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38 | | December 2011 UrbAn legenD photogrAphy by pAtrick mAcleoD the city | now! urban legenD Feel-gooD FiXes Life by Design Interior designer Athena Calderone has a knack for juxtaposing straight forward glamour with a rugged edge in both her business and oft-photographed personal style. Manhattan tagged along as the Rawlins Calderone Design partner, who’s currently collaborating on the décor—and menu—of a soon-to-launch hotel, went about her daily duties. –Chadner Navarro Easy as ABC Calderone savors lunch dates with her husband, Victor. “We’re creatures of habit, so we may go to our favorites multiple times a week,” she says of her meal at ABC Kitchen, chef Dan Kluger’s farm-to-table hot spot. GREEN PIECE Helen Yarmak’s furs go for up to $200,000. Resolve to Indulge Th is year, put a luxe vacation at the top of your to-do list. Terme di Saturnia , a destination spa and golf resort in Saturnia, Italy, oﬀ ers the Golden Body treatment, which includes a Pindasweda massage and the application of a gel laden with 23-karat gold (€420, termedisaturnia.com). Too far? Make an appointment at Helen Yarmak ’s showroom (730 Fifth Ave., 212.245.0777); her bespoke fur creations run the full color spectrum (Neon green? No problem!), and her patented printed-leather-on-one-side, fur-on-the-other technique makes the coats surprisingly lightweight. Next, celebrate your purchase at Momofuku Milk Bar ’s Brooklyn location (382 Metropolitan Ave.), the chain’s only outpost with a liquor license. Try the Cereal Milk White Russian, which blends soft-serve, Kahlua, vodka and corn powder. Or skip the outer-borough trek: Peels (325 Bowery, 646.602.7015) serves a spiked shake with house-made ice cream. Cheers to 2012! –Jessica Strul Visual Aids Seeking art for her new apartment, Calderone visits American Contemporary gallery. “I love how these are emotional but still cerebral,” she says of artist Stefan Sandner’s paintings. Viva Versace For the Versace for H&M launch event, Calderone turns up the heat with a leather Versace minidress and party-ready hair by Sean Gallagher at the Ric Pipino downtown salon, which Rawlins Calderone designed. “We transformed it into a little jewel box,” she says. Growing Pains “I turned to interiors when my son, Jivan, was born because I couldn’t fi nd furniture I liked,” says Calderone. She made this walnut and Lucite growth chart for Jivan; the custom piece is now sold exclusively at Yoyamart in the Meatpacking District. Work and Play “Th is is what we do all the time: We pull fabrics and talk,” she says of her rapport with business partner John Rawlins. Th e pair is currently working on designs for a Brooklyn penthouse, a Soho loft and a Gramercy Park apartment.