It takes over a month to prepare my house
The table is set for last year’s Seder. The artichoke, orange, and banana on the second Seder plate are symbols of contemporary life, and a child’s death.
A craftsman opts for simplicity, using the minimum amount of materials
Santiago Campomar is still tinkering with his prototype mahogany deck chair, seen atop a Felder table saw in his Noyac workshop. Durell Godfrey
In a house on Shelter Island, above, a custom banquette, table, and chairs of knotty pine were inspired by the furniture of Donald Judd. Below, projects for a client in East Hampton involved a piece as functional as it is decorative, its high gloss achieved with four deep blue coats of paint carefully brushed. Anastassios Mentis
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Mr. Campomar built this locker closet for a private gym in a Bridgehampton house. Santiago Campomar

Dan Rizzie does much of the cooking in the new kitchen
Carrara marble counters, above, white subway tiles around large windows, and open shelves define the new kitchen. Below: Dark cabinets in the old kitchen made it feel even smaller. Durell Godfrey Photographs
Beans and lentils soak under a Randy Lerner artwork.
Dan Rizzie chose a versatile faucet for one of two sinks.
Mr. Rizzie traded a painting for the figure in the living room, found in a Sag Harbor antiques shop.
Susan Lazarus-Reimen, who like her husband is an artist, poses with him near his “Piccolo Fiore,” mixed media on paper.

A vicarious look at the new New York
Fifth Avenue tree beds are packed with Queen of the Night tulips.
Ornamental cabbages provide months of color and interest on Park Avenue.
Yellow and purple violas fill a built-in handrail at a townhouse.
Planted pots define a path through a plaza at the Flatiron Building.

An illustrious fashion designer finds inspiration in Sagaponack
Beams from an old barn, brought down from Vermont, help create a traditional feeling in this contemporary house. Two standard garage doors bring air and light into the living room. This one, which faces the pool, is often left open. The table in both photos was designed by Joe Durso. Douglas Friedman Photographs
As can be seen in the living room, above, ease of living was the goal for Eli Tahari’s house. Tom Flynn, below, the interior designer, found a pair of rattan chairs from the 1940s in a Paris flea market, left, while a French red oak chair of the same vintage, right, designed by the late Maurice Pre, one of his favorite French furniture designers, came from Russ Steele Antiques in East Hampton. Eric Piasecki Photographs

‘Color Your Happy Home’ is for adults
Durell Godfrey at a Feb. 4 book event at BookHampton in East Hampton Dell Cullum

Call it what you will, the cats are happy
Maria Matthiessen’s cats, Prudence, left, and Tangawezi, right, enjoy the enclosed play space she had built for them a few months ago. A ramp leads out from the house. With several different platforms on which to jump and frolic or from which to simply observe the great outdoors, they are happy cats.

Once a carriage house and stable, an architect and her husband call it home
Eloise poses beside the stone turret, which, like the nonfunctional windmill above, was characterized by Greta Weil, the owner, as a folly. The interior of the turret, below, opens off the dining room.
The exterior of this Georgica Association house, seen from the north, remains unchanged since 1902, when it was built as a carriage house and stable on the Hendrick family’s estate.
To one side of the dining area, a wall of the former horse stall is still intact.
From left, a Dutch door, original to the stable, allowed horses to take the air. The interior of the windmill connects the two wings of the house. The former carriage house was redesigned in the 1960s with ample living areas.
Greta Weil takes takes in the view from the dining area into the spacious, high-ceilinged living room. Her taste for white necessitated painting over the walls of the living room, which originally were chocolate.
The long hallway on the second floor of the east wing, above, runs past several bedrooms to an open sleeping area reached by a bridge. Below, a wood staircase twists its way up the windmill.
Looking at the west wing from the south, one sees an American flag on spectacular fall day.

A Tribute to the New York City Landmarks Commission
Now privately owned, these paired three-story residences at 437-459 West 24th Street in Manhattan were built in the mid-19th century to provide housing for merchants and professionals of the expanding Chelsea community. Below, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the longest-serving commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, worked under four mayors: Abe Beame, David Dinkins, Ed Koch, and Rudy Giuliani.
A cast-iron street clock can be found at 753 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, the only one surviving in that borough. There are four landmarked sidewalk clocks in Manhattan and two in Queens. This is the oldest, circa 1895.
P.S. 31, one of many public schools built in the late 19th century to accommodate the surging population of the Bronx, was “a model for academic architecture in the years to come,” according to “The Landmarks of New York.” The building’s more recent story, however, is not a happy one.
The 1855 Mount Morris Watchtower lives on in Marcus Garvey Park opposite East 122nd Street in Manhattan. From its four-story-high cupola, a watchman could see across the roofs of Harlem and ring the bell to summon help if he spotted a fire.