VERANDA is a forum for the very best in living well. Always gracious, and never pretentious, we keep readers abreast of the finest in design, decorating, luxury travel, and more, inspiring them with beauty and elegance. VERANDA is both an ideas showcase and a deeply pleasurable escape, a place where homes feel as good as they look.
Mood of the Moment • Like a wellspring of originality, the New York City apartment of the late artist and designer Gloria Vanderbilt exemplified her famed ethos in vivid dimension. Her design manifesto inspired the stories in this issue, illustrating—as Vanderbilt so masterfully did throughout her life—how decoration and craft, color and collection, garden and environment become resonant visual memoirs.
Welcome to the New VERANDA
Editor’s Letter • FIVE TITLES ON MY READING LIST THIS SEASON
OBJECTS & ARTIFACTS
WOVEN LEGACIES • Rugs are the ultimate raconteurs, telling stories of craft and custom. Here, flatweaves from around the world bring beautiful utility beyond the floor.
What do your PLATES say about you? • Could the tableware you collect hold the key to your aesthetic psyche? A look at the secrets hiding in your china cabinet
Minted Splendor • Modern designers revive the Roman art of gemme nummarie, turning ancient currency into radiant new jewels.
TIME TRAVELERS • Friends Eric Egan and Roberto Strada combined their watch collections six years ago. Here, they share how the timepieces have become trusted companions in their globe-trotting lives.
Dazzling Reflections • When the day is done, what treasures does the jeweler keep at arm’s reach? Here, a trio of vanities offers an intimate glimpse at the personal style of three exceptional designers.
TICK, TICK, BLOOM • Van Cleef & Arpels unveils mesmerizing horological gardens in a new collection of timepieces more than 200 years in the making.
ART & CRAFT
PORTRAITS of PLACE • Like imaginative engines of modern craft, four powerhouse hubs making enduring imprints on global design
NATURAL WONDER • How Paris’s EMMANUEL TARPIN rode humble apprenticeships in quartz, clay, and curiosity to high jewelry’s virtuoso tier
PRESSING MATTERS • Vivid, graphic, and wildly innovative: Today’s herbaria artisans are shifting color, scale, and silhouette to create modern botanical paper craft that’s anything but old-school.
FLOWERS & GARDENS
The Enduring GEMS of LOTUSLAND • Madame Ganna Walska spent a life in passionate pursuit of beauty—from exquisite jewels to the rarest of plants. Then she gave up one for the other.
a love letter to my ROSES
Charlotte’s LA VIE EN ROSE Essentials
ESTATE of GRACE • On the heels of her new collection of garden-inspired tableware, Zoë de Givenchy welcomes guests in the warm tradition of Le Jonchet, her family’s 16th-century manor house in the French countryside.
ARCHITECTURE & DECORATION
FLIGHT of FANCY • Pragmatism and whimsy combine as designer Summer Thornton and her husband, Josh, transform a 19th-century Chicago townhouse into a theatrical wonderland for their family.
the Next Decade of DECORATING • If history is a harbinger, expect beautiful days ahead. Here, 12 design ideas from the VERANDA archives that are sure to thrive over the next 10 years
THE AGE OF EXUBERANCE • Manhattanite Garrow Kedigian bestows his high-gloss brand of wizardry on his apartment in the legendary Carlyle, and the results are a triumph of color and light.
THE POWER OF TWO • Birmingham, Alabama, duo HUNDLEY HILTON reimagines one of their homes with yin-yang strokes of genius as beautifully choreographed as their shared dinner parties.