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‘Tis The Gift To Be Simple
Minimalism was once an aesthetic. Now it’s a lifestyle. Simplicity, on the other hand, has always been a deep-seated belief in how one should meet the world, a virtue, if you will, in the way we once honored that word. The two may intersect, but one
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Editor’s Letter Summer 2021
What has happened to our beloved Saturdays? Frankly, I for one think its reputation has been greatly compromised. During the pandemic, it’s safe to say that every day ran up against the next with little variation as if our lives became one run-on sen
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Artdom
If one were to encounter Christopher Florentino (a.k.a. the artist Flore) shirtless on a beach, it would be easy to guess his profession. The 38-year-old’s body swarms with tattoos. By his collarbone is a Keith Haring radiant baby; on his left should
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Central Coast Of Australia
PROJECT Bedroom INTERIOR DESIGN Homeowners Emily and Dave Berlach Stone Fireplace | 1980s Construction by Original Owner • Curtains | Fabric Imported by Bohemian Traders • Dress| Bohemiantraders.com ■
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Editors’ Pick
Designed by Italian-Danish duo GamFratesi, the Plot room divider is a striking blend of conceptual simplicity and textural richness. The structure is deliberately minimalist, consisting of a simple frame that showcases the central panels. poltronafra
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French Lessons Learned
Simple at first glance, the very intentional, made-to-measure custom kitchen marries strong quartzite with fine essence of walnut and brass detail. Shelving serves as a “picture rail,” neatly holding canisters, cookbooks and cherished objects. Soph
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Vitruvian Triad
Every room is an envelope, but through a mysterious alchemy of scale, proportion, light and color, some seem more encompassing than others. It’s not that these spaces close in on their inhabitants or demand attention, but they hold one in an especial
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Designer Kajsa Willner
Is there art in everyday things? That’s part of the question posed by digital exhibition CUP. “The exhibition is intended as a tribute to the pause, presence, and the relationship between the body and the cup,” explains Swedish designer Kajsa Willner
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An Essay: nipping It In The Bud
Intuitively, we all know how good we feel around gardens. And it’s easy to believe that the source of such pleasure is from such exquisite beauty unfurling into a rainbow of colors, textures and shapes. But in fact, there is much science behind why f
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Lodz, Poland
PROJECT Work Nook DESIGN GROUPING Magda Klimczak Framed Photograph by Grzegorz Wełnicki • Armchair | Sofa Company • Candlesticks | H&M ■
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Book Nook
PHAIDON • $60 TEN SPEED PRESS • $26 MONACELLI • $50 MONACELLI • $40 ORO EDITIONS • $75 FLAMMARION-PERE CASTOR • $30 DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART • $45 RIZZOLI INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS • $55
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Editors’ Pick
Originally designed by Mario Bellini for Flos in 1969, the reissued Chiara Lamp emits a soft, ephemeral light. Think late afternoon summer sunlight. A single sheet of polished stainless-steel curves around an LED source, reflecting and diffusing the
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West Village, NYC
PROJECT The Bedford House INTERIOR DESIGN Robert and Cortney Novogratz Brittany Futon, Ciara Chair, Athena Plant Stand and Harrington Floor Lamp | All From The Novogratz Collection • Art | White Goose Estate Sales, Hamptons • Marble Table | Vintage
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GREEN & PLEASANT
Not since the Seventies have houseplants been so big! And why not? Studies show caring for plants can be as rewarding as loving a pet – they’re relatively easy to maintain, act as living décor and purify the air that surrounds us. DESIGN NOTES: This
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Brooklyn, New York
PROJECT Italianate Townhouse INTERIOR DESIGN DEBORAH BERKE PARTNERS INTERIORS Kiki Dennis and ARCHITECTURE Maitland Jones Lighting | Ingo Maurer • Sofa | Holly Hunt • Coffee Table | Grey Furniture • Side Tables | Dennis Miller • Swivel Chairs | DDC-M
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Home Farm
FILMMAKER AND PHOTOGRAPHER ANDERS HALLBERG ORIGINALLY HAILS FROM SOUTHERN SWEDEN, BUT HAS FOUND HIS OWN WAY TO CONNECT TO HIS ROOTS IN HIS MALLORCA HOME. Having grown up in a Swedish commune, Hallberg lived in New York’s SoHo for many years, photog
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Dallas, Texas
PROJECT 1920s Tudor Style Residence, Entry and Dining Room INTERIOR DESIGN Maestri Studio BUILDER The Ed Jarrett Company Art | Whitney Avra, Mixed Media on Paper “Spirit Seeker Magic Maker” Maestri Gallery • Table | White Marble Pedestal From Wist
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This Or That
Outdoor room borders: leafy boxwood hedges or composed tree lines? Mixed tree lines with different foliage. Accent pieces for the garden: bright modern forms or moss-covered ornamentals? It depends on the architecture; a contemporary home invites a b
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Modica, Italy
PROJECT Living Room and Bedroom, Anna De Cillia and Michele Isola Residence INTERIOR DESIGN Anna De Cillia ARCHITECTURE Viviana Haddad Armchairs | 1950s Vintage From Udine • Floor Lamp | 1950s Brass/Black From Piazzola Sul Brenta Market • Coffee Tabl
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Richmond, Virginia
PROJECT Foyer INTERIOR DESIGN Janie Molster Designs Antique Chair | Kim Faison Antiques • Wallpaper | Nina Campbell • Artwork | Steven Cushner through The Reynolds Gallery • Antique Barometers and Antique Swedish Cabinet | Janie Molster Designs ■
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Heart’s Desire
For Gil Melott, home isn’t just a spot to hang one’s hat but a laboratory of sorts – a place to perfect his own furniture designs before offering them for sale at his gallery-like boutique, Studio 6F, which he opened in a bright and airy Logan Square
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Strange Bedfellows
One of modernism’s fundamental principles is the oft-repeated Mies van der Rohe phrase “less is more.” While the “warm modernism” of recent years has humanized Mies’s more rigorous approach to this idea with the warmth of wood and other natural mater
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Horticulture
Passionate gardener and bush guide Garth Robinson created his own garden to blend with his tropical modern house using an abundance of oversized leafy plants. Wherever possible he used native flora, but as the climate in KwaZulu-Natal is subtropical,
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Tea With Homeowner Stefania Passera
Tell me about your work and where your boundless passion for furniture comes from? As a child I lived in a small country town and I loved making “houses” with my grandmother, who was my absolute accomplice. She was the arm, I was the mind. I loved m
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About Christopher Florentino (Flore)
Colors have their own rhythms, unique energy signatures that like notes gain depth and nuance through juxtaposition and sequence. In a painting, colors work to create and define space, optical movement and emotional narratives. Painter Flore understa
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Open Waters
Set on the edge of the James River, this Richmond, Virginia couple knew they had found their family home. “They always loved the property, but the house didn’t allow you to really see it,” shares local designer Sara Hillery. With their three children
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Pit Boss
Nashville is all about the music. Milwaukee is brats and beer. And Vegas? We’re talking glitz, gambling and cutting loose, baby. So, when it came to kitting out this newly constructed vacation home on Lake Las Vegas, designer Barclay Butera played it
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MUSE Cosmic Cadences
Joseph Haroutunian’s got rhythm. It’s not just that he paints while listening to music, including jazz and world music, particularly the hypnotic gnawa of Morocco. One can certainly “see” the music in his abstract brushstrokes, hundreds – maybe thous
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Color Coded
When it comes to interior design, every homeowner has a hook. Some stand proudly rooted in the traditional, reveling in crown moldings and Persian rugs. Others go midcentury modern with everything from Saarinen Womb chairs in the living room to Russe
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Far From The Madding Crowd
Whether they’re strolling through sun-dappled orchards in late afternoon light, nestling on sofas before a crackling fire, or diving into the dam a short walk from their farmhouse, for homeowners Margot and James Gilfillan the borders on their farm b
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