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Architectural Digest July/August 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.

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United States
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

“The pandemic has in some ways slowed down or altered our perception of time and afforded me precious moments to reexperience the beauty and profound history of my country.”—Sir David Adjaye With so many of us now months into COVID-19 lockdown, the AD staff agreed it was time to show our readers what work from home means for the illustrious creative class known as the AD100. We asked several of these treasured talents to share with us for this issue personal images alongside their thoughts both practical and profound. They spoke about discovering a renewed appreciation for nature; enjoying the luxury of extra time with their children, or perhaps hiding from them while taking Zoom calls in the bathtub; slowing down and savoring small pleasures such as cooking and meals; expanding…

2 min
great dane

At the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition in 1947, Holger Hansen, son of cabinetmaker Carl Hansen, met Hans Wegner, a young designer making radical new furnishings: sleek forms inspired by the minimal designs of China’s Ming dynasty. Hansen’s family-run company, hoping to segue into serial manufacturing, took a chance on the young Dane two years later, putting five of his pieces into production by 1950. The firm still makes all of them today. One chair, which some say was commissioned to compete with the ubiquitous Thonet café chair, became a fan favorite: the CH24, a.k.a. the Wishbone Chair (from $765 at Design Within Reach). With an ultra-simple hardwood silhouette that eliminated all nonessential material and a seat made from paper, spun to look like a rope (a Swedish invention during wartime, when…

4 min
two for the road

Reinaldo Leandro and Patrick McGrath weren’t looking for a weekend home when they spotted a for sale sign outside a shingled cottage in the quaint Hamptons hamlet the Springs. But given their shared line of work, how could the Manhattan couple resist a peek? Though the land itself was modest, “the house felt tucked-in and private,” recalls Leandro, an architect and cofounder of the AD100 firm Ashe Leandro. The residence had a 1930s look and feel, with excellent attention to detail, even though it had been built in 2000. “So there was central air,” notes McGrath, principal of his own design studio. They quickly purchased the property and set about renovating. As Leandro explains: “We’re both in the field, so we make decisions fast.” Small, considered changes, as the duo knows…

1 min
sit back and relax

1 min
estudio persona

Six years ago, after independently moving to Los Angeles from Uruguay, industrial designer Emiliana Gonzalez and artist Jessie Young struck up a friendship. “We were both here, both immigrants, and both desperate to do something new,” recalls Young. So when Gonzalez landed an interior design gig, she invited Young to help. Working under the moniker Estudio Persona—it means the study of a person, they explain, and nods to their favorite Ingmar Bergman film—they quickly realized that designing custom furniture was their favorite part of the job. By 2017, they launched a collection of pieces Gonzalez describes as “clean and non-accessorized, almost like cutouts.” Whereas their Nido series pairs swooping seats with wood bases, their Block chair riffs on the chunky sculpture of Carl Andre. “We played around with modular blocks…

1 min
glass plus

British photographer and set designer Cecil Beaton prided himself on being au courant, but when it came to his country place, Reddish House in Wiltshire, he was as Edwardian as anyone born in 1904 could be. So was the romantic, bamboo-paneled winter garden, created with decorator Felix Harbord, that Beaton added in 1955. “English Baroque proportions, a stone floor in 18th-century French style, Gothic windows that are very Strawberry Hill, and a central fountain that follows the Islamic concept of paradise,” Alexander Hoyle, cult London plantsman, observes of the winter garden, which was featured in AD’s fall 1969 issue. “The combination of elements firmly sets it in an Edwardian Revival idiom.” Given the roughly 20-foot-square footprint, “there was precious little space for growing plants,” he notes of the room, furnished…