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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest March 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

Bingo! In this quote from our cover story, not only does Jennifer Aniston pithily summarize her approach to interior design, she also unwittingly expresses the secret to her own enduring appeal. Sexy? For sure. But even more crucially, Aniston conveys a warmth, an authenticity, and good humor that are—yes—comforting. In her home, the sophisticated yet easy interiors seem perfectly suited to their mega-famous owner. Such affirmation is certainly part of the fun of seeing celebrities in their personal space. It can also swing the other way—and we at AD have witnessed plenty of disconnects in which the houses seem jarringly out of sync with the owners’ public personas. But that, too, can be revelatory— perhaps we don’t know them quite as well as we thought we did! It takes bravery…

2 min.
object lesson   high ground

It all started at Britwell House, designer David Hicks’s country place in Oxfordshire. “He carpeted his bathroom in a Chinese pattern with interlocking Ys, which he found in Owen Jones’s The Grammar of Ornament,” explains Ashley Hicks of his father, who showed the world in the early 1960s that carpeting, of all things, could have a wild side. No one was making patterned floor coverings—at least not to the elder Hicks’s ultramod standards—so he had some whipped up by artisans in the north of England, where narrow, antique looms produced swaths of Brussels weave that could be stitched together to fit a room’s measurements. Soon Hicks was creating colorful confections for Windsor Castle and the Prince of Wales. The latter, a cousin by marriage, commissioned an octagonal number in royal blue with…

2 min.
keys to the kingdom

In the high-stakes game of Los Angeles real estate, a good celebrity pedigree is always a bonus. Of course, not all celebrities are created equal. A home that was once owned by Cary Grant or Elizabeth Taylor, for instance, would probably hold broader appeal than one formerly inhabited by, say, Zsa Zsa Gabor. On that score, David Alhadeff definitely struck gold when he discovered the new location for Casa Perfect, the L.A. outpost of his furniture mecca, the Future Perfect. Designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery and renovated in the mid-1960s, the house is an idiosyncratic mash-up of classic California modernism and Hollywood Regency. For six years, beginning in 1967, it belonged to Elvis Presley. Those were good years for the King, encompassing his marriage to Priscilla Presley and the…

2 min.
bold strokes

Pattern and color rule the decorating world today, the splashier and more boho the better. So it stands to reason that style gurus are thrilling again to French couturier Paul Poiret, once hailed as the “greatest living dress artist,” who also happened to be a high priest of free-spirited home furnishings. “I saw Poiret’s fabrics for the first time in our archives four years ago and fell in love—but it didn’t occur to me to bring them back,” says Dara Caponigro, creative director of Schumacher, referring to a collection that Paris’s portly genius created for the American fabric company in 1929 and which debuted a year later. “Now he’s relevant again because people are embracing maximalism.” Thus, Schumacher’s relaunch of the nine punchy, polychrome patterns, from giant magnolia blossoms to darting…

1 min.
pulp fiction

THOMAS BARGER KNOWS New York City’s recycling schedule by heart. On pickup day, he sets out ahead of the trucks, snatching bags of shredded paper. “It’s eco-friendly but also economical,” Barger says of the material, which he blends into pulp and applies to simple chairs. Wonderfully wacky—with cartoonish forms and vibrant paint jobs—his furniture and sculptures have seduced dealers Paul Johnson and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, who are giving Barger his first solo show at Salon 94 Design this month. Consider it a breakthrough for the 25-year-old, who moved to the city in 2014, having grown up on a farm and studied architecture in Illinois. He quickly found work under architect Christian Wassmann, then artists Jessi Reaves and Misha Kahn, whose practices dissolved any notions about what one could or could…

3 min.
exposure time

Postwar Los Angeles was a boomtown, industrially and culturally—an ideal playground for architects. The result was some of America’s great midcentury homes and commercial buildings, devised by talents such as John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and Rudolph Schindler. There to record these masterworks—for promotion and posterity—were a handful of photographers, the most famous among them Julius Shulman. But the forthcoming book California Captured (Phaidon) makes a case for his peer Marvin Rand as an equally significant chronicler of the scene. An L.A. native, Rand (1924–2009) launched his studio in 1950, focusing on advertising and product pictures before shifting—partly on the advice of design historian Esther McCoy—to architectural photography. One of his early clients was Craig Ellwood, a charismatic architect who was married to the actress Gloria Henry and had a fondness for…