Franklin Report Report Card for MAC II in New York City
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MAC II
125 East 81st Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-4466
www.maciidesign.com
macII@mac2design.com
Main Contact: Mica Ertegun
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Memorable, comfortable, high-styled interior design

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Mica Ertegun has won recognition over the last several decades for her panache and spare design sensibility. With the late Chessy Rayner, Ertegun founded MAC II on a whim in 1967. The firm’s design approach has always combined simple fabrics with sparse yet substantially sized furniture, all carefully edited with a flash of glamour—in short, showing a remarkable intuition for the design preferences of the 21st century. MAC II insists on several high-quality antiques for each room, though not everything has to be of the utmost provenance. This translates to serene, uncluttered, yet opulent environments.

Clients are predominantly the very well established, including many top-echelon businesspeople. Many of the firm’s clients have multiple homes, all decorated by MAC II. Commercial clients include the late Bill Blass, Warner Communications, Kenneth Jay Lane and the Carlyle Hotel. Private clients include Keith Richards, Michael Eisner and Jimmy Buffett. About fifteen projects are going at a time. The large staff is reportedly quite professional, with strong project managers. Pricing levels are said to match the firm’s commitment to the highest quality products. AD 100. ID Hall of Fame.

Representative Client Comments:
“As an architect, I have admired the structural beauty of her work for years.” “Clients tend to be the well-heeled and well-traveled.” “She delights in finding the most unusual furniture specimens, from unexpected sales markets in Europe to the world’s finest antiques dealers." “So expensive, but it is the real deal. Worth it.” “She will say: 'Look at this beautiful rug. I know it is ridiculously priced. We will find something like it at a better price point.'” “Mica doesn’t have to stretch to recapture that aura of mid-century glamour, she lived it and does it effortlessly.” “Less follow-up than we expected. Then again, it is hard to maintain a villa in Bodrum, Turkey and worry about every last client interest.” “Often in a hurry, but she gets to the bottom line effectively and then an excellent staffer will follow.” “Not someone who will stay for lunch.” “They’re more selective with their clients now.” “It is not about the money for her, but in creating something beautiful.” “So honest, huge integrity.” “I have been through five contractors, yet am so loyal to Mica. She keeps me calm and delivers incredible elegance.” “Consistent in her reserved demeanor, Mica’s designs are also reserved, yet so comfortable and opulent at the same time.”

 
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