FrontRunners: In The Doge House

If it is not fit for a king, Venice’s recently opened Dona Palace (+39.041.2743511, http://www.donapalace.it) is at least suitable for a doge, the title once given to the former city-state’s chief magistrates. In the 16th century, the building that houses the 27-room hotel was the home of Leonardo Donà, the city’s 90th doge. Unlike many […]

Travel: Up to Speed

When the winter olympics begin this month in Turin, the world will discover what Italians long have known about this industrial hub: Turin is built for speed. This is the city, after all, that became the capital of the European automotive industry in 1922, when Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, or Fiat, unveiled Lingotto, a futuristic, […]

Best of the Best 2005: Bath Design

“If you look at faucets today, you have little machines pressing out water with nothing behind it,” says Reinhard Zetsche, a designer for the Swiss kitchen and bath products company KWC Faucets. Such a description falls hopelessly short of capturing the form and function of the glass-and-chrome Murano faucet that he codesigned with Bruno Sacco, […]