Home and Design

Finding the rooms for “ The Ultimate Home Tour ” is relatively easy, says Samantha Brooks , the feature’s author and chief compiler. The real challenge is securing the owners’ permission to present...
Thirty-six years after founding his eponymous furniture company in his native Mexico, Alfonso Marina is overseeing a growth spurt. The 61-year-old designer’s daughters, Lucia and Isabel, recently...
We love to lose ourselves in movies, and the new Cineak Luxury Lounge ( www.cineak.com ), a collection of chairs for media rooms, promises to induce that pleasant state. The chairs’ sturdy reclining...
HER STUDY For Patricia Bauman, being married to a jewelry designer has its advantages. John Landrum Bryant’s work accessorizes not only his wife’s fingers, wrists, and neck, but her study as well. “...
The Badminton Chair ($13,000), part of the Ann Getty House Collection (415.345.0230, www.anngettyhouse.com ), is an exquisite example of the chinoiserie style, an interpretation of Chinese furniture...
When working with a large home that has an open floor plan, a designer, if he is not careful, can create a living area that resembles a hotel lobby. "Spaces like this often start off very big and...
In the basement of this Los Angeles home, designer Marla Sher has created a theater that completely immerses you in Art Deco style from the moment you pass through the door—one of a set of two...
Peter Marino does not believe in buying off the rack, or at least not off the showroom floor. "I don’t walk furniture showrooms. I would much rather design something myself," says the New York–based...
"I recently saw a statistic where MTV is losing more viewers to the Food Network than to any other channel," says kitchen designer Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria. "It has become cool to cook...
Before Monique Lafia and Chris Arvin redesigned this Beverly Hills, Calif., billiard room, it was not exactly functional. "There was no room to shoot pool, and it would have been a less-than-ideal...
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...
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...
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...
“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...

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