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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

July/August 2021

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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United States
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

7 min

All products have been identified by the designer of each residence. Items similar to vintage and antique pieces shown are often available from the dealers listed. Contact information was up-to-date at time of publication. HOUSE PARTY PAGES 40–51: Interior design by Line Architecture; linearchitecture.com. Landscape design by Anton Prack Landscape Design; antonprack.com. PAGE 40: Paradiso wallpaper in Turquoise by Nina Campbell; osborneandlittle.com. On Delevingne, outfit and shoes; ysl.com. Jewelry; dior.com. PAGE 41: Chaise longues and umbrellas; onekingslane.com. PAGES 42–43: Painted mirrors; chuldenkopaintings.com. PAGE 44: On kitchen cabinetry, door, and molding, California Blue paint; benjaminmoore.com. Window shade of Geyer Stripe fabric in Water; fschumacher.com. PAGE 45: In dining room, chandelier; gaspareasaro.com. Artwork; chemicalx.co.uk. PAGES 46–47: On Delevingne, outfit; miumiu.com; shoes; ysl.com. In primary bedroom, Totem Damask wallpaper; timorousbeasties.com. Curtains of Flapper velvet; osborneandlittle.com. PAGE 48: On staircase walls, Les Touches…

3 min
rural reboot

Not far from northern Kent’s famous marshes grows an English garden with an attitude, romantic at first glance but liberated upon close examination. Golden boxwood swirls punctuate a parterre like giant fishhooks. A bit of meadow has been carved into a hypnotic grass labyrinth that brings to mind water circling a drain. Diagonal planting beds with rainbow rows of catmint, lavender, and pampas grass are interrupted by asymmetrically placed uprights, such as cypresses clipped into giant lollipops and fragrant roses coaxed into midair clouds of pink and white. The vegetable garden’s crunchy gravel paths host crowds of self-seeded flowerers, among them the deliciously named viper’s bugloss, while in another meadow area feral meets formal, thanks to wildflower beds that have been cunningly cut into the field. “The original mix of annuals…

1 min
learning from the best


2 min
next level

One finds everything at the Samaritaine!” That was long the slogan for the grand Art Nouveau department store in central Paris. And so you could, until 16 years ago, when its current owner, the French luxury group LVMH, closed it for a total overhaul. After delays—some political, some pandemic-related—the Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf is finally reopening as a gleaming two-building luxury emporium that nods to its opulent history as well as its optimistic future. La Samaritaine was founded in the late 19th century by French retailing power couple Ernest Cognacq and Marie-Louise Jaÿ. In the early 1900s, they engaged Belgian architect Frantz Jourdain to expand it into a multi-building bazaar. For Magasin 2, which opened in 1910, Jourdain created a decorative masterpiece, with a grand central staircase, and ironwork balustrades by Edouard…

5 min
house party

“It still feels like a home…. But it’s also a kind of journey,” Delevingne says. “The deeper in you go, the more treasures you discover.” Fabulous genes are not the only inheritance that supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne received from her mother, Pandora. “She used to tell us, ‘If you say you’re bored, then you are boring,’” recalls Cara, the youngest of the three Delevingne sisters. That kernel of wisdom clearly stuck—Cara Delevingne is anything but boring, as her private Los Angeles pleasure dome ably attests. The house feels like Saint-Tropez meets Coney Island meets Cotswolds cottage meets Monte Carlo meets butch leather bar. It’s a heady brew, to be sure, but Delevingne takes it all in stride. “My work requires me to put on many different hats and costumes. I love…

2 min
leisure time

After moving to Coral Gables in the early 1960s with her new husband, Harry Hood Bassett, Knoll design chief Florence Knoll Bassett noticed that her outdoor furniture fared poorly in South Florida’s salty sea air. Displeased, she mailed a handful of rusted bolts to Knoll talent Richard Schultz with a note: “Why can’t we make a chair that actually works?” Schultz—who had joined the firm in 1951 and assisted Harry Bertoia with his iconic wire collection, the alleged source of some of those rusty bolts—got to work. “Most outdoor furniture in those days was designed to look as if it was designed before the French Revolution, with stamped-out metal, bunches of flowers and leaves,” said Schultz, who deemed such furniture “puddle-collecting, joint-rusting, hot-seat upholstered products.” By 1966 he had an antidote:…