Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest May 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

“Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”—Drake Treasured readers, as I write this letter under COVID-19 self-isolation from the comfort of my house, I feel deepest gratitude that my family has a safe haven. AD has celebrated the beauty and power of home for 100 years, and never in that history has the notion of refuge felt more globally compelling, as vast swaths of humanity shelter simultaneously for the greater good. This issue was photographed in the relatively carefree months before the pandemic upended the world. Because our New York City offices closed in March, our team put the finishing touches on…

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be well

Young Finnish architects Alvar and Aino Aalto were considering a design directive far ahead of their time back in 1929: wellness. Alvar—who worked closely with his wife—had won a commission to create a tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland (a project that would usher their name onto the world stage), and they would craft every detail, from door handles to sinks to seating, to benefit body and mind. One chair in particular—the bent-plywood Armchair 41, nicknamed the Paimio, which was lined up in long rows in the common room—gained praise outside the sanatorium when it was shown at Milan’s 1933 Triennale. A collaboration with manufacturer Otto Korhonen, it featured a seat that gently curled at head and foot, positioning patients at an angle to promote easy breathing. (For healthy individuals, it was…

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crafting a narrative

When Emily Adams Bode and Aaron Aujla first moved into their downtown Manhattan rental, it was just an empty white box—no kitchen, no walls, barely any electrical wiring. But the one winning feature, a wood-burning stove, was enough to spark their imagination. “When friends come over, they don’t understand we built all this,” Bode says on a recent visit to the apartment. Almost entirely clad in African mahogany and coffee-stained Douglas fir, the home now has the patina of a space that’s been there awhile. And that, Bode says, “was the goal.” Over the last few years, she and Aujla, who met in 2010, have crafted separate businesses around that very idea: giving new things a sense of history. Bode’s eponymous menswear line recalibrates American textile traditions into patchwork jackets and…

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deep-seated beliefs

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swiss mix

Jet-setters may have once dismissed Zurich as just a stopover en route to Art Basel or the Alps. But reinvigorated by creative spirit, this Swiss city has reestablished itself on the map, enticing world travelers with bold new restaurants, exhibition spaces, and lodgings. “Zurich is once again being recognized as a hub for European culture, just as it first was during the mid–20th century, when Le Corbusier, Picasso, and Chagall were all regulars,” notes AD100 designer Martin Brudnizki, who recently updated the brasserie and bar at Baur au Lac, an iconic hotel overlooking the emerald lake. “The evolving art scene seems to have turbocharged in the last 10 years or so.” Just as global powerhouse Hauser & Wirth brought fresh energy with its Annabelle Selldorf–designed gallery, local institutions are now…

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national anthem

Mark D. Sikes often returns to the topic of all-American style. “It’s comfortable, it’s inviting, it’s easy to understand,” says the Los Angeles designer. “It’s all about the mix—English, French, Asian, with some wicker thrown in.” So when the North Carolina–based manufacturer Chaddock tapped him to create a line of furniture, he got to thinking about other magic medleys—those effortless groupings of objects one might spot in a great antiques shop or a tastemaker’s home. His new collection includes everything from a trio of darling cabriole-leg occasional tables to a bench based on Bunny Mellon’s caned settee to a rustic ladder-back dining chair. Custom options abound: Skirting and cushions come in three different styles, and wood can be painted in any of 12 Farrow & Ball hues, which stick to…