Home and Design

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. “...
Although Grace Wu Bruce was born in Hong Kong, she did not encounter Chinese furniture from the late Ming dynasty until she was an adult and was living half a world away. During a 1977 visit to...
The sixth floor of Midtown Manhattan’s Architects & Designers (A&D) Building was still under construction when visited in late February, but by the end of May, the expanses of freshly poured...
While preparing in 1999 to write a book about his family, Jean-Claude de Merry was doing research when his own life’s plot took an unexpected twist. “I was interviewing my great-uncle, the last...
Eric Johnston, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency, once warned American businesses about the dangers of excessive growth. “The dinosaur’s eloquent lesson,” he...
Not everyone seeks instant gratification. Consider the owners of this Long Island residence. Noel Jeffrey spent the last 20 years working on their 8,000-square-foot house before completing the...
The challenge presented to Steven Park was daunting: He had six weeks to transform a former studio apartment with a sleeping loft, which had been stripped to its brick walls and cement floors, into a...
It has been said that the larger the kitchen, the less frequently it is used. However, the owners of this contemporary home in Los Angeles do not subscribe to that theory. “They actually cook and are...
While you may have only one chance to make a first impression, it is also true, writes Douglas Keister, that you have but a single opportunity to create a last impression. Keister is the author and...
Working for clients who own part of the San Francisco Design Center could intimidate some designers, but Suzanne Tucker was not fazed by the prospect. The San Francisco design veteran, who is well...
Italian architect Antonio Citterio, now 56, was a bachelor in 1984 when he began designing products for Arclinea, a kitchen manufacturer in Vicenza, Italy. Today, the cofounder of the Milan...
Ben Soleimani’s great-grandfather worked as a rug trader in Isfahan, Iran, and in 1981, his father, Mansour Soleimani, founded the House of Mansour, the London purveyor of antique rugs and tapestries...
Entering this home, a 17,500-square-foot structure built partly over a man-made lake within a private four-acre site near Vancouver, British Columbia, is a religious experience of sorts. The house’s...
Building a house for a client, says Michael C.F. Chan, is like making a film in which he or she will play the starring role. “You are using a visual picture to tell the story of someone’s life,” he...
This issue features the fifth edition of the Ultimate Home Tour, and Robb Report Home & Design Editor Adele Cygelman has been directing the processfrom the beginning. “The first year we had to...
This 1920s-era Bel-Air mansion is the answer to a presidential trivia question, one involving John F. Kennedy and where and with whom he spent a night. The story goes that in 1953, then–Senator...
When you extend an invitation in Palm Beach, you can only guess who’s coming to dinner. “Everyone’s houses are full of guests, so when you invite a few friends over for dinner, they may end up...
When the owners of a Northern California winery purchased this 20,000-square-foot home in Southern California five years ago, it lacked what is for this particular couple an essential feature: a wine...
Designer Paul Vincent Wiseman recognized the potential pitfalls of creating a room that would house the mementos from the hunting expeditions of the husband and wife who own this formal estate near...
In opening its first store, the Kohler Co. has created an environment where consumers can get their hands, if not their feet, wet. The 133-year-old kitchen and bath products manufacturer...
Before closing their London antiques shop more than two decades ago, Michael and Lucy Vaughan had learned something significant about the demand for vintage lighting: that quality lamps and light...
When in 2000 the BBC presented a retrospective of items that have become symbolic of 20th-century design, it included the Coca-Cola bottle, the VW Beetle, and the Aga stove. A hundred years from now...
In her previous career designing gardens within buildings, Pamela Worley often employed iron sculpture. “I like the weight of it,” says the Texas native, adding that her affinity for wrought iron, as...
Theo Kalomirakis, the eminent home theater designer, faced several challenges after accepting the commission to create the Toledo theater (pictured) for a 1920s-era Spanish Revival–style home in...
Although the value of South Florida property has been soaring for the last decade or more, when developer Carl Fisher was building up Miami Beach in the 1910s, he had a difficult time convincing...
Brock Barrett’s lighting designs, which resemble origami figures, reveal the influence of eight years of living in Japan, where the former University of Southern California architecture student...
Most of the time, says interior designer Michael Booth, a co-owner of design firm Babey Moulton Jue & Booth, he enjoys the crisp staccato sound of footsteps that echoes across the lobby of the...
In 1945, two years after he built the first freestanding freezer in the basement of his Madison, Wis., home, Westye Bakke launched the Sub-Zero Freezer Co. Sixty years later, the Madison-based...
As these ensembles demonstrate,the juxtaposition of seemingly divergent elements—New World with Old World, classic with contemporary, wood with silver—can produce the most intriguing tableware. NEW...
When the family entered the Iraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete while vacationing one summer, they immediately fixated on the marble on the floor. Known as Red of Epidayros, the exquisite reddish...

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