Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest February 2020

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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

“Simplicity in architecture, with a modicum of grace, turns out to be quite difficult. My humble idea of desert living just kept ballooning.”—Douglas Friedman Douglas Friedman’s name is certainly familiar to any close reader of AD: He is a noted photographer who regularly (and cheerfully!) hops planes, trains, and automobiles to “get the shot” of extraordinary and far-flung homes for our pages. Being a nomad is something of an occupational hazard, but when Friedman discovered the tiny, dusty West Texas town of Marfa nine years ago, he fell hard. “I have to take two flights and then drive three hours to get there, but the journey culminates at the end of a dirt road, with no visible neighbors and endless views of this incredibly beautiful, soulful terrain,” says a smitten Friedman,…

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sea change

Villa E.1027, the modernist Côte d’Azur retreat that Eileen Gray created for herself and Jean Badovici, both architects—she renowned, he not so much—in the late 1920s, looks like a houseboat ready to set sail. A big nautical map hung in the lovers’ bedroom (it “gives rise to reverie,” the Irishwoman mused). On the first-floor terrace a low lounge evoked the easy-breezy deck chairs of an ocean liner, an effortless pairing of comfort (a sling of black canvas; an adjustable headrest) and class (a sleek sycamore frame). Called the Transatlantique (later truncated to Transat), said armchair, originally created in 1922, emerged as a Gray icon when E.1027 was published in Badovici’s L’Architecture Vivante in 1929. The young maharaja of Indore commissioned one for his palace bedroom in 1930 (it sold at Phillips…

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together again

We wanted a lantern on the street,” Frank Gehry says of the new Seoul flagship he designed for Louis Vuitton. “Something open and inviting.” Perched atop the tony Cheongdam-dong ward in the Gangnam shopping district, with the Bukhansan mountains as a backdrop, the five-story beacon of light is the first retail space that the Pritzker Prize winner has completed since the early days of his career—and his first for the French luxury brand. Of course, the two are familiar friends following their collaboration on the Fondation Louis Vuitton, unveiled in Paris in 2014. With curved glass panels that stretch up toward the sky like sails, the Seoul boutique is both an evolution of the Paris building and a reflection of the architect’s deep appreciation for Asian culture. Gehry, who has two…

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soak it all up

You might be surprised to learn that there is no gym at the new Aman Kyoto, now the world’s most buzzed-about wellness destination. There’s no need for one—thoughts of tread-mills and free weights couldn’t be further from guests’ minds. Those lucky enough to visit the hotel’s 26 rooms and suites will instead find themselves drawn to the spectacular landscape: an 80-acre tableau of indigenous plants and ancient rocks, with lovingly revived gardens that date to the late Edo period. Who needs kettlebells when the leaves of 20,000 Japanese maples are turning? Rejuvenation (mental, physical, spiritual) comes in the form of walks along moss-covered paths, in the shadow of towering sugi trees, or hikes up monumental stone steps to a secret clearing where the hotel offers yoga and guided meditation. But rest…

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hanna hansdotter

“This area has a long history of producing glass,” the artist says of Småland, the Swedish province where she keeps her studio and hot shop. In the 18th century, timber from dense local forests fueled the furnaces that yielded assorted treasures for the royal family. Today, the region’s main manufacturers, Kosta Boda and Orrefors, produce affordable tableware alongside car parts for Volvo. It’s this multifaceted history that has inspired Hansdotter’s work, which, she notes, hovers “between craft and mass production.” After training in the region, dubbed the Kingdom of Crystal, she headed to art school, where she experimented with blowing molten glass into industrial iron frameworks. These ad hoc molds would imprint patterned, almost alien surfaces onto her vessels, as the glass bulged and oozed through openings in the grates.…

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