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Design Seen: On the Map July/August 2015

Robb Report Home & Style investigates the top design scenes around the globe…

Philadelphia

John Pomp Studios

Devotees of craftsman John Pomp’s handblown light fixtures also prize his glass-centric furniture and fantasize about the perfect place to put it. The Stites coffee table (available to the trade) quiets any indecision. With a hand-cast, constellation-inspired, bubble-embedded glass top, a sultry satin bronze frame, and white ash legs, the artisanal piece flaunts a 1950s flair that calls for prime placement as a space’s main attraction. 215.426.7667, johnpomp.com

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Miami

Modern Garden

From the owners of the Miami seafood brasserie Seaspice, the recently opened, collocated Modern Garden restaurant is a true style catch. Its Miami River waterfront location provides a striking backdrop for the minimal and inviting space, where guests enjoy chef Benjamin Goldman’s raw seafood creations as they gaze on artist Santiago Jose Palaez’s sculptural wooden trees, part of a permanent art installation on the premises. 305.440.4200, seaspicemiami.com 

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Exmore, Va.

New Ravenna

Restraint may be gold’s greatest complement. Though everyday objects have purloined the precious metal’s ancient allure, gold is still special when put to extraordinary use. That rare resplendence swirls in Josephine (starting at $385 a square foot), a scintillating mosaic of Calacatta marble, 24-karat gold glass, and shell, from New Ravenna founder Sara Baldwin’s Aurora collection. Each mosaic in the series is assembled by hand using hundreds of precisely cut pieces. 757.442.3379, newravenna.com 

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Venice, Italy

Smania

From the Italian brand’s Costa Rey line, the Panarea chaise longue ($2,684 to $3,000) sits prettier than typical outdoor furniture, thanks to its elegantly stitched cushion and padded headrest—the kind of fashionable details usually seen inside the house. Available through Snaidero USA’s New York showroom, these loungers are part of Smania’s complete collection, which includes customizable home furnishings and accessories for use indoors and out. 877.762.4337, snaidero-usa.com

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Varese, Italy

Bertoni 1949

Their Nomad travel desk was a smash hit last year, so the Italian house of Bertoni 1949 recently reunited with Hangar Design Group for another collaboration. The result is the Game Trunk, a handsome secrétaire-style construction with space for dominoes, a chess set, mah-jongg, and poker (games not included). Those well acquainted with the brand’s leather bags will recognize the level of detail in the limited-edition piece’s hand-tanned alligator skin, which wraps over drawers made of anthracite oak. +39.0332.263466, www.bertonivaligeria.it

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Los Angeles

The London West Hollywood

In May, the London West Hollywood hotel unveiled an 11,000-square-foot penthouse (from $25,000 per night) designed with the legendary Vivienne Westwood. The British fashion designer’s cool-without-trying imprint permeates the suite; the salon’s custom rug bears Westwood’s signature tartan pattern, and examples of her cotton and silk scarves hang in the dining room, while one of her hand-stitched tapestry designs holds court in the master. Created in partnership with Richmond Design, the exclusive bi-level space boasts a private terrace with a glamorous view of L.A.’s skyline. 866.282.4560, thelondonwesthollywood.com

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New York City

Bisazza

Chelsea welcomed Bisazza’s new flagship showroom to the neighborhood during New York Design Week in May. The 4,300-square-foot space houses the Italian company’s elaborate mosaics, including its collaborations with an international cadre of designers, among them Paola Navone and Marcel Wanders. Those who make their way to the roomy rooftop terrace will find a striking view of the High Line. 212.334.7130, bisazza.com

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New York City

Isabella Wolfe

Even if staying up past 10 pm on a weekday constitutes a walk on the wild side, consider interior designer Nicole Fuller’s latest furniture creations, which might produce just the right ambience for living on the domestic edge. Part of her spunky, unbridled Isabella Wolfe series, the sassy, color-infused-acrylic Pop bench ($28,500) has prismatic stacked legs that lend the piece a flower-power-on-platforms kind of groove. Custom sizes are available. isabellawolfe.com

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New York City

Mardani 

Fine Minerals Mardani sources its minerals as a florist selects rare orchids. The gallery is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Daniel Trinchillo and Marisa Chung, who gather museum-quality mineral specimens from around the world to sell through their Manhattan location. Recently displayed pieces have included enchanting tourmalines from the Pederneira mine in São José da Safira, Brazil. 212.988.1545, mardaninyc.com

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London 

Assouline

Bookshelves and coffee tables have been supporting this publisher’s coveted tomes on art, design, and culture for 20 years. Now the publishing house turned luxury lifestyle brand is providing furniture that serves that purpose. The new Assouline Interiors collection comprises furnishings designed by company founders Prosper and Martine Assouline. Allure ($11,900), with its lacquer finish and bronze detailing, radiates reading-desk style. +44.2033.279370, assouline.com 

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Paris

Hermès

Perspective Cavalière has never been more sublime than in the care of Hermès. The name describes a technique cartographers adopted from the 16th-century French military. This pattern (in Aloe; $743 per linear meter) is from the brand’s latest series of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers. The design, by the studio Anamorphée, is an arresting ode to precision and line with its graphic take on wood marquetry. 800.441.4488, hermes.com 

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Paris

Philippe Hurel

This triptych-style folding mirror by the American designer Elliott Barnes features a rich chestnut stain and balances on a sleek brass base with a pale gold finish. Called the Triple Je(u), the piece ($34,200) has a concealed, leather-lined tray built into one panel. The mirror belongs to Barnes’s first series—a showcase of four works entitled “Une Après-Midi de Paresse”—for the French company. philippe-hurel.com 

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Los Angeles

J. Robert Scott

The Odile sofa (available to the trade) practically purrs. Like a soft-lit, Golden Age vixen prone to slinky entrances, the piece actually takes its inspiration from one female provocateur in particular: the character Odile from Swan Lake. A polished stainless-steel band serves as the curvaceous outline for the 90-inch sofa (custom sizes are also available) designed by Sally Sirkin Lewis. Clinging to the version shown here is Velvet Soie upholstery from J. Robert Scott’s Quail collection. 877.207.5130, jrobertscott.com 

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