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.)
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.