The ends of the earth

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Fashionable Life -

MB: The fur­ni­ture that’s there now came from many dif­fer­ent places. I sold a house I owned in Sher­man, Con­necti­cut, where I had col­lected some won­der­ful pieces I had bought in Tai­wan.

LR: We had a place in St. Barth’s that was also sold, and that’s where some of the dark “church fur­ni­ture” comes from: avic­to­rian monastery ta­ble, a few chairs, the mir­ror and things.there were also things we had col­lected in our New York and Paris homes.

MB: There’s some Rus­sian fur­ni­ture that came from the St. Peters­burg apart­ment of my late teacher.and some very spe­cial pieces I found in an an­tiques store in China.the owner had stud­ied dance and knew who I was.we spent two days talk­ing and look­ing at his col­lec­tion to­gether. LR: Misha has a re­ally good eye. MB: Fur­ni­ture has al­ways been an in­ter­est.when I lived in Len­ingrad, a lot of friends were peo­ple of great artis­tic cu­rios­ity. Back then they were col­lect­ing what we called “red wood fur­ni­ture”: 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-cen­tury Rus­sian/ Ital­ian pieces.

LR: Last year we de­cided it was time to re­dec­o­rate.we had the fur­ni­ture pro­fes­sion­ally re­stored.we chose new linens and cur­tains. And we added ameni­ties. MB: Those read­ing lights. LR: Now we rent the place when we’re not us­ing it.

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