Architectural Digest Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Architects and Designers.
Paige Rense, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest has written a virtual "call to arms" in the latest AD in defense of the architect and designer who have been cruelly treated by the "Abusive Client". If for no other reason, this Letter from the Editor is a great reason to go out and get the latest AD. If you have had a chance to read this, I would love to hear your thoughts!
I have many other reasons for thinking the September issue of AD is a "must read". I realize not all of you have a subscription. But if there is any issue to buy this year, this is certainly the ONE! This is the "Designer's Own Homes" issue, and the choices selected are some of the best I have seen. So here is the line-up to whet your appetite:

Photo by Scott Francis

Michael Schaible's stunning retreat on the North Shore of Mexico's Lake Chapala. Amazing.

Photo by Durston Saylor

The very glamorous New York apartment of the very glamorous Geoffrey Bradfield. It is worth a look just to see Mr. Bradfield in his pastel pink suit!

Photo by Mario Ciampi

The flat in Venetian Palazzo owned by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt. There is so much in this article, I can't even begin! It is a breathtaking masterpiece, and this piece alone is worth the full cover price.

Photo by Scott Francis

The Mid century Yacht design of Mitchell Turnbough. This is a nice break from the unreachable over the top luxury yachts you typically might see. It is so well done in a more understated way, and something that takes me back to my "sailing" days. There is something reminiscent here of the yachting days of the early 20th.

Photo by Derry Moore

The Spanish country house of Jaime Parlade at Alcuzcuz in Andalusia. There were so many beautiful photos here, it was very difficult to just choose one "teaser". I thought this bedroom was a very personal space that let Mr. Parlade's personality shine through. It is a smile producer.

Photo by Leigh Brown

The Sonoma County Craftsman Hillside Farmhouse of Jacques Saint Dizier. The interiors keep to the Craftsman roots without becoming expected. Loved it!

Photo by Durston Saylor

The Manhattan apartment Of Francine Coffey. A decidedly different look from the other choices for this issue, it is a very boldly colored Neoclassical design she refers to as "nouveau Federal". Hmm. There is alot of plaid. In this particular photo I could be sold. I would love your thoughts on the rest of the apartment!

Photo by Mary E. Nichols

The Pacific Heights home of Banana Republic President, Jack Calhoun. I thought many of you would be very curious to see this home!

And if this weren't enough, there are several captivating hotels from around the world...each very different and unique:

Photo by Tim Beddow

The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. The Ceiling!

Photo by Scott Francis

Huntley Santa Monica Beach. So very cool.

Photo by Erhard Pfeiffer

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Ready to go?

There are, of course, all of the extras that you would normally expect from AD.

On top of that you can see the first four homes of the Open Auditions which AD began in October of 2007. Over the next seven months, the AD panelists saw over 1000 projects and have narrowed the field to 50 that have been chosen for publication.

I may be taken in by the quantity of very good stuff in this issue, but it also seems that the photography is fresher, brighter. Scott Francis, I have been informed, has been shooting for AD for many years and has a number of projects photographed for this issue. Very beautiful photos all around.

I just know I was very pleasantly swept off my feet by this issue. I think you will be too. Let me know what you think!