April Editor's Letter
Decorators, architects, furniture makers, landscape designers—these are AD’s rock stars. Indeed, they do provide the visual narration to other people’s stories. I admit that I especially look forward to our annual April issue, when we photograph these talents in their own homes and get them to open up about themselves. This moment of truth is so revealing, and all of these pros are generous for sharing. In this issue, feast your eyes on the lush Tangier villa of the refined U.K.-based decorator Veere Grenney ; visit the vast Provençal grounds and gardens of the influential French designer Pierre Yovanovitch , designed by garden maestro Louis Benech; and glimpse into the glorious Malta pleasure palace of designer Francis Sultana , who lavished a decade of TLC on the ancient structure—yielding astounding interiors he characterizes as “a mix of antique, contemporary, new, and commissioned.” AD photographed the great American artist Wendell Castle at home and in his studio in Scottsville, New York, a few months before his death at age 85 this January. The images constitute an extraordinary portrait of a master living with his masterpieces. Finally, we visit Monique Gibson in the East Village townhouse where she both lives and works. Her kitchen and courtyard, shown here, are sure to become the stuff of Pinterest legend.
—AMY ASTLEY, Editor in Chief