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Architectural DigestArchitectural Digest

Architectural Digest November 2017

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

Julianne, I feel your pain! It can be jarring to enter an old structure and discover that the insides do not even remotely match the (landmark-preserved) outside. On the other hand, living in the past is not necessarily the ideal option, either. This, our annual renovation issue, highlights several examples of sensitive-yet-stunning makeovers that respect a building’s history while updating it for contemporary taste—and life. In the case of our cover star, who is a major design enthusiast, the solution lay in retaining the charming details of her Greek Revival Manhattan home (shutters, floors, fireplaces, staircase—things many townhouse dwellers actually do remove) but changing up the layout. Taking liberties with tradition, Moore moved her kitchen from the darker downstairs (“where it is supposed to be,” comments the Oscar winner) to…

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foot fetish

THE STORY BEHIND AN ICONIC DESIGN The last place you might expect to find John Dickinson— the debonair San Francisco decorator whose tailored modernism captivated 1970s cognoscenti before his untimely death in 1982—was a kitschy imports shop. But that’s exactly where he spotted one of his most recognizable muses: an African wood stool perched on three feet. “Its brutal, primitive look was the antidote to the chichi modernity that prevailed,” explains R. Louis Bofferding, the Manhattan decorativearts dealer and Dickinson expert. “So he started to make his own versions in different materials and sizes.” Early examples, like the two owned by designer Michael Formica, were hewn from pine by a carpenter. Soon, though, Dickinson began casting his stools and tables in plaster, with a dash of resin to prevent staining and metal rebar…

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living large

Never trust a man who has no books,” declares Giovanna Battaglia-Engelbert, floating atop a library ladder in a cotton-candy cloud of a Giambattista Valli gown. When the Italian stylist started dating Swedish real-estate mogul Oscar Engelbert, now her husband, they bonded over art and design tomes—Giovanna collects books as voraciously as she does fashion. “The library was half full when we met,” she says. To borrow a phrase from Jerry Maguire, she completed him—or at least his shelves. Couple and books now happily commingle in the Annabelle Selldorf–designed Manhattan apartment with en suite sky garage and views over the Hudson River. Furnished with modern classics, from Pierre Jeanneret’s teak dining table and chairs to a Stilnovo tricolor floor lamp, it is perhaps more reflective of Oscar’s style than his wife’s. (The…

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vincent darré

The trouble with being a tastemaker is that admirers want to own what you live with. Paris decorator Vincent Darré’s protectionist solution? Conjure up a virtual home that serves as a byappointment office and showroom. “It’s an exploration of what I can do with the elegant proportions of salons with dix-huiti•me-si•cle boiseries,” he says, in an accent he laughingly calls “pure Maurice Chevalier.” And, as the thrillingly dapper designer points out—to his fans’ satisfaction— everything is for sale, from cushions to chandeliers. Darré’s professional premises occupy a handful of high-ceilinged rooms on the third floor of 13 Rue Royale, a limestone mansion that was constructed in the 18th century by architect Louis Le Tellier. To Darré’s delight, the building is just a few grand doors up from another Le Tellier building that…

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popular demand

Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has never been shy about making a statement, but his latest project— a sprawling collection of furniture, accessories, and art for retail goliath Frontgate—shifts the designer’s global ambitions into overdrive. “I’ve had such a public platform for so long. Now I’m finally able to bring a taste of my work to a much larger audience,” says the effervescent Bullard, who counts a gaggle of megawatt celebrities among his fans. “Frontgate distributes about 86 million catalogs a year,” he continues, “so the opportunity to connect with consumers is extraordinary.” His signature line covers the entire home field, from cabinets, coffee tables, and lighting to cushions and pot racks. The collection reflects the designer’s renowned dexterity in working with many different styles—updated traditional, clean-lined modern, nouvelle Moroccan, and everything…

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change agent

Who knew that steel soup spoons could be assembled into perfect peonies? Or that soft silver teaspoons are just right for delicate rose petals? In British artist Ann Carrington’s fanciful vision, the bowls of berry spoons are linked to mimic hydrangea blossoms, and fork tines make great protea blooms. Before any of that could happen, though, Carrington had to learn to weld, solder, and braze. They’re quite difficult to make,” she says during some downtime at her light-filled studio in a former railway yard in Margate, a seaside resort east of London. Composed of castoff flatware, Carrington’s lush floral arrangements take about three months to create, from sorting to composition to completion. “Each flower requires a different kind of spoon,” she says, “and each metal requires a different heating technique.” Inspiration for…

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