4 Fresh Design Finds

A peek inside the latest buzz-worthy happenings in the area.

Michael Berman Farrel Swivel Chair


Interior and product designer Michael Berman has released a new collection of upholstery and occasional pieces. He describes the nine-piece ensemble as “Trans-Modern” and “a return to my original emphasis on comfort, function and everyday casual.” The aesthetic is a blend of transitional into modern—clean and eclectic—that blends seamlessly into any decor. Focusing on silhouette and proportion, the assemblage is comprised of a console cabinet, nightstand, étagère, coffee tables and a variety of seating options, Berman shares that his favorite new piece is the Farrel swivel chair. “My most favorite club or lounge chairs swivel—I’m always striving to find the new perfect-pitch swivel.” Each piece is customizable with a choice of finishes, including Umber, Charcoal and Shadow. The collection debuted at the New York Design Center’sWhat’s New, What’s Next” market and is available through the Profiles showroom.

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Photography by Jessica Gordon Ryan


Deb Placey, a retired ESPN and MSG sportscaster, has followed her passion and embarked on a second career. Her innate flair for fine design and love of beautiful things prompted her to put down her microphone and open The Post, a new home design store in Westport. With an idea and the help of two friends, Laura Wilson and Laurie Baur, The Post became a reality. Placey describes the shop as a “chic and stylish home design, gifting and gathering place,” offering a sophisticated take on city, country and coastal style. The 4,000-square-foot space, she notes, “feels less like a store and more like the dreamy studio and hangout of a cutting-edge designer.” Unique items, as well as locally made and sourced products, are displayed alongside familiar brands like Westport-based Stowed, Worlds Away, Bungalow5, Chilewich, Kravet and CR Laine custom furniture. A big plus—everything in the store isavailable to take home immediately for instant design gratification.

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Photography by Read McKendree


Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, founders of McGrath II, have expanded their interior design studio with a new storefront in Greenwich. Designed for experiential shopping, the inventory includes one-of-a-kind items, found pieces and custom-made furniture. The mother-and-daughter team share favorite products they have sourced over the years, including local artists and artisans whose work they admire. Their goal for the design studio and shop is to inspire, spark joy and connect with the local community.

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Lanserring—a global maker of bespoke kitchens, dressing rooms, furniture and lifestyle products—has landed in NYC. The first-ever U.S. establishment is situated in SoHo and joins the ranks of existing international showrooms in London and Vienna. The 1,580-square-foot space is a modern interpretation of a NYC loft home, calling attention to Lanserring’s innovative design and sophisticated craftsmanship. Each kitchen is custom-made with exceptional materials and precision engineering.