Fashion icon Tom Ford, the ardent perfectionist credited with turning around a flagging Gucci and reinvigorating Yves Saint Laurent, is, unsurprisingly, just as exacting about his residences, but has largely kept them out of the limelight. That changed last year when he revealed his Santa Fe ranch in a guest-edited issue of French Vogue. Ford grew up in Austin, Texas, but would travel to New Mexico frequently to visit his grandmother. Evenutally, Ford’s father moved to Santa Fe, and the designer purchased a large tract of land south of town on which he constructed this dreamland of a ranch. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the equestrian facility lies amid a 24,000-acre private tract, where classic Westerns like Silverado, Wyatt Earp, and 3:10 to Yuma were once shot. Ford spends roughly a quarter of the year on the ranch.
Tom Ford’s New Mexico Ranch by Tadao Ando, via: Curbed and Full Time Ford
Photography by Guido Mocafico/French Vogue
Andreas Nicolas Fischer created a Python script that creates arrangements of intersecting digital sculptures in front of a “frozen” cloth simulation, similar to a traditional still life, but with no physical constraints.
The sculptural furnishings by Korea-born designer Jay Sae Jung Oh are stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful—a complicated, show-stopping mix of materials that references centuries-old weaving techniques and yet feels entirely unexpected. Made from discarded plastic objects woven and wrapped…
Nicole Gustafsson’s childhood adventures in Norfolk, Nebraska helped shape much of her paintings of idyllic nature scenes rendered in careful, loving detail. In her new collection of illustrations for “Ghosts and All” currently exhibiting at WWA Gallery (www.WWAgallery.com) in Culver City, CA, Gustafsson offers viewers a peek into her world where discovery and enchantment lies.
Saint Laurent just opened a New York flagship in SoHo today at 80 Greene Street. Under the direction of Hedi Slimane, the 4,000 square foot store features an interior concept envisioned by the mastermind himself. The interior houses the original ceiling and columns of the Greene Street Building, complemented with iconic Saint Laurent materials like black “noir soie” and white “blanc statuaire” matt finish marble. For many, marble might conjure antiquity. But Hedi Slimane has put the majestic material to thoroughly contemporary use in the new Saint Laurent Paris flagship store. Dotted throughout the store is antique furniture, personally acquired by Slimane, from early-20th-century masters — including a 1935 daybed by Jean Prouvé, metal armchairs by Jules Leleu, an oak tabouret by Pierre Legrain and a pair of Lattenstuhl chaises by Marcel Breuer — all of which speak to the heritage of the company that Yves Saint Laurent founded more than half a century ago.
Design student or no, it takes some serious stones to attempt a redesign of a design classic. Case in point: The Florian-Seiffert-designed Braun KF 20, above—which we covered in our History of Braun Design, Part 4—essentially set the form factor for the modern coffeemaker. Coroflotter Richard Wilson, who is now a London-based junior designer, tackled a re-design back in his tender student days. Before we get to his renders, let’s have a look at some of his sketches from the project:
So what do you think—based on those, would he have been able to follow through and pull it off?