Behind my desk I have low shelves. Within short reach, on the top shelf, are lucite boxes of both current magazines and some with which I cannot part.
I have a lot of House & Gardens, a good bit of Domino and a smattering of older AD, House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Sometimes, and it just might coincide with a hiccup in the writing process, I'll turn around and wonder why I kept certain issues.
Today was such a day. I ran across a most excellent pop quiz, but I don't want to run it today. I'm saving it for next week and it will be the mother of all pop quizzes. Like the abhorred algebra teacher, I will place my head on my pillow each night over the weekend, grinning with anticipation of this too-hard test.
But today I will stand at the front of the class, a class expecting nothing new on a Friday, a class dreaming of red carpet gowns and sunny climes, and ask the tough question in an off-hand, yet steely way.
Anyone want to venture a guess when this was published? These room struck me as timeless in a not-overly traditional way. I think the publication is obvious, but if you can also name the designer you will go to the head of the class.
Kudos to Los Angeles-based designer Oliver Furth. At 12:54 a.m. CST, he correctly identified this as an Architectural Digest piece from the early 1990's. He also recognized it as the home of Harley Baldwin above the Caribou Club in Aspen, Colorado.
I can hardly say "star pupil" as I am learning from him.
The design is by Peter Hans Kunz and Alan Tanksley, who had worked together at Mark Hampton and then went out on their own. You can see Tanksley's portfolio here. And, Mr. Know-it-All, Furth, here. I mean, geezo beezo the guy must have been, what, ten when this was published?
Images, Architectural Digest, November 1993, photography by Mary E. Nichols; Furth image courtesy of Elle Decor.