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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest June 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

“We wanted a place to watch our kids play and grow up. This is our dream house!”—Jessica Alba This issue is full of blissful peeks into various people’s happy places—often summer retreats but in the case of cover star Jessica Alba, her family’s main residence in, astoundingly, L.A. (Her pool, garden, and vast canyon views do not scream city living at all!) Actually, many of the featured homeowners use similar phrases (often dream house) and emotions (certainty!) to convey their feeling of love at first sight. Alba, for example, says she “walked in and knew within 20 minutes this was exactly what we were looking for.” Mieke ten Have, one of AD’s trusted photo stylists, treasured for her excellent eye, writes of her Dutchess County, New York, barn: “Ownership of this…

2 min.
butterfly effect

Some furniture designs become so ubiquitous that their creators get relegated to the footnotes. Such is the case of the Butterfly chair, originally called the BKF or Hardoy chair after the trio of Le Corbusier alums—Grupo Austral’s Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy—who created it in Buenos Aires in 1938. “Most people don’t know it’s Argentinean,” says Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s former chief curator of architecture, of the modern adaptation of Joseph Beverly Fenby’s 19th-century campaign-style Tripolina. “But if we went into the design department and looked at a lineup of chairs, it would be the single most recognizable Latin American design.” It was another erstwhile MoMA curator who solidified that fate. Back in 1940, after the seat was exhibited in Buenos Aires, the industrial-design curator Edgar Kaufmann Jr. imported two…

2 min.
world of mark d. sikes

I’m obsessed with checks,” gushes interior designer Mark D. Sikes on a recent visit to his Hollywood Hills house. He’s gazing approvingly at the dining room, which, as part of the latest update to his longtime home, he’s swathed, drapery to tablecloth, in blue-and-white gingham by Brunschwig & Fils. “Look at Renzo Mongiardino, Mark Hampton, Albert Hadley. There were always checks. It’s a proven formula.” This injection of pattern was just one of many recent changes to the 1928 residence, which he shares with his partner, Michael Griffin, and their French bulldog, Lily. Like most makeovers, the project stemmed from issues of functionality. “We never used the living room, because it felt so formal,” he reflects. “Lifestyles change, and our homes need to change with our lifestyles.” That didn’t mean all their…

1 min.
historic resonance

Edmund de Waal made his first pot at age five. Now 54, the ceramic artist (and best-selling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes) estimates that he has turned out tens of thousands, along the way achieving renown for his large-scale installations at historic houses and museums around the world. In de Waal’s latest intervention, “Elective Affinities,” at New York’s Frick Collection, nine hauntingly subtle site-specific pieces temporarily displace Renaissance bronzes and French porcelains. The elegant Englishness of the museum’s dining room “makes me want to break things,” de Waal writes in the exhibition catalogue. To represent that urge, the pair of vitrines standing in front of two Gainsborough portraits in the room hold paper-thin sheets of porcelain leaning against booklike steel boxes filled with shards of the fragile yet…

1 min.
dream weavers

Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson has baskets on the brain. For the Spanish luxury brand’s spring 2019 show, he presented handbags woven from raffia and straw alongside pieces by Irish basketmaker Joe Hogan, one of last year’s Loewe Craft Prize finalists. And for Salone del Mobile, months later, Anderson commissioned more than a dozen other international talents to apply their traditional weaving techniques to Loewe’s signature leather. The unique results coincided with the debut of Loewe’s new home collection, starring baskets and lamps by Spain-based artisan Idoia Cuesta, who works on a nature reserve near Galicia’s Minho river. She has reimagined her usual crocheted confections—plump, fringed vessels rendered in wools and felts—by swapping a homespun vibe for a cleaner, Japanese-inspired approach. Braided out of thin strips of tanned leather, her…

1 min.
james shaw

“I mean, it’s literally everywhere,” says the 32-year-old British designer James Shaw, describing plastic, a material now ravaging the earth. “It’s in our clothes; in our teeth. And it’s a genuine problem that we need to sort out.” For his 2013 graduation project at London’s Royal College of Art, he called attention to the issue with a wonky machine that turned landfill-bound plastic waste into thick, gooey strands that he then molded into a delightfully globby side table. For a young designer starting off, the substance had another advantage: He could get tons (actual tons) of it for free. Six years later, Shaw has used leftover polyethylene from a nearby recycling factory to create sculptural tables, door handles, tureens, fountains—even a ladder. “The thing about plastic,” he explains, “is it…