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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest April 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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1 min.
editor’s letter

“My life is about having relationships with people who trust me to tell their story.”—Interior designer Monique Gibson Decorators, architects, furniture makers, landscape designers—these are AD’s rock stars. Indeed, they do provide the visual narration to other people’s stories. I admit that I especially look forward to our annual April issue, when we photograph these talents in their own homes and get them to open up about themselves. This moment of truth is so revealing, and all of these pros are generous for sharing. In this issue, feast your eyes on the lush Tangier villa of the refined U.K.-based decorator Veere Grenney; visit the vast Provençal grounds and gardens of the influential French designer Pierre Yovanovitch, designed by garden maestro Louis Benech; and glimpse into the glorious Malta pleasure palace of…

2 min.
practical joke

In the early 1930s, Dutch department store Metz & Co. asked Gerrit Rietveld to do something unprecedented: design a chair for mass production. The architect agreed, proposing a Z-shaped perch made from four slices of sturdy elm supported by dovetail joints and metal screws. It was no standard seat, but to everyone’s surprise the armless, legless, cantilevered form—a mere sliver in profile—was simultaneously comfortable and sturdy. “It is not a chair but a designer’s joke,” Rietveld famously said of his Zig-Zag. Creatives of all stripes were taken with its smart craftsmanship: Several decades later, artist Donald Judd placed five around a dining table at his New York place, 101 Spring Street, and two more at his Architecture Office in Marfa, Texas. In an arty advertising campaign, Karl Lagerfeld deemed it a favorite. “It’s simple…

1 min.

GABRIELLE SHELTON’S WORKSHOP isn’t for the timid. The shrieking buzz of machines cutting metal fills the air at the 2,500-square-foot Brooklyn garage. But its fearless leader, outfitted in overalls with a skullcap pulled over her golden curls, feels right at home. Since founding Shelton Studios 18 years ago, the architectural metalworker has created library ladders and staircases for the likes of Richard Serra, Annabelle Selldorf, Naomi Watts, and husband-and-wife photography duo Inez and Vinoodh. Shelton met her husband, Evan Snyderman, cofounder of R & Co., when the gallery commissioned her to make a staircase. “I had never built one before,” says Shelton, who studied sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. “But I said, ‘Of course I can do a staircase!’” It’s safe to say she nailed it: Snyderman proposed…

2 min.
shape shifter

Christopher Chiappa is sick of people asking why he’s making tables. “This is not just a table,” he says at his Long Island City, Queens, studio. “It’s a painting. And a sculpture.” Sixteen years ago, after a prolonged creative dry spell, the conceptual artist began crafting furniture—a project he considered unrelated to his art practice. “I needed a coffee table, so I started making ones out of Styrofoam and resin,” he explains. “Next I needed a stool.” Those multiplied, each seat painted in hues that he selected by throwing darts at a Benjamin Moore color wheel. “I would not have had the audacity to paint or sculpt freehand,” explains Chiappa, “but I never felt intimidated by furniture.” Chiappa has since gone on to fill his studio with benches, tables, and…

3 min.
ave maria

Maria Pergay has designed some of the most famous metal furnishings of the last century, from wavelike daybeds to a multipart cocktail table that resembles an archipelago. But the unstoppable matron of modernism—born in Romania, based in France, and now in her 88th year—lives with very few of her own creations, the most iconic being the Ring chair, which she created in 1968 after being inspired by the coiling shape left over from peeling an orange. “It is the fruit, if you will, of my first artistic success,” Pergay says, smiling. Two of those supple, if penitential, seats welcome visitors in the entrance hall of her house in Béziers, a sun-kissed town in the South of France. They are made of stainless steel, her material of choice since the 1960s. “Copper…

2 min.
street smarts

Tomas Maier craves authenticity. “Everything is so globalized, with so many stores that look alike in cities that have tons of personality,” says Bottega Veneta’s creative director. That realization has led him to develop retail spaces under the Maison rubric, flagships in which the materials, palettes, and details subtly honor their locations. The latest Maison Bottega Veneta recently launched in Manhattan, following those in Milan and Beverly Hills, and it is the biggest: 15,000 seductive square feet of menswear, womenswear, accessories, and furniture spread over three 19th-century townhouses at 740 Madison Avenue. The exteriors have been restored to Age of Innocence perfection—Maier, a passionate architecture buff, is on World Monuments Fund’s advisory committee—grounding the store in the city’s streetscape narrative. Which, neatly enough, includes the brand itself. “Bottega Veneta opened its…