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Sonoma County, California With four bedrooms, an expansive pool, an outdoor shower, a boccie court, a croquet lawn, and its own vineyards, Villa Nel Bosco is an ideal base from which to enjoy the...
THG, the Parisian manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and accessories, has partnered with Christofle, the French maker of silver flatware and decorative objects, for two new bath collections that...
When BMW unveiled the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe at the Villa d’Este Concours, it represented a change in direction for both the famed Italian design house and the German automaker. For Pininfarina...
Years ago, a mild case of sunburn might have been the most hair-raising experience of summer vacation, but today’s globe-trotters are seeking out journeys that go far beyond surf and sand. For...
The British designer Ross Lovegrove has created a four-piece outdoor furniture collection that is inspired by the geometric shapes of Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished Barcelona church, the Sagrada Família...
Two new offerings and a recent product announcement from Snaidero attest the Italian kitchen-cabinet manufacturer’s impressive range. The Board and Lux kitchens, designed for Snaidero by Pietro...
"Time, motion, and wine," the Roman poet Ovid wrote, "cause sleep." One modern admirer of the author of Metamorphoses, however, might argue the opposite—that wine, at least, or the making of it,...
The latest tabletop 2.1 music console from Klipsch offers as much power as a pair of 4-foot-tall speaker towers. To produce what Klipsch claims is its highest-caliber sound to date, the $2,000...
Solage Calistoga Napa Valley is giving guests a bird’s-eye view of nearby Napa wineries—which include Château Montelena, Phifer Pavitt, Kenefick Ranch Vineyards and Winery, Kelly Fleming Wines, and...
The Hermès Dressage watch—which pays homage to the brand’s roots as a saddlemaker with equestrian references including lugs designed like stirrups and saddle-stitched black alligator straps—debuted...
Known for its eclectic themes and technically creative designs—which have included moon dust and metal from the wreck of the Titanic — Romain Jerome is looking to the future for its next timepiece...
One of the most respected Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Napa Valley, Araujo Estate Wines , was acquired last week by the French billionaire François Pinault, who also controls Château Latour in...
The InterContinental Osaka Hotel opened in June as a part of the city’s new Grand Front Osaka commercial complex, which also includes more than 250 shops and restaurants. The hotel has 272 rooms (...
Vertu has released its Signature-model smartphone in a sleek new chocolate-brown version for fall. The Signature Pure Chocolate ($16,600) features the brand’s PVD-coated stainless-steel case and...
One would think that the multiple-award-winning chef, author, and restaurateur Thomas Keller’s similarly multiple-award-winning French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley had attained perfection. It is...
The introduction of the Maserati Ghibli next year will mark the first time that the Italian automaker has two four-door models for sale at the same time. This midsize sedan to the venerable...
While the boats in the 34th America’s Cup may struggle to make the starting line, watches dedicated to sailing, and racing in particular, have arrived in greater numbers than ever before. The so-...
From September 22 to 27, Ponta dos Ganchos resort in southern Brazil is inviting 10 guests to explore the cuisine of that country’s Emerald Coast. The six-day culinary immersion (from approximately $...
The 203-foot Sea Owl , built by Feadship ’s Royal Van Lent shipyard and designed by Andrew Winch, features a head-turning green hull. But the yacht’s detailed interior is jaw dropping. The lucky few...
Pedigree, rather than taste, is often the decisive factor in the commercial success of a fine wine. Nowhere perhaps is this more true than in Champagne. No matter how delicate their texture or subtle...
Flaris , a new aviation company based in Poland, made an unexpected appearance at the Paris Air Show in June with its prototype of a single-engine personal jet, the LAR01. The all-composite design...
Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, explains how exercise can help survivors thrive.
This year, four Northern California wineries are celebrating their 40th anniversaries—a notable achievement in a competitive Napa-Sonoma world constantly buffeted by the vagaries of nature and...
The nearly 150-year-old Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc , located on the southernmost tip of the Cap d’Antibes, France, has unveiled a lounge dedicated exclusively to Champagne. The outdoor space, which is...
The Shangri-La Group has opened its third hotel in Shanghai: the soaring 60-story Jing An Shangri-La . Located on the city’s west side, in proximity to the Jing An Temple and Jing An Park, the hotel...
The new worktables from March are the perfect way to avoid having a monolithic kitchen, because they combine function and style to create a center island that is more like a piece of bespoke...
As a follow-up to his $1.3 million Dragon surfboard , Roy Stuart has launched his newest creation, the Hotkurl, which after six months and 800 hours of labor was launched this summer. Stuart says the...
An American soldier on tour in Iraq was carrying one of Kikuo Matsuda’s tactical knives when a sniper shot him. The hard steel—Matsuda is known for his use of rare steels like OU31 and D2 that he...
Residential towers by leading architects take shape from coast to coast. Huys , New York An all-Dutch team led by designer and architect Piet Boon, landscape architect Piet Oudolf, and Netherlands-...
A range of diverse and innovative products were unveiled at this year’s annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva. While the market is improving, especially in the United...

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