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Architectural Digest October 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

“A house tells you what it wants to be. Every house we’ve done tells a different story.” —Reed and Delphine Krakoff I am one of those lucky New Yorkers who have experienced the profound excellence of Reed and Delphine Krakoff’s homes in person, rather than on Pinterest or via a magazine. Reed, the chief artistic officer of Tiffany & Co., is a noted design connoisseur and collector, and Delphine an accomplished decorator. The many exceptional houses they have created together for their family have been much documented and drooled over, and now the Krakoffs have compiled six of those superbly curated residences into a most personal book, Houses That We Dreamt Of (Rizzoli). AD is proud to present their newest collaboration, Clark House, in New Canaan, Connecticut, which is featured in…

2 min.
up rising

I t was 1968, and Gaetano Pesce was in the shower. “I had the sponge in my hand,” explains the Italian designer. “When I pressed the sponge, it shrank, and when I released it, it returned to its original volume.” An idea occurred: Couldn’t a chair behave the same way? At his Paris atelier, Pesce began experimenting with vacuum-packing the hippest material of the moment: polyurethane. Soon he’d developed a gravitydefying model: a four-inch-thick disk that, when removed from its PVC envelope, would rise from the floor into a cushy armchair. Fittingly, he named it Up. The form that emerged was no typical seat. Its bulbous shape, inspired by silhouettes of ancient fertility goddesses and accompanied by an affixed ottoman resembling a ball and chain, was rife with meaning. “It’s an image of…

1 min.
steven chait

SPECIALTY: Chinese porcelain and works of art from antiquity to the early 19th century. HISTORY LESSON: Snow-white, hard-paste ceramics— a.k.a. porcelain—originated in China more than 1,000 years ago. But Europeans didn’t develop a comparable technique until the 1700s. A-LIST REQUESTS: “Herbert Hoover collected blue-and-white porcelain, and Martha Graham had a passion for small jade objects,” says gallery owner Steven Chait. RARE FIND: A 17th-century porcelain model of a Dutch ship. “Because of the sails, the figures, and the ropework, it would have been incredibly hard to make.” TOP DRAWER: “Blue-and-white porcelain from the early Ming dynasty (around the 15th century) is considered among the finest ever made.” CLOSE UP: The wine pot (left) is not actually porcelain but enameled copper, used to imitate porcelain in the 18th and 19th centuries. LOOK FOR: Peach bloom, a rare…

2 min.
magic carpets

Fernando Mastrangelo’s world is awash in icy shimmer—crystalline sconces, crushed-glass tables, mirrors coated in sweeps of sand. But at last spring’s Collective Design fair in New York, one wall-mounted work departed from the artist’s usual granular-material palette. Closer inspection revealed it was, in fact, a wool-and-silk rug. The installation offered a sneak peek at his latest creative endeavor: Reverence, a series of 12 floor coverings with storied manufacturer Edward Fields. “I wanted it to be as sculptural as possible,” Mastrangelo says of the collection, which christens him the first contemporary designer to join George Nakashima and Raymond Loewy on the brand’s exclusive roster. Known for mixing unexpected materials such as sugar, coffee, sand, and crushed crystal with resin to cast sculptural furniture, Mastrangelo started this project the same way he approaches making…

2 min.
out of the woods

When artist Marc Hundley was invited to take a booth at the sprawling Frieze New York art fair last summer, he re-created his Williamsburg, Brooklyn, apartment right down to the art he fantasized was on its walls. “I wanted to make the space comfortable,” he says, “so people would connect.” The same sentiment prevailed when Hundley set out to design furniture. The artist first built pieces for his friend the creative agent Justinian Kfoury, who had bought the beach house built by the renowned arts patron Morris Golde in 1957 in the remote and fashionable community of Water Island, off Long Island. (Michael Kors has a house next door.) Golde famously hosted creative cohorts there, including playwright Edward Albee, and poets W. H. Auden and Frank O’Hara, who was visiting on…

2 min.
soft sell

When French architect Joseph Dirand began his career, he was obsessed with minimalism. Under the scoured spell of everything from writer Curzio Malaparte’s shockingly spare clifftop villa on the isle of Capri to British reductivist John Pawson’s sun-splashed architectural severities, the impressionable young designer-to-be began by exploring the possibilities of what he calls “the blank white page—I had to start there.” Today the scruffily handsome designer to the stars (Kanye West is a fan, as are myriad anonymous corporate chieftains) and leading labels (boutiques for Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Chloé, Balmain, Givenchy, and more) has set aside that jejune fascination to develop a distinctive language that is restrained in its elements but opulent in spirit. “My work has evolved from minimalism to much more narrative,” says the designer, who is the…