Town & Country

Town & Country April 2019

Town & Country features the latest in luxury, from beautiful homes, sumptuous dining to exotic locations. In 11 gorgeous annual issues, Town & Country covers the arts, fashion and culture, bringing the best of everything to America's trendsetters

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1 min.
from the archive

1965 MASTER OF MODERNITY Fifty-four years ago, T&C profiled a young architect named I.M. Pei, declaring him “on the brink of great success.” Pei, who turns 102 on April 26, would design such landmarks as Hong Kong’s Bank of China tower (the first supertall skyscraper outside the U.S.) and the Louvre Pyramid. But at the time of this portrait he had just received the commission that would make him famous: the JFK Library in Boston. Jackie Kennedy, who picked him, later said she saw unique potential: “Pei’s work, as John Kennedy’s in 1960, was yet to come.”…

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i live here now

I came to the office makeover meeting straight from an appointment with jeweler James de Givenchy, so when the people from One Kings Lane asked what I wanted my office to look like, I pulled out my phone and showed them images of his chocolate lacquer walls, rich orange suede vitrines, and oversize gilded mirrors. Also, one enormous red spinel and a brightly colored ceramic ring. I wanted that palette, but mostly I wanted to feel in my office the way I had felt when I was there: surrounded by the elegance of New York but cocooned away from the cacophony of Midtown. I also needed a working desk and a swivel chair, and shelves for all my books, and a place for editors and designers to meet and brainstorm…

9 min.
high society home improvement

FOR YOUR QUEEN ANNE REPLICA NEEDS… …use Michelle Obama’s plaster master. The design aficionado is drawn to materials that immediately read high-end, like brass and marble. The sophisticates, however, know to choose plaster, and they know to call on Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Antonson (STEPHENANTONSON.COM), whose chandeliers and tables elevate an age-old medium to the level of couture. He created a 14-foot-tall chandelier for one of Kelly Behun’s clients and, at Michael Smith’s request, designed a Queen Anne–style tea table for the Obamas’ private residence at the White House. “Plaster has endless possibilities,” says Antonson, who sells his own line of chandeliers and sculptures at Liz O’Brien’s gallery in Manhattan (212-755-3800). “You can paint it, carve it, make it fit any room—it is really amazing.” O.M. FOR PAINTED FLOORS IN THAT HAMPTONS BEACH HOUSE… …Bunny…

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buildings have feelings too

Sir David Adjaye believes in dignity. While his peers put a premium on trendy flourishes, swoops, and jagged angles, the common thread running through the acclaimed architect’s work is minimalism that packs a punch. The project of the 21st century, he told T&C during a pit stop in Miami to curate an exhibit with the artist Theaster Gates, is design with a conscience, the kind that delivers quality of life for the privileged and underprivileged alike. After the Ruby City Art Center in San Antonio (opening this fall) and a skyscraper in lower Manhattan, his next two projects promise the emotional wallop of his National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC: the U.K. Holocaust Memorial (a collaboration with designer Ron Arad) and the National Cathedral of…

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a t&c cheat sheet

ART Creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien pick pieces driving current sales. “Millionaires bid at auction,” Levien says. “Billionaires have been through the day before.” We’d wager on seeing a Hockney in Taylor Mason’s office. POWER DINING “Our characters know the difference between Nakazawa and Shuko,” Koppelman says, “so we know also.” Might Chuck Rhoades be the first person to eat at Thomas Keller’s new TAK Room in Hudson Yards? PRIVATE JETS Bobby Axelrod flew in a Gulfstream V until a real-life billionaire wrote in to say they had it wrong. “Only a billionaire would know that a G5 is a starter plane,” Koppelman says. Our recommendation: Upgrade to a 650. JEFF NEUMANN/SHOW TIME (BILLIONS); SPROETNIEK/GETTY IMAGES (JET)…

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be rich & chill

Blame it on gyrating markets, extreme weather, and hyper-partisan politics. In these vexing times comfy, cocooning furniture is having a moment. As part of her 2019 forecast, interiors trendwatcher Michelle Ogundehin noted that “in this acutely digital age, as physical, sensory beings we have a primal need to surround ourselves with surfaces that thrill our fingertips or tempt our toes.” Tactile comfort, more than ever, is in. For the collecting cognoscenti, when it comes to make-you-want-to-melt-into-them furnishings, nothing tops the Ours Polaire (French for polar bear) sofa and armchair conceived by French designer Jean Royère in the late 1940s. Elegantly rounded and incomparably cushy, these zaftig icons were upholstered in a soft woolen velvet reminiscent of plush toy fabric. “The Ours Polaire furnishings are an alcove, a nest,” says Emiliano Salci,…