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  1. As if by magic, an actor’s mask changes from the face of a red, gold, and white tiger into the battle-ready visage of a painted warrior. The illusion—part of a performance by the Peking Opera to mark...
  2. Northern Ireland is small—about the size of Connecticut—and the countryside begins just a few miles from Belfast’s City Hall. Travelers have a choice of staying in the capital or visiting on day...
  3. A leaden sky portends cold rain as old-fashioned London cabs—Belfast’s Black Taxis—sit parked along the Peace Wall with their motors running. Billy Scott, the self-styled “breakaway red commando,”...
  4. "I recently saw a statistic where MTV is losing more viewers to the Food Network than to any other channel," says kitchen designer Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria. "It has become cool to cook...
  5. Peter Marino does not believe in buying off the rack, or at least not off the showroom floor. "I don’t walk furniture showrooms. I would much rather design something myself," says the New York–based...
  6. In the basement of this Los Angeles home, designer Marla Sher has created a theater that completely immerses you in Art Deco style from the moment you pass through the door—one of a set of two...
  7. When working with a large home that has an open floor plan, a designer, if he is not careful, can create a living area that resembles a hotel lobby. "Spaces like this often start off very big and...
  8. The Badminton Chair ($13,000), part of the Ann Getty House Collection (415.345.0230, www.anngettyhouse.com ), is an exquisite example of the chinoiserie style, an interpretation of Chinese furniture...
  9. As smugglers of drugs and other contraband ply the Mediterranean, they often have unpleasant encounters with patrol boats built by Italy’s Rodriquez Cantieri Navali. When marine mines appear in...
  10. At February’s Miami International Boat Show, Outer Reef Yachts ( www.outerreefyachts.com ) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., debuted its most spacious vessel yet. The $3.4 million Outer Reef 80 provides room...

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