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I maintain a frenetic pace, but once I’m home consider me the First Lady of Lounge — kicking back on a sumptuous couch and enjoying a little wine with my reading is quite simply the best therapy there is. Even more than my solo parlor act, indoor entertaining with friends is of top priority during the colder months, and so great-looking but functional furniture and décor is essential.

Enter GRADE. The New York-based architecture and interior design firm, helmed by the talented and dapper Thomas Hickey and Edward Yedid, is responsible for some of the most gorgeous and livable spaces in town, from SoHo to the Upper East Side — several of these inhabited by tastemakers in the fields of business, food and finance. The firm has an international scope as well, with residential, retail and restaurant projects spanning from Kuwait to Brazil — theirs is a sophistication and attention to detail that lends itself to warm and inviting but always dynamic realms.

Thankfully, it isn’t necessary for the GRADE gentlemen to re-do your entire abode to acquire a little piece of their modern cool (although, shouldn’t we all be so lucky?). GRADE’s new furniture collection, currently available for purchase on Dering Hall, features tasteful and adaptive pieces that can be carefully tailored to suit — and undoubtedly enhance — your respective atmosphere. Each customized piece is available in either a day or night look, with my favorite being the beige club chair, the embodiment of executive elegance.

Of course, the perfect thing to pair with a timeless furniture piece is striking contemporary art. GRADE’s portfolio often features the work of Robert Greene, whose textured paintings would fabulously complement my Australian aboriginal art — not to mention lend a little edge to my restorative sanctuary.

For more of my weekly finds, check out the latest issue of The Travel Curator.

Happy Journeys!

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