Second Acts: Designing a New Life

Karina Gentinetta spent 13 years as a lawyer, but antiques were her true love. Now she’s turned her eye for quality into a business

by Margot Dougherty
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Gentinetta among some of her restored pieces. She discovered her talent for furniture design after Hurricane ­Katrina destroyed her home.
Photograph: Cedric Angeles

$450/Cost of shipping a sofa from New Orleans to New York

975/Number of Murano glass crystals on a Gentinetta-designed custom-made Italian chandelier

16/Yards of Italian Dedar fabric (Dedalus pattern) required to upholster a midcentury sofa

$1,500/Price paid by a customer for a piece of abstract art Gentinetta painted to liven up her 1st dibs display in New York. A shopper insisted on buying it

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