Art & Architecture
Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest July 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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OUT AND ABOUT With summer in full swing, there’s no better place to enjoy art than out in the open. Don’t miss our list of outdoor exhibitions and installations around the world. archdigest.com/outdoorart DAZZLING DISPLAY In honor of Independence Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots to see fireworks across the country—from the slopes of Aspen to Nashville’s riverfront. archdigest.com/fireworks STAYING PRESENT Our favorite designers and tastemakers shared their go-to summer hostess gifts— take a look at their picks to find the perfect something to show your appreciation. archdigest.com/hostessgifts LIKE US ON FACEBOOK facebook.com/architecturaldigest TWEET WITH US ON TWITTER @archdigest PIN WITH US ON PINTEREST pinterest.com/archdigest FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @archdigest FROM TOP: GIANFRANCO GORGONI/COURTESY OF ART PRODUCTION FUND AND NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART; COURTESY OF MIRAVAL; C2 PHOTOGRAPHY…

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editor’s page

In the dizzying world of real estate, one man’s dream house is another man’s teardown. At least that’s often the case, whether you’re talking about a modest Craftsman-style bungalow in a Midwestern suburb or architect Bruce Goff’s fabled Bavinger project in Oklahoma, an award-winning modernist masterpiece that was recently demolished. This issue of Architectural Digest, though, features a homeowner who took an inspiringly different tack. The owner, a Hong Kong–based businessman, had purchased a glorious mountain parcel in Colorado, complete with a log cabin whose rugged looks were a far cry from the sleek, low-slung house of his dreams. But instead of reducing the unwanted building to a pile of kindling destined for the nearest landfill, he donated it to Habitat for Humanity to be repurposed elsewhere. This cabin, which some…

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PAGE-TURNER I’ve been reading Architectural Digest for decades and always loved it. (I have hundreds of clippings to prove it!) But I must say the May issue is the most outstanding: beautiful and inspiring homes, travel, and thoughts. I have rendered the issue into a great many tear sheets! Thank you! MAUREEN EGEN, New York City BUILT-IN AUDIENCE AD’s daily email newsletter is a welcome bonus to my subscription. I enjoyed today’s roundup, which included the story “Genius Built-in Furniture Ideas.” I appreciate solutions like those featured; they remind me of a bed I created that has drawers in the footboard. A. A. DUNHAM Myrtle Beach, South Carolina DOUBLE TAKE How very odd to open the May issue and see the same blue cocktail table by Yves Klein in both Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong home [“In the Bag”]…

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SHOPS MOVER AND SHAKER For tastemaking Manhattan design dealer Todd Merrill, relocating to a 100-year-old storefront in Tribeca has required the patience of an archaeologist. “There were surprises at every turn,” he says of his renovation of the space, which was formerly occupied by a massage parlor and a check-cashing business. Over the decades partitions had been added, windows covered up, and not one but two drop ceilings installed, concealing a jungle of electrical and mechanical systems. Merrill peeled it all back. The result, unveiled in May, is an airy sun-drenched gallery with 20-foot ceilings and a total of 4,000 square feet—more than double that of Merrill’s previous outpost. There’s now ample breathing room for his dynamic mix of vintage and contemporary treasures. “We’re in this gray area between art and design,”…

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outside interests

Michael S. Smith has designed everything from the interiors of the White House to kitchen sinks, but the Los Angeles tastemaker had never tackled outdoor furniture. When he went in search of some for his own use, he remembers thinking, If I want something special, others must, too. Now Smith has teamed with Brown Jordan, the venerable American company that has been cosseting sunbathers for seven decades, to launch not one but three furniture collections that put the emphasis on alfresco pleasure. “I love the romance of outdoor furniture,” says Smith, who grew up in California, where “Brown Jordan was everywhere. The idea of working with a brand that made something familiar, comfortable, and of amazing quality really appealed to me.” The first two collections, available now, are called Deia and Arbre.…

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most wanted

1 Vivienne Westwood’Thistle carpet for the Rug Companynods to the floral emblem of Scotland. The silk-and-wool rug comes in gold (shown) and pewter colorways; $10,422 for a 6' x 9' size. therugcompany.com, 212-274-0444 2 With its gracefully curved gold-finished-iron frame and glass shelves, the Eliza bar cart by Jan Showersfor Kravetwhispers elegance. The 34.75" l. x 18" w. x 32.5" h. trolley is available to the trade. kravet.com, 800-648-5728 3 AD100 designer Jean-Louis Deniot’debut collection for Bakerincludes the ethereal 42"-dia. Tourmaline convex mirror in acrylic, brass, and steel ($4,495) and the smartly tailored 26"-tall Sodalite brass table lamp ($1,491). bakerfurniture.com, 800-592-2537 4 Mesedia, Versace’first outdoor chair, renders the company’s signature Medusa head in a seductive aluminum-fretwork design. It measures 27" w. x 22" d. x 34" h. and comes in five hues (haze…