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Architectural Digest February 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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2 min.
palace revolution

When Georges Pompidou and Jean Coural—head of the Mobilier National, an agency of the French Ministry of Culture—vowed to jump-start the nation’s suffering design industry in the late 1960s, they knew just what would get the world’s attention: a buzzy redo of the president’s Élysée Palace apartment by the young French talent Pierre Paulin. Paulin delivered. Plopped in his out-of-this-world rooms were sculptural sofas and chairs molded from strips of wood wrapped in foam and upholstered in leather. In no time, visiting dignitaries were ogling the French furnishings of the future. A testament to Paulin’s forward thinking, the series—known to most as Élysée—didn’t gain a cult following until the early 2000s, when it reemerged at New York gallery Demisch Danant. “People knew Paulin, but they didn’t know about the French production,” explains…

1 min.
stella rubin

SPECIALTY: Nineteenth- and early- 20th-century American quilts. STITCH IN TIME: The earliest date back to the 1700s, but most American quilts were made between the 1850s and 1870s. QUILTING CAPITALS: Baltimore and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “They were settled early by people who were wealthy enough to have the luxury of time,” Rubin says. EARLY ACQUISITION: An 18thcentury quilt made from block-printed Indian palampores. Now it’s at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Nebraska. LOOK FOR: Circles and points. “It’s very difficult to get edges sharp. There’s a pattern heavy in both called New York Beauty that is very unusual.” RARE FIND: “This wreath quilt [see right] is one of the few pieces in my collection we’ve been able to trace back to the actual maker. We connected the signature to a mother and daughter…

2 min.
rescue mission

Yinka Ilori can’t turn away a stray. “I see a chair by the road and hear it shouting, ‘Pick me up! There’s more in me!’” jokes the British- Nigerian designer, who began upcycling discarded seats while studying at London Metropolitan University. This past fall, he burst onto the scene at London Design Festival. Collaborating with Restoration Station, a not-for-profit that teaches recovering addicts to repair furniture, Ilori gave bright new futures to some broken-down chairs. Frames were restored, then painted in happy hues, and seats were covered in Dutch wax prints. Outside CitizenM hotel, meanwhile, Ilori created a playground of Technicolor slides and swings. That, too, is getting repurposed, having found a home among Bow Arts’ affordable studio spaces at Royal Albert Wharf. yinkailori.com —HANNAH MARTIN Bright Ideas IT’S BEEN NEARLY 15 YEARS…

3 min.
forward march

The buildings are humble, functional. There are sturdy, redbrick churches and modest houses with deep porches beneath overhangs that ward off the heavy Southern heat. There’s even a barbershop, its row of seats where customers wait like a congregation kneeling before an altar. Seemingly unremarkable pieces of 20th-century America, these structures are in fact quite the contrary: extraordinary artifacts of the Civil Rights Movement, places where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, where Freedom Riders found shelter from mobs, and where social-justice activists huddled to strategize their nonviolent quest for human rights. More than a dozen such structures in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, have now been placed on the 2018 World Monuments Watch, a biennial list of cultural sites at risk of decay or destruction. The World Monuments Fund (WMF), which administers the…

1 min.
plastic arts

“I want to create furniture without guilt,” says Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij, whose custom robots can squeeze thick strings of plastic into a chair, bench, or chandelier. The ingredients? Discarded refrigerators, garden chairs, CDs, and more. “Anyone can make a beautiful object out of bronze,” he notes. “The real challenge is to turn garbage into a museum piece.” dirkvanderkooij.com…

3 min.
in the light

Nestled in a canyon on the outskirts of Los Angeles, artist Mary Corse’s house and studio are a short drive—but a world away—from the city’s hustle and bustle. Cell service cuts out en route to her home, which is reached via a single-lane bridge and winding dirt road. Neighbors are few and far between, affording Corse ample room to paint in private. Which is what she’s been doing— quietly, steadily—for more than five decades, building an important body of work while innovating on pace with established pioneers of the Light and Space movement. This May, however, she will take an overdue step center stage, with a long-term installation at Dia:Beacon and a debut show at London’s Lisson Gallery, followed by her first solo museum survey at the Whitney in June. “Mary’s…