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Architectural Digest June 2021

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1 min
mighty roars

Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment, famously situated atop her atelier on rue Cambon, was crawling with cats. “I’m a Leo and, like him, I show my claws to protect myself, but, believe me, I suffer more by clawing than being clawed,” the Mademoiselle once said. Notoriously superstitious, she kept a multitude of feline talismans close at hand—from a crystal ball balanced on the backs of two lions to the carved-marble figurine that sat beside a gilded-framed portrait of yet another majestic cat. While the fascination endured, it only intensified after Chanel fled to Venice following the death of her lover Boy Capel. She found strength and inspiration in the City of the Lion, qualities that are celebrated in the house’s latest high-jewelry unveiling, Escale à Venise. (Shown are the Lion Secret…

2 min
group dynamic

Carmen D’Apollonio often works solo, but she never gets lonely in her Los Angeles studio, where she’s surrounded by ceramic lamps and vessels in progress, many of them people-size. “They become a bit human,” she says of her inanimate companions—some of them anthropomorphic, others vaguely figurative. “They’re like a little family.” Soon she’ll bid the gang farewell as pieces big and small get boxed up and shipped out to New York City, where they’ll star in her first U.S. solo exhibition, “Don’t Wake the Snake,” opening July 15 at Friedman Benda gallery. D’Apollonio’s ceramics practice began eight years ago, when she signed up for an introductory course in traditional Japanese raku pottery in her native Switzerland. After relocating to L.A. in 2014, she landed a high-profile commission: The French fashion brand…

2 min
editor’s letter

“If the world around you isn’t in order, it’s hard to get your brain in order. When we’re in our home, the world just makes sense.” —Ashton Kutcher It took a bit of coaxing to persuade our cover couple, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, to open the doors of their sustainable, solar-powered, cornfield-planted, six-acre Los Angeles property—cutely dubbed KuKu Farms—to AD. But once the determinedly private pair agreed, they really opened up about their painstaking process to West Coast Editor Mayer Rus, who describes them as “design-obsessed.” For their five-year passion project, a home that Kutcher imagined would “look like an old barn, something that had been here for decades, but also feel modern and relevant,” the Hollywood power duo chose two AD100 talents: architect Howard Backen and interior designer Vicky…

1 min
strokes of genius

At their home in New York’s Hudson Valley (page 58), Mary Nelson Sinclair and Matty Cruise enlisted a fellow artist, their friend Happy Menocal, to create a one-of-a-kind mural for the guest room. Over the course of a weekend visit, the illustrator enlivened the walls with exuberant botanicals and, along the molding, a whimsical dotted border. The site-specific work is just one of many ways that paint helped to transform this 18th-century house from floor to ceiling…. FOR MORE SMART IDEAS, VISIT @GETCLEVER ON INSTAGRAM OR ARCHDIGEST.COM/CLEVER PHOTO BY GIEVES ANDERSON. © 2021 AGNES MARTIN / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK.…

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speaking of traveling treasures….

At the turn of the 20th century, Mikhaïl and Ivan Abramovich Morozov were names to know on Moscow’s art scene, as the brothers assembled hundreds of works by the likes of Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. The impressive trove—later divided among the Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage, and the Pushkin museum—has never left Russia since. But coming soon to Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, “The Morozov Collection” will reunite some 200 works in one sweeping show, with Matisse’s Moroccan reveries and Picasso’s nightlife scenes displayed alongside paintings by such Russian greats as Repin and Serov. For any art lover, it will be an exhibition to remember. fondationlouisvuitton.fr LANTERNS: COURTESY OF LOUIS VUITTON. © 2021 ESTATE OF HENRI MATISSE / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK. © 2021 ESTATE OF PABLO PICASSO /…

2 min
easy does it

Architect Gio Ponti understood the hard truth about clients. “[It’s] the person without whom one cannot produce architecture, and with whom one cannot produce it either,” he once quipped, quoting a friend. But in Anala and Armando Planchart, the Italian star found an anomaly: patrons willing to let him build a house that he poetically described as “a large butterfly alighted on the hilltop.” Completed in 1957, Villa Planchart, perched on a rise as he imagined, overlooking Caracas, is a Gesamtkunstwerk of Ponti’s innovative ideas for lighting, tableware, and, of course, furniture. “Simplicity in production, simplicity of assembly and disassembly, simplicity of packaging” is how photographer and curator Salvatore Licitra—the maestro of Taschen’s new book Gio Ponti—explains his grandfather’s postwar aesthetic. Proof is the Round chair that Ponti used at Villa…