Bold Statements


Colorful contemporary estates and awe-inspiring retreats - Greece, Hawaii, Cape Town, Bali, California, Mexico, and Florida. Plus, scene-stealing home theaters.

From This Issue

City Style: Dubai

Dubai’s urban legend during the early-2000s construction boom was that a quarter of the world’s cranes were at work in the city. After recent fallow years of stalled projects, Dubai is gearing up again, with a host of new developments rising alongside the ultramodern structures that already define the skyline. Here, superlatives are almost a […]

Design Seen: Track-Style Dining

PARIS Hermès Rallye 24  The new Rallye 24 series from Hermès (800.441.4488, brings an auto-racing-inspired motif to the table. The French fashion house’s delicate porcelain takes a bold turn in the 49-piece collection, which has been designed by Benoît-Pierre Emery, artistic director for La Table Hermès, and is priced from $70 to $1,250 per […]

Design Seen: May 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. £10 Restyled by Nina Petronzio, the covered patio of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel’s bar £10 now features customized furnishings from the designer’s Plush Home line. Down-filled seating provides comfortable gathering places where guests can enjoy the bar’s menu of rare whiskies from the Macallan. (The Speyside distillery’s mills appear on the […]

Design Seen: Fun in the Sun

1} Roy Stuart Dragon Longboard Thirteen years in the making, Roy Stuart’s Dragon longboard ($1.3 million) is 165 inches long, with a thickness-to-length ratio of 1:63 for a low profile and exceptional flex response. The New Zealand–based craftsman built the board by hand from empress wood and inlaid its deck with a 23-karat gold dragon […]

Design Seen: Cooking With Class

1} Supergrau The leather-covered, magnetized stand of the Saddle knife block holds eight knives and a cutting board made from oak, cherry wood, beech, and oiled walnut. About $770. +49.212.383.0752, 2} Zephyr Zephyr’s Europa-series Milano (shown) and Verona hoods now have the brand’s DCBL Suppression System, which helps reduce noise and conserve energy. $1,889. […]

Resort Town: Kona-Kohala Coast

The Hawaiian Islands’ largest landmass, at 4,028 square miles, is also the archipelago’s youngest—a youthful 800,000 years old as compared with the 5-million-year-old Kauai. Thus, the Big Island has less-mature beaches, which tend to have thicker sand and fragments of black lava rock, rather than the soft white sand of their older volcanic counterparts. But […]

Second Look: Taken to Art

To glimpse the whimsy of Hubert le Gall, enter the foyer of an art-filled Ohio home (see “Rhapsody in Blue,” page 66) where his Sonate console ($13,425 with slate top) is comfortably at home. The furniture maker started out as a designer of museum exhibits in the 1990s, creating theatrical displays for such establishments as […]

Great Escapes May 2013

PUNTA MITA, MEXICO Overlooking the Marietas Islands—a diver’s mecca of reefs and underwater caves—is Villa El Banco 5, a nine-bedroom compound designed for privacy. The property is the work of the architect Manolo Mestre, whose design combines Mexican colonial elements—warm colors, courtyards, reflecting pools, palapas—with modern conveniences, such as automated blackout shades, flat-screen TVs, and […]

Home Tour: View Finder

See Level The 40-year-old summer home that once stood here, in the Long Island, N.Y., township of Southampton, at the junction of Shinnecock Bay and the Atlantic, was run-down. Moreover, its architecture did not take full advantage of the scenery: the bay to the north and the ocean to the south. So the owners, who […]

Portfolio: Tony Ingrao

If Tony Ingrao felt that designing a 20,000-squarefoot English castle–inspired country estate in Connecticut was a daunting first solo project, he didn’t show it. Since that enterprise in 1993, the New York–based architect and designer has taken a fearless approach to his craft, tackling everything from renovations of historic European estates to creations of contemporary […]

Lights, Camera, Attractions

Home cinemas have grown in popularity over the past two decades—so much so, in fact, that they are now considered to be requisite amenities in upscale residences. Homeowners’ expectations for their screening rooms have risen too. The spaces must be more than dedicated rooms in which to enjoy movies: They must offer audio-video performance on […]

Home Tour: Rhapsody in Blue

True Colors When the lady of this 20,000-square-foot house in Bexley, Ohio, requested a blue palette for the interiors, the New York–based designer Geoffrey Bradfield answered with vivid spaces—including the white foyer featuring hints of the wife’s desired hue. The entry’s subtle blues—brushstrokes in Ross Bleckner’s Field of Poppies and blue-gray accents in the marble […]

Smart Showings May 2013

SEWALL’S POINT, FLORIDA Completed in 2008, this waterfront home by the architect Scott Hughes, of Hughes Umbanhowar Architects, takes in plenty of natural light through large windows that also afford views of the verdant 1.12-acre property and the St. Lucie River. One of the home’s most striking features is a cantilevered, glass-enclosed office space that […]