Writer, New York
Favorite Luxe interview: I really enjoyed speaking with designer Michael Siller and luxury rug specialist Larry Hokanson about their own Houston home. They are both history buffs and enthusiasts of Russian classicism, and they are incredibly knowledgeable on the intersection of history and design. They filled their interiors with reproductions of exquisite pieces selected during trips to The State Hermitage Museum in Russia, and I still have plans to show up on their doorstep one day to see it for myself! Who is the most fascinating person you’ve ever met? Eva Zeisel. She was a playful Hungarian-born industrial designer who was imprisoned by Joseph Stalin’s regime before moving her ceramics into mass production, and she had the first one-woman show at the MoMA. Sadly, she passed away in 2011 at the age of 105. Prized possessions: A coin pendant of Queen Elizabeth II–a gift from my late father–that I wear on a long necklace, and a vintage French upholstered armchair in mustard yellow that’s so low you feel like you’re in a sports car.
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