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BENJAMIN MOORE Benjamin Moore’s recently named Aegean Teal 2136-40 as its highly anticipated Color of the Year 2021. This intriguing blue-green creates a sense of natural harmony, and invites reflection and relaxation. Aegean Teal is one of a dozen shades in the Color Trends 2021 palette, a carefully curated array of warm, sunbaked hues that both comfort and uplift. Any of these beautiful colors will bring an elegant yet grounded sensibility to the home. #ColorTrends2021
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The latest books by Kate Hume and Richard Landry, a new documentary on beauty and architecture, a war memorial, wallpapers and fabrics, lounges and lobbies, showrooms, show houses, real estate developments, and more.
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MASTHEAD EDITOR Michael Boodro CREATIVE DIRECTOR Florentino Pamintuan PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Sydney Gemes EDITORIAL ADVISOR Rebecca Birdwell 4
A rendering of a Buddhist temple garden in San Jose, CA, by Strata Landscape Architecture
CLARENCE HOUSE Close your eyes and clear your mind. Imagine the whispers of an autumnal chill that inspire you to draw closer to the glow of a fire. Imagine the relaxing feeling of warmth, the sound of crackling wood, the sight of dancing flames and the aroma of firewood captivate your senses. Experience those same sensations with these beautiful, rich textiles from Clarence House. Smoldering reds, dusty blues, earthy browns and soft neutrals combine in this alluring color palette depicting fireside fascination. Invite your senses and imagination on a journey with Clarence House textiles. BROWSE THE COLLEC TION
DOWN TO EARTH Asked to design a lounge for visitors to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition of Casacor, an architecture, interior and landscape design fair held each year in Miami during Art Basel, FANNY HAIM looked to nature and archeology. Her design mixed clean lines and simple geometry with Mayan patterns and organic textures. Terra cotta pavers acted as a primary decorative force in a variety of configurations on both the floor and the walls. Handplastered walls added warmth, a plant installation by Paloma
Teppa brought a live element to the space, while handmade vessels by artist Ken Gangbar filled the voids in a tiled wall, evoking ancient cultures.
WAT ERWOR K S Waterworks, the destination for luxury bath and kitchen, has debuted its expanded and reimagined 58th Street flagship showroom in New York City. The ultimate expression of the brand’s love for and commitment to Manhattan’s global design community, the space features 12,500 square feet of discovery & inspiration over three architecturally impressive levels. Here you can explore a wealth of new features, stunning vignettes, and the company’s entire portfolio of products. It’s a whole new way to shop Waterworks—and to celebrate beautiful living.
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Showhouses are always a chance for designers to get playful and imaginative, but in the bedroom that she created for an imaginary teenage girl at the 2020 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, MELISSA BEHNAM of Studio Gild, went further, playing with the changing meaning of gender today. Drawing inspiration from an androgynous fashion photograph, she mixed
soft, luxuriant fabrics with accents that evoke military tassels. Geometric iron etageres contrast with a ceiling adorned with a swirling custom plaster mural that hovers above a rug of ivory and black stripes. Here military precision meets dreamy colors, sensual textures confront tensile strength, and offbeat colors stand out against a soothing blush pink, all of which hints at the complexityÂ of what it means to be a young woman today.
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Alfonso Marinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest collection encompasses 20 new products with design inspiration ranging from 1950s French pieces to classic Chinoiserie, and includes the Taraceado Bar Cabinet, featuring sgraffito bone decoration, the Vendome Chest, and the Boguense Chair, an update of classic Danish design. Every piece in the Alfonso Marina collection is unique and executed with extraordinary craftsmanship. All our designs are devoted to those who recognize the nobility and beauty of the finest materials.
The textiles SUZANNE TUCKER creates have always been colorful, sumptuous, and exquisitely detailed so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that the latest Suzanne Tucker Home collection pays homage to the world of garden and landscape design.
The collection runs the gamut from bold statement embroideries to multi-colored prints, as well as neutral upholstery basics. The abundance of florals and botanical motifs nod to the overflowing drifts of herbaceous plantings that
Gertrude Jekyll, the grande dame of British garden design, became famous for, especially at her own home, Munstead Wood. Other patterns evoke meandering garden paths or the twiting tendrils of flowering vines.
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Originally designed by Joseph Carini, and now reinvented by him, Tree and Cloud Violet is a vibrant new colorway of a contemporary classic. An ode to spring days and classic Eastern motifs, the rug features virtually fragrant cherry blossoms of chartreuse and melon that bloom amidst whimsical floating clouds. It is an enchanting nod to traditional design elements while conveying a lusciously contemporary vibe. 14
How important is beauty, and what purpose does it serve? A new documentary out this fall â&#x20AC;&#x153;Built Beautiful: An Architecture and Neuroscience Love Story,â&#x20AC;? explores the connection between the brain and the built environment, and how our perceptions of space influences our bodies, our feelings of comfort and pleasure, and even our health. Inspired by Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns and Their Impact on our Well-Being, the first book by DON RUGGLES of Denver-based Ruggles Mabe Studio, the film, which is narrated by Martha
Stewart, argues that design needs to include beauty as a fundamental, overarching element within the built environment.
TRADE SECRETS Following the success of their shops, Eleish Van Breems Home, offering Scandinavian home furnishings and antiques in Westport, Nantucket, and on-line, EDIE VAN BREEMS and RHONDA ELEISH are launching a new to-the-trade showroom. Located around the corner from their f lagship Westport location by the train station, the 2,440-square-foot-space showcases furnishings and custom beds by Lee Industries, as well as an array of frames, cushions, fabrics, and decorative accessories.
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KRAVET In Naila, her fourth collection with Kravet, Windsor Smith celebrates North Africa. These exotic textiles and lush wallpaper evoke a journey down the Nile, with a sophisticated and subdued color palette that Windsor describes as dreamy, soulful, and soft. Earthy neutrals are accented with touches of lavender, pink, and jade. Antique silver and deep bronze threads are woven through loose linen weaves, giving the collection a feel that is both ancient and opulent, accessible and elegant. 17
KATE HUME ’s distinctive,
stylish vision was shaped by her early encounters with the three Bs—Biba, Browns, and Bergdorf Goodman. Her experiences at these top fashion stores shaped her taste for superb materials, rich colors, and hand-made artistry, all of which are on display in the nine projects surveyed in her first book, Élan. In its 18
pages she details her international journey and the development of her aesthetic. She writes, “On reflection, the way I combine different periods of furniture and art is American; my problem-solving ability and the importance I place on comfort are decidedly English; my styling is quintessentially Dutch; and my admiration for craftsmanship and finishes, from patinated bronze to embroidery, is typically French.”
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Soothing and serene, jewel tones never fail to dazzle and always remain of the moment. Showcasing deep muted shades with f luid architectural forms and soft, neutral accents, this collection of furnishings and accessories brings a gem-like beauty to the home.
TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT The iconic Tribune Tower has been a Chicago landmark since it opened in 1925. Now, under the guidance of ANDREW FAY ’s firm the Gettys Group, the historic newspaper office is being transformed into a luxury condominium with 162 residences, ranging in size from 1,100 to 4,300 square feet, as well as a host of amenities. The conversion will retain the tower’s grandiose ceiling heights, neo-gothic flourishes, and idiosyncratic details, resulting in 56 different floor plans. The unique character of each space is elevated with distinctive Old-
World stone and glass, while mixed metals and woods are layered to create a rich environment for both communal areas and private residences. The design carefully preserves the building’s craftsmanship while addressing contemporary needs.
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SUAVE MOVE For a couple downsizing from the suburbs of Toronto to the cobblestone streets of Tribeca, KATI CURTIS completely transformed a “white box” apartment into a richly colored and lush retreat.
The clients wanted to enjoy the vitality of the city, even as they sought the same kind of refined details and comfort they had enjoyed at their traditional home in Canada.
By contrasting the sun-struck living room and kitchen, accented with a decorative ceiling, against the darker paneled home office and hallway, Curtis created a tailored and refined interior that is never predictable. Throughout, jewel tones, subtly patterned fabrics, sculptural light fixtures, textured wallcoverings, and gleaming brass accents add richness and complexity.
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After opening less than a year ago, Marked, the showroom/studio of designer MARK CUNNINGHAM has already become a beloved designer resource. Cunninghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midtown Manhattan studio is a favorite not only for his furniture designs and exquisite line of fabrics but for the distinctive vintage pieces and found objects that he highlights in inspiring and original vignettes. The showroom, which is open again by appointment, now features an expanded range of pieces, with three new upholstery designs including a daybed and sofa. 28
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PHILLIP JEFFRIES Glamour soars to new heights with the handcrafted Gilded Ascent, a grand geometric metallic-leaf wallcovering full of movement and subtle shine. Gilded Ascent is a part of the Phillip Jeffries Fall 2020 Awakening collection of 19 innovative designs. Shared moments, cozy comforts, and the nurturing surroundings of nature inspire this array, influenced by the new normal and a new perspective on what adds joy to our lives.
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often an architect gets a commission to design a palace, and RICHARD LANDRY made the most of it. Working with interior designers Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin of B&T Global, Landry looked to classic French chateaux as inspiration for the lavish 250,000 squarefoot home, which is fully explored
in the new book A 21st-Century Palace: Asia. Landry worked with landscape grottoes, pools, and formal parterres. But if the palace draws upon traditional casino, screening room, bowling alley and even a karaoke loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the perfect se
architect Robert E. Truskowski on the 30-acre property, incorporating a lake, l forms, it is entirely up to the minute in its features and functions, including a etting for a global Asian tycoon. 33
LANSERRING Introducing LANSERRINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest collaboration: an exclusive set of four knives designed in collaboration with Savernake Knives. Together, we have infused the spirit of LANSERRING into these high-performance tools for your kitchen. We were honored to work with Savernake Knives, whose world-class products are used by Michelin-starred chefs and discerning home cooks alike. Working with Savernakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialist team, we sourced durable, high performance materials that align with the classic LANSERRING aesthetic. On the handle, mopane hardwood is joined to an inky African blackwood. The precise point of balance is high-lighted with a minimalist brass embellishment that compliments the blades, which are made of PVD coated steel. F IND OU T MORE
BEST OF BR AZIL In creating the new Four Seasons São Paulo, the San Francisco firm BAMO took cues from the vibrant culture of São Paulo and the masters of Brazilian modernism, especially the sleek, sweeping forms of Oscar Niemeyer and the organic abstraction of Roberto Burle Marx. Standout moments, like the lobby’s sculpt-
ural red plaster spiral stair, deliver impact infused with Brazilian brio. Bold red, a color used to great effect by Lina Bo Bardi and Niemeyer, is used throughout the hotel, in a Burle Marx-inspired curved carpet that defines the lounge area and again in the Presidential Suite. Travertine, Brazilian burled wood, dark-stained ipe, and light-toned plaster render an international luxury aesthetic in distinctly Brazilian materials. 35
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In 2016, architect LIAM Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;CONNOR was commissioned to design the British Nor the 22,442 allied servicemen and servicewomen who died under British Comm ended with the liberation of Paris that August. On a 60-acre site overlooking Gold Beach, where the invasion occurred, the A tree-lined walk connects the main entrance to the more remote and tranq names of those who died. Works by four sculptors from the UK, France, and th the liberation of France, are also incorporated into the masterplan. The mem powerful commemoration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to insure
rmandy Memorial in France. The memorial, to be unveiled next June, honors mand during the Allied D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, and the campaign that
e memorial, of stone, oak, and bronze, unfolds in a carefully crafted sequence. quil Cloister Garden where each of the 160 stone columns is carved with the he USA, as well as a separate memorial dedicated to civilians who died during morial nods to ancient monuments and gathering places even as it stands as a an Allied victory in World War II. 37
BUILDING BLOCKS In looking for inspiration for her new collection of wallpapers for Brett Design, BRETT BELDOCK cast a wide net, looking to classic architecture, natural beauty, and iconic interior design. Barcelona
was inspired by Mies van der Roheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floorplan for his famed Barcelona Pavilion, whereas Zaha is a take on the ceiling of the Beijing airport designed by Zaha Hadid. Lollipop Trees is a playful nod to Billy Baldwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Foliage fabric design, and Togetherness is a bold and colorfiul mural Beldock devised with her studio remotely during the pandemic, giving its name a touching poignance.
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LUXURY DIVISION of PELLA Nothing competes with exquisite views of this residence in San Francisco. The project, designed by Winder Gibson Architects and built by CBC Construction, utilizes throughout custom materials by Bonelli Windows + Doors, part of the Luxury Division of Pella. The engineers at Bonelli crafted massive floor-to-ceiling doors that lead to terraces at every level. The team 40
at Bonelli was driven to fulfill the brilliant ideas that the architect and developer had in mind for this property. We sat down with the architect and engineering team at Bonelli to dig deeper into the project. As you brought the design vision to life, did you have the homeowner in mind? BONELLI: There was no specific owner
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BONELLI: The architect had used our
competitors on past projects, but we knew the property would work best using our aluminum product. In addition, we knew that using our design team meant they would not have to compromise on the design. We established a fantastic working relationship, which has led to many subsequent projects we are working on together.
at the time of development, so, with the help of Winder Gibson, we instead created a persona of an owner who would eventually live in the space. WINDER GIBSON: We wanted to take advantage of the great vistas. The intention was to keep as much indoor-outdoor flow as possible, while maintaining performance and privacy. How did you make the decision for what type of product was best for this property?
What other types of materials were used on the project? WINDER GIBSON: We intentionally extended materials, such as cedar siding, from outside application to the interior. The patterned tile is also used both inside and out to create a seamless experience. How would you describe the success of this project? BONELLI: We developed a strong bond with the firm because of our willingness to push the envelope and solve their detailed problems. Our team has direct access to the manufacturing process of each product, and we know how important responsiveness is to the client. We strive to provide that to every client we work with, and that leads to a successful project for everyone.
SCENE STEALER Furniture and interior designer JAMES DUNCAN , who with his wife, Miriam, heads James Duncan Inc. is expanding the offerings of the Key Biscayne, Floridabased firm with a new line of wallpapers. Collaborating with muralist Eloin Rivera, who they have worked with on commissioned murals and limited-edition painted surfboards, the firm has devised an array of papers inspired by the scenic panoramic wallpapers of Zuber and other historic firms. Available in January, the wallpapers depict exotic birds, jungle animals, Amazonian landscapes, African masks, and even straw hats. All the designs can be customized.
Silestone by Cosentino is proud to unveil the latest of many leading-edge introductions for 2020â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Silestone Loft Series. Rooted in the industrial, raw and pared back, the five new colors draw inspiration from iconic neighborhoods around the globe known for their distinctive history and industrial style: Camden, Poblenou, Seaport, Nolita, and Corktown. The Silestone Loft Series captures the essence of these international cities celebrated for their raw, purely urban beauty.
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NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER As the demand for virtual access continues, the New York Design Center announces the launch of its Digital Product Catalog, featuring hundreds of introductions from its showrooms. Created in collaboration with The Beaux Arts Digital, a web design agency led by Susannah Charbin, this launch marks the next step in the expanded digital focus for 200 Lex. “This investment in our digital marketplace creates new ways to shop our showrooms,” says Jim Druckman, CEO/President of the New York Design Center. “We’re so proud to unveil this resource, allowing designers and consumers alike to access 200 Lex 24/7 from any device.” 45
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FLEETING PLEASURES Design can be ephemeral. Death, divorce, or, as in this case, disaster, can intervene to cut short the life of a project. Last October, shortly after designer DENISE McGAHA had finished this home in Dallas, it was hit by a devastating tornado. The house, which hosts multiple generations of parents, children, and grandchildren, has since undergone extensive renovations, and once
again handles the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. The greatest tragedy was that all the original oak trees were destroyed by the storm, and new plantings had to be installed. The images are all that remain of the original vision.
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HOLLAND & SHERRY Holland & Sherryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9-10 Savile Row fabric collection is comprised of traditional menswear fabrics, primarily focused on rich wools, adapted for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interiors. Checks, windowpanes, tweeds, herringbones, jacquards and even camouflage make up the 11 patterns and 68 colorways in this collection. Each is steeped in tradition but is imbued with a touch of modern flare, making them ideal for contemporary, tailored interiors.
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Among several recently launched pieces, McKinnon and Harris is pleased to present the Chesapeake Dining Chair and Mundy Dining Table. Inspired by the 1958 Ole Wanscher dining chairs found in co-founder Will Massieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining room, the Chesapeake chair marks the brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first offering with rush seating. The Mundy table was inspired by the chamfered columns at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, a continuous source of inspiration for McKinnon and Harris. BROWSE THE COLLEC TION
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or a new house located on a large ranch property on the Roaring Fork River in Colorado, architect CRISTOF EIGELBERGER looked to traditional mountain ranch architecture for inspiration. To ensure that the home would blend into the landscape, he used natural materials that would
age with time, including large poplar bark shingles on the exterior with reclaimed Douglas fir trim and a painted metal corrugated roof. Large format dry stacked moss rock blends beautifully with the bark shingles, since both share a beautiful green-grey lichen. The surrounding aspen trees, the soil, and the shimmer of the river all influenced the palette of the interior, which was designed by Steven Volpe. The result is a house with a refined, updated, mountain aesthetic that meets every contemporary need.
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Marmi’s team combines cuttingedge technologies with old-world traditions to achieve advanced applications using a myriad of materials, always with the desire to fulfill the designer’s vision. Before a project takes form, Marmi team members guide the pursuit of finding the “perfect” natural stone to fulfil each designer’s vision. In creating this elliptical three-story staircase, where every element was cut from its own marble block, Marmi’s team sourced, crafted, and installed the staircase, working with longtime DLN Members Ankie Barnes of Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc. and interior designer Patrick Sutton. Following the architect’s drawings, Marmi’s 3D Envisioning Team created shop drawings to capture every detail of the design with precision. The staircase required crafting 27 unique, interlocking, self-supporting treads, each weighing from 850 to 1,350 pounds. The total staircase weighs more than 12 tons.
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PIERRE FREY x Liz Roache Collection With its surprising use of color and scale, the Optimism collection is a tribute to audacityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the culmination of an encounter between an American artist trained in Bauhaus principles and imbued with European culture, and a Frenchman who has always been in love with the United States. Paris-based Patrick Frey and Boston-based artist Liz Roache joined together to collaborate on a lively collection of fabrics, wallcoverings, and rugs that expresses their joy of seeing life in color and creating happiness. The result is a collection designed to delight. 65
CARRIER & CO. A dining room
ERIN SANDER A mud room for the Kips Bay showhouse, Dallas
rendering takes a concept and gives it line, shape, and color. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tool that can be used to refine ideas, entice clients, or inform collaborators and vendors. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sketch on a napkin, a finely detailed watercolor, or a computer visualization so precise it could be mistaken for a photograph, a rendering also becomes an expression of the vision and personality of the designer. Here, DLN members share some of their favorites. SUZANNE LOVELL An entry foyer
LISA ADAMS A dressing room
SARAH MAGNESS A library
DENISE McGAHA A dining room
JAMES DUNCAN A bar for a Miami Beach bachelor
KEN GEMES An entry foyer for a Hamptons showhouse
SHEA SOUCIE A kitchen
ANIK PEARSON A 1920s artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio
RUGGLES MABE STUDIO The garden of a house in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
MARK CRAVOTTA Lounge at the Kips Bay showhouse, Dallas DAVID ANDREOZZI A shingle-style house
DUNCAN McROBERTS Interior of a Baptistry
SUZANNE TUCKER A marble and onyx floor
SUSAN BEDNAR LONG Detail of a living room 76
BAMO The royal suite at the Four Seasons Madrid
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Asked to design the public spaces—lobby, library, and courtyard garden—for a new apartment building by architects Adjmi & Andreoli that replaced a parking lot on a busy corner in Tribeca, BRIAN SAWYER of Sawyer | Berson decided to ignore the neighborhood’s gritty industrial past and look further afield—to the abstract gardens of Kyoto, to be precise.
The minimalist approach of the Japanese suited the sleek, modern aesthetic of t library and from windows up to the penthouse. The gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior siting requ experiments to come up with a suitable planting palate for this highly irregularl
the building. The viewing garden is visible from the adjacent ground-floor uired a rigorous light and shade study, as well as trial-and-error, on-site ly shaded space. 85
The H collection is the first ever collaboration between Brown Jordan and Italian designer Toan Nguyen. Named for the first letter of “hoy”—the Spanish word for today—H marks a step forward, taking a classic mix of materials for a new spin, and adding enticing curves and finishes. Its 3-inch diameter rope creates a dramatic, sculptural contrast against the collection’s streamlined aluminum frames, giving this tightly edited
collection a completely fresh look. The H collection also introduces a new of-the-moment warm rust finish, Almandine, perfect for creating bold design statements.
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Room design: Ken Fulk Photo: Douglas Friedman
As Luxe Interiors + Design celebrates 15 years of covering the best residential design across the country, we want to give a sincere thank you to the design industry, as well as to our advertising partners. Without the support of our valued community, LUXE would not be where it is today. Luxe Interiors + Design is the largest architecture and design brand that is deeply rooted in every regional design market. We are so proud to turn “15 and fabulous” this year. As we mark this milestone, we look toward the future. Here’s to many more decades of inspirational design! — Pamela Jaccarino, Founding Editor in Chief
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For a businessman with a passion for both Asian culture and Bauhaus design principles, Dallas-based designer SUSAN BEDNAR LONG of SB Long Interiors transformed a penthouse pied-a-terre in Manhattanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Meatpacking District into an ode to precision and restraint. The firm took its
inspiration from Pierre Chareauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern classic Maison de Verre in Paris, and the pared-down yet luxe interiors of Jean-Michel Frank. The rooms are unified by bronze detailing throughout, including a custom-poured bronze kitchen counter. The pale palette and subtly textured fabrics contrast with richly figured Merisier wood paneling. End-cut white oak floors and a bold geometric rug add further masculine refinement to this carefully considered yet ultimately comfortable urban retreat.
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@A.TIARA.A.DAY Matthew Welden
@8HOLLANDSTREET Sara Bengur
@DAVIDNETTOSAYS Melissa Benham
@STUDIO54LAURA Mark Gillette
Since its launch a decade ago, Instagram has conquered the design industry. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a valuable tool, a way to communicate, and a source of inspiration. Here, taken from the DLN Guide, where members share their favorites of everything from museums to cocktails, are some favorite feeds, the ones they turn to regularly for information, ideas, delightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and yes, even dogs.
@GRACIOUSOPULENCE Stewart Manger
@THEDOXIEWORD Barbara Sallick
@THEIMPORTANCEOFBEINGMODERNIST Wayne Swadron
@THOMASPHEASANT Robert Brown
@DESIGNMILKTRAVELS Elizabeth Georgantas
@PLEASEHATETHESETHINGS Sarah Burningham
@THE.ARCHERS.INC Jessica Schuster
@HEDISLIMANE Anthony Robins 103
@EMDESIGNINC Laura Stein
@TOMMY.CLARKE Linda Eyles
When a Houston couple with two young children bo a house nearing completion in Houston, they had no settling for standard-issue design.
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They turned to NINA MAGON of Contour Interior Design to bring sophistication and innovation to what otherwise might have ended up a conventional home. Magon in turn looked to innovators and avant craftsman, ranging from Zaha Hadid and Lindsay Adleman to Bec Brittan and Karim Rashid for pieces that add distinction, visual punch, and a couture touch throughout, and filled the rooms with her own designs and pieces by top Italian brands. The
furnishings are boldly modern, but Magon didn’t hold back on the luxury. A colorful “bocci ball” installation enlivens the sweeping stairway, the cabinetry in the family room features backlit white onyx, and the glamorous kitchen is fitted out with La Cornue appliances and Gabriel Scott pendants. The result is a family home that looks forward even as it keeps the current moment colorful, enticing, and glamorous.
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JUSTIN VAN BREDA LONDON Working in partnership with community projects in Sub-Saharan Africa that train and employ local women as weavers, Justin Van Breda London brings to the international market a versatile array of handwoven rugs of exceptional quality. These rugs are handwoven in South Africa and Namibia where goats (for mohair) and sheep (for the wool) are bred and raised. For Justin Van Breda, whose family established South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now world-famous wool farming industry in the 18th century and still farm sheep today, launching this collection and its community impact are especially poignant and meaningful. 118
LANCE WOVEN LEATHER Now the sensual feel of Lance Woven Leather can be right at hand, thanks to leather and brass hardware that beckons to be grasped. These handrails seduce with a touch and inspire your fingers to linger before letting go. BROWSE THE COLLEC TION
GALLERY Although I haven’t been able to visit London of late, one of my new obsessions is Vessel Gallery. They have the most incredible artists, and we have found some show-stopping pieces to add that extra special layer to our interiors. This urn is by Jo Taylor.
The American-born, Sydneybased designer thinks nothing of hopping from continent to continent. But he always brings with him a taste for refined, classic design, developed during his training at Parish-Hadley, as well as his eye for the fresh and unexpected. In the DLN Guide, he reveals some of his current passions and long-term loves.
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and layers of cultures and ons in Istanbul, all piled ch other, make this city like e on earth. Istanbul has been ad through the millennia, y continues to inspire me on every visit.
Decoration and David ditional Now are the two books o in our officesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with John following very closely behind.
For a more contemporary aesthetic, I love the works of Aude HerlĂŠdan, both her paintings and sculptures. We have sourced various pieces from her collection for multiple clients worldwide and they love them as much as we do.
JK Place Capri The Amalfi Coast of Italy is my favorite resort destination. The stunning svcenery, the history, and the relaxed lifestyle is a constant draw for me. Ravello, Positano and then, of course, Capri! We usually stay 5 days in Praiano (at Casa Angelina), then 10 days in Capri (at JK Place or La Scalinatella).
Cy Twombly is an all-time favorite for me. I was first introduced to his work in a timeless John Saladino interior many years ago.
LUXURY BRAND Hermes. It remains beautifully classic, no gimmicks, with a stand-out housewares collection.
METRICA Built with fishing in mind, III Amigos redefines what a sportsfishing yacht can be. Designed by Patrick Knowles Designs and executed by Metrica, the interior includes a full-beam master suite and three staterooms with ensuite baths for up to six guests, in addition to accommodations for a crew of four. Although the yachtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary use is for fishing, it can easily be mistaken for a top-of-the-line superyacht due to its elegant features including a low profile, a dinette arrangement inspired by one of the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custom Ferraris, and luxury decorative materials throughout, such as Italian Azul Bahia stone.
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HEARST In January 2021, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Town & Country and Veranda will proudly partner with the Black Artists + Designers Guild to bring to life the inaugural Obsidian Virtual Concept House. The virtual dwelling will be designed by BADG members and will inspire conversation around an enlightened way of living for Black families through cutting-edge technology, design and architecture.
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SESSIONS: WHAT ELSE IS THERE BUT HAPPINESS
LEADERSHIP BORN FROM A PERIOD OF DISRUPTION
Design for happiness with Meik Wiking
How to make the most of this moment with Charlene Li
Author, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute
NY Times Best Selling Author
FOUNDATIONS IN CREATIVITY (PART ONE)
CHARTING A NEW VISION
Malta’s culture and vibrancy as an aesthetic driver with Francis Sultana
Conde Nast’s big picture with Roger Lynch hosted by Amy Astley
Interior Designer, Ambassador of Culture for Malta
CEO, Condé Nast Editor in Chief, Architectural Digest
FOUNDATIONS IN CREATIVITY (PART TWO)
LA’S GANGSTER GARDENER
The Italian influence with Dimore Studio’s Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran hosted by Martina Mondadori
Designer, Gardener, Activist, The Ron Finley Project
Co-Founders, Dimore Studio Editor in Chief, Cabana Magazine
A SIP OF TEQUILA It’s the tequila talking from one bar to another with Bertha González Nieves and Rebecca Birdwell
What it takes to make a difference by Ron Finley
DESIGN LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION Building a diverse and inclusive industry through education with DLF Co-Presidents Gloria Cortina, Tom Kligerman, Ron Woodson Interior and Furniture Designer, Gloria Cortina Estudio Co-Founder, Ike Kligerman Barkley Co-Founder, Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design
CEO & Co-Founder, Casa Dragones Tequila Managing Director, Design Leadership Network
This year’s Virtual Summit is open to DLN Members, Partners and their staff.
Registration fees will be donated to the Design Leadership Foundation, the newly created 501c3 charitable foundation created to invest in education and diversity within the design industry.
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THE VIRTUAL SUMMIT D E C E M B E R 3 + 4 , 2 0 2 0 - C O M M E N C E S AT 1 P M E S T