FROM THE DESK OF

"I am always thinking about design. When I have time I like to write about subjects in more and greater detail."

This Time of Year

December 20th, 2016

The holiday season has always been a favorite of mine. I love the old traditions and the making of new ones. For me it is a time to be at home—celebrating, cooking, and entertaining; but also, resting and pausing. This time of year sits on the cusp of looking forward and reflecting backward. I find […]

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Copper Beech

December 8th, 2016

Over the years at Aero in New York City, I’ve thought a lot about how to bring tradition into the modern home—both for my clients and my own life by example. I am fortunate enough to have a beautiful home outside the city in Bellport, New York, that I share with my husband, Dan Fink. […]

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Verona Lighting

May 1st, 2013

One of my favorite areas of design is lighting.
I like its mechanical and technical aspects,
as a true product of 20th century modern
design. From the earliest days of Aero, I’ve
made limited edition lamps for my store.

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Living With Art

March 1st, 2013

Living with art is a special subject for me, from the choices I make in my own collecting to the art that we sell at Aero, and the art that is selected for my clients’ homes.

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Safavieh “Porcelain” Rug

January 1st, 2013

The invention of this carpet was whimsical and a bit irreverent, a break from traditional rug designs, but still something chic and historical in its way.

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5R

November 1st, 2012

The first apartment that I had on my own in New York was a special place for me.

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Aero: Tools of the Store

September 1st, 2012

As an extension of the design studio, the Aero
store is in many ways the most creative outlet for
my style. Essentially I treat the store like a
client residence, but one that changes and lets
me experiment and explore from season to
season with different furniture and settings.

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The Library Collection

July 1st, 2012

This collection of furniture came about as a response to a specific project with a specific type of room: a studio-library building to be constructed in the garden of the Academy house.

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The Academy

May 1st, 2012

The Academy was constructed in 1833, not as a house, but as a public building. It is one of eight original structures in the little Long Island village where I live.

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Target Bedding

March 1st, 2012

Bedding design is constantly being worked on
in the studio for my Vintage Modern collection at Target. Bedding starts out life as a textile, so the key is to create original bed textiles for Target that are both modern and accessible.

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Aero Today

February 1st, 2012

It has been conveyed to me, from the staff in my store even, that there haven’t been enough of
these personal entries or updates posted that
we periodically put together for our website.

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Framing Art Part 2

January 2nd, 2012

From the framer to the store…

The fun and challenge of having a new batch of framed artwork at Aero is deciding how to display
it. As discussed in the previous story, I had a group
of photographs by Michelle Arcila framed to sell at Aero. I often have a general idea ahead of time of how the pieces may be grouped together...

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Framing Art Part 1

December 14th, 2011

I have always loved the job of curating an art collection – in my personal life, at the Aero store, and for my clients’ homes. It is a process that takes years, searching for those special pieces that one
by one help create a unique personal statement.

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The Star Chart

May 26th, 2011

I’ve been collecting celestial maps, lunar prints,
and assorted other astronomical materials for
years, and one of the first pieces I ever bought
was this inky-blue Rand McNally Star Chart that
I acquired while antiquing in Millerton, New York.

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Hickory Chair Showroom

April 19th, 2011

Twice a year for the past 12 years I have traveled
to North Carolina for the High Point Furniture
Market, a large international trade show for the
home furnishings industry. My first visit introduced me to the market and to the furniture company Hickory Chair. I later developed my first furniture collection for them and have gone back every
Spring and Fall...

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Irish Chair

March 3rd, 2011

Many years ago in the early days of Aero,
I was visiting one of my favorite shops –
Joel J. Mathieson Antiques in SoHo –
and came across a unique set of three
very old Chippendale-style side chairs.
They had many finely carved details, an
elaborate fretwork pattern, a beautiful
ornamental paint and velvet seats that all
suggested a very fine craftsmanship.

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Vintage Silver Shopping

January 25th, 2011

This group of silver pieces came from Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers, one of my favorite vintage vendors in Litchfield, Connecticut. I’ve picked up all kinds of silver pieces there, from Victorian to pre-turn of the century to more modern styles, and I find that the real stories behind the objects I buy are often as much about the dealer or shop as they are about the pieces themselves.

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Custom Bulletin Board

January 18th, 2011

I’ve always loved the idea of the turn of the century artist studio. My tearsheet collection over the years has become filled with images of large-scale work-
spaces and artist lofts. In 2004, these images became conceptual touchstones for the design of the Aero Store and Studios when we moved to our current location on Broome Street.

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Fresh Snow Pt 1

January 13th, 2011

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My Grandmother’s Curtains

September 30th, 2010

The only curtains I have at The Academy,
my home in Long Island, are in a small office
adjacent to the main entry hall. The room has
stacks of magazines, books, and various other
supplies that often find their way into the house
after making the trip from Manhattan. Though
the curtains are beautiful, not everyone would
guess that they are in fact among the most
personally significant vintage pieces I own.

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American Modern

September 30th, 2010

Becoming an author has always been a goal of mine. I admire and collect all kinds of books, and I envisioned doing my own one day, following in the footsteps of the vintage photography and design books that I use all the time in the studio. I’m drawn to these older books that are intimate and full of content; period and modern at the same time.

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