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Architectural Digest June 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

This issue is all about finding your summer bliss, wherever that may be. I think that the genuine smiles on all the power people on this page are evidence of the real joy they feel in their personal “getaway” environments—even if, as in the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, it is the office. The airy and idyllic Goop headquarters in Santa Monica, which includes a chef’s kitchen and none of the typical decorative trappings of a digital start-up, was recently reimagined to striking effect by RH. “We spend crazy amounts of time here. Since we think of Goop as a family, we wanted everyone to feel at home,” says Paltrow, sounding like the best boss ever. I was especially pleased that the discreet and wildly stylish Manhattan architect/designer Daniel Romualdez, known…

2 min.
bench mark

THE STORY BEHIND AN ICONIC DESIGN Those less familiar with the Arts and Crafts– style manor houses of Sir Edwin Lutyens have probably spotted at least one design from the English architect’s oeuvre: a carved oak bench. The eight-foot-long Thakeham bench— named for the 1902 West Sussex estate he designed it for—cropped up in several influential projects across England, from Sissinghurst, in Kent, to Hestercombe, in Somerset. Years later, it would be referred to by many as simply the Lutyens bench. But aside from the surviving pieces themselves—many of which remain, now ashy gray, where Lutyens installed them—there are no records of the design, or how he arrived at it. “There’s a similar one that he must have seen at a [Christopher] Wren building in London,” muses his granddaughter Candia Lutyens. “But we…

1 min.

WHERE ART MEETS COMMERCE SPECIALTY: Twentieth-century Scandinavian design with a dash of contemporary HISTORY LESSON: The golden age of Swedish design was the 1920s and ’30s, while Denmark’s was the ’40s and ’50s. ONE OF A KIND: Josef Frank’s first Flora cabinet, covered in pages from a botanical reference book. It was commissioned by a Swedish entomologist to house his collection of butterflies and beetles. SURE SALE: “Works by Peder Moos, because he carved everything by hand and his pieces rarely come up at auction,” says Andrew Duncanson. In 2015, a 1952 Moos dining table sold for more than $913,000, setting the world auction record for Nordic design. CONTEMPORARY OBSESSION: “The Denmarkbased ceramist Sandra Davolio. I contacted her after buying a piece at auction to ask if we could represent her. Since then, she’s been…

2 min.
green room

THE BEST IN SHOPPING, DESIGN, AND STYLE EDITED BY JANE KELTNER DE VALLE I love the idea of having living, breathing organisms around,” says Moda Operandi cofounder Lauren Santo Domingo, who raised eyebrows last fall when she banned cut flowers at the new Manhattan showroom of her luxury e-tail boutique. Instead she has accented it with bonsai from Saipua, the hip Brooklyn florist. “All the money we were spending on flowers seemed wasteful,” she says, noting that she also has given the miniaturized trees as Christmas gifts. Jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi isn’t much of a flower person anymore either. Her Rome apartment, which is filled with midcentury Italian furnishings, is forested with furry cacti and a wall of shy mimosa, a creeper whose leaves retract when touched—which happens a lot, since “my…

2 min.
bohemian rhapsody

Oscar de la Renta, the late fashion designer, loved distant lands and exotic textiles. Ditto Carolina Irving, known for the souk-chic fabrics she creates under her own name as well as boho furnishings and tableware for Irving & Morrison and the rani-ready tunics she once created for Irving & Fine. So her serving as the creative director of the Oscar de la Renta Home Collection has been a happy marriage of like minds, as evidenced in her debut textile collection for the house in partnership with Lee Jofa. “The new range is quite faithful to what Oscar liked,” Irving explains of the prints and weaves that launched this May—and, she notes, how he lived. Las Palmas, a 19th-century-inspired palmfrond- printed linen, is her subtle hat-tip to de la Renta’s estate in…

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power bloc

THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING. For the Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis—best known for her neon-tube lighting and the candy-colored resin cubes that appear, plopped like giant gummies, in Céline boutiques—this is her first chair. Marcelis’s creation consists of two components: a heavy, cast-resin base, which acts as a cantilever for a thin, tempered-steel seat that slices through its translucent side. “The two parts are equal in their function,” she says. “Together, they make a chair.” And it’s a chair on message, considering the piece was crafted for—and made its debut at—“Room with Its Own Rules,” the fourth and final show Matylda Krzykowski has assembled for New York’s Chamber gallery. For the exhibition, which opened in May, the Polish curator will exclusively show works by women, ranging from legends like Nathalie…