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ADAM CHARLAP HYMAN

 


ADAM CHARLAP HYMAN is wearing the Leo cardigan no.002. He is a designer living in New York City.

Where is happiness found?
A dollhouse furniture store.

What do you treasure most in your neighborhood or city?
Old ladies on the bus and my 24 hour bodega.

What is your favourite representation of simplicity?
Eugenia Errazuriz's broom with a bow tied on it.

What is your favourite representation of complexity?
Paper mache Napoleon III furniture with inlaid mother-of-pearl designs.

What takes you to cloud 9?
Turin on a cloudy day

Who do you find to be an iconic person?
Helena Rubinstein

What is dear to your heart?
The artichoke-shaped salt and pepper shakers my friend Grace gave me.

What should we be reading?
I am reading a light book on Eugenia Errazuriz - a Chilean patron of Modernism who laid a lot of groundwork for what became modern interior design. Late in life she became a nun and wore a habit by Chanel. She was pretty rad.

What does progression mean to you?
I'm not sure I believe in the idea of progression.

What is a rule that should never be broken?
Don't knock people off.

What is a rule that should always be broken?
Not to take photos of houses you want to remember :/

What do you collect?
Shell-shaped objects.

What do you find humorous?
When things are the wrong size.

The best arthouse film?
"To Die For" by Gus Van Sant

What do you still wish to learn?
A lot more about the art and design history of Japan.

What is still a mystery?
That some people seem not to destroy their clothes instantly.

What was your last download?
An amazing book on tape called "Hitler's Northern Utopia" by Despina Stratigakos

What was the first piece of cultural work that really mattered to you?
The French period rooms at the Met.

What is good design?
One reason I form this opinion about a thing is that it looks like it could look no other way.

Where do you find good design?
I think anywhere where people are being thoughtful and sincere.

What was the last thing you photographed?
Some wallpaper I designed with my mom getting installed!

What is your favorite slogan?
"It ain't over till it's over" - Yogi Berra

What is most difficult to find in contemporary culture?
Reflection

What do you find most exciting in contemporary culture?
A growing awareness of systems of power and how they shape us.

What are you working on at the moment?
Interiors in New York and Los Angeles, a few fabrics, and some jewelry designs.





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