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Architectural Digest December 2017

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

We at AD are passionate about houses— but not only the dream ones that we scout and photograph for our pages. We believe that every human being deserves shelter, and it is truly painful to this team to consider the legions of homeless all over the world—a population that only grows exponentially in this time of seemingly daily natural disasters. So I take great pleasure and pride in announcing that AD is teaming up with New Story, an innovative San Francisco– based organization that constructs locally sourced, locally built homes for a very raisable $6,500 each in some of the poorest nations on Earth (“Ground Up,” page 56). AD100 professionals are already supporting this important and urgent mission, and we hope that our readers will visit ArchDigest.com/NewStory to learn more…

2 min.
heart felt

It was 1989, and Australian designer Marc Newson was contemplating the oeuvre of German artist Joseph Beuys—particularly the Fluxus star’s work in felt. The coarse, thick, utilitarian textile was simultaneously structured and pliable: Could it make a truly sculptural seat? Newson had just returned to Tokyo from Sydney, where he had completed his futuristic Orgone lounge (several surround antiques dealer Yves Gastou’s pool, above). One day he devised a spin-off, slicing off the back, bending it open, and allowing the chair’s flanks to curl down to the floor. “I wanted it to look like a folded piece of felt,” Newson says of the design, in which a thin, undulating shell of molded fiberglass was sandwiched between two thick layers of the Beuys favorite, handstitched around the edge, and propped up with a…

1 min.
blanket statement

IN AN AGE-OLD CHINESE STORY, a praying mantis tries to stop a chariot with its arms. “It’s a fable of immoderate courage,” says Korean-French artist Seulgi Lee, who abstracted such dicta into vibrant quilts for her Blanket Project U in 2014. Now, working with Korean artisans who practice the traditional Nubi technique—long lines of stitches, separated by as little as half a centimeter—she has turned three of the designs into limitededition cashmere quilts for Hermès. Look closely and you can make out graphic renditions of that strong-willed mantis (shown), a pipe-smoking tiger, and a horse’s hindquarters. “I like to imagine that these proverbs can influence the dreams of people who use the blanket,” she says; $17,400. hermes.com…

1 min.
present company


3 min.
all ages

W e move things around all the time,” says curator and editor Alexandra Cunningham Cameron. “We’re constantly creating vignettes.” This should come as no surprise; she and her husband, artist Seth Cameron, have spent their careers cultivating their respective creative positions. During her decade-long affiliation with Design Miami, Alexandra has acquired pieces from the many designers she’s come to know, while Seth has amassed a wide-ranging collection of work by artist friends. It all comes together in the irreverent yet refined 2,400-square-foot 19th-century Brooklyn rowhouse they and their two young sons, Hadrian and Joseph Sligh, call home. Old houses, like little boys, can be difficult to tame, so the couple enlisted designer Adam Hyman of the firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero to help transform the house, with its grand built-ins, parquet…

3 min.
green thumbs

I t was never one of London’s best-kept secrets— it’s too popular for that—but ever since it opened in 2004, Francesco and Gael Boglione’s Petersham Nurseries in Richmond felt like your own special find. The couple, who have cut a swath through London society since the 1970s—Gael is a former model from Australia, Francesco an Italian businessman—bought Petersham House in 1997 as a home to bring up their young family. Two years later they purchased the adjoining plant nursery to save it from developers. They weren’t growers then, or restaurateurs or shopkeepers, but they had a vision of transforming it into an extension of the way they lived: full of lovely things collected on travels, plants everywhere, and delicious food. Go, I’d tell friends visiting London. Take the District-line tube,…