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Required Reading: Billy Cotton Interior & Design Work

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Required Reading: Billy Cotton Interior & Design Work

March 16, 2022

In his first book, Billy Cotton: Interior and Design Work, NYC designer Billy Cotton takes us on a tour of notable homes he’s created for a rarified art world clientele, including Lisa Yuskavage and Matvay Levenstein; artist Margaret Lee and gallerist Oliver Newton; and artist and photographer Cindy Sherman. Working with veteran design writer Meyer Rus and photographer Steven Kent Johnson, Cotton features 15 projects that display his distinctive touch, mixing historical and modern influences.

Here’s a look inside:

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Above: Billy Cotton, in his former Brooklyn studio, surrounded by vintage finds. He’s now based in Chelsea.
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Above: A lounge chair in artist Cindy Sherman’s Springs, NY, house is covered in Pakistani ralli blankets. The fireplace surround is a Billy Cotton design of recessed and protruding ceramic bricks made in Mexico. The decoupage side table is by Joseph Heidecker.
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Above: The kitchen in a nineteenth-century Red Hook, Brooklyn, row house owned by artists Carol Bove and Gordon Terry features Georgian-style cabinetry with eighteenth-century Dutch tiles.
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Above:  The dining room in Carol Bove and Gordon Terry’s Red Hook house has a Paul McCobb dining table surrounded by Josef Hoffmann chairs for Thonet.
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Above: A bedroom in a 1854 Greek Revival house in upstate New York features layered rugs and a riotous mix of patterns.
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Above:A nineteenth-century Austrian painted cabinet anchors a guest room in Cindy Sherman’s Springs, NY; the walls are covered in Fromental wallpaper.
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Above: Billy Cotton: Interior and Design Work, by Billy Cotton with Meyer Rus and photography by Stephen Kent Johnson,  is $59.80 from Bookshop.

Required Reading: ‘Every Room Should Sing,’ by Designer-of-the-Moment Beata Heuman

Required Reading: ‘Still Lives: In the Homes of Artists, Great and Unsung,’ by Leslie Williamson

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