“Decorating a room is like making a great salad. You want interesting ingredients.” —Bunny Williams
I always take preparing the January issue extra-seriously. It is the month that the much-anticipated AD100 list appears, which is subsequently discussed and debated by industry professionals yet, more important, is also relied upon by consumers as they consider designers and architects to hire.
But January 2020 feels especially loaded to me, and no wonder: AD celebrates its remarkable 100th birthday this year. And while I wish for every issue of AD to feel like a keeper, this collector’s edition in particular begs to stand the test of time. So the editors went all out, seeking major projects from AD100 talents across the globe to mark the centennial.
Cover honors go to the Milanese design duo Studio Peregalli for the utterly delightful fairy-tale folly they conjured in the Bavarian forest for their client—“a balance between grandness and simplicity,” says Laura Sartori Rimini, who is one half of the team. Sharing the cover is the king of eclectic European interiors, Jacques Grange, who resides in the sunny Parisian flat once inhabited by fabled writer Colette—amazingly, a home twice over to French creative superstars. We also pay visits to the Provençal garden of legendary Los Angeles tastemaker Rose Tarlow and the Manhattan apartment of New York’s grande dame of decorating Bunny Williams. In Ohio, architect Peter Pennoyer builds a Czech Cubist–inspired manse fit for a world-class art collection, and in Santa Barbara, newly inducted AD100 designers Kathleen and Tommy Clements outfit the ultimate beach house. So many aesthetic triumphs gathered under AD’s roof: I hope you’ll agree it’s one for the ages.