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Design Seen: May 2013

  • Samantha Brooks

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.
£10
Restyled by Nina Petronzio, the covered patio of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel’s bar £10 now features customized furnishings from the designer’s Plush Home line. Down-filled seating provides comfortable gathering places where guests can enjoy the bar’s menu of rare whiskies from the Macallan. (The Speyside distillery’s mills appear on the Scottish 10-pound note, from which the bar takes its name.) Handcrafted cocktails are also a specialty. 310.860.5808, www.montagebeverlyhills.com

GERMANY
Spiegelau
After years of using Spiegelau’s stemware for taste tests, the founders of the U.S. breweries Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada decided to collaborate with the German company on a beer glass for India Pale Ale (IPA). Available in May, the glass ($24.90 a pair) has a wide opening to preserve an IPA’s frothy head and emphasize its aromas. 888.474.3335, www.riedelusa.net

JAIPUR, INDIA
Andraab
Woven on a hand loom and embroidered by hand, these Patta wool throws ($300 apiece) are just a few of the exquisitely crafted items ($200 to $11,000) that Andraab offers at its first shop within a hotel—the Fairmont Jaipur, which opened earlier this year. 212.920.4804, www.andraab.com

LONDON
Charlotte Cory
Charlotte Cory is putting a new face on the tradition of Victorian-style portraiture. The artist combines portraits of animal heads—dogs, foxes, giraffes, parrots—with images of human busts, the full depictions of which she prints on fabric that she uses to cover the seat backs and bottoms of chairs. Prices start at around $2,000 for Cory’s chairs, which can take as long as six weeks to make. Prints of Cory’s portraits hang in Windsor Castle and Shakespeare’s Globe theater. Available through the Green Parrot Gallery, +44.208.858.8308, greenparrotgallery.com

BALI, INDONESIA
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Two pavilions with indoor and outdoor areas covering nearly 30,000 square feet form the resort’s new beachfront restaurant, Sundara. The Tokyo-based Spin Design Studio, which also has created restaurants for Four Seasons properties in Beijing, Shanghai, and Cairo, designed the space to transition from daytime eatery to fine-dining restaurant to late-night bar. The name Sundara is the Sanskrit word for “beautiful,” an apt adjective for the Balinese decor. +62.361.701010, www.fourseasons.com

EUROPE
Beau-Rivage Palace * Hassler * Raffles
Three hotels’ upgrades are ready in time for style-minded travelers this summer. In Lausanne, Switzerland, the Beau-Rivage Palace has unveiled the first of its refreshed rooms (junior suites from $1,275 nightly)—part of a $29 million renovation by the designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The Hassler Roma has opened its 3,767-square-foot penthouse suite (from $19,300 nightly), which, with its three bedrooms and 753-square-foot city-view terrace, occupies the Italian property’s newly built eighth floor. And at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, each of the 11 Privé suites (from $5,100 to $29,000 nightly) now has a unique design by Philippe Starck. Beau-Rivage Palace, +41.21.613.3306, www.brp.ch; Hassler Roma, +39.06.699.340, www.hotel​hasslerroma.com; Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, +33.1.42.99.88.00, www.raffles.com/paris

LORRAINE, FRANCE
Saint-Louis
With its new En Cage collection of lanterns ($790 to $1,575), Saint-Louis brings a more contemporary glow to its traditional crystal creations. The company—France’s oldest glass manufacturer—enlisted the help of two young French designers, Émilie Colin Garros and Philippine Lemaire, to create the shapely light houses. They come in three sizes, the tallest being 11.6 inches high, and colors range from purple and sky blue to a gray hue called flannel. Each is designed to hold one or two tea lights. 212.835.6448, www.saint-louis.com

NEW YORK CITY
Tabula Rasa
Emily Diamandis has taken a fashion-forward approach to her debut line of knitted home accessories and knitwear ($220 to $1,495). Throw pillows, travel blankets, and wrap-style cardigans are on offer from the designer, who founded the sweater design department at Rag & Bone before launching her collection earlier this year. Her seven patterns are available in a variety of colorways, and her bespoke service enables clients to specify color, size, and yarn for certain pieces. tabularasa-ny.com

LONDON
Eagle Wolf Orca
The Archipelago II stone-and-glass table ($2,060) is said to derive its minimalist design from one of the principles of Japanese flower arranging—subtraction, or the notion that the empty space created by subtracting one too many flowers is beautiful. The craftsmen behind Eagle Wolf Orca’s design create each table by handpicking the stone, slicing it carefully, and securing the glass between the slabs. Each table is unique, but the glass top usually measures about 30 inches long by 18 inches wide. www.eaglewolforca.com

LOS ANGELES
Scala Luxury
Oliver Bowien designed Scala Luxury’s retro-style Croco sideboard ($28,700)—a shining example of embossed brass in a crocodile pattern. Later this year, the company, which often uses exotic skins in its pieces, will introduce four additional Bowien-designed items with the same embossing. 310.929.7211, www.scalaluxury.com

MANASSAS, VA.
Brabbu
Named for the part of the human eye that controls light perception, the new Iris mirror ($4,266) is among the illustrious designs from the furnishings company Brabbu. The convex mirror sits off center, in a gilded frame, within the glossy beige-lacquered surround containing ebony veneer. The entire piece measures 40 inches in diameter. 703.369.3324, www.brabbu.com

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.
Paolo Bongia
High ceilings, Indonesian bricks, and a faceted window resembling a cut diamond create a striking environment that helps this new jewelry boutique on Rodeo Drive triumph over its small space. Designed by the Los Angeles–based architect Gulla Jonsdottir, the 500-square-foot store displays the Lebanese brand’s one-of-a-kind pieces ($800 to $100,000), made from 18-karat gold and precious stones, in cases that cling to the walls. 310.278.8181, www.paolobongia.com

UDINE, ITALY
Moroso
The Biknit chaise lounge ($8,510), by the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for the Italian firm Moroso, is making its U.S. debut. Thanks to two versions with different materials, the chaise can weave its magic indoors or out. 212.334.7222, www.moroso.it

MIAMI
Nest
Offering everything from Alexandra von Furstenberg’s acrylic furniture to the casegoods and furnishings from European brands like Arca and Domus, Nest will soon have two locations in the Miami area. While the 2,400-square-foot Design District space, which opened last fall, caters more to interior designers, the 800-square-foot Bal Harbour location will emphasize home accessories and gifts when it opens its doors in late May. 877.661.0417, www.nestcasa.com

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