30 episodes

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.

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    • 4.7, 33 Ratings

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.

    Bunny Mellon and Her Gardens

    Bunny Mellon and Her Gardens

    Bunny Mellon may have been well known as an art collector, a philanthropist, and a self-taught landscape artist—yet it is the latter that is the focus of two new books debuting this fall: Bunny Mellon Garden Journal and Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon (Vendome), in collaboration with garden historian Linda Jane Holden; interior designer Bryan Huffman, Mrs. Mellon's close friend; and Thomas Lloyd, Mrs. Mellon's grandson and president of the family's Gerald B. Lambert Foundation. All three join me to discuss the Mrs. Mellon, her life, and her gardens; I hope you enjoy the program.

    • 43 min
    One Person's Well-Placed Lamp Is Another Person's Ill-Placed Illumination

    One Person's Well-Placed Lamp Is Another Person's Ill-Placed Illumination

    Architectural criticism has been a constant for centuries, with buildings under scrutiny throughout the ages. Interior design, however, has always received the white-glove treatment. Why? Join me for a lively discussion between Wendy Goodman, of New York magazine, and Suzanne Stephens, of Architectural Record, as we discuss the critiques of interiors and the history of aesthetic judgments.

    • 49 min
    Jayne Wrightsman, American Connoisseur

    Jayne Wrightsman, American Connoisseur

    Jayne Wrightsman rocketed to international prominence from Midwestern obscurity, transforming herself into one of the most distinguished collectors of both French and English decorative arts along with her husband Charles B. Wrightsman. With the upcoming auction of her estate later this month, Christie’s experts William Strafford and Alan Wintermute join me as we discuss not just her many treasures but the woman who has rightly earned her place in the pantheon of American connoisseurship.

    • 42 min
    British Country Homes and the Stories They Tell

    British Country Homes and the Stories They Tell

    Historian Clive Aslet and photographer Dylan Thomas have captured a dozen romantic British country homes in their forthcoming book, Old Homes, New Life (Triglyph, July 2020), exploring in great detail the stories behind each property. Join me as they share how the younger generations are making their mark on these estates, from structural improvements to clever onsite businesses that are designed to keep these family homes preserved and productive for generations to come.

    • 36 min
    All in Hand

    All in Hand

    Though we live in the age of machines, we find ourselves drawn time and again to natural materials tooled by hand. With its focus on traditional craftsmanship, The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) in South Carolina understands this instinct, offering instruction in areas like blacksmithing, stone-carving, and timber-framing. Talking about the importance of these centuries-old arts are William Bates, ACBA's chair of Architecture and Allied Arts, and Joe Whisonant, a recent graduate who has contributed to the restoration of Versailles and Notre Dame. I hope you enjoy the program.  

    • 38 min
    Hang It All: Artisanal Wallpapers

    Hang It All: Artisanal Wallpapers

    Wallpaper, once scorned as fussy, has come into its own lately, with powerful patterns and brilliant palettes. But the genre's history is deep and even surprising. Join Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, the world's leading dealer in antique wallpapers, and Chris Ohrstrom, co-founder of the handmade wallpaper firm Adelphi Paper Hangings, as we look at the papers that decorate one's private rooms, the provocative designs that persist today, and the mode of creation, which remains as laborious and precise as it was more than 200 years ago.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

labeille11 ,

More of this please

In this era of quarantine - please give us more of this precision and perspective on design & architecture. Thank you.

andyybobandy ,

Simply the best

It’s not only the best design conversation podcast, it’s one of the best culture podcasts period.

penelopebi1 ,

I cried when Mitchell stopped blogging!

Now he’s back!! Thank God!! He is beyond brilliant in all these podcasts!!
Captivating and fascinating! Bravo!!!

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