A Day in the Life: Nate Berkus
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Spend time making tweaks to my new product line that comes out in the spring of 2012. It’s beautiful; it maintains what I’ve always hoped my name stood for, which is accessible luxury and quality—that does what it says it’s going to do. If I say this lamp is going to be amazing in your room next to that forgotten chair, and you bring it home and it really is, that’s important to me. I don’t live with everything new in my home—about 80 percent of what I have in my home is vintage, reused or antique; 80 percent of what we do as a design firm is vintage, reclaimed or antique. I think that’s what gives a lot of soul to interiors. I like things to be imperfect; I’m not happy until something has that first ding.
Settle in for some writing. I always wanted to write a book about the philosophy behind design, why stuff is important to us. I think it’s beautiful to acquire new things and have a passion for design and be constantly on the lookout for things that sing to you from a shelf, but I also think it’s important to reconnect to the things that we allow into our homes.
photographs by jason decrow/sony pictures television (kressley, oz, simmons); anders krusberg/sony pictures television (audience)
Michigan Avenue toasted December/January cover star William H. Macy with a 150-guest gathering at Hubbard Inn on December 9, 2014.