Awallet is stolen one Saturday night, and a bicycle the following
weekend. Bad juju. What more can be lost (besides faith
in humankind), the dispirited former owner wants to know.
“They’re just things,” the buck-up voice says reassuringly. And
they are, with the very drastic distinction that they are yours.
In other settings, a voracity for more is just as criminal, but
for those who live in a world of design, the collecting and
procuring of objects is a pure pursuit, and losing them feels
CAMILLA BELTON is a writer and editor based in London. Focusing on art and design, she also has a soft spot for interiors and
loves nosing around other people’s houses. She started her
career at Thames & Hudson, spent six years at The World
of Interiors magazine and was recently responsible for the launch
of Collect—a biannual magazine from The Rug Company. Besides
design, her passions are mid-century modern houses, books, food,
swimming in the sea and cats.
unavoidably personal. An interior is not just a refuge, it is the
place to be unlike everyone else. Not a place to manically
shop for and fill up, but a fascinating museum of every artifact
that represents our cultivated, ornamental DNA.
Whether the accessories are pedigreed or found, the
furnishings new from the trade or bruised, familiar and
ABIGAIL R. ESMAN is a freelance writer specializing in art, design
and political culture. Based in New York and the Netherlands,
she is a frequent contributor to interiors, a contributing editor
at Art & Auction magazine, and pens a weekly column for
comfortable—the houses we can’t resist looking at are always
the ones that feel like their owners, bearing the specific imprint
of those individuals, like or unlike ourselves. Acquiring things
with no meaning seems to be a cruel abandonment of taste
(and a terrible misuse of square footage).
This issue so clearly illustrates the difference between a
ANNIE KELLY is a journalist and the author of several books,
including Litchfield Style, the Rooms to Inspire series and
Casa San Miguel. She lives with her husband and frequent
collaborator, photographer Tim Street-Porter, in Los Angeles
and Litchfield, Connecticut.
personalized home and a dressed-to-impress residence. From
the serenity of a former woodcarver’s chalet in Switzerland to
the relaxed, historic loft Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada,
co-founders of Casamidy, share with their children in Paris to
the tropical expanse of Bali and the hustle of New York and
DC—these spaces have nothing in common beyond their
Even when we travel a short, impossible distance by water
to the evocative and spectacular architecture of Cuba—
so beautifully captured in Rizzoli’s latest tome written by
antiquarian Michael Connors—we witness a place where
CAREN KURLANDER has been working as a design editor and
writer for more than a decade. She has held staff positions at
Architectural Digest and Western Interiors and Design, where
she wrote feature stories on projects ranging from a reclaimed
stone creamery in Jackson Hole to Michael Keaton’s Los Angeles
ranch house. Her writing has also been published in The Robb
Report Collection, Luxe Interiors + Design and Mountain Living.
She is currently a contributing editor for the online design data-base The Editor at Large and the editor-in-chief of FORM.
bygone beauty languishes in fading colors beneath the
weight of its former magnificence. In those palaces and
buildings where little is left, there is a mood too dignified to
be sentimental, and defiantly certain of itself. Just like those
Photographer RICARDO LABOUGLE lives in Madrid and shoots for
a variety of magazines, including AD France and The World of
Interiors. This is his first story for interiors.