Robb Report Home & Style – May/June 2014

Overview

ELEGANT ESCAPES   Destination villas and high-design havens that celebrate outdoor living. Plus properties in New York, Paris, Costa Rica, Phuket, Hong Kong, and Tuscany.

From This Issue

Design Seen: Hitting the Walls

For last fall’s remaking of Beverly Hills’s Greystone Mansion as a decorator show house, the team at L’Esperance Design (310.385.9400, http://www.lesperancedesign.com) in West Hollywood, Calif., wanted to contribute something monumental. The firm’s design partners, Daelen Cory and Paul L’Esperance, had a trompe l’oeil effect in mind, but the project presented limitations. “We couldn’t paint or […]

Design Seen: Christofle

Designer Jean-Marie Massaud has poured his talents into the 20-piece Silver Time collection—the first brunch service from the centuries-old manufacturer of silver flatware and other decorative accessories for the home. The Silver Time tea fountain (shown, $2,950), which measures 9.8 inches in diameter and 11.5 inches tall, incorporates silver plate, steel, and borosilicate glass and […]

Design Seen: St. Cecilia

The New York–based firm Meyer Davis Studio has brought a distinctive vintage-cum-urban aesthetic to the South with its design for St. Cecilia, a new restaurant in Buckhead led by owner and chef Ford Fry and executive chef Brian Horn. The 11,000-square-foot venue features distressed mirrors, reclaimed-wood floors, Romanesque tiled columns, and stone chef’s tables. 404.554.9995, […]

Design Seen: The Glass House

Known for her fog sculptures, the Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya will shroud a landmark of modern architecture in her favored medium when she presents Veil at the Philip Johnson–built Glass House. The structure, a National Trust Historic Site, celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, and from May 1 to November 30, for 10 to 15 […]

Design Seen: Grace Bay Club

Thom Filicia has provided a glimpse of his comprehensive redesign for the Grace Bay Club with the completion of the 20-year-old resort’s lobby. The refreshed space presents shades of coral and sand that complement the Caribbean views, while lush potted palms, capiz-shell chandeliers, and wood furniture harmonize similarly with their island surroundings. The renovations are […]

Design Seen: Agape

The sleek, sculptural Spoon tub by the designer Giampaolo Benedini was a sensation when Agape unveiled it in 1998, and the company has wowed with its bath creations ever since. (In 2010, Agape received Robb Report’s Best of the Best honor for its Memory line.) Now the Italian manufacturer is captivating the design faithful with […]

Design Seen: Gien

To mark the upcoming 140th anniversary of its Pivoines pattern, the earthenware producer has combined the archetype with another of its most popular designs. The handpainted Pivoines peonies and the delicate Pont aux Choux textured shapes meet in the new Pont aux Choux Pivoines line ($96 to $343). The seven-piece series includes a cake platter […]

Design Seen: Røros Tweed

Centuries-old Scandinavian weaving techniques have defined the wares of Røros Tweed since 1940, and for its latest collection of blankets, the company has collaborated with the French designer Inga Sempé. The two designs, Agnès (shown) and Bernadette, highlight Røros Tweed’s signature material—pure wool from Norwegian sheep—and come in three colors each. 781.444.7745, http://www.rorostweed.com

Design Seen: Byung Hoon Choi

Armed with a chisel, sandpaper, and a blowtorch, the Korean artist Byung Hoon Choi transforms monolithic slabs of basalt into sculptural benches. Choi’s art furniture is part of the permanent collection at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an exhibition of his work recently appeared at the same city’s Friedman Benda gallery, where the […]

Design Seen: Cattelan Italia

The modern furniture maker features the designs of Studio28 founder Gino Carollo, including his latest dining table, Glenn (from $5,900). The piece—one of Carollo’s several collaborations with the company—has a mixed base composed of intersecting planes of white Carrara marble and Canaletto walnut wood. The circular glass top is 15 mm thick. +39.0445.318711, http://www.cattelanitalia.com

Design Seen: Jenni Kayne Home

For years, Angelenos have flocked to Jenni Kayne’s boutiques in Los Angeles’s Brentwood and West Hollywood areas, drawn by her shops’ relaxed-meets-sophisticated apparel and warm-meets-modern aesthetic. Now they can venture north to Santa Barbara’s Montecito neighborhood, where in October she opened her first home store. The space offers Kayne’s handpicked selections, such as Caleb Siemon […]

Design Seen: L’Objet

In honor of its 10-year anniversary and to commemorate the Chinese year of the horse, L’Objet has released this equine decorative object (28 by 22 inches; $6,000) from the company’s Sous le Ciel series. The Limoges porcelain design is reminiscent of horse sculptures from the Han dynasty, and it is limited to 100 pieces. 855.562.5388, […]

Design Seen: Linda Allen

Interior designer Linda Allen has created outdoor lighting options that offer the sophistication of indoor table and floor lamps along with enhanced functionality. Each of the Live.Anywhere collection’s seven portable styles ($2,600 to $4,200), including Persia (shown), is wireless and rechargeable. They provide illumination for up to 140 hours. 702.410.5911, http://www.lindaallendesigns.com

Design Seen: Rolf Sachs

The Swiss-born artist’s latest photography collection, Camera in Motion—From Chur to Tirano, features blurred images of landscapes that he captured while riding the Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway between Thusis, Switzerland, and Tirano, Italy. Individual photographs are available for sale—Sachs shot more than 20,000—and a book documenting the project will be released […]

Design Seen: Officine Gullo

Fans of the company’s antique-inspired indoor range now have an outdoor version to covet. Officine Gullo has replaced the indoor stove’s stainless steel frame and panels with marine-grade steel. Optional enhancements for the design (about $85,000 as shown) include lava stone grills, deep fryers, a refrigeration unit, and a butcher-block workstation. Each handcrafted stove is […]

Design Seen: Baccarat

In the dozen years since Oki Sato founded the Tokyo-based firm Nendo, he has been commissioned by a number of luxury brands—Armani, Boffi, and Cartier among them—seeking his Japanese minimalist aesthetic for their products. In January, the 36-year-old architect added Baccarat to that list of clients, creating a chess set ($32,000) to commemorate the crystal […]

Design Seen: Best in Show

Exquisite finds from Paris’s latest Maison & Objet design fair. 1} Fendi Casa The Italian fashion and furnishings house’s Boiserie design, made from lacquered wood ($9,260 as shown), is a faux fireplace with an LCD TV built in. Custom sizes, colors, and lacquers are available for the modern “hearth.” 305.438.1660, http://www.fendi.com 2} Meissen Plates in […]

Design Seen: Playing House

Bold designs bring delight into the rooms of youngsters and the young at heart. 1} Challières Paris  This birdhouse-inspired shade is made from copper wiring and colorful decorative birds. Shown here as a single-tiered pendant light ($495), the La Volière lamp is also offered in floor and tabletop models. Available at the Conran Shop, +44.844.848.4000, […]

Smart Showings May 2014

Los Angeles Making a statement proportional to its large scale, this travertine-encased residence, completed earlier this year, is as suitable for displaying art as it is for entertaining. A long, gated driveway leads to the expansive Bel Air property, which offers compelling canyon views. An entrance enhanced with a reflecting pool leads to a 34-foot-high […]

Doyle Herman Design Associates

At a landscape design event 15 years ago, Kathryn Herman and James Doyle bonded over their mutual appreciation of esoteric European gardens—a conversation that laid the groundwork for their future collaborations. Today the landscape designers’ namesake firm remains rooted in Greenwich, Conn., where it began, but its projects extend across the Northeast and to other […]

Great Escapes: Cape Town, South Africa

Endless Summer Wedged between glistening ocean and verdant vineyards, South Africa’s west-coast metropolis is a perfect blend of stunning natural beauty and stylish sophistication. This enticing concoction, along with a perennially pleasant Mediterranean climate, is especially alluring during the summer months (December to March), when warm weather coincides with such annual events as the Cape […]

Great Escapes: Puglia, Italy

Paradise Found Italy’s southeast coast, with its fishing towns, rustic charm, and limited development, may be the country’s most untouched destination—for now. Increasingly, foreigners are finding their way to the coast of Puglia, and Italians are showing interest in the region, buying homes to serve as retreats from their primary residences in Milan and Rome. […]

Great Escapes: Queensland, Australia

High Style Down Under Queensland—Australia’s second-largest state—occupies the country’s idyllic northeast corner, where the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef, with its 900 islands and nearly 3,000 reefs, attract those with a penchant for diving and other underwater and outdoor sports. Nearly every city and beach town, from Port Douglas in the north to […]

Great Escapes: The Hamptons, New York

Shingle Belles The socializing. The restaurants. And yes, even the Long Island rosé for summer sipping. The attractions are plentiful in the Hamptons, especially for the thousands of nearby New Yorkers who choose to vacation here. Long Island’s Gatsbyesque South Fork is an affluent area that encompasses not only towns and hamlets with Hampton in […]

Great Escapes: Punta Mita, Mexico

Mexican Revelations Among the many charms of the Riviera Nayarit, on the Pacific coast, are its tropical climate, its marine wildlife, and its outdoor pursuits, such as surfing, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. Investors are staking claims along this 200-mile stretch of shore north of Puerto Vallarta, especially at Punta Mita, a 1,500-acre master-planned resort […]

Great Escapes: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Mountain Time Jackson hole may be widely known for its spectacular skiing in winter—its slopes boast a vertical drop of 4,100 feet—but its peak season is actually summer, when five times as many visitors come to bike, hike, fish, and simply relax at the down-to-earth resort. Vacation homes here, whether perched amid the rush of […]

Great Escapes: St. Barts

Caribbean Queen With its upscale shopping, fine dining, and vibrant nightlife, St. Barts is perhaps the most well-rounded destination in the Caribbean. Fifteen swimmable beaches, several of which are protected, encircle the island, and the harbor in Gustavia attracts a mix of superyachts and sailboats. A handful of hotels offer villa-style accommodations, but many visitors […]

Out & About

Oversize windows and a garden, among other features, make outdoor living the focus throughout Stella Maris. FACTS & STATS Builder: VSY Architect: Laurent Giles Naval Architects Exterior Design: Espen Øino International Interior Design: Reverberi Design Length: 236.5 feet (72 meters) Cabins: 6 VIP guest cabins plus an owner’s cabin Guests: 12 Crew: 20 Price: Available […]

It Takes a Village

The 800-year-old village of Castelfalfi was home to no more than a dozen people in 2007, when the German-owned multinational TUI purchased the 2,700-acre site. “It was a ghost town,” says Stefan Neuhaus, CEO of the new Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, which TUI is developing within the once-neglected enclave in the Tuscan commune of Montaione. “The […]

City Style: The Peninsula Hong Kong

Opened in 1928, the grande dame of the city’s hotel scene marries old-world charm, such as the neoclassical arches in the vast lobby (where afternoon tea is a Hong Kong institution), with the latest in 21st-century technology and design. Wireless tablets in the 300 rooms and suites control everything from lighting to music and video […]

City Style: Mira Moon

Created by the London-based yoo Studio and the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, this 91-room hotel draws its inspiration from a Chinese fairy tale. Mira Moon tells its own story through myriad details, including tiny silhouettes of rabbits in corridors, ornately carved wood paneling on walls, and sheer curtains in the guestrooms that cast a tint […]

City Style: W Hong Kong

W Hotels’ outpost in Hong Kong’s booming West Kowloon district mimics the energy and vibrancy of its urban surroundings. Many of the property’s 393 rooms and suites have enviable views of West Kowloon’s harborfront and the city skyline, and all highlight the hip decor that the hospitality brand is known for. Those seeking W style […]

City Style: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Blond woods, cool marble, floor-to-ceiling windows, and ample natural light make the hotel’s 399 guest rooms feel spacious. Guests dine beneath Czech-made crystal chandeliers at the two-Michelin-starred French restaurant Caprice—where chef Fabrice Vulin oversees a menu that includes Asia’s largest selection of artisanal French cheeses—and lounge beside an infinity-edge pool that appears to spill over […]

City Style: Pearl Lam Galleries

From its perch in the city’s historic Pedder Building (and its outposts in Shanghai and Singapore), the gallery plays a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese contemporary art and design. The establishment showcases the creations of up-and-coming talents such as Tsang Kin-Wah and of leading artists like Jenny Holzer and Yinka Shonibare. A […]

City Style: Art Basel in Hong Kong

The international art show’s next Hong Kong edition, to be held from May 15 to 18, will present 245 of the top galleries from Asia and the rest of the world. Notable establishments, including Gagosian Gallery, White Cube, and Galerie Perrotin, will be represented, as will some 3,000 artists ranging from emerging names to modern […]

City Style: Top Shops

1} Marie France Van Damme Known for her globally influenced, Riviera-ready collections, the fashion designer Marie France Van Damme bridges the gap between day and evening wear through versatile pieces that can be easily mixed and matched for all occasions. Her first boutique in Hong Kong, which opened last year on the third floor of […]

City Style: AMMO

The well-heeled visitors who take in the art shows, film screenings, and other offerings at the cultural nonprofit Asia Society Hong Kong Center head downstairs to the restaurant AMMO, where they dine on Mediterranean-Asian dishes against a backdrop of soaring ceilings, art deco details, and a huge wall of windows overlooking the surrounding greenery. Among […]

City Style: M+

Scheduled for completion in 2017, M+ is developing under the auspices of the Swiss design firm Herzog & de Meuron. Plans for the museum of design, film, architecture, and visual art are bold—the structure is expected to measure nearly 650,000 square feet—and already M+ is making a statement. The curators have shown works, such as […]

City Style: Duddell’s

A Hong Kong Central social hub for the creatively minded, Duddell’s features styling by the London-based interior designer Ilse Crawford. Guests of the 8,000-square-foot space can sip artisanal cocktails and vintage Champagne in the sophisticated salon or lounge on the lush outdoor terrace. The ambience is relaxed yet refined—an ideal setting for indulging in the […]

City Style: Liang Yi Museum

This brand-new 20,000-square-foot, four-story museum recently opened on Hollywood Road—Hong Kong’s historic thoroughfare of art galleries and antiques shops. The private institution showcases rare and precious antiques that reflect the city’s East-meets-West culture. Objects on display range from a collection of hardwood furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties to a grouping of nearly 400 […]

Second Look: Magic Carpets

Giving guests aboard Stella Maris the illusion of walking on water did not demand a miracle from the carpet-crafting artisans at Tai Ping, but it was difficult nonetheless. “We had been asked to produce a loose rug [almost 57 feet long] to perfectly match the layout of the corridor [outside the VIP guest cabins],” says […]