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chic. and having the left In one-offs for private clients in search 01 what Bonelti called "personalized eccentricism.5years was a huge release for the country. Case in point: the Barbare chair from the business partners' widely admired 1981 collection. This willfully anarchic aesthetic-"we' re little troublemakers. Stunned by their raffia-skirted Prince Imperial chair. From the early 1980s untl 11 995 or so it was a great cultural period. 'We were expecting a reaction but not as much as there was. "Mitterand had just been elected president. Elizabeth Garouste an d Mattia Bonetti spr." Garousle once saidgalvanized fashion-forward types. while German princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis coaxed them to I> Kawakubo chest 01 drawers.power after 2. A chandelier resembles a cluster of frosted-glass clouds. for exam pie ." says London dealer David Gill. later. the work of the 1980s designers is winning a new generation offans By Mitchell Owens Every so often a design team comes along whose work defines a moment. and rock crystal. The Paris-based duo's furniture. Cabinets sprout twiggy handles." Called the New Barbarians for their preh istorlc bent to mind. from limited editions to Garouste & Bonetti Surreal. and rugs rocked the decade with serious swagger." Though they produced rnanyrninirnalist works. As !orthe 1980s. 62 ELLEDECORCOM ." Bonetti notes of the adulation that followed the launch ofthe 12-pi. The attenuated iron frame softened by a strip of spotted cowhide was a hybrid of Neanderthal primitivism and extreme refinement (Italian monks hammered the metal components) that represented a funky riposte to the steely minimalism ofthe day. In 1 987 freshly minted couturier Christian Lacroix hired Garousts and Bonetli to decorate his new headquarters. Garouste and Bonetti's most memorable designs seem to have stepped out of a fairy tale. lacquer. fabrics. and exquisitely crafted.ece line. The curves of a ch est of drawers suggest it was inflated with a bicycle pump. lighting. exemplars of neoBaroque for their extravagant silhouettes and posh materials such as gilt inextricably linked with Charles and Ray Eames. and the Etrange Vegeta· lion china for Anthologie Quartet! (still in product ion) is scattered with bizarre bl ue flowers that appear plucked from a garden on Mars. andforgood reason. he took the thirtysomethings under his wing in 1988 and served as a conduit for their finest commissions. Anything new and different was welcomed. A flowerlike table stands on spidery legs that look ready to take a walk. Garouste and Bonetti possessed a creative vision melding "surprise and magnificence. 1994. Postwar Ameri ca.

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who owns about a dozen of the team's pieces. While Garouste has kept a low profile in recent years. In fact Bonetti will be celebrating his latest works in a solo show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City in the fall. davidgillgalleries. explains. but th e i:r handmade pieces are what collectors crave. 'No problern!" Ruiz-Picasso says. I said. but their creative partnership eventually unraveled in 2002.ubo gilt-wood chest of drawers. 00-44-207793-1100. 21Z-838-7744: chlneseporcelainco. oU-33-6-61-55-97-19: artaban. Edelman and prominent Chinese lawyer Po-shing Woo joined the clien! list too. Toledo torchere. 212-2425594: pascalboyergallery. New York. American corporate raider Asher B. Enter June 30. San Francisco. or bonding between us.Pascal Boyer Gallery. "Just as in the life of any couple. discussions.Wright Now. th eri e n. "Mattia and Elizabeth were inspired by a portrait my grandfather Picasso painted of my father dressed as Harlequ in. London. 100 last May.corn . director of 2Othcentury design at Sotheby's. 1999.. The team's stylistic exuberance never 'faltered. "They knew how bad my furniture was at the time. Other designs can be found for less: A graphic Reverie carpet sold at Wright in Chicago for $2. New York." _ SWE EPSTA K ES.000. her former associate remains a powerful presence.. ENTER THE 2009 SUB-ZERO D. New York.cotn . "Garouste and Bonetti reimagIned what craftsmanship can be. Paris. a 1994 Kawak. Th is surely will stoke the ardor of call ectors even more. sold for $114." Garouste and Bonetlileft their mark on mass-market goods too (podlike cosmetics and perfume packaging for N ina Ricci. quirky budget furnishings for the mail-order giant 3 S u isses. cu rta in rod s fa r Blome). and made it fresh.Therien zoth. wright-now. 3L2-563-0020. Imagine the possibilities of creating your most luxurious kitchen. and be Where to Find It: • Artaban.Inspire . Win. com by inspired by award-winning kitchens and design at su bzerod ream k itchen.corn • David Gill Galleries. ':112-2497575. according to James . Create. They used diamond patterns and 1920s-style colors to relate their designs to my life. twisted the rules.The Chinese Porcelain Co. ery. One piece.ccrn . there weren't any more conversations.c om .2009." Bonetti told L'Express magazi ne last November. As Coach president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff.REAM KITCHEN embellish a suite in her castle. so when they suggested doing something for me. Another project was decorating the livin g and din ing rooms of Chateau de B oisgelou p for arts patron and longtime friend Bernard Huiz-Picasso. .DeLorenzo Gallery. Chicago. He credits the auction house's 2006 sale of the estate of curator David Whitney with sparking the contemporaryGarouste and Bonetti craze.


house is outfitted with Michael Taylor Designs teak furnishings. and custom-made wicker furniture. 2 For the balcony of a Brussels apartment. 3 Interior designer Marcel Wolteri nck's residence in an Amsterdam suburb revolves around a secluded garden crowned by a wisteria pergola. stately Bring the comforts of home-sand dashing style-into the sunshine with a chic outdoor living area 1Overlooking the Russian River Valley. architect Charles Zana fashioned an inviting conversation area with Ker Ita Desiqn molded-plastic furniture. I> 66 ELLEDECORCOM . the angular terra-cotta planters by Atelier Vierkant bridge the gap between the m inimal- ist and organic elern ents. Calitornia. the fade-resistant awning and upholstery fabrics are by Sunbrella. Eng" lish oak trees and boxwood help maintain a sense of privacy without sacrificing views of Los Angeles. the terrace of decorators Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher's Sonoma County. 4 Designer Kerry Joyce added an eleg ant sensibi lily to the veranda of an Irish Georg ianstyle mans ion in Beve rly Hills with a facade of stacked hand-cut stone.


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Milly de Cabrol brought tropical' hues and natural touches to Brazilian fashion designer Carlos Miele's New York City terrace with Janus et Cie furniture and colorful Sunbrella -Iabric pillows. () On the roof of Ray Booth and John Shea's Manhattan duplex, white birch trees provide a shady spot for lounging and watching sunsets; the sofa and love seal are by Sutherland. 7 lnterior designer Leslie Tung and her architect husband, Gerard McCormack. transformed the interior courtyard of their San Mig uel de Allende, Mexico, house into a cooling oasis that features a fountain and a wrought-iron Varenne settee by Casamidy; the red walls were inspired by the Forbidden City. 8 Decorated by Robin Stand-

efer and Stephen Alesch of .Roman and Williams, the terrace of Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor's Hollywood Hil'ishome ex.udesan exotic vibe with Mission-influenced furniture and a I ight fixture from Morocco. 9 Aided by landscape designer Pierre-Alexandre Risser, interior architect Francoise Gram cultivated a tranquil terrace at her home outside Paris with handsome weather-resistant ipe wood and a mix of olive and fig trees.


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This Chicago-based photographer transforms images of abandoned tables capes into lyrical explorations of loss
By Vicky Lowry
Domesliclife can sometimes be banal. but who says it has to be ugly? Laura Let insky elevates the mundane in her luminous color photographs of dirty dishes. rotting fruit, .and table scraps. These carefulily constructed rnages by the Chicago" based. Yale- trained artist are an homage of sorts to the 17th -century stililifes of lavish dinners by Dutch and Italian masters, Here, however, fine linens and stemware are replaced by the detritus of contemporary culture (think Styrofoam cups and Su nkist soda cans), and sumptuousness has given way to ru in. "Th ere's a sense of loss ,
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morning-after moments tum viewers into voy" eurs pondering the eveninq's remains for clues to household happenings. "What seems like an ordinary picture turns out to be far more complex," says John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. "Once you start looking at the details, you see that it isn't defined by the ostensible subjects, but by balance, light, and color. While the

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most literally in the eftover meals and now obsolete objects," explains Letinsky, a professor in the visual-arts department ofthe University of Chicago who is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City. Her work exudes a nostalgic quality, whether it beintlrnate scenes of couples from her 1990s "Venus Inferred" series or candy wrappers and halt-eaten snacks (inspired by her two young sons) strewn across abandoned place settings in recent photographs. The pciqnant

images largely feature blank spaces bathed in bright white light with small punches of color, l.etinsky's use of slow film speeds and long exposures (up to several hours) softens lines and deepens shadows, infusing the prints with a haunting emotional quality. An ardent cook, the artist remains intrigued by food, Besides a solo sh ow of table scenes at the James Hyman Gallery in London, Letin~ sky Is at work on a commission from an Italian gallery to shoot a series of dinners in private homes .."They have such an eating culture and a reverence for stilllites," she says. "I am going to thoroughly immerse myself." ••


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Everyone has a favorite childhood sandwich, but more sophisticated takes on this time-honored finger food are always a pleasure. At Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach, Florida, executive chef Zach BeHserves several creative versions, including one inspired by the classic Cuban pressed sandwich. They work wel.1for casual summer entertaining, whether a brunch, light lunch, or alfresco party. There's an art to making sandwiches, but it's one that's easily mastered. For fans of club sandwiches, like me, use a denser white bread to hold: up better to toasting and cutting. Also, it's important to season each layer as you stack it and to bring the ingredients right up to the edge of the toast so everything Is even and balanced. Finally, press the sandwich until you are ready to serve it; a quart of milk set into a pan that rests on top of it makes a good weight. This last step combines the flavors and makes the sandwich firmer so slicing is easier.

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trimmed large eggplant. remove the pit. Cut the avocados in half with a paring knife by slicing in from the stem to touch the pit. drained cup fresh aruqula. cut the chicken into 1J. chopped Zest and juice ot 1 lemon 1 2 2 Tsalt tsp. ham. tapenade. Combine 2 teaspoons of lemon zest with the mayonnaise and chopped chives. and pepper. grilled zucchini. % 1 green cabbage cup grated carrot tsp. Once cool. and grill for approximately 2 minutes on each side. double-smcked Canadian bacon lb. [ar sun-drledtomatoes olive oil. sun-dried tomato. salt. lemon-chive mayonnaise.1/. large green zucchini. IlUL'HI I.. taste Make coleslaw by combining in a .I '()H K ClllH 12 slices wheat or sourdouqh bread 1 Y. sliced avocado sprinkled with salt and pepper. In a ski Ilet. pop py seeds.oz. slaw. coleslaw. Mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper.! cup of the mayonnaise. lettuce. remove from the gr. Pat dry the chicken and grill it for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. washed packed in % 2 1/. Assemble the tou r sandwiches by layering them in this order: toast. Make a marinade by combining tile olive oil with the garlic. slice of purnpern ickel bread. Com bins th e rem aining mayonnaise and mustard to make a diionn aise. then tracinq the pit in a circular motion back up to the stem without removing the kn ile. to melt. rinsed cup olive oil 5 cloves ganic. rinsed Vegetable oil. thinly sliced ham cup watercress leaves. season to taste. Separate the avocado halves. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle Salt and pep pe r to. vinegar cup mayonnaise T Dijol"l mustard lb. Set gri II to medium heat and brush wfth v8getabl B oil as needed. toast. freshly ground white pepper chicken breasts.Ll~ with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese while still hot.daniel's dish Lightly toast the white bread. dijonnaise. carrot. drained T harissa 8. and slice thinly lengthwise. CI llr:KFN 1'1{()\'I<'WAL Cl. smoked salmon. washed bacon or Cut the zucchini into V4-inch-thick slices lengthwise. scoop out the ftesh with a larqs spoon. toast. poppy seeds tsp. lemon -chlve mayonnaise. tapenade. Lightly toast the bread. aruqula.ill and sprinkle with the grated cheese. toast. sprinkle with salt and pepper. wh itewine vinegar. and 1 tablespoon of the mustard. Place the chicken breasts and zucchini into separate ziplock bags and pour equal amounts of the marinade into both. cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggial"lo cheese Assemble four sandwiches by layering in this order: toast.~inch slices. grilled eggplant. cut the eggplant lengthwise into 1J. Dry t he eggplant and zu cehini with a paper towel. while-wine. as needed Y. toast. Special equipment Grill orlndoor qrlll pan 12 slices white bread 2 V. sliced eggs with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.rving 3 tablespoons for later use. Seal the bags and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. bacon. Thinly slice Ih8 eggs with an egg slicer or a sharp knife. lemon Z8St and juice. rese. smoked salmon. cups julienned or shredded y" Ii cup black-olive tapsnade. Combine the tapenade Lightly toast the bread. Assemble the four sandwiches by layering in this order: toast. with the hartssa. toast.-inch-thick slices and brush with the remaining 3 tablespoons of mari nade.Iargebowl the cabbage. dijonnaise. Gale- . Spri nkle with a bit of lemon juice. The next day. watercress. let rest for 20 minutes. fry th e bacon un til cri spy. sliced chicken. refrigerate for one hour: adjust seasoning again if necessary.


complete with a hoopskirted ghost.elle decor goes to . a Manhattan-based interior designer who bought a circa -1 809 home here." Charleston's romantic appeal is undeniable. looking for a spot to call home." says Eric Cohler. The efforts of that group help explain why this low-lying municipality. hurricanes. established in 1920. its unique architecture surviving despite considerable damage incurred by wars.ciats to safeguard thousands of historic structures. 17th-century settlers of Charleston spent years exploring the southeastern coast of the U. More than three centuries later. From the pristine shores of Cape Romain Natio nal Wildhfe Refuge to the thriving desig Il district that has colonized once-downtrodden Upper King Street. The Preservation Society of ideal refuge. is the nation's oldest nonprofit organization of its kind and has successfully worked with city offi. Charlestonians are fiercely protective of the area's natural and man-made beauty.S. along with houses with invi. and the massive earthquake of 1886.. the South Carolina city is still. city. the tood=the whole vibe.ting verandas designed to catch cooling breezes. a few years ago.. the people. Downtown streets shaded by live oaks wafting Spanish moss and brightened by pi nk and wh ite camellias host stately ch urch es an d antebellum mansion s trimmed with lacy ironwork. "I go every month. called the Holy!> 86 ELLEDECORCOM . Gracious living and history galore are the heart and soul of this Southern The original. "I just feHin love with the atmosphere. But by 1680 they found this hospitable harbor.. By Chris Dixon fires. and tidy cobblestone streets soon took root.


is where the real action takes place. and Romanesque real artifacts of daily life. the Historic Charleston Foundation conserved the dilapidated interiors and eerie outbuildings as a lime capsule. right down to the wallpaper. Dry land.. however. and silver.. The oldest museum in America." notes Neal Van Dalen. you can feel an openness to more contemporary work. Farther up the Ashley River the attractio ns inclu de M iddleton (text continues on page 92) l> 8B ELLED ECOR. just across the Arthur Ravenel and why last year Fortune magazine ranked it among the 100 best places to live ." Much of the metropolitan region is a stunning swath of forested outcroppings. including toys. it was founded in 1773 and brims wi. an architect responsible for many homes in I'On. Bridge from Charleston. Georgian. is considered one of America's most popular tourist destinations. while Fort Sumter-the city's best -known site and where the first shots of the Civil'War were fired-sits on a sandbar in the harbor and can only be. "But with the influx of people from out of town. ciothing. r:isesjust a few feet above the converg en ce of th e Ash ley and Cooper rivers. since 1858. an elegant New Urbanist neighborhood in Mount Pleasant.eo M . At the top of the lengthy list of eminent properties open to the public is the Aiksn-Phett House. Rather than embarking on an extensive restoration when it acquired the property in 1995."There's so much traditional taste in Charleston. many dating from before the Revalut ionary War. so there's water everywhere . and salt marshes tufted with spartlna grass. an urban relic largely unchanged. GreekRevival. as visitors gawk at the gumbo of Colonial.charleston City for its richly steepled skyline.1 War and its painful Reconstruction period-should browse the Charleston Museum.The Battery.lands. reached by ferry. a famous promenade. Visitors interested in the city's evolution-including its role as the fuse that ignited the Civi.

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intense. sh rimp. prod uce. Three years later."The coconut cake is to die for. has a soft spot for Peninsula Grill. Armchair gourmands . "My wife and I were there with friends recently and got one for the table and another to take home. It's Ihe home of the recently renovated Savory Sushi and Catering. a country-music performer who is also lead singe r of rock grou p H oo! ie & the Blowfish. Charleston's relatlonsh ip with food is . hot. a top-rated eatery located in the deluxe Planters Inn. and Sean Brock of McCrady's Restaurant (a Cohler favorite) shook things up last year when he leased land on Wadmal aw Island and began growing vegetables for the restaurant: now he supplies some competitors too. W. Charleston native Darius Rucker. Everyone cheered back in 2006 wh en the Iate ep ie ureR. APD Ie Jr." says Rucker. and pimento cheese. who lives in Moun! Pleasant. residents and tourists alike. where Rhett Thomas dishes out rolls filled with local oysters. it seems much of Charleston." The quirky Riverland Terrace neighborhood on nearby James Island has some happening cuisine too.char eston hotels like the stately Wentworth Mansion. wrote in The New York Times that Charleston rivaled New Orleans on the restaurant front. heads to the farmers' market in Marion Square to sample organic fruits and vegetabl'es and snap up works by local artists. From there you can wander down C> For your floor . even if you tried. topped with inventive sauces. "You can't get a bad meal here. circa LIGHTING- • simp/ybrilliant® Savannah I Atlanta 1 Charlesto I Houston 8171622323 shop circalighting. On Saturdays from April to December. the burners are still. vigorously debating the merits of everythJng from variations in barbecue sauces to the proper consistency of creamy grits. As Eric Cohler says.." Hominy Grill 'sRobert Stehling won the 2008 James Beard Foundation Award for best chef ill the Southeast.

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is the basket weavers.000 genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation last the Intersection of Meeting and Market streets and into the vast halls of Old City Market. One constant. Their lineage and the design of the finely sewn baskets of braided sweetgrass they have made for centuries can be traced to the shores of western Africa. Its wares run the gamut from ar! and perfumes to T-shirts and baubles. a centerpiece of Charleston culture for 168 years. and live in humble settlements established after the end of slavery. received a $500. the innovative Mary Jackson. It's just another exampi e of how the tradit ions of the Holy City are attracting the world's attention.- . though. most of them women who speak Gu'llah. _ Michael Amato for THE URBAN ELECTRIC Co. Just don't think of the intricate but sturdy works as quaint souvenirs: One of the craft's leading lights. a Creole dialect.

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