Familiar Meets Modern

When the stylish but unsuspecting Briton Ilse Crawford, 42, set out to design the popular club and hotel Soho House in New York City's trendy meat-packing district, she drew from retro archetypes and craftsmanship to stay loyal to the history of the building and the neighborhood. Wedding the kitschy and luxurious (picture 33 crystal chandeliers) to the sleek and modern (think ceramic bathtubs but in a boudoir), she hung velvet curtains in the rooms and draped the club in an Arts and Crafts palette of peacock blue, teal and green. The result was a modern playground for New York City's rich...

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