Architectural Digest USA - May 2020

Architectural Digest USA - May 2020

English | 134 pages | PDF

Treasured readers, as I write this letter under COVID-19 self-isolation from the comfort of my house, I feel deepest gratitude that my family has a safe haven. AD has celebrated the beauty and power of home for 100 years, and never in that history has the notion of refuge felt more globally compelling, as vast swaths of humanity shelter simultaneously for the greater good. This issue was photographed in the relatively carefree months before the pandemic upended the world. Because our New York City offices closed in March, our team put the finishing touches on the magazine virtually. Now, surveying these images of creative souls in their happiest places, I notice that coincidentally all of the featured homeowners speak movingly about returning to their roots. Well-known design personalities Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent departed L.A. and reestablished residence in Manhattan, the city where the couple met and started a life together. “I realized that New York would never get out of Jeremiah’s system,” says Berkus. For artist and textile designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski, it was the unexpected call of Lyford Cay, Nassau: “You never think you’re going to live where you spent your childhood holidays. I don’t remember growing up in New York City, but I remember growing up here,” says the now full-time Bahamian. Megastar Drake is not one for talking much to the press, so this superfan was positively gleeful that the musician agreed to show AD all 50,000 square feet of his ultra-luxe Toronto pleasure dome. Just as impressive as the NBA-size basketball court or the 4,000-pound black marble bathtub is Drake’s heartfelt appreciation for his hometown. “I think the house says that I will forever remain solid in the place I was born,” he told us. Like his song says, “Just hold on, we’re going home. . . .”

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