• Donna Mondi: Enduring Style with an Edge

    “I love vintage properties and the character they naturally possess,” says Chicago-based designer Donna Mondi. The catch? Many of the firm’s projects are new builds and luxury condos that don’t necessarily come with built-in character. In a renovation, Mondi frequently contrasts classical features with modern art, but in a new build, the reverse often occurs. […]

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    March 4, 2020 By scoffey
  • Susan Ferrier: Layering with Light

    Of all the tools in a designer’s kit, from color to texture, natural light is one of the most misunderstood. Often considered the province of architects, light in the hands of the right interior designer casts a spell over a room, transforming it from a space that is simply used and seen, to one that […]

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    January 10, 2020 By scoffey
  • Betsy Nathan’s 2020 Design Forecast

    Every year, we turn to PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan for her interior design forecast. As always, she avoids trends in favor of timeless ideas that are nonetheless relevant to the moment we’re living in. Working closely with many different designers, she has both a broad view of the landscape and a specific knowledge of […]

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    December 12, 2019 By scoffey
  • Gilty Pleasures: PAGODA RED x the bms.

    Chicago artist Brian Stanziale has mastered the art of working with metal tacks, from making studded t-shirts for friends to creating brass-adorned coffee table books. “I’ve always been a fan of adding metal to things,” he says. “I think I was the only child in grade school that actually wanted braces.” Stylist, designer, and artist, […]

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    November 19, 2019 By scoffey
  • Nora Schneider: Deepening the Design Process

    For Nora Schneider, interior design brings the opportunity to know someone’s story. Many clients expect to begin the process with color samples or magazine clippings, but Schneider takes a different approach. “I always start by asking them to share something they already own, something they love,” she says. “It might be a rug or an […]

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    October 15, 2019 By scoffey
  • Bruce Fox on Perfecting the Eclectic Aesthetic

    In a room designed by Bruce Fox, every object feels like family. Art Deco, mid-century and 1970s styles get along surprisingly well, creating a harmonious whole. “It’s as if all your relatives had great taste and you inherited everything,” Fox says. He makes it look easy, but it takes mastery of proportion, materials, color and […]

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    October 4, 2019 By scoffey
  • Wabi Sabi Style: The Provincial Collection

    For the first time in its 20-year history, PAGODA RED is launching its own wabi sabi furniture collection. Designed by founder and creative director Betsy Nathan, these artisan-made pieces are crafted from centuries-old reclaimed elm wood. Made from ancient materials by modern hands, the Provincial Collection embodies a new generation of heirlooms.  A Lifetime of Learning Living […]

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    September 5, 2019 By scoffey
  • Donna Dorian: Natural Curiosity

    “Gardening is an activity for the soul,” explains Donna Dorian. A lifelong plant lover and the former editor of Garden Design magazine, she knows this firsthand. Dorian grew up among apple trees and raspberry bushes in New York’s Westchester County. Her grandfather tended a large vegetable garden, and her grandmother cooked three meals a day […]

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    August 12, 2019 By scoffey
  • Meet Our Experts: PAGODA RED’s Design Concierges

    Clients who enter the PAGODA RED gallery often tell us they feel they’ve been transported into another world. Inspired by classical Asian elements but designed with a modern sensibility, our space is influenced by the belief—shared by world philosophies including Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and many Western practices—that balance can be achieved through the coupling of […]

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    July 23, 2019 By aknotts
  • Jeannie Balsam: Classic Style for Modern Life

    One can imagine themselves reading, relaxing and enjoying a warm cup of tea or coffee in a room designed by Jeannie Balsam. Her eye is present not only in the details that make up the design, but also in the unseen ways a room works — the seating arrangement that inspires conversation in groups and […]

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    June 24, 2019 By scoffey
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