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A Horse Trailer Named Beauty Gets a Makeover

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. Beauty by night. Photo: Chad Wagner and Steven Trumon Gray/ Some of the most beautiful things on this planet are found in the most unusual places, in discarded objects that once served a purpose,” says graphic designer Laura Valenzuela of the decades-old double horse trailer, which, mostly during the pandemic, she converted into an events space with a little help from her many friends upstate. Valenzuela, who was born in Costa Rica, had been living in New York City. She moved to Beacon in 2018, feeling burnt...

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How Cooper Hewitt Revived Willi Smith’s Radical Showrooms

The WilliWear men’s showroom, c. 1982. Photo: Andreas Sterzing “I don’t design clothes for the Queen; but for the people who wave at her as she goes by,” said fashion designer Willi Smith, who got many of his best ideas from New York City’s street life. His label, WilliWear, was the first streetwear brand, and his clothes, which came out in the late 1970s, were modern, comfortable, and expressive — think oversized blazers and trousers that all body types could wear, chunky knits, and fabrics sourced from all around the world. (One of his most popular pieces was a one-size-fits-all...

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A (Semi) Fixer-Upper in Stuyvesant Heights

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. The Living Room: Garcia-Lavin decided on four major paint colors for the entirety of the house, and here in the living room he used Benjamin Moore’s Inkwell on one wall. The blazing-red carpets were found on a trip to Morocco and the large painting over the sofa is by French artist Constant Clety, from 1929. Garcia-Lavin got it years ago on a job for Marshall Fields in Chicago. “It hung in the showroom there and the buyers hated it, and I loved it, so finally I was able to buy it.” Photo: Annie Schlechter When...

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A Joyful Brownstone in Bushwick

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. Cynthia Andrew in her living room. Photo: Nick Glimenakis Cynthia Andrew’s Instagram is full of bright, joyous color, and so, of course, is her and her husband Les Andrew’s brownstone in Bushwick. The two met 15 years ago at Fordham University. She was in law school; he was in business school. When they got married, Les gave up his apartment in Brooklyn to live with Cynthia in her rent-stabilized apartment in Queens, where they had a lot more room, but they always knew they would look for a house to buy and return...

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Blobby NFT Chairs, Reinvented Shaker Design, and Other Things I Liked This Week

Photo: Clockwise from top left: Courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village and Salon 94, New York. © Thomas Barger, Christie’s Images Limited 2021, Carl Hansen & Son, Courtesy of TASCHEN Clockwise from left: Photo: Courtesy of TASCHENPhoto: Courtesy of TASCHENPhoto: Courtesy of TASCHEN From top: Photo: Courtesy of TASCHENPhoto: Courtesy of TASCHENPhoto: Courtesy of TASCHEN When Kengo Kuma was 10 years old in 1964, his father took him to visit Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Stadium, built for that year’s Olympics. The stadium’s towers...

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She Lost a View But Gained a Gallery

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. In the Living Room: Han Feng in her loft under her portrait painted in 2016 by Francesco Clemente. “We met when he was having a show in Shanghai, and I cooked for him at my apartment,” she says. She’s since cooked for him and his wife, Alba, in New York, and the three remain friends. Photo: Seth Caplan I first visited Han Feng’s Flower District loft for one of her spectacular multicourse dinner parties, where she would always have a mix of fashion, theater, and art people from her circle. Back then, it was drenched...

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From Townhouse to Bauhaus

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. The Entry: The door is painted Yves Klein blue. On its left hang antique Venetian mirrors. Photo: Annie Schlechter/B) Annie Schlechter 2021 I never imagined I would be in a postwar building,” Alexandra Pappas says. Indeed, for 18 years she rented an apartment across the hall from me in the five-story 1854 West Village brownstone where I live still; she threw wonderful parties. “I remember walking into that building on 9th Street and thinking, Oh my God, I found the place of my dreams,” she says. “I loved it there...

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Tinned Fish Lamps, a New Home-Goods Shop, and Other Things I Liked This Week

Photo: Clockwise from Top Left: Courtesy of Friedman Benda; Nicholas Knight; Diana Budds; Lucie Rebeyrol Every couple of weeks, I’ll round up and share the objects, designers, news, and events I’m excited about. Photo: Courtesy of Friedman Benda For her first solo show, Carmen?D’Apollonio, a self-taught ceramic artist based in Los Angeles, has sculpted over a dozen lamps in clay and bronze. They’re playful, abstract pieces that look like seated figures, someone standing with their arms akimbo, or perhaps even a drooping flower. D’Apollonio works improvisationally...

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His Harlem One-Bedroom Became His Pandemic Artist’s Garret

Great Rooms A visual diary by Design Editor Wendy Goodman. “I’ve taught myself how to frame,” Bentley says, “ I especially love to find mid-century frames at the flea market. The largest piece of art that I have above the sofa is by an artist from Tulum, Mexico, named Enrique Diaz.” Photo: Courtesy of Larry Bentley I first got to know Larry Bentley in the late 1990s, when he was the manager and maître d’ of the members dining room room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I hadn’t known he was an artist himself until recently. To be fair, he hadn’t known either: He...

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Watching Perfectionist Restorers at Work Is Incredibly Soothing

Hey, that came out nice. Photo: mymechanics/YouTube In this year of enforced asociability and a generally broken world, we all sought ways to cool off our jangling brains. Baking sourdough, demolishing Urzikistanis in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, studying our partners like science experiments: We all sought out whatever methods of self-soothing got the job done. Which still does not explain how, over the course of the past 15 months, I found myself both immeasurably calmed and weirdly enthused while watching a man in Switzerland make nuts and bolts from scratch. On YouTube,...

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