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Designers Share the AD Projects That Still Inspire Them

Designers Share the AD Projects That Still Inspire Them

William Cullum

Leo Lerman and Gray Foy’s apartment, featured in AD back in 2005, has always stuck with me: lavender, mauve walls with white trim, and filled with all sorts of bizarre Victoriana. There’s one photo in particular with a mosaic of gouaches of Mt. Vesuvius exploding in repeat, forming a background for a snowy owl under a glass dome that is so surreal and beautiful.

Elaine Griffin

I would sign up today in a heartbeat to [have been] François Catroux’s intern for any of his projects. His own apartment on Paris’s Île St. Louis, photographed by AD for the July 1976 issue, was just extra phenomenal. Forty-five years later, the interiors still look fresh and modern. They’re not just stylish but also glamorously lived-in and ineffably chic, which is a hard look to achieve—it’s an intuitive skill that can be replicated but not easily taught.

Catroux’s spaces were a masterful mix of textures, finishes, shapes and styles; a true connoisseur’s blend of high, low, and flat-out extravagant elements that is simply dazzling. Diana Vreeland decreed that “the eye must wander,” and honey, my eye could spend all day wandering up in these looks and still not be finished by nightfall. Their detail, creativity, and provenance are just that exceptional to me.

A Miles Redd project for a young family in Texas. 

Trevor Tondro

Scot Meacham Wood

Is there anything more inspiring than a lovely project from Miles Redd? I’m always intrigued by his playful use of color, and delight in the riot of patterns he so magically employs in his rooms!

Diane Burn

Of all the greats of interior design who have inspired me in creating many of my [own] magical environments, it would have to be the fabulous, unique Elsie de Wolfe—an icon to this day and revered as America’s first woman interior decorator.… She was dubbed “the American pioneer who vanquished Victorian gloom.” Her brilliant and awe-inspiring Villa Trianon [featured] amazing innovation of exquisite French boiserie, antique wall coverings, and unique fabric-adorned walls. Authentic Louis XVI furniture was mixed in an eclectic way with zebra floor throws—so avant-garde! All she created drove me to strive for greatness in decorating. Villa Trianon was a masterpiece of originality, beauty, correctness in scale and proportion, and a vision of magic. I think she was a genius!

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