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  1. "Design is not form OR function—it’s the aesthetic synthesis of the two," says Ferdinand A. Porsche. And when Porsche talks, we listen, for he knows whereof he speaks. He is the grandson of the...
  2. Last summer, Aronne Miola invited a select group of fashion industry VIPs on a sunset helicopter ride high in the sky over Florence, Italy. The owner of the firm Gruppo Forall, which makes suits...
  3. Most automakers wait a year or longer before releasing the convertible follow-up to a new coupe, but BMW ( www.bmwusa.com ) is not so patient. Barely three months after introducing the 645Ci, the...
  4. When you’re skimming across the water at 90 mph in the best of conditions, the line that separates you from mayhem is ultrafine. Add some 5-foot waves, and the line all but vanishes. I learned this...
  5. I am en route to dresden on the German autobahn when the rain gradually dissipates in the summer sun, leaving the supersmooth roads bone-dry. The visibility is excellent, the traffic light. With a...
  6. When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe uttered his famous words “God is in the details” to an admirer of his work, the celebrated German minimalist architect and designer could just as easily have been...
  7. Wind-chapped cheeks and the occasional skinned knee only enhance the essence of motorcycling. It is the state of being one with the elements that invokes our passion for the pastime. Even better, the...
  8. John Hardy and other designers would like you to give them a hand, or more precisely, a wrist, so that they can help you overcome your aversions to wearing jewelry. Hardy, David Yurman, and Jacopo...
  9. Tim Hodgdon reaches into the top drawer of his desk at Hodgdon Yachts, his boat building company in East Boothbay, Maine, a village where lobster traps line dooryards, family dogs nap untethered on...
  10. In the fall of 1975, bad weather forced Canadian Jean Gagnon, an experienced bush pilot, to land his plane on Anticosti, a Jamaica-sized island at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Long known as...

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