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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest March 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

“There is a huge trapdoor waiting to open under anyone who is critical of so-called popular culture.”—Christopher Hitchens Love ’em or hate ’em, the Jenner/Kardashian clan has an indisputable grip on the American imagination. At press time, Kylie Jenner looks well on her way to unseating big sister Kim’s dominance on Instagram, with 124 million followers to Kim’s 125 million, and momager Kris Jenner, often credited as the brains behind the whole lucrative operation, commands a cool 24.4 million herself. Presented with the opportunity to show our readers (and the internet!) their brand-new, freshly decorated California homes, we sent in the cameras for exclusive double cover stories on mother and daughter. Founded in Los Angeles nearly 100 years ago, AD has a long history of charting the tides of domestic taste…

2 min.
creature comforts

Frustration is often the mother of invention. That was the case with São Paulo design duo Humberto and Fernando Campana, who found themselves tired of traditional upholstery back in 2002. Then a chance encounter sparked an idea: “Someone on the street was selling stuffed animals, carrying them all in his hands—teddy bears, lions, crocodiles,” says Humberto. “Fernando and I looked at each other and said, ‘This is the chair.’” They headed to a nearby market and bought a zoo’s worth of plush toys. At the studio, they stitched the critters together into a cuddly mound and fastened it to a metal framework with skinny stainless-steel legs. The result was “a chair that connects with childhood memories,” Humberto says of a seat—and its endless variations—that has come to epitomize their oeuvre. “It…

3 min.
rebecca de ravenel

You could say Rebecca de Ravenel’s chic, European-inflected take on island style is the result of osmosis: Born in New York to bon vivant parents, she spent her childhood on Nassau, in the Bahamas, before moving to Paris at age seven. “The first time I went to school in France, I couldn’t understand why I had to put shoes on,” recalls the Los Angeles–based fashion designer, whose wildly popular Les Bonbons earrings and long, flowy dresses have become vacation staples for the jet set. Happily, de Ravenel hasn’t lost her penchant for going barefoot. Her light, bright home in the Hollywood Hills is perfectly suited to indoor-outdoor living. “The doors are always open,” she says, breezily gliding through the free-flowing living and dining areas, filled with peppy floral fabrics, an antique…

2 min.
a natural fit

I need to be really close to the work right now,” says David Wiseman, who, for the past several months, has been head-down in his Los Angeles studio—ladling molten bronze into molds, welding aluminum sheets, and brazing together tiny bronze twigs. “There’s no sleep ’til Kasmin.” He’s referring to his highly anticipated solo debut, opening March 14 at New York’s blue-chip Kasmin gallery. For the designer, whose metal, porcelain, and glass creations dazzle in boutiques and homes across the country, the exhibition marks a milestone. Two years ago, after sticking to the standard script (artist makes, gallery represents) for more than a decade, Wiseman decided to shake things up, parting ways with his longtime dealers and teaming with his brother Ari, former deputy director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, to…

1 min.
comic relief

“IF YOU’VE EVER stubbed your toe in the middle of the night, you know how important lighting is,” jokes Ellen DeGeneres, whose eye for great design easily rivals her ear for comedy. The television star (and serial home renovator) has now expanded her namesake furnishings brand with a collection in partnership with Generation Lighting. Some fixtures are midcentury in spirit, with starburst silhouettes or Stilnovo-style shades. Others tend toward the rustic—think organic forms, simple linen shades—or industrial, with galvanized pendants. “You can have a beautifully decorated room, but if it isn’t lit well with great fixtures, it can go totally unappreciated,” notes DeGeneres, who has also added new floor coverings (pillows, too) ranging from fluffy flokatis to geometric flat weaves to her collection with Loloi. As she explains, “Think of…

2 min.
personal history

Eight years ago, Najla El Zein decided it was time to get back to her roots. “I felt the need to discover my country,” says the Beirut-born designer, who returned to Lebanon from Paris, where she moved at the age of two and eventually studied at the École Camondo. “I started working right away.” Prolifically, in fact. Today her small studio in downtown Beirut reveals an array of chalky white studies for the sculptural furnishings that will debut in her first solo show, opening February 28 at New York’s Friedman Benda gallery. Among the 20-some pieces to be exhibited are a concrete bench that bulges like a pregnant belly and a seat of sumptuous sandstone blocks that seem to embrace. “It talks about a connection with the other.” El Zein has long…