Christine Liu

Experts: The Propriety Pro

NO WEDDING DILEMMA is impossible to untangle for Jodi R. R. Smith, president of the Marblehead-based etiquette consulting business Mannersmith and author of The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners (Sterling). Smith is an unflappable fairy-godmother type who…

Experts: The Music Makers

FOR THE PAST 17 years, the Sultans of Swing have shared the stage with Diana Ross and Maroon 5, performed for guests like Joe Biden and Sarah Jessica Parker, and crisscrossed the globe for gigs in Versailles, France, and Jackson…

Experts: The Bloom Builder

FROM EYE-POPPING bridal bouquets to vintage terrariums full of succulents, Teresa Fung incorporates both thoughtful personalization and global inspiration into her floral designs. Since opening her South End studio, Mimosa, in 2007, Fung has devoted most of her energy to…

Idea Man

AS ASSOCIATE PARTNER at global design consultancy IDEO, Michael Hendrix is, by necessity, an aesthete. “I’m really into beautiful, simple, classic things,” he says. To drive the point home, he sketches the outline of one of his favorite objects —…

Brain-Stormer

ARCHITECT, DESIGNER, AND PROFESSOR Neri Oxman is obsessed with anything in nature, but for the moment she’s talking bones. She marvels at how the structure is like the body’s own perfect 3-D fabrication machine. “In nature, there is no separation…

Brand Royalty

YOU MAY NOT KNOW DENISE KORN — but if you’ve ever stepped into the Charles Hotel, dined at Jasper White’s Summer Shack, or checked out the new Boston Ballet logo, you know her work. Korn runs a 19-year-old strategic design…

Global Agenda

TEN YEARS AGO, PAUL NISKI, the former creative director for the Gap, moved from New York to Boston for a consulting job and ended up opening his exquisite 300-square-foot Beacon Hill boutique, Good. In just a few months, his finest-grain…