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Architectural Digest September 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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1 min.
fashion moments

Kate Moss is not an oversharer. She rarely gives interviews, shuns social media, and has revealed that “Never complain, never explain” is a favorite motto. Thus, being granted an exclusive peek into her London home—her glamorous bathroom, at that—feels especially intimate and rare. And Ms. Moss does not disappoint: She collaborated with bespoke wallpaper house de Gournay to create a truly spectacular pattern, unveiled in our story. Speaking of supermodels, our smashing cover star, Claudia Schiffer, is another glamazon who has preserved her mystery and privacy by remaining resolutely a woman of few words. Although she and her husband bought a grand Tudor mansion in the British countryside some 15 years ago, they are just now generously opening the doors of Coldham Hall to outside eyes. And the house, like its…

2 min.
shell shock

THE STORY BEHIND AN ICONIC DESIGN In the late 1990s, Peter Kjelgaard, now with the Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen, noticed an amusing chair on the block. Perched on cartoonish beech legs, its fabric-covered seat and back formed the shape of a happy open clam. You could buy the chair, with no known designer, for about $300. In fact, it was only after a series of misattributions—the Danish architect Viggo Boesen; the unknown Norwegian Martin Olsen, which turned out to be merely the name of a now-defunct Oslo furniture store—that the chair’s actual creator was identified in 2013. The much-loved mollusk was designed in 1944 by Philip Arctander, an obscure Danish architect best known for his work on affordable housing. “Arctander is such an oddity,” says Kjelgaard, who verified the narrative with the…

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fd gallery

WHERE ART MEETS COMMERCE SPECIALTY: Rare and one-of-a-kind collectibles, primarily jewelry and objets d’art. HISTORY LESSON: “Decorative boxes, vanity cases, and clutches were produced from the late 19th century through the first half of the 20th by many notable jewelry companies,” says owner Fiona Druckenmiller. “They had in-house lapidary artisans and jewels in their vaults.” KEY MANUFACTURERS: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Fabergé, Verdura, Tiffany & Co., and Paul Flato. RARE ACQUISITION: “A box that once belonged to the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. When the Romanovs fled Russia, some of her treasures were reportedly stuffed into pillowcases that were left at the Swedish embassy and not found for close to 100 years. A gold cigarette case decorated in neoclassical architectural motifs from this same cache went for over $1 million at Sotheby’s in 2009.” VALUE…

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rock star

DESIGN ON THE EDGE IN HIS NATIVE MELBOURNE, industrial designer Christopher Boots grew up hunting rocks. His favorite find? Quartz. These days, hunks of the common crystal join a sprinkling of lapis lazuli in the Aussie’s first room divider. “I like to get my hands dirty,” says Boots, who cast the celestial screen in bronze using a lost-wax method to leave hand marks and a surface-of-the-moon texture on the limited edition of eight. Of his innate draw to minerals, the designer says: “I do believe in their healing power. We would probably improve as a species if we had more elements of nature in our interiors.” Available through Twentieth in Los Angeles and christopherboots.com.…

2 min.
sitting pretty

THE BEST IN SHOPPING, DESIGN, AND STYLE DISCOVERIES at home with When Jessica Hart split from her longtime boyfriend earlier this year, her friend Lauren Santo Domingo promptly set her up on a blind date—with a decorator. “We got together and it was like a match made in heaven,” says Hart of Remy Renzullo, whom she hired immediately. (A Cartagena house for Santo Domingo’s family is among the rising design star’s other projects.) Newly settled into a light-flooded one-bedroom apartment overlooking Gramercy Park, Hart was faced with the pressing matter of editing the contents of her life: What she gained in 14-foot ceilings she lost in square footage. Still, she says, “I came across this and was like, ‘Wow. This is where I want to wake up.’ ” To make it work she…

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d. porthault

Sounds like a trick question, but what do the Duchess of Windsor and Paris Hilton have in common? D. Porthault’s heart-dappled Coeurs bed linens. “Paris had the classic pink version when she was a child, and I had the Étoiles pattern of blue stars,” says fashion and accessories designer Nicky Rothschild, Hilton’s sister. She selected the same rosy print—a 1950s commission for the Baltimore divorcée who romanced English king Edward VIII and later added to Porthault’s line—to brighten daughter Lily’s nursery, right down to the custom-made crib bumper. “We even have matching heart robes,” Rothschild continues, “and Lily has enough Porthault dresses in the closet to last until she’s six.” Call it a cult. As the new book D. Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens (Gibbs Smith) bears witness, ever since…