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  1. “I’m addicted to simple forms—ovals, spheres, and squares,” says John Eric Byers. His furniture is strikingly elementary in shape, but the surfaces are tightly coordinated arrangements of incised and...
  2. Alain Ducasse’s vaunted ability as a chef might by matched by his flair for selecting restaurant sites. He soon will add four establishments to his ever-expanding empire—two in New York, one in...
  3. San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford once vowed he never would open a store in any location where he could not be accessible in person to his clientele. So when he took over the former Saks Fifth...
  4. Rod Browne Mitchell sometimes rises early to go fishing aboard his 23-foot powerboat before heading to his office in Portland, Maine. For Mitchell, the founder and owner of Browne Trading Co., a...
  5. Greg Jordan The designer as evangelist. His mother worked for an architect, and his grandfather had owned a construction company, so Greg Jordan grew up drafting room plans and visiting job sites...
  6. Walking through the front door of Colette Daniels’ San Francisco apartment is like stumbling into Coco Chanel’s living room on the Rue Cambon. Every corner of the space that Daniels affectionately...
  7. Ciro Paone’s face beamed as he posed between a double-breasted marine blue navy suit and a morning suit that once belonged to Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor. Almost a year from the day that he...
  8. Hype suffuses the hospitality business, but the Keating hotel in San Diego is indeed—as its promoters claim—unique. The 35-room property, housed in an 1890 Romanesque Revival building in the city’s...
  9. In 1913, Kohler hired Frederick Jr. and John Olmsted, sons of the designer of New York’s Central Park, to devise a 50-year plan for the company’s namesake village in Wisconsin. Their blueprint for...
  10. During a group visit to Kiton’s Naples, Italy, factory in 2001, one of the guests questioned whether the suit being shown was among the world’s finest. Company founder and president Ciro Paone rose...

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