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3 min.
in 1991, british architect

Norman Foster, speaking to the BBC, was asked about his favorite building of the 20th century. “What is the essence of a building?” he asked rhetorically. “It must be about protecting you from the elements: keep you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot. It must tell you something about its age. The materials, the structures, give a certain symbolic quality to the building, its point in time.” The building he chose exuded “confidence, technology, style, and friendliness in a way that very few other things have managed to do.” And what of its specs? Steel and glass and six stories tall, with 3,000 square feet of floor space for 376 guests, three kitchens, and 15 bathrooms featuring recessed handles on all the doors. Foster was, of course, not talking…

1 min.

ANGELA BASSETT When we asked the Academy Award–nominated actress which classical opera heroine she’d most want to play, she immediately said Carmen. “It’s the only opera I’ve seen multiple times,” says Bassett, who interviewed Metropolitan Opera star Angel Blue for our story on page 82. “She’s a great seductress! I’ll just have to find my Carmen on another stage.” RUVEN AFANADOR The Colombian-born photographer—and opera aficionado— captured Angel Blue for ED on page 82. “The first time I saw the opera Samson and Delilah,” Afanador recalls, “I was surprised to see Denyce Graves perform the entirety of ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ while lying on the floor. I later found out that it’s always been sung like that.” ROBERT RUFINO “I can’t get enough red!” says ED’s interiors editor, referring to the scarlet seats…

4 min.
what’s hot

Enter a new era of faux florals and French pottery, thanks to the Green Vase’s exquisitely delicate paper stems and ceramics from La Tuile à Loup in Paris. Paper flowers, from $38 each. shop.thegreenvase.com.La Tuile à Loup platters, from $260. krbnyc.com 1 The circles in L.A.-based designer Azadeh Shladovsky’s colorful Void chairs are meant to mimic the two dots of the braille letter K. The high-low mix of materials (plywood, satin brass, Dedar’s Adamo & Eva velvet) enhances their playful quality. 17" sq. x 28" h., $12,500 each. azadehshladovsky.com 2 After a career in fashion, Beth Bugdaycay started Foundrae in 2015 to create “modern heirlooms.” Her thoughtful, exquisitely wrought pieces borrow from ancient symbols like the ouroboros, a signifier of renewal that graces this diamond-studded pendant crafted using champlevé enamel and 18-karat…

1 min.
graphic novel

I love pops of saturated color and lightning bolts of graphic lines. Consider the contour of Debbie Harry’s razor-sharp cheekbones or the effect of a punchy black-andwhite coffee table or even the dynamism of François Catroux’s interiors. What they all share is a clean jolt of visual energy. A graf fiti wall can radicalize the grandest of entrances, just as a graphic animal print glamorizes an everyday ensemble. A flash of diamonds on an enamel-and-gold ring adds a spark of intrigue. No matter what the canvas, when it comes to your style identity, my feeling is: Say it loud and say it proud. VERSAILLES, CATROUX, HARING: GETTY IMAGES; FASHION: VOGUE.COM; WEARSTLER INTERIOR: GREY CRAWFORD. FOR DETAILS, SEE RESOURCES…

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in the showrooms

1 The Capistrano dining side chair from Badgley Mischka Home is made of hand-painted wood and inlaid brass. Shown in Wheat Linen, it measures 20″ w. × 24″ d. × 37″ h. badgleymischka.com. 2 The Shah Abbas–inspired, one-of-a-kind (OAK) rug from Feizy is made entirely of silk. Shown in red and ivory, it measures 9.5′ w. × 12′ l. feizy.com. 3 Ralph Lauren is an avid car collector (see ED December 2017), and the Barrett Knurled Boom Arm Desk Light from Ralph Lauren Home reflects just that. Shown in polished nickel, it measures 36″ l. × 9″ d. × 22.5″ h. ralphlaurenhome.com. 4 Turkish tile patterns inspired Cornelia, a new linen from Thibaut, shown in gray and gold. thibautdesign.com. 5 With hand-carved floral motifs, Bernhardt’s Fleur credenza is made of…

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stained master

Contemporary art and design pushes our boundaries, forcing us to reexamine our worldview. This is all well and good, but sometimes, when political and social uncertainties abound, we also need the comforting embrace of, say, a beautiful landscape. Such moments of serenity can be found in “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” an exhibition opening at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati to kick off a nationwide tour before returning to the Driehaus Museum in Chicago. The show’s impressive breadth of windows, vases, lamps, and furniture draws from the collection of financier Richard H. Driehaus, whose 40-year love of Tiffany pieces was catalyzed in 1978, when he bought his first stained-glass window at a Los Angeles auction. “It’s not about challenging—it’s about appreciation, and the kind of powerful…