Author: Miranda Agee
Darci Hether grew up in north country—Anchorage, Alaska—and moved to the sunnier climes of Costa Mesa, California, to attend design school at Orange Coast College. “I lived in California for 13 years, but I always had an urge to move to the East Coast,” says the decorator, who made the switch in late 2001. “There is so much history in New York—I just had to be around it.”
A Brooklyn native, Raine Heidenberg gave up acting to pursue a career in interior design. Her projects are kept eco-friendly but without comprising her chic design style.
Since moving to the United States from Ecuador 13 years ago, designer Angel Naula has been making furniture the only way he knows how: by hand. Naula is a master at creating furniture suited to urban living, often incorporating storage compartments into everything from oversized tufted sofas to diminutive side tables.
In his Dumbo studio, Christopher Pourny sticks to old world techniques when cleaning and refinishing antique and vintage furniture. Pourny's work ranges from antique restoration to period finishes and custom reproductions.“Here I am, French, from the other side of the ocean,” recalls Pourny. “I realized I must have done something right to be given this job!” The son of antiques dealers, Pourny was exposed to the world of rarefied furniture early on, while he was growing up in the South of France. “As a kid, I was mesmerized by high-gloss finishes—they would drive me crazy. I always wondered how it was done.”