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Interior designer Harry Heissmann is a design hybrid—schooled in the classics from his years working with decorator Albert Hadley, but also a madcap modernist with a romantic streak. His new 350-square-foot office space (in the same building as his last, at 545 West 45th Street, now suite 1104) tells his story with its high-low aesthetic. These CB2 chrome bookshelves are stacked with out-of-print design books, along with the latest titles. Some of the tinsel prints, hung above the shelves, belonged to Hadley.

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Here, over the front door, hangs the office mascot, Olli, who was found on animalhead.com. He is mounted on a vintage hunting trophy plaque from eBay, to which Harry added a plaque with his name on it. The Tony Duquette–designed grisaille panel is one of two that Harry found at Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene; he thinks they might have been dressing-room doors from the original Broadway production of Camelot, for which Duquette took over designing the costumes after the show’s first designer, Adrian, passed away.

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Samson—Harry’s French bulldog–Boston terrier mix—is always on the scene. The chairs around the conference table are by Ernst Moeckl, circa 1971.

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This whimsical light fixture over the conference table is the work of artist Jason Witcher, who took an ordinary industrial lamp and glammed it up with zip ties and rhinestones.

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Any idea what this is? Hint: It is particularly useful at this time of year. Harry is obsessed with Christmas-tree stands and collects them.

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Another example from his collection, all vintage.

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“The Christmas-tree stands are something I started collecting while I studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich,” Harry explained. “I had a friend with an antique store, so we would go to the outdoor flea markets in the Bavarian countryside at like 5 a.m. Back then I collected for number only. Now I collect them for quality.” Harry sold his collection of roughly 270 stands and used the proceeds to finance his move to the United States in 1995, keeping the twenty best ones. He is now back on the prowl, mounting his favorites on the wall. The unique designs of each stand perfectly illustrate how a functional object becomes a decorative treasure.

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A closer look at the painting that Harry thinks could be an original Duquette design. Note the door lock on the lower right, which makes me think it might have been a costume locker.

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This is a Duquette plaster relief painting—so rare and such a gift to find. It has his signature bits of found objects, such as the lace doily ruffle on the shirt and the glass jewel and beading details.

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Harry pulled out one of his latest finds: an original tablecloth by textile designers D.D. and Leslie Tillett. The sofa to the left is upholstered in stitched-together moving blankets.

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Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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