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The award-winning Philippine furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s inspirations range far and wide—from a crushed Coca-Cola can to a croissant and a tropical rainforest canopy. His latest design, the...
Located in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the Ocean House, which originally opened in 1868, closed in 2003 after falling into severe disrepair. The aging structure’s significant safety-code concerns would...
The value of a scientific experiment lies in the fact that, when repeated under the same set of conditions, it always yields the same result. However, more than a decade ago, timber entrepreneur Tim...
Brett Grossman, a fifth-generation Coca-Cola bottler from Boerne, Texas, had an unexpected encounter with nature while vacationing with his family last summer at the Ritz-Carlton’s Abaco Club on...
Anvil Motion is not the world’s only computerized cabinetry system for the kitchen, but it may be the smartest. Introduced in July by custom cabinetmaker Anvil Cabinet & Mill, of Brigham City,...
In 1958 Laurance Rockefeller, an early pioneer of ecotourism, opened his Dorado Beach Resort and Club west of San Juan, which, for the first time, made Puerto Rico a recognized tourist destination...
Irish artist John Gerrard’s work often deals with the impact of human consumption on our environment, as in the agri-industrial landscapes he unveiled at the Venice Biennale in June 2009. So he was...
A small fishing community just outside of Los Cabos, Mexico, is vying to become the next great getaway. La Capilla, located on the east cape of the Baja Peninsula, is a private resort community near...
Since 2002, the Los Angeles-based SylvanSF has employed painstaking craftsmanship, high-quality base materials, and precious veneers (parchment, lacquers, exotic woods, shagreen) to produce exquisite...
Balcones del Atlántico are taking great care to ensure that this resort community, located in the former fishing village of Las Terrenas, remains faithful to its environs inside and out. The group...
When New York–based interior designer Andrew Suvalsky walked into the newly constructed high-rise apartment of his friend, a 52-year-old bachelor who owns a large commercial real estate company in...
People looking for very ornate, wedding cake-style Venetian chandeliers “generally don’t come to us,” says Giovanni Corrado, creative director of Mediterraneo, a 17-year-old Murano glass firm that...
Like a sculptor before a block of marble, Italy-based designer Brian Rasmussen conceives his pieces from solid forms. "I start with a perfect shape," he says, "then scratch and cull and cut away to...
THE GIFT A 1.21-acre homesite within the Red Cloud community at Talisker in Park City, Utah. A 9,000-square-foot skier’s dream home designed by the architectural firm Hart Howerton. A custom interior...
The Swedish company Hästens began life as a fine saddler in 1852 and, with ready access to horsehair, created mattresses on the side. With the displacement of horses as modes of transport, the...
Italian furniture house Natuzzi combined modern design and state-of-the-art electronics to create its Sound chair. Contemporizing the swivel pedestal, flared headrest and cupped shape of Arne...
A third-generation Las Vegan planning to build a home for his wife, son, and daughter took inspiration from Nevada’s desert landscape. In doing so, he sidestepped the architectural zest of Sin City...
On the night of January 16, 1939, the captain of the Greek cargo steamer Pelinaion decided to make an unscheduled stop at the island of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean. He and his crew were ferrying a...
Upholstering a wall with small rectangular sheets of mother-of-pearl or with millions of shimmering glass beads might seem more extravagant than tasteful—but not to designer Maya Romanoff. The 68-...
Jaime Hayon, the barely-30-year-old, Spanish designer of the moment who has a prankster’s irreverence for high style, has created a collection for Baccarat. After putting his stamp on products for...
Last year, Lyle and Umbach introduced the Peregrine collection, which excelled in its array of small occasional tables swathed in all manner of luxe materials, including snakeskin, shagreen,...
Around 1598, Jacopo Peri debuted Dafne—thought to be the world’s first opera—at the Florence, Italy, home of Jacopo Corsi, a composer and patron of the arts. Today the structure, which sits at the...
Like music, design requires the harmonious conjoining of parts. The best of both disciplines often diverges from traditional methods, a path taken by the new Audi Design grand piano ( www...
When James Magni travels to Paris, he stays at a flat near the city’s most central park, the Jardin des Tuileries. The apartment sits above Colette, a fashionable store that purveys an eclectic mix...
Of the pioneers of midcentury modern—the design movement that spanned roughly 1945 to 1970—Oscar Niemeyer is probably the best known to have come out of Brazil. Yet the 101-year-old Niemeyer (he will...
Interior-design trailblazer Stephanie Odegard is known for reinventing the traditional Tibetan rug for the modern era and, in so doing, began a lifelong commitment to reviving the local artisanal...
Tel Aviv-based furniture designer Arik Ben Simhon used the sporting world for inspiration in his latest collection of upholstery and furniture pieces, which feature plush couches meant to resemble...
When Piero Lissoni develops a new kitchen, he often envisions a refined—if uncommon—atmosphere. "I never consider that the person standing there, cooking in front of the stove, might be wearing a...
Objects that appear to be chrome pebbles hang from an aluminum disk on Artemide’s new Mercury Cluster ceiling lamp (877.278.3933, www.artemide.us ), which was built for the Italian lighting firm by...
Since 1904, when fashion fabric house Jakob Schlaepfer was established in St. Gallen, Switzerland, its sumptuous textiles have paraded down every catwalk, from Paris and Milan to New York and London...

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