Inspiration: Who was Your First Designer Influence?

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The first designer we really had a thing for was Vicente Wolf. We were decorating our first apartment and we had seen a spread on an apartment that he had done and we thought, this is it! We leaned a large mirror against the wall, we covered everything in pale fabric, we fashioned a daybed out of our old wooden crib. Then, we had a party for 300 in our small L-shaped studio and you can imagine what happened: the mirror broke, red wine was spilled all over our pale upholstery, people piled onto our crib-couch and, being much heavier than a pack of babies, it promptly crashed to the ground. Our heart broke. We had to say goodbye to Vicente.

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Like all first loves, Vicente still tugs at our heart but we forced ourself to move on. But he left his mark on us and our love for strong, simple shapes, sensuous design and bouncing light. Now we're kind of dating around, without affinity for any one designer's look. Oh, they've all impacted us in some way: Billy Baldwin inspired our love of prints; Tony Duquette, our love of the outrageous; Kelly Wearstler, our thing for the dramatic and those are just the ones we remember off the top of our head. But we've learned to synthesize them into what works for us -- casual, elegant, durable, cozy and bohemian. Who was your first designer influence?

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