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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest February 2019

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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2 min.
editor's letter

"Renovating a house in real life is not like it is on TV. On TV, the home renovation takes place during a clever 30-second montage while a Stevie Wonder song plays. The actor playing TV Shonda holds up swatches and nods, peers at tiles and nods, uses a sledgehammer on a wall and smiles… and never loses patience or the will to live."—Shonda Rhimes Do yourself a favor: Don’t just look at the pictures of our cover star, Shonda Rhimes, at home in her L.A. abode—read the text! After all, the superstar storyteller wrote it herself, and how could the brains behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder not nail the tale of her own dream house? Unsurprisingly, nail it she does, from the meet-cute beginning (falling…

2 min.
ground swell

Swiss designer Ubald Klug was known for taking on unconventional projects. There was his so-called bed for working, a prefab housing prototype, a study for the cockpit of a French airline. So, in the early 1970s, when Klug presented the furnituremaker de Sede with a fresh idea, it’s no surprise that he put forth something groundbreaking, pun intended—a sofa that resembled a pile of earth. “He had the idea to produce a kind of mountain,” explains Willi Glaeser, his onetime collaborator. “In the Alps the cows walk around leaving horizontal terraces. You see these patterns in this sofa.” Not every critic was smitten: The New Yorker called it “a monstrous thing.” Dubbed Terrazza, Klug’s sofa is composed of seven graduated leather-wrapped cushions set on a rectangular base. “They’re like dominoes,” designer Kelly…

2 min.
flavor pairing

Bridging the Anglo-American gap has always been a Ralph Lauren specialty, but it’s safe to say the fashion legend is now upping the ante. Lauren was recently named the first American fashion designer ever to be made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, joining the company of U.S. presidents. And just in time to toast his new title, he has unveiled a tabletop collection in collaboration with Burleigh, the British heritage potter. Reminiscent of vintage batik cloths and bandannas, his star, peony, and vine motifs (available in denim blue or faded black) are the first patterns by an outside designer to grace Burleigh pieces since the company was founded in 1851. “This collection is American in spirit but celebrates their time-honored tradition,” reflects Lauren,…

2 min.
looming large

At Mimi Jung’s Los Angeles studio, several looms reveal hundreds of hours of work. In one weaving, gauzy mohair seems to creep across the weft, like a live edge. In another, highlighter-yellow rope threads through thick poly-cord. “I can work an entire day on just two inches,” she says of her slow, solitary practice. Though the textile artist has long been realizing commissions for the likes of Yabu Pushelberg, Philippe Malouin, and Jamie Bush, she’s now stepping out from behind the scenes. On the heels of a group exhibition, curated by Broached Commissions, at Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, Jung is pushing her craft to its sculptural limits. A new series called Fallen Fence combines paper and poly-cord into textural, wall-mounted topographies. Meanwhile, she’s begun casting her weavings in glass, fusing…

1 min.
the french connection

“If I can tell a story about craft, then I am happy,” reflects Paris-based designer Raphael Navot, who has translated his love of bespoke construction and finely tailored details into a new furniture collection for Roche Bobois. Whereas one table reveals a patchwork top of meticulous oak parquetry, another bears a sculptural form hand-coated in concrete. Side chairs, meanwhile, sport backs in different heights, silhouettes, and fabrics, encouraging mix-and-match schemes. And a curvaceous chaise has been upholstered as tightly as a tennis ball—a flourish sure to bring a smile to Navot’s face. roche-bobois.com…

1 min.
island time

Pedicured toes are officially back in the sand on St. Barts, where beloved waterfront hotels have reopened after Hurricane Irma damaged the island in 2017. This past October, Hotel Le Toiny unveiled a complete restoration, with eight additional villas and a spectacular new pool at its secluded beach club (letoiny.com). Le Sereno, meanwhile, has debuted its own makeover, including rebuilt modernist bungalows, a new spa and fitness center, and a reimagined restaurant that practically extends to the water’s edge—barefoot dining encouraged (serenohotels.com). And more transformations await, with the grand reveals of Cheval Blanc—currently accepting a limited number of guests—and Eden Rock scheduled for the fall.…