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MILIEU Winter 2021

In MILIEU, every story captures the look and feel, the mood and character, the style of a place - its milieu. The milieu that defines a great house or garden, the unique character of a design professional, the message conveyed in a thoughtful essay about home life, the creative strategies for accomplishing the look you want for your home - these are the elements of our magazine.

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United States
Pierce Publishing
R 99,20
R 284,77
4 Issues

in this issue

4 min
shear perfection

In the wild Northern Isles of Scotland’s Orkney archipelago, the remote island of Auskerry (OWS-ka-rie), where the Royal Mail is delivered by boat just once a month, comprises 250 rugged acres jutting from the sea. A hike around Auskerry reveals evidence of over 8,500 years of human history—remnants of the Neolithic period, standing stones from the twelfth century, remains of Iron Age villages. As soon as the tide begins going out, a living link to this history is seen foraging for kelp along the rocky shoreline: the rare North Ronaldsay sheep. One of just two remaining flocks of Orkney’s native sheep, the hardy North Ronaldsay—known locally as “Rollies” and named for the northernmost Orkney island—have evolved over millennia to subsist on seaweed. Aside from marine iguanas native to the Galapagos Islands, these…

1 min
shoe shines

5 min
story teller

VALERIE LEGRAS WRITES a story each time she designs an interior. Whether it’s a family home, a restaurant, or a hotel suite, LeGras approaches every project as a blank page. She leaves it to her clients to help discern the plot and shape the arc. “I always start with a story,” says LeGras from her office in New Orleans. “That’s how I create. Stories help clients see how they might live in the near future and later down the road. You want to imagine coming home to your safe place, your happy place, your place with your family. And we help people develop their particular story.” This is the tale of a professional couple with three young children who desired a contemporary home reflecting a warmth not often associated with that architectural…

5 min
accounting for tastes

GEORGE MASSAR UNDERSTANDS the need to rest and stay in place, even if he admits to having “done” sixteen homes for himself over the years. His partner, interior designer Thomas Hamel, recognizes, too, the importance of rest in order to live well and design well—though Hamel has lived on multiple continents and regularly “commutes” from his full-time residence in Sydney, Australia, to the Los Angeles house he shares with Massar. “The truth about design is that if you let something rest for a while, when you return to it you’ll come up with a better solution,” says Massar, who is CEO and Creative Director for Kneedler Fauchère and Gregorius|Pineo, both leading to-the-trade design showrooms. Massar had purchased this new house in West Hollywood with the intention of creating a private, carefree compound…

1 min
by hand

When Lulu Lytle, founder of Soane Britain, took off on a road trip throughout England, she was in search of something she knew was in abundance in her nation, but which was fast disappearing: expert craftspeople. For generations, the British had been fashioning furniture and other household objects out of rattan, one of the most ancient of materials. But as durable as the material is, as stylish and versatile, by the beginning of the early twenty-first century, the last rattan-weaving workshop in Britain was soon to close. That is, until Lytle bought the workshop, instituted a training program, and employed skilled artisans who continue the trade. Her work and vision are celebrated in the recently published Rattan: A World of Elegance and Charm (Rizzoli, $65). Soane’s mirror frames, chairs, breakfast…

2 min
featured designers

Thomas Hamel Thomas Hamel is the author of Residence and is well known as one of Australia’s leading tastemakers. Born in Virginia, Hamel came to New York during the 1980s to study design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and he continued his studies at the American College in London. He moved to Sydney in 1991 to found his own design firm and since that time has become a fixture of the international design community. Bobby McAlpine Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, he envisions home as a timeless, graceful, and emotionally evocative place. From the time he founded the firm in 1983, McAlpine has realized this ideal through a diverse array of…