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In an article from a 2006 Fine Furnishings International, several top designers were asked to define luxury. Charles Spada, a legendary Boston designer who is known for his "tranquil and lavishly under-decorated" interiors, describes luxury as an indulgence in the unnecessary. In his design practice, luxury means an unlimited budget and the ability to attain one of a kind items. However, he also acknowledges that luxury can be found in the casual and informal, like a hot bubble bath at the end of a busy day.
Sara Zook, a designer based in Denver (and founder of New Classic Designs), describes luxury as "Beyond the necessary, beyond the average, and beyond the expected". Sara had my favorite definition of luxury: the blending of quality and uniqueness, which can be attained in many different ways; it can be through wonderful architecture, a top notch art or antiques collection, a wonderful view. However, she does acknowledge that although unlimited budgets are not a necessity, luxury without expense requires tenacious, creative design".