SAMANTHA BROOKS

Design Seen: Sleeping Beauties

Uncommon bedding for the finest boudoirs.  Matouk   This family-owned Massachusetts company, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, has a reputation for luxurious linens featuring traditional monogramming and custom tape details. More than 100 colors are available, as are 40-plus fabrics, including 1,000-thread-count percale. King sets start at $490. 508.997.3444, www.matouk.com 

FrontRunners September 2014: FASHION

Curiosity Thrills  In Renaissance Europe, members of the aristocracy would reserve a room—then known as a cabinet—in their home for their vast collections of related objects. Dubbed cabinets of curiosities, these rooms are considered the precursors to museums. By the late 1800s, members of the middle class had adopted and adapted the practice, storing and displaying […]

Design Seen: Counter Culture

Bath essentials so beautiful, they deserve to be displayed Aesop   Newcomers to this 27-year-old brand from Melbourne, Australia (shown is New York City’s Bleecker Street shop), are quickly won over by its plant-based products, most of which are free of added fragrances. The minimalist packages, including the elegant amber-colored glass bottles, also make an impression: […]

Design Seen September/October 2014: Sleeping Beauties

Uncommon bedding for the finest boudoirs.  Matouk   This family-owned Massachusetts company, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, has a reputation for luxurious linens featuring traditional monogramming and custom tape details. More than 100 colors are available, as are 40-plus fabrics, including 1,000-thread-count percale. King sets start at $490. 508.997.3444, www.matouk.com  (Continues on next page…) Casa […]

Luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands: Philippe Starck

Over the course of a four-decade career, Philippe Starck has stamped his name on everything from toothbrushes and tableware to electric cars and yacht interiors. It is his consistency, however, that has helped the French designer and architect shape modern tastes. “In all of my work, it is not about architecture or decoration, but more […]

Great Escapes July/August 2014: Wilson, Wyoming

Though its 75 acres accommodate myriad outdoor pursuits, from archery to fishing, Phillips Ridge is perhaps most impressive for its indoor activities. The five-bedroom home, finished in 2007, offers on the lower level a two-lane bowling alley, a billiards table, a massage room, a home gym, and a grotto, while the rest of the house […]

Hour Hands

Homepolish takes a time-based approach to delivering top-notch interiors. If Homepolish began as an interior design service for the budget-conscious, it has since captured the attention of affluent clients, too. “Just because you have a lot of money doesn’t mean you to want to spend it all,” says Noa Santos, cofounder of Homepolish (917.426.1841, http://www.homepolish​.com), […]

Design Seen July/August 2014

New York City: Hour Hands  Homepolish takes a time-based approach to delivering top-notch interiors. If Homepolish began as an interior design service for the budget-conscious, it has since captured the attention of affluent clients, too. “Just because you have a lot of money doesn’t mean you to want to spend it all,” says Noa Santos, […]

Michele Bönan

The Italian architect Michele Bönan is rightly revered for the residential touches he has given to such upscale hotels as J.K. Place Capri and Florence’s Hotel Lungarno, yet his best work might be the private residences that he discreetly designs for his list of high-profile clients. “My first project was in the early 1980s, for […]

View More