Tag archives: Architectural Digest

A Celebrated Architect Makes Montecito his Home
By Kia McInerny   |   August 12, 2021

Quietly and without fanfare, Montecito recently welcomed a legendary architect to our village. Though long a celebrity figure for his “elegant barn” aesthetic in rustic settings like Sundance and Napa Valley, it was with delight that we caught up with Howard Backen — at his desk overlooking Coast Village Road — hand sketching a new […]

From Royal Rugs to Interior Design
By Richard Mineards   |   June 27, 2019

Santa Barbara Polo Club patron Ben Soleimani is becoming quite the interior design entrepreneur. Iranian Ben, 44, has recently debuted a furnishing brand making rugs and accessories, with plans to expand into a complete line of furnishings by the end of the year, and is featured in the latest issue of Architectural Digest. The entrepreneurial […]