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  1. Few chicago publishing executives can claim to be pioneers—certainly not mavericks who moved west to settle and conquer the land. But John Shafer can. In 1972, he left his life as a textbook...
  2. The second an­nual Crush Camp, a two-day course for aspiring winemakers hosted by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines ( www.diageowines.com ), begins Septem­ber 14 in Napa, Calif. Experts from five of...
  3. Torte and tart, cake and crepe, frozen and hot—cocoa will take an appetizing range of forms, including sculptural, when the Chocolate Bar returns to Boston’s Langham Hotel ( www.langhamhotels.com )...
  4. These days, a good number of interior designers are taking cues from French Art Deco pieces of the 1920s and ’30s—including those of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Paul Dupré-Lafon. At the height of...
  5. The Vertu Constellation cell phone seems sure to find a following among international travelers. Vertu ( www.vertu.com ), a British subsidiary of Nokia, has designed a device that tells the time in...
  6. C.F. Martin & Co.’s 1 millionth guitar suitably marks the milestone. Beginning in 2002, inlay artist Larry Robinson spent two years laboring over what would become the most elaborately ornamented...
  7. When fred feinsilber began acquiring illustrated books—in his case, limited-edition publications that feature high-quality engravings, sketches, plates, and sometimes original artwork—he did so with...
  8. Every afternoon, live chamber music and the scents of jasmine and Darjeeling drift through the grand lobby of the Peninsula Hong Kong . Here, surrounded by boutiques and dwarfed by neoclassic columns...
  9. Irish history is inextricably intertwined with the British, and the Merrion hotel’s pedigree is no exception. Mornington House, one of four renovated 18th-century townhomes on Dublin’s Upper Merrion...
  10. The members of black sabbath are better known for trashing hotel rooms than for decorating them, but in the Sorrento Hotel’s Music Suite, a poster signed by Ozzy Osbourne and his heavy metal cohorts...

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