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Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest February 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
all in a day’s work

Life before the pandemic sure was hectic, wasn’t it? My schedule was packed and our office was bursting, with 20 people, including six full-time interior designers. It was a battle to just contain everyone’s stuff. But we had a lot of fun—brainstorming new designs or celebrating whenever somebody got their architecture license. And then on March 15, as the city shut down, we gathered around the conference table and I told everyone to take their workstation home. We have yet to all reunite in one room. (Though we did meet for a late-summer picnic in Prospect Park.) Home is where my practice started. For many years, the business operated out of the fourth floor of my Clinton Hill town house, where my son would run around naked after baths and the…

2 min
after effects

Imagine a New York where the climate crisis has intensified so much so that the government has limited human mobility in order to curtail emissions—where Black coders have in turn taken over the MTA, commandeering its subways and trains for the disenfranchised. This is the poignant, dystopian reality conjured by the Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous for the Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming show “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,” opening February 20. Blending analog and digital collage, Jeyifous has created Frankencityscapes, often piled high beyond comprehension, twisting what we know into what could be. “Digital media are very quick, but analog and collage add dimensionality to the work,” he explains. “It comes back to the hand and the eye, which evoke a labor of love and craft.” For the exhibition, Jeyifous…

3 min
collected wisdom

everette Taylor, the 31-year-old chief marketing officer of the online art marketplace Artsy, arrived in New York City only last winter, mere months before the city entered lockdown. But he’s quickly made himself at home. High above Canal Street, where SoHo’s shine meets Tribeca’s quiet charm, this serial entrepreneur has transformed a fourth-floor loft into a personal showcase for contemporary African American art—with reverence for the past but all eyes to the future. “Friends urged me to consider places like Harlem or Brooklyn—which are great,” says Taylor, who previously founded ArtX along with a handful of social-media and digital-marketing start-ups. “But coming from Los Angeles, I wanted to be able to walk everywhere, and I now live just four minutes from our offices on Broadway.” Mobility, however, was only one of the…

5 min
true colors

when he artist Jorge Pardo decided to move his studio from Los Angeles to the Yucatán nine years ago, it made sense to transfer his American home base east to New York. The city was a short hop from Cancún and a place where he could easily connect with galleries and visit his daughter, Penelope, who had recently relocated there. Looking to imprint his original and exuberantly colored vision, he landed on an early 1900s carriage house nestled between a low-rise apartment building and a garage in Bushwick, a Brooklyn neighborhood that has so far resisted full-scale gentrification. “I’m an immigrant, and this was an immigrant community I really liked,” says Pardo, a Cuban American who grew up in Chicago from the age of six. “It’s Latin, with people selling food…

2 min
seeing stripes

When Gino Circiello, Guy Avventuriero, and Emilio Torre opened Gino of Capri, an Italian restaurant on New York City’s Lexington Avenue, in 1945, Circiello asked his friend Valentino Crescenzi to design something dashing for the walls. The results: 314 leaping zebras set against spaghetti-sauce red. “I chose it because I love to hunt,” Circiello later told The New York Times about the pattern, which was also punctuated by teeny, tiny flying arrows. “And it is something that people will remember.” It worked. The zebras became the restaurant’s hallmark until a fire ravaged the place in 1973. Gino’s wasn’t Gino’s without the zebras, so Circiello turned to artist and designer Flora Scalamandré, cofounder with husband Franco of their namesake fabric-and-wallpaper company. She fastidiously redrew the zebras and cut new screens, creating a…

2 min
editor’s letter

“How does one heal a city? How does one maintain ‘homeostasis’ in a house, a family, or a community?”—Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee New York City has long proved a fertile stomping ground for AD. The magazine has devoted scores of pages and sometimes entire issues to the Big Apple, documenting the grand and the gritty, the traditional and the unconventional: penthouses, town houses, industrial lofts, elegant apartments, and unrenovated artists’ studios alike. Each of these quintessentially urban spaces is ultimately a backdrop for the main attraction—New Yorkers themselves, the denizens of that great melting pot of talented, idiosyncratic humanity. In the wake of a pandemic that has dealt a particularly brutal blow to our beloved city, the editors agreed that visits to some committed locals in their exceptional habitats might provide a…