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TROUSDALE LOVE Miles Redd turns a 1950s home in Beverly Hills into a beautifully punk mess of antiques, colors, and cars. BY INGRID ABRAMOVITCH
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In celebration of Ralph Lauren’s inﬂuence on global style, ED pays a visit to his Double RL Ranch while the biggest creative names salute his legacy.
For a Singapore family’s New York pied-à-terre, ED A-Lister Nathan Turner creates a rich cocoon of layered patterns and upholstered surfaces.
Sara Ruin Costello brings drama in through the French doors of a New Orleans manse.
In the 1970s, British decorator David Hicks imbued a legendary manor in Northern Ireland with his swingin’ ﬂair.
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Israel’s new reﬁned hotels, Deborah Berke’s deﬁnition of luxury, Rome’s eternal splendor, and more P. 54
Dispatches from the world of design P. 64
B&B Italia rereleases an iconic table from the 1980s. P. 66
Jean de Merry puts a contemporary spin on a centuries-old French decorative art. P. 70
SHOWCASE Chanel debuts a ﬁne-
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ED editor at large Sophie Pera’s eye is always traveling. P. 80
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jewelry expert Stellene Volandes’s closet P. 84
Generous proportions are the height of decadence. P. 86
WATCH CASE The history of Paris
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ED DESIGN HOTELS The Connaught debuts a private townhouse. P. 104
A dramatic setting for the astrologically minded P. 108
Discovering the sex appeal of the cabbage. BY DANIEL BOULUD
From the ED archives: the power of columns in architecture
Carolyne Roehm’s new memoir is an ode to true luxury. BY JESSE KORNBLUTH
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last year, I didn’t have much on my to-do list. Perhaps that’s because my magazine philosophy veers more toward showcasing what’s actually happening around us in the world of design rather than reflecting what’s going on in my head and the heads of my editors (though there’s definitely some fun stuff in there, too). Witness our annual A-List issue (June), in which we shrank the design community into six-inch action ﬁgures (thank you to my articles editor Charles Curkin). Or the May cover, a stunning London apartment by Georgian designer Irakli Zaria, who sent me the piece via Instagram (we put it on the cover the next day). There were a few ideas, however, I deﬁnitely knew I wanted to pursue. A movie-set cover was one, which we did with Call Me By Your Name (December 2017). A fashion issue, which we did in September, with Yves Saint Laurent’s Villa Oasis on the cover and a smattering of the interior lives of fashion’s greatest stars within. But probably more than anything, I knew that I wanted to do a cover with my hero, Ralph Lauren. It was always in my mind that you weren’t really an editor in chief until you did a cover with RL. After I came to ED, I doggedly pursued it and brought it up with his team at every possible juncture. Over the years, I had written about the Polo universe a lot, and I got the chance to interview Ralph several times. He was always what you expected him to be: gracious and soft-spoken, yet steely willed; a dreamer, a doer, and most of all, a gentleman. That’s probably why many on his incredible team have stayed with him for decades. So, too, has this magazine, which has featured most of his gorgeous homes throughout the years. With his brand’s 50th anniversary coming up, I wanted to honor him in a way only ED could. We settled on a portrait at his Colorado ranch, Double RL (for the uninitiated, the second R is for Ralph’s beloved wife, Ricky). Before long, a crew of 20, helmed HEN I TOOK OVER ELLE DECOR
by photographer Richard Phibbs, were headed to Telluride, Colorado, for a two-day extravaganza inside Ralph’s cabins. After the shoot, Ralph invited a few of us to lunch. We ate the ranch’s famous chicken salad and the brownies of my dreams (I went back to the cookhouse to get more afterward). Ralph and I talked about business, retail, design, and what’s most important above everything else: keeping the dream alive. Because, in the end, that’s what it’s all about—that is why this magazine exists. It isn’t to make you feel bad that you didn’t spend millions of dollars overhauling your mudroom. It exists because, if we aren’t striving for something more beautiful, more perfect, and more poetic than what is around us—even if what is around us is already the most beautiful thing in the world— then what else is there? This entire issue is one of decadence, one that I hope swallows you whole and leaves you stunned, punch-drunk, and begging for more. If it sounds like I chugged an entire decanter of the Ralph Lauren Kool-Aid, well, I already did that long ago. I can only hope more people like him are being born every day. Hope is the only thing we can do, since I think we all can agree: While the world comes and goes, Ralph Lauren is forever.
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ROBERT O’BYRNE Writer, “Tyrone Power,” p. 174 HQ: County Meath, Ireland MAIN INGREDIENTS:
Photographer, “Ralph Country,” p. 144 HQ: New York City Reading list: Phibbs has three books to his name: Chasing Beauty (2010), The West (2015), and, most recently, Rescue Me! (2016), which features portraits of dogs rescued by the Humane Society of New York. “My hope is that these photos not only help animals ﬁnd homes, but also enlighten people of the value of all living creatures,” he says.
SARA RUFFIN COSTELLO Designer and writer, “Wards and All,” p. 168 HQ: New Orleans DAY JOB: Interior designer PERSONAL AESTHETIC:
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WELCOME TO OUR EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY COLLECTION OF MUST-HAVE HOME AND ENTERTAINING GIFTS, CURATED BY ELLE DECOR MARKET EDITOR BENJAMIN REYNAERT ESPECIALLY FOR NEIMAN MARCUS.
Show Dogs Cheers to these sparkling accessories that celebrate a familyâ€™s best friend. WATERFORD Double old-fashioned glasses, set of two, $125, ice bucket with scoop, $250, and decanters, each $295.
Logo Love Extend your passion of the brand by rolling this fashion statement into your home.
MCM x NEIMAN MARCUS Cart, $1,500, tray, $325, ice bucket and tongs, $295, and set of four coasters with holder, $125.
Tray Chic Classic with a contemporary twist, itâ€™s ideal for serving drinks or creating a personalized vignette.
A Light Touch In 18-karat gold-plated stainless steel, this shapely trio takes a curvaceous stance.
GEORG JENSEN Candleholders, set of three, $295.
Whiskey Neat Minimal yet decorative, this collection takes its sculptural cues from scientific glassware.
TOM DIXON Decanter and two whiskey glasses, $295.
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AERIN Tray, $365, vase, $350, and frame, $475.
Bubbly Barware Blue is having a modern moment. This collection pops, whether filled with waterâ€” or something more celebratory.
VIETRI Decanter, $135, and set of two stemless wine glasses, $105.
Kitchen Addition Drawing on the centuries-old farming heritage of Sicily, this collaboration features signature graphics with traditional fruit and floral motifs. DOLCE & GABBANA x SMEG Blender, $850.
Decorative Vase This handmade Italian ceramic vessel has a bold personality and rich glazing that add a distinctive touch.
Dessert Plates With emblematic dog portraits on porcelain, these are equally playful on the table or a wall. HAVILAND Dessert plates, set of four, $260.
DOLFI Vase, $650.
Small Vases In celebration of Lalique’s 130th anniversary, this crystal collection takes you to the heart of the house’s heritage with a swallow design symbolizing happiness and freedom. LALIQUE Clear vase, $675, and blue or gray vase, each $875.
Fashion Plates Bring high fashion to the table with these opulent porcelain plates inspired by the house’s archive of jewelry.
CHRISTIAN LACROIX x VISTA ALEGRE Plates, set of four, $175.
Now Serving This porcelain piece in cobalt blue resembles a classic labyrinth and is refined with a polished gold edge. RICHARD GINORI 1735 Platter, $150.
Collectible Candle Fill your home with this aromatic floral bouquet inspired by the gardens of the legendary design house in Milan. FORNASETTI Candle, $195.
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Game On Blanket Statement
Play to win with this crystal butterfly set, complete with a grooved acrylic base.
Crafted in cashmere and super-soft wool, its colors and pattern offer a perfect pop of modernity.
BACCARAT Tic-tac-toe game, $1,950.
ENZO DEGLI ANGIUONI Throw, $495.
Table Toppers Statement pieces with a distinctive spiral design are crafted from marmocast resin and finished in high-gloss black.
NATORI Vases, set of three, $495.
Reading Material These stories and iconic images chronicle the photographerâ€™s rise to the top. PHAIDON Annie Leibovitz at Work, signed edition, $50.
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Artful Arrangement Handcrafted in polished white marble and highlighted with 18-karat gold, this trio should be displayed where its serpentine details can be appreciated. JAY STRONGWATER Frame, $1,200, box, $650, and bowl, $695.
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These days, it seems, everything is attainable. The Terrestre Odyssée globe from Hermès, made of printed calfskin and golden stainless steel, makes that clear. At $23,700, the Earth is oicially a collector’s item. 17″ dia. hermes.com
Décor Rapport Beauty and inspiration in three hits. 1. Crucial Rooms Patrick Sutton’s Storied Interiors (Images Publishing) teaches us that a room can never have enough empty vessels. 2. Emerging Patterns Whether it’s atoms or pizza toppings you see, we suggest taking this beautiful rug from the Moon Light collection for Stepevi by Juan Montoya wall-to-wall. 3. Good ’Isms This 1915 work by Juan Gris at Paris’s Centre Pompidou makes us hungry, so Le Petite Déjeuner is a ﬁtting title. (From “Le Cubisme,” through February 2019.)
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Milk and Honey A slew of new luxury hotels are popping up in Israel. Israel has long been called the land of milk and honey, and after a recent uptick in tourism, the country is now seeing the opening of even more luxury properties that boast the modern amenities of world-class resorts. In Tel Aviv’s fashionable Jaffa district, the wildly anticipated Jaffa (above; thejaffahotel.com) is an ambitious 120-room hotel with 32 residences, owned by American Aby Rosen of RFR Holding and designed by the British minimalist John Pawson. During the 24-year restoration of the property—which encompasses a 19th-century hospital and monastery—arched colonnades and a 13th-century Crusaders’ wall were unearthed; the wall is now an impressive, dramatic feature that sweeps through the sleek lobby. Farther north, between the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee and the foothills of the Golan Heights, lies the Setai-Sea of Galilee (thesetaihotel.co.il), a low-slung hotel of glass and local stone that includes 110 villas, a spacious and modern two-story spa, and a poolside restaurant that offers what is possibly my favorite breakfast buffet on earth. High above the Mediterranean in the popular town of Zikhron Ya’akov is the stunning Elma complex (elma-hotel.com), with 95 rooms, lush grounds, and a cultural center— complete with a state-of-the-art concert hall—all within a beautifully renovated iconic Brutalist building by architect Yaakov Rechter. A stylish international crowd frequents Elma’s many spaces, which are ﬁtted out with colorful modernist furniture and contemporary art. I was pleased to discover in these hotels that the milk and honey are not in short supply. —Gisela Williams
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In a world where mechanical timekeepers are totally unnecessary (um, iPhone, anyone?), a watch had better make a statement and bring a smile to your face every time you look at it. The RM 07-01 Gem-Set Black Ceramic from Richard Mille checks both of those boxes with a ﬂourish. This ladies’ sports watch is made of matte black ceramic with red gold accents and a sharplooking diamond set into the crown. It also has slim rows of diamonds set directly into the ceramic bezel, which, despite the efortless appearance, is something that has never been done before and required a considerable amount of R&D. The RM 07-01 is equal parts elegant and aggressive, and it’s just about the chicest thing you can wear on the tennis court. $176,000; richardmille .com. —Cara Barrett and Stephen Pulvirent, hodinkee.com
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Six takeaways from Kerry Joyce’s ﬁrst monograph 1. Joyce was an aspiring actor in his teens and performed in more than 60 plays. 2. He has designed sets for the Golden Globes and David Letterman’s ﬁrst TV pilot. 3. In 1978, he won an Emmy Award for decorating the set of a variety special starring Ben Vereen. 4. Though not a licensed architect, Joyce is self-taught and designs every detail of a house. 5. He describes his style as having “the feeling of restraint and elegance, something poetic yet compelling, that unites all of the different homes I design.” 6. Of his many pursuits—interior design, furniture, etc.—he loves his fabric designs above all. Kerry Joyce: The Intangible (Pointed Leaf Press).
What does luxury mean? Comfort. How about in three words? Comfort with panache. (Not like guys wearing socks and rubber slide sandals. That’s gross.) You’re the design architect of 40 East End Avenue. Is the competition with Robert A.M. Stern’s new building down the street something you take personally? Not at all. I live in the neighborhood, so I’m not worried about competition as much as making sure that my neighbors still speak to me after it’s completed. Do you think New York City has enough luxury residential developments, or not enough? The word luxury is often inaccurately used. New York City has plenty of overpriced real estate, if that’s what you mean. No comment. You designed the interiors at 432 Park Avenue. Are you pleased with how the building came out? I am, and I know that there is some pushback from New Yorkers who don’t like these super-tall buildings. I like them. For those who don’t, they should vote for different members of the city council. Which ﬂoor would you live on? I wouldn’t want to live in that building, because I prefer living on Manhattan’s perimeter, next to the water. Does being the dean of the Yale School of Architecture get you more high-proﬁle commissions? So far no, but I hope it will. [Laughs] ELLE DECOR
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Hotel de Russie “When the Hotel de Russie reopened in 2000, the neighborhood started to come alive. It’s molto, molto sexy—a place where stars and beautiful foreigners stay or drink cocktails, mixed by the genius Agostino Musichini, in the garden.” roccofortehotels.com
Dal Bolognese “This is the place to ﬁnd Karl Lagerfeld and George Clooney eating on the terrace. I know the owner, so there’s never an issue getting a table. A true Roman never makes reservations.” dalbolognese.it
Cazzaniga “We specialize in extravagant, ornate jewelry pieces, each one of a kind. Grace Kelly wore Cazzaniga, as did Princess Margaret, and we made a chalice of diamonds, rubies, and sapphires for Pope John Paul II.” cazzanigaroma.com
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dilution. The beautiful scenery is still there, but Marcello Mastroianni in his black Triumph is not. Now that kind of excitement resides in and around Piazza del Popolo, the historic grand square known for its ancient obelisk, twin Baroque churches, and public executions (a spectacle that was retired in the 19th century). Giorgio Cazzaniga, a gregarious, impeccably dressed resident of the area and the scion of the legendary jeweler, witnessed the shift ﬁrsthand. Above, he gives us a taste of the newer dolce vita. —Charles Curkin
The areas around Rome’s Piazza di Spagna and Via Vittorio Veneto were for decades a nucleus for ﬁlm stars and the leisure class. All the essentials were represented: alta moda shopping on Via Condotti, dinner next to Federico Fellini and Sophia Loren at Café Doney, and Veruschkas at the Hassler Bar, atop the Spanish Steps. The past 20 years, though, have seen a tourist inﬂux and a kind of glamour
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When the weather turns cold, I tend to live in my bathtub. I’ll light a candle, like Christian Dior’s Figue Méditerranée (2, $85; dior.com), pour in a drop or two of rosemary-infused Susanne Kaufmann Bath Oil (7, $214; net-a-porter.com)—she’s commemorating her 15th anniversary with this limited-edition jumbo-size jar (1,000 ml!)—and settle in with a good book (or Instagram). On nights when a dinner requires leaving that beloved tub and actually mingling with the outside world, I continue the hygge vibe by wearing warm shades. Serge Lutens Lipstick in Liar Liar (3, $75; serge lutens.com) and Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in Profondeur (6, $28; chanel.com) are chic, muted variations on aubergine, and I’ll apply the tiniest shimmer on my eyelids with Beautycounter Cream Eyeshadow in Orion, part of a six-shade set (4, $39 for the set; beautycounter.com). Should my skin need a little polish, Lilah B. Marvelous Matte Crème Foundation (5, $54; sephora.com) evens my complexion out in the most natural-looking way—it’s perfect with their Retractable Crème Foundation Brush ($52). When it comes to fragrance, a ﬁnely crafted Oud scent is like a liquid cashmere blanket. Two notable new perfumes to check out: Louis Vuitton’s Ombre Nomade (1, $330 for 100 ml; louisvuitton.com) and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle’s Dawn (8, $1,500 for 100 ml; fredericmalle.com). Now, if only they’d make those two as bath oils. —Jane Larkworthy
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ELLE DECOR CELEBRATES SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS WITH INAUGURAL HOME TOUR This summer, ELLE DECOR headed out east to host the ﬁrst-ever Hamptons Home Tour. The event featured a garden brunch at One Kings Lane to kick off a design-ﬁlled day. Over 100 guests received personal tours of the private homes of A-List designers Alex Papachristidis and Kelly Behun and tastemaker Rita Noroña Schrager. The day commenced with a summer-chic cocktail party at the home of designer Richard Keith Langham, with music by DJ Elle Dee and a special performance by the famed Aqualillies. Thank you to our valued partners Compass, One Kings Lane and Loloi and charity partner Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. 1. Liz Lattanzio; Jane Gelb; Steven Maiuri; Alicia Horvath; Compass 2. Alex Papachristidis has mastered the art of entertaining with impeccable attention to detail. 3. Kelly Behun 4. Jane Scott Hodges; Richard Keith Langham; Jane Talley Hodges 5. Alex Papachristidis; Architect Kitty McCoy 6. Kate Kelly Smith, Hearst Design Group; Jim Hardy and Debbie Propst, One King’s Lane 7. Interior Designer Hernan Arriaga at the home of Rita Noroña Schrager
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Composed of pony skin–wrapped blocks grouped on a massive bronze pedestal, the limited-edition Crac Crac cocktail table, designed by Hervé van der Straeten for Ralph Pucci, packs aesthetic and literal heft—it weighs more than 300 pounds. 64″ w. x 60″ d. x 16″ h., also sold in a parchment top, $107,040. ralphpucci.net PRODUCED BY BENJAMIN REYNAERT
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Chicness doesn’t have to break the bank: Papier Tigre’s laminated, palm leaf– inspired paper fan has an elegant, bold color sense. 7.5″ w. x 12″ h., $11. papiertigre.fr
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Curve-hugging isn’t just for cars—it also applies to this Fendi Casa Brigitte armchair, whose seat features removable fabric (shown here in Cube VIP, and available in other fabrics, leather, and fur). 25″ w. x 24.5″ d. x 28″ h., $7,660 as shown. luxurylivingusa.com
If cooler weather has you dreaming of Alpine adventures, you’ll love this petite bedside carafe from Aerin x Cabana. Its print nods to Austrian folk art. 4″ dia. x 6.5″ h.
Navajo textiles were the starting point for this six-ply cashmere, silk, and goat-suede throw from Umrao Cashmere. It takes 45 days to handweave one. 54″ x 72″, available in other sizes and colors by special order, $3,400 as shown. umraocashmere.com
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What does love smell like? According to Christian Dior, it includes notes of iris and jasmine, as in its aptly named DiorAmour perfume.
Studio Bel Vetro injects luminous glamour into traditional mounted antlers with its one-of-a-kind Antler chandelier, comprising four tiers of hot-sculpted glass tipped with 24-karat gold. 45″ dia. x 24″ h., available in custom
If a sofa could feel like a warm embrace, it would be the Campiello by Flexform. Inspired by the Good Design movement in America post–World War II, it combines clean lines with plush softness—all of its cushions have layers of goose down for maximum comfort. 93.5″ w. x 46″ d., available in other sizes, price upon request. ﬂexform.it
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“This collection is a tribute to the adventurer we all dreamed of being. A journey is a transformative experience, and we wanted each piece to capture the feeling of bringing home worldly treasures from faraway places.”
La Parisienne, Dining table. Opérette, chairs. Wonder, sideboard. Mariposa, suspension lights. Moucharabieh, rug.
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The Norman wardrobe from Armani/Casa takes its cues from vintage travel furniture, but it’s just as appealing as a stay-at-home piece, particularly in stunning gold-straw marquetry. 39.5″ w. x 21.5″ d. x 47″ h., available in other colors and materials, $60,750 as shown. armanicasa.com
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Change is both inevitable and desirable in the case of Corbin Cruise x Mary Nelson Sinclair’s brass obelisk, whose handpainted malachite pattern will patina over time. 2.5″ sq. x 10″ h., available in other patterns, $1,200. krbnyc.com
The handcrafted crystal Long Island Flacon from Reﬂections Copenhagen is like jewelry for your tabletop.
The Ritz-Carlton commissioned Asprey London to make this silver-plated, tempered-glass trolley with the Golden Age of cocktails in mind. Naturally, Asprey has plenty of shakers and barware accessories to stock the two shelves. 19″ w. x 36″ h., $78,840. asprey.com
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Hip to Be Square Nearly four decades after its launch, B&B Italia is rereleasing an iconic piece of 1980s design. BY E M M A B A Z I L I A N P R O D U C E D BY S A B I N E R O T H M A N A N D B E N J A M I N R E Y N A E R T
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An archival shot of the table with a pair of B&B Italia sofas.
Patrick Bateman’s bachelor pad in the 2000 ﬁlm American Psycho.
Designer and architect Paolo Piva, the Alanda’s creator, passed away last year.
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of the aughts, the 2000 film American Psycho— ba s e d on B re t E a s ton Ellis’s gruesome novel— ranks as one of the most quintessential on-screen portrayals of 1980s style. Take, for example, Patrick Bateman’s Manhattan living room (and occasional crime scene): stark white walls, black leather Barcelona chairs, and a sculptural steeland-glass Alanda cocktail table, courtesy of B&B Italia. That table, designed by the ItalianAustria n a rchitect Paolo Piva a nd released in 1980, quickly became an iconic example of the era’s aesthetic, and, after being discontinued about a decade ago, a coveted collector’s item. Now, B&B Italia is reintroducing the piece in homage to its creator, who passed away last year. Ava i lable i n t wo si zes, t he new Alanda ’18 features a black steel base and a top in either clear or smoked glass— making it a breeze to wipe clean if your next Huey Lewis and the News listening party gets a bit, ahem, out of hand. ◾
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The Alanda table’s painted-steel base resembles a quartet of upturned pyramids.
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a born-and-raised Frenchman to build a business based on an 18th-century Gallic decorative technique in Los Angeles? “Luxury can be done anywhere,” says Jean de Merry, who has produced hand-hewn furniture and lighting from his eponymous California atelier for the past 17 years. “And Los Angeles is the epicenter of couture furniture.” De Merry, along with his partner, Christian Darnaud-Maroselli, specializes in églomisé, hand-painting done on the reverse side of a glass panel that can take up to seven days to complete and whose origins date back to medieval times. Despite this deep history—or perhaps because of it—the effect is utterly modern, as on the Ceza credenza, shown here. Its mountainous-desert design motif was inspired by the 1960s Italian Cubist movement, though de Merry’s point of creativity goes back further to Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, whom he credits with saying: “Learn what ancient masters did. Study their techniques. Then you can do whatever you feel.” ◾ H AT C O U L D M O T I VAT E
Jean de Merry’s Ceza credenza.
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Glass Act From his Los Angeles studio, Jean de Merry puts a contemporary spin on a meticulous, centuries-old French decorative art.
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Screen Queen Chanelâ€™s latest high-jewelry collection pays homage to the eternal Coromandel screen.
White gold, diamonds, and mother-of-pearl compose this stunning Fleur de Nacre necklace from Chanelâ€™s Coromandel collection.
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Coco Chanel photographed in 1936 by Boris Lipnitzki.
The white gold, diamond, and motherof-pearl Fleur de Nacre bracelet.
Two of the Coromandel screens at 31 rue Cambon. ABOVE: An Indonesian cultured pearl adorns the Bestiaire d’Asie brooch.
A scene from one of Chanel’s Chinese Coromandel screens.
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i s a spe cial time in the City of Light. Un l i ke t he ready-to -wea r fashion weeks each fall and spring, couture is a chance to showcase the world’s best craftsmen, the most unreal, over-the-top, made-to-measure clothes, bedazzled with more sequins and feathers than one can imagine wearing to the world’s ﬁnest balls and society fetes. It’s also a time when the jewelry maisons on the Place Vendôme open their ateliers to reveal what they, too, have been dreaming up for their latest collections. And sometimes, as in the case of the house of Chanel, it’s both. This past summer, the French brand unveiled its newest high-jewelry collection, Coromandel, composed of 59 pieces (24 are one of a kind) based on the Coromandel screens that Coco Chanel collected. As the designer herself put it: “Lacquer is my element. It’s not something that jumps out at you. I’ve bought 32 screens and given many away, but I’ve kept enough to upholster my home.” Indeed, Chanel adored her screens so much, they traveled with her to all her residences: the mansion on avenue de NewYork, the legendary Parisian apartments (rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, rue Cambon, and later, at the Ritz), and the chalet in Lausanne, Switzerland. “I’m like a snail,” she once told Claude Delay, her biographer. “I carry my house with me. Two Chinese screens, books everywhere. I’ve never been able to live in an open house. The ﬁrst thing I look for are screens.” ARIS COUTURE WEEK
The Vibration Minérale necklace, featuring green and blue lacquer and cultured pearls.
A diamondand-emeraldstudded brooch.
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Two Coromandel screens ﬂank the ﬁreplace in one of Chanel’s 31 rue Cambon apartments.
Chanel’s desk in front of one of her beloved screens.
Details on a Coromandel screen.
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T he Coroma ndel baubles capture the essence of Chanel’s dividers: Floral and animal motifs based on their patterns now grace cuffs and rings, while emeralds, tourmaline, red spinel, and onyx evoke their lacquer colors. If there were ever a high-jewelry collection that had ELLE DECOR’s name all over it, where fashion and jewels are truly inspired by home and design, this would be the one. “When I look at them, I see doors opening and knights setting off on horseback,” Chanel said of her beloved
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ED editor in chief Whitney Robinson poses in front of a Coromandel screen.
The living room of Chanel’s ﬂat at 31 rue Cambon.
Diamond-encrusted Fleur de Nacre earrings.
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A pair of 18thcentury pedestals.
The Arthur Elgort photograph Romance: Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Atelier (Paris, 1988).
Julie Neill’s Entellina chandelier.
A look from Sonia Rykiel L’Atelier fall 2018.
Vervain’s Doucette Blue fabric.
Royal Wedding The marriage of glowing golds and pale blues is eternally regal. Who doesn’t love the faded grandeur of a Gustavian color palette? The pale blues, the creamy whites, all undercut by touches of glowing gold: The overall efect is luminous. I seem to remember that Bunny Mellon never minded the wear and tear of furniture. Things don’t have to be in perfect condition; it’s about the pieces that tell a story.
A 19thcentury ﬂoor clock.
A gown from Valentino couture fall 2018.
A gilt-wood mirror.
Oscar de la Renta earrings.
Sophie Pera at the Drottningholm Palace near Stockholm.
Ekensberg manor in Sweden.
A circa1770 Gustavian console.
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On the Town Inside editor and jewelry expert Stellene Volandes’s closet. 80
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Stellene Volandes in her closet, wearing a Stella McCartney blazer, Marni pants, Manolo Blahnik shoes, and Fred Leighton jewelry. The cabinets are custom by Blair Harris, the glass knobs are from Rejuvenation, and the carpet is by Patterson Flynn Martin.
prefer to hide their closets from guests’ curious eyes. Stellene Volandes sees hers as an extension of the rest of her Upper East Side space. “I entertain a lot at home, and I never want any part of my apartment to feel off limits,” explains the editor in chief of Town & Country magazine. Of course, if your walk-in wardrobe included Phillip Jeffries woven-rattan wall-
paper, Patterson Flynn Martin cheetah carpeting, and brass sconces from the Urban Electric Co., you wouldn’t cordon it off, either. Two years ago, Volandes, the author of Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design (Rizzoli), enlisted interior designer Blair Harris to create an organizational system for her jewelry and chic clothing. The result is custom cabinetry that houses her daily uniform of black Marni pants, white Marni and Derek Lam
The Dawn pendant by Ileana Makri.
A pair of Aquazzura shoes.
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Jewelry including a rivière by Larkspur & Hawk; necklaces by Vhernier, Temple St. Clair, and Antonia Miletto; a vintage Hermès pendant; a vintage intaglio; and a vintage bracelet from Greece.
A selection of Volandes’s bags, including a black lizard clutch by Parisian jeweler and designer Muriel Grateau.
“I NEVER WANT ANY PART OF MY APARTMENT TO FEEL OFF LIMITS.”
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Sidney Garber rolling bracelets and an Hermès Kelly dog bracelet atop a Lauren Adriana box.
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An embellished Dries Van Noten coat.
blouses, and colorfully embellished Dries Van Noten and Prada evening coats. Sliding shelves allow easy access to her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps (“I walk to work through Central Park in those shoes almost every day”), and woven Dior baskets on a center island hold strands of colorful Janis Provisor beads. Volandes, who hosts the 92nd Street Y jewelry talks and will give a lecture with Van Cleef & Arpels this month at L’École School of Jewelry Arts, uses her baubles as a bellwether for the kind of day she expects to have. If she has on pale-colored pieces—say, strands of Elena Votsi beads—things should be rosy. If the going will get tough, she doubles down on Sidney Garber rolling bracelets, adds something from Lalaounis, and wears her Verdura Maltese Cross, a gift she bought for herself when she became editor of Town & Country in 2016, higher on its chain. “When Catherine the Great had a really big meeting coming up with her generals, she would put on more emeralds,” Volandes says. “That’s one of my favorite jewelry stories.” ◾ ELLE DECOR
Elena Votsi earrings and a teardrop pendant necklace by Janis Provisor.
A Sidney Garber gold torque necklace and Marie-Hélène de Taillac earrings.
A Dries Van Noten coat and clutches by Roger Vivier and Nancy Gonzalez on Volandes’s book.
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Breguet Parfait The history of France as seen through its most timeless face.
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The Breguet family name is displayed on the Eifel Tower.
A letter from the Ministry of the Interior of France issuing the patent for the Tourbillon.
The rare Tourbillon no. 1176, which belonged to Count Stanislas Kostka Potocki.
A Tourbillon patent submission by Breguet.
An 1822 marine chronometer for the French Navy.
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Paris we a l l see a s tourists, a nd there is the Paris of Parisians. And then there i s a n e n t i r el y different Paris— a city that’s not just about sunsets over the Seine, crackly baguettes, and chic fashion. This other—in some ways, more fundamental—Paris is about technical prowess, ingenuity, and engineering. And if there is one company that can sum up the history of modern Fra nce i n one word, it would be Breguet. I, too, was incredulous when I ﬁrst heard this: How could a watch company encapsulate the history of modern France? But it’s true. The Breguet name is there, on the Eiffel Tower; there, on the first Tourbillon HERE IS THE
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watch; there, on Marie Antoinette’s pocket watch; there, at the Petit Trianon. Breguet Aviation, founded by pioneer Louis-Charles Breguet, would eventually become what we now know as Air France. Shown here are highlights of a week spent with the haute horological manufacturer, both in Paris and at its high-tech headquarters in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, where everything, from the engraving to the steel tempering, is performed in-house. And we have all the time in the world. ◾
The exterior of the Breguet Manufacture in Switzerland.
Carvers and engravers practice their craft in a room overlooking the Vallée de Joux.
A Breguet craftsman engraves a timepiece.
The author (fourth from left) at the Breguet Manufacture. Restoration of the main dining room at the Petit Trianon.
An illustration of the Petit Trianon.
A portrait of Marie Antoinette, a Breguet patron. BE LOW:
The new Marie Antoinette watch. The queen’s room, a highlight of Breguet’s restoration of the Petit Trianon.
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THE ORIGIN OF EXTRAORDINARY: A DESIGNER DISHES ON CULINARY DESIGN Designer Lauren Nelson talks inspiration, execution and all things in between that make for extraordinary results in the kitchen.
LAUREN NELSON Lauren Nelson is known for her clean, curated interiors that reﬂect the story of the home and its owners. She aims for timeless interiors that feel both sophisticated and approachable, while being grounded in a sense of place.
When I first stepped into the Miele showroom, I was sold on
the aesthetics alone of their kitchen appliances. The clean lines, attention to detail, gorgeous ﬁnish options and smudge-proof Clean Touch Steel™ all made me do a double take. Once I became familiar with the vast capabilities of their ranges and ovens, the love afair grew deeper. The array of capabilities is extraordinary with Miele appliances. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice home cook—baking bread and steaming vegetables or dumplings becomes so much easier with Miele’s Combi-Steam Ovens. Additionally, the MasterChef technology provides ready-to-use programs and even calculates cooking time for perfectly prepared cuisines.
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Opiﬁcio delle Pietre Dure
This museum in Florence focuses on semipreciousstone inlays. It’s incredible.
Hoshi Onsen, Gunma, Japan
It’s complicated to get here, but once you arrive, you are in another world. —
Sylvie Johnson and eight things she can’t live without.
Harbour Island, Bahamas
My good friends own the Ocean View Club hotel here. I’m not a beach person, but I like to be in a place where I can hear myself think.
Sylvie Johnson follows her instincts: Fifteen years ago, she left a ﬁnance job at the Parisian Galerie 54 to spend a year apprenticing with Maïté Tanguy, a weaver who has worked with Christian Lacroix and Chanel. “I didn’t have any looms. I didn’t know any techniques,” says Johnson, who had seen a textiles exhibition while on vacation in Brittany and decided to pursue her interest. “I had only my taste and what I know about culture and art.” Her boldness has paid off: Since 2003, clients like Annabelle Selldorf and Peter Marino have ﬂocked to her for ultraexpensive custom creations—say, wool-and-angora ﬂoor coverings or cotton-and-cork sofa upholstery. This year Johnson, who is Senegalese and Ghanaian and grew up in both Dakar and Marseille, became the artistic director for the heritage rug brand Merida. “What I’m doing there is intimate,” she says. “With each textile, it will be love at ﬁrst sight, but then it will become like grandparents in love for 80 years.” VANE SSA L AWRENCE
Japanese Silk Bobbin
I bought this 18th-century silk coil from an antiques dealer. I’ve tried to capture this color in my work for years, but it’s impossible.
Les Nabis Book
The Nabis were a group of painters in the late 19th century who had an amazing color sense. All of their works are so intimate.
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Bar Joséphine at the Hotel Lutetia
They recently renovated this classic Parisian boîte in the 6th arrondissement, where I’ve lived for more than 20 years.
Middle Eastern Alabastron
An art-dealer friend of mine sold me this 4th-century oil vessel—it has such elegance and reﬁnement.
My collection for Merida recently launched with new colors, new yarns, and 47 rugs. Merida has a mill an hour outside of Boston. I was so impressed when I ﬁrst visited. It’s a small company, but with a huge spirit.
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It Was All in Vein Nothing says luxury like marble— lots and lots of marble. quote oft attributed to Michelangelo: “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block. I just have to chisel away the superﬂuous material.” These days, when marblers look at a hulking mass of Calacatta, all they see within are dollar signs. (There’s just something about those veins!) Here, designers Michelle Nussbaumer and Hutton Wilkinson take stock of the latest marble pieces for the home.
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1 AU T E M FLOOR M I R ROR BY A LBERTO BELL A MOLI
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MN: This would be great in a bachelor pad— a “manland.” It has a masculine feel. I’d like to use a pair of them as a separator in an open loft.
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25.5″ w. x 15.5″ d. x 69″ h., $5,603. studiovanden akker.com
HW: You’re either going to see the mirror or the marble, which makes it hard to place, but it’s beautiful. PHOTOGRAPH BY
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MN: I like that it’s a side table and a drinks table at the same time. This could modernize any room easily.
HW: It would work well in a commercial installation.
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14″ w. x 9″ d. x 15″ h., $1,650. mattermatters.com
COSM EDI N BRONZ E TA B L E B Y AC H I L L E S A LVAG N I 17″ w. x 21.5″ d. x 20″ h., price upon request. maisongerard.com
MN: This is my favorite piece. I’m buying it for someone after this interview! I’ll pair it with antique bronze faucets.
HW: The color is great; I’d mix it with P.E. Guerin faucets that look like rocks. The price works, because it’s a good investment— you could be buried in it.
MN: Really pretty, and so usable. I’d place one next to a bedside as a table to stack books on, or use it as a vanity seat.
HW: The shape is great. Architectural and elegant, and it’s easy to move.
MN: It feels very Memphis Group. I like that it’s sculptural, and the acid yellow could add a great pop to a room.
HW: The yellow glass over white marble is really clever. It’s not tall enough for me as a cocktail table, though.
ROLL TOP M A R BL E BAT H B Y L A P I C I DA 70″ w. x 35.5″ d. x 22.5″ h., $10,090. lapicida.com
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AC I D M A R B L E C O F F E E TA B L E B Y LEE BROOM 39″ w. x 16″ d. x 13.5″ h., $19,920. leebroom.com
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MN: It comes in different colors, which makes it feel bespoke. I’d like it with a sapphire-blue base.
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HW: Very stylish. I’m crazy about that reﬂective base.
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71″ w. x 55″ d. x 29″ h., $20,185. avenue-road.com
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40″ w. x 16″ d. x 79″ h., $30,450. thefutureperfect.com
MN: If I were to have a dining table that no one could sit at the ends of— like this one—I’d add a bench on each side in some kind of burnt oak.
8 DC 1722 D I N I N G TA B L E BY V I NCENZO DE COTI IS 161.5″ w. x 45.5″ d. x 29″ h., price upon request. carpentersworkshop gallery.com
HW: This is one of my favorite pieces. It’s a fabulous sculpture. I’d use it as an executive desk.
MN: Really cool-looking. I would need two, but the price is steep, which concerns me with clients.
HW: We all need two. It’s so elegant— if you can ﬁnd a place to put it.
MN: I want it to be a square, and I want three of them to put in front of a sofa. The marble is lovely. I could use this in many different kinds of interiors.
HW: It looks 1950s tropical. The base is fantastic, but I’d actually prefer a cushion on it rather than the marble.
9 WO O D S T O C K S I D E TA B L E BY E T RO 31.5″ w. x 27.5″ d. x 24″ h., $11,400. etrohomeinteriors .jumbogroup.it
ELLE DECOR The exterior of London’s luxurious Connaught hotel— parent of the new private townhouse, the Mews—in the hub of Mayfair.
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Home, James! Forget the royal suite. One of London’s toniest hotels, the Connaught, debuts its own private house. BY W H I T N E Y R O B I N S O N
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The living room— and all the comforts of home—in the Mews private townhouse.
where you make it, which is why the Connaught is there to make it for you. Recently, the London hotel expanded its Mayfair digs into a house in an adjacent mews. The Mews, as it’s aptly named, is a private townhouse oasis designed for guests with deep pockets who desire resort amenities in a proper London ﬂat for the full Blighty experience. The two bedrooms and living space are tended to by a dedicated butler, and at 6 P.M., martinis from the Connaught Bar magically appear at the door. From $13,000 per night; the-connaught.co.uk ◾ O M E I S N ’ T A L W AY S
The light-ﬁlled dining room, with a hideaway wet bar.
Cozy club chairs ﬂank a drinks table.
A corner desk in a bedroom.
The soaking tub in the master bathroom.
A café table beyond the dining room.
The master bedroom and bathroom.
A reading nook–cum– writing desk.
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An Italian neoclassical bust from Newel and a pair of bronze candelabras, a vase inlaid with semiprecious stones, and a contemporary crown sculpture from Maison Gerard sit atop a bronze-and-steel Solaris dining table by Christian Heckscher, available from Studio Van den Akker, in whose showroom this tableau was photographed. The red-wine glasses and Champagne ﬂutes are by Moser, the water goblets are by Baccarat, the water jug and decanter are by Saint-Louis, the gold chargers and ﬂatware are by Ralph Lauren Home, and the patterned plates are by Penny Morrison. The napkins are by Sferra, the gold salt and pepper shakers are by L’Objet, and the thumbprint dishes are by Elsa Peretti for Tifany & Co.
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SOUTHERN HIGH Charleston has it all: the ﬁne houses, the food, the fun. It also has endless ways to get ﬁt and feel fantastic.
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LOCAL MOTION The quiet, tony streets of the South of Broad area are made for bikes—most hotels have them— and for running.
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STEEPLE CHASE The Dewberry Hotel and the Citadel Square Church— you’ll hear bells during rooftop yoga. Top: A primavera pizza at Indaco. Right: Kicking it on Folly Beach.
its barrier islands, beaches, and salt marsh estuaries— like a giant gym.
THE HISTORIC DISTRICT “You are scheduled for a salt scrub and moisturizing massage at 6 p.m. and a Tata Harper all-natural facial at 7 p.m.,” I am reminded as I check into the Belmond Charleston Place, my ﬁrst stop. It is 2 p.m. and I’m starting things of with a two-hour run, for context—call it power sightseeing. I zig and zag, moving at whatever pace and in whatever direction I choose along the peninsula’s grid of streets, which go northsouth and east-west. I warm up around six-acre Marion Square Park, named for Revolutionary War commander Francis Marion (known as the Swamp Fox for his guerrilla tactics). I slow down to read the plaques on the houses of Edward Rutledge, who signed the Declaration of Independence, and of his older brother John, who signed the Constitution. (So rich, educated, and powerful were the white citizens of Charleston—merchants as well as plantation owners with second homes in town—that the city produced four signers of each of America’s two seminal documents.) The Exchange Building, on Broad Street, is one of three structures let (out of 13) where the Constitution was ratiﬁed. Brings me to a momentary stop. I pick up speed along emptier, waterfacing East Bay, where ships from around the world used to dock during colonial and post-Revolutionary times. This was the site of slave auctions—40 percent of all people who arrived from Africa and the Caribbean set foot on American soil for the ﬁrst time right here—“ground zero of black culture and of the African-American experience,” as Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. characterized it. Nearby Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of intact Georgian buildings in the United States, requires a slow meander (the ironwork detail, the flower boxes). The Dock Street Theater, one of the venues of the Spoleto Festival USA, is a 2010 renovation on the site of the 1736 original, America’s ﬁrst playhouse, destroyed by ﬁre. Pleasure-loving Charleston, home to innumerable scions of British nobility making a killing in the New World, also had the ﬁrst racetrack in America and the ﬁrst golf club.
CITY HOTELS BELMOND CHARLESTON PLACE At 434 rooms, it lacks the intimacy of the historic inns, but it has a genius Club Floor (all-day buffetstyle dining), a shopping arcade, and a saltwater pool with sun deck, spa, gym, and city views. Ideal for families. THE DEWBERRY Uniquely for Charleston, this is a reimagining not of an antebellum beauty but of one from the 1960s. Its Living Room, with a bar and multiple seating areas, is the city’s buzzy new hangout. The event space/garden is striking. HARBOURVIEW INN Location, location. While there’s no restaurant or spa at this small hotel, the setting, right on Waterfront Park, is gorgeous and energizing. Bike, run, stroll, book a private trainer. Happy hour happens on the roof. There will be seagulls.
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t’s the vibe here,” a physical trainer in Charleston tells me. “People want to look good, to dress well.” She is explaining something I noticed on an earlier visit: the city’s flair for fitness. Surprising, maybe, in this land of Geetchie Boy grits, buttered beans, coconut layer cakes, and James Beard Award–winning crat cocktails. But the evidence was all around: a profusion of yoga studios—12, I was told, just in the ﬁve-square-mile peninsula that comprises Charleston’s historic downtown. And stores on King Street, the main shopping artery, loaded with surfing, skateboarding, and cycling gear, as well as fancy sports apparel. Most hotels seemed to have ﬂeets of colorcoordinated bicycles. And runners were everywhere: along the city’s breezy waterfront promenades and amid the green, humid hush of the streets “south of Broad”—trophy house territory. Lynn Easton, an event planner and co-owner of the romantic Zero George hotel, puts a more philosophical spin on it: “Charleston just inspires a very high standard in everything. It all goes back to the architecture.” For its depth of history and richness of culture—including 100 buildings dating from before 1776 and 1,000 from before 1861—Charleston has been called America’s Rome. I’ve come back here alone, intent on doing as the Romans do: to experience all the things that people typically come to Charleston for—the restored antebellum buildings, the gastronomic glories— but also to exercise to my heart’s content. If the body, as Corinthians teaches, is a temple, I am here in the “Holy City” to discover just how much restoration and renewal this temple of mine can take. My plan: to stay in ﬁve diferent hotels and sample as many ﬁtness oferings as I can. Some I have booked (private lessons, treatments, excursions), and I will improvise the rest. I will do yoga and Pilates. I will lit weights. I will swim, bike, kayak, walk, and run. I will recover and repeat. (That I will be eating well along the way goes without saying—see “Where I Ate.”) Charleston may be a small city, but I’m going to treat it—as well as
SHIP SHAPE Clockwise from top right: Runners on the Battery promenade, along Charleston Harbor; Osprey Point, on Kiawah Island; the dome of the Gibbes Museum of Art.
S TA I R M A S T E R Above: The Belmond Charleston Place’s open-arm staircase. Right: Lowcountry paddleboarders. Top: The lobby bar at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.
a government building commissioned by JFK and was later transformed into a chic temple of Midcentury style with period antiques and artworks by the likes of Clifford Bailey and Douglas Balentine, 20th-century Southern painters whose works I’ll also see later in the Gibbes Museum of Art. Also excellent was the private Pilates class the hotel booked for me at the sleek Longevity Fitness studio. “People who have moved here from New York, Chicago, and L.A. appreciate the aesthetic,” says owner Jennie Brooks (who trained with Nora St. John, the guru of Pilates “balanced body” instruction). I’m sure they appreciate the workouts, too, because I certainly appreciated the deep tissue massage I had aterward in the Dewberry’s spa. As for the morning yoga, I’m able to strike poses I never thought I could. “Remember,” Nuenighof says, “it’s not pain, it’s sensation.” And now I’m relaxing on a mat, listening to the bells, feeling the breeze, and noticing that the intervals between my breaths are growing longer, as if soon I will hardly need to breathe at all—the closest I’ve ever come to meditation. My next challenge is Ravenel Bridge. I noticed it earlier, its graceful lines arcing up over the Cooper River on the peninsula’s east side and connecting downtown to the suburb of Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms beyond. “It’s the only hill in town,” the concierge at the HarbourView Inn, my next address, conﬁrms as she points me in the right direction. And, just in case, she hands me two carefully annotated running maps of downtown, showing shorter three- and ﬁve-mile routes on tear-proof paper. The Ravenel is tough, the arc not so gentle when you’re on it, the distance to Mount Pleasant seemingly inﬁnite in the subtropical sun. I try to not be a wuss from the North. It helps that below the biking and running lane (wonders way, says the sign) South Carolina’s Lowcountry unfolds in all its subtle beauty, a vista of muted greens, browns, and blues, the ﬂat bits of land intersected by marshy waterways lined with pluf mud and teeming with bird life. Back at the HarbourView, my next workout begins immediately: rootop yoga again (it’s very much the thing), with another ﬁrstrate instructor, Michelle Fitzgerald of Pivotal Fitness. Seagulls wheel above us. “Listen
BEACH HOTELS WILD DUNES RESORT This vast complex on the Isle of Palms offers a choice of rooms, suites, villas, vacation homes, and condos, all of them either beachside, poolside, courtside, or courseside. The beach stretches for 2.5 miles, the guest services desk will hook you up with whatever local activity you may desire, and it’s all a 30-minute drive from the historic downtown. THE SANCTUARY AT KIAWAH ISLAND With its grand public spaces, large pool, and beautiful 10-mile beach, this resort manages to be both formal and sand-in-yourtoes casual. And you would need at least two weeks to take advantage of all the sports and wellness activities on offer.
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Ater two hours of nonstop kayaking, my arms are sore, my core feels tight, and my head is abuzz with nature facts.
By the time I reach the peninsula’s southern tip, White Point Garden, which overlooks Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter (a speck in the distance where the first shots of the Civil War were ﬁred), I’m breathless. Not from exertion but from nerdy historical excitement fueled, I’m sure, by endorphins. So much of the history of this country happened right here. As I head back to the Belmond, I can see the town revving up for the night. Much of the innovation around food and nightlife here is driven by entrepreneurs in north Charleston’s newly booming tech corridor (“Silicon Harbor”). But not for me, not tonight. Weights await in the hotel gym, and laps in the rootop saltwater pool. I hear Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” blasting from a restaurant on the corner of Hasell and Meeting. So far, Charleston, you do! “Listen to the church bells,” says Tamara Nuenighof, the yoga instructor at the Dewberry, where I move to next. We’re wrapping up a private yoga class on the roof deck. (The Dewberry has the highest usable rootop in Charleston, and it’s accessible only to guests who have signed up for yoga. Exercise here has its privileges.) “The bells take you from the ordinary to the extraordinary,” she says. This is true. Not that anything here has been ordinary. Not the Dewberry itself, a 1960s landmark that was originally
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“Welcome to the Sanctuary,” said the letter in my room. “We plan to put you through your paces. And a bike has been reserved for the duration of your stay.”
THE BARRIER ISLANDS “Remember the four L’s: loose, low, long, and lever.” Cory Brown, my kayaking guide from the outﬁtter Coastal Expeditions, is giving me a refresher in paddling technique. “You want to push as well as pull, so you engage your core.” I’m staying at the 1,600-acre Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, where, in addition to beach biking, ﬁtness classes in the gym, and a massage, I have on the menu a two-hour private kayaking tour through the Lowcountry’s salt marshes. “This is one of the most bio-productive ecosystems in the world,” Brown says, and as we paddle through the spartina grass–lined water world, he ofers the hows and whys. Ater two hours (no stops), my arms are sore, my core feels tight, and my head is abuzz with nature facts: the critical environmental role of oysters, the child-rearing practices of bottlenose dolphins, the evolution of hammock islands, the marine species for which these marshes serve as nurseries, the migratory
habits of birds. “Some 300 species stop here to replenish themselves after their exertions, and they’re here for months at a time,” Brown says. I’d like that. “Welcome to the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort,” says the letter in my room when I arrive, at midnight, at my last stop. “We plan to put you through your paces, but if you want still more activity, the hotel ofers a ﬁtness room next to an indoor pool. And a bike has been reserved for the duration of your stay.” On my schedule: 8 a.m. beach bootcamp, 9 a.m. beach yoga, 1:30 p.m. marsh kayaking excursion, and 3 p.m. “executive renewal massage.” During beach bootcamp, for weights we use plastic bags filled with sand—which are tougher to hold and lift than standard dumbbells. During yoga we time our breathing to the waves, even as a few yards away a group of wildlife experts are helping a giant loggerhead sea turtle that is in distress. Almost Jurassic Park–like in places, Kiawah is both a top luxury home community for HNW individuals and a Certiﬁed Audubon Cooperative sanctuary. warning: alligators read signs along the resort’s 30 miles of inland biking trail; “we have a very high density of bobcats,” says the island’s naturalist as I set of along them. On the last morning I take my bike to the beach, heading for the island’s famed Ocean Course golf club, seven miles away. It is just past dawn, and the riding is easy. The tide is at its lowest; the beach is at its broadest, smoothest, and hardest-packed. The rays of the rising sun break through a cloud and are reﬂected by the wet sand, and ahead of me appears a highway of light. As I pedal I see two surfers, tiny black ﬁgures against the brilliance, entering the water far away, heading for distant waves. Above the rootops of the grand, ocean-facing homes, pelicans cruise in precise formations. The syzygy of this scene brings my stay in Charleston into focus. I came here by myself with a purpose— for both pleasure and wellbeing—but I found myself partaking just as much in the history and culture of the place. The ancient Roman statesman and soldier Scipio Africanus had it right: “I’m never less at leisure than when I’m at leisure, never less alone than when I’m alone.” «
WHERE I ATE CHARLESTON GRILL Fine dining at the Belmond. Exquisite service and live jazz. A must: the West Indies crab claw appetizer. HENRIETTA’S The Dewberry’s Lowcountry cuisine restaurant. Brunch treat: the glazed lobster omelet. INDACO A lively spot with rustic Italian food. Sit at the chef’s table for a view of the kitchen. HALLS CHOPHOUSE A local favorite with big portions and a jolly nighton-the-town ambience. Ultimate bar food: the “steak martini.” ZERO RESTAURANT On the patio of the Zero George hotel, this ideal date night place has both historic charm and culinary inventiveness. COASTAL PROVISIONS The Wild Dunes’ high-end restaurant has a familyfriendly vibe and the best shrimp and grits I had in Charleston. OCEAN ROOM The wood-beam steakhouse at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island has a dress code. It also has plenty of seafood and views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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to the birds,” Fitzgerald says, “and the sound of the water. And remember them when you get home. You will feel less stressed.” A diferent kind of souvenir. At once energized and calmed by the workouts, before dinner I wander over to Waterfront Park, the 1.5-mile-long garden on the HarbourView’s doorstep. It is one of the many civic improvement projects of Joe Riley, who was Charleston’s mayor for decades, and his words on the occasion of its 1990 dedication are inscribed in stone panels near a fountain shaped like a giant pineapple. It is Riley’s hope that, for many, this park will become “a cathedral of the stars, a chapel of the wind, a temple of the sun, a church of the sky.” I watch for a while the elegant white sails of a three-master on the horizon and then do something I have not yet done in Charleston: take a long, slow walk.
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I ever encountered— yes, I said sexiest—was in Denmark, where they love a holiday dish called rødkål, sweet-and-sour red cabbage stewed with spices and currants and served with roast duck. It’s a sight to behold, and delicious, yet the main feature gets a bad rap. Sometimes seen as a healthybut-boring ingredient or a detox vegetable, cabbage is a brassica with an obvious image problem. It’s a sturdy, dependable ﬁxture of peasant cuisine, if not exactly a sophisticated luxury. Well, I was born in a cabbage-eating region, and I like peasant food. It has always resonated for me, having the allure of real country cooking with deep roots. While they stew red cabbage in Denmark, in France, we like it in salads. If you’re salting and fermenting it, as for the famous choucroute—French for sauerkraut—you want to use white cabbage. For soup or pot-au-feu, or recipes with delicate meats like partridge or pheasant, savoy cabbage is best. A rule of thumb: White or green cabbages go best with pork and game birds; red cabbage is better for venison, duck, or even beef. Try it with something more traditionally luxurious, like salmon, and you’ll see what cabbage can do. Once you learn to unlock its sweetness and subtle, earthy ﬂavor, you’ll agree with me and every chef from Lyon to Ireland, from Scandinavia to China: Cabbage can be sexy. C ABBAGE
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of ﬁve, Carolyne Jane Smith had definite ideas about luxury: “Flowers, dress up, more ﬂowers.” The only child of a Missouri school principal, she grew up in what she describes as “a Midwestern version of the Alabama town in To Kill a Mockingbird.” At seven, she made her ﬁrst luxury purchase: a $7 rhinestone-studded tiara from the Sears catalog that she paid for with her 35-cents-a-week a l lowa nce . It wa sn’t u nt i l she wa s 2 3 a nd moving to Manhattan that she finally owned, thanks to her mother’s keen eye at a sale, her f irst Bill Blass and Ha lston d resses. Her dream of city life was “a job as a designer that would make it legitimate for me to enter a room in a gown and jewelry— and everyone would go, Wow.” In New York City, her eagerness to learn was matched on ly by her ferocious work ethic. She scored a prized job with Oscar de la Renta, then left it when she married the scion to a Ger ma n for t u ne; she t hen got divorced, returned to de la Renta, married budding entrepreneur Henry Kravis, starred on the social circuit, launched her own design studio, was a darling of many magazines, and acquired a 1765 Connecticut home on 59 acres, where she created “a little garden that grew very large.” But after heartache and divorce, she became a less visible presence and began a new career authoring beautiful books. The latest, her 13th, is a richly photographed career-and-life memoir, Carolyne Roehm Design & Style: A Constant Thread (Rizzoli). Among the photographers: Roehm herself. This is unsurprising, given that she’s a perpetual student. At 43, she took a summer course in Shakespearean tragedy at the University of Oxford in England. AfterT THE AGE
ward, she apprenticed herself to a Parisian ﬂorist. In 2008, she went to Florence to study the Renaissance. At 67, she feels that she’s only at the midpoint of her education. And yet, as she looks back, she sees a common thread in her personal deﬁnition of luxury: the workrooms of designers and artisans. “I cherish anything to do with quality,” she says. “When you see something of quality, no matter what it is, part of your appreciation comes from knowing that the people who made it respected you—and themselves.” So one of her most satisfying creations was not a $20,000 dress for an upper-crust socialite but a mail-order catalog that aspired to deliver great quality at reasonable prices. I n add it ion to her home in Connecticut, she also has a duplex in New York and a house in Charleston, South Carolina. Though they’re all f i l led w it h beaut i f u l things, her cravings for the rare and expensive h a ve b e c om e fe we r : “I’ve been privileged to have had experiences of material luxury, and as much as I still respond to all of that, I prefer Carolyne Roehm more and more the highin 1987, in her low mix. Most of what I dining room on loved when I was five,” Park Avenue. she says, “I still do.” A few years ago, in Aspen, she took a tumble on her bicycle that left her with a concussion but no broken bones. A month later, an MRI scan revealed a large subdural hematoma. Emergency brain surgery followed, along with an unfashionable titanium plate and a mandatory week in bed. Before the accident, her priorities had already been trending toward people, not things. Now those priorities have become her mantras. “Luxury is about doing, not having,” she says. “As you go through the years, you discover what you value. Peace. Quiet. Good health. Puppies, always puppies. And time— especially time. Your greatest luxury is your life.” ◾
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the staging of her images. Eventually, she acts as de facto interpreter, communicating a joint vision. As Paula becomes a full participant in her own image making, the echoes are less of Mann and more of Zanele Muholi’s faux–National Geographic series, Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail the Dark Lioness): ﬁerce self-portraits that rewrite the narrative of female objectiﬁcation. Indeed, where previous girl muses were chaste, inviting, and caught in amber, Paula is allowed to grow up and take charge. Her porcelain face reﬂects the radiance of her headdresses, but the overall effect is less of warmth than of hard truth. The Dutch light, once dewy, now isolates her in a black world and illuminates both her beauty and her ﬂaws: the occasional unevenness of her skin, a tiredness in her eyes. Paula allows us to look at her, to chart her evolution. But she never really lets us in. At a time when social media has made us all both photographer and model, Paula is the rare subject who doesn’t seem to crave our attention. And in a society that pressures the young—young women in particular—to curate an image and offer it up for public consumption, Kerstens’s work is a clever contradiction. Paula and her father have created something as beautiful as it is incongruous: pictures that both arrest and chronicle aging, a portrait that is also a mask. Paula offers us her likeness, but she keeps who she is for herself. ◾
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Built on the Rudin family property in Bridgehampton, New York, the playhouse was a surprise birthday gift from Ophelia Rudin to her granddaughter, Elle RudinEarls. Cabinetmaker Walter Sternlieb built the Kitty McCoy– designed house in his studio and delivered it on a ﬂatbed truck. Custom window boxes full of geraniums grace the exterior. ED A-Lister Alex Papachristidis, Ophelia’s brother, designed the interiors; he found the miniature furniture at a Hamptons antiques show.
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Francesco Barthel at home. Barthel’s kitchen.
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Barthel’s dining room.
papà since the mid-1990s, Francesco has grown the business from an upstart kitchendesign studio to an all-service interiors emporium that also houses Desinare, Florence’s best cooking school—and arguably one of the best in Italy. Francesco is used to seeing visitors’ jaws drop. It’s not just the unusual conﬁguration of buildings—one structure formerly a car mechanic’s, another an old Baci Perugina chocolate warehouse—clustered around a shabby-chic courtyard on the Via dei Serragli that deﬁes conventional description; it’s the multitude of goods on offer within. The ornate and the sober, the lovingly reclaimed and the state-of-the-art, the oneoffs and the series—all meet and mingle here in a happy accretion of faultless good taste. The sui generis magic of Riccardo Barthel is a mélange of made-to-measure resourcefulness, expert editing, and superb styling. Respect for craftsmanship, tradition, and prime materials is matched by a conspicuous disregard for the ephemera of trends, both on the part of father and son, and the artisans who have joined their studio over the years. The ﬁrm’s designs—and most notably, its custom kitchens—have attracted a clientele that includes Loro Piana, the late architect Renzo Mongiardino, and the late Gianni Agnelli. More than 20 employees—among
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them upholsterers, textile specialists, metalsmiths, carpenters, and restorers—uphold the traditions of bespoke fabrication and quality that have deﬁned Florentine artisanship for centuries. In the process, they make some staggeringly good-looking stuff. Lining two of the showroom’s exterior courtyard walls are various tiles, both custom ones by Barthel and 19th-century majolica. For each vintage tile, there might be 200—or 2,000—pieces available, but rest assured that Barthel has bought the entire stock. Through a tall doorway is a massive De Manincor range, custom- clad in lemonyellow- enameled steel. One entire room is ELLE DECOR
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stacked with textiles: passementerie, vintage linens, embroidered silks, and more. A tiny room houses a hardware obsessive’s candy store: Dozens of wooden drawers are ﬁlled with door pulls, tap handles, hinges, ﬁnials, and towel hooks, all in gleaming nickel, antiqued brass, new bronze—you name the finish, and Barthel probably has it. If not, someone here can make it happen. Although the ﬁrm designs entire houses as well as retail spaces, such as the showstopping Florence and Milan boutiques for porcelain house Richard Ginori, kitchens are still its calling card, sometimes in collaboration with the Milan-based Studio Peregalli.
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WHIMSY AND TASTE BALANCE EACH OTHER WITH APLOMB. Francesco and Riccardo Barthel.
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The pedigree-rich client roster belies the bohemian understatement with which Francesco and Riccardo themselves live, on the outskirts of town. Home is a compound of 19th-centur y farm houses set on several bucolic acres of olive trees on a hill between Florence and Impruneta, which is shared with Riccardo’s wife, Daniela, and Francesco’s sister, Elena. When I visit, a cast-iron daybed clad in persimmon-striped cotton sits on a lawn that hasn’t—happily—seen a mower in weeks; the Duomo can just be glimpsed between silvery olive boughs. Riccardo has constructed nine modest guest cottages across the property that Elena rents out; the standout among them is the timber-and-iron Treehouse, a one-room studio on high stilts with sigh-inducing views of the Chianti hills. Inside Francesco’s two-story house, whimsy and taste balance each other with aplomb. Quality ﬂea-market ﬁnds, books, and handcarved models of half-hull sailing yachts ﬁll the sitting room. Richard Ginori china and silver, in various patterns, gleam from glassfronted cases in the dining room. Upstairs, stacks of vintage suitcases line a high bedroom shelf; in the dressing room, a collection of panama hats adorns an antique ladder. “I’d signed up for art school to study set design, but I didn’t like it much,” Francesco says. “When my father moved the showroom from Via dei Fossi to the Oltrarno in 1994, I helped him set things up, and I liked it so much, I ended up staying.” To what does he attribute the enduring esteem with which the world’s design cognoscenti hold Barthel, whose empire encompasses everything from a $14 knife to a $290,000 kitchen? “It comes from our history of doing bespoke projects,” he says. “Kitchens, houses, stores are all su misura, by design. And while my father and I actually have somewhat differing personal styles—mine is more somber and spare; I love Copenhagen, but he’s more about Rome or Sicily—our approach is the same. We really try to curate, as much as possible.” ◾
Ralph Lauren at his Double RL Ranch in Ridgway, Colorado.
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Over the past ﬁve decades, Ralph Lauren has built an empire that is the epitome of American design and fashion. In celebration of his inﬂuence on global style, ELLE DECOR pays a visit to his storied and ever-evolving Double RL Ranch in Colorado, while the biggest creative names salute his legacy.
The entry driveway to the Double RL Ranch.
146 In July, I found myself sitting all by my lonesome on a knotty-pine bench in a hand-painted buffalo-skin tepee at Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch outside Telluride, Colorado. Questions were racing through my mind. Is it some kind of sartorial osmosis (or wishful thinking) that makes me believe that I have known this man intimately for my entire life? Perhaps not, considering the fact that I, like so many people I know, have grown up literally enveloped in the worlds he creates, such as this one. I had ﬁnally arrived at Shangri-Lauren. (An appropriate name, considering that the combined acreage of this ranch exceeds the total area of Manhattan.) My trip there was 35 years in the making. You see, my childhood bed was covered with an olive plaid Ralph Lauren Thoroughbred comforter with a taupe linen matelassé blanket and white percale sheets. (Is it any wonder I ended up in the design world?) I’ve said this before: I always knew which way to fold the comforter by the placement of the navy tag stitched with the word Polo, now burned into my memory. Later on, I picked out a burgundy bar mitzvah tie that was, naturally, emblazoned with a Polo bear. (For the record, the bear was swigging a martini, straight up, with an olive— my preferred cocktail now.) Even our dog was named Polo—I’m not kidding. But my relationship with Ralph, however illusory, is just another fringe on the suede jacket of life. As you read the following pages, with such a distinguished panel of creatives, philanthropists, politicians, and fashion stars paying tribute to the American legend alongside exclusive imagery from within the wooden cabins peppering these hallowed grounds, one thing becomes apparent: So much of our collective American identity has been shaped by this one man. It’s more than a dress or a throw pillow or the fabulous ads shown at right. The impact that Ralph Lauren has had on our very psyche, on our hopes and dreams, is immeasurable. During Lauren’s 50th-anniversary show in September, at which Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park played host to 500 of the house’s family and friends, Oprah Winfrey stood up to reveal the ﬁrst marker of her own success: Ralph Lauren towels (again with the linens). “Of course, it was about much more than the towels,” she said. “It was about what the towels represented: comfort, warmth, luxury, aspiration. That is what you do and have done for the past 50 years. You inspire us to be elevated to a higher sense of beauty. What I know for sure is that what is real is what lasts. And we are here because you have lasted.” Amen to all that. —Whitney Robinson ELLE DECOR
Ralph Lauren is the iconic American brand. It feels patriotic to wear his stuff, but absent all the obnoxious, arrogant, or chauvinist features of patriotism—like the heartening sensation of hearing a Woody Guthrie tune. Ralph’s genius is incorporating all those innovations and that encyclopedic color palette without ever hewing away from the classic heartland identity. Picking almost any item in one of his stores provides the same guarantees as an old photo of Hemingway in Ketchum [Idaho] or on the ﬁshing pier in Havana. You just know that 500 years from now, you’re still going to look cool. Ralph and David [Lauren] are generous partners to the Waterkeeper Alliance movement. They understand that our waterways and wilderness are as much a piece of America’s culture and heritage as cowboy chaps and blue jeans.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR., environmental attorney and activist
It’s very tempting to see what the latest new thing is or house is or fad is or collection or show is. But Ralph never looked. He stuck to his own vision. And there is a strength in that that is really extraordinary, because he so fully believed in what he was doing, I don’t think there was anything else he could do.
VERA WANG, fashion designer, worked as a Ralph Lauren design director
A view of the San Juan mountain range. ELLE DECOR
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Model Olga Sherer wearing a long-sleeve silk-and-velvet patchwork gown and a brass ring, both by Ralph Lauren Collection. At the ranch house, a leather sofa and club chair and Stickley armand rocking chairs mix with antique Navajo blankets in the saloon. A mahogany bar and back bar in the saloon. In the screening room, the chandelier is elk horn and vintage metal and glass, and the ceiling beams are antiqued pine logs.
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Moon photograph from the turn of the 20th century in the Vance cabin on the property. Laurenâ€™s American Paint horse. Model Herieth Paul in a polyamide tulle blouse and brass-andcrystal earrings, both by Ralph Lauren Collection. Hand-painted canvas tepees created by local artisans. Outerwear and throw pillows made from vintage trade blankets and a Navajo weaving in the Vance cabin. Model Sanne Vloet in a viscose patchwork gown and brass-and-crystal earrings, both by Ralph Lauren Collection.
In the Vance cabin, the bed frame is in the New England cannonball style from the 1820s, the blue throw pillow (foreground) is made from an antique bandanna, the other throw pillows are made from French quilts, the sheets are vintage Ralph Lauren Home, the American quilt with stars is from the late 1800s, and the quilt at the foot of the bed is early-1800s French. The bedside table is American from the 1860s, the circa-1820 table lamp is in the style of Louis Comfort Tifany, and the sconces are made of original oil lamps from the late 1800s. The curtains are of a French fabric from the early 1800s.
I would go to Ralph’s ofﬁces on a regular basis, and he and his brother Jerry would put the next season’s clothes on me, and they would make adjustments based on how the clothes looked. I was just a shy kid modeling for them, but Ralph and Jerry were always so kind and polite, and it was an incredibly cool experience to actually see them working in such a hands-on way— pinning shirts and pants and discussing fabrics and cuts. Their attention to detail was amazing to me. ANDERSON COOPER, journalist, modeled for Ralph Lauren as a child
Ralph has always been someone who sees talent in people before they even see it themselves. THOM BROWNE, fashion designer
I started dressing in vintage clothes when I was a teenager because I was so attracted to the craftsmanship, and then along came Ralph Lauren, who designed beautifully made clothes with those same period details I’ve always loved. So I was a fan from the beginning. Congratulations, dear Ralph, and thank you for your support of many worthy causes over the years. You’re extremely generous as well as extraordinarily talented. BARBRA STREISAND, singer and actress ELLE DECOR
As a black man in America, to work for a brand like that...not once did I ever feel like, Oh, they’re just picking me because I’m African-American. It was groundbreaking. Every day I walk out into the world, I walk out with a little bit of Ralph Lauren, whether it’s on me or in me. TYSON BECKFORD, model and actor, former Ralph Lauren spokesmodel
Professionally, I still strive for the high bar Ralph set for himself: to stay true to myself, to try and look at the world differently, and to celebrate quality and integrity— in people as well as in design.
I want to congratulate Ralph for these 50 years, in which he did everything he wanted to, impeccably.
MARK CUNNINGHAM, interior designer, former vice president of creative services at Ralph Lauren
My mother bought me a madras blazer when I was about 10 years old, and I ﬂipped out. I felt so badass in that blazer—it taught me the power of clothes.
When I wear a Polo shirt or dress, I feel like more than an athlete. I feel like a style icon.
VENUS WILLIAMS, tennis player, interior designer, and fashion designer
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Ralph Lauren harkens back to the great Hollywood dream makers like Louis B. Mayer. Everything he does is about storytelling, bringing iconic screen characters like the cowboy, the ﬂapper, and the adventurer to real life in all of his designs. MICHAEL KORS, fashion designer
I think he presents it all: a way that’s beautiful and sensible to live, whether it’s how you dress or how you want to live in your house. He has a gift. I mean, who else can sell hamburgers in Paris, for God’s sake? And make it the place where everyone wants to go for lunch? ANNETTE DE LA RENTA, philanthropist
Model Herieth Paul in a cotton patchwork jean, a polyamide tulle blouse, brass-and-crystal earrings, and a suede-leather-lace belt, all by Ralph Lauren Collection. For details, see Resources.
Ralph Lauren is a brand that is not like fashion of the moment, it’s fashion of life. Coca-Cola is Coca-Cola, Ralph is Ralph. You don’t change it every year.
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In the guest room of an apartment designed by Nathan Turner in New York City’s West Village, a gilded mirror from John Rosselli & Associates hangs above an antique English desk. The 1950s Italian brass armchair is from Downtown, the lamp, from Turner’s shop, has a shade in a Le Manach fabric, and the wallpaper is by Iksel. The window frame and trim are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Salisbury Green.
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The living roomâ€™s custom sofa is in a Holland & Sherry velvet, and a pair of 19th-century birch stools have seats upholstered in a Robert Kime pattern. A vintage glass-and-brass Paul Hanson lamp from City Foundry rests on an 18th-century French gueridon from Navona Antiques. The wallcovering and curtains fabric are by Nicholas Herbert.
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It’s something I do a lot in my work, but this is the ﬁrst project I’ve done where every single wall is covered. The clients are a young couple with a tween daughter. They are businesspeople who work for their families and are based in Singapore, but they travel all over— they also have a home in Los Angeles that I designed for them in 2014. They found me through Million Dollar Decorators, the Bravo TV show I was on years ago. Because they live in a really warm, tropical environment, the wife wanted her New York space to feel very ELLE DECOR
different than the ones in L.A. and Asia— heavier and more layered, with deep, rich colors. I remember her telling me that when she was in college, she collected Carolyne Roehm’s books and loved that ladylike aesthetic. The apartment is downtown, in a prewar building in the West Village, but it has more of an Upper East Side ﬂoor plan. It was a shell; we were in construction with Dean Fine Building for nine months renovating bathrooms, putting in custom cabinetry—things like that. The wife and I went on a two-week-long buying trip to Europe together during which we
The armchairs in the living room are covered in a Nicholas Herbert fabric, the Mastercraft brass cocktail table is from Sjae Alexandre Collection, the brass chandelier is from Downtown, and the ceiling and wainscoting are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray.
Los Angeles–based designer Turner. The framed photograph is by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
purchased almost everything in this apartment. Having had an antiques store in Los Angeles for 14 years, I followed my normal route: We started in London and did a couple of auctions, then went to the ﬂea markets and the Left Bank in Paris, and then took the train to Belgium, which is small but packed with great stuff. We found a 19th-century English cabinet there that was perfect for the living room—they wanted a television, but I didn’t want it to be seen, so we hid it inside. We also traveled to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence. Do you see that hallway of mirrors? I knew it
The custom desk and screen in the master suite’s dressing room are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stifkey Blue, the Art Deco chair is French, and the rug is Malayer.
“There was so much fabric used in this project—it felt like miles. I joked that I was going to make a suit out of one of the patterns and blend into the walls.”
would make the apartment feel grand. I found the 27 gilded mirrors, all from the 18th century with original glass, in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Once I got all the furniture back to New York and started plugging things into our f loor plan, I focused on the textiles. We had heavier pieces, dark woods, black, and stone in the living room, so I chose Nicholas Herbert’s Coromandel cotton to offset them. The master bedroom is wrapped in a fabric called Lu-Si from the Turkish company Tulu, and the daughter’s room is in a Pierre Frey safari print, which felt both sophisticated and super cheerful. The ceiling of the hallway is a matte gold Ralph Lauren Home wallpaper, and
In the daughter’s bedroom, the trundle bed is by RH, Restoration Hardware, and the canopy and bench seat are in Elizabeth Eakins ﬂorals. The pendant is by Serena & Lily, the walls are sheathed in a Pierre Frey pattern, and the ceiling is covered in a Phillip Jefries grass cloth. The cranes on the wall are from John Derian. RIGHT: The wallcovering in the powder room is by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the sconce is by Circa Lighting, and the sink ﬁttings are by Waterworks.
the walls are upholstered in a Kravet velvet: With the light reﬂecting from the mirrors, it all glows. There is an acrylic painting that looks like an emerald by a South African artist, Kurt Pio, whose dealer is in New Orleans. I loved the idea of seeing that glittering gemstone at the end of the hallway. It took four people two weeks to upholster and wallpaper the whole apartment. There was so much fabric used in this project—it felt like miles. I joked that I was going to make a suit out of one of them and blend into the walls. This kind of eye-popping decor isn’t for everyone. I told the clients, we’re going to go very bold with this apartment, so let’s commit to it. And to their credit, they did. The mixing and layering of textiles was a highlight. For i nsta nce, i n t he ma ster bed room , I wanted the bed to be a strong moment so it would stand out against the highly patterned f loral walls. That is how I landed on that crisp raspberry mohair velvet for the headboard. I think people are surprised to see me work in this style. Since I’m from Northern California, most people equate me with the West Coast aesthetic— laid-back, beachy—and it’s true, I love that look. But I’m also a total traditionalist. Growing up in the Bay Area, we had lots of upholstery at home—we even had batting behind the walls to make them look puffy. My childhood bedroom had hunter-green toile de Jouy on the walls and curtains that I picked out—actually, the room is still intact. And my English great-grandmother had a bedroom that was all lilac ﬂoral chintz. I’ve loved the Anglo look ever since, and this project shows that side of me. ◾
The master bedroom’s custom headboard is in a Claremont mohair velvet, and the bed is dressed in linens by Leontine Linens. The Louis XVI–style chest is from Turner’s shop, the Christopher Spitzmiller lamp has a custom shade in a Tissus Tartares fabric, and the walls are in a fabric by Tulu. For details, see Resources.
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Miles Redd turns an iconic 1950s house in Beverly Hills into a beautifully punk mess of antiques, colors, and cars.
Phillip SaroďŹ m in front of the garage of his 1958 house in Beverly Hills, whose interiors were designed by Miles Redd and David Kaihoi. The cars are (from left) a 1970 Lancia Stratos HF 0, a 1961 MercedesBenz 300 SL, and a 1967 Porsche. The artworks are by Tim Kent.
BY INGR ID A BR A MOV ITCH PHOTOGR A PHS BY TR EVOR TONDRO PRODUCED BY ROBERT RUFINO
A George II gilt-wood mirror hangs over a console with a faux parchment ﬁnish in the sunroom. The Thebes stool is from C.J. Peters, and the artworks are by (from top) Hunt Slonem and Louis-André-Gabriel Bouchet.
These midcentury rooms are ﬁlled with antiques and Old Masters mixed with edgy contemporary art.
as all get-out, t he 1961 Mercedes-Ben z 300 SL parked outside Phillip Saroﬁm’s new home in Beverly Hills is the perfect throwback. Built in 1958, the singlestory house—whose crescent roof, swooping walls, and perfectly round dining room are signatures of its architect, Robert L. Earl—is one of many wonders that landed in the Trousdale Estates, a hillside enclave with views to the Paciﬁc Ocean and a trove of modernist houses by such midcentury starchitects as Lloyd Wr ig ht , Pau l R . W i l l i a m s , a nd A. Quincy Jones. When he bought the house in 2017, Saroﬁm, a young venture capitalist and car aﬁcionado, instantly knew the seafoam-green coupe with the gull-wing doors would ﬁt in with his new bachelor pad and neighborhood. “Dean Martin had one, and he lived across the street,” Sarof im says. “Frank Sinatra had one, and his house was six doors down. And Elvis Presley, who lived two blocks away, had a 300 SL too.” Saroﬁm’s love for classic cars—he restores them and enters them in competitions around the world, together with his girlfriend, the pop singer Avril Lavigne—is so passionate that he’s been known to remove the furniture from his dining room and turn it into a stage in the round for one of his biggest prizes: a rare 1970 Lancia Stratos HF 0 that looks like it’s straight out of a James Bond movie. It’s kismet that the car’s striking persimmon hue coordinates perfectly with the red X in the Bert PETITE, CURVY, AND SEXY
A guest room’s custom canopy bed is dressed in bedding from Schweitzer Linen. The wallcovering is by David Kaihoi for Schumacher, and the Chinese rug was purchased at Doyle.
The sunroomâ€™s custom sofa is in an ikat stripe by Slightly East, the vintage Flemming Lassen armchair was purchased at Sothebyâ€™s, and the Louis XV chair is covered in an Old World Weavers silk-linen. The vintage cocktail table is by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, and the ceiling is draped in a Rogers & Goigon linen. The collage (top right) is by Edoardo Menini.
In the circular dining room, the table is from Gerald Bland, the chairs are in a Modelli fabric, and the stool is Chinese. The vintage chandelier was purchased at Christieâ€™s and reverse-painted by Agustin Hurtado. The carpet is by Patterson Flynn Martin, and the photograph (at right) is by Bert Stern.
In the master bedroom, the headboard and canopy are in a Romo velvet, and the throw is by Bunny Williams Home. The vintage sheepskin chair is by Peter Hvidt, and the artwork to the right of the bed is by Joel Shapiro.
The master bath’s terrace has a birdbath from David Sutherland. The John Dickinson stool is from Niall Smith Antiques, and the Hans Wegner chair is vintage.
Stern photograph of Marilyn Monroe on the lacquered black wall. But if vintage cars are the perfect Trousdale touch, the home’s furnishings are counterintuitive. Instead of Saarinen tables and Le Corbusier chaise longues, these serpentine rooms are filled with museum-caliber antiques—from a George II gilt-wood console to Louis XVI chairs to a Venetian mirror—and an art collection that mixes Old Masters, a Picasso, and a Robert Motherwell with edgier contemporary works by such artists as Doug Aitken and Peppi Bottrop. (Sa rof i m’s neig hbor a nd friend, Eugenio López Alonso— founder of the Museo Jumex in Mexico City—a nd his curator, Esthella Provas, advise on his burgeoning art collection.) Taken as a whole, the home’s zeitgeist can be described as “maximum minimali sm ,” s ay s Sa rof i m’s i nter ior designer, Miles Redd, who has decorated several homes for the family, including a Wyoming ranch house for his father, Texas billionaire Fayez Saroﬁm, and homes for his sister, film producer Allison Saroﬁm.
The mix clearly works—but it took some convincing. Saroﬁm had ﬁrst engaged Redd to decorate his Beaux Arts home in Houston. “It was very traditional, and halfway through the project, he scrapped it and moved to Los Angeles,” Redd says. Newly divorced, Saroﬁm was on the sea rch for a home that would suit his new life as a bachelor while accommodating his two children when they arrived for visits. He and Redd looked at more than 300 houses before Redd Googled the name Trousdale Estates (“I was imagining a house with a little drama,” he says) and discovered a listing for the Earl home. It was on the market after an extensive renovation by its previous owner, the former Corum president Michael Wunderman, and it included a new flared-edge swimming pool with an inset ﬁrepit. “Wow, what do you think?” Redd a sked h is cl ient. But Sa rof i m demurred. “I think I’m more of a traditionalist,” he said. Redd persisted. “You could do a really amazing traditional interior in here,” he told him. “I like that the house is generous, but has a human scale.” ELLE DECOR
“Dean Martin lived across the street. Frank Sinatra’s house was six doors down.” Soon, Saroﬁm was immersed in the rich history of the enclave, which was created in the 1950s and ’60s when the Doheny family sold the backyard of their Tudor Revival manor, Greystone, to a developer named Paul Trousdale. Saroﬁm discovered that, in addition to past celebrity residents like Groucho Marx and Prince, his new neighbors include Bernard Arnault, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Kelly Wearstler. Meanwhile Redd and his colleague David Kaihoi began a breakneck sprint to f u r n ish t he house —a feat t hey accomplished in just six months. “I was exhausted,” Redd jokes. Saroﬁm trusted the team to bring coherence and a sense of style to his many treasures, although he did push back on one of Redd’s
suggestions. “Knowing that I like blue, Miles wanted to do something like 14 shades of blue lacquer,” he says. “I said, ‘Let’s just keep it to black, white, and gray.’ ” Nevertheless, Redd and Kaihoi made sure that the home is not lacking for color. In the living room, a peacock-blue biscuit-tufted velvet sofa (along with a real stuffed peacock) has a dialogue with one of Damien Hirst’s vivid spot paintings. A guest room, upholstered in Kaihoi’s green-velvet Tutsi fabric for Schumacher, features a blue-lacquered canopy bed with a matching blue Chinese rug. Meanwhile, in the bright sunroom, the color scheme gets an extra jolt from a horizontally striped ikat in a crayon palette on the sofa. Saroﬁm loves to socialize, and with five bedrooms, the 6,200-square-foot house has ample space for the constant stream of family and friends who come to visit. “I entertain quite a bit, everything from small dinner parties to cocktail parties for 100 or 200, and on weekends, we have barbecues and pool parties with the kids,” he says. “I just love spending time in this house.” As Redd says: “It’s a fabulous backdrop for la dolce vita.” ◾
The living room’s custom sofa is in a Prelle and Co. velvet, and the slipper chairs are covered in a Miles Redd for Schumacher fabric. The marble chair is by Marc Newson, the vintage cocktail table is by William Haines, and the antique mirror is Venetian. The artworks include a Damien Hirst spot painting.
The swimming pool, which was designed by the previous owner, has a view of downtown Los Angeles. The lounge chairs are by Janus et Cie, and the John Dickinson stools are from David Sutherland. For details, see Resources.
CeCe Colhoun, in a Michael Kors skirt and Roger Vivier shoes, in the boudoir of her New Orleans home, which was designed by Sara Ruin Costello. The Cassina chaise longue is from Design Within Reach, the Louis Vuitton trunk is vintage, and the wallpaper is by House of Hackney. OPPOSITE: In the garden, antique metal furniture mixes with potted herbs and confederate jasmine.
WARDS AND ALL SARA RUFFIN COSTELLO BRINGS DRAMA IN THROUGH THE FRENCH DOORS OF A NEW ORLEANS MANSE.
BY SAR A RUFFIN COSTELLO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAU L C O S T E L L O
PRODUCED BY CYNTHIA FRANK
THE HOUSE NEEDED A WHIFF OF YOUTH, A LITTLE FASHION, SOME IRREVERENCE, AND MORE PIZZAZZ.
in the wee morning hours, an urgent text appeared: I need you. It was CeCe Colhoun—an entertaining and wildly stylish new friend who had adopted me since my move from New York to New Orleans. Overwhelmed by the wide world of decorating options, CeCe wanted my help in rethinking a few rooms in her Georgian house overlooking Audubon Park. With her fashion background— she had worked at Bergdorf Goodman in her 20s and then returned to New Orleans to help run her mother’s luxury-frock shop on Magazine Street—she knew precisely the look she wanted: a well-organized take on bohemian. Meanwhile, after enjoying several careers myself—the longest one as a magazine editor and writer—my ﬂedgling New Orleans decorating business was just starting to take off. So I eagerly said yes. T WO YE AR S AGO,
The house, all white walls and white upholstery, was furnished with family heirlooms, including French antiques inherited from her mother and grandmother. It needed a whiff of youth, a little fashion, some irreverence, and more pizzazz. CeCe and I began with the transformation of a small front room—an underutilized addendum to the main living area. The space had gone through several iterations, but to no avail: Not even the most thrilling wallpaper was ever going to make anyone go into that box. Fortunately, it wasn’t totally without its charms, as a wall of French doors opened onto a lush side yard. What the room needed was a purpose. Inspired by the view to the outdoors, we turned the space into a garden room. The concept was loosely deﬁned: I began by covering the walls in floor-to-ceiling trellises, which were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Archive, a rich manila hue. Some of the room’s furnishings continued the theme, such as a sofa upholstered in frosty Lee Jofa ﬂowers and a rattan chandelier. Other pieces, like a pair of stainless steel leather sling chairs and a fully loaded bar set atop an inherited chest of drawers, were more eclectic choices. The overall effect encouraged hanging out. CeCe’s husband, Trevor, a hedge-fund manager, immediately colonized the extra-long
The entry hall’s Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, the bench has a seat in a David Hicks by Ashley Hicks fabric, and the antique child’s chair is a family heirloom. The wallpaper is from Anthropologie, and the woodwork is in Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin.
In the garden room, an antique settee is in a Malabar fabric, the armchairs are from Design Within Reach, and the dresser was inherited from Colhoun’s grandmother; the mirror is Louis XV, the chandelier is by Currey & Company, and the trellis is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Archive.
sofa; a music lover, he suggested adding an analog touch, a turntable, to the space so he could listen to his collection of LP records. We all agreed that was a good idea. Meanwhile, the couple’s two children, eight-year-old Trevor, Jr., and six-year-old Blaise, turned the vintage card table in the corner into a stage for their Legos. Emboldened, we moved systematically through the house, one room at a time. CeCe was the decisive one in our relationship. As a fairly new decorator, I still agonized over ﬂoor options, only to receive a text (often at 2 A.M.) much like the following: Sample B is the right way to go ♥. She was bold—even pulling a grafﬁti artist named Jules Muck off the street one night, mid-spray, to commission a mural for her kids’ bedroom. It was pure joy to watch the house blossom. Placeholder furniture that had kicked around for decades was finally jettisoned, replaced with alternatives that blended practicality with poetry. As the home’s decor came together, a lightness of being descended upon the whole family. Many afternoons, CeCe and I would sprawl across the vintage sofa in the boudoir off her master bedroom and chat about life while listening to the birds trilling outside. Her house, she told me when it was completed last summer, ﬁnally felt good and right. It reﬂected her young family’s collective personality. It helped her to feel inspired. And I, too, felt energized. Not only had I found my calling, I could ﬁnally sleep through the night without checking my phone. ◾
The powder room’s washstand and ﬁttings are by RH, Restoration Hardware, the mirror is from Design Within Reach, and the sconces are by Jonathan Adler. The wallpaper is by Ellie Cashman, the basket is by Eliza Gran, and the door is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Black Panther.
In the kitchen, the range and hood are by Wolf and the barstools are by CB2. The counters and backsplash are of Carrara gold marble, and the pendant is by Arteriors.
The antique bed in the guest room is dressed with a throw from the Citizenry, the antique screen is Chinese, and the vintage rug is from Sunday Shop. The wall trim is in Farrow & Ballâ€™s Lichen. Kate Moss photograph by Craig McDean. For details, see Resources.
The seating area in the gallery of Baronscourt, a Georgian country house in Northern Ireland that was redecorated by David Hicks in the 1970s. The chandelier is William IV, and the portrait at left is by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
The western facade of the house, the earliest sections of which date from the 1770s. The property has been in the family of current owner James Hamilton, ﬁfth Duke of Abercorn, for more than four centuries.
T Y RON E P OW E R In the 1970s, British decorator David Hicks imbued a legendary manor in Northern Ireland with his swingin’ ﬂair. BY ROBERT O’BYRNE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SIMON UPTON
PRODUCED BY ROBERT RUFINO
the Irish countryside: green. And one color dominates the Irish country house: brown. The furniture is brown, so too the walls and art—darkened by centuries of peat burning in grates—as well as the cuisine, in which hearty gravy is a staple, and the occupants’ tweed outﬁts. This monochrome palette is broken only by the occasional glacial blue: a shade found on the faces of visitors unaware that while peat smokes plentifully, it emits little heat. But Baronscourt is deﬁantly different. Nestled amid the verdant landscape of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, the house’s sober porticoed exterior gives no indication of what lies inside: a zesty explosion of hues that range from rich purple to perky yellow. The decor is fresh, funky, and modern. It’s also more than 40 years old. Baronscourt has been owned by the Hamilton family for more than four centuries. The core of the present house dates from the late 1770s, when a Scottish architect, George Steuart, was commissioned to design a new residence for James Hamilton, eighth Earl of Abercorn. Evidently it was not grand enough for his nephew and heir, the Marquess of Abercorn (also known as “Don Magniﬁco”), who in 1791 invited the great neoclassical architect Sir John Soane to rework the house. Alas, just ﬁve years later, almost all this work was lost when fire gutted Baronscourt. Most of what can be seen today dates from the 1830s, when the second Marquess (and future first Duke) of Abercorn instructed the fatherand-son team of Richard and William Vitruvius Morrison to redesign the house once again. Today, Baronscourt is home to James Hamilton, ﬁfth Duke of Abercorn, and his wife, Sacha. They assumed responsibility for the house in the 1970s and immediately sought assistance from interior designer David Hicks. “My parents came to live here in 1945,” recalls the duke. “They redecorated the front hall around 1964, but otherwise, everything was still very traditional and heavy.” It wasn’t what a couple with young children wanted: “We realized that living in rural Northern Ireland, with its dark winter mornings, would require a regeneration of color. David certainly delivered that in quantity.” The duke recalls that when Hicks ﬁrst arrived at the house, “he immediately wanted to be left alone with a large glass of port. Within two hours, he’d worked out the palette for the entire ground ﬂoor, save for the hall.” Hicks’s son, Ashley, an architect and designer, remembers his father working at Baronscourt, and how much he enjoyed his time there. “I think it was probably his favorite job,” Ashley says. “He adored both clients, and he loved the architecture and playing with the marvelous contents. What could be better?” O N E C O L O R D O M I N AT E S
Hamilton in the entrance hall.
A commode in the Yellow Passage is made of tulipwood, amaranth, and marble. In the blue hallway beyond, the prints are taken from architect Sir John Soane’s 18thcentury drawings of proposed renovations for Baronscourt.
Hicks painted the walls of the staircase hall a deep red. The William IV center table is mahogany, the Florentine mirror is 19th century, and the gilt-wood chest is early 16th century. The 1644 painting below the stairs is by Jacob Jordaens, and the portraits on the upper level depict the dukeâ€™s ancestors.
A hallway is framed by a collection of 18th-century prints by William Hogarth and Francis Wheatley. The mahogany clock is George III.
The entrance hall’s circa-1730 Italian walnut chairs were covered in a Hicks fabric. The busts are Regency, and the rocking horse is a family heirloom.
Hicks painted the interior of a library’s 19th-century mahogany bookcases a deep red, and designed custom sofas and a rug for the space. The Chinese lacquered screen is circa 1800.
Still, not every aspect of the proposed decorative scheme initially met with favor. According to Ashley, the duke had reservations about the walls of the great staircase hall being covered in scarlet. “He was leaving for the day, and said a small sample could be painted and then he would decide. He got back that evening to ﬁnd the whole hall painted. Luckily, he loved it.” Happily, he still does. Hicks didn’t just bring color to Ba ronscourt: Together with the duchess, he also took charge of placing furniture and hanging pictures. In the middle of the last century, the long gallery had been partitioned into three spaces by architect Sir Albert Richardson as part of a series of alterations. Hicks removed the dividing walls so that the room, running about 88 feet long and trisected by Corinthian columns, could be admired in all its splendor. In a cozy library, the insides of the bookcases were painted a brilliant red by Hicks, who also lined the upper walls with dark red velvet recycled from old curtains. Imaginative deployment of color explains why the Baronscourt scheme looks as fresh and exciting today as it did when it was ﬁrst introduced. After more than four decades, the duke conﬁrms: “There’s nothing we regret or would change. David’s design has tremendous longevity. It has weathered much better than some of the inmates!” ◾
The Edwardian furnishings in the master bedroom are originally from Luton Hoo, the Duchess of Abercornâ€™s former family home in Bedfordshire, England. The marquetry chest is Louis XV. For details, see Resources.
Items pictured but not listed are from private collections. REVIVAL PAGE 64: Table: B&B Italia,
TALENT PAGE 66: Jean de Merry,
SHOWCASE PAGES 70–76: Jewelry: Chanel,
R E S O U R C E S
MOOD BOARD PAGE 78: Chandelier: Julie Neill
Designs, circalighting.com. Sonia Rykiel outﬁt: Sonia Rykiel, soniarykiel.com. Necklace: Tifany & Co., tiffany.com. Fabric: Vervain, vervain.com. Gown: Valentino, valentino.com. Earrings: Oscar de la Renta, oscardelarenta.com.
ture: Maison Gerard, maisongerard .com. Dining table: Studio Van den Akker, studiovandenakker.com. Wineglasses and Champagne ﬂutes: Moser, moserusa.com. Water goblets: Baccarat, baccarat.com. Water jug and decanter: Saint-Louis, saint-louis .com. Chargers and ﬂatware: Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com. Plates: Penny Morrison, penny morrison.com. Napkins: Sferra, sferra.com. Salt and pepper shakers: L’Objet, l-objet.com. Thumbprint dishes: Tifany & Co., tiffany.com. DANIEL’S KITCHENS PAGES 108–110: Daniel Boulud of
Restaurant Daniel, danielnyc.com. ED BUILDER PAGES 125–128: Mosaics: Artaic,
artaic.com; Bisazza, bisazza.it; New Ravenna, newravenna.com; Sicis, sicis.com.
ANATOMY OF A HOUSE
Interior design: Blair Harris, Blair Harris Interior Design, blairharris.com. PAGE 80: Blazer: Stella McCartney, stellamccartney.com. Pants: Marni, marni.com. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, manoloblahnik.com. Jewelry: Fred Leighton, fredleighton.com. Cabinets: Blair Harris Interior Design. Glass knobs: Rejuvenation, rejuvenation .com. Carpet: Patterson Flynn Martin, pattersonflynnmartin.com. Rivière: Larkspur & Hawk, larkspurandhawk .com. Necklaces: Vhernier, vhernier.it; Temple St. Clair, templestclair.com; Antonia Miletto, antoniamiletto.com. Pendants: Hermès, hermes.com; Ileana Makri, ileanamakri.com. Shoes: Aquazzura, aquazzura.com. PAGE 82: Clutches: Muriel Grateau, muriel grateau.com; Roger Vivier, rogervivier .com; Nancy Gonzalez, nancy gonzalez.com. Rolling bracelets: Sidney Garber, sidneygarber.com. Dog bracelet: Hermès. Box: Lauren Adriana, laurenadriana.com. Coats: Dries Van Noten, driesvannoten.be. Earrings: Elena Votsi, elenavotsi.com; Marie-Hélène de Taillac, mariehelene detaillac.com. Pendant: Janis Provisor, janisprovisorjewelry.com. Torque necklace: Sidney Garber.
Interior design: Alex Papachristidis, Alex Papachristidis Interiors, alexpapachristidis.com. Architect: Kitty McCoy, Kathrine McCoy Architect, kmccoyarchitect.com. PAGES 130–132: Wallpaper and fabric: Manuel Canovas, cowtan.com. Carafe: William Yeoward Crystal, williamyeowardcrystal.com. Bunny bank: Tifany & Co., tiffany.com.
WATCH CASE PAGES 86–88: Breguet, breguet.com. SHORTLIST PAGE 92: Sylvie Johnson, Merida,
meridastudio.com. Museum: Opiﬁcio delle Pietre Dure, opiﬁciodellepietre dure.it. Baths: Hoshi Onsen, hoshionsen.com. Bar: Bar Joséphine, Hotel Lutetia, hotellutetia.com. Rug: Merida.
TRUTH IN DECORATING PAGES 94–98: Michelle Nussbaumer,
Ceylon et Cie, ceylonetcie.com. Hutton Wilkinson, huttonwilkinson.com.
ED DESIGN HOTELS PAGES 100–102: The Mews,
ZODIAC TABLESCAPE PAGE 104: Bust: Newel, newel.com.
Candelabras, vase, and crown sculpELLE DECOR
MAKER PAGES 136–142: Francesco and
Riccardo Barthel, Riccardo Barthel, riccardobarthel.it.
RALPH COUNTRY PAGES 146–147: Archival photo,
ﬁfth row, far right: Pieter Estersohn Photography, pieterestersohn.com. PAGE 149: Gown and brass ring: Ralph Lauren Collection, ralphlauren.com. PAGE 150: Blouse, gown, and earrings: Ralph Lauren Collection. PAGE 153: Jeans, blouse, earrings, and belt: Ralph Lauren Collection. TURNER CLASSIC
Interior design: Nathan Turner, nathan turner.com. Construction: Dean Fine Building, deanfinebuilding.com. PAGE 154: Mirror: John Rosselli & Associates, johnrosselli.com. Lamp: Nathan Turner, nathanturner.com. Lampshade fabric: Le Manach, lemanach.fr. Wallpaper: Iksel, iksel .com. Window frame and trim paint: Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore .com. PAGE 155: Sofa fabric: Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com. Stools fabric: Robert Kime Ltd., robert kime.com. Wallcovering and curtains fabric: Nicholas Herbert Ltd., nicholas herbert.com. PAGES 156–157: Armchairs fabric: Nicholas Herbert Ltd. Cocktail table: Sjae Alexandre Collection, sjaealexandre.com. Chandelier: Downtown, downtown20.net. Ceiling and wainscoting paint: Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. PAGE 157, BOTTOM: Desk and screen paint: Farrow & Ball. PAGE 158, LEFT: Trundle bed: RH, Restoration Hardware, rh.com. Canopy and bench fabrics: Elizabeth Eakins, elizabetheakins.com. Pendant light: Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com. Wallcovering: Pierre Frey, pierrefrey
.com. Ceiling covering: Phillip Jefries, phillipjeffries.com. Cranes: John Derian, johnderian.com. PAGE 158, RIGHT: Wallcovering: Martyn Lawrence Bullard, martynlawrencebullard .com. Sconce: Circa Lighting, circa lighting.com. Sink ﬁttings: Waterworks, waterworks.com. PAGE 159: Headboard fabric: Claremont, claremontfurnishing.com. Bed linens: Leontine Linens, leontinelinens.com. Chest: Nathan Turner. Lamp: Christopher Spitzmiller, christopher spitzmiller.com. Wallcovering: Tulu, tulutextiles.com. TROUSDALE LOVE
Interior design: Miles Redd and David Kaihoi, milesredd.com. PAGES 160–161: Artworks: Tim Kent Art, timkentart.com. PAGE 162: Stool: C.J. Peters, cjpeters.net. Artwork: Hunt Slonem, huntslonem.com. Bedding: Schweitzer Linen, schweitzerlinen.com. Wallcovering: Schumacher, fschumacher.com. Rug: Doyle, doyle.com. PAGE 163: Sofa fabric: Slightly East, slightlyeast.com. Louis XV chair fabric: Old World Weavers, starkcarpet.com. Flemming Lassen armchair: Sotheby’s, sothebys .com. Ceiling fabric: Rogers & Goigon, rogersandgoffigon.com. PAGE 164: Table: Gerald Bland, geraldblandinc.com. Chair fabric: Modelli Fabrics, modellifabrics.com. Chandelier: Christie’s, christies.com. Carpet: Patterson Flynn Martin, pattersonflynnmartin.com. Photograph: Bert Stern, bertstern.com. PAGE 165: Headboard and canopy fabric: Romo, romo.com. Throw: Bunny Williams Home, bunnywilliams home.com. Birdbath: David Sutherland, sutherlandfurniture.com. PAGE 166: Lounge chairs: Janus et Cie,
janusetcie.com. Stools: David Sutherland. PAGE 167: Sofa fabric: Prelle, prelle.fr. Slipper chair fabric: Schumacher. Marble chair: Marc Newson, marc-newson.com. Cocktail table: William Haines, williamhaines.com. Artwork: Damien Hirst, damienhirst.com. WARDS AND ALL
Interior design: Sara Ruffin Costello, sararuffincostello.com. PAGE 168: Skirt: Michael Kors, michaelkors.com. Shoes: Roger Vivier, rogervivier.com. Chaise longue: Design Within Reach, dwr.com. Wallpaper: House of Hackney, houseofhackney.com. PAGE 170: Settee fabric: Malabar, malabarusa .com. Armchairs: Design Within Reach. Chandelier: Currey & Company, curreyandcompany.com. Trellis paint: Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com. PAGE 171: Table: Design Within Reach. Bench fabric: David Hicks by Ashley Hicks, leejofa.com. Wallpaper: Anthropologie, anthropologie.com. Woodwork paint: Farrow & Ball. PAGE 172, TOP: Washstand and ﬁttings: RH, Restoration Hardware, rh.com. Mirror: Design Within Reach. Sconces: Jonathan Adler, jonathan adler.com. Wallpaper: Ellie Cashman, elliecashmandesign.com. Basket: Eliza Gran Studio, elizagranstudio .com. Door paint: Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com. PAGE 172, BOTTOM: Range and hood: Wolf, subzero-wolf.com. Barstools: CB2, cb2.com. Pendant: Arteriors, arteriorshome.com. PAGE 173: Throw: The Citizenry, the-citizenry .com. Rug: Sunday Shop, sundayshop .co. Photograph: Craig McDean, artandcommerce.com. Wall trim paint: Farrow & Ball.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ELLE DECOR Waterford Sweepstakes. Sponsored by Hearst Communications, Inc. Beginning October 2, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. (ET) through November 12, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. (ET), go to waterford.elledecor.com on a computer or wireless device and complete the entry form pursuant to the on-screen instructions. One (1) Winner will receive the Lismore Reﬂection Collection by Waterford, including a Lismore Reﬂection with gold band hurricane, a 12-inch vase, an 8-inch vase, an 8-inch bowl, and a 10-inch bowl. Total ARV: $2,625. Important Notice: You may be charged for visiting the mobile website in accordance with the terms of your service agreement with your carrier. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes subject to complete oicial rules available at waterford.elledecor.com.
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Before NASA even had a chance to launch its historic solar probe in August, designer Alexander Lamont seemed to have captured enough sun rays to decorate this gorgeous objet. Inspired by ancient Mayan temples and nearly eight inches tall, this tapering walnut box is a marvel of straw marquetry, which forms its kaleidoscopic light-reﬂecting surface. It’s a visual feast of the highest order—a miracle even, like life itself or the Dunkirk evacuation. And now that Lamont has succeeded in bringing us all directly to the sun—not within 3.8 million miles, like the probe—perhaps for his next feat, he can ﬁnd an answer to the question, How do you hold a moonbeam in your hands? —Charles Curkin alexanderlamont.com
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