-white shade, lovers sculpture—hand-beaten in copper without a visible seam or joint line, and the paper roll desk—mahogany with a "rolled paper" profile running along the front edge.

The name Christopher Guy is synonymous with the words elegance, sophistication, and grace. The exquisite furnishings collection by Christopher Guy Harrison is also known for its originality in design, amazing craftsmanship, and an innate simplicity. He beautifully blends modernism and classicism with extraordinary results. How did the man behind the design get his start? “As a teenager I was fascinated with elegance, and at the tender age of 16 I partnered with my stepfather, embarking on our first project—the construction of our home in the South of France. My first furnishing creations were brought to life in the mid ’90s, when I set out to create the world’s finest mirror frame collection under the brand name of Harrison & Gil (Dauphine Mirrors in the USA). To establish new product categories, I acquired 15 acres of land in Java, where I designed and built the current workshops in 1999,” Harrison recalls. Following the success of the mirror collection, he applied the same design and manufacturing knowhow to furnishings and accessories, which led to the rebranding of the business to Christopher Guy in 2006. Since then it has offered a complete lifestyle and luxury furniture collection. His new Singapore office exemplifies his design philosophy. “My study combines elegance and functionality, the essential CG ingredients for a fabulous working environment,” he states. “The lamp on the desk is an existing piece from my collection, best described as simple but with a twist—the twist being the sculptured hand-carved detail on its neck. I also collect antique Rene Lalique glassware. To me these are some of the most beautiful forms ever created, and the small ‘head in the wind’ piece on my desk dates back to the 1930s. The addition of a mirrored wall serves two purposes: to create a sense of greater space...and to hide all my files.” 80

The attached credenza forms part of the desk, where he maintains all of his immediate files. The wrought-iron crisscross legs hold up the circular top, while the signature CG silk-slice that runs through the top is used to slip through any desktop computer cables. The stylish and efficient office helps him be creative and organized, but it’s also homey, and that’s no accident. “This study is part of my apartment, so the overall style had to feel very much at home with its surroundings. This is also the nature of all our global corporate offices, as I love to design each of these as a home away from home.” His desk chair, the Chairman, has a story: “As with many of my designs, the furniture pieces in my office add a contemporary twist to a classic form. The Chairman, with its high-backed swivel wing seat and timeless tufting, includes simple hand-carved mahogany detailing on the armrests. This chair design unwittingly has a historic significance, being the last chair that Colonel Gaddafi sat on in his official international capacity, alongside the European Union President and Italy’s then-premier Senior Berlusconi at the November 2010 EU-Africa summit,” Harrison notes. “Christopher Guy manufactured over 800 pieces for this prestigious event. As with so many details, they tend to happen by accident. I needed a desk and chairs so I set out to design a few pieces for my personal use. There was never any intention to add these to the line, but a visiting distributor saw these and decided to offer them for the summit, and to my surprise, the office chair was used by every attending head of state.” Not surprising at all. To see more of Harrison's elegant furnishings, visit his new showroom at the NYDC, which opens in Suite 1601 on May 17.




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