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Office Life, Inside and Out

Paper co-founder Kim Hastreiter renovated a studio in her building to be her new office. But for now, meet her in Washington Square Park.
  1. An Adventurous Renovation for a Growing Family Interior designer Zach Motl took a bold approach decorating a classic prewar in Murray Hill in record time for clients expecting their first child.
  2. The 100-Year-Old Hidden Castle Tower in NYC Where AMC’s CEO Lets Down His Hair Because flat walls are for squares.
  3. A Classic Sixties Spread in Gramercy Photographer Duane Michals’s floor-through is filled with friends’ artwork and junk-shop finds from the past 53 years.
  4. A Soho Loft That Still Feels Like a Soho Loft Other than adding a kitchen and a bathroom, the artist Dorothea Rockburne hasn’t done much to the place since she moved in more than forty years ago.
  5. A Brooklyn House That Moves From One Stylish Family Member to the Next This brownstone features original 1900 plasterwork, zingy paint treatments, and artwork from Uganda, Angola, and Zimbabwe.
  6. A Designer’s Alfresco Escape in Brooklyn During the summer months, Robert Farrell retreats to the outdoor garden room he spent decades cultivating.
  7. A New Book Spotlights Dogs Living the Good Life — With Their Designer Owners In At Home with Dogs and their Designers, canines lounge on beautiful beds, perch on designer chairs, and sprawl across immaculately manicured lawns.
  8. An East Hampton Home Filled With ‘Living Décor’ Anthony Watts’s company, Layer, helps clients incorporate plants into interior design. His own house is his laboratory.
  9. The Fabric of a Textile Designer’s Life Anmy Leuthold recently launched a new business in Woodstock, where she and her husband have been restoring an old carriage house and a barn.
  10. An Interior Designer’s Mighty Home Makeover Beth Diana Smith left the corporate world to pursue her passion for design. Her home décor illustrates why that was a great idea.
  11. 12 Highlights From Design Week in New York From the International Contemporary Furniture Fair to Sight Unseen, and the venues in between.
  12. 3 Nordic Women Designers Defining Modern Hygge The recently released Real Nordic Living offers a broader and more up-to-date idea of what constitutes Scandinavian design.
  13. Where Isaac Mizrahi Finds His Favorite Lamps, Silverware, and Paintings “I love being taken by surprise by things I wasn’t expecting to love and becoming obsessed with them.”
  14. A Landmarked 19th-Century Brownstone Gets a Sunny Refresh The renovation, led by architect Alexandra Barker, focused on reinstating the magnificence of the Italianate home while adding fresh panache.
  15. 57 New and Downright-Gorgeous Things You’ll Want For Your Home From golden lighting to a Dolce & Gabbana–wrapped fridge.
  16. A Trip Into the Bead-Strewn Studio of a Whitney Biennial Artist “It’s inspiring because once I leave this room, there’s nowhere else that looks like this,” says Raúl de Nieve.
  17. A Master Framer on How to Preserve Artwork for Decades “No work should ever be hung so sunlight passes directly over it.”
  18. An Insider’s View of the Grit and Glamour of the Fashion World Amy Fine Collins’s new book, The International Best-Dressed List, chronicles the history of stylish, larger-than-life personalities.
  19. At Home With Françoise Gilot The 98-year-old artist, who had two children with Pablo Picasso and went on to marry Jonas Salk, still paints every day in her New York apartment.
  20. Here’s the Color for Everyone Who’s Sick of Pale Pink A starter pack of new textiles, wallpaper, and Gucci homewares — all in teal.
  21. A Martha Stewart Editor’s Meticulously Organized Office Consistency and attention to detail are at the root of Darcy Miller’s success.
  22. A Passion Project for Two Brownstone Obsessives The couple behind an Instagram account that documents Brooklyn’s most beautiful homes renovates one of their own.
  23. A Teen Girl’s Suite Outfitted With a Warhol Print and a Laurie Simmons Dollhouse The space, designed for a highly discerning 13-year-old, also features Mickalene Thomas, Tom Sachs, and a couple of Gaetano Pesces.
  24. A Women’s-Suit Startup, Tortoiseshell Homewares, and a Shampoo Showroom in Soho What’s new in New York stores.
  25. A Contractor-Matchmaker Shares Her Renovation Advice “If your dream is to luxuriate in your tub on weekends, spend on the best tub you can afford — then don’t buy the Lutron light fixtures.”
  26. How to Decorate a Los Angeles Bungalow With an App and a Tap of the Finger The 26-year-old founder of the home-decor app Hutch used it to decorate her Spanish-style West Hollywood home — and it took her all of one week.
  27. An Interior Designer’s Art-Filled Williamsburg Loft “This is my reentry into Brooklyn,” the designer says of his 800-square-foot home, which he recently renovated to include a dedicated bedroom space.
  28. 56 New and Downright Gorgeous Items for Your Home A covetable assortment of new home furnishings — from Ralph Pucci chairs to Warholian wallpaper to vintage Italian glass.
  29. Inside the Art-Filled Office of Brooklyn Museum’s President David Berliner feels right at home at work, which features pieces by Joel Tanner Hart and Leon Polk Smith, plus Andy Warhol wallpaper.
  30. Fake Being a Cool Art Girl With These Affordable Prints Seven online shops with great, cheap posters.
  31. A Gut Renovation in Brooklyn That Was Worth Every Headache This historic 1919 neo-Federal brick house on Prospect Park West, which features a new rooftop and lush garden, took roughly two years to complete.
  32. A Former Auto-Repair Shop Gets a Second Life As a Rowhouse After a three-year renovation, an old garage in Brooklyn is reborn as a five-story, live-work space that’s anything but modest.
  33. A Generic Condo Transformed Into an Enviable Home Library Architect Koray Duman turned this two-bedroom apartment in an old industrial building into an open showcase for a couple’s extensive book collection.
  34. The Director of the Brooklyn Museum Keeps a Degas by Her Desk To decorate her office, Anne Pasternak borrows the museum’s vast collection, including artwork by Gene Davis, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and more.
  35. This New Group Champions Representation in the Art and Design Worlds Malene Barnett describes her Black Artists + Designers Guild as “a curated collective of black artists and designers throughout the African diaspora.”
  36. A Fabric Artist’s Very Fuzzy Brooklyn Studio Sarah Zapata’s Red Hook work space is adorned with her colorful yarn rugs.
  37. The Designer Bringing Cloisonné Into the 21st Century Marc Newson’s latest pieces riff on the timeworn metalworking craft.
  38. A Book Launch Inspired by Studio 54 Wendy Goodman’s dearest friends gathered in Soho to celebrate her new design book, May I Come In?.
  39. A Broadway Star Turns to Flowers Robbie Fairchild recently debuted his company, boo.kay NYC — and everything’s coming up roses (and peonies and lots more).
  40. An Airy Loft Inside a Former Church in Jersey City A new life under Gothic vaults for designers Paul Melo and Tom Walko.
  41. Can Someone Please Explain How This Royal Sex Chair Works? From the personal collection of a former British monarch.
  42. In This Curator’s Apartment, Every Item Has a Life of Its Own Inside Pierre Apraxine’s West Village two-bedroom, filled with his eclectic and erudite collection of books, art, furniture, and artifacts.
  43. The Art Stars of Entre Nous Inside the dining club that’s becoming a networking powerhouse for women of color in the art world.
  44. This Rooftop Pool Is a Taste of Palm Springs in Soho Constructing this pool atop a century-old factory required some madly complex work on the part of Raad Studio.
  45. A Tribeca Loft With African Touches and Lots of Light When an interior designer and her husband moved to New York, they found a huge apartment in a 19th-century building that was almost perfect.
  46. An Upper East Side Townhouse Transformed by 22 Top Architects and Designers The challenge: Turn a blank slate into a high-design home. In eight weeks. For charity. Two designers explain their creative processes.
  47. Where the Founders of AphroChic Get Their Favorite Sheets, Ceramics, and Carpets “Carpet can be a unique way to bring cultural style home.”
  48. A Mid-Century Relic Gets a Modern, Functional Refresh An apartment in a 1950s-era West Village building hadn’t been touched in decades. Architect Michael K. Chen opened it up and brought fresh light in.
  49. See the Extravagant Rockefeller Knickknacks That Are About to Go on Auction Preview the poodles and Roman busts from Peggy and David Rockefeller’s townhouse and various country estates, available at Christie’s starting May 8.
  50. This Custom Closet Is Like a Walk-in Jewelry Box for an Entire Wardrobe Tour David Monn’s meticulously organized, 450-square-foot closet.
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