Art & Architecture
Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest April 2016

Architectural Digest is the world's foremost design authority, showcasing the work of top architects and interior decorators. It continues to set new benchmarks for how to live well—what to buy, what to see and do, where to travel, and who to watch on the fast-paced, multifaceted global design scene.

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INSIDE SCOOP AD100 talent Timothy Corrigan— whose Parisian pied-à-terre (page 164) is an homage to French elegance—takes you on a special tour of the City of Light. Check out his picks of the best local shops, restaurants, and more. archdigest.com/corriganparis PRIVATE SPACES If you love the designers’ residences featured in this issue, then you’ll want to take a look at the homes of some of history’s most venerable decorators in our exclusive slideshow. archdigest.com/designerhomes CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS In celebration of Earth Day, Architectural Digest rounds up today’s most extraordinary green-roofed buildings, each one as eye-catching as it is environmentally friendly. archdigest.com/greenroofs GREAT DANE AD salutes trailblazing Scandinavian furniture designer Jens Risom on the eve of his 100th birthday. Look back at the centenarian’s career milestones and go behind the scenes of Ralph Pucci International’s traveling exhibition of his…

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editor’s page

Interiors magazines are forever besotted with the new: an ultramodern house, an innovative building, a daring garden, the coolest tech gadgets. The thrill of the undiscovered constantly fuels our imaginations. But for all that, there’s something deeply seductive about design that carries a bit of history in its DNA, especially when it comes to houses. Delphine and Reed Krakoff are longtime friends of mine, and over the years the interior decorator (her) and fashion designer (him) and their children have lived in some extraordinary homes. One of the latest— Lasata, a fabled Hamptons estate that once belonged to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s grandparents—is our cover story. Its sun-splashed rooms reflect the scale and mindful attention to detail of another time, but they are also refreshingly, inspiringly now. Reed and Delphine have outfitted…

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Total Package Whenever the postman leaves the newest Architectural Digest on my doorstep, I glance at it quickly, then savor it slowly, a few pages at a time over several weeks. This was not the case with the February issue. After I opened it I could not put it down. It has the perfect mixture of exciting contemporary architecture, gorgeous gardens, and excellent interior design. I was mentally transplanted from Casablanca’s sweltering heat [Travels] to snow-covered Aspen [“Cabin Fever”], ending up in a historic London home [“Creative License”]. In the latter’s morning room, designers Haynes-Roberts beautifully matched the green in the carpet to the Venini chandelier, while the black André Arbus armchairs accentuate the simplicity of the pure-white walls. I enjoyed every page. You outdid yourselves. GLORIA BOYD Toronto Photo Finish The beauty of Pieter…

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RESTAURANTS LA DOLCE VITA It’s been a decade since ace restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich last opened a place in New York City. But the pair’s latest Manhattan endeavor, La Sirena, in Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel, was definitely worth the wait. The bar area (pictured here) features a 38-foot-long white Caesarstone counter and jazzy Walker Zanger–tile flooring. At either end arched portals lead to the more formal dining rooms, twin oases in gray and white. Come spring the glass walls will open onto a broad terrace. “The space is unlike any other in the city,” Batali says. “It’s the alfresco experience I’ve been waiting for.” And perfect for enjoying Italian classics like beef braciole, gnocchi alla Sorrentina, and fior di latte gelato. lasirena-nyc.com—JACQUELINE TERREBONNE EXHIBITIONS VISIONS OF WONDER Long overlooked after her death, Swedish artist…

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ad hears . . .

. . . that artist Julie Mehretu has rented a former church in Harlem as a studio space to complete two 30-foot paintings for the main atrium of the newly expanded SFMOMA . . . that the Met’s Costume Institute exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which opens May 5, has settings by architect Shohei Shigematsu, who heads the New York office of the firm OMA . . . that expat beauty Amanda Brooks, the seriously chic American writer and former Barneys New York fashion director, is working on a book about her stylish life in the English countryside . . . that highoctane tastemaker Todd Romano, who has closed his Manhattan showroom to focus on decorating projects and his sparky home-furnishings collection for Schumacher, will…

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most wanted

1 Céline’Trotteur bag gives water-snake skin a kicky upgrade with an eyecatching orange print and a brass clasp. The 7"-h. purse costs $3,250. celine.com, 212-535-3703 2 The traditional textiles of Central America are reinterpreted to striking effect in Pierre Frey’new Maya collection of fabrics. Shown above is Tikal, a viscose-embroidered cotton that vibrates with vivid color; to the trade. pierrefrey.com, 212-421-0534 3 Herendupdated an antique Austrian chinoiserie pattern for its whimsical Forains d’Orient porcelain dinner service. Hand-painted and accented with 22K gold, the set includes the 11" serving platter ($706) and 8" salad plate ($138) pictured; available in the U.S. from Leta Austin Foster Boutique.letaaustinfoster.com, 561-655-7367 4 The Highlands table by Stickleyreflects the firm’s longtime focus on craftsmanship. The 30" h. x 52" dia. piece can be extended up to 82" long with…