He coined the term “exterior decorator,” appropriately enough, because that is what he is. And a darned brilliant one. John Danzer, creator of Munder-Skiles Outdoor Furniture, is brilliant, period.
He’s one of those people you run into on the street and five minutes later you have learned something new about English garden design, Spanish decorative arts, contemporary Italian sculpture, the best new restaurant in Paris, a fascinating novel everyone’s reading but you’ve never heard of, and the best straw hat he got for $6 so he’s buying 30 to give to his friends.
Like that. And you had been thinking about something like why is it so hard to find navy pantyhose.
I usually have to lie down after one of these encounters with my longtime friend John.
Next Monday night, however, we will stand up and applaud this talented designer and extraordinary creative spirit as he is honored by the Horticulture Society of New York at its annual New York Flower Show Dinner Dance, the prettiest party in town. Also being honored are Peter and Sofia Blanchard, whose extraordinary Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills opened to the public last year.
John and partner Chip Alleman, general manager of The Garrison resort, live and work in Garrison, New York, just an hour north of the city in the scenic and historic Hudson Highlands, which just about take your breath away they are so beautiful.
Here is their house and design studio. It’s a postcard, no?
Here’s an overhead view of the stylish couple’s living room:
And the showroom, which is so cool. I love how he hangs chairs on the wall. He does it in his super-chic City pad as well. I’ll have to show you that sometime…
The exterior showroom:
See anything you need?
By the way, John loves visitors, and it’s such an easy train trip from the City. Go! Until then you can visit the not-surprisingly-excellent website MunderSkiles.com here without ever leaving your bathrobe, which I am still in. Now you know.
When you Google him there are like 10 million pages.
But if you run into him on the street, don’t say I didn’t warn you.