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Home Design: What's Next

Philip Johnson's glass house.  

Give us your fraying pink sheets, your yellowing boxes of grass, your mid-century chairs yearning to go to Goodwill already. It’s time to talk about what’s next. Though we’re keenly aware of the pitfalls of style predictions, for this issue we set out to explore the many directions in which design in New York is going. Some were dead ends; others were going in circles. But we found plenty of treasures too: the spectacular interiors of the Jean Nouvel building in Soho, a trove of early-eighties design decadent enough to make you want to rent Dynasty’s first season, and a rental apartment full of eye-popping color and the highest design that the Benelux countries have made. We surveyed the product realm and pinpointed eleven bellwether design-world talents. Finally, we photographed the Glass House, pushing 50 and still ahead of the pack. Some ideas you’ll love immediately. Othersówait and see. Whether it’s a corner of your living room or just a corner of your mind, you’ll want to clear a bit of room for what’s ahead.

The Next White
Some new renters are perfectly satisfied with slapping a fresh coast of paint on the walls. One modern-furniture collector took things a lot further.
The Next Dakota
French starchitect Jean Nouvel’s 40 Mercer reimagines the quintessential New York apartment house downtown, with river views.
The Next Everything
Le Corb’s new colors, a cruelty-free animal head, a cutting-edge desk plant, and other products that are knocking on your door.
The Next Mid-Century
The good news: There’s a hot new period to collect. The bad news: It’s the eighties.
The Next Monticello
After half a century as the most famous transparent private residence in the world, Philip Johnson’s Glass House is finally open to all.
The Next House & Garden
A bad mix is cliché or cacophony. Deborah Needleman, editor of high-low journal Domino, shows how it’s done with a muted hand.
The Next Garde
Whether their field is furniture, flowers, architecture, or art, these eleven people are building the edge, even as we speak.