Aesthetic Duo Chris Mitchell & Pilar Guzmán on Their Beloved Dansk Trays

“We display everything because we’re not disciplined enough to put things away,” jokes Chris Mitchell of the homes he shares with his wife, Pilar Guzmán, and their two sons. Perhaps, but the couple has mastered the art of display. Be it the glass shelv…

“We display everything because we’re not disciplined enough to put things away,” jokes Chris Mitchell of the homes he shares with his wife, Pilar Guzmán, and their two sons. Perhaps, but the couple has mastered the art of display. Be it the glass shelving for china that turns their kitchens into museums, or a bedside arrangement of old-fashioned haberdashery items in brass and leather, they’ve developed such a knack for filling their spaces with just the right mix of objects (and, of course, furniture) that last fall they published the how-to book Patina Modern: A Guide to Designing Warm Timeless Interiors.

“We believe no surface should be empty, but we don’t think it should look like Ms. Havisham,” says Mitchell, who left the top ranks of magazine publishing (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ) to renovate and sell cottages in the Hamptons. Guzmán, who comes to her current role as the editor of O magazine via Condé Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living, and Cookie, describes their groupings as a mix of utility and folly underscored by logic—be it a similar material or meaning.

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Cookbook Author Hetty McKinnon on the Pieces That Bring Joy to Her Home

Welcome to The Collectivist, where we share some of the many meaningful ways in which people live with their favorite objects and tell the stories behind them. In this edition, we visited Hetty Lui McKinnon—New York Times Cooking recipe developer and …

Welcome to The Collectivist, where we share some of the many meaningful ways in which people live with their favorite objects and tell the stories behind them. In this edition, we visited Hetty Lui McKinnon—New York Times Cooking recipe developer and author of the delightful new cookbook, Tenderheart: A Cookbook About Vegetables and Unbreakable Bonds—in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and three children.


If you ask Hetty Lui McKinnon, she would describe her home as maximal-minimalist. “I’m not really a minimalist,” she clarifies. “But I like the idea of it.” Because the family’s pandemic-find apartment is small, the Australian-born author has hidden most of her stuff, making an exception for plants, her international collection of ceramics (for prop styling and eating), and a few choice vignettes.

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Meet the Designer Behind Dansk’s Most Iconic Pieces

Turn over the most iconic Dansk designs and you’ll see the initials J.H.Q. stamped on the bottom. They stand for Jens Harald Quistgaard, the Danish designer who crafted more than 4,000 pieces for the American company between its founding in 1954 and th…

Turn over the most iconic Dansk designs and you’ll see the initials J.H.Q. stamped on the bottom. They stand for Jens Harald Quistgaard, the Danish designer who crafted more than 4,000 pieces for the American company between its founding in 1954 and the early ‘80s. His Fjord flatware, teak ice buckets, Købenstyle pitchers, Flamestone dishes, Designs With Light candle holders, and more are in museums from the Met to the Louvre and fetch increasingly high prices. But the multi-hyphenate talent behind them has always been in the shadow of his Scandinavian contemporaries, such as Hans Wegner, in both his native country and the United States—that is, until the publication of Jens Quistgaard: The Sculpting Designer.

When I began building the Dansk archive in the spring of 2021, there weren’t many resources about Quistgaard that I could learn from, aside from a few Danish museum catalogs and a visit to his daughter, Henriette, who lives in their home in rural Denmark. Nor was there a reliable source for the exact dates of designs like Odin flatware and his famous pepper mills.

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