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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest October 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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DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN The dynamic photographer shot a trio of features for this issue: the Romanek home, Jessica Chastain’s Manhattan apartment (“Classic Beauty,” page 162), and the art-filled San Francisco mansion of collectors Norah and Norman Stone (“Pet Project,” page 144). “It was a dream to work on,” he says of the latter story, “and the Stones were so much fun.” Friedman is launching a men’s underwear line this fall and has a book on beach properties, The Seaside House (Rizzoli), slated for release next March. BRIGETTE ROMANEK & ESTEE STANLEY Romanek’s elegantly updated Hollywood house (“Blithe Spirit,” page 174) marks the debut project of Hancock Design, the Los Angeles interiors firm helmed by Romanek (above, left) and Stanley (right). Named after the city’s Hancock Park enclave, where the pair met four years ago…

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editor’s letter

Bilbao, the celebrated Mexican architect who moves with humanitarian ease from building bold dream houses to designing user-friendly, government-commissioned affordable housing, is at the forefront of what it means to be creatively relevant today. As we compiled talents for the October Innovators issue—brilliantly masterminded largely by editor Sam Cochran—certain themes continually arose, equally expressed by architects, landscape designers, and interior decorators: sustainability, geographic sensitivity, and a sincere respect for how people will experience the environment. Consider this quote from the California-based Surfacedesign about the National Parks Conservancy visitors’ center in San Francisco that the firm crafted from a parking lot: “None of the plantings are irrigated—they survive, as they should, in the climate. That’s one of the ways we are thinking about water conservation.” Architect Achim Menges tells AD that…

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Colorful Cast I recently received the August issue of Architectural Digest, and all I can say is “Wow.” From the wonderful Anderson Cooper cover story [“Paradise Found”] to the rest of the fabulous homes full of color, I’m thrilled. It’s so refreshing to see vibrant, exciting interiors after far too much generic minimalism. Here’s to more interesting design and decoration, and to AD’s continuing coverage of such. PRISCILLA BOWMAN Glendale, California I’ve been working in the architectural field for 50 years, many of them as a designer, and Anderson Cooper’s getaway is the first house I’ve seen that I would live in as is! It displays amazing taste blended with a true sensitivity to its neighborhood. Bravo, Anderson and designer Wilbert Das! TOM SIGLER Wilmington, Delaware History Lesson Thank you for featuring the historic Mulberry Plantation [“American Beauty,”…

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earth studies

Three years ago Chris Brock and his husband, designer Paul Fortune, the West Coast arbiter elegantiarum, abandoned the Los Angeles rat race and resettled in Ojai, California—land of dream catchers, stunning valley vistas, and, more recently, movie stars like Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, and Emily Blunt. But despite the couple’s desire for a more serene existence, Brock soon decided that too much quiet can be, well, disquieting “After we left Hollywood I was floundering,” the erstwhile landscape designer confesses. “I felt like I was one of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Ladies Who Lunch.’ It’s tragic not having anything to do.” So Brock headed into town from the pair’s heavenly mountainside house and signed up for a ceramics class. It clicked. “Making ceramics is incredibly difficult and frustrating, but there were enough successes to…

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style with an edge

1 In his witty Reflect collection, Richard Brendon couples lone antique saucers with mirrored bone china tea and espresso cups to create the illusion of perfect pairs. Prices start at $104 for an espresso-cupand-saucer set. richardbrendon-.com, +44-20-8962-8924 2 Hervé Van der Straeten found inspiration in the folds of origami for his convex Yoko mirror, which is framed with swatches of cerulean anodized aluminum. The piece, from Ralph Pucci International, measures 66.5" w. x 70" h. x 8.5" d.; to the trade. ralphpucci.net, 212-633-0452 3 Seventeenth-century still lifes in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum are the basis for the photorealistic rugs Marcel Wanders has devised for Moooi. The 11'5"-diameter version shown here sells for $4,595. moooicarpets.com, 646-396-0455 4 Lacquered-beech rods burst from Pia Maria Raeder’s brass-top side table, a striking offering from the designer’s Sea Anemone collection.…

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john derian

Sometimes I feel like a chef at a farmers’ market,” says decoupage artist John Derian, amid the vast collection of antique etchings, engravings, and manuscripts in his studio on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. “What’s available is what I end up using,” he says of the prints, which he finds at estate sales and flea markets and fashions into his signature creations. For more than two decades Derian has sold his own plates, lamps, and other objets alongside a selection of artisan-made home goods at his eponymous shops in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Now his favorite images—from delicate 18th- and 19thcentury botanical and animal studies to charming children’s drawings—have come out of their storage bins (Hermès boxes and vintage suitcases) and onto the pages of his first tome, John Derian Picture…