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Architectural Digest September 2020

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.

United States
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

“I’m not a huge party person. There aren’t a lot of ragers going on here. I like turning on music, lighting the fireplace and candles, and watching NBA games with my friends.”—Kendall Jenner The AD team spends a year planning our September Style issue. No sooner is one closed than we are thinking about how to top it the following year. Seriously! It was satisfying to see the true sophistication with which 24-year-old supermodel Kendall Jenner approached her understated, lovely L.A. house and art collection. (That’s a James Turrell light sculpture on the cover.) “I like a house that has character. When I walked into this place, I was immediately drawn to the peaceful Spanish-y, farmhouse-y vibe,” says Jenner, accurately describing the cozy allure of what she calls “the first home…

1 min
reflective glory

At Milan’s Eurodomus 3 trade show in 1970, Florentine manufacturer Poltronova unveiled Mobili Grigi, a far-out bedroom collection that had been designed by architect Ettore Sottsass. Fashioned from slick, vacuum-molded plastic and cast fiberglass, it was part of the brand’s mission to bring novel industrial materials—which had already revolutionized nautical and automobile design—into the home. The radical range was produced in a very limited edition, with one exception: the neon-lit pink mirror called Ultrafragola, or “the ultimate strawberry.” The thermoformed plastic reflector (which debuted a decade before Sottsass established the Memphis Group) celebrated femininity—the curves of a woman’s body; the waves of her hair; some other choice elements of her anatomy. Today we might call that objectification. But women the world over have embraced the mirror ($10,500; now available in LED),…

3 min
russian dressing

“I was really interested in having East-meets-West spaces”—Nathalie Farman-Farma Ask Nathalie Farman-Farma to identify a few of her favorite things, and the founder of Décors Barbares, the little fabric studio with an AD100 cult following, responds with an idiosyncratic short list. Japanese baskets. Russian Arts and Crafts furniture. Oxford frames. Swedish flat-weave carpets. Eastern Orthodox icons. Add to that Lake Tahoe and its sweeping landscape of towering evergreens, spiky mountains, and shimmering water, a combination of elements that helped to foster her Russophile aesthetic. “The power of nature plus my reading of classic Russian novels—I just put two and two together in my head,” says Farman-Farma, who has spent many summers enjoying a California compound of wood cabins that has belonged since the 1960s to her American mother’s family. (Her banker father…

2 min
making an entrance

Sam Moyer has long found energy where edges meet. “Bringing two things together, creating a vibration—that vibration is the art,” says the Brooklyn-based artist, best known for her mesmerizing compositions of shaped paintings and jagged stone pieces, which she fits together tightly like puzzle pieces. Now, in collaboration with Public Art Fund, Moyer is generating that same creative friction on an urban scale. On September 16, she’ll unveil a monumental new work on Doris C. Freedman Plaza, at the southeast corner of Central Park. Comprising three portals, each fitted with a door, the installation both finds and creates meaning at the intersection of two worlds. “It’s this place where the industrial matter that is Manhattan ends and a controlled but natural environment begins,” explains Moyer, who quickly became interested in revolving…

2 min
tapping into creativity

When Jason Wu partnered with Brizo in 2007, enlisting the luxury faucet brand to sponsor his first fashion show, many didn’t understand the chemistry. “A lot of people gave me the side eye,” he recalls. Such a partnership “was highly unheard of back then.” But over the past 13 years, the marriage has proved a winning match. Since the 2011 debut of the Jason Wu for Brizo Bath Collection, its matte black finish has performed so well that the same treatment has been applied throughout the Brizo library. Now he is adding to the company’s offerings, unveiling his first designs for the kitchen. “I’ve never thought about the Jason Wu woman in a white box,” he says. “I think about her in an environment. How does she live? Where does she…

1 min
hang in there