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Architectural Digest July 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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2 min.
editor’s letter

“The space had great spirit. Perhaps it was the enormous windows onto Broadway, or the ghosts of the dancers who had come before.” —Dan Fink Ballet is the reason I live in New York City. I fell in love with the Big Apple when I first arrived here as a Midwestern kid training in dance, and although I long ago hung up my pointe shoes (and never was talented enough to realize a professional career), I have remained an avid fan and supporter of this most ephemeral art. When the dynamic new executive director of American Ballet Theatre, Kara Medoff Barnett, showed me the frankly shabby lounge her world-class troupe called home during their grueling rehearsal days, my makeover antennae started to quiver, and I thrilled at the prospect of giving…

2 min.
paper chase

THE STORY BEHIND AN ICONIC DESIGN When American artist Isamu Noguchi visited the Japanese city of Gifu in 1951, the mayor had a request: Could he update the locally made washi paper–and– bamboo lanterns, which were quickly becoming obsolete? Noguchi’s solution: Add a lightbulb. Soon the artist and Gifu’s Ozeki & Co. began producing what senior curator Dakin Hart of New York’s Noguchi Museum calls “arguably the most ubiquitous sculpture on the planet”: Akari, inexpensive lanterns for table, floor, and ceiling. The lamps, which can be folded flat and shipped for virtually nothing, were an instant success. Still produced by the original manufacturer—and sometimes the original craftsperson—they remain in demand and affordable. A table model costs little more than $100. “They are gentle and modest but really a stroke of genius,” says…

1 min.
tailor made

When Mark Badgley and James Mischka conjure up runwayready fashions for the label they launched in 1988, their creative thoughts often turn to old-time Hollywood. Ditto when the subject shifts to decoration. Mischka says that he and his business partner and spouse often ponder “how we would redo the sets of Vertigo and Rear Window.” At the staging of Badgley Mischka’s fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection back in February, models sauntered amid domestic environments outfitted with selections from the duo’s 100-plus-piece debut home-furnishings collection, which will continue to be unveiled over the course of the year. Think precious metals, retro silhouettes, and shimmering, sensual fabrics, from plush velvets to a zebra stripe wrought in gold and white. Says Mischka, with a laugh, “We’re magpies, attracted by anything that twinkles and glistens.” Gold leaf…

2 min.
making waves

Every June, Europe’s design set goes on group holiday. Their destination? Hyères, France, a scenic pocket of the Côte d’Azur where architect Robert Mallet- Stevens built a modernist house for arts patrons Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles in the 1920s. Starting in 2006, Villa Noailles (now a house museum) has hosted the annual Design Parade, a juried exhibition spotlighting the work of emerging furniture- and product-makers. For cool hunters like Clémence and Didier Krzentowski of Galerie Kreo, Pierre Yovanovitch, and Romane Sarfati of Sèvres, it’s been the place to be ever since. “Villa Noailles has always supported young artists,” says Design Parade director Jean-Pierre Blanc, who, last year, launched a satellite show devoted to interior design in the nearby town of Toulon. “Eileen Gray and Pierre Chareau made furniture for the…

3 min.
once upon a time

24ARCHDIGEST.COM DISCOVERIES artisanOnce Upon A Time In today’s digitized world, the clock as an objet d’art carries with it an air of intrigue and old-world romance I magine a land where desks aren’t cluttered with sleek, impersonal gadgets and in-boxes don’t exist on a cloud. That is exactly what Patek Philippe will invite the public to do when the deluxe timepiece brand stages “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition” at Manhattan’s Cipriani 42nd Street in July. The showcase will highlight high-precision watch manufacturing and rare handcrafts, with demonstrations by artisans and a curated selection of exceptional pocket and wristwatches dating back to 1530. Also on display will be a trio of new domed clocks, treasures reflecting a time-honored practice—the one shown here is the result of about 256 hours of…

6 min.
seaside bohemia

Woody House, on Long Island’s eastern tip, has reached near-mythical stature—the mere mention of it often elicits reverence from design cognoscenti worldwide. But while a tour through the labyrinth of gardens is on every horticulturalist’s wish list, less is known about the interiors, which reflect the owners’ far-flung travels through Europe, India, and the Middle East and evoke a worldly vision all their own. Enticed by the combination of a humble wooden cottage perched on an epic Long Island site between the Atlantic Ocean and a coastal lagoon, the owners came to Woody House first for a summer rental; they eventually purchased it eight years later. Originally a guesthouse on the estate of Pan Am founder Juan Trippe, Woody House is tucked into a beach dune, the surf practically lapping at…