Home and Design

Windy Hill, A Grand Manor in Mississippi, conveys the immediate impression that it has presided for centuries over the 2,000-acre property on which it stands, secreting the tales of the family it has...
When Bottega Veneta first collaborated with the St. Regis Hotel, New York, it was to create a handbag commemorating the Manhattan establishment’s 100th anniversary, in 2004. At the time, the Italian...
Since 1967, when he introduced his Polo label with a series of handmade ties, Ralph Lauren has been demonstrating his penchant for preppy apparel. The designer, who was born Ralph Lifshitz in the...
A year before retiring, Gloria and Randal Baker purchased a pair of one-eighth fractional shares at the Hearthstone Private Residence Club in McCall, Idaho. The Sacramento, Calif., couple planned to...
Hype suffuses the hospitality business, but the Keating hotel in San Diego is indeed—as its promoters claim—unique. The 35-room property, housed in an 1890 Romanesque Revival building in the city’s...
In 1913, Kohler hired Frederick Jr. and John Olmsted, sons of the designer of New York’s Central Park, to devise a 50-year plan for the company’s namesake village in Wisconsin. Their blueprint for...
For more than two decades, Englishman David Linley had been crafting custom wood furniture for interior designers and their clients through his namesake retail shop in London (a second store opened...
To coincide with the opening of its fourth U.S. showroom, which is located outside Los Angeles in Culver City, Calif., German furniture company Vitra ( www.vitra.com ) commissioned architect Greg...
Nearly a decade after the death of Gianni Versace, who once described his couture as having “the memory of the classic mixed with a touch of the future,” the designer continues to influence his...
During Napoléon Bonaparte’s reign, European furniture styles reflected his ambition and his ego. Mahogany pieces that were designed and decorated to be grand and monumental—later referred to as the...
When neither east nor west is best, when matters on the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts demand equal attention, or when the virtues of both locations are equally alluring, it becomes desirable to own...
In the English countryside, 30 miles south of London, an Arts and Crafts brick manor has been reborn, transformed into a stylishly appointed, high-tech guesthouse. However, the exterior is deceiving...
Sferra Fine Linens has created bedding so precious that you might hesitate to lie on it. The Burano sets—each comprising one ivory fitted sheet, one ivory flat sheet, and two pillowcases—are made...
Domus has occupied the front ranks of the world’s architecture and design journals since its founding by Milanese architect Gio Ponti in 1928. In December, the German publisher Taschen ( www.taschen...
“I call it lovers’ spaceship,” says designer Sacha Lakic, referring to one of his latest creations, a streamlined, if not spacecraft-like, three-seat sofa. The Meridienne, as the sofa officially is...
In 1945, Arts & Architecture magazine initiated the Case Study House program, which commissioned designs of 36 houses from Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Craig Ellwood, and other...
Two well-regarded designers have opened new displays of custom kitchens. Smallbone of Devizes ( www.smallboneofdevizes.com ), a company founded by self-trained British designer Charlie Smallbone, has...
The contents of your refrigerator, whether they comprise a wasteland of condiments and week-old takeout containers or a microcosmic farmer’s market, can reveal a great deal about you. But the latest...
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 fortune crafted a mansion here that could have housed...
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. showroom, which opened earlier this year in High...
Before saying yes to Suzanne Lovell last fall, Sam Kasten had turned down many offers from other designers seeking to create home goods collections from his hand-loomed textiles. Kasten, founder of...
Los Angeles furniture maker Martin Pierce finally acceded to demand this spring when he launched Martin Pierce Hardware, his collections of knobs, pulls, handles, and levers. In the mid-1990s, Pierce...
The Grand Canyon owes its existence to running water, to the rivers and streams that have, over the course of millennia, cut and revealed the rock walls’ layers. The KWC Canyon line of faucets is not...
The company that introduced the first built-in wall oven in 1955, the double-oven in 1956, and the black glass oven in 1965 now presents the Thermador Freedom Collection, a line of modular...
Some good things come in conspicuously grand packages. Among these is the Sub-Zero Pro 48, a 48-inch stainless steel unit that weighs in at a hefty 800 pounds. It maintains the style and quality of a...
Peter Marino’s style is difficult to define because his modern aesthetic creates a whole new architectural vocabulary. He employs spare lines and innovative materials and combines them with...
After viewing the saltwater lagoons and aquariums at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, a client of landscape architect Mario Nievera made a seemingly straightforward request: Replicate that concept...
Although William Switzer & Associates did not realize it at the time, when fashioning reproductions of French modernist Lucien Rollin’s designs several years ago, the Canadian furniture maker was...
A Ciottolo ceramic basin can elevate hand washing from mundane to sensual, although its design is based on earthly items. The line, which Sieger Design’s Michael Sieger created for Duravit, takes its...
Paul Frankl’s Skyscraper bookcase commands attention. Standing nearly 8 feet tall and made from wood covered in gleaming black and orange-red lacquer, the 1926 piece is as striking as it is rare. “...

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