The 2012 Hearst ‘Designer Visions’ Showhouse

featuring apartments by David Rockwell, Matthew Patrick Smyth, & Antony Todd

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This years Hearst ‘Designer Visions’ Showhouse event is set up in 3 apartments at 250 West Street in NYC, and while the building is still a construction site, it’s very much worth seeing.  I was invited to the preview breakfast last week.  It was a very enjoyable time with the designers, magazine executives (including Newell Turner of the new Hearst Design Group), and fellow members of the press.   I’d like to share some of the visual highlights.

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Holiday House 2012

Benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Photo credit The New York Times

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New York’s Design Showhouses are among my favorite events to attend.  They’re an opportunity to meet both the well established and the new-to-the-scene designers, and to see spacial creativity at it’s best.  This years Holiday House opens to the public today, and I’d like to share a few of the rooms I had the pleasure of seeing at the press preview.

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Park Avenue Armory Fall 2012

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show

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With the fall season in full swing in New York, Connie Lee and I spent the afternoon at what’s considered to be one of the most important antique exhibitions in the United States.  The show was exceptional this year, but we picked 3 dealers whose booths stood out for both their collections and their presentation.

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Liquid Elements

new technology in poured seamless flooring

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While shopping at Unika Vaev last week with Connie Lee, I heard about a new poured floor covering called Liquid Elements, and my interested was piqued.  I contacted Caitlin Smith, the firms architectural sales rep in the city, and made an appointment to get the details.

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Explaining the Design Process

Carl Lana of Beale-Lana Interior Design

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“As I think about my history in interior design, the things that have always been at the foundation of my work, my inspiration as it were, are history and culture.”

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I look to the past for inspiration with each new project.  Over our 20 years working in New York, my partner Randall Beale and I have referenced many periods.  The locale, the people, and the culture lead to visual interpretation.  I’m also a strong believer in the pursuit of fantasy.  We like to create rooms that become a personal refuge for our clients while endeavoring to be elegant, innovative, and slightly edgy all in the same space.

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‘Modern Minimal’

Dominic Lepere's namesake Flatiron showroom

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When Dominic Lepere opened his namesake Lepere 6 years ago, he was a pioneer in the Flatiron neighborhood with a modern furniture showroom.  Now it’s hard to imagine another part of New York City that’s more visited by the well-heeled in design and architecture.

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KGB Limited

modern furniture in the Chelsea Gallery District

Mayweather Sofa

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KGB Limited is housed in a glorious light filled loft on (far) West 25th Street.  Part architecture, part interiors, and part furniture design, this is one stop shopping for the homeowner who’s enamored with the firms aesthetic – or for someone in the market for a piece of sculpture disguised as home furnishings.

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Gary Moran

dogs, fish, and a reluctant piano

“Large Sunfish”  54″ x 40″.  Pastel on paper  (4 panels)

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Ask any interior designer worth his or her salt, and they’ll agree.  Art is an accessory – and arguably the most important one they assist their clients in procuring.  Some go as far as to say that it’s the most difficult acquisition they assist with because it often represent a substantial financial commitment, and because art in the popular psyche is seen as an investment which will remain with a client for a lifetime (and beyond.)

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