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  1. Ancient cultures elevated the ritual of bathing to a fine art. It was never merely about getting clean. The Romans struck business deals at their bathhouses. Odalisques alternated coffee and gossip...
  2. "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...
  3. With the launch this year of a new Tibetan rug collection for Aga John, a decorative ceramic tile line for Astor Tile Works, and his first luxury plumbing collection through Rohl, Michael Berman has...
  4. 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...
  5. Most hotel visits are like blind dates: An arrangement is made, you may even see a photo or two, but you enter with a sense of uncertainty, hoping for the best. As with love, however, it is often a...
  6. Manhattanite Jean-Marie Lusk had an unusual request for her interior designer. "I want to be able to walk out of my apartment wearing my curtains," she told Samuel Botero. Of course, she was...
  7. Designer George Constant did not give the new owner of this Oyster Bay Cove residence on Long Island, N.Y., much choice. Constant arrived at their first meeting with a single fabric sample for each...
  8. Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams’ architectural watercolors are on display at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, at the Musée de I’lle-de-France at Sceaux, and in five books that they have...
  9. Highway 30 wraps around Maui’s northwest coast for 25 miles, passing high-rise condominiums, construction sites, and beaches lined with hotels and packed with tourists. But the scenery changes...
  10. Building and furnishing a multimillion-dollar house can be a daunting endeavor involving thousands of decisions that range from the vital to the trivial. Which architect best understands the task at...

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