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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest May 2021

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
the library is open


2 min
editor’s letter

“I love all of the African continent; there isn’t one country I love more than another. Each place in Africa has something magical about it.”—Naomi Campbell If you, like me, have sorely missed exploring other parts of the world this year, then this, AD’s international issue, is the ticket to some extremely satisfying armchair travel. Wondering where British megamodel and cover star Naomi Campbell, the ideal definition of a professional jetsetter, prefers to unwind? For 20 years Campbell’s chosen escape has been the quiet seaside town of Malindi, Kenya, overlooking the Indian Ocean. “It’s a very calming place,” says Campbell, who was recently appointed Kenya’s official tourism ambassador but plans to champion all 54 of Africa’s countries in her new role. Campbell’s serene villa, set within a gorgeous resort, is the…

1 min
made marian

“Somewhat naive, pretty organized, not overly wrought, and, I hope, cheerful.” That’s Marian McEvoy’s definition of the coveted creations—largely kaleidoscopic botanical collages—that she’s been making after decades as a fashion and shelter-magazine superstar. Design impresario Kerry Joyce spotted some hand-drawn florals on her @gustthepoodle Instagram account and knew they would make great fabrics. (“Her work is very special,” he says.) Printed on Irish linen, the five inaugural patterns are wild and exotic, twining here, spiky there, and offered in muted garden tones. And, yes, they will definitely put a smile on your face. kerryjoyce.com…

1 min
le déjeuner sur l’herbe

On the heels of an especially harsh winter, the simple pleasures of dining en plein air have never felt more enticing—or, indeed, more urgent. Of course, there are picnics and there are picnics. For anyone looking to elevate the art form, Hermès has got you covered. The French maison’s new Park set comes complete with porcelain plates from its bucolic A Walk in the Garden collection, as well as crystal tumblers and gold-plated cutlery, all for four. And the service is housed in a hand-braided wicker basket so chic it could double as a handbag, with contrasting straps of taurillon leather. The brand’s tradition of elegant picnicware dates back nearly 100 years, though we’d venture to say this edition takes the cake. hermes.com…

1 min
peter b. staples

At heart, Peter B. Staples says, he is not exactly the minimalist he appears to be. “I like a clarity that some people think of as minimal,” explains the Manhattan-based designer. “Looking at something and understanding exactly how it’s put together.” His Chinatown live/work apartment is filled with things that tell you, up front, exactly what they are: a pair of director’s chairs, a Mission-style dining table, and, most notably, elemental lighting from his own new brand, Blue Green Works (formed with partners James McAvey and Dan Persechini). “It’s all about creating a vibe,” says Staples, who honed his eye studying film at Columbia College in Chicago and overseeing brand experiences for design titans like Apparatus and The Future Perfect. His debut fixtures—designed and manufactured amid the pandemic—ably set the…

4 min
modern history

“These houses are all about living with nature. Those messages don’t stay in the past.”—Teo Yang Over the last decade, as the cultural Korean Wave captured our global imagination, Seoul has become synonymous with a look that is slick, shiny, and new. But in the city’s bustling Bukchon Hanok Village, nestled between Gyeongbok and Changdeokgung palaces, traditional homes dating to the Joseon dynasty offer a reminder of the Korean peninsula’s rich aesthetic history. “These houses are all about living with nature,” says designer Teo Yang, who for the past 10 years has lived and worked out of two local hanoks, their swooping roofs framing an interior courtyard. Built out of stone, tile, and wood, using traditional techniques, the early-20th-century residences were devised to weather humid summers and snowy winters alike, keeping people…