Architectural Digest July/August 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.

United States
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
learning from the best


2 min
editor’s letter

“It’s the design equivalent of a jaw drop. There’s no mistaking whose house you’re in.”—Cara Delevingne Sweet escape. We all need one right about now, as summer beckons, the COVID funk lifts, and our understandable desire to savor the moment intensifies. Cover star Cara Delevingne has made an art of enjoying herself, and that is exquisitely reflected in her outrageously entertaining new L.A. pleasure dome, which includes a ball pit, a tented poker room, in-ground trampolines, and a (nearly) soundproof bunker party room. “I love games—charades, beer pong, poker, Cards Against Humanity, tug-of-war, whatever feels fun,” says Delevingne, who seems to have a designated space tricked out for each of these activities, plus many others. “When my friends come over, the house turns into an obstacle course. It’s like an indoor/outdoor…

2 min
leisure time

After moving to Coral Gables in the early 1960s with her new husband, Harry Hood Bassett, Knoll design chief Florence Knoll Bassett noticed that her outdoor furniture fared poorly in South Florida’s salty sea air. Displeased, she mailed a handful of rusted bolts to Knoll talent Richard Schultz with a note: “Why can’t we make a chair that actually works?” Schultz—who had joined the firm in 1951 and assisted Harry Bertoia with his iconic wire collection, the alleged source of some of those rusty bolts—got to work. “Most outdoor furniture in those days was designed to look as if it was designed before the French Revolution, with stamped-out metal, bunches of flowers and leaves,” said Schultz, who deemed such furniture “puddle-collecting, joint-rusting, hot-seat upholstered products.” By 1966 he had an antidote:…

3 min
back to nature

The first thing you notice at Bill Caleo and Megan Noetzel LeFauve’s Catskills home is the abundance—and the aroma—of wood. “It’s part of why I love walking into the house,” Noetzel LeFauve says of the white oak used for ceilings, floors, and millwork, all of it unsealed and rubbed with natural oils. “It smells so cozy.” And cozy was the goal. Caleo, cofounder of the Brooklyn Home Company, a boutique real estate–development firm, and Noetzel LeFauve, an interior designer, envisioned the home as a year-round compound for themselves, their children, and their extended families. In addition to the three-bedroom house, the property includes a garage with a bunk room, a guest cottage, a playhouse, a pool, and a pool pavilion. There’s even a pond full of sunfish, shiners, and bass. Part rustic…

1 min
current mood

Quintessentially of the moment yet timeless in spirit, Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2021 palette captures the optimism and resiliency of today’s prevailing mindset. Take, for example, the Color of the Year, Aegean Teal 2136-40, a soothing and versatile blue green that calls to mind calming waters and blissful beaches. It goes brilliantly with Foggy Morning 2106-70, a subtle pale pink that, on its own, offers a whimsical alternative to everyday neutrals. Shop paint samples now at…

1 min
italian translation

“Idda means ‘her’ in Sicilian dialect,” says artist and designer Gabriella Picone. It’s a word she heard often growing up between New York City and Lipari, the Aeolian island off the coast of Sicily. Now it’s the name of her new studio, which she launched last year while hunkering down in another seaside locale, the North Fork of Long Island. What started with paintings, one-of-a-kind ceramics, and whimsical, limited-edition pareos (the sarong-like skirts worn by Sicilian women in hot summer months) is now expanding to include Italian-made home staples. A new pillow is decorated with female figures, while a tablecloth depicts a dreamy garden of Eden. All draw inspiration from the Sicilian lifestyle, especially its art of dining, which she has explored during the pandemic, getting into cooking for the…