Home Design

Mistress of Discipline Naomi Leff refuses to be pigeonholed by one style. “People live so differently in different climates that everything I do depends on the geography and, obviously, on the...
“I’m a modernist at heart, absolutely,” says Charles Gwathmey, who names Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and James Stirling as his influences. “Modernism means being part of a creative continuum. It’s the...
Site for Sore Eyes “Your neighbor is the enemy—who knows what he’s going to build—so I always tell clients to buy land at the edge of a national park,” says Hugh Newell Jacobsen , who has been...
David Mlinaric “All good interior design needs a frame of good, if not great, architecture. The better the architecture, the less one has to decorate.” Throughout his distinguished career, David...
Italian Scallions Sistema ES isn’t just another great design from the Italian kitchen com-pany Snaidero. It’s the first collection ever designed to be completely freestanding. No walls need apply. (A...
Roy Jacuzzi is still passionate about his hot tubs. Last year he launched the Private Collection limited-edition series with the Vizion whirlpool, outfitted with a 10-inch LCD TV, DVD player, and...
If it seems too much of a stretch to consider the workhorse vacuum cleaner as an art object, a walk through the recent exhibition A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975–2000 at New York’s Metropolitan...
This is a good time to be an ambitious home cook. Twenty years ago, a gas cooktop with four individual burners was about as good as it got. These days, however, gas ranges might feature as many as...
“Strength” is a word that comes up often in conversation with Manhattan interior designer Charles Allem. “I lean toward Empire as a style because of its great strength,” he says, referring to a 3,800...
The sky’s the limit for most homeowners building a media room. For Anthony von Elbe, a truss was nearly the limit in Manga Reva, his historic Spanish Mediterranean-style home in Fort Lauderdale’s...
When we set out to bring you the ultimate house tour, we didn’t realize that our ideal residence would actually be 11 different homes. When we speak of home, we speak as much of a state of mind as of...
Good evening, sir," my house said. The face recognition camera cued the front door to open. I wiped my feet and stepped inside. "Hello, Alfred," I replied as I removed my coat. "I sense tension in...
Mark Stiving is disappointed in most home automation. “Any [system] can turn lights on. The challenge is turning them off,” says Stiving, president and CEO of Destiny Networks, a California home...
Every city has one—a furniture showroom that showcases the new, the cutting edge, and the progressive. A place where you can see the shape of things to come. Chicago has been the beneficiary of two...
In 1996, when Chris Allen and her husband, Stuart, met architect Alexander Gorlin at New York’s Plaza Hotel, they were hoping to talk him into designing an Italian villa for the four acres they owned...
When Claude Monet purchased his home at Giverny, he paid as much attention to its interiors as to its lush gardens and ponds, which he immortalized on canvas. The range he selected for the family...
David Teplica was looking for something to place on a pedestal, actually on the two limestone pedestals guarding the Romanesque granite home that he was restoring to its 1910 splendor. “There would...
A traditional soak tub allows you to immerse your body almost completely in hot, steamy water. The interior is free of whirlpool or air jets. There are no motors, no pumps, and no noise. The water is...
Paul Mathieu named his new furniture collection Bianca after a photographer friend he goes horseback riding with. “She said that the pieces reminded her of a horse’s flank, and that’s exactly it,”...
Carl D’Aquino knows the owners of the 1895 Pennsylvania country house well; he has, after all, decorated 11 other houses for the best-selling author and her businessman husband over the last two...
Several years ago, Bruce Hannay—a senior vice president for Prudential Financials and self-confessed car addict from the tender age of 2—determined to construct a space at his Phoenix, Ariz., home to...
The Umanskys are lucky. They seem to suffer neither generation gaps nor family feuds. As proof, one need go no further than the contemporary Beverly Hills residence Alfredo and Betty Umansky have...
Range hoods perform the unglamorous but necessary task of sucking smoke, odors, and grease out of the kitchen. That does not mean they have to look ugly, however. A few designers have raised the...

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