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October 2019- Dallas

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PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DERRY MOORE; MATTHIEU SALVAING; FRANCOIS HALARD AMY ASTLEY LIGHTENS UP BY LISA COLLINS SHADDOCK F ailure to pay respect to both the past and the future can have fatal consequences — especially in the world of publishing glossy magazines. Keeping a pulse on the now, with a keen knowledge of historic context, can prove to be a difficult balancing act — but Architectural Digest editor in chief Amy Astley has her heels planted masterfully in both worlds. Since taking the reigns of AD three years ago, Astley redesigned and rebranded the title officially as AD, launched forward-looking online brands Clever and AD Pro, and drastically expanded the title's digital offerings. This month, the publication celebrates a milestone. To commemorate 100 years as the international design authority, Astley and team compiled the historic book Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style (Abrams) — chronicling the best rooms that have graced the magazine's pages. More than a few of the standout homes included were produced under Astley's current tenure, including KAWS's Brooklyn loft, Tory Burch's Southampton home, and Marc Jacobs' elusive New York townhouse — a personal favorite of Astley's and her first cover as editor in chief. In the foreword, Vogue editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour says of Astley's work at AD: "One might say she's done a lovely renovation. She's let the light in." Design now. Some of the biggest design shifts include minimalism, neutral palettes, and mid- century modern to colorful, eclectic, and personal interiors. We see this every day at AD, and readers see this new spirit in the magazine. How you unwind. I love yoga. It's how I zone in when I'm overstimulated. What you love about publishing. Truly, my favorite thing is that I'm super visual, and I get to look at beautiful things every day. I feel inundated with visual stimulus and I love that. I'm a vulture for it. Fit to print. Another thing I love about publishing is that you have this record in print that people save. They put the magazine on the coffee table or in their library, they refer back to them, we compile them for books. It's really gratifying and satisfying to make something meaningful that people keep. It's not true for everybody, but it's true for us. Vintage design books everyone needs in their library. I mean, so many. I love Elsie de Wolfe. I love Mark Hampton on Decorating. And I would suggest to anybody the AD books my predecessor Paige Rense did. There are 12 of them. Dream concert. Frank Ocean. I saw him at the Met Ball, and he sang "Super Rich Kids." It's one of my favorite songs. Favorite word. Yes! I always say yes. To everything. Amy Astley, editor in chief of Architectural Digest, will appear in Dallas for Texas Design Week, with a talk and book signing Thursday, October 10, 3 to 5 pm, at Jan Showers showroom. For a complete schedule of Texas Design Week Dallas and to purchase tickets, go to Clockwise from top left: Ashley Hicks, London; Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos & Eugenio Amos; Diane von Furstenberg.

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