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Architectural Digest September 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

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editor’s letter

“People are always like, ‘Oh, Michael Kors. The uptown ladies!’ And the reality is, I’ve always been a downtown boy.”—Michael Kors I’ve known Michael Kors for a long time. He is without a doubt one of my favorite New Yorkers—witty and warm, supremely talented, and one of our city’s most generous philanthropists. I can attest to the truth of the quote above, taken from our cover story. In my first job fresh out of college, at HG (House & Garden magazine), I was assisting the great interiors editor Wendy Goodman when she produced a story on an up-and-comer called Michael Kors. His West Village apartment, though modestly sized and minimally furnished, was nevertheless most certainly an aesthetic forerunner to the impressive downtown spread Michael reveals to AD this month. I recall…

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fine dining

The main idea was to make a piece of sculpture,” says Paris-based designer Mattia Bonetti of the fantastical dining table he dreamed up in 2003. “I was imagining something telluric, from an abyss under the surface of the sea or in a very deep cave. Trees, corals, bubbling volcanoes—all these shapes together become a table, et voilà!” Fittingly, he named it Abyss. Sheet steel, because of its ability to be rendered perfectly flat, was used for the surface, while the baroque base was cast in bronze. Then, to achieve the glossy, electric hues in his imagination, Bonetti called upon a cousin, a professional gilder, to coat the table with white gold leaf and colorful transparent varnishes. Meant to be a usable sculpture, it had, he says, “some requirements of economy. It needed…

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world of: nell diamond

Two years ago Nell Diamond was counting down to two big arrivals. “The joke is what’s going to come first—baby or house,” the very pregnant beauty said back then, her fair skin and tumble of auburn waves evoking a Renaissance portrait. If things went according to plan, Diamond, founder of luxury linen brand Hill House Home, and husband Teddy Wasserman, a private equity investor, would be comfortably settled into their abode before bringing home a newborn (that would be Henry). Following a multiyear gut renovation, their West Village townhouse was nearing the finish line. But as anyone who’s undergone a construction project knows, things never go according to plan. Among the litany of delays: The truck carrying the custom kitchen flipped over en route to installation (driver thankfully unharmed; kitchen…

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people person

When Liselotte Watkins—whose fashion illustrations have been turned into Marimekko prints, Valextra presentations, and Prada bags—moved to Rome in 2015, she fell in love with the city’s rich history of craft. “It was difficult not to get swept up in it,” says the Swedish artist, who soon began painting abstract figures on found pottery. New examples from this series debut at Stockholm’s CFHILL gallery in late August. And come September, she’ll unveil decal-decorated vessels cast at Bitossi’s ceramics factory in Florence. “I made this small army of women,” she explains of the limited-edition collection’s inspiration—the strong Italian women she spots every day. “There are enough men in the world.” worldofwatkins.com BOTTOM PORTRAIT: HELENIO BARBETTA; PRODUCTS: HENRIK BLOMQVIST…

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earth studies

To fashion means to construct or fabricate something, and Rogan Gregory has been busy doing just that. After getting his start designing clothing—first with his denim line Rogan, then with the environmentally focused label Loomstate—the artist has bravely switched paths, devoting the past three years to creating tables, lighting, and other striking objects, some as small as a two-inch bronze talon. As it turns out, his experience in the fashion business has eased the transition. “I do functional pieces, but I have the freedom to do pure sculpture too,” says the soft-spoken and resplendently bearded Gregory, whose latest creations go on view at Manhattan’s R & Co. gallery this September. “When I did clothing, it was the same thing: Sometimes you’re doing jeans and T-shirts, but other times you can…

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two for the road

To hear Maureen Footer tell it, Paris in the late 1940s mirrors America of late. “Society was polarized, people felt like they were losing their identities, and outside influences threatened what was considered the French way of life,” the style historian says on the eve of publishing her new book, Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look (The Vendome Press, $60). But instead of snarking on Twitter, she continues, couturier Christian Dior and two friends—the charming Grandpierre, a former photographer; the melancholic Geffroy, an ex–fashion designer—went about making French classicism great again, though they stirred in English furniture, Finnish carpets, and Middle Eastern bronzes. The modish result was revolutionary, Footer says, “in a streamlined but cosmopolitan manner that answered, as design often can, the big…

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