Listen in as the superlatively knowledgeable Mitchell Owens, Decorative Arts editor at AD (@ADaesthete), talks with the greatest design-world talents of our time about all things aesthetic. From the legacy of iconic decorators to the promise of design’s future, his lively, bold, and engaging conversations truly appeal to a mixed audience of industry pros and design enthusiasts. New episodes Tuesdays.
Here's the Latest Episode from The AD Aesthete:
Architecture and landscape design both enhance and anchor each other, never moreso than when the creative talents behind them collaborate as well as my guests AD100 architect Gil Schafer and landscape architect Deborah Nevins, who have several projects to prove it. Bonus: Listen in as I get persuaded to recite a Wallace Stevens poem.
Back in the late nineteenth century, the premier international arts and antiques advisories were the Duveen brothers, counselors to the very wealthy one percent on what to include in their private collections. As those artworks were donated to public museums and galleries, it's become clear how influential Duveen Brothers was in shaping American tastes today. Join me with Charlotte Vignon, a curator of fine arts for the Frick Collection, and art and design scholar R. Louis Bofferding, to discuss.
"No matter where you go, there's always something to see," the acclaimed American decorator Mark Hampton once told me—a guiding principle for so many in the design industry. AD100 honorees Alexa Hampton and Steven Gambrel tend to travel the world with an eye for the unexpected, always returning home with snapshots that serve as a springboard for creativity. Join us as they sift through the details of their latest journeys.
Some of the most beautiful and affecting objects—a salt shaker, a stained glass panel—can carry an ugly thought, politically or socially. Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson Jr, a self-described preservationist whose collection of more than 70,000 treasures fill The Wolfsonian-FIU museum, always seeks a prismatic, human view to complete the portrait of these seemingly innocent items. Join us as we explore the stories behind a few of the rarest and fascinating pieces in his collection.
With a passion for cross-collecting—that is, appreciating items from different time periods and genres—Philip Hewat-Jaboor, the founder of the glamorous British collector's fair Masterpiece London, has a lot to say about how observing the beauty in objects is as much about living with them as it is about looking at them. Listen in.
Design historian and dealer Emily Evans Eerdmans is coordinating "Mario Buatta: Prince of Interiors," a much-anticipated auction of the late AD100 designer's belongings at Sotheby’s in January—nearly 1,000 lots’ worth. "Collecting is a very personal thing," Buatta, who died in 2018 at 82, once explained. "It relates to your childhood, it's about insecurity, and it's about wanting more." Join me and Emily in the studio as we explore the style of this timeless tastemaker.
The Shingle Style of architecture, born in the late 1870s in the United States, has since been revived and recalibrated by successive generations of architects, from the Hamptons to France, even China. It was especially popular at seaside resorts, leading it to be called the architecture of the American summer. Discussing its invention and evolution with me are Tom Kligerman, a principal of the AD100 firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, architectural historian Willie Granston, and AD100 architect Robert A.M. Stern, who has been a leading proponent and inspiring reinventor of the Shingle Style since the 1970s. Join us!
Since the 1970s, British photographer Derry Moore, who is also the 12th Earl of Drogheda, has been one of the world's most celebrated chroniclers of interiors and gardens. Some of his most iconic work has been produced for Architectural Digest over the last 30 years, as well as for The World of Interiors and other publications; and a selection of his legendary images for AD appear in the new book "AD at 100: A Century of Style." Derry and I worked together at the magazine Nest, and I was privileged to write the text for one of his books, "In House." Join us as we catch up on photography, publishing, and the pleasure of a well-lit room.
Elsie de Wolfe, an American actress of the Gilded Age, became the most famous decorator in the world when she changed professions in 1904—and she's still a force in the field today, Her work and her work ethic has inspired many of today's leading interior decorators. Join interior designer Charlotte Moss, a longtime de Wolfe aficionado; cultural historian Charlie Scheips, the author of "Elsie de Wolfe's Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm"; and Gillian Davies, author of "Gender, Modernism, and Interior Design: Sex, Class, Home." Listen in!
Listen in as the superlatively knowledgeable Mitchell Owens, Decorative Arts editor at AD (@ADaesthete), talks with the greatest design-world talents of our time about all things aesthetic. From the legacy of iconic decorators to the promise of design’s future, his lively, bold, and engaging conversations truly appeal to a mixed audience of industry pros and design enthusiasts.