I’VE BEEN READING THROUGH A NEW BOOK, An Eames
Anthology, edited by Daniel Ostroff (Yale University Press). A collection
of articles, interviews, notes and speeches by Charles and Ray Eames,
it’s a remarkable compendium of sharp critical thinking about all
aspects of the designed world. In a 1967 entry called “Excellence,”
Charles writes: “There is . . . a tradition that is held in common by natural
philosophers, explorers, pioneer woodsman—
anyone who in his daily life has been compelled
to face new problems. That is a respect for
the properties and the quality of everything
in the world around them. . .. To excel in the
structuring of a problem, we must be committed
to a concern for quality in everything around us.
We must learn to care deeply.”
The architects and designers we showcase in this issue are clearly
attuned to the qualities of the world around them. The La Jolla,
California, house by architect William Hayer and designers Suzie and
David Lucas is a wonder of natural beauty and edgy art. The Belgium
farmhouse of Ann-Sophie De Stoop radiates serenity and a deep
respect for the past. The Lake Tahoe retreat by Jeff Andrews infuses
the rustic genre with unexpected levels of design sophistication. The
Nantucket, Massachusetts, beach house by Workshop/apd embraces
the traditional pleasures of the seashore with contemporary panache.
And Eileen Gray’s landmark 1928 villa in the South of France, newly
restored, expresses the very essence of twentieth-century modernity—
as well as the rare spirit of a pioneering woman.
I’m finding it useful to have Charles and Ray Eames looking over my
shoulder, as it were, with their principled, somewhat strict ethos framing
today’s design world. In a 1969 interview, Charles had this to say: “An
object should never betray its user. A chair that radiates an ostentatious
cheerfulness and gaiety could let you down when you’re depressed.
This I call a betrayal.” That I call caring deeply.
JORGE S. ARANGO’s second book in his series with designer Geoffrey
Bradfield, called A 21st Century Palace, focuses on a remarkable penthouse
in Jerusalem. The third book will be about a French chateau on the
GREY CRAWFORD studied photography at the Rochester Institute of
Technology and began photographing architecture and interiors in Southern
California, where he grew up. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest,
Elle Décor, Metropolitan Home and House Beautiful, and in several books
about design and architecture.
DONNA DOTAN is based in New York City and has been photographing
architecture and interiors since 2008. Her work has most recently been
published in Dwell, Interior Design, Home and Design, HGTV Magazine and
ERIKA HEET has written for Architectural Digest, 1stdibs’ Introspective
magazine, Robb Report, Bon Appétit and The Berkeley Fiction Review. She
lives in Topanga Canyon with her artist husband and two children.
AARON LEITZ is a Seattle-based photographer specializing in architecture
and interiors. He has created visually compelling images for a growing
number of the Northwest’s leading firms, and his work has been published in
Dwell, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
RICHARD POWERS began his photographic career in 1991. Traveling in Asia,
Central and South America, and Europe, he captured images for a series
of books called Cultures of the World. By 1996, based in London, he was
shooting for Elle Decoration, House and Garden, The Sunday Times and The
Telegraph. He now lives in the south of France, shooting for international
design publications such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The World of
Interiors and Vogue Living. His new books— White Rooms, published by
Lantern Press, and Waterhouse Modern, published by Thames & Hudson—
will appear this fall.
ZOE SETTLE, a frequent contributor to Interiors, served as design editor for
Town & Country and is now a freelance writer and stylist. She was born and
raised in New York, where she lives today.
JAN VERLINDE lives in Bruges, Belgium, and studied photography at the
University of Sint Lucas Academy of Art. He has worked as an international
photographer for nearly 25 years, specializing in interiors, architecture and
design, as well as historic buildings.
CONTRIBUTORS FROM THE EDITOR
JUNE + JULY 2015