Our Ultimate Guide to Giving and Entertaining
If, as Hotel Bauer proprietor Francesca Bortolotto Possati says, “the lobby of the Bauer is the living room of Venice,” then the new Casa Nova (+39.041.520.7022,
On a sunny summer afternoon in Camden, Maine, artist Rob Eddy watches the pleasure boats glide by the town yacht club, where he is having lunch on a lawn near the clubhouse that overlooks the ha
As part of the recent $40 million overhaul of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel (www.ritzcarlton.com, 949.240.2000), interior designer Pam An
In 1945, two years after he built the first freestanding freezer in the basement of his Madison, Wis., home, Westye Bakke launched the Sub-Zero Freezer Co.
In the evening, on the moonlit terrace of the Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort’s Imperial Suite, your gaze becomes inextricably fixed upon the silvery slab of granite rising from the earth be
When Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, tapped Rosalia Cranfield to serve as the director of the spa it was planning to open, she welcomed the opportunity to create “something private a
“Allow me to tell you about Langkawi,” requests my driver after he has deduced—perhaps because I have my face pressed against the window of his taxi—that I am a newcomer to his native isles.
The English have strange tastes. I offer as proof an episode I witnessed in July at St.
Robb Report readers should need no introduction to the work of photographer Randall Cordero, who operates Cordero Studios in Woodland Hills, Calif.
The new champagne trunk from the house of Krug (212.251.8436, www.krug.com) promises to be the toast of itinerant imbibers.
As the tools of toiling writers, the pen and bottle have enjoyed a long, and oftentimes fruitful, relationship.
Peter Hewitt has journeyed great lengths for a cup, but the founder of Tea Forte (800.
David LeFevre did not make a big splash as the new executive chef at downtown Los Angeles’ Water Grill (213.891.0900).
In his own way, Michael Mascha is trying to turn water into wine.
Flanked by her bosses at a table set for lunch, Celia Masyczek swirls her glass of 2002 D.R. Stephens Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Although he has been a Friend of Laphroaig for more than 10 years, Harry Williams of Wolverhampton, England, made his first journey to the Islay-based distillery only last summer.
The pleasures of the table are many—as are the dangers.
The duties of the host in the 21st century are onerous ones.
No one cigar complements every occasion. Even the most enthusiastic smoker would turn down a heavy-bodied Havana when teeing off at 10 am.
There is no such thing as bad chocolate, but certainly some chocolates are better than others.
The invitations have been sent. The caterer and band have been selected.
Most of the time, says interior designer Michael Booth, a co-owner of design firm Babey Moulton Jue & Booth, he enjoys the crisp staccato sound of footsteps that echoes across the lobby of the
As these ensembles demonstrate,the juxtaposition of seemingly divergent elements—New World with Old World, classic with contemporary, wood with silver—can produce the most intriguing tableware.
Husband-and-wife team Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have sizzled for 17 years in the kitchen at Terra, their James Beard award–winning restaurant in California’s Napa Valley.
When the Vietnamese woman on his right raises the pot by $400, David Sklansky folds his cards quietly and leans toward his student.
Mitch Brinton’s new business is not overly concerned with being family-friendly.
After Savile Row loungewear maker Derek Rose (available through Nap Inc., 212.481.5000, www.derek-rose.com) acquired the late Duke of Wind
The Indicator chronograph from Porsche Design (800.521.5152, www.porsche-design.com) underscores the extreme measures that watchmakers
Premium watch companies often resist advice, much less design input, from outside sources.
Although its rhaeto-romanic name translates to “tough,” new Swiss manufacturer Zai (970.925.3203, www.zai.ch) produces skis that e
The Lockes Diamantaires boutique (212.823.9511) in New York’s Time Warner Center is not designed to lure window shoppers.
Having spent nearly three decades establishing itself among the top manufacturers of machine-made suits, Pal Zileri began testing its mettle against the best hand-tailored clothing makers seven
For Nearly 25 Years, Beverly Hills jeweler Ricardo Basta has worked behind the scenes restoring and making masterpieces for Asprey and other prestigious jewelry houses.
Chubby Especials, Double Grandes, and other Crown Series cigars will find appropriately regal accommodations in the new humidor from Zino Platinum (866.561.5525,
Rebellion is afoot in Switzerland.
Traces of chemical elements in the earth create a full spectrum of colored diamonds—ranging from the more common shades of yellow and pink to the exceedingly rare blue and red.
A colored diamond is an astonishing anomaly; only one in a few hundred thousand diamonds might exhibit a shade of blue—from pale sky to deep violet.
A double-breasted vicuña topcoat hangs in the back room of the Gucci store on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone, hidden from shoppers perusing the new collection.
Despite Swiss watch design’s dizzying rate of evolution in recent years, much of mechanical watch technology has remained stagnant.
The escape wheel is not the only critical regulating component in a watch, nor is it the most problematic for watch manufacturers.
After their successful fortification of the Chrysler 300C, the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineers at DaimlerChrysler shifted their focus to the Dodge Magnum station wago
At one time, a luxury automobile was distinguished more by the rarity of its appearance than its price.
A driver judges a car, says Aston Martin chief program engineer David King, largely by how well it steers.
The audacious alloy vents along its front fenders, the 20-inch alloy wheels, the bulge flowing smartly down the middle of the hood, and the pair of ominous large-bore exhaust pipes poking out fro
The residential cruise ship, a notion many had dismissed as the right idea at the wrong time, soon may become the fastest-growing sector of the luxury travel market, with the numbers of seagoing
Colorado energy company executive Alex Cranberg certainly is not the first frequent flier to complain about airplane food.
Prowling the deck of Star Clipper, Gary Robbins calls for volunteers to raise a sail on one of the 360-foot vessel’s four masts.
When the family entered the Iraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete while vacationing one summer, they immediately fixated on the marble on the floor.
Hannah Newman is said to have objected to her son’s rolling cigars in the family barn because it left the taste of tobacco in the preserves that she stored there.