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This video is shot inside one of her residential projects: the home of Allie Furlotti, the comedian and philanthropist. It’s a glamorous, gorgeous space, with myriad ingenious touches. “She’s a friend of mine, and this is her home,” Andee tells us. “We’ve been doing it in numerous phases over the years.” Among the shared details: a glorious velvet-upholstered seating unit and a table sculpted by Justin Harris – one of Hess’s high school classmates and a member of the band Bloc Party. “He sculpted this ridiculous thing, which we call the Turtle Pie Pizza. It just kind of developed as a collaboration with Allie and we love that.” Elsewhere she shares a refrigerator handle filled with miniature figures (including Oreos!) and a hidden spice rack accessible by a beautiful vintage pull.
Also in this Milkshake: We asked Hess for the person, living or dead, she’d most like to collaborate with. Jim Henson, she says: “Anything with the Muppets would be amazing – just the amount of unbridled creativity, the fantasy and escape, but also all of the inventive things that they are, that he was able to accomplish.” Also on her list: fashion brand Proenza Schouler and Hermès. “I’m a big fan of Hermès Home, and I like what they do at Milan every year – I’d love to work on an installation like that. Some fashion overlap would be really fun. The programming for those experiences is always exciting and limitless.”
For more news from Andee – including a preview of her work with the Portland Art Museum’s Center for an Untold Tomorrow – tune in!
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, DMTV (Design Milk TV)’s first regular series, shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to select interview questions at random from their favorite bowl or vessel. During their candid discussions, you’ll not only gain a peek into their personal homeware collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.