Life by Design

These Twin Citians all share a love of fine craftmanship.

Life by Design
Photographs by Jake Armour
Built for 2 Twin Cities collectors John Oliva and Nancy Krant have this Tom Oliphant-designed chair at their beach house in Connecticut.

Smart Choices
Kelly Gage is an assistant professor at St. Catherine University who specializes in apparel history, so she knows a thing or two about fashion. Her area of professional expertise is very specific—Afro-Brazilian slave dresses—but her own sense of style is much more eclectic. “I don’t consider myself a collector, but I have enough clothes, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories that I’ve been accused of being a collector,” she laughs. Gage says she likes “classic, high-quality pieces with an element of uniqueness to them.” The faux-fur hat and stole she is wearing in the photo were both made by Lillie & Cohoe, the so-called “queen of hats.” And the gold earrings were made by jewelry artist Lisa Cimino. “I like them because  of the natural motif—a bird hanging on a branch—and because they are a little large. They’re fun to wear,” she says, “but I have to be careful, because sometimes they catch on sweaters.”

These “Bird on a Vine” earrings by Baltimore artist Lisa Cimino go for $150 and come in silver too.