FROM THE EDITOR
When the boundaries between design and art start to blur, things can
get interesting. In fact, when any boundaries are transcended, reset,
questioned or simply ignored, sparks fly. That’s certainly true on the
world stage today, and it’s true in the design world as well.
When we first saw New York designer Frank de Biasi’s project in Aspen,
we were intrigued. His design challenges expectations on several levels:
The distinction between art and furniture, for instance, is narrowed to a
knife edge, and the international aesthetic throughout his rooms forgoes
any obligatory nod to regionalism.
One of the country’s most innovative designers, Vicente Wolf has been
testing conventions for his entire career. In a New York-area house he
enriches his elegant brand of modernism with layers of multicultural
references. The house has a balanced, classic look, but it’s actually
composed of quite surprising design choices. ( That custom wood screen
is sheer genius.)
In Hong Kong the design group BAMO, led by Pamela Babey, created
an atmospheric fusion whose main ingredients are Asia, Paris and San
Francisco. A shimmering confection, the interior can be read as a
statement about transborder luxury today. In Spain, the architectural
firm A-cero explores the relationship between art and architecture in
the contemporary retreat for A-cero partner Joaquín Torres. Indeed,
parts of this remarkable house have the luminous mystery of a James
Turrell light installation.
The interior by Tinatin Kilaberidze might be the best example of boundary
busting in this issue. Now based in New York, Tinatin is originally from
Tbilisi, in Russian Georgia, and gathered pieces from a truly international
group of designers and artists to create a sophisticated suite of rooms
for clients in Atlanta.
Fresh design ideas are often won through creative transgressions,
which can yield sublime surprise, unexpected beauty and renewed
excitement. Everywhere you look in this issue, we hope you will see
familiar boundaries melting away.
ANTOINE BOOTZ grew up in Paris and studied at the Sorbonne before
moving to New York in 1981 to pursue a career in fine art and commercial
photography. He has been a contributing photographer for House and
Garden, Elle Décor, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue Decoration and
other international magazines.
Santa Monica-based photographer JOHN ELLIS’s work has been featured
on the covers of AD Germany, Residence et Decoration, California Home
+ Design and other leading international magazines.
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.
CAREN KURLANDER has held staff positions at Architectural Digest and
Western Interiors and Design. 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 database The Editor at
Large and the editor in chief of FORM.
Seattle-born photographer LISA ROMEREIN specializes in food, travel,
architecture, interiors, gardens, portraits and lifestyle. She lives in Santa
Monica, shooting feature stories for Los Angeles, Martha Stewart Living,
Vanity Fair and House Beautiful. Her collaboration with chef Govind Arm-
M strong in the cookbook Small Bites, Big Nights, was published this year by
CM ZAHID SARDAR is a San Francisco writer, editor and author specializing in
architecture, interiors and design.
CY DENISE (“DE”) SCHOFIELD is a contributing writer for Florida Design and
Miami Home & Décor magazines, and has been published in LUXE Inte-
riors + Design, Robb Report Exceptional Properties, Metropolitan Home,
K Southern Accents, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens and Home Entertainment Magazine.
MICHAEL SLENSKE covers art and culture for various publications, including
W, Serendipity and interiors, as well as the websites of Interview, Art in America and ArtInfo. In this issue he interviews New York photographer Marc
Yankus about the painterly photomontages and soft-focus cityscapes in
his forthcoming exhibition at NYC’s Clamp Art Gallery this November.
British-born TIM STREET-PORTER is an award-winning architecture and
design photographer and author. He has worked for most of the world’s
leading design magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and
The World of Interiors. Tim has written and photographed six books on
design and architecture. Rooms to Inspire in the City and Rooms to Inspire
in the Country (both Rizzoli) are written by his wife, Annie Kelly. Their latest
collaboration, Litchfield Style (also Rizzoli), is currently out.
MICHAEL WEBB is the author of 26 books, most recently Modernist Paradise:
Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art + Architecture in a Maverick Community (Abrams). He was born and educated in
London, where he worked at The Times and Country Life before moving to
the United States to become programming director of the American Film
Institute. Michael now lives in Los Angeles in a classic Richard Neutra apartment that was once home to Charles and Ray Eames.
Photographer MANOLO YLLERA, based in Madrid, shoots fashion, interiors
and lifestyle for a variety of influential international magazines.