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MILIEU Spring 2021

In MILIEU, every story captures the look and feel, the mood and character, the style of a place - its milieu. The milieu that defines a great house or garden, the unique character of a design professional, the message conveyed in a thoughtful essay about home life, the creative strategies for accomplishing the look you want for your home - these are the elements of our magazine.

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United States
Pierce Publishing
$10.19(Incl. tax)
$29.23(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the goods

1. Bring nature indoors with this set of twelve (six are shown here) botanical prints, each of which is set in an antiqued 22k gilt frame. They measure 27" wide x 23 ½" high. From Dennis & Leen, dennisandleen.com 2. The African Safari teak side table from Teak Warehouse is a classic example of furnishings from the continent, with a rounded top and tapered legs. Each one has been artfully carved from a thick teak tree. teakwarehouse.com 3. An English, circa-1810 Georgian-era topaz cross pendant features foil-backed rose gold collet setting. Complementing antique chains are available, too, at Bell and Bird. The item comes in a fitted box. bellandbird.com 4. The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has always been the ultimate beacon of glamour, welcoming guests with its signature pink, green, and white lobby.…

5 min
combining forces

INTERIOR DESIGNER Suzanne Kasler knows why this recent project in coastal Florida proved a success. “Designers love people,” the Atlanta-based Kasler says emphatically. “We love the relationships that develop through our involvement in a project like this.” Indeed, on an island off the Florida Gulf Coast, the vision of an airy, light-filled new house was realized in its full dimension, brought into being through the combined efforts of an architect and designer whose design philosophies are like two sides of the same coin. The result—combining influences of Florida “Cracker style” and the East Indies on the outside with spare, clean detailing inside—is the product of a close collaboration between Kasler and Ken Pursley, principal of Charlotte-based Pursley Dixon Architecture. Completing the cooperative effort were the homeowners, who engaged every step of…

2 min
best in show

4 min
a work in progress

At 87, Sam Gilliam is enjoying a career high. In 2018 the artist unveiled a major commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and in 2022 he will be the subject of an ambitious retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, both in Washington, D.C., where he continues to live and work. Gilliam has been a fixture of the nation’s capital since 1961. He moved there with his then-wife, the journalist Dorothy Butler Gilliam, after earning his MFA from the University of Louisville, which followed a childhood spent in northern Mississippi. After teaching in Louisville’s public school system as a way to sustain his life as an artist, Gilliam soon dedicated himself full-time to painting and in 1972 became the first Black artist to show at…

2 min
oscar niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012) was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. A childhood passion for drawing led him to pursue a career in architecture, and he entered the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes, from which he graduated in 1934. Shortly before his graduation, Niemeyer was hired by architect Lúcio Costa; together, they were tasked with the design of Rio’s Ministry of Education and Health building. The Palácio Gustavo Capanema, as it’s known today, was raised on pilotis, slim supportive columns, and notable for its glass façade, which was articulated with adjustable sun shades or brises-soleil. The success of this project led to a longstanding collaboration with fellow architect Le Corbusier. In 1947, Niemeyer joined with Le Corbusier to design the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Each architect was responsible…

4 min
inspired by the past

For years during his boyhood, Steve Giannetti worked in a Maryland warehouse filled with plaster and stone cornices and pilasters, corbels and columns, urns, fireplace surrounds, and statuary made by his grandfather, father, and other artisans. Although that warehouse has since been dismantled following the retirement of Giannetti’s father from the business, he can still conjure up the sight of the shelves filled with decorative objects, the smell of the chalk and stone dust, the feel of the grit on his skin. As a prolific residential architect now, Giannetti says, “The lessons of the past show up in a person’s art.” And upon looking at photographs of the old warehouse when it was still stocked with the architectural and sculptural creations, he says with a wistfulness and pride, “Everything I…