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Architectural DigestArchitectural Digest

Architectural Digest May 2019

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Conde Nast US
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THE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AUTHORITY VOLUME76 NUMBER5 EDITOR IN CHIEF Amy Astley CREATIVE DIRECTOR David Sebbah EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIGITAL Keith Pollock EDITORIAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Diane Dragan EXECUTIVE EDITOR Shax Riegler FEATURES DIRECTOR Sam Cochran INTERIORS & GARDEN DIRECTOR Alison Levasseur STYLE DIRECTOR Jane Keltner de Valle DECORATIVE ARTS EDITOR Mitchell Owens WEST COAST EDITOR Mayer Rus FEATURES SENIOR DESIGN WRITER Hannah Martin DEPUTY DIRECTOR, DIGITAL Kristen Flanagan SPECIAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR, DIGITAL Sydney Wasserman ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR Dana Mathews EXECUTIVE FEATURES EDITOR David Foxley CLEVER EDITOR Lindsey Mather ASSOCIATE FEATURES EDITOR, DIGITAL Nick Mafi ASSOCIATE ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Rachel Wallace EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Elizabeth Fazzare, Katherine McGrath (Digital), Carly Olson ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR IN CHIEF Gabriela Ulloa MARKET MARKET EDITOR Madeline O’Malley AD PRO EDITOR Katherine Burns Olson DEPUTY EDITOR Allie Weiss SENIOR STYLE & MARKET EDITOR Benjamin Reynaert FEATURES EDITOR Anna Fixsen NEWS EDITOR Madeleine Luckel REGIONAL NEWS EDITOR Tim Latterner ASSOCIATE VISUALS EDITOR Gabrielle Pilotti Langdon PRODUCTION EDITORIAL OPERATIONS MANAGER…

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Soak up Copenhagen’s legendary design scene as Architectural Digest and Indagare lead you on an insider’s tour of the city’s greatest hits, latest hot spots, and undiscovered gems. Enjoy studio visits with Denmark’s new cutting-edge talents. Go behind the scenes with Danish heritage brands. Explore architectural treasures, from modernist landmarks to contemporary wonders by hometown hero Bjarke Ingels. Eat your way through the best of the New Nordic cuisine. And many more exclusive moments.… Book now at indagare.com/AD or call 646-780-8383; reservations are limited. AD DESTINATIONS TRAVEL BY DESIGN Indagare ®…

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editor’s letter

“There was lots of freestyling and trial and error in the decorating. The process was very improvisational, lıke making music.”—Lenny Kravitz So often the story of a house is really the story of a place. In this, AD’s annual travel issue, the sense of place is strong, starting with coverstar musician and designer Lenny Kravitz at the 1,000-acre, 18th-century Brazilian coffee plantation he has been renovating and freshening for nearly a decade. Kravitz tells writer Mayer Rus that his first visit to the sprawling property turned into a six-month stay. “I learned to ride horses from the cowboys, learned about farming, and reconnected with nature. This farm, this land, they have a life force of their own.” As for American entrepreneur Chris Burch, he dreamed of an apartment on the rue…

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homage to the chair

After moving to Mexico in the mid-1930s, Cuban designer Clara Porset began researching the furniture of the region—and one low wooden chair captured her interest. The butaque, a Colonial-era hybrid of Spanish X-frame chairs and pre-Columbian ritual duhos, appeared in late–16th century Venezuela and proliferated across trade routes from New Orleans to Havana. When the port city of Campeche, Mexico, became a hub of production, the seat made its way to the U.S., where it was called the Campeche (or Campeachy) chair and counted Thomas Jefferson among its fans. The former president acquired one in 1819 and had it copied and adapted. Monticello, Jefferson’s house-museum, sells a reproduction of one of the versions he owned. Mexico’s butaque was right up Porset’s alley. She was attracted, she wrote, to furniture that exhibited an…

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serious fun

Few award-winning designers would compare their latest creations to a classic children’s toy, but Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer of Raw-Edges have always possessed a certain insouciant genius. Think of the husband-and-wife team’s wall-mounted cabinet for Arco that folds open like a toolbox. Or the cork pendant light for Materia Amorim that allows consumers to attach homemade paper shades with pushpins. Then there are the dyed-wood stools that sprout from the floor of the Duke of Devonshire’s sculpture gallery at Chatsworth. At last month’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, the couple’s additions to Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades home-furnishings program—they’ve been participants since 2015—took a bow with Dolls: three quirky, made-to-order chairs with interchangeable wooden bases and backs that snap together à la Playmobil. “Dining chairs are usually so boring, the same…

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up at the villa

Each house is a story,” says the dashing antiques dealer Grégoire Vermesse. When he and his wife, Alexandrine, a decorative artist for the likes of AD100 interior designer Jacques Garcia, lived in France, their house had been constructed during the reign of Louis XVI, so that’s how it was decorated. During a sojourn in Sweden, they settled in a Gustavian residence and honored that stylistic lead when it came to the rooms. For nearly a decade now, though, the Vermesses—joined by their teenage son, Ambroise, a champion show jumper—have lived not far from the baroque Sicilian city of Noto, amid rolling hills where principesse once escaped the summer heat. “It was a five-or six-degree temperature difference,” Grégoire explains of the area, called San Corrado di Fuori. Their circa-1830 villa, two stories…

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