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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest October 2019

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

“Architecture is creating the framework for the life we want to live.”—Bjarke Ingels This issue is full of original thinkers, independent spirits, and expansive, modern dreamers. Among them, Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels epitomizes living large—his firm, after all, is called BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group). With global reach, he has realized the many wildly imaginative, sky’s-the-limit ideas that have made him famous—including Lego House and Copenhill, a wastetreatment facility with a ski slope on the roof. But, as AD’s Sam Cochran writes in our cover story, Ingels had never tackled a private residence. “No one asked,” says a nonchalant Ingels, who is undoubtedly intimidating to your average homeowner. Not, however, to the confident design connoisseur who cold-called BIG to commission a house on a tricky wedge-shaped plot constrained by neighbors, a gorge,…

2 min.
leg room

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen had clear objectives when it came to furniture design: “It must be classic, in the sense of responding to an often recurring need.” One such need emerged in the mid-1950s, while he was designing dining furniture for Knoll. “I wanted to clear up the slum of legs,” he said, speaking of the unsatisfactory undercarriages he observed in the chairs and tables of his day. Saarinen had addressed the problem before. For the Kingswood School for girls at Michigan’s Cranbrook Schools (his father, Eliel, was president of Cranbrook Academy of Art and head of its architecture program), he devised a table with four legs clustered into a central base. But the streamlined, mass-producible concept he presented to Knoll scrapped the legs altogether. Instead, the Pedestal Collection’s star was…

1 min.
design stories

SAMUEL & SONS THE ENCORE COLLECTION BY LORI WEITZNER Samuel & Sons leads the world of passementerie with its visionary and sophisticated approach to interior décor. Its refined, fully articulated color palettes and cutting-edge constructions, such as laser-cut borders, appliqué, velvet epinglé, and unique printing techniques, are elegant yet novel. Recently launched, Encore, by Lori Weitzner, brings new vision to pleating and beading, paying homage to Lori’s original collections for Samuel & Sons, Repertoire, and Bijoux, while introducing advanced techniques and a multifaceted selection of dimensional passementerie. Noteworthy patterns include the Virtuoso Appliqué Border, depicting a beautiful, watercolor-printed sateen ogee, and the Minuet Border, which features an inverted pleat. The collection’s palette is evocative of Weitzner’s poetic sensibility around color. Samuel & Sons has redefined classic trim in a contemporary context that has resonated…

3 min.
ad visits family heirlooms

On a recent afternoon, the Paris apartment of Benjamin Paulin and Alice Lemoine is stark naked save for a single bookcase and a few pieces of art—not exactly what you’d expect chez the son of the late, great French designer Pierre Paulin (1927–2009). “Sometimes we have nothing and sometimes we have four sofas,” notes Benjamin, explaining that their missing furniture, all by his father, is on loan for exhibitions in London and Frankfurt. If that sounds like musical chairs, they like it this way. “When it’s empty,” Benjamin says, “the girls run and dance. When it’s full, they jump from piece to piece. It’s a fun game both ways.” Adds Alice, “We don’t want to be fixed in something that doesn’t move. In French we call it getting too bourgeois.” It’s…

2 min.
lighting the way

CLASSIC LIT FRESH TAKES ON TRADITIONAL FIXTURES KEEP HISTORY ALIVE AND WELL SHOWN IS A SAN FRANCISCO ENTRANCE HALL BY MILES REDD FEATS OF IMAGINATION NINE SCULPTURAL TABLE LAMPS THAT STEAL THE SPOTLIGHT Perfect Posture SIX FAVE FLOOR LAMPS STAND TALL INIGO FLOOR LAMP BY TRUEING FROM $8,630. THEFUTUREPERFECT.COM. LINEAR THINKING REDUCED TO THEIR ESSENCE, HIGH-TECH LIGHTS MAKE FOR MINIMALIST MARVELS; SHOWN IS A MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES MOBILE CHANDELIER AT CASA PERFECT NEW YORK. Vivid Idea GE’S NEW FULL COLOR SMART BULB LETS YOU CHANGE THE HUE OF A ROOM TO SUIT YOUR MOOD. CHOOSE FROM MILLIONS OF SHADES ON A WHIM OR SAVE FAVORITES FOR FUTURE USE, SELECTING SPECIFIC ONES TO WAKE YOU UP AND WIND YOU DOWN. NOT IN THE MOOD FOR COLOR? THE SYSTEM’S TUNABLE WHITES CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO RECALIBRATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY—FROM COOL IN THE MORNING…

1 min.
pattern play

Decorator Frances Merrill of Los Angeles–based Reath Design has a reputation for fearlessness when it comes to color and pattern. But she met her match in clients Frankie Shaw, creator of the Showtime comedy SMILF, and her husband, television writer Zach Strauss. “They really tested my limits,” Merrill confesses, describing the jubilant Franklin Hills home she designed for the young couple. Swathes of terra-cotta, yellow, green, and blue, strategically set against a kaleidoscopic array of fabrics and wallpapers, create an ambience that feels joyous and uplifting. Says Merrill, “It takes discipline to design a rainbow house that doesn’t look terrifying.” TIPS 1. WHEN PICKING COLORS, TEST AND RETEST, IN NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY, IN ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS, CLOUDY AND SUNNY. 2. JUXTAPOSE ELABORATE PATTERNS (FLORALS, ARABESQUES) WITH…