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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest November 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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HANNAH MARTIN Since 2014 senior writer Martin has searched the globe for up-and-coming talents and innovative designs to feature in AD. For this issue she talked to three decorators: Mark Sikes (“American Ideal,” page 60), Steven Gambrel (“Recipe for Success,” page 103), and Ken Fulk (“In Mr. Fulk’s Neighborhood,” page 186). In reporting the latter story, she visited the San Francisco– based designer’s new Manhattan outpost, an ultrachic Tribeca loft. “I hope this means we’ll get more of him in New York,” Martin says. “He’s famous for his extravagant parties, so I can’t wait to see what goes down there.” MITCHELL OWENS AD’s decorative arts editor also penned this month’s story about one of the late decorator Alberto Pinto’s final projects (“Port of Call,” page 192), a delightful colonial-inspired getaway in the Brazilian…

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editor’s letter

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol All too true. And in the realm of houses, gardens, and buildings, it explains our dogged determination to make improvements—despite the fact that renovation, the theme of this issue, is certainly one of the most fearsome human experiences. There is no doubt that age can give a desirable patina and maturity to properties great and small, but time can also equal decay and datedness. As someone who’s transformed no less than nine residences, Meg Ryan is an apt cover star, and as the new director comments, “I know it sounds crazy to most people, but I love renovating. As an actor, you are so rarely in control. But with decorating I am in control; it’s a…

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Fashion Statement The September issue made me linger with delight; there were more people smiling and less pretension. A standout was Marc Jacobs’s home [“Prince of the City”], which was quirky, intriguing, and personal—but hardly an “understatement,” as noted. FRAN COLLEY Indianapolis Humble Abode How about profiling more modest residences from time to time? Many of us have worthwhile jobs that nonetheless pay little. It doesn’t mean we can’t express our creativity as well as people with vastly greater resources. SCOTT MCMURRAY Waterford, Wisconsin Bright Idea Imagine my thrill as an interior decorator when I received a call from a potential client who, after reading the “Living with Color” issue [August], said she was ready to jump outside the beige box she’d been living in. GINGER RAAKA San Diego Rustic Chic I have always been fascinated by unpretentious and übercomfortable country estates, like…

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flora & fauna

1 Artist Zoé Ouvrier meticulously engraves and then paints folding wood screens with her otherworldly trees. The 47" w. x 71" h. Esme design, shown, is covered in white gold leaf; price upon request. zoeouvrier.com, +33-62-031-5443 2 The dahlias in Christopher Spitzmiller’s Hudson Valley garden inspired his series of earthenware dinner plates bearing different varieties of the lush blooms. Each handcrafted plate costs $195. christopherspitzmiller.com, 212-563-3030 3 Around 1930, renowned arts patron Misia Sert created these 15.25"-h. tree sculptures out of glass beads, coral, silk thread, and wire; $35,000 for the pair. chineseporcelaincompany.com, 212-838-7744 4 Temple St. Clair’s Sacred Amulets collection draws upon ancient symbols of protection, such as the gazelle. This dazzling yellow-gold bracelet set with diamonds is $85,000. templestclair.com, 800-590-7985 5 Trees in the winter landscape served as the basis for Casamidy’s…

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american ideal

The first antique I ever bought was an 18th-century chinoiserie armoire,” recalls Los Angeles decorator Mark D. Sikes, beloved for his crisp, quintessentially California interiors. “I found it 15 years ago, and it’s been my favorite ever since.” But the perfect piece—old or new—can be elusive, as any designer can tell you. So Sikes has taken matters into his own hands and created a new collection of furniture for Henredon, accompanied by a home line for Maitland-Smith, both of which nod to some of his favorite antiques and one-of-a-kind furnishings he’s designed over the years. The two collections debuted in October, on the heels of his first book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style (Rizzoli). From a riff on that prized armoire to a trio of sweetly proportioned slipper chairs—“the scale just…

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pride of place

When she was 14, Mexican interior designer Gloria Cortina discovered her calling by redecorating her childhood bedroom. First came an Art Deco–tinged scheme in the spirit of Miami Vice, then a floral mash-up of Laura Ashley and Ralph Lauren, and finally full-force classicism, with parchment wall coverings and marquetryinlaid antiques pilfered from her grandparents’ Arturo Pani–decorated manse. Set atop Mexico City’s tony Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, that villa now serves as the home base for Cortina’s thriving practice, which ranks among Mexico’s most influential but remains largely unknown north of the border. This stands to change. Following the release of her 2016 monograph, Gloria Cortina: Mexico (Editorial RM), the designer will have her first furniture exhibition, at Manhattan’s tastemaking Cristina Grajales Gallery. On view from November 3 to December 23, the…