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October 2006


MEET THE DESIGNER

Victoria Hagan
by Alexa Stevenson

THIS STYLISH WORKING MOTHER PERFECTS GRACEFUL AND ELEGANT INTERIORS

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What characterizes your work? I love doing custom work for my clients, so I try to avoid being known for anything specific. But no matter what, there is an understated elegance threaded throughout all of my work, whether it's a country house or a penthouse. When was your "big break?" The 1989 Southampton Show House, which I did with my late partner, Simone Feldman. When designing interiors, what's the most important thing to consider? Your lifestyle. You have twin boys. What's the biggest challenge when designing a home that has children? You must remember to keep it easy and comfortable. What's your guilty design pleasure? Cashmere. What's your design philosophy? Keep it simple but interesting. Where do you live in Connecticut? We recently moved to Fairfield. What brought you here? It's so beautiful—the perfect place to bring up our boys. Do you have a favorite place in Connecticut? There are so many places I love. My favorite is Southport. Describe your home: Under renovation! What is something you can't live without: My family. What is something you think your clients should not live without? A comfortable sofa. Who has had a profound impact on your work? My late partner Simone Feldman, who was extremely stylish and intelligent. She taught me what is important in life. I strongly believe: There is a time and a place for everything. What are your favorite materials? Bronze, wood and linen. What is your favorite color? Any color found in nature. What is on top of your wish list this season? Completing the installation of my own home. What book are you currently reading? The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. Your favorite cookbook? My friend Elaina Scotto's Scotto Sunday Suppers and Other Fabulous Feasts: Creative Entertaining for Every Occasion. Name one word you overuse: Outrageous! What is your favorite element of a project? Completing an installation—not just interiors but outfitting a home with flowers and having it completely ready to move in to, and seeing my client walk in. Describe your clients: The best! Name a dream client: The next president. What would you do if you weren't a designer: I'd be an archeologist. I love to understand the way people live at different times.

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