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ELLE DECOR October 2018

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editor’s letter

(PHILIP FRIEDMAN/STUDIO D)THE THEME OF THIS ISSUE was originally intended to be “In Defense of Craft.” It’s an idea I’ve been knocking around in my head for some time. In the digital age, where we’re all connected 24/7, what need defending, in many cases, are individual métiers: weaving, throwing clay, painting (see the Dolce & Gabbana suit I’m wearing at right, which was hand-painted by New York artist Jody Morlock). At ELLE DECOR, we’re always defending craft, and that is our mission—one that is immutable. But at the same time, craft seems to be everywhere. As more and more companies lay claim to the handmade, suddenly every bottle of whiskey is sold as small-batch, every chair is supposedly bench-made, every goblet is handblown (Murano glass, of course), and so on.…

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JAMES MERRELLPhotographer, “Friends in Haute Places,” p. 122, and “Tre’s Company,” p. 138HQ: “A houseboat outside London, where I live surrounded by water, swans, and oak trees.”Personal Acquisitions: “A 16th-century carving from India, a camel-teeth necklace from Morocco, a bird’s skull from France, dried leaves from Mexico, and antlers from Scotland.”GISELA WILLIAMSWriter, “Azores of Energy,” p. 144HQ: BerlinGOOD LIBATIONS: “A strong flat white, green juice with lots of ginger, and a margarita. In that order.”LUÍS BERNARDO BRITO E ABREUDesigner, “Azores of Energy,” p. 144HQ: Azores, PortugalPRIZED POSSESSION: “An 18th-century figurehead from a wrecked ship that now stands proudly in my living room.”ALANA JONES-MANNBaker and photographer, “Don’t Be Crewel,” p. 86HQ: Los AngelesPRIDE AND JOY: “I’m very proud of my vanilla cake recipe. When it’s layered with buttercream and fresh, seasonal…

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1. David Mann; Ford Huniford; Jesse Carrier; Mara Miller; Whitney Robinson, ELLE DECOR; Paloma Contreras; Ken Fulk2. William Pittel, ELLE DECOR; Meg Sharpe3. Sara Gilbane; Anne Maxwell Foster; Suysel dePedro Cunningham4. Whitney Robinson, Peter Marino5. Greg Gushee, Related Companies; Sherry Tobak, Related Companies6. Kate Kelly Smith, Hearst Design Group; Brian McCarthy; Lisa Kravet, Kravet; Cary Kravet, Kravet7. Charles Curkin, ELLE DECOR; Steven GambrelELLE DECOR A-LIST 2018Editor in Chief Whitney Robinson hosted the ELLE DECOR 2018 A-List in a penthouse by Related Companies designed by Zaha Hadid and in partnership with Fifteen Hudson Yards. Notable attendees included Ken Fulk, Peter Marino, Nate Berkus, Sheila Bridges, Bunny Williams, Robert Stilin, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and many more. This year marked the first A-List for Robinson, and in celebration he ordered miniature 3D action…

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Decor RapportBeauty and inspiration in three hits.1. Crucial Whips Channel Michael Schumacher on your morning commute with the street-legal McLaren 570S. 2. Everyday Objets The sinuous lines of this glazed-stoneware sculpture by Japanese artist Koike Shoko (on exhibit at Joan B. Mirviss in New York City through October 19) would give Hector Guimard a run for his money. 3. Noticing Patterns The Caresses, by Fernand Khnopff, is featured in the new book Fierce: The History of Leopard Print (Harper Design) and has us wondering: Why, oh why, would a leopard ever want to change its spots?JANE’S TAKEINSURANCE POLICIESI’m what you’d call a secret slob. There’s always a hem being held up by a few safety pins, and my pedicures are usually self-amended with erratic swipes only over the toes that are visible through my…

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state of design

BY THE NUMBERS“DELACROIX” AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK (SEPT. 17–JAN. 6, 2019)1832The year Eugène Delacroix set off on his Moroccan adventure (notebook pictured above).1The number of comprehensive retrospectives dedicated to the work of Delacroix in the U.S.537,782Visitors during the exhibition’s run at the Louvre in Paris. It was the museum’s most-attended show ever.ED GOES TO THE MOVIESIn The Children Act (limited release September 14), Emma Thompson plays a hard-nosed high-court judge in London whose life diverts from its course when she befriends a dying boy who, for religious reasons, is refusing lifesaving treatment. If that’s not enough Sturm und Drang, her university-professor husband, played by Stanley Tucci, is feeling unappreciated. Perhaps he would be better served staring at the gorgeous William Morris–esque wallpaper photobombing the unfolding drama?ON…

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what’s hot

This F. Taylor Magic Carpet, shown in Indigo Blue, lives up to its name with an environmentally friendly mat made from clear, biodegradable, phthalate-free plastic and a hand-knotted wool-blend fringe. Available in other colors and sizes, $595 for 3’ X 5’. ftaylor.coGianluca Pacchioni had a jewelry setting in mind when he cradled this pink onyx in a mirrored brass–and-bronze base for his Cremino cocktail table. 19” w. X 19” d. X 18” h., available in other colors and sizes, $26,500. gianluca-pacchioni.comMartin Brudnizki and Nicholas Jeanes collaborated on this luxuriously upholstered Abbas dining chair from &Objects for the redesign of the iconic London private club Annabel’s, which reopened this year. Now even nonmembers can take a seat in their creation. 17.5” w. X 21” d. X 33” h., shown in Red…