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.
Dream Weaver: Rattan Style
Considered the plastic of its day, rattan has never had a celebratory volume until now, with tastemaker Lulu Lytle's recently published book, Rattan: A World of Elegance and Charm (Rizzoli, with a foreword by yours truly). Lytle, of Soane Britain, spent years researching the material and its airy sense of style. Her sweeping survey of its inclusion in design, from solariums to cafes to the most fashionable interiors of all time, is one we explore together. I hope you enjoy the program.
The Fashionable World of Federico Forquet
Federico Forquet, the top-flight Italian couturier who, at the height of his genius, pivoted to design exquisite interiors and gardens, is indefatigable well into his 80s as he continues creating rooms, landscapes, and a forthcoming museum exhibition. Join Hamish Bowles, the International Editor at Large of Vogue, and Guido Taroni, fashion and interiors photographer, as they share an exclusive look at their new book, The World of Federico Forquet: Italian Fashion, Interiors, and Gardens (Rizzoli), a dazzling polychrome extravaganza with a rich, detailed eye on Forquet's work. I hope you enjoy the program.
The Politics of Architecture in Nazi Germany
Historian Despina Stratigakos startled the academic world with her book Hitler at Home (Yale University Press), a powerful and unsettling examination of the ruler's homes. Beyond showcasing Germany's finest design, the dark premise also suggests the interiors served as propaganda intended to normalize the dictator to a global stage, as a man of culture and refinement. In her latest book, Hitler's Northern Utopia (Princeton University Press), Stratigakos turns her critical eye to the little-known story of the Third Reich's intent to reconstruct Norway as a means to bind the country closer to Germany. Join us.
Inside the Obama White House: Everything Means Something
When AD100 interior designer Michael S. Smith was tapped to decorate the private quarters of the Obama White House, he found himself pondering heady questions such as, How do you get the leader of the free world to agree to red curtains? In his new book, Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House (Rizzoli), Smith offers design enthusiasts and historians alike a close look at his masterful transformation. Today, he joins me to talk about the Obamas' personal style and what it was like to work with the thoughtful couple on the project of a lifetime.
Celebrating his new book Twelve Gardens Around the World (Editions Gourcuff Gradenig), AD100 landscape designer Louis Benech takes readers on a global journey of paradises, where each acreage has "juste." As many a design writer has noted, the magic of Benech is that he conjures gardens that look as is they have never been created at all. Join us for a transporting talk through the paths of his imagination.
Introducing In Vogue: The 1990s
The story of a pivotal decade, In VOGUE: The 1990s is a new audio docuseries that revisits the pivotal moments in 90’s culture through the lens of fashion. From slip dresses with army boots to colorful tracksuits and minimal pantsuits, Vogue experts and star guests highlight the stories in fashion history that reflected this new era of connectivity.
Presented by Anna Wintour and hosted by Hamish Bowles, this fashion podcast examines how the 90s sparked a cultural fusion that continues to shape our world today — and why no one is exempt from fashion.
Listen to In Vogue: The 1990s
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