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David Netto's chic contemporary children's designs

How David Netto’s cool designs changed the face of children’s furniture

Posted: 6 September 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

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The pair separated amicably and now live close to each other in California. David has known his wife Elizabeth since childhood. “She went to a slightly nicer girls’ school on the Upper East Side and I used to see her at parties,” says David. “To me she was this beautiful, quiet, Viking princess girl. If I could have picked any girl in New York to go out with, I would have picked her. But I never got close. She was looking for a hippy, crunchy guy. I was a Duran Durany.” Years later, they met again at the wedding of actress Catherine Kellner. “Elizabeth was sitting next to Ethan Hawke, who I’m convinced was making eyes at her. When he got up to go to the bathroom I ran over and sat in his seat and I had four minutes to close the deal that I had messed up for 20 years and capture her interest. I asked her out and ran out of the wedding; I didn’t want to do anything to blow it. Six months later, we were engaged.” 

Although a native New Yorker, David is acclimatising well to LA life. “It’s a wonderful place to be a parent of young children,” he says. “In an apartment in New York you are constantly fighting with what to do from the minute you wake up. You’re like, ‘We got to find some green patch to stand on or something.’ But in LA, I throw open the windows in the morning and the children go out and play in the garden. They have a trampoline, we play pirates. And it’s a great place to ride my motorcycles, something I’d never be able to do in New York.” 

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