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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest January 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.
editor’s letter

This is the second AD100 issue I have produced with the editorial team, and we are excited to welcome 19 new names to the illustrious lineup. Eighty-one individuals (or firms) are back, and six superstars join the Hall of Fame. With major projects from Kelly Wearstler, Miles Redd, Rose Uniacke, Pierre Yovanovitch, Fernando Caruncho, Roman and Williams, and more, the entire issue celebrates these top talents from around the world. Making his AD100 debut, Nate Berkus shares his idyllic L.A. home and family life with us this month—confirming that the man really does have it all. And our cover story, which documents two extraordinary homes for the same discerning family—one in Hawaii, one on the North Fork of Long Island—marks designer Rodman Primack’s first time on the list. (Architect Tom…

2 min.
cloud coverage

At the end of the 1960s, traditionalist French decorator Henri Samuel did something radical: He asked a handful of edgy artists—César, François Arnal, Philippe Hiquily, and Guy de Rougemont—to create furnishings. Many of the stunning results (the stars of which filled Samuel’s louche Pompeian-red salon) have gained cult followings, though one piece in particular put the design world on cloud nine and still does: aristocrat Rougemont’s luminous Nuage table. The painter and sculptor had shown cloud-shaped volumes at Galerie Suzy Langlois in 1969, urging Samuel to pose an obvious question: Why not make the shape into a cocktail table? Rougemont presented two sketches to Samuel, who ordered a five-puff cloud, marked 2/6, in 1970. Nuage, ultimately realized in colored or clear Plexiglas accented with brass, steel, or wood, had a silver lining:…

1 min.
quiet riot

Buzzy Italian design firm Dimore Studio looked to the Art Deco movement for inspiration in creating its first-ever collection of decorative objects, ranging from candlesticks to poufs. LOST-WAX-CAST METAL-AND-BRONZE CANDLESTICKS; OXIDIZED-BRASS VASSOIO TRAY WITH BAMBOO HANDLES; AND BRASS, FOAM, AND WOOD POUF. PRICES UPON REQUEST; DIMOREGALLERY.COM.…

3 min.
double impact

I’m a maximalist, and I hate empty white walls,” says Ed Tang, a Manhattan-based art adviser, of his aesthetic sensibility. Tang, son of the late fashion mogul and Shanghai Tang founder Sir David Tang, is discussing his design decisions for the pair of 1950s modernist houses that he and his partner share in Litchfield, Connecticut. The couple were introduced to the laid-back, leafy corner of the state two years ago by a friend who thought the art collectors would appreciate the famous 1950 Stillman house, designed by Marcel Breuer, which had recently come on the market. “We just fell in love with it,” Tang recalls, noting that the scale was ideal, as was the opportunity to unpack some of their art and furniture collection from storage. “Immediately we wanted it.” Which…

3 min.
the art of commerce

If you visited our house, we might sit on the sofa and have a glass of wine—it’s normal,” says Robin Standefer, cofounder of Roman and Williams with husband Stephen Alesch. “But it’s not normal as a shopping experience.” Or, shall we say, it wasn’t pre–Roman and Williams Guild NY. The pair’s new 7,000-square-foot Manhattan emporium encompasses their furniture, lighting, and kitchen-and-bath line for Waterworks; artisanal objects from around the world; books; prints; an Emily Thompson flower shop; and Le Mercerie, a brasserie helmed by chef Marie-Aude Rose (wife of Daniel Rose, the chef and coproprietor of the Roman and Williams–designed Le Coucou). The Guild is located in an 1860s building that originally housed the oldest department store in America, though most recently it served as a bank. So Standefer and Alesch—whose…

4 min.
talk of the town

It’s doubtful Antoni Gaudí ever contemplated the perfect selfie. But the Catalan architect’s dizzying oeuvre, a phantasmagoria of shapes and colors, makes taking one almost irresistible. On a recent sunny day in Barcelona, crowds clamored toward the mosaic walls of Park Güell, smiling for the camera. And all around town, arms stretched up to snap Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Família, an omnipresent masterpiece with melting façades and spires topped by hulking cranes. More than 135 years in the making, the basilica is now a decade away from completion—a milestone some thought might never come. Until then, Gaudí fans can delight in some more happy news: the restoration of Casa Vicens, the architect’s very first residential project (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Tucked in the quiet neighborhood of Gràcia, just below the Park…