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  1. The English poet John Keats coined a term, “negative capability,” that aptly applies to the peculiarly Italian brand of genius we celebrate from cover to cover in this month’s special issue. This...
  2. For her contemporary jewelry designs, Hedy Martinelli embraces the look of historical armor. Hedy Martinelli knew exactly what to do with the 13th-century soldier’s armor she uncovered while browsing...
  3. If you’re looking for an Italian superbike with ludicrous power, look elsewhere. The new Ducati Panigale 959 ( ducatiusa.com ) offers nobler traits: poise, balance, and maneuverability. Its 157 hp L-...
  4. Luca Dini, the designer of the Italian-built Kifaru Baby ( kifaruyacht.com ), describes the open-class 43-foot yacht as “a fighter plane without wings.” Presumably he’s referring to the vessel’s...
  5. Paul Courchene and Jim Luckie made it easy on their movers. For six years the couple lived in a traditional, 1920s Spanish Colonial–style residence that Courchene built near the ocean in historic...
  6. Like many private resort communities in the South, the recorded history of Hampton Island Preserve involves an indigenous tribe, plantation owners, and, eventually, developers. But unlike other...
  7. The architecture of Southern California’s Balboa Island evokes that of Nantucket and other East Coast islands. Like the Atlantic’s weathered, shingled cottages, the 1920s wooden bungalows of this...
  8. One of the few buildings that remained standing in downtown San Francisco after the great earthquake and fire of 1906 was the Fairmont San Francisco (800.441.1414, www.fairmont.com ), an opulent,...
  9. Henry Segerstrom initiated fund-raising efforts for the $200 million Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with a $50 million gift, the largest charitable cash donation in Orange County’s history...
  10. The city that never sleeps is also the city that never stops growing. Each of the following new high-rise developments from top architects presents prospective homeowners with the opportunity to live...

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