High Design

Overview

Robb Report Home & Style Premiere Issue. Inside the world's ultimate estates - London, Norway. Aspen, Paris, Miami, New York, Rio de Janeiro.

From This Issue

Pitch Perfect

Balancing Act In Southern Norway’s seaside city of Kristiansand, whitewashed cottages line the shores. So while the owners of this strikingly contemporary retreat on an islet just off the mainland wanted something innovative, they also wanted something that would harmonize with the landscape. Charged with fulfilling these desires were Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings, of […]

London Time

Set in Stone When the owners of this recently completed home in Chelsea asked for something “luxurious but homey,” the London-based firm SHH Architects set about creating a contemporary environment with Art Deco embellishments—mirrors, detailed hardware, layers of materials. The team went with a mix of bespoke furnishings, as well as items from the Los […]

Joan Behnke

Since founding her eponymous company 15 years ago, the Los Angeles–based interior designer Joan Behnke has worked with myriad clients, from tycoons and professional athletes to the proprietors of boutique hotels. Her projects have been as varied as her clients—private planes, beach houses, penthouses, golf courses—and they have spanned the globe, from Southern California and […]

Smart Showings

Los Angeles When the actor and self-taught designer Kristoffer Winters purchased a 5,000-square-foot home in west Los Angeles’s affluent Holmby Hills neighborhood in 2010, he envisioned for the property an Art Deco–influenced overhaul. With the help of architect Philip Vertoch, builder Gordon Gibson, and landscape designer Stephen Block, he transformed the original home—built in 1959 […]

Water’s Edge

Plan of Steel  David de la Garza coinedthe term Miamiyorkian to describe his darkly elegant and thoroughly sophisticated design for this 9,000-square-foot condo in a South Beach high-rise. The 34-year-old, Mexico-based architect completed the home in the fall for its international industrialist owner, incorporating gray quartzite—both on the floors and in the columns’ bricks—that recalls […]

Resort Town: Aspen

To say that Aspen is in the midst of a renaissance suggests that the Rocky Mountain resort town suffered a decline in popularity and prestige in the first place. To the contrary, the ever-glamorous Colorado retreat has proved resilient as a ski destination for the international elite, even in the face of falling real estate […]

City Style: Rio de Janeiro

The death of Rio de Janeiro native Oscar Niemeyer in December marked not only the conclusion of a 76-year career for Brazil’s most influential architect, but also the end of an era for the country. Credited with almost single-handedly defining Brazil’s modernism movement with his sweeping, futuristic buildings, Niemeyer was virtually the architect of a […]

Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi

1} Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9 Designed to resemble a piece of furniture, the A9 speaker system ($2,700) from Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay brand streams music wirelessly from most personal devices or directly via line-in or USB inputs. The cover comes in white, black, brown, green, red, or silver. 866.520.1400, http://www.beoplay.com 2} Davone Mojo The […]

Taking It Outside

1} Charles Johnson Reconstituted limestone and a bronze “stem” form the 29-inch-tall cherry objet d’art, which has a base of weathered hemlock. $3,200. 914.330.5525, http://www.cajohnson.biz 2} Kenneth Cobonpue The rickshaw’s aluminum frame features seats and other elements wrapped in woven polyethylene. $15,000. 888.889.9005, http://www.kennethcobonpue.com 3} Azadeh Shladovsky Blue steel adds intrigue to the Ladera side […]

Cuts Above

Paris Lighting that is truly a glass act A Nathalie Pasqua–designed chandelier is more sculptural than functional, casting no more light than that emitted by a handful of birthday candles. And this is precisely the intention of the former ballerina turned lighting creator. After 20 years under the Opéra National de Paris’s glaring stage lights, […]

Great Escapes

LORNE, AUSTRALIA Robert Mills completed Ocean House—his personal beach retreat—in late 2011, and when the architect is not in residence, he rents it to those desiring a rarefied base for their Australian adventures. Located about two hours southwest of Melbourne, the six-bedroom structure of concrete, glass, and wood overlooks a eucalyptus forest and the waters […]

What a Relief

Eighteen months’ growing time, from initial design to installation, brought this olive tree to its finished 40-foot height. The sculptural relief is the work of the London-based firm DKT Artworks, whose team carried out the commission for the owners of a home in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood (see “London Time“). The relief, which spans the […]