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A Possession Obsession: Jonathan Waxman

A Possession Obsession: Jonathan Waxman

Iconic Chef Jonathan Waxman is more than just a chef; he's also a family man, a collector of sorts and maybe one of the most like-able guys in the food industry. We couldn't think of a better restaurateur to spotlight for Possession Obsession, where Waxman took us into his home and showed us the 1890's Serapi-Heriz Persian rug that is his prized possession. Waxman relays how he lives with this heirloom, letting us in on one of many personal stories...

How do you live with your heirloom?

It is in our living room.

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?

My parents.

Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at ________ I can’t help but smile.

A Serapi

What’s the best part of your day?

Sitting in bed with my nine-year-old Foster and tickling him in the morning to wake him.

Describe your ideal day.

Tea in bed with my wife, the Sunday New York Times, a cup of Earl Grey tea and the cats on the bed. Then make breakfast for the kids, walk in the park, go to a great movie, make dinner for the family at home - with vegetables from the farmer's market and a glass of rosé champagne - and then watch Masterpiece Theater on PBS with my wife and daughter.

What is your favorite place to shop for antique/vintage pieces?

Online: eBay, Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's

What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?

A 1929 reconstructed Mason & Hamlin piano to my kids for Christmas.

What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you ten years from now?

A Patek Philippe rose gold watch I bought to remind me of my late mother.

*Photo by Monica Rich Kosann