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Episode 101: Andrew Baseman

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Andrew Baseman writes the blog, Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair, which chronicles his world-renowned collection of antique ceramics with inventive repairs, also known as “make-do’s.” His collection was featured in a cover story in The New York Times Home & Garden section. He is an expert on the subject and has lectured in the US and abroad. His lifelong passion for collecting and selling antiques began at an early age and continues to inspire his design work today.


For over 20 years, Baseman worked as a designer, decorator and stylist on diverse film and television projects including The Nanny Diaries, Eat, Pray, Love, The Americans, Gotham and The Normal Heart, working with notable directors Ryan Murphy, Bill Condon, Jane Campion and others. In 2003, he founded Andrew Baseman Design, Inc., an interior design firm specializing in upscale residential interiors, creating luxurious homes for clients in the visual arts, including film and theatrical producers, fashion designers, and others.


He is the author of The Scarf (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1989), the classic illustrated art book chronicling the history of the printed scarf that reflects both his expertise and love of textiles.

Explore Andrew’s Website and Blog here

Here’s Andrew’s book recommendation. Click the image and own the book.




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