Photographed by Nicole Franzen for Lonny.
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When asked about his decorating philosophy Benz credits his grandparents. "I grew up spending lots of time at my grandparents house in Port Madison, Bainbridge Island — in this terrific red ship captain’s house from 1850."

"It was magical and that love of old houses and decorating has never escaped me. I have a very instinctual sense of decorating, whereas I instantly understand where furniture ought to be placed, what color will work, and what details are needed."

"So much of my design career has been spent reimagining old things as a modern interpretation, and decorating is so much the same for me.  It’s all about the mix, and keeping things balanced."