In Profile: Nannette Brown

Manhattan-based designer Nannette Brown is no stranger to the word illustrious. Prior to joining the design game, Brown undertook stints as a NBC anchor and producer and founded an NYC stationery boutique beloved for its hand-engraved luxury paper goods. Which is all to say, Brown was saddled with a treasure trove of knowledge when she made a career-defying leap and opened her own design firm, Nannette Brown. Well-versed in the art of drama (no surprise given her pre-design career), Brown has embraced a monochromatic palette that speaks to both modernist and romantic sensibilities. Her eye for avant-garde sculpture tempered with classical design principles has further endeared her to well-heeled New York City clients, as well as shelter mags like Elle Décor and Town and Country. Hot off a string of high profile projects, Brown recently took time to share some of her design favorites to go along with her collection of DECASO favorites. Read on to discover the oft-forgotten rooms Brown’s alway keen to splurge on, the daring ways she loves to pair high and low, plus a half dozen white paints this self-professed monochromist deems a ten-out-of-ten.

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THE ANTIQUES RESURRECTION WITH AVERY & DASH

After 20 years in the industry and a showroom consisting of 23,000 square feet, the team at Avery & Dash know a thing or two (or 23,000) about antiques. We spoke with President Nick Savard about trends in the space, his favorite shows, and what we’re calling the “antiques resurrection.”

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Brooklyn

THE BEST OF BROOKLYN WITH 5 INVENTIVE MAKERS

To get a better sense of today’s design world in Brooklyn, we asked five of our favorite creators about their neighborhoods, their favorite boutiques, and the other designers who influence their lives. Brooklyn can be overwhelming to visitors—it has more residents than Paris as well as 15 U.S. states, after all (a true, Google-able fact)—so it helps to have a friend. We spoke with Brian Volk-Zimmerman of VOLK Studio, Erik Johnson of Argosy Product Division, Bowen Liu, Robert Sukrachand, and Anthony Morris to find Brooklyn’s best and learn how it inspires them through every New York minute.

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IN PROFILE: BRITT AND DAMIAN ZUNINO OF STUDIO DB

When husband and wife team Damian and Britt Zunino launched the firm Studio DB, the plan was to merge their backgrounds in architecture and fashion to craft beautiful yet livable spaces, ideal for clients who refused to choose between the two. Their wide breadth of knowledge allows the Manhattan-based firm to manage all steps of the design process, from architectural planning to styling, allowing them to immaculately tailor spaces to the needs of their client. Armed with a knack for juxtaposition, be it an architectural chandelier with chinoiserie wallpaper, or a pair of surrealist Guillerme et Chambron chairs partnered with contemporary sofas, the duo allows for both fantasy and functionality to prevail. To go along with their collection of DECASO favorites, the duo recently shared some of their most wanted insider secrets. Here, they share everything from the surprising design tip culled from their wardrobes, the world-class collection Damian’s been cultivating since childhood, plus their expertly curated NYC crib sheet.

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