Architectural Digest: Clash of the Titans

I’ve been nursing the September 2012 issue of Architectural Digest allowing myself to savour just one feature at a time from what may be the most astonishing collection of designer star-power ever assembled in a single issue. What on earth is Margaret Russell going to do for an encore?

Michael S. Smith‘s New York penthouse wins the cover slot and while he’s one of my all-time fave designers, this is not my favourite feature in the “book”. Smith’s detour into French traditional with a tszuj of global modern is lavish and lovely but look at the company he’s keeping: Jamie Drake, above (photo by William Waldron), Darryl Carter (photo by William Waldron), Steven Gambrel (photo by Oberto Gili) both below, and Lee Ledbetter (photo by Pieter Estersohn) below that. (Miles Redd must have been holding back in anticipation of his new monograph, The Big Book of Chic, coming this fall from Assouline.)

Lesser lights Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, and Milly de Cabrol also bring some bang. If ever a magazine merited the term “collector’s edition” the September 2012 AD is it.

And just to gild the lily, AD touches down in my own hometown for a travel spot called Toronto Rising and our waterfront Wave Deck gets a nod in the 2012 Innovators section for designers West 8.

As much as I’m loving Russell’s AD, I have to say I’m disappointed that the magazine has shifted its focus so completely in favour of interiors. In story after story the writers refer to architectural and construction challenges but then the building is rarely shown; personally, I’d like to see at least one exterior shot with every feature.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012 by Chris
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5 Comments For This Post

  1. shezcomeundone Says:

    Jamie, Darryl and Steven – scions and tigers and bears, oh my! All wrapped up in 28lb gloss by Ms. Russell. Agree totally with you Chris, this issue is indeed a box of eye candy to be savored!

  2. shezcomeundone Says:

    And . . . I think I just found the inspiration for the new space!

  3. Lin Says:

    We have a wave deck?( I really must get out more.)

  4. Anna Says:

    It’s all about WoW! All the pictures are so beautiful and I think beauty brings beauty particularly the wave deck is amazing! I love having deck at my house and gonna make a href=””>calgary deck very soon. Thanks for sharing an inspiring post.

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