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Architectural Digest April 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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editor’s letter

4. WITH DESIGNER KELLY WEARSTLER AT THE RUG COMPANY, NYC.“Sam has truly been a great partner, and we have made a once-in-a-lifetime house.” —Frank GehryThis issue brims with big-name talents at ease in their personal spaces—it is, after all, our 5 annual Designers’ Own Homes issue. And these MVPs all prove that they practice what they preach. No less a giant than Frank Gehry allows AD an exclusive look into the fascinating, unconventional, unpretentious, and totally personal Santa Monica house he codesigned with his son Sam (who works alongside his father at Gehry Partners) for himself and his wife. A hearty thank-you is in order to critic and historian Paul Goldberger—who describes Casa Gehry as “a modern version of an Adirondack lodge”—for both writing and shepherding this important story. Among…

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top banana

1. MARTINIQUE FLOURISHES AT KALEIDOSCOPE HOUSE, A BED-AND-BREAKFAST IN NORFOLK, ENGLAND. 2. DOROTHY DRAPER’S BRAZILLIANCE, A.K.A. JUNGLE LEAVES. 3. MARTINIQUE IN NAVY BY CW STOCKWELL; CWSTOCKWELL.COM. 4. THE BREAKFAST ROOM IN NICKY HILTON ROTHSCHILD’S FORMER L.A. HOME. 5. THE ICONIC FOUNTAIN COFFEE ROOM AT THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL. 6. REMY CHATAIN SR. IN CW STOCKWELL’S SHOWROOM IN 1947.Back from the Bahamas in 1941, Lucile and Remy Chatain Sr. of CW Stockwell textiles asked illustrator Albert Stockdale: Could he distill the island’s jungly landscapes into a wallpaper? He could: The banana-leaf pattern Martinique, launched the next year, would soon be installed in CW Stockwell’s showroom—and featured in AD.Decorator Don Loper set eyes on CW Stockwell’s striking install—cut around the top to give the surreal sense that plants were sprouting from the floor—and…

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world of kerry washington

1. MADDOX SOFAS AND CHAIRS BY MARMOL RADZINER FOR RH IN THE GREAT ROOM; BRUTALIST CONSTRUCTIVIST TABLE LAMPS, 17TH C. MING DYNASTY COCKTAIL TABLE, ALPACA POM-POM PILLOWS, AND 1970s PETRIFIED SLAB SIDE TABLE, ALL BY RH.For seven seasons on the ABC hit television show Scandal, actress Kerry Washington played the consummate D.C. insider. But off camera she may be the quintessential New York success story. Bronx-born and-raised, Washington has been lighting up stage and screen for more than a decade, eventually settling in Los Angeles with her husband, NFL cornerback turned actor Nnamdi Asomugha, and their three children. So when Broadway came calling with a lead role in Christopher Demos-Brown’s searing drama American Son, it wasn’t just a career opportunity, it was a homecoming. All she needed was an apartment.“We…

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if these walls could talk

Since 1995, Benjamin Moore has been the go-to paint supplier for the New York–based nonprofit Alpha Workshops, which produces handcrafted wall coverings while providing decorative-arts education and employment to people in need. Now the two have made it offcial: Debuting at the AD Design Show in New York (March 21 to 24) is a capsule collection of 15 wallpapers that spotlight hues from Benjamin Moore’s top-drawer Century line. “Our paints are still coating the wall; it’s just a more artistic execution,” says Benjamin Moore’s Ellen O’Neill, who asked designer Patrick Mele to use the papers as inspiration for the company’s table at DIFFA’s Dining by Design dinner. $125/yard;…

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techo-bloc art floors for the outdoors

1. ABERDEEN OUTDOOR SLABS & VILLAGIO COBBLESTONE PAVER2. DIAMOND PAVER3.TRAVERTINA OUTDOOR SLABS & BOREALIS WOOD-LOOK-A-LIKETecho-Bloc is breaking the mold of what we have come to expect of outdoor design, encouraging decorative art lovers and design-savvy creatives to extend their passion to their outdoor space. This imaginative landscaping lineup offers design flexibility to create custom stonework patterns.The outdoors represents a world of new design possibilities. Mix and match game-changing high-definition textures with rich color palettes and surprising plays on scale to create a clearly bespoke look for your outdoor stone flooring.Techo-Bloc’s HD technology uses special anti-aging properties to ensure long-lasting looks—so that not even the harshest of climates or de-icing salts are a match for these high-quality landscaping collections.Crafted by design experts for design lovers, Techo-Bloc gives anyone the materials to…

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form and function

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the husband-and-wife duo behind the AD100 practice Carrier and Company Interiors, aren’t exactly newbies when it comes to furniture. “We’ve been doing custom pieces for years,” says Miller. “We’ve just never designed that many all at once.” That many would be the more than 50 chairs, sofas, tables, cabinets, and beds that they are unveiling for Century Furniture this month. Remarkably, the project marks their first commercial collection since they launched their firm in 2005.Some of the introductions strike a familiar tone. The Osborne banquette was adapted from the tufted settee they created for Jessica Chastain’s Manhattan dining room, while the Bee wingback chair is based on one conceived for Vogue’s lobby. (It is named after Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Carrozzini—like her mother a client.)…