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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas shopping: Arkie angle

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 6:51 AM

Just for fun: A NY Times home and garden feature today is about Kein Cross, a flamboyant New York designer who's turned his Greenwich Village home into a Christmas shopping bazaar. It's a new name to me, but he has Arkansas roots:

He grew up in Arkansas; his father was in the military, his mother was a trompe l’oeil artist. What better stew pot for a future display artist than a mother whose gift is tricking the eye, although it’s possible Mr. Cross’s gift for display was something he was born with: as a 6-year-old boy, he was already rearranging the furniture.

His childhood was also about change. His mother married five times; Mr. Cross says that by the time he was in high school, they had had 17 different homes. Maybe that’s why he has to redecorate so often, he mulls, over one of the bottles of Champagne that is both libation and prop. For him, stability is change.

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