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Risktakers

How a Fashion Design Duo Became Home Renovation Experts

Like many of us trapped at home during the quarantine, Oliver and Bessie Afnaim Corral, the co-founders behind the fashion brand Arjé, decided to use their extra time to take on a few DIY projects. In their case, it was an ambitious endeavor renovating their 2,000-foot New York City duplex apartment without the help of contractors, save for an electrician for the light fixtures. “We were watching YouTube videos and learning as we worked,” explains Corral. “I knew how to build a plaster wall, but we wanted to approach our home like an artistic project.” The result is a dramatic light-filled space awash in soothing neutrals that now serves as the showroom for the brand’s expansion into home decor and furniture.

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