|Margaret Russell in her new office at Conde Nast, decorated by none other than Michael S. Smith. Lucky lady. Photo New York Times.|
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A Michael Smith designed NY apartment is a bit of a shift for him (with a more uptown feel and an ultra-modern kitchen), but is stunningly executed with his usual attention to detail and history.
The living room features a pair of gilt-wood armchairs of Smith's own design. Parquet de Versailles wood floors covered in hammered German silver run throughout the apartment, and a bath with walls and ceiling paved with Davlin tiles (European gold leaf fused between two pieces of handcrafted glass) is quite a dazzling jewel box.
Daphne Guinness' place has the wow factor multiplied – fierce, girly and luxurious.
The Muriel Brandolini redesign of her own NY apartment is an evolution of her fabulous ethnic Vietnamese-modern dream into a calmer, more sleek and sophisticated version.
As best as I can tell, this is the same room as above, before the recent makeover. It looks like the overhead fixture was swapped out for the crystal and jade ship chandelier (which I believe was in the entry hall, at one point), the wall shelves were removed, and the color palette tamed down. Which version do you prefer?
By the way, her redesigned dining room is not to be missed – as it features corduroy walls that have been hand-beaded with abstracted letters.
Pierre Passebon's Paris flat is just what I love – a quirky and artful combination of European sensibility and individuality. The design is a collaboration with his partner, Jacques Grange.
As great as it is, the new incarnation of AD doesn't seem like it has quite reached its full potential. With the fairly small page size, the features feel confined and tight compared to ED, with its extra-wide, more luxurious size, but I'm sure Margaret will continue to work with her designers – and I can't wait to see how it evolves.
Looks like I'll be making more room on my bookshelves, because Architectural Digest is now a keeper!
(Oh, and don't miss the tented exercise room/gym.)