Home and Design

When the time came to select a name for his company’s newest and most luxurious bedding collection, Paul Hooker, president and owner of Sferra, a 116-?year-old Italian linen company, forwent the...
The secret behind German appliance brand Miele’s Honeycomb Care "super large capacity" washer and dryer is a pair of patented stainless-steel drums, each resembling a bee’s honeycomb. According to...
Although custom cabinetry for kitchens, libraries, and living rooms is still the primary business of the family-owned Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild, growing demand for quality closets prompted the...
When German cabinetmaker Poggenpohl entered the U.S. market more than 30 years ago, Americans did not immediately embrace its contemporary European kitchen designs. "If you look at the auto industry...
Iconic French architect and interior designer Andrée Putman brings her unique style to the furnishings world with a new collection for Bisazza home design, launched at the Salone del Mobile 2008 for...
French furniture dealer Renaud Vuaillat has opened a flagship New York gallery specializing in limited-edition modern furniture by European designers. Twentyfirst/Twentyfirst , which opened in late...
When Traditional Arts made its debut on January 31, 2007, the London-based tableware maker kept a low profile. The Prince of Wales announced the start-up to just 80 guests during a dinner at his...
The Duo Grand, a conjoined pair of 6-foot-long grand pianos from Brunswick, Germany’s Grotrian Pianos ( www.grotrian.de ), was designed for duets. That much is obvious. Less apparent is the...
Baccarat, the renowned Parisian crystal house established in 1764, has commissioned two designers to create special collections for 2008. New York interior designer Vicente Wolf’s “Latitude”...
A 15,000-square-foot residence in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, overlooking a country club, presents countless opportunities for over-the-top, garish embellishments. But instead of...
In past years, Robb Report ’s Ultimate Homes have been compilations of extraordinary rooms selected from residences throughout the world. This year, in "Belle of Bel Air", our Ultimate Home feature,...
The latest furniture line from Studio Workshops, the San Francisco- and Los Angeles–based sister company of antiques dealer Therien & Co., is intended to evoke New York’s golden age of hotels,...
Tai Ping, the 50-year-old master of custom carpets and rugs, has opened a showroom at the San Francisco Design Center, its fourth U.S. outpost. The newest collection is Empire (shown), which...
A collaboration between Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Group has produced a kitchen that is as sleek and as sophisticated as a sports car. Last fall, the two companies—the 116-year-old German kitchen...
You know a house is unusual when the seller has been asked, "Does Russia still have this site listed as a target?" A Kansas company called 20th Century Castles buys and sells Atlas-F nuclear missile...
For her first furnishings collection, Kathy Taslitz communed with nature, at least symbolically. "I wanted to do something that was a metaphor for the parallels between man and nature," says the...
Until recently, the 95-year-old Italian company Poltrona Frau was producing traditional furniture regarded more for its craftsmanship than for its style. The firm was known less, for instance, for...
It should come as no surprise that the latest item from Steinway & Sons has 6-foot strings, a lustrous black lacquer finish, and a stunning sound. It does, however, offer several features never...
Designer George Constant did not give the new owner of this Oyster Bay Cove residence on Long Island, N.Y., much choice. Constant arrived at their first meeting with a single fabric sample for each...
Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams’ architectural watercolors are on display at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, at the Musée de I’lle-de-France at Sceaux, and in five books that they have...
Highway 30 wraps around Maui’s northwest coast for 25 miles, passing high-rise condominiums, construction sites, and beaches lined with hotels and packed with tourists. But the scenery changes...
A couple’s search for a home that would recall the era of Louis XIV, France’s Sun King, ultimately led them from Paris to London, to a historic, white-stucco building in Eaton Square. Inside the...
Back in June, a Medici was on the mind of Markus Döttling. “The most outstanding piece just arrived from Italy, a [safe] from the Medici dynasty originally produced in Milan in 1770,” said Markus,...
The furnishings in the new Waddesdon collection from Chappell & McCullar are not imitations of the classic French period pieces at Waddesdon Manor; they are interpretations, which, in some ways,...
At the new Grupo Kettal shop in Coral Gables, Fla., the backdrops are minimalist, and on most days the space is filled with sunlight that pours through the two-story-tall glass wall fronting the...
Walter Lowry never envisioned carrying Lladró porcelain products when he opened TableArt (323.653.8278, www.tartontheweb.com ) on a hip stretch of Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue nearly three years ago...
If ever a kitchen has evoked a supercar, the Venus is it. Made by Snaidero, of Majano, Italy, the kitchen with a goddess’ name showcases a vibrant color palette, symmetrical curves, innovative...
James Magni has an advantage over most interior designers: He trained as an architect before entering the field. Structure and line are paramount to him, as is reducing a piece of furniture—whether...
When Turkish bath manufacturer VitrA invited industrial designer Ross Lovegrove to create a bathroom suite, he immediately accepted. “Istanbul is so redolent with history,” says Lovegrove. “It...
Iin 1885, Chicago Home Insurance Building opened on the corner of La Salle and Adams Streets as the world first skyscraper. The 10-story edifice, which featured a steel frame that supported the walls...

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