Art & Architecture
Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest August 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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Anchors Aweigh Our look back at the most luxurious yachts ever featured in Architectural Digest— designed by the likes of Christian Liaigre, Lee F. Mindel, and more—will have you feeling sunny skies and salty air. archdigest.com/bestyachts Deep Background Can’t get enough of our cover star, journalist Anderson Cooper? Head online for more exclusive content, including his personal summer reading list and a roundup of his favorite hot spots in Brazil. archdigest.com/andersoncooper Lounge Acts Kick back and relax with our picks of the most stylish outdoor chaise longues—perfect for adding panache to your poolside or sunning with a drink in hand. archdigest.com/outdoorchaises Bold Thinking If you’re inspired by all the vibrant interiors in this issue, don’t miss our instructive guide to decorating with color—from tastemakers’ preferred shades of paint to a slideshow of the most brightly hued rooms…

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editor’s page

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”—John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice Allow me to introduce myself. I have just stepped ( joyfully!) into the editor in chief role at this marvelous and legendary magazine. As there is nothing that delights me more than a riot of vivid pattern and hues, it is serendipitous that my entrance happens to coincide with the issue annually themed “Living with Color.” Victorian essayist John Ruskin’s quote is provocative, especially given the current vogue for decorating in “high hotel” style—that is, a luxurious yet generic minimalism. Also provocative are the wild interiors of Paris-based maestro Mattia Bonetti, an enfant terrible of the 1980s whose haute-primitive designs with his then-partner Elizabeth Garouste earned the duo the moniker New Barbarians. I am…

2 min.

Major League While Alex Rodriguez is not the first person I’d think to look to as a tastemaker in architecture, I was pleasantly surprised with the June cover story on his Miami house [“Home Run”]. A-Rod, like many of his fellow sports stars, has become a force in style and design. I especially liked the industrial concrete walls juxtaposed with the lush foliage and edgy art pieces. JONATHAN BURDIN New York City Anonymous Source The May article about Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong home [“In the Bag”] shows a built-in bed and dresser combination made by “local artisans.” I don’t understand why they were not named. After years in the trade, I can say any recognition in a prestigious magazine is something we all hope to frame on the wall. MICHEAL KLAMANN Nashville Family Affair I loved the…

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RESTORATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT For four years travelers passing through Washington, D.C.’s Union Station have been greeted with scaffolding and construction netting, put in place after a 2011 earthquake damaged the 1907 Beaux Arts icon by architect Daniel Burnham. But this past May the equipment was cleared from the terminal’s Main Hall (pictured above), finally revealing the beautifully restored space. Completed with the help of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the painstaking project revived the coffered ceiling with some 120,000 sheets of 23K-gold leaf, all the while bracing the structure against future seismic activity. The gilding shines all the more thanks to the removal of awkward additions made over the decades, among them a circular café. Today, for the first time since the ’40s, the soaring expanse is as Burnham originally intended…

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most wanted

1 Lilly Pulitzer’Let’s Cha Cha cotton print, part of the brand’s latest line of textiles for Lee Jofa,evokes summer by the sea. The fabric is offered to the trade in three colorways; pictured is beach blue. leejofa-.com, 888-533-5632 2 Dutch designer Edward van Vlietcrafted this playful ash swing for Paola Lenti.Shown with a fuchsia cushion and orange pillows, the 55" l. x 28" d. x 19" h. seat costs $8,333; available from DDC.ddcnyc.com, 212-685-0800 3 For heightened decorative drama, Irving & Morrisoncontrasts the painterly glaze of its Turquoise Splash ceramic lamp ($410) with a striking Purple Snake shade ($402). irvingandmorrison.com, +44-207-384-2975 4 Morning glories climb skyward in Vladimir Kanevsky’one-of-a-kind centerpiece, a feat of realism composed of porcelain flowers and painted-copper leaves and stems. The 30" h. floral sculpture sells for $110,000 from the…

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a matter of time

For her photographic series “World Time Clock,” artist Bettina Pousttchi circumnavigated the globe shooting iconic public clocks in 24 time zones. Eight years in the making, the series is now being shown in its entirety for the first time, at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through October 2. Snapped as black-and-white closeups, without any contextual clues, the images serve as a reminder of the interconnectedness of the world. That transnational viewpoint comes readily to Pousttchi, who, born to a German mother and a Persian father, understands what it feels like to be an outsider. “I would say I’m German, but sometimes Germans think I’m not really German,” says the Berlin-based artist, best known for covering building façades with photographic prints. In her clock series the time is always 1:55. “You…