I didn’t set out to write the story of Fernando Bengoechea and Nate Berkus or the tsunami in a design book. What happened was when I started getting all the stories back from everybody else that’s included in the book.
Interviewer: Yeah, but what happened was that this one more than the design is. They were so forthcoming and so honest about who they’ve loved and all state laws and their stories I knew that I really had to dig in.
The nine times I had to do to get it right and to get it to be what I needed it to say but it was a process.“The day we closed on the apartment,” Brent says, “we were walking through Washington Square, and I told Nate, ‘We have to treasure this.’ For two kids from Minnesota and California to be living in this apartment on lower Fifth? I always wanted to live beautifully, and the idea of Nate and Poppy and me creating a life here together? Berkus looks at him and says, “Great design is like great love: You trust your gut.”Click here to see more of the spirited Greenwich Village home. As exciting as it was, it was also fraught with anxiety, since they both felt the tug of “he loves me, he loves me not.” “We kept trying to figure out what this was, and was it what we thought it was, and what if it was, then what? Choosing where to center their new lives, they say, was easy.“We knew we wanted to have a family and that we wanted to raise our child in New York,” Berkus says.The couple also felt strongly about living in the Village, where Berkus owned a residence (One place they saw early in their hunt was a two-bedroom duplex penthouse with a terrace.
You actually were in that water but you say that he helped you to see life differently in a more beautiful way.