Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mica Ertegun: MAC Attack!

I know that many of you have just about given up on Architectural Digest, but I have been giving it the benefit of the doubt for quite awhile now. Every once and awhile, I do see something fresh, interesting, and well worth the subscription. (And there is generally a lot of really good information in here regardless of whether it meets with your aesthetic!)

I was happy to see a MAC II interior that I just love. Mica Ertegun (head of MACII) always seems to pull together interesting objects and antiques while infusing a space with a modern sensibility. Loving the mix here:

This apartment is on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th in Manhattan with views that are just amazing. There is much made in the article about the location being very unique and I'd agree. I am not quite convinced that people can't see right in as is claimed, and there are no window coverings that I can see in some of the rooms. How would you all feel about that, a little overexposed? Just wondering.


Fantastic Dining Room: glamorous, interesting, beautiful.

This is not the Master Bedroom, which is gi-normous. But I liked this more intimate "Guest" room (would not mind being a guest in THIS room!). (Thinking of you Courtney: the elephant fabric is soooo fun.) I was looking for the source for the fabric, but it seems that Arch Digest is just a teensy bit stingy when it comes to sharing info. Anyone seen this before? I would love to find it.

Bottom line: pick up the February Architectural Digest. There is more than one great editorial this month.

If you keep this kind of thing up, AD, you may just win back a new audience! Nice.

Photos: Architectural Digest, February 2008, Photography: Durston Saylor

21 comments:

Me, Myself, & I said...

I haven't given up hope...even though I don't subscribe I am selective on the AD issues I do buy. The international versions are much better though.

I love everything about the dining room. Given that I live by the beach many people don't have window treatments...it's like living in a fish bowl, especially at night. I have very sheer linen drapes. They are almost gauze like. It lets the light in but I still feel connected to the outside. And I have some sense of privacy. I like it that way.

katiedid said...

Hi Me!
I think I will have to look into those international versions too!
You lucky girl, living at the beach! I miss it alot.

Suzy said...

Hmmm I might need to go check that out...thanks.

Topsy Turvy said...

You're right, this is great looking!
Esp. love the dr chandelier & the steel casement french doors.
I am supposed to be getting AD for the rest of my subscription to H&G, so hopefully it will arrive soon.

dianamuse said...

I'm a sucker for Before and After issues - so this one got to me as well. And the article you feature here is over-the-top amazing. This extraordinary home is actually in the Sherry Netherland Hotel (think Eloise books). Just between you and me, I'm taking binoculars with me the next time I head over to that part of town...

katiedid said...

Hi Suzy! Thanks for the visit! It's worth a look. ;)

Hello Topsy and thankyou for stopping in! Wow! Getting AD is better price-wise than what I got: Domino (which I already subscribe to). Not sure I got a good deal here.

katiedid said...

Hi Diananmuse!
HA! If you do, take pictures so we can see the privacy factor. I think the apartment is on the second floor from the looks of it. In a picture I did not post, it looks like anyone on the street can see right in.

Neutral Dwelling said...

I agree with you on the dining room- Fantastic & Glamorous!

Me, Myself, & I said...

I hope you had a great trip to SF...wouldn't it be funny if we did corss paths!

Bhavna said...

I agree..the guest bedroom is so nicely done. At the first glance, I almost thought that the fabric is Indian block print...but no, I don't think its from India.

Do tell us if you find the source :)

M&Co said...

What a lovely appartment! The dining room is really lovely!!

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Not bad for a lady old enough to one's mother. Fresh and crisp yet timeless. Can't wait for it to hit these shores.

katiedid said...

Hi ND!
I am loving that room too. Aren't the windows grand?

katiedid said...

Hi Me!
I had a ball in SF: the DeYoung, Japanese Tea Garden, Chinatown, etc. Hope you had fun too! :)

katiedid said...

Hi Bhavna!
I think I tracked down the source. I think it is from from Les Indiennes (lesindiennes.com). I thinkit had been around awhile, but I had not focused on it til I saw this bed. Now I am seeing it everywhere.It is one of my new faves!

katiedid said...

Thanks for the visit M&Co! I am off to visit you blog.:)

katiedid said...

Hi HBOC!
HA! Don't be too harsh....we will be there one day ourselves no doubt, and I just know we will have as much style as she does!

Decorno said...

I saw this issue and liked this room, too. Although, I think there is a really scary Mario Buatta room in it, too. The "before" photo is so much better than the after. Who can live with all that bric-a-brac? Oy.

But this one you featured it great.

katiedid said...

Hello Decorno-
Yes I saw this Buattta extravaganza too. Aptly named the Prince of Chintz. But there were some other editorials that I thought were worth the effort.;)

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Mrs Ertegün is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. And always has been. The rooms she created in tandem with her late business partner, Chessy Rayner, are my idea of perfection.

katiedid said...

Hello AL! And thank you so much for the visit! I would say I have to agree with you. I have always liked her style and skill.