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Rima Suqi article, Lebanese Design, House of Today
Exhibit of Lebanese Design in Aspen/Gallerie Magazine

This weekend marks the opening of “Haptic Narrative – The Aspen Edition,” an exhibition that’s the result of a unique collaboration between Lehmann Maupin, R & Company, and House of Today, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging Lebanese designers. Had the events in Beirut this past week never happened, most would herald the show at the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) as enterprising, mingling fine art with important vintage and contemporary design. But given the widespread devastation of the so-called Paris of the Middle East, and the fact that the Lebanese designers whose works are shown have lost their homes,...

Michael Episcope at his Lincoln Park, Chicago, home
A CEO who is a DIY expert/ The Wall Street Journal

Michael Episcope started noticing things around his Lincoln Park home that needed fixing. But despite (ostensibly) having the means to delegate these projects to the pros, he tackled them himself. This included building a Murphy bed for his teenage son (complete with a basketball hoop on the underside) and replacing French doors with a picture window (a contractor quoted him $60k, he did it with the help of a friend for about $5k). Read all about it here.  ...

Ed Ng and Terence Ngan Bangkok apartment, AB Concept
A fabulous Bangkok apartment in the Mansion section of the Wall Street Journal

The now 1-bedroom 1.5 bath (post renovation) on the 25th floor of the Renaissance Hotel building in central Bangkok is owned by partners Edward Ng and Terence Ngan of AB Concept, an architecture and design firm. What I love most about this story is that the couple have no kitchen, just a small sink, a (chic) hot plate and a small refrigerator. Oh, and that view from their bathroom. You can read it here (paywall)....

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix, Rima Suqi
Interview with the costume designers from Dark Crystal for Netflix Queue Mag

One of my favorite recent stories, because it's a bit of a departure for me, is this one, an interview with Brian and Toby Froud, the father and son team behind the costumes for the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. What's interesting is that this series features "creatures" that are all puppets -- almost 200 of them-- and Brian and Toby were tasked with designing/creating both the creatures and the costumes - hair, make-up, jewelry, all of it, for puppets ranging from 2 to over 6 feet. It's actually really fascinating, and you can read the entire piece here....

JCK June 2020 cover shoot photo Jason Kim
JCK cover story shoot

My last shoot before we went into lockdown was for JCK, where I am jewelry market editor, and was our cover story focusing on new fashion jewelry. It's always a fun one mixing costume and fine. Photo of model Anais Pouliot by Jason Kim, Styling by Daniel Edley, market work by moi. See the whole story here....

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Design tips from hotels that you can use at home/Galerie Magazine

For this service-y piece I spoke with hotel designers Charles Zana, Andre Fu, Alexandra Champalimaud, Simon Rawlings from David Collins Studio and Will Meyer and GrayDavis of Meyer/Davis about what they learned from designing hotel rooms and what specific tips can be gleaned for residential use as well. Shown here, the Crescent Pavillion at the Berkeley, London, by Andre Fu. You can read the entire issue here; this story starts on page 50....

Bryan O'Sullivan, Rima Suqi, Dublin, WSJ
Fabulous Dublin home in the Mansion section of the WSJ

A historic home on 2 leafy acres in a super-posh neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland, got a head-to-toe makeover by Bryan O'Sullivan, an interior designer with offices in London and New York. Read all about it here....

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Virginia Johnson’s new wallpapers in AD PRO

Virginia Johnson, whose whimsical illustrations have adorned caftans and shawls, and whose house-portraits have gained a cult following, is launching a wallpaper collection, available to the trade at Studio Four in New York and Y&Co in Canada. You can see the largely floral-inspired collection on Virginia's site and read the piece online at AD Pro (paywall)....

Stringfellow Interiors, Wall Street Journal, Mansion Section, Rima Suqi, Annotated Room
Ben Stringfellow interiors in Mansion/The Wall Street Journal

This was an Annotated Room story in the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. In this type of story we dissect the cost of putting the room together. This space, designed by Ben Stringfellow, cost about $100,000 to decorate. Read his strategy and see the cost break out here (pay wall)....