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Architectural Digest January 2020

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

“Decorating a room is like making a great salad. You want interesting ingredients.”—Bunny Williams I always take preparing the January issue extra-seriously. It is the month that the much-anticipated AD100 list appears, which is subsequently discussed and debated by industry professionals yet, more important, is also relied upon by consumers as they consider designers and architects to hire. But January 2020 feels especially loaded to me, and no wonder: AD celebrates its remarkable 100th birthday this year. And while I wish for every issue of AD to feel like a keeper, this collector’s edition in particular begs to stand the test of time. So the editors went all out, seeking major projects from AD100 talents across the globe to mark the centennial. Cover honors go to the Milanese design duo Studio Peregalli…

2 min.
seeing spots

Brunschwig & Fils introduced a graphic, spotted fabric called Les Touches in 1965, and the design world went into a tizzy. Its origins, though, are as murky as the pattern is crisp. Handwritten records state it was inspired by “a portfolio of French black-and-white photographs.” Another source traces it to a 19th-century textile reimagined for a modern audience. Whatever the truth, Les Touches, which resembles an abstracted animal print, delivers a visual jolt while remaining “classic enough that you don’t get sick of it,” says AD100 decorator Michael S. Smith. Tastemaker Van Day Truex (president of Parsons School of Design, design director of Tiffany & Co.) turned the black-and-white version into seat cushions. His disciple Billy Baldwin, the decorator, made a similar move with a pair of bergères. When Brunschwig—now a…

3 min.
this must be laplace

THE SALON FEATURES A 1940s GAME TABLE AND CHAIRS, 1970s VICO MAGISTRETTI PENDANT, AND 1950s JEAN-PIERRE VINCENT FLOOR LAMP FROM LAPLACE ANTIQUES; PAUL MCCARTHY DRAWING. I wan Wirth calls me the ‘silent architect,’” says Luis Laplace, referring to his art-dealer client. “My work is subtle. We respect context. We want to enhance where we are, who the client is.” Where we are, in the case of a recent afternoon meeting, is a Haussmannian building in Paris on the Place Saint-Georges. And the client, for a change, is Laplace himself. Earlier this year, the AD100 Argentinean architect and his French partner, Christophe Comoy, transformed the ground floor of the edifice that houses their office and apartment into what they now call their atelier. “This is where we welcome our friends, clients, the press,”…

1 min.
top shelf

The global roster of designers behind Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection is an impressive one indeed—India Mahdavi, the Campanas, Atelier Biagetti—but until now it has never included an American. Enter Andrew Kudless, founder of the San Francisco–based practice Matsys. His Swell Wave shelf, which just debuted at Design Miami, features polished-oak boards suspended from straps of (what else?) Louis Vuitton leather. Consider the unexpected form a fitting tribute to the brand’s adventurous spirit. Price upon request; louisvuitton.com…

1 min.
roberto lugo

Street Shrine 1: A Notorious Story stands five feet tall—nearly the height of its creator, Roberto Lugo. “It’s jarring,” says the Philadelphia-based potter of the vessel. “No pun intended.” Viewers come face-to-face with a portrait of Biggie Smalls, the legendary rapper who was shot and killed in 1997. His likeness is framed by neoclassical motifs and graphics from Versace garments, Air Jordans, and Biggie’s famous Coogi sweaters. “I want people to be confronted with death, with our culture of gun violence.” In other sculptures, Lugo has memorialized victims of police brutality like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Freddie Gray, and celebrated African American heroes such as Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm, and Kendrick Lamar. The work is about representation, Lugo explains, noting, “The first time I sat at a pottery wheel,…

1 min.
home turf

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be made in America,” says AD100 designer Billy Cotton, whose latest project led him to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as Furniture City, this Midwestern mecca is not only home to U.S. brands such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Scott Group Studio but also historic estates by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walker and Gillette, and the Olmsted Brothers. Recently Scott Group Studio, a luxury rug manufacturer, enlisted Cotton to create six new floor coverings, marking both his first carpet collection and the brand’s first designer collaboration. As co-CEO John Hart explains, Cotton, a lover of craft, fine materials, and traditionalism, “checked all the boxes.” The feeling was mutual. When Cotton visited the mill, he was impressed with what he…