Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Founded over a century ago, Architectural Digest magazine is a perennial source of inspiration for home design and décor. To be featured in any manner by the publication signifies achievement. One of the highest accolades? Being named to the prestigious AD100 list, the magazine’s annual selection of the top 100 international designers and architects working today.
This year’s list features numerous creatives who have lent their talents to Sotheby’s International Realty homes that are currently on the market. Here are five luxury properties designed by the esteemed talent on this year’s AD100 list.
Greenwich, Connecticut | Leslie McElwreath, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
This European-inspired manor in Connecticut has a grand exterior—and the interiors, transformed by New York designer Steven Gambrel, are more than a match. Gambrel’s signature bold color pairings and custom furnishings make each room an immersive experience, imbuing the home with contemporary verve. Impeccably landscaped gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, a seven-car garage, a wine cellar, and a screening room ensure the property is a celebration of both style and substance.
Since his debut as a featured expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nate Berkus has solidified his place as a top-tier designer—and this isn’t the first time he’s been named to the AD100 list. Take this stunning 5,024-square-foot Gold Coast home in Chicago as a prime example of how his firm, Nate Berkus Associates, is able to revitalize a property. From the dramatic black-and-white marble foyer to the gold-accented kitchen to the luxurious bedrooms, each room beautifully blends drama with a warmth that makes you feel right at home.
East Hampton, New York | Dana Trotter, Sotheby’s International Realty– Bridgehampton Brokerage
A home designed by an AD100 talent is a rare luxury—rarer still is a home they created to be their personal residence. Robert Stilin, the Manhattan and Hamptons-based interior designer, created this East Hamptons estate with all the architectural detail and contemporary comfort he’s become known for. While honoring the home’s farmhouse style, Stilin has perfected juxtaposition within: vintage and modern, bold and cozy, and dark and light coexist throughout this idyllic country home.
Montauk, New York | Rylan Jacka, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage
Award-winning architect David Adjaye is perhaps best known for designing Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Experience his work on a smaller scale by renting The Bluff House, a spacious property in Montauk with private oceanfront access and a resort-worthy pool and spa. The interiors offer expansive Atlantic views, and Adjaye employs striking overhead wood paneling and earthy tones to reinforce the home’s place along the ocean shore.
Here’s an exceptional treat for design enthusiasts: this Connecticut lakefront property highlights the designs of not one, but two talents from the 2021 AD100 list. The personal residence of esteemed French interior designer Robert Couturier, the home’s rooms provide all the charm and delight of a modern-day chateau. The formal gardens by landscape architect (and Vogue contributing editor) Miranda Brooks provide scope for the imagination and the ideal place to wander among the rustling leaves.
This year marks Architectural Digest’s fourth decade of celebrating internationally renowned designers and architects through the AD100. These artists are already setting the standard for forward-looking design, in homes that are living portfolios of taste and creativity. And whether you’re contemplating a visit or a permanent move, these homes are works of art you can experience for yourself.
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