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Thirteen leading interior designers and design firms have been selected to curate rooms in the second annual Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse. Located in the auction house’s Manhattan headquarters, the Designer Showhouse will be brimming with an array of treasures, including mid century modern furniture, American studio furniture, Abstract Expressionist paintings, 18th and 19th century American antiques, European antiques, Old Master paintings, contemporary art, and much more. The Showhouse will be open to the public April 11-19, 2015, culminating in a dedicated sale on April 20, 2015.

Each space in the Designer Showhouse brings together fine and decorative arts from a variety of categories offered by Sotheby’s. In addition to reflecting each designer’s singular style, the Showhouse exemplifies the vital role that antiques and fine art play in creating dynamic contemporary interiors. According to Cullman & Kravis, the New York-based firm behind the Showhouse’s living room, “Antiques and fine art play a critical role in adding context...

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Steven Favreau’s interiors are far from timid. The leading interior designer’s ability to craft eye-catching spaces that marry the best of contemporary design with classic elements has earned him a reputation as one of the most daring professionals in the industry. His singular style is characterized by a unique mix of contemporary design elements and one-of-a-kind antiques, punctuated by vibrant colors, sumptuous textures, and surprising, often whimsical twists (think ceramic animal heads mounted on a boldly striped wall in an historic New England estate).

A Boston native, Favreau trained in musical theatre and dance at the prestigious Boston Conservatory and studied interior design at New York’s celebrated Fashion Institute of Technology.

Visit to view all of Steven Favreau’s top InCollect picks for a modern interior in a traditional Boston home, including contemporary art, mid century modern furniture, and rare antiques.

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When discussing Edward Wormley, a master of mid century modern design, the words timeless, elegant, and refined often come into play. Rooted in tradition, his decidedly modern designs boast an understated aesthetic, seamless integration of classic elements, and singular twists, which give each piece a unique identity. According to Fred Shaw of Assemblage Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois, “His pieces have a certain je ne sais quoi that I’ve come to call ‘Country Club Modern.’ By that I mean it was built for affluent mid-century people who had rejected traditional furniture designs as boring but were not yet ready for the spare modernity of Eames et al.  It was unimpeachable good taste.”

Born outside of Chicago in 1907, Wormley spent a couple of years studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before a lack of funds forced him to abandon his collegiate career. In 1928, he took a job in the interior design studio at the Marshall Field & Company department store.

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A team led by Page & Park Architects has been approved for the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building which was destroyed by fire last spring. The appointment was announced March 31, 2015. The design team will lead the project, following presentations by a shortlist of five leading practices earlier this month.

Page \ Park undertook a detailed analysis of the construction of a bay from the Mackintosh Library, including the creation of an accurate scale model, to answer the question “what do we know about the library that will enable us to do a successful reconstruction?”

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Wendell Castle is a living legend. Widely considered the father of the American studio furniture  movement, Castle has spent more than five decades exploring the boundaries between fine art and craft, form and function. Astonishingly prolific and ceaselessly experimental, Castle’s sculptural designs have profoundly affected how we view furniture today.

Born in Kansas in 1932, Castle earned a  BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas. After graduating in 1961, he moved to Rochester, New York, where he established a permanent studio and began teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School for American Craftsmen. Along with iconic designers and furnituremakers, including  George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Castle helped shape the studio furniture movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Visit to read more about the Wendell Castle exhibit at Friedman Benda.

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The Katonah Museum of Art celebrates the silver anniversary of its landmark building by Edward Larrabee Barnes (April 22, 1915 – September 22, 2004) with an exhibition exploring the work of this legendary architect in Westchester, where Barnes resided. Though internationally renowned for ambitious modernist museum structures, The Katonah Museum project was unique in design— an intimate, light-filled space surrounded by the natural beauty of this idyllic hamlet located just 45 minutes from New York City. Unlike many large projects Barnes had undertaken, this one was as much a form of personal expression as architectural design, with the informal feel of a domestic space for art.

The story of Barnes’ relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life.

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London's Serpentine Galleries have revealed the design for the institution's 15th annual summer Pavilion.

Madrid-based architects SelgasCano have released preliminary images showing an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of translucent, multi-colored fabric membrane made of EFTE panels woven through.

Visitors will be able to pass through the structure via one of the multiple entrances or pass between the outer and inner layer of the building to admire the Pavilion's stained glass interior.

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At the 11th hour, a British heritage organization has renewed a bid to save a major Brutalist building from destruction. Twentieth Century Society filed a report with English Heritage last week arguing for the preservation of Robin Hood Gardens, Dezeen reported. The Alison and Peter Smithson–designed social housing project in East London is slated to be torn down and replaced by a new residential development.

Built in 1972, the prefabricated concrete building is considered one of the prime examples of Brutalist architecture in the UK.

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Since its founding in 2007, Gil Walsh Interiors has quietly emerged as a premier design firm, noted not only for exquisitely detailed work, but also for the diversity of their projects. From luxury homes, country clubs, and executive offices to elegant resort hotels, the Gil Walsh touch has brought a unique sense of place to distinguished interiors from coast to coast. With offices in Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard, the firm applies cutting edge methods and materials to produce environments that transcend trends, while taking into consideration the client’s unique vision.

The firm is helmed by Gil Walsh -- one of the country’s leading interior designers, best known for her refined aesthetic and knack for seamlessly integrating style and function into all of her projects.

Visit the full collection on to view all of Gil Walsh Interiors’ top Palm Beach picks, including mid century modern furniture, rare textiles, and eclectic decorative objects.


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Dutch graphic artist Irma Boom is renowned for designing books whose contents have been filtered through her idiosyncratic view of the world. How fitting, then, that she was asked to design a book for New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as it celebrated its recent renovation of the Carnegie Mansion.

The Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the U.S. exclusively devoted to design, and its vast collection (more than 210,000 objects, spanning 30 centuries) must have served as a near-limitless playground for Boom’s imagination.

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