Home Design

The secret behind German appliance brand Miele’s Honeycomb Care "super large capacity" washer and dryer is a pair of patented stainless-steel drums, each resembling a bee’s honeycomb. According to...
Although custom cabinetry for kitchens, libraries, and living rooms is still the primary business of the family-owned Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild, growing demand for quality closets prompted the...
When German cabinetmaker Poggenpohl entered the U.S. market more than 30 years ago, Americans did not immediately embrace its contemporary European kitchen designs. "If you look at the auto industry...
When the time came to select a name for his company’s newest and most luxurious bedding collection, Paul Hooker, president and owner of Sferra, a 116-?year-old Italian linen company, forwent the...
Long known for its opulent and contemporary twists on the ancient art of mosaics, Bisazza is now expanding its product line beyond kitchens and bathrooms. The Italian company is opening showrooms in...
Ferrari drivers have long enjoyed the craftsmanship and comfort of Poltrona Frau, the Tolentino, Italy–based company whose supple leather lines the interiors of the iconic Italian automobiles. In...
Few consider paint a luxury, but Aura, Benjamin Moore’s new line of high-performance interior paint, may change a few minds—and turn a few heads. "In our own factory, we formulated a special, patent-...
"There’s nothing I hate more than a gorgeous country home with a beautiful yard that someone has ruined with plastic furniture," says renowned designer Philippe Starck. "It should look organic, like...
The Duo Grand, a conjoined pair of 6-foot-long grand pianos from Brunswick, Germany’s Grotrian Pianos ( www.grotrian.de ), was designed for duets. That much is obvious. Less apparent is the...
When Traditional Arts made its debut on January 31, 2007, the London-based tableware maker kept a low profile. The Prince of Wales announced the start-up to just 80 guests during a dinner at his...
A 15,000-square-foot residence in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, overlooking a country club, presents countless opportunities for over-the-top, garish embellishments. But instead of...
The latest furniture line from Studio Workshops, the San Francisco- and Los Angeles–based sister company of antiques dealer Therien & Co., is intended to evoke New York’s golden age of hotels,...
For her first furnishings collection, Kathy Taslitz communed with nature, at least symbolically. "I wanted to do something that was a metaphor for the parallels between man and nature," says the...
You know a house is unusual when the seller has been asked, "Does Russia still have this site listed as a target?" A Kansas company called 20th Century Castles buys and sells Atlas-F nuclear missile...
A collaboration between Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Group has produced a kitchen that is as sleek and as sophisticated as a sports car. Last fall, the two companies—the 116-year-old German kitchen...
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...
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...
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...
A couple’s search for a home that would recall the era of Louis XIV, France’s Sun King, ultimately led them from Paris to London, to a historic, white-stucco building in Eaton Square. Inside the...
The furnishings in the new Waddesdon collection from Chappell & McCullar are not imitations of the classic French period pieces at Waddesdon Manor; they are interpretations, which, in some ways,...
"That garden is like his child," says JR Ridinger of the parterre on the grounds of his Miami Beach estate, and of the man who planted, nurtured, and sculpted it. When Ridinger and his wife, Loren,...
At the new Grupo Kettal shop in Coral Gables, Fla., the backdrops are minimalist, and on most days the space is filled with sunlight that pours through the two-story-tall glass wall fronting the...
If ever a kitchen has evoked a supercar, the Venus is it. Made by Snaidero, of Majano, Italy, the kitchen with a goddess’ name showcases a vibrant color palette, symmetrical curves, innovative...
Solstice In what went down as the year of the great shake-up in the destination club industry, one major player, Tanner & Haley, filed for bankruptcy, while other top clubs scrambled to...
James Magni has an advantage over most interior designers: He trained as an architect before entering the field. Structure and line are paramount to him, as is reducing a piece of furniture—whether...
Sicis Sicis founder Maurizio Placuzzi keeps his eye on the small as well as the big picture. “We consider ourselves mosaic makers, not tile makers,” says the former professional soccer player, who in...
When Turkish bath manufacturer VitrA invited industrial designer Ross Lovegrove to create a bathroom suite, he immediately accepted. “Istanbul is so redolent with history,” says Lovegrove. “It...
Dedon Bobby Dekeyser, a former German soccer star, kicked outdoor furniture design into the 21st century seven years ago, when his company, Dedon, released its Daydream collection of furnishings...
Yellowstone Club Few golf courses present the opportunity to stand on the side of a mountain, at an elevation of 7,500 feet, and tee off across a canyon while praying that your ball sticks on an...
Gaggenau Some of Gaggenau’s most recent innovations came in response to feedback from chefs and kitchen designers. Their recommendations prompted the 300-year-old German company to produce its best-...

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