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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest January 2021

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

3 min
studio craft

Stepping inside Giancarlo Valle’s Manhattan studio, one can feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland. A quick look around the Chinatown loft reveals a spellbinding cache of tiny furniture and homes—models for the AD100 designer’s impressive slate of current work. A maquette for a West Village town-house renovation shows an exquisite bathroom wrapped in end-grain oakwood. A rustic structure captures the country-home concept he is hatching with Green River Project. And a cylindrical model hints at the daring powder room he’s creating for a ground-up Craftsman-style cottage in Carmel, California, his most significant commission to date. “We carve out all the windows, all the human-scale elements, all the furniture,” explains Valle, noting that the architecture program at Princeton, where he got his master’s, emphasized model making. “When you see everything in…

1 min
forks in the road

5 min
joy division

Pamela Shamshiri, design principal of the AD100 firm Studio Shamshiri, wants you to know one thing about the creative Hollywood couple who commissioned this enchanted ground-up home in Los Angeles. “They’re happy people,” she insists. “I don’t know how else to put it. They just radiate joy and positivity.” Architect Ron Radziner, design partner at the AD100 firm Marmol Radziner, seconds the notion. “These clients are incredibly kind and generous people, happy people, and they wanted us to create a house like themselves— a welcoming space with zero pretension, where they can entertain friends and family or simply enjoy each other’s company,” he says. Bonhomous clients are always a blessing, especially since most designers are all too familiar with the challenges of working with people who are, shall we say, less…

25 min
ad 100 2021

Terremoto LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO Principals David Godshall and Alain Peauroi founded their burgeoning landscape-design firm with a simple premise: “We wanted to create projects that are about ideas and philosophy—gardens as an expression of culture,” explains Godshall, who oversees the company’s Los Angeles operation in Echo Park while Peauroi directs the San Francisco office. Terremoto is currently working its magic at California’s famed Sea Ranch Lodge, Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs, and The Native hotel in Malibu. On the residential side, they are creating gardens for Mandy Moore, Devendra Banhart, and a host of other boldface names. terremoto.la Joy Moyler Interiors NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK “Classic and crisp with a modern vibe” is Moyler’s take on the chic style that she’s developed after working in the offices of John Saladino and…

5 min
british accents

With its chimneys thrusting into the sky, its half-timbered brick façade and vast expanses of leaded glass, the stately structure exemplifies the moment when the English countryhouse tradition met the wealth of the Industrial Revolution and the aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement. It’s not difficult to visualize swirls of cigar smoke rising to the rafters in the vast main hall, and brandy being served by liveried footmen. Indeed, the estate was once owned by famed tobacconist Alfred Dunhill, founder of the eponymous luxury empire that still bears his name. Decades later, the scene in the Old Barn, as it is affectionately known, was far more raucous when it belonged to music producer Robert Stigwood, manager of Cream and the Bee Gees. “The house was the scene of legendary parties,”…

1 min
knock on wood