ELLE DECOR March 2018

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10 Números

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4 min.
editor’s page

LAST FALL, ON A BALMY night in Los Angeles, I sat on a panel in Thomas Lavin’s seductive showroom at the Pacific Design Center. The theme was bachelor-pad style. Not just any bachelor pads, mind you, but the kind of fantasy Bond lairs that are a specialty of a particular breed of West Coast designer, including my fellow panelists Kirk Nix, James Magni, Ron Woodson, and fashion designer David Meister. (The fact that my real-life partner, Marc Karimzadeh, moderated the discussion made the evening even more exceptional.) What is the essence of bachelor-pad style? The answers that night varied, but on a theme: “Sexy,” said Nix. “A great bed,” suggested Woodson (preferably covered in fur). “Exotic stone,” said Magni, accompanied by photos of a house he designed for a young…

1 min.

FRED NICOLAUS This month, Nicolaus writes “Downtown Premiere” (page 102). Indie-rock fans who know him from the band Department of Eagles might be surprised to learn that Nicolaus moonlights as the editor of the high-end renovation bible The Franklin Report. “I think all creative people, whether you’re a musician or a designer, have the same kind of madness,” he says. ERIC PIASECKI A frequent ED contributor, Piasecki photographed downtown Manhattan apartments designed by Kevin Dumais and Neal Beckstedt (pages 102 and 116) for this month’s issue. “Part of the fun of being invited to photograph interesting homes is seeing the art collections,” he says. “Both Neal and Kevin create something so personal.” NEAL BECKSTEDT Although he’s no stranger to the pages of ED, designer Neal Beckstedt admitted to being a bit nervous about inviting readers…

4 min.
what’s hot

In two seasons as the creative director of Calvin Klein, Raf Simons has put his sly, intellectual twist on American fashion tropes. He’s now doing the same for American homes, sourcing one-of-a-kind vintage quilts, some with added embroidery winking at the location of the brand’s New York showroom. Background: Vintage star quilt. Center: Vintage embroidered star quilt. Bottom: Vintage log-cabin quilt. Prices upon request; available at Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue flagship store in New York. 1 Did you devour the first volume of Jed Perl’s biography of artist Alexander Calder? You can get your mobile fix with this Calder-inspired Gaia pendant lamp from Ochre, which employs elegant engineering to balance an LED-illuminated solid glass drop with a blackened nickel cap. 48″ w.×32″ h.×2.5″ d., $5,250. ochre.net 2 Imagine spring break on a Caribbean…

2 min.
souk it up

It’s no secret that Marrakech has long been a source of creative inspiration. The colors! The architecture! The energy! One can see why the city served as a refuge for, and muse to, the great, late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, whose home there—maintained in perfect condition to this day—is aptly called Villa Oasis. Saint Laurent’s ashes are even scattered around the house’s gardens, and his strong ties to Morocco are further solidified by the adjoining Museum Yves Saint Laurent, a veritable shrine to his brilliance. He has always been my favorite designer, the epitome of glamour and chic. His aesthetic was more than just fashion: It was about true style, and that lives on forever. Speaking of style, I recently had the pleasure of staying at La Mamounia, the…

1 min.
putting on airs

During the 18th century, fans weren’t merely a means of ventilation—embedded in their imagery and materials were subtle social indicators. This March, the de Young Museum (deyoung.famsf.org) in San Francisco celebrates this history with “Fans of the Eighteenth Century,” an exhibition drawn from its archives. The objects highlight the diversity of the era’s production and design, with an emphasis on how such choices reflected deeper meanings. A fan with ivory sticks inlaid with mother-of-pearl, for example, might suggest its owner was worldly, while a creation with a hand-painted reproduction of Nicolas Lancret’s Rococo painting La Camargo Dancing (circa 1730) could indicate an appreciation for the arts. “Throughout the 18th century, a variety of several so-called fan languages developed,” says organizing curator Laura Camerlengo. “But even in their materials, fans allowed…

1 min.
arresting developments

The architectural superpower of the Seattle-based Olson Kundig’s Jim Olson is invisibility: He specializes in building dazzling homes for art collectors that direct your eyes toward their paintings and sculptures—and away from his design. “I’m very interested in using architecture to look at other things,” Olson says. This year, he unveils two major museum projects that capitalize on this rare talent. The first endeavor, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts (kirkland museum.org), opening March 10 in Denver, is structured as a series of “residential vignettes” mixing together furniture, paintings, and crafts in salon-like rooms. The facade is composed of luminous terracotta bars interlaced with gold leaf–backed glass rods. Exhibits are displayed both inside the museum and through a series of vitrines built into the exterior, letting even passersby experience…