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A Possession Obsession |
Jamie Drake

A Possession Obsession

Inspired by the deeper meaning attached to treasured possessions, jewelry designer and portrait photographer Monica Rich Kosann set out to chronicle the stories of such cherished belongings. Spending time with more than sixty-five intriguing personalities, celebrities, and thought leaders resulted in A Possession Obsession: What We Cherish and Why, a stunning photographic collection that transcends materialism and explores the secrets and stories behind beloved personal items.
This reoccurring column is an ongoing passion of Monica's to continue to chronicle people with what they cherish. Each month, a new person will be featured as a glimpse into A Possession Obsession.

Jamie Drake

Jamie Drake from "A Possession Obsession"

How did you come to this precious object?
I inherited this chair when my Father's mother died twenty years ago. I had always admired its elegant lines and delicate proportion. It will always remind me of her and my grandfather's lovely home. Though I've had it reupholstered three times and the frame refinished in a fumed metallic silver, it's still my Nana's chair!

How do you live with your heirloom?
Since the chair arrived in my life, it has moved with me three times. It currently resides in the living room of my temporary apartment. Before that, it was in a bedroom and earlier in a living room. The chair has not enjoyed residence in the kitchen or bath - yet!

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
Certainly my mother. I grew up in a house that was beautifully decorated. She entertained often, serving what was considered at the time extremely sophisticated cuisine, which she cooked herself. For many years, she had a floral business that was ninety-five percent plastic or dried, which was popular during the sixties and early seventies. I was especially taken with her creations that combined feathers and dried pods. She dressed with flair and had an enormous wardrobe (still does!). She encouraged my artistic style and zest for fine dining and living well. 

To read more about Jamie Drake and her possession obsession click here!