Stephen Drucker, “Sunnylands,” moderated by Wendy Goodman
With its pastel green and yellow interior, its dazzling collection of Impressionist paintings, and long, low sofas that look like vintage Cadillac convertibles, Sunnylands was a Versailles for the Space Age.
In Palm Springs, the mecca of midcentury modern architecture, this immaculately preserved estate is considered the undisputed masterpiece, envisioned by A. Quincy Jones, one of California’s most important architects, and furnished by California’s great decorator-to-the-stars, William Haines.
Built by media moguls, art collectors, and diplomats Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands became a seat of power where politicians, movie stars, and corporate leaders could meet, relax, reflect, make deals, and run the world—all with nobody watching. For four decades, an invitation to New Year’s Eve at Sunnylands was the ultimate social prize. Exquisitely illustrated, Sunnylands is a must-have for every fan of midcentury design.
Stephen Drucker was named editor-in-chief of Hearst Magazines’ House Beautiful in October 2005. Prior to joining Hearst, Drucker had been a contributing writer for Architectural Digest since 2001. Previously, he spent several years at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where he was executive vice president and editor-in-chief from 1996 to 2001 and was instrumental in the success of the company’s flagship magazine, Martha Stewart Living.
Drucker has a wealth of experience in the lifestyle arena of both magazines and newspapers. Before joining Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, he held positions as executive editor of Travel & Leisure and features director of HG magazine. From 1988-1992, Drucker worked at The New York Times, where he was editor of the “Home” section and created The Sunday “Styles” section. Previously, he held senior editor positions at both Vogue and Self.
Drucker is a graduate of Vassar College and studied historic preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.
Wendy Goodman is the Design Editor of New York magazine and a contributing editor at Departures magazine. She also contributes to French and German Architectural Digest. She is the co-author of Tony Duquette (Abrams), and the author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt (Abrams).
Wendy Goodman is a founding member of DesigNYC.
She is a born and raised New Yorker, attending the Brearley School; Simon’s Rock Early College, from which she graduated with an Associate of Arts degree; and New York University Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
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