Home Design

Jiun Ho earned wunderkind status by launching his first furniture collection when he was only 26. “I guess I decided to pay my dues by living my dream and following my passion for design,” he says...
Aman’s home is still his castle—his priorities have just changed. The kitchen has taken over from the great hall, and the bathroom has become the royal chambers. You need only compare the floor plans...
Eclecticism isn’t what it used to be. Geoffrey Bradfield’s particular brand of eclecticism—sophisticated juxtapositions of 20th-century styles and unexpected combinations of materials—has itself...
Understatement was not part of the Romanov vocabulary. The Russian rulers’ ornate Baroque palaces were symphonies of gold, amber, malachite, and lapis lazuli. Their furnishings reflected the Empire...
Enter the unassuming building in New York’s historic Flatiron District, and you are immediately transported. The lobby of Bisazza, a leader in the art and craft of glass mosaics, dazzles with its...
The 18th century was good to Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville d’Avray—for a while, anyway. His royal French connections (his first child was christened in the chapel at Versailles with godmother Queen...
It began as boxes within a box. To be precise, 35 boxes of what Fredi and Robert Consolo modestly call their “accessories” had to find a home within a contemporary box—a penthouse overlooking Miami’s...
Operating a full-featured home theater, complete with electric drapes, ceiling fans, and enough electronic equipment to heat a sauna, could require as many as 10 remote controls. The wireless remote...
Barbara Butler may understand more than most about the likes and dislikes of children. However, you don’t have to be an aunt to 15 nieces and nephews, as she is, to know that children enjoy...
Italian kitchens are joining the ranks of Italian sports cars, with sleek designs that incorporate luxurious materials and innovative details. Looking toward the future, Snaidero, a top manufacturer...
Only one name is always mentioned in the same breath as “best” when discussing West In-dian Colonial furniture—Michael Connors. His by-appointment-only New York showroom welcomes a parade of top...
Recognizing the truth to the adage that home is where the heart is, we have assembled a selection of 10 American cities, towns, and other locales best suited for specific tastes and preferences or...
“I think California is the best country in the world and always will be no matter who comes into it or what is done to it,” wrote publisher and impassioned builder William Randolph Hearst in 1906. “...
When Scott Jones decided he wanted to watch movies in his turn-of-the-century English manor near Indianapolis, he called noted home theater architect Theo Kalomirakis. “Top yourself!” demanded Jones...
On a recent spring evening, a mix of some 20 New York architects, interior designers, and magazine editors chat over Champagne and hors d’oeuvres in Manhattan’s SoHo district. They are about to sit...
It’s impossible to write about bespoke furniture designer David Linley without mentioning his parents, the late Princess Margaret and photographer Lord Snowdon. Building furniture might seem an...
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...
As individual real estate companies get absorbed by national chains, we take comfort in knowing that Sotheby’s International Realty still functions as a boutique agency. Its reach is worldwide, but...
The Art of Marketing Architecture In the hands of David Mossler, Michael Deasy , and Crosby Doe , the marketing of exceptional architectural properties has become a powerful tool. Since joining...
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...
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...

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