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Gervois Asks Ben Macklowe: "What Was It Like Growing Up Surrounded By Antiques?" —  3/17/2018

Gervois Magazine Asks Ben Macklowe to Describe the Origins of His Passion for Collecting Antiques


Gervois Magazine – the official publication of Gervois Hotel Rating – is a quarterly digital magazine that explores travel experiences and lifestyle for the affluent and curious; inspiring American hotels, lifestyle, men's fashion and real estate investment. In its Spring 2018 issue, the publication features an interview with President Ben Macklowe on what it was like growing up surrounded by antiques and how it has become such an important part of his life.

Ben reveals that at an early age, despite dreaming of growing up and playing professional baseball for the New York Yankees, he learned to gaze in wonder at the open shelves of Tiffany vases, lamps by Louis Majorelle, and shades by Daum Nancy in his parents’ living room. Macklowe describes how he knew to be his “rambunctious” self elsewhere, but not around these creations. And, he never broke a thing.

In the interview, he explains how his parents Lloyd and Barbara, Founders of Macklowe Gallery, were an incredible influence throughout his upbringing, and how he still carries with him the many life lessons they instilled during his childhood. One in particular stands out among the rest; both his mother and father’s united approach to raising him and his sister.

Ben also discusses collecting antiques and its role as an antidote to the rootlessness of the technological age - noting that by the very nature of touching the pieces, it brings you beyond the 'here and now.' Additionally, in the years to come, he plans to broaden the Macklowe collection to other periods and media that cohere into the Gallery’s narrative.

Gervois Magazine is distributed exclusively on selected airlines and in 5,000 luxury hotels worldwide. You can read the entire interview with Ben by clicking here.



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