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Diane Bergeron Jul19

Diane Bergeron

The home office of Melbourne based interior designer, Diane Bergeron is featured in the June issue of Architectural Digest España – and it’s a beautiful showcase for her vibrant and playful aesthetic. When it comes to this home, it’s pretty clear that the real star is the myriad textiles. From chic chinoiseries, bold stripes, and ethnic ikats – the fabrics pack a truly graphic punch. Bergeron’s loft has been photographed a number of times, and even though the pictures have been recycled for more than a few magazines, I enjoy seeing them each and every time! Photos via Architectural Digest...

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The Exuberant Iris May09

The Exuberant Iris

If you looked up “exuberance” in the dictionary, I’m quite sure that you would find a photo of Iris Apfel. She’s as irreverent as she is stylish – and her Park Avenue apartment is just as bold and joyful as I imagined it would be. She and her husband, Carl share the three bedroom apartment, which is featured in the June issue of Architectural Digest. For those who may not be familiar with the fabulous Ms. Apfel, here is a brief introduction. As a recent art school graduate in the early 1940s, Iris took a job at Women’s Wear Daily – but when that seemed like a dead end career path, she left the fashion paper to work for an interior decorator, and never looked back! After World War II, she founded her own design firm, and with her husband also started the textile firm, Old World Weavers – which the couple sold to Stark Carpet in 1992. At 89 years old, Iris is not only still going strong – she’s moving at the speed of a freight train! These days the self described ‘geriatric starlet’ is designing both a couture clothing line, and a line of costume jewelry. She manages the itinerant exhibition of her massive clothing and accessories collection – first conceived of for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’s also a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and is working with photographer Bruce Weber on a documentary about her own life. Did I mention that she’ll be 90 this summer? Of her approach to design, the flamboyant Apfel has said, “I don’t do minimal” – and boy, did she hit the nail on the head with that. Her fabulous home is chock-full of gorgeous antiques, wonderful hand-loomed textiles, and...

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Dalla Russia Con Amore Mar31

Dalla Russia Con Amore

Dalla Russia Con Amore (From Russia With Love) is the name of a fun feature in the new Architectural Digest Italia – and ‘amore’ is really all that I can say about the fabulous contemporary art collection that is featured in these interiors. Not far from the infamous Kremlin, this Moscow apartment is home to a successful financier, and his wife, a public relations executive. The couple turned to architect and designer James Cavagnari to help them create sleek, and dynamic spaces that would showcase their growing collection of contemporary art. Florence based Cavagnari has designed boutiques for Salvatore Ferragamo, and Bulgari, and private residences for high profile clients like model Natalia Vodianova and her British real estate heir husband, Justin Portman. When one thinks of contemporary art, cities like New York and London come to mind, but in recent years Moscow has developed a booming contemporary arts community of its own. Russia’s oligarchy is notorious for the manner in which they have spent their vast fortunes – and these days, the country’s nouveau riche is just as notorious! In fact, billionaires like Roman Abramovich have done much to help bolster the international art market. Within a two day period in May of 2008 the billionaire spendthrift broke records at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. For Lucien Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping he paid $33.6 million – a record price for a work by a living artist. On the following day he spent $86.2 million for Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1976 – the most that was ever spent for a postwar work of art! That same year, Dasha Zhukova, girlfriend of Abramovich, opened the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture – a now booming Moscow arts space that hosts exhibits for artists like Mark Rothko, Cindy...

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Manoir de Berthouville Mar19

Manoir de Berthouville

Architectural Digest Italia has a March feature on the Manoir de Berthouville, the French vacation home of Boston interior designer and antiques dealer, Charles Spada. According to the article, Mr. Spada has had a life long affinity for all things French. As a teenager, he idolized the legendary couturier Hubert de Givenchy, and as a young man, he lived in France for a time. Since those early days, he had maintained a Parisian pied-à-terre, which was used during his many buying trips throughout the years. A few years back, Mr. Spada decided that he wanted to slow down a bit, and buy a home in the country. Among other requirements, he wanted to be no more than two hours outside of Paris – so that he could easily get to the city in order to attend an auction or cultural event. After visiting several properties, he eventually stumbled upon the Manoir de Berthouville. The 17th century home, a former relais de chasse (hunting lodge) in the countryside of Normandy has, for the most part, remained unchanged for centuries. According to Spada, the home “was reminiscent of the brick and limestone architecture of the Places des Voges in Paris, built by Henry IV remaining popular during the reign of his son, Louis XIII.” For the interior designer, it was love at first sight. He made an offer on the very day that he first viewed the property. The owners of the grand home, a group of twelve brothers and sisters scattered all over France, accepted Spada’s offer within a few weeks. What I think is so beautiful about Charles Spada’s home, is that the integrity of the original manor has not been compromised. Much of the structure is original, from the chimneys right down to the wood...

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Adler & Doonan Mar14

Adler & Doonan

Some decorators have such a distinctive and singular style, that you instantly know when you’re looking at one of their interiors. Perhaps the best example, that I can think of, is Jonathan Adler. His so called ‘happy chic’ aesthetic is so exuberant and fun – with touches of luxury and kitsch, and always with a grooviness and wit. Personally, I think that I would be in total sensory overload in one of his homes, but boy are they fun to look at! Jonathan and his partner Simon Doonan‘s New York City apartment has recently appeared in a few of the shelter magazines, including the December issue of Architectural Digest España. Like most of their homes, the apartment is chock-full of bright colors, pattern and texture – with loads of cool art and sculpture, and a plethora of Adler designed pottery and home accessories. Of all the rooms, I love the dining room – with it’s wonderful airiness and all of the fabulous moldings. The master bath is also fun – with its brass fixtures, and a vintage Hermès store sign as art. Notice too, that colorful beach towels (perhaps also Hermès) are used in place of the ubiquitous white ones. Even if Jonathan Adler’s style is too much for you, there’s no denying the joy in these rooms. Photos via Architectural Digest...