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Minds for Design

The Paul Kohn Design boutique in New York is the culmination of 20 years of design collaboration between the store’s owners, Elaine Paul and Barbara Shaltuck Kohn. The two friends, who enjoyed success in their respective careers as a trial attorney and investment banker before following their passions for home design, have worked as interior designers for the past two decades, and amassed personal collections of handcrafted artisan pieces, antiques, and collectibles from around the world. The partners created the retail environment to evoke the rich, layered aesthetic of a “life well lived,” Elaine Paul says. “We wanted people to feel like they were visiting a friend who just happens to have really great things.”

The Tribeca-area boutique is divided into rooms, each curated with a mix of modern and vintage pieces. Many of the pieces and home accessories are exclusive to the boutique, including a collection of ceramic artist Matthew Solomon’s original, signed bowls (shown). The boutique also specializes in a limited collection of furniture in mesquite, a dense wood native to the American southwest known for its rich, warm color. Designers Kohn and Paul are available for custom home design consultations by appointment. (212.977.5050, www.paulkohndesign.com)

—Alexandra Foster

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