LYNN YAEGER is a contributing editor at Travel & Leisure, and a
frequent contributor to Vogue, The New York Times, and other stylish
publications. The two loves of her life are fashion and antiques.
JEN RENzI is a freelance writer based in New York. Previously a senior
editor at House & Garden and Interior Design magazines, she has
written for publications including Condé Nast Traveler, The New York
Times Style Magazine, Surface, MoCoLoco.com and others.
JULIE TARASKA is a New York-based freelance journalist and editor
who thanks the Sex Pistols for her career: after winning a fellowship
to study British punk she moved to London and began writing
professionally. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Men’s
Vogue, Metropolis, Interior Design, and icon.
MARINA CASHDAN is a New York-based freelance journalist and
editor who writes mainly art and design-focused stories for publications
including Whitewall, Interview, V magazine, and The New York Times’
The Moment blog. She also contributes regularly to British Vogue,
Surface, Wallpaper and Manhattan magazine. She was equally taken
and amused by Taschen’s Koons book, an opus that will certainly grace
many coffee tables internationally.
CHRISTIAN LACROIx views the past with tenderness and admiration,
fully devours the present and imagines the future with a kaleidoscopic
spirit. Besides his fashion activities, Lacroix continues to create
costumes for the theatre and opera (he was awarded the “Molière” for
best costume designer for Phèdre in 1996 and Cyrano de Bergerac in
2007, both at the Comédie Française). He has participated in various
design projects such as the new interior design of the French high-speed
train TGV, the new design of Gaumont’s multiplex cinemas and the
interior design of the Hôtel du Petit Moulin and the Hôtel Bellechasse.
ABIGAIL R. ESMAN is an award-winning freelance writer based in New
York and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with over 20 years experience
writing for national and international magazines including Salon.com,
Vogue, Esquire (Holland), Town & Country, Art & Auction (where she
is a contributing editor), The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy,
The New Republic, Artnews, and others. Her reporting on post-9/11
politics in Europe has received world-wide attention, and her articles
and essays about art and design have appeared in virtually every major
SIMON ROGAN is Chef at L’enclume restaurant and Rogan & Company,
both in Cartmel, Cumbria. His cooking has a classic French base, but he
is known for his avant-garde, multi-course tasting menus which combine
unusual and often forgotten ingredients, many of which he sources
himself from the Cartmel Valley, especially in the summer months. In
addition to his Michelin star, Rogan has recently been honored by an
extremely rare 10/10 from the Times restaurant critic Giles Coren, has
been listed in the 2008 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, and has won
the Best Chef Award from the Good Food Guide 2009.
ELLEN LUPTON is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at
Maryland Institute College of Art, where she is also director of the
Center for Design Thinking. As curator of contemporary design at
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1992, she has produced
numerous exhibitions and books, including “Design Your Life: The
Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things” (St. Martins Press, May 2009).
Other recent books include “Indie Publishing: How to Design and
Produce Your Own Book” (2008), “Graphic Design: The New Basics”
(2008), and “Thinking with Type” (2004). Lupton is a 2007 recipient
of the AIGA Gold Medal and she has contributed to various design
magazines, including Print, Eye, I.D., and Metropolis and Readymade.
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