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Duncan Hughes

Interior designer Duncan Hughes.

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Interior designer Duncan Hughes.


Age 47

Occupation Founder of Duncan Hughes Interiors

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Residence South End

Your interiors mix modern and vintage pieces. Do you take the same approach to fashion?

I’m not much of a vintage clothing person — the fit just isn’t right. But I shop for furniture and clothing in the same way. I’m looking for quality, value, proper scale, and the ability to work well with other pieces. I avoid shopping at mass merchandizers for clients, and I do the same with fashion.

How do you dress for work?

One minute I’m meeting with clients, and the next I’m on a construction site in a hard hat. I’m lucky if I’m wearing jeans and one of my 35 pairs of Converse, but I’ve soiled quite a few suits with drywall.

Converse? What kinds?

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Oh, all of them — laceless, high, low, John Varvatos, everything.  — A.G.

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