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April 2021 Editor’s Letter

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” —Maya Angelou

The wise and hopeful words of Angelou are incredibly affirming and motivating in these trying times. In fact, her thought is reinforced by the many artistic souls featured in this issue, all of whom seem to drink from a bottomless well of ideas and invention in their work and in their homes. I hope that by now you have been dazzled by cover subject Daveed Diggs in Hamilton (Disney+ if you missed him on Broadway!) or his current turn in Snowpiercer on TNT. 

pMyles Nurse in the studio with his own work.p

Myles Nurse in the studio with his own work.

pDecorator Asia Baker Stokes and her children at home in Locust Valley New Yorkp

Decorator Asia Baker Stokes and her children at home in Locust Valley, New York

Diggs and his partner, actor Emmy Raver-Lampman, star of popular Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, bring the same spirit of joy and fun to their vibrant, happy new house in L.A. that they do to their craft. Landscape architect Perry Guillot is rightfully sought after by the most discerning denizens of the Hamptons, so what a treat to see the glorious garden (and“playhouse,” not poolhouse!) he made for himself rather than for a client: 

pWith fashion force J.J. Martin both wearing dresses of her design.p

With fashion force J.J. Martin, both wearing dresses of her design.

It’s a beauty. J. J. Martin, an American fashion designer based in Milan, writes touchingly of moving into a new flat shortly after a divorce and just days before the city’s March 2020 COVID lockdown. This self-labeled “visual maximalist” decorates much as she dresses, with a confident, swaggeringly chic mix of color and pattern and an overall visual energy she calls her “geyser.” 

pLandscape Architect Perry Guillotp

Landscape Architect Perry Guillot

pIngrid Donat welcomes emADem into her Paris apartmentp

Ingrid Donat welcomes AD into her Paris apartment

Speaking of imagination, the marvelous French artisan Ingrid Donat, who sculpts highly collectible furniture and lighting in bronze, lives in an exquisitely outfitted one-bedroom apartment in Paris, which writer Sarah Medford describes as “a self-made world. Even the doorknobs are her handi- work.” Swoon for all of this creativity, and come back for more.

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