John Stern is President of Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre outdoor museum located in the Hudson Valley where visitors experience large-scale sculpture under open sky. John splits his time between his home in Mountainville, New York and New York City, where his wife, Sarah E. Lawrence, is the Dean of the School of Art & Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design.
Based in NYC, Juan studied architecture in Mexico City and Australia and works mostly as an interior designer for a wide range of international clients. For the last 17 years, Juan and his partner David Usborne have had different weekend homes in the Hudson Valley,
With a Masters Degree in Economics and International Policy and over 15 years working in the financial sector, Kirsten certainly did not set out to become a co-founder and partner in a hospitality company.
David Mann, founder and head of New York’s MR Architecture and Décor, (a firm known for straddling the line between both disciplines, and a perennial fixture on AD’s top 100), wanted to use the retrospective as an opportunity for improvement.
Even though Benoist F. Drut—Managing Partner at Greenwich Village gallery Maison Gerard since the late 1990s—has an academic background rooted in the facts-based practice of law, he prefers to collect by intuition.
Tilton Fenwick is a boutique interior design firm based in New York City and run by Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster. They work on both residential interior projects as well as product design. Their collections include textiles with the Robert Allen Duralee Group and wallpaper with Hygge & West.
Brad Ford is a high-end interior designer based in New York City. With a highly edited vision and a strong hand, Brad has developed a spare, modern aesthetic with a warm soul. Brad is the founder of the annual event Field + Supply, the modern makers craft fair taking place October 5th - 7th in Kingston NY. To see Brad’s short list of places to visit when in Kingston NY on Tastemakers Guide click read more below.
Claudia Hanlin founded the Wedding Library 19 years ago to provide the best resources for party planning in the tri-state region. She provides highly personalized event planning, impeccable design services as well as bespoke stationery and gifts. The company plans events worldwide.
Bettina Prentice founded Prentice Cultural as a strategic consultancy for the art and luxury sectors in 2008. Her work includes brokering partnerships between artists and brands, fundraising for art related nonprofits, and cultural communications.
An oft-published style authority, Randy Florke is a successful, well-known decorator, author,magazine contributing editor, realtor and entrepreneur. As Contributing Editor to Country Living magazine for 14 years, he has had numerous decorating projects and more than a dozen articles featured in the magazine.
Alison Spear, AIA, lives between NYC and the Hudson River Valley with her family. She is a LEED certified architect and designer with a home in Duchess County on Obercreek Farm – owned and run by her husband, Alex Reese. Ms. Spear holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
Michael Bruno is the founder of Tastemakers Guide, the owner developer of Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club and the founder and former CEO of 1stdibs.com. 1stdibs.com is the world’s leading online marketplace for art and design. Tastemakers Guide is a new online marketplace for not-to-be-missed places selected by insiders, lifestyle enthusiasts and thought-leaders. Valley Rock Inn and Mountain Club is a new fitness resort in the Lower Hudson Valley.