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David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung (both Piero Lissoni alums) of @quincocesdrago are the cool young couple behind Milan's newest design destination: @sixgallery. Located in an abandoned monastery in the Navigli neighborhood, the hybrid space is showing the duo's own sleek new furnishings (burl wood tables; a slender marble bench) alongside a cache of known and unknown antiques. For this year’s presentation, inspired by African and American deserts, they created a dreamy wheat field on the ceiling by attaching 38,000 individual pieces of wheat to the ceiling, by hand! In the same complex they also run a florist and yummy restaurant—a true one stop shop for any design lover. See more of AD editors’ highlights from Milan Design Week through the link in our profile. Photo courtesy of @sixgalley; text by @_h_mart_
With the increasing spotlight on conservation around the world, more vineyards are committed to sustainability and becoming biodynamic now than ever before, adhering to the principles of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. He believed that the position of the moon and stars within specific constellations and times of year influenced the growth of the vines, roots, flowers, and fruit. Many such vineyards go the extra mile, by resorting to “dry-farming” principles, plowing the soil with livestock and hand-picking the grapes. @yealands vineyard in the historic winemaking region of Marlborough, New Zealand is one such that is committed to being eco-friendly: It is carbon neutral–certified in addition to being biodynamic and organic. The vineyard cultivates Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Gewürztraminer varietals, among others, on a 1,100-hectare butterfly-friendly vineyard that is partly solar-powered. It is also the only New Zealand vineyard to use vine prunings as an energy source during the winter. Guests can stay at the nearby Marlborough Lodge, which arranges wine tours. See more beautiful biodynamic wineries around the world through the link in our profile. Photo courtesy of @yealands; text by Charu Suri
To execute a vision for an inviting art-filled environment in a client’s Tribeca home, @grade_newyork designers Edward Yedid and Thomas Hickey chose plush fabrics and sculptural furnishings culled from various corners of the world, including this bedroom dresser made of hundreds of patinated oak chips and a set of Franco Albini armchairs upholstered in thick Mongolian fur. “We aimed to soften and warm the spaces with curved furnishings, luxurious textures, and the creative use of color and detail- ultimately inspired by the artworks seen throughout the apartment,” says Hickey. Take the full home tour through the link in our profile. Photo by @richardpowersphoto; text by @whatpaolasees
Designing a home for an art collector can be exhilarating but also challenging: What if a client’s favorite piece isn’t quite right for a space? That certainly wasn’t the case in this loftlike Tribeca apartment designed by @grade_newyork, where a sculpture by famous Latin American artist Fernando Botero proved to be an ideal fit. Standing by the living room’s central window, the three-foot-tall bronze figure depicts a young girl with extravagantly rounded shapes. “The Botero sculpture perfectly offset the rigidity of the construction,” says designer Edward Yedid, referring to the two-bedroom residence’s gridlike layout and hefty wooden beams (recovered during the renovations of the building, an 1882 landmark). He and @grade_newyork cofounder Thomas Hickey were asked to create a “rich and colorful” milieu where the client, a real-estate developer who splits his time between Manhattan and Long Island, could showcase part of his collection. “I come from a family of collectors and have always been surrounded by art,” says the client. “I wanted that to be a big part of the apartment.” Informed by the Botero, one section of the living room features plump swivel chairs by @indiamahdavi and a @lindseyadelman chandelier made of brass discs. The other, anchored by a remarkable Jean Dubuffet painting, has more angular lines and a red and gray palette that echoes the French artist’s brushstrokes. “Everything is visually connected,” says Yedid. “The eyes move around the room and there’s harmony but also a sense of the unexpected.” See more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @richardpowersphoto; text by @whatpaolasees
Craft-obsessed @jonathan.anderson never stops canvasing the globe for new artisanal talent. For his latest Milan exhibition, the creative director behind Spanish fashion brand @loewe tapped textile geniuses across the globe to create blankets, tapestries, and some eccentric totes using methods both traditional and experimental. Techniques range from Indian ribbon hand-embroidery and African patchwork to Japanese hand-painted silk, and the proceeds from all products will be donated to charities promoting global craft. Check out more of our editors’ favorite launches, installations and collaborations from Milan Design Week on #ADPro through the link in our profile. Photo courtesy of @loewe; text by @_h_mart_
“In the past I favored a more glamorous look—think 1940s French—but now I gravitate toward a more organic luxury that’s freer and less strict,” says designer Jon Viccari of his Sag Harbor, NY home. The modern Hamptons retreat realized by @blaze.makoid.architecture takes full advantage of the property’s showstopping views of Sag Harbor Bay and Great Neck Pond, which can be seen from almost every room, including the master bedroom. Well-curated art throughout the home is as much a feast for the eyes as the waterfront views; above the master bed hangs Julia Fullerton-Batten’s “Green Dress,” 2009. Take the full home tour through the link in our bio. Photo by @trevortondro; text by @kmirando; styled by @therobertorufino
As designer @iammoniquegibson’s growing team searched for a larger workplace, her office manager pointed out one of those unbelievable truths of New York City real estate: “We could have a whole house for what an office costs.” So they did just that and purchased an East Village townhouse where the staff could work on the lower levels and Gibson would work on the top two, and they all share the charming backyard. But the staff aren’t the only ones benefiting from the live-work space. “Next weekend there’s a client who can only meet on Sunday at 8 p.m.,” Gibson explains. “So I’ll bring in a chef, set everything up, and do the meeting right here. Clients love it because they can sit on a sofa and say, ‘This isn’t deep enough.’ They can have their own chairs brought in.” In the garden designed by @harrisongreennyc, custom armchairs by August Studios wear a @hollyhuntdesign acrylic and a vintage highway mirror hangs on the wall. See more of the space through the link in our profile. Photo by @wabranowicz; text by @_h_mart_; styled by Anita Sarsidi
Before you enter @iklabtulum, a new arts and cultural space in the heart of Tulum, you must first take off your shoes. Part of the experience, according to its designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Serkel, is through your feet, which alternately pass over carpets of curving jungle vines and polished cement. The Argentine native, a former painter with no formal architectural background, constructed the curvaceous, womblike IK Lab on the site with a deep reverence for Mother Nature: No trees were cut, and the amorphous structure sits on stilts so that local wildlife can still pass below. When Santiago Rumney-Guggenheim (@santirugu, great-grandson of Peggy Guggenheim) moved to Tulum in January, he immediately proposed that Serkel turn the site into a gallery. “When I walked into the space, it reminded me that in 1948, Peggy had opened a gallery in New York called Art of This Century, and the walls were curved,” he says. On Friday, IK Lab opens its first exhibition, “Alignments.” See more of the space through the link in our profile. Photo by @fernando_artigas; text by @janellezara
Our editors have been running around @milan.design.week to uncover the best new product launches, design trends and installations, and are keeping track of their favorites on #ADPro. One that caught their eye was the Life in Vogue: A Reflection On The Way Of Living The Contemporary Office exhibition where nine lucky creatives—from buzzy youngsters like Milan's @quincocesdrago, New York's @michaelbargo, and Rotterdam's @sabine_marcelis to established talents like @patricia_urquiola and Faye @t_o_o_g_o_o_d whose design is pictured here—have been asked to realize their workspace fantasies for beauty editors, art directors and more at the offices of @vogueitalia. The pervading feeling? A nostalgia for individual creative workplaces with personal style that, in a world of one-size-fits-all offices and co-working spaces, feel nearly extinct. See more of our editors’ picks from Milan on #ADPro through the link in our profile. Photo by @delfino_sl
Loulou de La Falaise was best known as Yves Saint Laurent’s muse, confidante, and alter ego. Adventurousness typified not only her designs but also her approach to the art of living, in homes of distinguished pedigree in England, Ireland, France, and Italy, some of which are documented in her latest biography out this month “Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent,” by Christopher Petkanas (@stmartinspress). One such home was this country refuge, a wisteria-draped 18th-century maison de maître in Boury-en-Vexin, 45 miles north of Paris, near Giverny. The decorative mashup included Victorian upholstery; a surfeit of textiles from India, Morocco, and points between; and nostalgic odds-and-ends recycled from her childhood home, Charleston Manor.
As Loulou’s fellow muse Inès de La Fressange, who helped Karl Lagerfeld raise Chanel from the dead, said of her style, it had “nothing to do with money, and everything to do with taste and imagination.” See more of her incredible interiors through the link in our profile. Photo by Alexandre Bailhache; text by Christopher Petkanas
@phillipksmith3 is best known for his own perception-bending installations in the middle of the desert, which, not unlike the architecture he grew up around in Palm Springs, CA, use mirror and glass to create structures that direct the eye to their surroundings. Sand, sky, and desert—this is his material palette. So when London-based fashion brand @cosstores approached Smith to collaborate on their annual installation in Milan during the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, the assignment posed a new challenge for the artist: an urban landscape. His venue? 16th-century Palazzo Isimbardi. "There's a wildly different understanding of space in Milan," he explains. "But the focus is similar. Here, again, there are two materials in my palette: the 16th-century palazzo architecture and the sky. The desert may be vast, but the focus is still whittled down to two elements." Get a closer look at the installation through the link in our profile. Photo by @lance.gerber; text by @_h_mart_
If you’ve had enough of city or suburban life, and all you want is to retreat to the mountains, you might want to check out the book “Mountain View: The Perfect Holiday Homes” (@lannoopublishers). It presents 50 mountain homes around the world—all of which are available to rent for vacation. This cedarwood house designed by @stevens_lawson_architects, is one example, overlooking Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Though its location is on the more remote side, there’s a helipad for guests who want to chopper in. See more of the picturesque vacation homes from the book through the link in our profile. Photos courtesy of @lannoopublishers; text by @stefaniewaldek