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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest June 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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PARTY-READY Don’t miss our comprehensive guide to outdoor entertaining—from no-fuss summer cocktails to inspiring alfresco table schemes to tastemaker tips for the perfect barbecue. archdigest.com/outdoorentertaining TRANSPARENT JOY Sparked by the Toshiko Mori–designed compound in this issue (page 144), we’ve rounded up the most extraordinary glass houses ever, from midcentury masterpieces to 21st-century triumphs. archdigest.com/glasshouses PERSONALITY STUDY Check out our Great Design section, which starts on page 61, then take our exclusive online quiz and choose among today’s best furnishings, cars, and more to learn which style best suits you. archdigest.com/gdquiz HITTING HOME Our cover story on the Florida residence of baseball legend Alex Rodriguez (page 108) is just the beginning: Visit our website for a closer look at his impressive art collection, eco-friendly grounds, and more. archdigest.com/arod LIKE US ON FACEBOOK facebook.com/architecturaldigest TWEET WITH US ON TWITTER @archdigest PIN WITH US ON…

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editor’s page

Years ago, during an interview, the writer Joan Didion was apparently chided by a reporter for using her good silver at the table every day. She famously replied, “Every day is all there is.” That response has long been a mantra for me, and Didion’s straightforward words of wisdom were definitely top of mind when my edit team set out in search of the best products for this issue’s special 16-page Great Design section. Our finds range from a sleek modernist desk seductively clad in luxe leather to a cozy club chair swathed in a cheerful cabbage-rose chintz. Some are classics given a fresh twist—such as Knoll’s 18K-gold-plated edition of Harry Bertoia’s iconic Diamond chair—while others, like the edgy perforated walnut cabinet by Kelly Wearstler for E. J. Victor, are new…

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HEAD START As a sixth grader who has never been to Nashville, your recent article about the city [Travels, March] made me want to experience all the old and new things it has to offer. I thought Nashville was just known for country music, but now I see that it’s transforming into a trendy place with coffee shops, new restaurants, and different types of music. I’m begging my parents to take me there this summer so we can go to the historic Grand Ole Opry and shop at Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James store. SOPHIE SRENCO, St. Louis FRENCH CONNECTION Having been a subscriber for decades, I was sure there was nothing you could show me that would excite me anymore. Your April issue proved me wrong with Timothy Corrigan’s ravishing apartment in Paris’s 8th…

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ART SHARP RELIEF Brightly colored and richly textured, the paintings of Lebanese-born, New York–based artist Nabil Nahas conjure realms aquatic and out of this world. In some works, the remains of actual starfish have been adhered onto canvas and layered with coats of paint so thick the marine bodies recede into pure pattern. Others, made of cast-acrylic topographies edged in vibrant pigment, resemble coral. (Pictured above is Bolero, 2003.) The full breadth of the artist’s creativity is revealed in Nabil Nahas (Rizzoli, $65), a new monograph surveying more than four decades’ worth of his paintings, from geometric abstractions to dreamy depictions of Levantine trees. Motifs from past series, meanwhile, overlap and collide in his latest pieces, which will inaugurate Beirut’s new Saleh Barakat Gallery on May 20.—SAM COCHRAN HOTELS QUIET ESCAPE The emerald coves of…

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mod squad

There is such a wealth of creativity in the world,” says Gary Friedman, the mastermind behind RH, the home-furnishings empire previously known as Restoration Hardware. “Our strategy has always been to find the best people.” With that in mind, the company has recruited industry stars from around the world to contribute to the brand, which also encompasses a contemporary initiative, RH Modern, plus an alfresco collection, RH Outdoor. As Friedman explains, “We’re working with a lot of personalities, but there is a shared set of beliefs about doing strong work and not cutting corners.” That a juggernaut business would nurture and promote outside minds is hardly a given. But RH appreciates the importance of intellectual crosspollination. “By connecting with great talents you get great things,” Friedman notes. Architectural Digest sat down…

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agent provocateur

A few years ago, New York artist Jonathan Horowitz found himself with “many, many halffull cans of strange-colored paint,” he says—surplus from an earlier project. So he decided to see what he could do with them. At first he mostly dabbed the paint around the center of canvases, but he soon began flinging with abandon, splattering every inch of the surfaces, not to mention the walls of his Bronx studio. The resulting works are chromatic supernovas. “I never really know how they are going to turn out,” says the artist, who also notes that the pieces have an environmental conceit. “I see them as a repository for something that would have gone in a landfill.” These “Leftover Paint Abstractions,” as Horowitz calls them, are making their debut in an exhibition at…