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Architectural Digest December 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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charleston south carolina

unforgettable HOLIDAY GETAWAY No matter your Christmas wish, you’ll find a home for the holidays here in Charleston. HOLIDAY HEADQUARTERS Perhaps the best time of year to check into Belmond Charleston Place hotel is during the holidays. Step into the grand lobby and you’ll be greeted with a magnificent holiday display complete with a fully operational replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. Enjoy on-site shopping and luxurious dining at Charleston Grill. TRADITIONAL WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS A stay at the Mills House Hotel (circa 1853) offers guests an opportunity to experience Christmas as it was in the 19th century. Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner on property at the Barbadoes Room before hopping on an evening carriage ride to admire how neighboring historic homes deck the halls for the holidays. LUXE WINTER HIDEAWAY The Spectator, a chic 41-room boutique…

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editor’s letter

“Cindy [Sherman] was immediately game. Cindy’s not going to live in some Belgian plaster world of refinement.”—Billy Cotton If you spend even a little time in the company of artists—or, as I do, a lot of time—you quickly realize that although they may be surrounded by the same quotidian stuff of life as the rest of us, they see it all through vastly more imaginative eyes. While many homeowners tell AD that they want their interiors to induce feelings of calm, well-being, and happiness, few express themselves in the visceral way the multi-hyphenate Swiss artist Urs Fischer does: “Some rooms, like the kitchen, you want to make you feel up and excited. Others, like the living room, you want to lower your heart rate.” Fischer’s L.A. kitchen is exciting—West Coast editor…

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west world

FRANZ WEST’S UNCLE CHAIRS IN ARTIST ADEL ABDESSEMED’S KITCHEN, BY AD100 DESIGNER INDIA MAHDAVI. Austrian artist Franz West never cared much for works that simply hung on walls. For his Passstücke, or “Adaptives,” developed in the 1970s, he coated found objects in plaster and encouraged viewers to pick them up or put them on. What came next was equally interactive: seating. His first chairs—made in collaboration with Mathis Esterhazy in the late 1980s—were welded together from scrap metal. At his 1989 solo show at MoMA PS1, to soften the perch and encourage conversation, West laid the seats with the day’s newspaper. At the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, he placed them in front of masterpieces, nudging visitors to consider certain works, and at the 1990 Venice Biennale they were installed waterfront. There was one…

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ladies first

The neon sign flickering above the front desk just off Melrose Place says it all: sisterhood works. Debbie Wosskow, a tech entrepreneur, and Anna Jones, a former CEO of Hearst in England, founded the private members club AllBright in 2017 with the express purpose of “changing the world for women who work,” Wosskow declares. “That can mean networking opportunities, business education, or just a welcoming space to have a client meeting, a drink, or even a pedicure.” Buoyed by a thriving online community, AllBright opened its first brick-and-mortar club in a London town house in 2018. After launching a second London location earlier this year, AllBright has now christened its inaugural Stateside outpost, under the sunny skies of L.A., in a sophisticated yet playful setting devised by AD100 designer Brigette…

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prime ribes

Fashion designer, arts patron, and writer Jacqueline de Ribes—hailed as the “last queen of Paris”—has the star power, but Édouard de Ribes, her banker husband, had the goods. “A lot of journalists are focusing on the comtesse because she was so beautiful and so iconic, but the collection was created over six generations by a family that became rich and grew richer,” said Mario Tavella, the chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and the president–director general of Sotheby’s France, which is offering part one of La Collection Ribes on December 11 and 12. (Part two will be sold in spring 2020.) Descendant of a royal finance official who was ennobled in 1816, Édouard de Ribes, who died in 2013, was the sixth count of the line and the inheritor of not only…

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special effects

During the good-taste craze of the 1990s, Johanna Grawunder became bored with beige. “I wanted a contemporary language, something that was almost digital,” says the San Francisco– and Milan-based designer, who worked for 16 years with Italian legend Ettore Sottsass, 12 of them as partner at Sottsass Associati. Light, she discovered, gave her access to “colors you couldn’t find in a Pantone chip.” Using colored bulbs, she illuminated tables, bookcases, chandeliers, and entire homes. The effects were both freaky—a heavy cabinet might appear to hover off the ground—and flattering. “Pink makes everyone look healthy and happy,” Grawunder notes. “It’s why they painted walls in Pompeii bright red.” Now she is bringing her digital-age color theory to Milan’s Palazzo Reale for an exhibition of historic jewelry and objects by Van Cleef…