INSIDE 6 OF THE WORLD’S MOST BREATHTAKING CONSERVATORIES

The British Isles might not conjure up notions of balmy temperatures and lush, fauna-filtered sunshine, but that’s precisely what a pair of photographers stumbled upon one morning in Oxford, England. The duo, India Hobson and Magnus Edmondson, were visiting the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and found themselves floored not just by the humidity, but by the sweeping convergence of manmade architecture and nature’s enveloping grandeur. In their words, the duo had entered a space where “the organic and the engineered had become a little confused, mixed up and grown wild together.” This discovery spurred a worldwide adventure to document the globe’s most spectacular conservatories, and the result is the duo’s lush new tome Glasshouse Greenhouse. Here, we’ve rounded up six of the epic greenhouses Hobson and Edmondson document in their book, plus their thoughts on what makes each steamy escape a figurative global hotspot.

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INSIDE MARY WOERNER’S ART TRIBE

Mary Woerner, is an art wrangler of sorts. After a stint in corporate life left her craving creativity, she pivoted into the world of fine arts. Now, with over 30 years in her cache, Mary Woerner Fine Arts is a verifiable leader as a purveyor of contemporary art. Representing a stellar group of working artists, Mary has found a specialty in recognizing up and coming talent and nurturing artistic careers. Among her stable are Paula Rubino, Aida Fry, and Jussi Pöyhönen to name a few. Located on the globally renowned Antique Row in West Palm Beach, Florida (and of course on DECASO), Mary is among the ranks of the world’s finest dealers. We were recently able to sit down with Mary and learn how she got her start, what catches her eye in a new artist, and what piece she couldn’t stand to part with. Read on to meet a true contemporary art tastemaker! 

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DISCOVER THE DECORATIVE PROWESS OF PLASTER

On its face, plaster doesn’t exactly scream design dynamism; it’s an ancient material with humble, utilitarian beginnings. But thankfully artisans throughout history realized its artistic applications, creating intricate masterpieces from stucco reliefs to classical busts. Plaster, while simple in its makeup, is primed to be manipulated and cast into any array of decorative forms and makers have continued to harness this malleable material into all manners of design excellence. To celebrate its timeless pliancy, we’ve collected 10 of our favorite plaster pieces. Prepare to be wowed by the ever-evolving power of plaster!

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IN PROFILE: LEXI TALLISMAN OF GREYSCALE INTERIORS

For designer Lexi Tallisman, it’s all in the details. Lexi is the founder and principle of NYC interior firm, Greyscale Interiors, which specializes in the art of je ne sais quoi.  Since opening in 2010, Lexi has led her boutique firm in constructing richly layered interiors that exude a warm yet artful sophistication. With an eye for the details, her projects are never without touches like custom upholstery, vintage art, or unique hardware. When she’s not jetting between projects in locales like Amagansett and Paris, Lexi is boots on the ground (or on DECASO!), sourcing the antiques and specialty pieces that make her work feel so utterly charm-filled. To go along with her collection of DECASO favorites, Lexi recently took time to discuss the ins and outs of her design process, including how she channels “understated drama” and the most unexpected place she’s ever gone for design.  

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