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Home: Spare Arts
If it is true that creative endeavors are the offspring of experience, as well as of the mind and spirit, then the conception of the Bolier & Co...
Greater Than Gatsby
Some eight decades ago, when Long Island’s Gold Coast glittered like one of Daisy Buchanan’s diamond necklaces, the heir to a steamship company...
FrontRunners: Amazing Space
In a territory that is starved for room, the 7,000-square-foot presidential suite on the 16th and 17th floors of the InterContinental Hong Kong ( www...
FrontRunners: Close Encounters
Those interested in something perhaps not as cool but certainly much colder might consider a trip to Antarctica. In 2004, a naturalist discovered an...
Travel: Time and Again
Peter Mckay, co-owner of the three distinctive London boutique hotels (the Gore, Hazlitt’s, and the Rookery) known collectively as Hazlitt’s Hotels,...
Journeys: Getty's Address
Standing largely as he left it more than 30 years ago, J. Paul Getty’s former home in Italy confirms that, though good taste does not necessarily...
Ultimate City Escapes: Finding Its Forte
It is likely that no one has ever whispered, in the manner of Bergman to Bogie, “We will always have Frankfurt.” The city on the Main River is the...
Ultimate City Escapes: Swell Dwelling
Calvinist missionaries from Europe nearly wiped out surfing in the 19th century, when they forced Hawaiian natives, who were the sport’s primary...
Ultimate City Escapes: Gold Rush
The sheiks in Abu Dhabi witnessed the transformation of Dubai, its fellow United Arab emirate, from a sleepy, sandy town into a tourist destination...
Ultimate City Escapes: Mayfair Lady
The neighborly relationship between Claridge’s and Buckingham Palace dates to at least 1860, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the...
Ultimate City Escapes: Gone Batty
Weird does not typically top the list of attributes one seeks in an urban hotel–unless, of course, one is heading to the capital of Texas. Here,...
Ultimate City Escapes: Saigon Rising
From the rooftop bar of the Caravelle Hotel, Vietnam War correspondents routinely watched U.S. Air Force jets streaking over enemy strongholds on...
Ultimate City Escapes: Tall Tails
In the 1930s, white-gowned Southern belles made their debuts into society by descending into the Jefferson Hotel’s rotunda while suspended from wires...
Ultimate City Escapes: Basque in the Shadow
When the Frank Gehry—designed Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao in 1997, this industrial hub in northern Spain suddenly became an international...
Ultimate City Escapes: Heavy Mettle
The members of black sabbath are better known for trashing hotel rooms than for decorating them, but in the Sorrento Hotel’s Music Suite, a poster...
Ultimate City Escapes: By Georgian
Irish history is inextricably intertwined with the British, and the Merrion hotel’s pedigree is no exception. Mornington House, one of four renovated...
Ultimate City Escapes: The Mighty Pen
Every afternoon, live chamber music and the scents of jasmine and Darjeeling drift through the grand lobby of the Peninsula Hong Kong . Here,...
Antiques: Reading Between the Lines
When fred feinsilber began acquiring illustrated books—in his case, limited-edition publications that feature high-quality engravings, sketches,...
Robb Design Portfolio: Highly Decorated
C.F. Martin & Co.’s 1 millionth guitar suitably marks the milestone. Beginning in 2002, inlay artist Larry Robinson spent two years laboring over...
FrontRunners: Universal Remote
The Vertu Constellation cell phone seems sure to find a following among international travelers. Vertu ( www.vertu.com ), a British subsidiary of...
FrontRunners: Art Appreciation
These days, a good number of interior designers are taking cues from French Art Deco pieces of the 1920s and ’30s—including those of Émile-Jacques...
FrontRunners: Sweet Successes
Torte and tart, cake and crepe, frozen and hot—cocoa will take an appetizing range of forms, including sculptural, when the Chocolate Bar returns to...
FrontRunners: First Crush
The second annual Crush Camp, a two-day course for aspiring winemakers hosted by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines ( www.diageowines.com ), begins...
FrontRunners: From The Robb Cellar
Few chicago publishing executives can claim to be pioneers—certainly not mavericks who moved west to settle and conquer the land. But John Shafer can...
FrontRunners: Select Smoke
Zino Platinum fans no longer need to pack a travel humidor for every trip. The Chubby—beloved for its sophisticated flavor, unusual perfecto shape,...
FrontRunners: Sensual Feeling
Spas continue to meld East and West in pleasing ways. The Beau-Rivage Palace ( www.brp.ch ) in Lausanne, Switzerland, one of Europe’s grande dame...
Art: Metal Urges
Bending and welding metal into a chair that is as compelling to look at as it is comfortable to sit on is a relatively straightforward process, in...
Spas: Living Weil
Dr. Andrew Weil sits casually on a stool and discusses his theories about healthy aging with 70 guests of the Miraval resort and spa in Catalina,...
Wine: Masters of Malbec
From the terrace of his newly completed winery, which overlooks a vineyard appropriately named Finca de la Vista, Santiago Achaval rests his gaze...
Dining: Branching Out
As any restaurateurs would, Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing expected challenges when they opened their new establishment near New Orleans,...
Collectibles: It’s Tricky
The spectacular growth of the magic memorabilia market is no illusion; collector Mike Caveney can attest to that. “When I started, it was a much...
Leisure: Farm Team
In a field of broken stalks stands General Cigar president and chief operating officer Daniel Núnez. Scattered bits of stems and leaves, still...
Golf: Northern Exposure
Notwithstanding Newfoundland’s name—and the fact that Newfoundlanders have been playing golf here for more than six decades—few U.S. players have...
FrontRunners: Close And Comfortable
Calculating that by this point in human history, men in the thousands will have grown weary of unisex salons, former sports-industry executives Bill...
Watches: Season Tickets
Stanislas de Quercize, the recently appointed CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, must not be averse to risk. After all, he entrusted two young executives...
Jewelry: Turkish Delights
Yossi Harari says he is a student of ancient Ottoman, Etruscan, and Hellenistic art, and those influences are readily apparent in his jewelry designs...
High Stakes Style
An American Dream, Norman Mailer describes Las Vegas of 1965 as “a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were...
Style: Bespoken For
Custom clothing may enable the wearer to express his unique sense of style, but of the more than 100 custom shirts that Louis Bershad orders each...
Z Is For Zest
BMW was first, in 1996, with its made-in-America Z3 roadster, which, powered by a 4-cylinder engine dribbling out 138 hp, required nearly 10 seconds...
FrontRunners: California Dreaming
In the early 1950s, automobile designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin began imagining a new sports car in his studio in Hollywood, Calif. He sold the design...
Back Page: Leading By Getting Out of the Way
The accomplishments of Bavarian Motor Works–known better as BMW–become that much more impressive when you consider that some car companies struggle...
FrontRunners: Premium Blend
In 2003, the Italian boatbuilder Mochi Craft, part of the Ferretti Group ( www.ferrettigroupusa.com ), introduced an astonishing hybrid that combined...
Boating: Box Launch
To explore the Queen Charlotte Islands two years ago, Massachusetts businessman Bernie Blum had his 43-foot Cheoy Lee shipped overland from Florida...
It is the day before the 2006 Newport-to-Bermuda race, and any minute now we are going to cast off and put one of the racing yachts through its paces...
Bavarian Birds Of Passage
No sound of wheels or hoof-beat breaks The silence of the summer day, As by the loveliest of all lakes I while the idle hours away. –from Henry...
Wings & Water: Air Turbulence
Change is in the air–literally. New business models are proliferating in private aviation, and a complicated industry is growing more so, as debit...
Wings & Water: Less Is More
In an industry where growth and expanded services predominate, the PlaneSense fractional program offers a case study in the benefits of doing a...
Wings & Water: Safety First
Speak with a regular flier about his priorities when selecting a fractional or charter provider, and chances are good that avoiding catastrophe will...
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