Deputy director of design at Metropolitan Home magazine until it closed in 2009, Arlene Hirst is a freelance journalist with frequent bylines in the New York Times Magazine, Surface, Modern, and Interior Design. She covered a home designed for large family gatherings in the Adirondacks, for this issue. “The most amazing thing to me about the project is that it was a group effort,” she says. “Usually, this is a recipe for disaster, but everyone’s concerns were amicably addressed, even though many of them lived thousands of miles away.”
What notable house would you love to live in?
“Visiting Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye and Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat were almost religious experiences. I’d happily move in to either one of them.”