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With an eye toward contrast and scale, Robert Passal conjures up a thoroughly modern bachelor pad on Union Square.

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Christopher Coleman creates an amazing technicolor dream home for a young photographer in the East Village.

48 Bucking Convention Deborah Buck’s Carnegie Hill co-op challenges the color code—and wins!

52 Hamptons Headliner Alison Brod’s family home in Bridgehampton is making news.

60 Out of the Box A renovated loft in a former cardboard box factory retains classic SoHo style.

66 Prospective Perspective John Beckmann brightens up a condo in Richard Meier’s Brooklyn tower. 6

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In the Shops

Coming out on top: Marianne Rohrlich’s tabletop picks for fall.


Shop Locally

Treasuring hunting for gently worn furniture across the boroughs.


Off the Wall

Pretty & Gritty: Toile de Jouy gets an urban twist.

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Native New Yorker: Elizabeth Pyne

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On the cover Handsome! Robert Passal creates a smart and sexy bachelor pad for client Bradley Kraus on Union Square. In the dining area, contrasts abound: the Elica acrylic dining table with black glass top is pared with a custom banquette in a classic klismos shape upholstered in a Dualoy leather. The gold Laredo chair is from Southampton’s Bespoke Global, and the 19th century Swedish side chair was purchased at Noonan Antiques in Hudson, New York and upholstered in Duralee’s Onyx Patent Leather; the Varenne Paille seagrass-wrapped chair is by Casamidy. Photography by Peter Murdock.

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COMING OUT ON TOP It’s that time of the year again: Entertainers, take stock of what pieces are in the cupboard for fall and winter get-togethers. Many households have the essentials but could use a new piece, like a serving bowl or water pitcher, to freshen up the tabletop—without breaking the bank. A touch of gold or a splash of color can give an entirely new look to last year’s place settings. BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH

1 1 LEAFY The Verena white porcelain dinner plate, 10¾ inches, is decorated with green botanicals; $14.95; other sizes and shapes available from, (800) 967-6696.



2 TWIGGY Twig and Leaf stainless steel servers for pasta or salad are $48 at C. Wonder, 3 PRICKLY A set of two ceramic Artichoke Salt & Pepper Shakers is $24.95 at Williams-Sonoma,, (877) 812-6235. 4 DEEP The extra large ceramic Sintra bowl is 15 inches in diameter. It is available in white or blue; $48 at Canvas Home Store,, (212) 372-7706.


5 SOUPY Beast’s Feast Tureen is a stoneware serving piece made in Italy. The claw-footed tureen is $148 at Anthropologie, anthropologie. com, (800) 309-2500.

6 THIRSTY The Amethyst glass water pitcher by William Yeoward is $125 at Gracious Home,, (800) 338-7809.



7 THORNY The four-inch Thorn Cactus Napkin ring by Deborah Rhodes is $36 at Barneys NY,, (888) 222-7639.

8 GOLDEN Dahlia Gold, a place mat by Chilewich, is made of pressed vinyl; $10 each at MoMA Design Store,, (800) 793-3167.



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Gently Worn

By Marianne Rohrlich Photography by Jeffrey Brandsted

The hunt is the best part of used furniture shopping, though treasure may not be easy to find in a store that looks, at first glance, like a giant jumble. If you enjoy the chase, these stores sell some pieces that are move-in ready and others that are fixer-uppers.

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Bruce Tilley’s highend consignment shop offers finds from show houses, custom pieces that decorators reject and consignments from private residences. There are period pieces as well as contemporary ones, like a signed Karl Entwurf black-and-white vase for $50.

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Russell Boyle (above) owns RePOP, one part thrift shop, one part boutique, which stocks everything from taxidermy to modern furniture; a 1950s picnic suitcase is fitted with Bakelite flatware settings for six and is $120.


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5 Hancock Place 212-865-3500 Scotty’s has been selling used furniture (like the plastic lamp, right, $75) in Harlem for decades. It’s hard to attach a label to this store’s style except to say shopping there is a veritable treasure hunt. Scotty himself owns the store and is pictured here with his daughter Dianne Scott.


1261 Broadway (917) 583-9051

Nathan Hescock (left, center, with the Furnish Green team) is the owner of this used furniture gallery that’s in the same buidling as his ballroom dance studio (after buying a hutch, whether rustic, mid-century modern or gothic in the under $500 range you can cha-cha yourself down the hall).


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This well-stocked warehouse, managed by Pedro Gonzalez (right), sells furniture for every room, like a 1970s orange molded plastic chair ($60), as well as accessories, like a vintage white ceramic elephant ($75). It’s the sort of place frequented by television set designers and stylists. Prices are fair for good quality pieces (and supposedly negotiable).

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IXING PAST AND PRESENT is all in a day’s work for Elizabeth Pyne: She’s carrying on the tradition at McMillen, Inc., the country’s oldest continuously operating interior design firm, in a thoroughly modern way. McMillen was founded in 1924 by Eleanor McMillen Brown, who created great American interiors (like President Johnson’s private rooms at the White House and Sister Parish’s first married home on Gracie Square) and great American designers (like Mark Hampton and Albert Hadley, who both trained at McMillen). Brown’s successor Betty Sherrill took over McMillen 1972 and led for three decades; she is still chairman of the board, making it a real family affair—she’s also Pyne’s grandmother and Ann Pyne, Sherrill’s daughter, is a McMillen designer too. With all that good taste in its genes, it’s no wonder that McMillen’s offshoot McMillen Plus, led by Elizabeth, has been celebrated for bringing classic chic to contemporary young families in perfect style. In the words of McMillen founder Mrs. Brown: “If you do it right the first time, you don’t have to do it over.” Where do you live? I live on the Upper East Side in a pre-war apartment. What do you love most about your New York residence?


Most of the buildings below me are landmarked townhouses, so from 7:00 a.m. until early afternoon my apartment is filled with sunlight.

Where in New York did you grow up? 580 Park Avenue, ten blocks from where I am now! You are a native New Yorker. How does having grown up in New York inform your process in designing city spaces? I think that because I live in New York I often see things that I fall in love with fi rst, and then I try to incorporate them into the space. I imagine that if I lived in the country, I would start more from the concepts. In New York you get tiny apartments that cost a fortune. The hard part about that is realizing we can’t fit everything that we want. The easy part is, you can make it look better for less

FABRIC YOU’RE LOVING FOR FALL The new Scion fabrics from Harlequin. They are young and fun and extremely well-priced. BEST “APP” Houzz Interior Design Ideas by Houzz Inc. PIECE OF FURNITURE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE An 84-inch sofa, and a trestle table that can be used as a desk or for dining. BEST “INSTANT FIX” Aside from the obvious can of paint and a roller, buy a pair of bold lamps (and re-examine old lamp shades) or a sisal rug that’s well-proportioned to the room, if not wall-to-wall.


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money because there are fewer things that have to be bought. Also, New York, for all it’s cutting edge design, is trendproof. I remember someone outside of New York telling me that wallpaper was “over.” I was amazed—I just don’t think that way. No one in New York could think that way! Unfortunately New York has spoiled me. Because of the accessibility we have to upholsterers, artisans, auction houses, and antique shops, I am used to being able to see, to feel, and to try most everything before the client does. It’s definitely made the “catalog culture” more difficult for me to embrace. I’m still not comfortable with ordering a sofa before I’ve sat in it, or buying a table lamp without picking it up to see how heavy it feels.


How has working alongside your mother and grandmother influenced your design perspective and process? Both of them love beautiful things. They have taught me that there really are “rights” and “wrongs” in decorating, and

that “if it’s a little off, it’s a lot off!” For instance, the finesse of knowing just how deep a valance should be in a certain room. Both my mother and grandmother are flexible, especially my grandmother. To my grandmother the client is always right; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard her say, “If they want it, just let them do it; as long as they’re happy, who cares.” That’s an important mantra for me to remember! How are you inspired by McMillen’s history? During the Great Depression, Eleanor McMillen Brown created a Miniature Rooms Exhibition, “The Interiors of Tomorrow,” which toured the country from 1932-1935. This project, to me, embodies the spirit of the fi rm: instead of panicking and shutting down, Mrs. Brown put her staff to work making miniature rooms and miniature furniture. What’s your general aesthetic? I like things that are bright and crisp. For the moment, anyway, I am not into the “muddy” look.

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Modern-day challenge? Often people have hired contractors without an overall plan in place. By the time they hire me, the changes are irreversible. People my age are rightfully tempted to hire the cheapest contractor they can find, which can lead to trouble, i.e., spending a lot more money! For instance, in one job, the contractor had put a big air conditioner return off center, half-way down the main wall! What are you working on now? I am working on two projects for young families, both of which are outside of New York City! I am doing a lot of “Coca Cola Tests” on fabrics and rugs.

A McMillen-designed room in Southampton, New York, is dressed in a chic chocolate-and-white chintz.

What’s the first step in your thought process when designing a room? What’s your favorite part of a project? I make several floor plans (changing walls, etc.) to make sure that the obvious one is really the best one. This is something I’ve learned from my mother and grandmother. My favorite part is the mo-

ment the furniture plan is set, and I can start filling it in with things I’ve seen and love! Which design websites or blogs do you and your team frequent or enjoy? The Peak of Chic, Style Beat, An Aesthete’s Lament, and Lonny magazine. But nothing is

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“This is a book about dreams coming true,” writes Atlanta-born Miles Redd in his irresistible The Big Book of Chic. And big and chic it is: bursting with images of shiny yellow dutch doors, black-and-white tile, over-ripe magnolia flowers, mirrored dining rooms, women in ballgowns playing Ping-Pong, zebras on wallpaper, glamorous quotes from the best books (Madame Bovary, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and the best people (Vreeland, Lagerfeld, Capote, Proust). It is a book to give even the most strident minimalist the merest breathless moment of wishing that she could live that way too. It might take hiring Miles Redd to do so though, and it might just be worth it. Special, inspirational, aspirational and destined to be a classic, just like Redd.


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Visitors to Soho’s Crosby Street Hotel can’t help but note its fabulous and timely interior design—the work of Kit Kemp. With lush photographs by Simon Brown, in A Living Space Kemp shares her advice on creating interiors that teem a living with deep comfort and space Kit Kemp original style by layering Hardie Grant, genres and eras. “I don’t $49.95 want to create a pastiche of the past,” says Kemp, “but instead find little touches—like using a kerosene can, instead of classically cut crystal, as a lamp base in a romantic bedroom— that make a room say ‘now.’” Check in to Kemp’s unique look.

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Need a short break in the country? Look no further than your bookshelf. In La Formentera, Juan Montoya presents four seasons of beauty in oversized photographs of his divine property and house in Garrison, New York. Over the course of 40 years, Montoya has created a spiritual refuge from a former commune. “The property was acquired, but I do not own it,” he says. “I borrow it. I am sim-

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A voyeurisby Barbara & Rene Stoeltie tic glimpse Flammarion, $49.95 into homes from uptown to upstate, the Stoelties’ New York Interiors “demonstrate[s] the rich multipicity of the city,” says Kenneth Jay Lane, who wrote the foreward. The haunting layouts include Gil Shafer’s Greenwich Village townhouse, Lane’s own lower Park Avenue co-op, and Stephen Sills’ country house (which Karl Lagerfeld once described as “the chicest house in America”—coming from him, not bad!).


Thom Filicia had an affair with a house too! The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum is today better known for his clean, classic and gorgeous New American rooms, which he has created for stars like Jennifer Lopez and Tina Fey. In American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat, he describes being his own client after he fell in love with a wreck in Skaneateles Lake, New York, and spent an impassioned two years renovating and designing his own dream home.


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Carolyne Roehm Clarkson Potter, $85

Found two men in your bathtub? It’s all right (and probably all white): it’s the design duo Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings. Based in Oslo and New York, the two bring a Scandanavian flair to their commissions, from SoHo lofts to Westport mansions and Hamptons beach houses. With neuwhite tral colors, antiques light: and international Bernt Heiberg & William Cummings finds, their Danish Monacelli, direction infus$65 es their third book, White Light: Heiberg Cummings Design, which features their hand-written design notes, graphic blackand-white photography, and image upon image of cool (but never chilly) rooms.

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With an eye toward contrast and scale, Robert Passal conjures up a totally seductive bachelor pad: sophisticated, handsome and smart (and nary a leather sofa in sight!). by Rebecca Morse photography by Peter Murdock


ppearances can be deceiving: the dark glass building looming above downtown Manhattan’s busiest square may look like a shiny new development, but one layer underneath lies a time capsule-hint of 19th century New York. From 1870 to 1905 (more than a century before Perkins Eastman sheathed the structure in black zinc and glass) the building was home to Tiffany & Co.; today the jewels inside are a handful of extraordinary condominiums that feature original cast iron columns and arched windows that look onto views of a very 21st century city below. That tension in design was reflected in the vision of an owner of one of the apartments. “I didn’t want a ‘bachelor pad,’” says Bradley Kraus, an investor who purchased a one-bedroom after the building, A thoroughly modern Amalgamated Bank’s headquarman cave: Robert Passal ters until 2007, was converted to designed the living room’s residences. Nonetheless, he says, custom Gesso chandelier and the floating walnut “It was hard to picture what it cabinet. The Equis cocktail would look like when it was all table was purchased at white walls.” Robert Passal to the Casamidy. Pierre Frey sofa rescue: Kraus’ real estate agent and fabric; vintage 1970s had referred him to the designer polished chrome “optic known for his dramatic but timelight.” A photograph from Robert Polidori’s Versailles less interiors. “He was coming series hangs above the from a rental,” says Passal of his television. Passal papered client, “with the typical leather the recessed ceiling above sofa and lots of chrome.” His new the foyer in an iridescent home would need to be glamorous Phillip Jefferies’ paper from Holly Hunt. enough for a chic dinner party but 28

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The custom Sherle Wagner fixtures in the kitchen, a developer’s detail, were designed by Vicente Wolf. The two bronze industrial barstools were purchased at ABC Carpet & Home. Dunes & Duchess’ column lamp sits next to Aero Studios’ antique wood horse on a metal stand.

comfortable enough for Super Bowl Sunday. Passal approached the challenge with an eclectic mix of shapes, textures and scale, like in the dining area, where a leather banquette in a classic klismos shape is paired with an Italian acrylic and glass table. “I love the tension that the two create,” says Passal. “I think that’s what we did throughout the space.” In the bedroom, high meets low with a geometric Room & Board four poster bed customized with a headboard upholstered in a Zoffany damask. A custom storage solution took the idea of contrast a step further. “We took a very modern form,” says Passal of the wall unit of drawers and shelves that he designed, “very geometric and lots of squares—but we used horsehair, which is a very traditional material, as the insert. You have this contrast in material and in timeline: a very modern piece of furniture with an application that’s more traditional.” Kraus, a Colorado native, also wanted his New York home to be evocative of his roots: “I didn’t want to forget where I 30

was from,” he says, without anything too obvious: “I didn’t want a ski lodge.” Passal’s nod to the Rockies was done through use of deep color. “Most people are intimidated by darker tones and darker colors,” says the designer, “but it’s the contrast that works.” Wood veneer wallcovering was installed in the master bedroom, where aubergine velvet drapes so dark they appear black at night frame the massive arched windows. Aubergine was used on the apartment’s interior doors, too, with lacquer so heavy it appears almost mirrored. Even a small powder room got a dramatic treatment. “We used reflective surfaces to really bring light to it,” says Passal of the tight, dark space (it was paneled in ebonized wood). A stainless steel toilet and sink reflect the shine from the Tracy Kendall newsprint wallcovering Passal applied to the ceiling. A dollop of sex appeal was added with artwork: Alex Guofeng Cao’s oversized chromographic print of Brigitte Bardot eyes visitors to the powder

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Clockwise from left: A lacquered aubergine door opens into the powder room, where Alex Guofeng Caoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brigitte Bardot vs. Catherine Deneuve After Avedon (2010) casts a seductive eye on visitors. Millenium pendant from Gracious Home. A Stephen Antonson goat leg Gesso console table sits below a vintage beveled brass frame mirror from the 1980s, found at M.A.D.E. Miami In the dining area, the custom banquette, in a classic klismos shape, was upholstered in Dualoy leather. The ebonized antique convex mirror is from Harborview Antiques; the Laredo chair is from Bespoke Global in Southampton. Bradley Kraus at home. James Naresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blue Stroke hangs in the kitchen.

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a vintage Milo Baughman chaise longue by the arched window frames of the 19th-century Tiffany building. Passal commissioned local artist Johnny Vendiola to hand paint the graffitistyle canvas curtains. The vintage Drip Lamp was purchased at Irwin Feld Designs in Stamford. Right: Matthew Cox’s Femur with Gurney Buckle embroidered medical X-ray hangs above a custom walnut cabinet. Above:

room. The large-scale print, found at Chelsea’s Dean Project gallery, was one of many purchases Passal and his client made together to start a collection that includes photographs from Reinhard Görner and Robert Polidori, Oskar Zieta’s steel Blow Up chair, and a Hans Kotter light box. “Brad and I did a lot of shopping, lots of art shows,” says Passal. “We tried to collect things that he would not tire of—some pieces that are quiet and some pieces with true impact.” Some art hangs not on the wall, but on a rod, like the graphic black-andwhite hand-painted canvas curtains that frame the living room windows. ”I thought that incorporating the almost-graffiti-like curtains was a way to build the space without making it too serious,” says Passal, who commissioned a local artist to design them. That whimsical detail with an avant garde edge is emblematic of the whole look. “Brad wanted a space he could grow with, which is something that we empasize with all our clients,” says Passal. It’s all about timelessness: like the original details of the old Tiffany building, which still inspire centuries later, “the sign of good interior design,” says Passal, “is when you can go back in ten or fifteen years and it still looks great.” h 32

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Above: Passal added a custom headboard, upholstered in a Zoffany damask, to Room & Board’s steel four poster bed. The wood veneer wallcovering by Innovations in Wallcoverings creates a cozy chamber in the master bedroom. The vintage Erton armchair was upholstered in a fabric by Paul Smith for Maharam. The custom screen behind the bed was inpired by the work of Louise Nevelson. Reinhard Görner’s Enfilade, Bode Museum, Berlin (2005) hangs on the wall. Left: Oskar Zieta’s steel Blow Up chair sits in the wet room of the master bath.

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Signature Christopher Coleman color defines Erin Kornfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment in the East Village. The curvy pink sofa in the living room is by Vladimir Kagan, and the Eureka hanging chair is from Property in Soho. Game tables from Usona Home. Right, Erin Kornfeld.

Photography by Dana Meilijson portrait by Erica Leone

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Christopher Coleman creates an amazing technicolor dream home for a young photographer on Cooper Square. BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH


EAR THE COOPER UNION, the newly bustling Bowery corridor and St. Mark’s Place, stands a 1926 building that was home to the Carl Fischer music publishing company until 2001, when the 12-story structure was developed into condominiums. Known still as the Carl Fischer Building, a music note remains emblazoned on the side of the building. Erin Kornfeld, 30, and her boyfriend, Charles Schultz, also 30, live there in a loft that has been divided into a two-bedroom apartment. “They are a young, bohemian couple,” says Christopher Coleman, the interior designer who created a casual, madly colorful space for Ms. Kornfeld. “They really use the place; it’s not for show,” he says. “We chose some of the colors,” Ms. Kornfeld says, “although my mother, who is really creative, worked with Christopher and we let her go crazy,” she adds, refer

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The master bedroom’s color scheme takes direction from the painting above the bed, which hung in Kornfeld’s childhood home. Coleman purchased the bed’s quilt from a catalog.


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Above: Students from the Isabel O’Neil Foundation, a school on the Upper East Side devoted to the art of painting, ombred the walls of the guest bedroom in Benjamin Moore’s Yellow Marigold. The “C” table is from CB2; Coleman painted it blue. The tape-covered chair is vintage. Right: The turquoise guest bathroom.

ring to the bold mix of orange, turquoise, green and other intense hues. The place is a signature colorful-Coleman interior; there are two blue-tiled bathrooms. “Amazingly, the tiled master bath was there when we started,” Mr. Coleman says. “We did the second bath to coordinate with that one. Those walls are covered in a turquoise patent-leather wall covering by Stark.” The orange guest room has ombred walls that were painted by two women from the Isabel O’Neil Foundation, a school on the Upper East Side devoted to teaching the art of painted finishes. That room had a built-in Murphy bed that Mr. Coleman kept, but had painted along with the walls. He added a cable bookshelf system, a small floating daybed, and a lacquered vintage chair covered in colored tapes that he found in a Miami shop. “Keep your eyes open and buy what you like,” Mr. Coleman says. He claims to shop everywhere; “I even walk up and down 34th Street and comb the discount shops, including Conway, for colors, fabrics and patterns I like. Don’t be pretentious about where you shop,” he says, “you never know what

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you’ll find on 34th Street.” In fact this apartment exemplifies the designer’s philosophy. There are pieces from very high end showrooms like the Vladimir Kagan curved pink sofa in the living room. The wing chairs that flank the ends of the dining table are from Restoration Hardware, but were re-upholstered in Lee Jofa fabric. “I always look everywhere,” Coleman says. “I go from high end showrooms to mass market retailers.” Mr. Coleman says he enjoys tweaking things—he might buy a table at CB2 and have it spray painted a bright color by an automobile painting shop or find a vintage chair and re-upholster it in fabric he’s been keeping in his storage space for just the right moment. The décor for the master bedroom was dictated by a painting that hangs over the bed, a piece that Ms. Kornfeld has had since childhood that has great sentimental value to her. “I took my cues from the many colors in the painting and decorated the room from those,” Mr. Coleman says. The comforter on the bed is a piece from a catalog that he has been storing for years waiting for just the right spot. “I buy from catalogs at the end of seasons and store the merchandise. I always find a home for the stuff at some point, but I can’t always find the pieces if I don’t buy them when they come out.” “We love the apartment,” Ms. Kornfeld says. “It’s light, bright and definitely ‘home’. It’s open and contemporary and feels more ‘California’ than New York,“ she says, referring to the large windows that let lots of sunshine in. “We particularly love the wall in the sitting area that is covered in paper by Tracy Kendall, a London designer.” In fact, everyone who visits is encouraged to write something on the handmade three-dimensional wallcovering. “It’s become a personal and special art piece,” she says. h 38

Industrial-style stools at the kitchen counter are from Restoration Hardware. The kitchen’s mahogany cabinets were stained green. Right: Fork wallpaper by Tracy Kendall hangs in the kitchen. Above:

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Clockwise from left: The master bath. Restoration Hardware wing chairs, upholstered in a Lee Jofa fabric, pull up to each end of the dining table; the orange acrylic planter is by Christopher Coleman. The wheeled bar cart was a gift from Kornfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents. The paper wall covering in the sitting area was handmade by Tracy Kendall, a London artist; The custom sofa is by Spiaggia Furniture in Miami.

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Bucking Convention Upper East Side

Buck’s House: Artist and treasure hunter Deborah Buck’s Carnegie Hill home challenges the color code—and wins.

BY Rebecca Morse photography by Chris Cooper


’m really a treasure hunter,” says artist, designer, on her travels, whether in Buenos Aires, Scandanavia or the Paris Buck House proprietor, sometimes chef and one-time televimarchés aux puces. The variety of provenances and styles in her sion personality Deborah Buck. “I bring them into my life and apartment—from a Chinese Art Deco rug to midcentury Gio Ponti they either get along with everyone else who is there or they walnut and leather chairs to a Tommi Parzinger brass chandelier have to go.” Luckily, most of her treasures become from the ‘60s —is echoed in its vast range of color. This page: A sofa and fast friends with “everyone else” in the sprawl“You put a color in a space and if you’re really payottomans in a Clarence ing Carnegie Hill co-op Buck calls home, where ing attention then that color influences the entire House cotton velvet pieces from all around the world and every difenvironment and every color around it.” leopard print sit below Roger Brown’s The Other ferent era happily co-exist amidst the whoops of It would be hard not to pay attention to the inSide of Wichita. The color splashed throughout—on upholstery, curfluence of color in Buck’s house, where room after Chinese carpet dates to the tains, carpets, pillows, pottery, walls and the art room sports a jumble of hues—from orange to char1940s. The contemporary that hangs on them. “My eye is very restless and treuse to purple and red (and that’s all in the living glass lamps were custom I’m constantly being influenced with new forms,” room). “It’s painting and it’s color theory,” explains made in Murano, Venice, in Buck House blue. says Buck, who gathers her finds large and small Buck, who paints at home in a studio carved from


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The stacked ottoman is from the Buck House Collection and upholstered in an unknown fabric. “I frequently buy odd lots of fabric, as then I know I won’t see it everwhere!” says Buck. Eva Struble’s Untitled hangs above a sofa upholstered in Schumacher’s Carlyle cotton velvet; the pillows are covered in Deborah Buck’s own Wish fabric. The Venini red lamps, purchased in Venice, are from the ‘60s.

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“If you look at that living room,” says Buck, “there’s no reason it should work.” But it does: the Knoll couches were upholstered in an aubergine cotton velvet. The pillows are covered in a striped African tribal cotton. The poufs were upholstered in an “unknown” fabric, “bought at a discount house,” says Buck. The draperies are a Quadrille silk damask. The orange Jules Leleu chairs from the 1940s were purchased in Paris.


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a trio of former maids’ rooms, of the way her unexpected colors work together in beautiful harmony. “If you look at that living room, there’s no reason why that should work, and if you were a decorator doing it, maybe it wouldn’t, but that’s the difference. When an artist does it, it’s color composition.” One constant part of that composition? Turquoise blue. “It’s in my veins,” she says of the bright hue. “It’s a color that I’ve always loved. For me it was like a shaman kind of color: it just seemed magic. It’s my little cheerleader of a color.” Indeed, turquoise leads its cheer throughout the home: a collection of turquoise pottery atop a cabinet in the kitchen, Susan Hamburger’s turquoise dyptique Lyer Lyer on the soft pink walls of the dining room, and a linen turquoise stripe on the master bed’s Pierre Frey cotton duvet. It unifies the space that Buck first saw with her husband in 1999, on the Clockwise from left: Deborah Buck poses eve of school admission day for her in front of Brian son Sam, now in college. “We saw Ulrich’s Powerhouse the apartment, and we knew that Gym (2008). Buck’s the letters were coming out from the collection of yellow Dalton school the next day. Dalton Chinese export was our first choice so we decided pottery sits in front of a Belgian tapestry that if Sam got in, we’d buy the apartfrom Van Vlasselaer. ment.” The acceptance came and the A Pierre Frey printed contract was signed. During the two linen (the duvet piped years of designing and building that with a Buck House blue followed, said Buck, “I became very linen stripe) cozies excited about working with certain up the bedroom. 44

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The dining room walls are painted in Benjamin Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ballerina Pink. A Buck House Collection chair is upholstered in a Scalamandre silk velvet.

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DO sit on the art Buck’s line of fabrics is inspired by her paintings. Her painting Arch Day (above) informed her fabric Unbroken Chain, shown here on a Danish walnut chair.

craftsmen—metal workers, tile makers.” In the process, she realized that years of working alone in the confines of a studio had made her miss working collaboratively with people. “I had always wanted to have kind of a design lab,” she says. When she found a space for rent on Madison Avenue, she seized upon it, giving herself a year to give it a try. Buck House, the turquoise-and-magenta striped shop where Buck offered some of her unqiue brand of treasures for sale, was a stalwart in Carnegie Hill for 11 years. It closed last month. “The retail environment as it was for me at East 93rd and Madison became really difficult,” says Buck. A new incarnation of Buck House bricks-and-mortar is in the works, but until then, Buck is focused on two forthcoming books and a fabric line (available in early 2013) inspired by her paintings. “My paintings are the fount from which all of my creative endeavors originate. There are things that repeat, like circles, chains, feathers,” she says. “I think of them as markers and they are frequently the This page, above: A turquoise-accented touchstones that I use for patterns in the fabric. Venetian chandelier hangs in Buck’s own I look for the strongest elements and let them tell hall of mirrors. Opposite page: Buck’s me if they would be happy repeating themselves oil-on-canvas Football Flower hangs on and which other designs they might want to play a Clarence House bamboo paper. The with.” The results are patterns as distinct, multiDanish walnut chair upholstered in Buck’s own Unbroken Chain fabric. faceted and mostly, good fun, as is Buck herself. h

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HAMPTONS H Boxy is beautiful! Public relations powerhouse Alison Brod’s family

Renowned Sag Harbor architecture firm Bates Masi designed the Brod family’s Bridgehampton residence. Paul Masi created a resortlike atmosphere by linking six glass and wood boxes (each representing a distinct function for the home) in a stylish example of form meeting function. The poolside chaise longues are from Richard Schultz’s 1966 Collection for Knoll. 48


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S HEADLINER home in Bridgehampton is making news.



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ew yorkers spend a lot of time under florescent lights and air conditioning vents, so when it’s time to get away, it’s all about getting outside. Fittingly, nature is the dominant decorative element in Manhattanites Alison and Andy Brod’s Bridgehampton weekend home, a Lego assemblage of six glass cubes designed by Sag Harbor architecture firm Bates Masi. The couple (she’s a PR honcho with 60 in staff and clients from Judith Leiber to KMart; he’s an investment manager) is famous for their back deck pizza parties that make use of a built-in pizza oven, where guests like Donny Deutsch, Katie Lee and Jason Binn spill over into the pool area. With its muscular angularity, neutral hues and clean lines, the house is the antithesis of Alison’s city work offices, the pink walls 50

and Pucci prints of which were immortalized on the television reality show The City. If the house looks a bit like a high-end Asian hotel, it’s no mistake. Alison, who claims that the only time she can relax is at an Aman Resort property, wanted “Zen-like glass boxes to wrap around a courtyard.” Each box allows for discrete functions— a master suite, luxurious guest quarters and a kid kingdom for their two sons, Austin, 5, and Spencer, 6. What connects the boxes is the continuity of three prevailing materials that create a sense of serenity: wood, metal, stone. To offset the potential coldness posed by all that glass, the house is enveloped in mahogany, its many variations of warm coloration covering surfaces from floors to walls. With its lush pigmentation and strong character, it provided Alison with the drama she

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Masi cut and bent bronze sheets into small pieces to create a sort of metal shingling on the fireplace, which expanded the shingle motif and created cohesion among the elements of the house. The wraparound built-in sofa is from Roche Bobois’ Echoes Collection. A custom bronze Terzani chandelier hangs over the dining table, which was designed by Brod’s father; the butterfly painting is by Hunt Slonem. This page, from top left: A detail of the bronze fireplace “shingles.” Stools from BDDW pull up to the kitchen counter; the banquettes are upholstered in an Elizabeth Dow fabric. Signature Hardware’s Lucina Tub punctuates the master bath, and the tile is Walker Zanger’s Chelsea Art Glass. Sliding glass doors blur the boundaries of outside and in; the orange outdoor chaise longue and ottoman are from Paola Lenti. The bunk beds in the boys’ room are from Room & Board.


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Glass boxes create a resort-like vibe.

GROUND FLOOR 1. Entry 2. Dining Room 3. Living Room 4. Family Room 5. Kitchen 6. Powder Room 7. Pantry 8. Mudroom/ Laundry 9. Garage

UPPER FLOOR 1. Dining Room 2. Living Room 3. Children’s Bedroom

10. Outdoor Shower 11. Storage 12. Stair 13. Mechanical Room 14. Guest Bedroom 15. Guest Bath 16. Closet 17. Master Bedroom 18. Master Closet 19. Master Bath 20. Patio

4. Children’s Bath 5. Closet 6. Stair 7. Guest Bedroom 8. Guest Bath

ABOVE: the pool house (which also functions as a crash pad “for the bachelors,” says Brod) seems to float above glowing Noce Travertine slabs. LEFT: the Brod family: Alison, Andy, Spencer (left), 6, and Austin, 5.

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The platform bed was designed by Bates Masi and built by Ciuffo Cabinetry. A custom leather wall references the bronze-shingled fireplace in the living room.

desired; With its durability (mahogany’s oils enable it to be used outside as well as in), it provided architect Paul Masi with a material “reminiscent of the fine woodworking on old boats.” Noce Travertine, the nutty-hued stone used throughout, was available in large enough slabs to use on the living room floor, but could also be cut down in sheets thin enough to be used as shingling, a witty reference to the shingle-style homes which have commanded the Hamptons beachscape for more than a century. Bronze was the metal of choice, not solely because of its wide range of patinas, but also because of its malleability. Masi bent and cut it into small pieces to create a sort of horizontal bronze shingling on the fireplace, a way of expanding the shingle motif to create cohesion among the elements. The metal also finds its way into a sculptural Terzani chandelier with two miles of intricately-draped bronze chain and the base of an Art Deco-inspired Plexiglass coffee table. The base, which weighs more than a thousand pounds, was made by Alison’s father Alan Friedman, a veteran dealer of Renaissance antiques in Florida, who has transitioned into designing bronze and iron furniture at his West Palm Beach shop, the Incurable Collector. The house raises the concept of “uncluttered” contemporary

to a new level. Cabinets and sliding doors close to hide everything from the bar to the fridge to toys. A pair of Masi-designed custom bar carts are tucked neatly in slots beneath each end of the kitchen island and are wheeled out to be used as serving pods at the couple’s fêtes. There is nothing extraneous, and very little furniture, mostly built-ins. “People are amazed that we have no dressers,” says Brod. The new house is nonetheless familiar for the family: the Brods have lived on the same property for 13 years. In 2009 they razed the white contemporary they had lived in for ten years and spent two years building the new house. Even so, the house is not yet complete. Brod laughs about the empty walls. “The first model Paul made of the house, I approved,” she says. “But I’m still struggling over artwork, and it took me three years to pick out a rug.” The outdoor area is fully realized though, with comfortable entertaining spaces abounding amidst an orchard of hydrangea bushes and a bamboo border. When the sun gets too high in the sky, the Brods need merely flip a switch and a portion of roof rolls out over the outside table to block out offending rays. Sometimes even New Yorkers need a break from the natural elements. h

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Linda and Steve Miller update their loft in a former cardboard box factory without losing any classic SoHo flavor. BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAEANNE GIOVANNI-INOUE

Linda and Steve Miller at the marble-topped kitchen counter in their SoHo loft. The painting on the back wall is by Mrs. Miller. The Patrocio glass table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in the 1970s is from Artemide. ABOVE: the shared studio.



E MOVED INTO OUR LOFT on Thompson Street when SoHo was a neighborhood inhabited by artists, living in large, mainly unfinished industrial lofts,” said Linda Miller, who has been in her loft with her husband Steve, since 1979. In fact in order to live and work there in those days, a tenant had to be certified as an artist by the city, and then a sign that read “A.I.R.” (Artist in Residence) was installed outside the building entrance. That was SoHo in the 1970s, before the area was gentrified, and before the renovated cast iron industrial buildings had amenities like doormen and gyms. Yes, it was a neighborhood of artists living and working in large open spaces— lofts—with brick walls and either tin or exposed wood-beam ceilings. In 1973 the area was given Landmark designation as the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. These days, when a building is renovated its interior bears much resemblance to traditional apartment buildings on the Upper East Side; far from the original live/work spaces used by the city’s creative class, many lofts have been re-configured into classic three bedroom apartments with marble baths and concierges in the lobbies. The Millers bought the 2,800-squarefoot space for $125,000 in 1979 as a place to live, and as a studio for Linda, an artist who also runs a gallery there called Kilim, where she sells antique and vintage rugs. At that time Mr. Miller was an executive with the


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French doors open to a seating area on the cedar-decked patio. The large terracotta urn is from Morocco; the vase on the French bistro table is Italian; the chair is by Mies van der Rohe.

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The living room/rug gallery has a white lacquer Saratoga chair by Massimo and Lella Vignelli; a Caori coffee table designed by Vico Magistretti in 1962 and a chair covered in pony skin designed by Chrisophe Pillet in 1997. The antique kilims are all from Mrs. Miller’s gallery. At right is a Senufo wood bed from the Ivory Coast. The steel sculptures are by Mr. Miller.

DuPont Corporation. They did not divide the space then (the bed was hidden behind a small partition); the loft was configured as it originally was when it housed the Shuttleworth Box Company. After 15 years of living together in the open space, the Millers separated. Soon after, Mr. Miller moved to Germany; Mrs. Miller remained on Thompson Street in the un-renovated loft where she continued to work on her art, and sell rugs. Then miraculously, after 15 years apart, the couple reunited and as a way of rekindling their marriage, and celebrating their new life together, they decided to renovate and divide the loft into a one bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, an office, a kitchen, dining room, large living room/rug gallery and a studio for Linda and Steve, who had by then left the corporate world to become a sculptor (he works in steel). They also added a 200-square-foot outdoor terrace with 56

floor to ceiling French doors. The Millers worked with Jack Ceglic, a New York designer responsible for the original design of Dean & DeLuca, to make the most efficient, comfortable and stylish use of their loft space. Interestingly, the result of the $250,000 renovation is a home that still resembles the SoHo of yesteryear: “We decided to keep it as raw and authentic as possible, “ Mrs. Miller said, “by leaving the wood beam ceilings open and keeping the brick walls.” There are many modern touches, she admitted, like central airconditioning, beautifully tiled bathrooms, a limestone floor in the bedroom, and closets (noticeably lacking in original lofts). “Jack was able to accomplish a graceful flow and balance in the space,” Mrs. Miller said. “He made the loft feel larger by creating separate spaces that also gave us privacy.” A proper bedroom was created with a large sitting area next to it, which Mr. Miller is

able to use when there are clients in the rug gallery. “The place functions whether we’re alone, or people are coming in and out,” Mrs. Miller said. Both use the studio in the front of the loft, as well as the office. “We entertain a lot and I need my surfaces clean at all times,” Mrs. Miller said of the immaculate apartment. There is a well-curated collection of artworks, found objects and accessories, like vases with perfectly chosen posies throughout the loft. There is storage in the basement and Steve keeps some of his sculptures there. “We recently had a party for 100 guests and there were people everywhere—inside and outside— but it felt so spacious,” Mrs. Miller said. “The artists are mostly gone now,” she added. “A few of us are left. But mostly the neighborhood has changed to accommodate a lot of people in finance.” She added, “We’re so fortunate—it feels like we’re part of history.” h

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The cedar-planked terrace outside the dining room and kitchen with a sculpture by Mrs. Miller. The bathroom has brick walls and English fixtures by Perrin and Rowe. The bedroom has a Mushroom chair by Pierre Paulin and antique wood stools from Nigeria and Ghana.

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Low and lean, Poltrona Frau’s Kennedee sectional anchors the living area. Vitra’s Slow Chair sits on Carini Lang’s Coco Drum carpet. Flexform’s Vito marble cocktail table; Missoni throw and pillows. The Santa & Cole Tripode Lamp is from YLighting. FALL 2012 THE HOME OBSERVER 59

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fter 20 years in a Park Slope brownstone, Sandra Schpoont and Steve Axelrod found themselves with an empty next—a really empty nest. With their children grown, they had watched a glassy Richard Meier-designed condominium rise above Prospect Park and took the plunge. That plunge was the only thing they took, though. “When we moved into the building we threw all of our furniture out,” she says. Schpoont, an attorney, wanted something totally different than townhouse living, both functionally and aesthetically. “I don’t like the Victorian look,” she says. “I kept trying to make our brownstone look modern, but I never wanted to rip out any of the original details” that would enable that style. When her modern vision was ready to be realized, “I had this vision of living in a high-end hotel,” she says. “I didn’t want a cookie cutter modern apartment. I wanted something a little more unusual.” Though she knew what she wanted (and what she didn’t want), she admits, “I didn’t really know what it would end up looking like.” From top left: A Dirk de John Beckmann did. Beckmann, Bruycker oil painting in the apartment’s the founder of New York-based design foyer was found in a firm Axis Mundi, is known for his inSanta Fe gallery. Knoll tegration of design and architecture. Bertoia bar stools in “The first thing he showed us was the the Richard MeierKennedee sofa,” says Schpoont, “and designed kitchen are that became the anchor of the apartclad in orange leather. Right, Steve Axelrod and ment.” Not, however, the apartment Sandy Schpoont (with that Beckmann had originally intendBarley) perch on white ed it to anchor: since starting work Emu Heaven stools on on the project, the couple had traded their terrace overlooking up from a midfloor apartment to one Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza. nearer the top with substantially more 60

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square footage and a terrace with a jaw-dropping view of the Manhattan skyline. The change didn’t mean jettisoning the plan they had envisioned. Beckmann’s focus remained on decoration rather than renovation: “The bones are great,” he says of the threebedroom layout, with a master bath boasting a decadent view of the Manhattan skyline from the tub. In a building like Meier’s, says Beckmann, “you have to respect the architecture.” That respect would be paid with a neutral base, one that nonetheless accomodated his clients’ wish for something lively. Beckmann grounded the apartment in midcentury classics in graphic black and white. Having traded the original Kennedee sofa for a larger sectional, he added a black Saarinen table and black-and-white Saarinen chairs. Pops of color were added in the form of the orange leather seats on Bertoia stools, Missoni pillows, and vibrant art. To maintain a sleek, clutterfree look, Beckmann added storage with a Poliform unit in the master suite and created a shelf-lined office for Axelrod by partitioning off a small area of the living room with glass walls. The glass walls of the office echo those of the building which glimmers anachronistically above Grand Army Plaza, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 19th century. “It’s a beautiful building,” says Beckmann of Meier’s work. “I think it brings a new vitality to that neighborhood. “ “It’s a different vantage point for us,” agrees Schpoont. A vantage point that feels, as she hoped, like a hotel? “Not exactly. There’s no room service, and we still have to make the bed. But it’s really nice—on Friday night, we come home and have martinis and sit out on the balcony.” Now that’s better than room service. h

Top: The Zuma bathtub in the master bathroom has a view of Prospect Park and the Manhattan skyline, as well as Dogon ladders from the Hemingway African Gallery. The leather bed is Boss; Missoni linens; Artemide’s Tolemeo bedside lamps. The Venetian Plaster walls were done by Jeff Leonard. A photograph by Magda Biernat hangs above the bed.

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LIEBHERR, a global leader in premium refrigeration, is a family-owned company based in Germany. With over 50 years of experience in cooling, the manufacturer sets the pace with continuous product innovation and a proactive approach to responsible manufacturing. Liebherr brings fresh, European design to the North American marketplace, providing outstanding built-in, freestanding, and fully integrated refrigeration, an extensive selection of wine storage units and a new cigar humidor. Visit to view Liebherr’s full product line.

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Opened in 1975, The MANHATTAN ART & ANTIQUES CENTER is New York’s oldest established emporium for antiques. It houses 100 galleries on three levels with a wide variety of collections from all six continents. The Center offers silver, jewelry, tapestries, furniture, porcelain, clocks, paintings, sculpture and many other rare and beautiful objects of art. Linked by elevators and a dramatic spiral staircase, The Center has been an important resource for collectors, interior designers and antique buffs for the past thirty-seven years. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center 1050 Second Ave. between 55th and 56th Streets Open to the public: Monday thru Saturday from 10:30AM to 6PM. Sunday, 12 Noon to 6PM. Tel: 212-355-4400 Fax: 212-355-4403 Email: info@ the–

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METROPOLITAN LIGHTING FIXTURE COMPANY was established in 1939 and has been illuminating the finest interiors for over 60 years. The showroom offers a comprehensive collection of lighting design from antique reproductions thru the contemporary style of George Kovacs. Located in the New York Design Center, Metropolitan Lighting is one of the largest showrooms in the New York area catering to the design trade. 200 Lexington Ave., Suite 512 New York, NY

PARIS CERAMICS introduces an entirely new concept of modular wood floors available in a range of finishes, sizes, colors and different species. Additionally, Paris Ceramics is introducing a new line of liquid metal-faced stones including pewter, bronze, copper, and many more, that can be applied to any stone texture or moldings. Learn more about Paris Ceramics, the premier supplier of antique reclaimed floors and beautiful limestone from all corners of the world,, 1.888.845.3487.

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Founded in 1980, Valcucine produces kitchen cabinetry and accessories. Valcucine is dedicated to providing the best product possible with a focus on aesthetics and creativity. They work to apply technology to increase the product life, reduce the consumption of raw materials and ensure that all the products they produce can be reutilized or recycled. They are committed to sourcing materials that meet the most stringent standards for the release of volatile organic compounds.

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T HAS SPAWNED a million ceramic imitators, sold in museum shops and gift emporiums nationwide, but for purists, there’s only one original Anthora container: paper, with a plastic lid and foldback, tear-off tab. The Anthora cup was designed by Leslie Buck, a marketing director at the Sherri Cup Company: not an artist, but a salesman with an idea about how to market a paper cup to the Greek immigrants who owned diners, coffee shops and coffee carts across New York in the 1960s. The blue-and-white design invoked the colors of the Greek flag and its message—We Are Happy To Serve You—was printed in a Greek-style font above steaming coffee cups and a Greek key border. Sales of the Anthora reached 500 million cups a year in the mid-90’s. But changes were brewing in coffee culture. With the disappearance of many of the Greek-run establishments, so too faded the concept of a small coffee and the New Yorker’s lingo for ordering it (before the days of a grande


half-caf mochaccino, a “regular coffee” got you a drip coffee with milk and sugar). Starbucks replaced the diner, lattes replaced the beverage, and a grande cup replaced the small container. The Solo Cup Company, which purchaed Sherri Cup in 2005, still manufactures the Anthora upon request (call 1-800-FOR-CUPS), but only in large quanities; those needing just a little sip of the old days can order the container in packages of 100 from the New York First Co. “There are New Yorkers everywhere,” says Jeff Turback, who owns New York First with his brother Michael, “and it’s a connection for people.” And for a city: “They’ll film a movie in Hollywood or in Canada, and you stick that cup in your hand, and you’re in New York.” (The Scorsese Company, says Turback, buys on a regular basis). So if tearing back that lid opens up a container of memories, drink up, even if it’s just at home: the one place in New York where everything still remains pretty much just the way you liked it. —R.M.

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The Home Observer Fall 2012  

The biannual decor & design publication of The New York Observer

The Home Observer Fall 2012  

The biannual decor & design publication of The New York Observer