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Architectural DigestArchitectural Digest

Architectural Digest June 2018

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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11 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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editor's letter

“I know of a cure for everything: saltwater… sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”—Isak Dinesen Although we edit each issue of AD with a distinct preference for a lot of visual variety, in the June edition (themed “country houses and weekend escapes”) I really just want to see water—water everywhere. I know I’m not unique in this summertime desire, so the exceptional houses featured this month deliver glorious aquatic views and, accordingly, Dinesen-esque catharsis for their fortunate owners and our readers. But H2O is where the similarities end, as each of these residences is wholly sui generis. Perched on a rocky outcropping in the Pacific in Carmel, California, architect Frank Wynkoop’s 1951 Butterfly House marries classic midcentury modernism with completely current interior design. A grand 1903 “cottage” on the Atlantic…

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one fell swoop

It was postwar Europe, and a new world power had emerged on the scene that would change the way people lived: plastic. Experimental Danish designer Verner Panton—fascinated with the progressive polymer that could be molded into any shape and mass-produced—set his sights on a fantasy: a chair made in one piece. The challenge? Finding someone who could produce it. “Fifteen to 20 manufacturers have tried it but have all rejected the project for different reasons,” Panton told Rolf Fehlbaum, of Swiss manufacturer Vitra, in 1963. They agreed to take on the task. Four years and ten prototypes later, a limited run of what became known as the Panton chair—a cantilevered seat in laminated, fiber-glass-reinforced polyester—was debuted at the Cologne Furniture Fair. Though the chair became an immediate icon, its composition was never static.…

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in her element

THE BEST IN CULTURE, DESIGN, AND STYLE EDITED BY SAM COCHRAN Stepping into a vacant storefront in Manhattan last fall, Anna Karlin saw pure potential. Forget that the Chinatown space had fire damage, bad plumbing, and no proper electricity; she zeroed in on what it could become. “I’ve learned to trust my instincts,” the English-born designer reflects just six months later as she puts the finishing touches on her tailor-made new studio and showroom. It was impulse, after all, that drove Karlin to quit her first job, at a big-time London design firm in 2006, just two days in; impulse that, four years later, nudged her across the Atlantic to Manhattan to set up her own art-direction firm; and impulse that prodded her to create a line of furniture in 2012. Each…

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rise and shine

When a New York couple—she’s an arts entrepreneur; he’s a high school counselor—bought 15 waterfront acres on the North Fork of Long Island, they envisioned a single-story house with outdoor access from every room. But their architect, Bill Ryall of Ryall Sheridan Architects, wanted to protect the house from the next Sandy-like storm and to give the couple expansive views of nearby waterways and islands. “So I ordered a 12-foot ladder from the hardware store and had it delivered to the site,” says Ryall. When his clients climbed up and saw the newly revealed vistas, they were, as the husband puts it, “blown away.” They gave him the go-ahead to raise much of the house on stilts. “If a house is going to relate to the site, it can’t be a…

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feeling the pulls

Balancing old and new has long been a forte of designer Richard Mishaan, who has now partnered with SA Baxter to create his first line of architectural hardware. Inspirations range from Art Deco cuff links to ancient Chinese cloisonné. Says Mishaan, “The process reminded me of Florence, with all the jewelers working by hand on the Ponte Vecchio.” sabaxter.com 1. COURTESY OF RICHARD MISHAAN; 2. & 3. GEORGE ROSS…

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country girl

People kept saying, ‘Write a book,’ but I still didn’t know anything about anything,” says Amanda Brooks, the former Barneys New York fashion director who married an Englishman in 2001 and, 17 years and two children later, immersed herself in her husband’s native Cotswolds. “I had no focus other than my Instagram [@amandacbrooks].” Today Brooks, known as Amanda Cutter in her Manhattan days, is passionately, proselytizingly rural. Out this month is her book Farm from Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures, and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country (Blue Rider Press). Think A Year in Provence sans espadrilles. There’s a brick-and-mortar component, too: Cutter Brooks, a smart little style Mecca, opens this month in a 16th-century building in Stow-on-the-Wold, not far from Fairgreen Farm (AD, September 2016), the romantic…

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