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“It was exciting making a winter garden,” says @miranda.brooks.gardens of her project for #AD100 architect and designer Daniel Romualdez’s weekend home in Connecticut. What that meant for the landscape designer was concentrating on green architecture and perspectives, on the forms of trees and shrubs, planting roses more for their colorful hips through fall and winter than for their flowers. But what she proposed was a huge project. Construction ensued, as major walls were built and grades were changed to conquer a dramatic descent on the south side of the house and allow for a series of garden spaces. Steps now lead down from the south-facing sunroom to a terrace laid randomly with granite slabs and planted lushly with box bushes, amsonias, grasses, Japanese anemones, peonies, and lilacs around a cluster of garden chairs. More comfortable seating and a dining table are shaded by a bamboo-covered pergola at the end of the terrace. Romualdez wanted a focal point that he could see from the house in winter, and that led to the construction of a folly—a stone pyramid at the end of an allée carved out of the woods, pictured here in summer, fall and winter. “After Miranda did the garden, I really felt like I was in the country,” says Romualdez. “We rush home on the weekends to see what’s new. It changed the way we live.” Take a tour of the grounds through the link in our profile. Photo by @minh_ngoc; text by @pagedickey

When @sashabikoff was asked to create a room for this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House (@kbshowhouse), her vision was clear. “I wanted to design a nightclub on the Upper East Side,” recalls the 31-year-old New Yorker. There was only one catch. “I got the staircase.”
Furniture and window treatments were out of the question for the space, which—with its limited options—was no one’s dream assignment. Undeterred, Bikoff ran wild, reconstituting 1980s Memphis motifs into psychedelic carpets by @therugcompany and kaleidoscopic wallpapers by @voutsa, and painting the floor and ceiling trim in archival @farrowandball hues. Her eye-popping display stole the show and became an immediate @instagram sensation. As Bikoff reflects of the daringly patterned staircase, “You couldn’t help but dance.” That urge, you might say, is signature Sasha, whose taste for decorating developed during a semester abroad in Paris, where she studied painting and lived with textile designer Lisa Fine. What started as a hobby took front seat when, a few years later, she quit her job at Gagosian to decorate her mother’s apartment in the Dakota. “She taught me how to deal with uptown women,” Bikoff says with a laugh. Since then, her upbeat approach and unlikely pairings have caught on, with a villa on Lake Como, five Manhattan homes, and four Hamptons houses all under way. Now she’s making her first foray into product design with a series of disco-ready rugs produced by @starkcarpets and sold through @1stdibs. This quick upswing in Bikoff’s career earns her a spot in our New Creatives list, celebrating the latest crop of design stars a group of international talents upending convention, celebrating cultural differences, and revitalizing traditions of all kinds. Discover the rest of the creatives through the link in bio. Photo by @amylombard; text by @_h_mart_

A couple of years ago, when her father decided to give up his house in central London, @ninaflohr decided to let go of her Notting Hill flat and take the opportunity to make the family home her own. “I’ve always admired the way the English dress their houses, the great estates with their @colefaxandfowler furnishings and eccentric flourishes,” says the Swiss-born Flohr, who until 2016 served as the creative director of @vistajet, the fleet of superstylish private planes founded by her father in 2004. “I wanted to take that inspiration and create a beautiful space that reflects my personal style and taste, an easy place to entertain, and a cozy nest to return to after my travels.” To help her realize her vision, Flohr turned to London-based #AD100 designer @veere_grenney, who worked at @sibylcolefax & John Fowler in the 1990s before opening his own firm. Describing the brief she gave Grenney, Flohr says: “I grew up here, so it has lots of familiarity, but I had to make changes.” Refurbished in the 1990s, the interiors of the Regency-era neoclassical beauty were rather minimal—“contemporary,” in Flohr’s description. “Nina’s taste is very eclectic, and she believes in quality and details,” says Grenney. “She is also a keen organizer and likes functionality. We had fun with color and pattern, but we also had to make it all work.” Discover the rest of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @simonuptonphotos; text and styling by @gianlucalongogg

“I think if I wasn’t a fashion designer, I would be an interior decorator,” says French fashion designer @alexismabille. No doubt he would be an excellent one, especially after the transformation of his own late-19th-century Directoire-style (post-Revolution) apartment in Paris. Mabille worked closely with architect friends @humbertetpoyet from Monaco to draw inspiration for the renovation from the plans and the original intentions for the apartment, which was, in fact, built around entertaining. “I was so excited about this project, I went every day to visit the site,” adds Mabille. “Every morning and every night . . . I wanted to give back the original history to this place. We recreated all the moldings and boiserie. The only new touch was the floors, which I designed, inspired by Royère.” Mabille, in particular, loves how the space is completely symmetrical. No curtains in any rooms except the bedroom, flooding all the spaces with natural light. The designer hosts a great deal and only uses candles at night, eschewing electric lighting in the evenings, which adds to the already romantic, 19th-century feel of the space. Take a tour of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @francisamiand; text by @gaygassmann

Think Tony Duquette, and certain images spring instantly to mind. Folding screens spattered with giant sunbursts. A coffered ceiling made of plastic serving trays. Chandeliers laden with glistening abalone shells. Then there’s the gilded biomorphic console table that resembles, depending on one’s vantage point, a writhing sea creature or a roller coaster on Mars. Call it Space Age Baroque—and, according to Duquette’s most ardent fans, it’s the kind of over­egging that the world is ready for. “We’re entering a maximalist epoch, and Tony is a maximalist icon,” exults @huttonwilkinson, a designer of interiors and jewelry who was Duquette’s longtime business partner and has been the keeper of his 24K-gold flame since the latter’s death in 1999, at the age of 85. Sister companies @pearsonfurn and @maitland_smith are in full agreement. In association with Wilkinson—author of the new @abramsbooks salute “Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge”—the firms are launching a trove of delirious Duquettiana, from reproductions of objects that he created for his own homes to inspired-by furnishings that nimbly channel the master’s bizarro magic. Discover the collection highlights through the link in our profile. Photo of Drawbridge, Duquette’s California home by @timstreetporter; text by @adaesthete

Jessica and Aaron Sittig are a young power couple in the technology world, although they’d undoubtedly be mortified to find themselves described as such. They’d much rather be known, if at all, for their dedication to design, particularly as design development has always been part of their professional milieu. “We’re interested in how something great comes to be—whether it’s a perfectly placed tree, a piece of software, or a chair,” Jessica says. To that end, in their own midcentury San Francisco home, the Sittigs engaged master artisans with deep ties to the California craft movement. In the stunning powder room off the kitchen, where the walls of rift-cut redwood are lacquered black in a nod to Japanese urushi, Rick Yoshimoto fashioned a hand-carved elm sink of @charlesdelisleoffice’s design that feels like a high altar in a pocket temple. Now based in New Mexico, Yoshimoto worked for years alongside California craft titan J. B. Blunk. “Our joy comes from working with people we admire, giving them our story and the story of the house, and seeing what they come up with. It’s not about collecting,” Jessica says of the couple’s extraordinary design odyssey. Aaron puts a finer point on the process: “It was our job to care more than anyone else.” Take a tour of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @wabranowicz; architecture by @marmolradziner; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelreynoldsnyc

Lean and tall, with Apollonian looks and an Olympian temper, Tom Parr was the eminence of English decorating. From youthful beginnings selling antiques at General Trading Company, he became, in the 1960s, chairman and guiding light of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler (@sibylcolefax), the London firm famous for chintzing up rooms for the likes of Grace, Countess of Dudley, and the 11th Duke of Beaufort. His proudest, most personal achievement, lovingly maintained by his family, can be found on a distant shore: La Casella, a 1960 Côte d’Azur house that architect Robert Streitz modeled on Madame de Pompadour’s 1753 Fontainebleau pavilion, though he dressed his simulacrum in ocher stucco rather than pale limestone. When Parr died seven years ago, at the age of 81, he left La Casella (Italian for “little house”) to his niece Minnie and her husband, Anthony Lindsay, Lord Balniel, a wealth-management powerhouse, passionate gardener, and heir apparent to the earldoms of Crawford and Balcarres. Today the London-based couple and their four grown children spend as much time there as possible and let it when they can’t. Take a look inside the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @ricardolabougle; text by R. Louis Bofferding

French fashion designer @alexismabille grew up in a creative family of architects, painters, and musicians, so it comes as no surprise that he lives in an apartment full of art, flea market finds, and furniture he designed himself. Located in the trendy 9th arrondissement of Paris, the light-filled, late-19th-century Directoire-style (post-Revolution) apartment took Mabille, who is the creative director of an eponymous clothing label, about six months to completely renovate. Speaking about the project with AD, Mabille says, “I had always lived in the first quarter of Paris, until now. I love the history of this part of Paris and I was looking for a place to completely redo and fix up.” His wish came true when he found a listing for this residence, with its “high ceilings and large volumes,” he says. “I wanted a completely blank page, where everything has been redone except for one mantel, one door, and a part of the ceiling.” Mabille’s renovation went deep, excavating the original floor plans from the 19th century, and he worked closely with architect friends @humbertetpoyet from Monaco. Although the project was not really in their typical style, Mabille comments that “we collaborated to create my world with theirs.“ They drew inspiration from the plans and the original intentions for the apartment, which was, in fact, built around entertaining. “I was so excited about this project, I went every day to visit the site,” adds Mabille. “We recreated all the moldings and boiserie. The only new touch was the floors, which I designed, inspired by Royère.” Visit the link in our profile to tour the apartment. Photo by @francisamiand; text by @gaygassmann

While not exactly a chromophobe, @nealbeckstedt was never—by his own admission—an interior designer you’d go to for rooms bursting with color. Known for warmly modern schemes, where refined materials, rich textures, and sculptural furnishings tend to be the statement gestures, he has typically deployed color with a reserve that falls somewhere between judicious and parsimonious. And yet. . . . When a friend connected him with a Hong Kong–based couple who were looking to renovate a Manhattan pied-à-terre, Beckstedt knew right away that the project was going to take him out of his chromatic comfort zone. “They loved color. In particular, their art collection was super vibrant and bold. That became the starting point,” says the designer, whose initial acquisitions for the apartment included an eye-catching Max Lamb dining table made of engineered terrazzo, seen here. Speckling the table’s surface are flecks of bluish green, golden yellow, and punchy persimmon red—colors that Beckstedt adopted for neighboring walls and furniture fabrics. If this palette marks a departure for Beckstedt, certain hallmarks remain. “I’m always pushing pottery—there’s just a warmth and a depth to it,” says the designer, who chose ceramics ranging from a modern Berndt Friberg vase to recent sculptural vessels by @thehaasbrothers. Visit the link in our profile to see more of the home. Photo by @ericpiasecki; text by @stephen_wallis

Next level—that's just one way to describe the latest crop of design stars, a group of international talents upending convention, celebrating cultural differences, and revitalizing traditions of all kinds in architecture, furniture, landscape and interior design. One of AD’s picks for this year’s New Creatives is @harrisbuggstudio led by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg. While the partnership is only two years old, the duo has already taken home the gold medal from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, crafted a cubistic backyard for fashion model @caradelevingne and fashioned an Islam-infused botanical oasis the size of a small country. “Our approach to landscape is very much about immersing ourselves in the spirit of the place,” says Harris. “Not just how it feels when we’re standing in it but being aware of the site’s history, geology, vernacular, and plantings as well as the stories of the people who have inhabited that space for thousands of years.” Their two-acre public garden for the @rhs_bridgewater, near Manchester, England—currently underway and part of a 154-acre series of interconnected gardens master-planned by British landscape star @tomstuartsmith that will open in 2020—speaks of the city’s industrial heritage. Thus, the scheme is an abstracted plan of the area’s canal network, layered within a long-ago duke’s 19th-century kitchen garden. But it’s more than just pretty. “People must be able to take ideas home,” Bugg continues, to be inspired by everything from scented plantings to edible forestry, one of the most ancient forms of agriculture. Discover the other New Creatives to watch through the link in our profile. Photo by Allan Pollock-Morris; text by @adaesthete

As the old adage says, opposites attract. Though that wasn't what brought together @caseyneistat and Candice Pool (of @finnjewelry and @billy), it definitely applies to the creative couple's apartment. When Neistat isn't skateboarding through the city with a @gopro, flying a red-eye to Tokyo, or climbing cliffs for his daily @youtube vlogs (Pool, a jewelry designer and his wife of five years, often costars), home is an urban refuge in a high-rise apartment building in downtown Manhattan—suburbia gone sky-high. It's not what you'd expect from the pair, who could be the poster children for loft living. In fact, that's exactly what they didn't want. "My home has to be the antithesis of the office," says Neistat, who works in a riotous SoHo loft. "The chaos and roughness of the office has to be complemented by the friendliness and homeyness of where I live, which has gotten exponentially easier since Candice and I started living together." Skyscrapers are their views in three directions, but their three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath is quiet and tranquil. They had one priority. "It could not be a white box!" says Pool, a longtime West Village resident who had an allergy to new condo-style buildings but grew tired of the tour buses and stroller-unfriendly stairs in their last place. Neistat and Pool worked with New York City-based designer @dauncurry, who had also designed the flagship showrooms for Pool’s jewelry brands. Take a tour of the finished home through the link in our profile. Photo by @garruppo; text by @martinized

When co-founder of London Design Festival (@l_d_f_official) @benevans63 and Stirling Prize–winning architect @amandalevete got together, they each came into the relationship with a home. “It was about us doing a house together,” says Evans, who with Levete had quite a time of finding a place to build in Central London—a “nearly impossible” task. Eventually they discovered a traditional terraced house with a warehouse at the back, which they totally gutted and demolished, respectively. “It was a peculiar arrangement where it was like she was the architect and I was the client,” says Evans of their design and build process, which took two years. “We both enjoy a project, and she brought her ideas to show me and I thought they were wonderful. It was pretty easy.” The resulting five-bedroom, three-bathroom home features an expansive green roof and graceful double-wave ceiling that arcs over a capacious room acting as its soul. In gutting the terraced house they chose one double room as a library for their colossal collections of books and vinyl. Matching pink marble fireplaces (they chose the stones themselves, walking around a freezing-cold warehouse over the course of a day) and 325 feet of elegant custom black-coated steel shelving punctuate the room. The space also highlights a supremely comfortable 1970s Italian orange leather sofa and a pair of leather chairs Evans purchased from the widow of the architect who designed them, at a Buenos Aires design show. “I couldn’t believe she was actually selling them, and I had them shipped back, and as far as I know they’re the only ones outside Argentina," Evans says. "They’re incredibly comfortable, and it’s just fantastic quality, the best leather I’ve ever seen.” Take a tour of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @paulraeside; text by @katromeyn

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