Home and Design

The people who designed the main entrance to La Pietra, a villa in Florence, Italy, obviously knew a thing or two about drama. Twin rows of cypress trees line the quarter-mile-long straight sliver of...
When we set out to bring you the ultimate house tour, we didn’t realize that our ideal residence would actually be 11 different homes. When we speak of home, we speak as much of a state of mind as of...
Good evening, sir," my house said. The face recognition camera cued the front door to open. I wiped my feet and stepped inside. "Hello, Alfred," I replied as I removed my coat. "I sense tension in...
Clients of Stephen Sills and James Huniford may recognize some of the pieces in Dwellings, the first collection of furniture and home furnishings from the owners of the Sills Huniford Associates...
Long before expanding from Europe into North America, SieMatic was creating kitchen designs with international appeal. Founded as August Siekmann Möbelwerke by August Siekmann in 1929 in Löhne,...
Architecture as a practical solution exists simply to house people; its impractical purpose, however, is to house our ideals. The critical distinction between a building of significance and one...
With its mountains, beaches, and wide-open spaces, Malibu attracts residents who want to be close to the city of Los Angeles, but not in it. However, even Eden had its serpent, and Malibu’s drawbacks...
Although the idea of modern man attempting to build an ultimate cave may be rife with irony, the subterranean spaces that Bacchus Caves creates dispel the notion that something so primitive cannot be...
The design of this Bel-Air, Calif., home gym, with its green suede walls, stainless steel columns, and dark-stained walnut wood floor, matches the modernist decor of the house at large. More...
At first glance, this penthouse bedroom appears to be a Park Avenue dream retreat. However, with 8,500 square feet of living space, the residence is hardly the kind of place available on the Upper...
A few miles from Joseph Walsh’s 19th-century-style studio in County Cork, Ireland, a forest of yew trees adorns the countryside. When searching for materials and inspiration for his furniture pieces...
Like many homeowners who want more than just big screens and great sound in their home theaters, the proprietors of this Windermere, Fla., house considered the work of industry leader Theo...
Designer James Magni claims that in his 25 years as a designer, he has never seen an art collection as stunning as the one that belongs to his clients who own this Beverly Hills house. The owners, a...
Most people cannot remember the last time they set foot in their living room. Often conceived as a formal space for receiving company, it is usually ignored in favor of more functional, family-...
When her clients insisted on a table that would seat 24 people, interior designer Jennifer Garrigues doubted that she would be able to comply. “Then I was shopping in London and found the perfect...
Like the shape of a car or the cut of a suit, the architecture of a home can be an extension of its owner. Commissioned by a husband and wife who work in the fields of science and business,...
The only thing better than owning a brand-new custom home in Southern California is acquiring a historic residence designed by a master architect. Topping the ranks of the latter are the early-20th-...
Mark Stiving is disappointed in most home automation. “Any [system] can turn lights on. The challenge is turning them off,” says Stiving, president and CEO of Destiny Networks, a California home...
Despite the 3,000 square feet of glass mosaic tile that was used to cover nearly every inch of this 500-square-foot bathroom, designer Charles Greenwood insists that it is not an overwhelming element...
When his work hours were cutting deeply into his play time, a client of Guy Dreier’s came to the residential architect seeking a solution. “All my client did was work. Even in his vacation home, the...
Los Angeles designer Mel Lowrance is delighted when his touch cannot be detected in his work. “Somebody would really have to know my work to be able to say, ‘Mel Lowrance did this,’ ” he explains. “I...
Every city has one—a furniture showroom that showcases the new, the cutting edge, and the progressive. A place where you can see the shape of things to come. Chicago has been the beneficiary of two...
In 1996, when Chris Allen and her husband, Stuart, met architect Alexander Gorlin at New York’s Plaza Hotel, they were hoping to talk him into designing an Italian villa for the four acres they owned...
“Deep inside mother earth, some two billion years ago, in South Africa, was born a colorless, 10.71-carat rough diamond,” muses sixth-generation diamond cutter Gabi S. Tolkowsky in a handwritten...
When Claude Monet purchased his home at Giverny, he paid as much attention to its interiors as to its lush gardens and ponds, which he immortalized on canvas. The range he selected for the family...
David Teplica was looking for something to place on a pedestal, actually on the two limestone pedestals guarding the Romanesque granite home that he was restoring to its 1910 splendor. “There would...
Several years ago, Bruce Hannay—a senior vice president for Prudential Financials and self-confessed car addict from the tender age of 2—determined to construct a space at his Phoenix, Ariz., home to...
A traditional soak tub allows you to immerse your body almost completely in hot, steamy water. The interior is free of whirlpool or air jets. There are no motors, no pumps, and no noise. The water is...
Paul Mathieu named his new furniture collection Bianca after a photographer friend he goes horseback riding with. “She said that the pieces reminded her of a horse’s flank, and that’s exactly it,”...
From 1926 through 1931, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars crafted just over 1,200 left-hand-drive Phantom I (or New Phantom) chassis for its American customers. The resulting cars, dubbed Springfield Phantoms...

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