JORGE S. ARANGO is a freelance design writer, editor and stylist. His work has
appeared in many publications, including Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor, Robb
Report, Luxe, Coastal Living,
1stdibs.com and others. He is the co-author of four
books on design, most recently Elegant Rooms That Work: Fantasy and Function in
Interior Design (Rizzoli, 2013), with Stephanie Stokes.
JOHN ELLIS is a a Los Angeles-based photographer who shoots for the Kimpton
Hotels as well as for magazines such as Coastal Living, Traditional Home and Interior
Design. He recently photographed Casting Shadows: August Rodin, a companion
book to the traveling museum exhibit.
ABIGAIL R. ESMAN is an award-winning freelance writer based in New York
and the Netherlands who specializes in art, interiors and design (with a bit of
politics tossed in). A contributing editor to Art & Auction and a frequent
contributor to interiors, her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Vogue,
Town & Country,
Artinfo.com and others.
Originally from France, DAVID GIRAL is a photographer based in Montreal. He
works mostly in Montreal and Toronto, specializing in travel, lifestyle, architectural
and interior photography.
MATTHEW MILLMAN is a San Francisco-based design and architecture photographer whose most recent book is West Coast Modern. His work has appeared in
Dwell, Architectural Digest and The New York Times.
ZAHID SARDAR is a San Francisco-based writer and editor specializing in architecture, interiors, design and travel. His work has appeared in Dwell, Form, the San
Francisco Chronicle and other publications, and he is the author of San Francisco
Modern, New Garden Design and West Coast Modern.
MICHAEL SLENSKE covers arts and culture for various publications, including W,
Architectural Digest, Modern Painters and Art + Auction. In the October+November
issue he profiled New York-based photographer Paulette Tavormina. For this issue
he spoke with Arianna and Horst Noppenberger—of Laguna Beach, California’s
ARIA Design and Horst Architects—about the modernist seaside vacation house
they redesigned for longtime Denver-based clients. As Horst tells Slenske, “The
broadstroke concept was to create a place for relaxation and contemplation.”
YALE WAGNER began his career working with photographers such as Annie
Liebovitz, but when he was invited to shoot interiors for Esquire, he discovered
a passion for working with interior and architectural subjects. His work has been
featured in Vanity Fair, Interior Design, The New York Times and many more. His
photography features prominently in Eric Cohler’s recent monograph Cohler On
Design. He is based out of New York.
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.
YEARS AGO WE HAD A SECTION IN THE
magazine called CuisineArt. It was stylish and idiosyncratic.
The kind of epicurean joyride with food photography that
was so voluptuous, cubes of stacked salmon and cucumber
became defiant villages; cream sauces pooled into ice
rinks. This was all before the obsessive, insatiable digital
food scene hit the kitchen like an asteroid. I am still wistful for
those editorial pages and the chef’s recipes that accompanied every story. They were always so complex, so elevated
in concept and technique, but delivered with a casual, just-toss-it-in-the-PacoJet nonchalance. Wait 25 seconds, then
pour the wine.
Chefs have the real-time experimentation thing down. (The
entire Top Chef empire is based on this premise.) Home
cooks are an even split: They’re either obedient to the final,
instructed half-teaspoon or it’s full-on gourmet mutiny with
steamy, open-flame deviations that somehow end up more
delicious than the original even though they almost burnt
the house down. Improvisation is embedded culinary code.
While a restaurant may be exalted for its consistency, nearly
every chef will admit that the best dishes come out of late-night, off-shift playing around in the kitchen, when they’re
cooking just for fun.
Interior design has that same extemporaneous verve but
in reverse: Deliberately and carefully creating a space so
that it can take on any attitudes, whims or spontaneous
desires of its inhabitants. That porous, unencumbered
freedom a home has—to be a moment-by-moment
adaptation of a life, from one mood to the next—is
something this issue explores. These silky transitions happen
in a sultry loft Kara Mann designed in New York City and
in the modern perch Arianna and Horst Noppenberger
created for a client in Laguna Beach, California. You can
imagine all the stylish ad-libs of a life or a personality
inserted wherever, however, and this time of year, holding
a mixed drink.
A gastronomic interiors would be a fascinating character, akin to imagining how a fictional sibling would have
turned out. (A wild proposal, the surprises and rivalries!) And
while we haven’t abandoned the kitchen—this round of
Periscope is devoted to that room and the bath—right now,
I think we’re pretty happy being the spoiled only child. n
FROM THE EDITOR