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Expansive estates in Bali, Italy, the American Northwest, and beyond.

From This Issue

Design Seen: Playing It Cool

1} LACROIX  The maker of winter-sports equipment and accessories has crafted a special-edition set of skis exclusively for the Cheval Blanc resort in Courchevel, France. The pair (about $6,090), which bears the resort’s initials, consists of a diamond-sharpened fiber-metal structure over a wood core. The design marries lightness, elasticity, and shock absorption in a stylish […]

Design Seen: November 2013

BROOKLYN, N.Y. Thaddeus Wolfe This 16-inch-tall Facet Assemblage hanging lamp ($7,500) by Thaddeus Wolfe combines colored layers of glass that are hand-blown, cut, and polished—lending a futuristic aesthetic to an otherwise traditional object. Part of the 34-year-old designer’s Assemblage series, which includes vases and other lighting, the design began as an exploration of mineral forms […]

Design Seen: At Your Service

1} L’Objet A rim of gleaming 24-karat gold encircles this festive platter ($550), which is made of malachite and Limoges porcelain and measures 18 inches in diameter. The design is also offered in plates, cups, and saucers, as well as desk accessories. 855.562.5388, 2} Cristal de Sèvres These mouth-blown, hand-cut Vertigo martini glasses from […]

Guy Dreier

Geometric feats of design and engineering: These words may best sum up the rarefied residences created by Guy Dreier. The residential designer’s trademark organic modern style can be traced back to its earliest influencer: his father. Eduard Dreier, a Swiss architect, practiced Mies van der Rohe’s glass-and-steel minimalism, and Eduard’s son grew up in his […]

Boot Camp

Masseria lamacoppa was not always the grand getaway that it is today. The architect Filippo Mondadori clearly recalls when his father, the late Leonardo Mondadori, bought the 17th-century manor house, which sits on 160 acres in southeastern Italy’s Puglian countryside. “At the time, a little more than 25 years ago, the region was relatively unheard […]

Second Act

Damien Dernoncourt’s recently completed second home exemplifies his way of thinking. “You can make it beautiful and sustainable,” says the 41-year-old Frenchman, describing the property he shares with his banker wife, Marie-Soazic, and two children—Hugo, 8, and Eva, 5—in Bali’s beachside community of Seminyak. His mind-set is in keeping with the “Greener Every Day” ethos […]

Into the Wild

Picture this: an English oyster-veneered coffee table; a Richard Serra drawing rendered in oil stick; a rugged gray sandstone fireplace that stands 20 feet tall; a Biedermeier stool; pine log roof trusses; a chandelier by noted contemporary glass artist Jeff Zimmerman; siding made from roughly cut half-logs of white oak salvaged from a barn in […]

Great Escapes: Rome, Italy

Occupying the entire top floor of the eight-story Regina Hotel Baglioni, the new 6,028-square-foot penthouse offers guests a residential oasis in the heart of the Eternal City. The Milan-based architecture firm Rebosio+Spagnulo spent five months constructing the unit, which includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen, a formal dining room, and two living rooms—all in […]

Great Escapes: Zermatt, Switzerland

There are ski houses, and then there is Chalet Zermatt Peak. From its mountainside perch, the chalet affords striking views of the Matterhorn and the village. To access the property, which has more than 8,800 square feet of interior and exterior living space, guests walk through a secured private tunnel that terminates at the basement-level […]

Great Escapes: Caribbean and Mediterranean

Imposing yet graceful, Checkmate is a bona fide drama queen. The 145-foot Benetti yacht projects an edgy mien with its navy-blue hull, but guests will find sweet interiors in a cream-to-chocolate spectrum. Large windows provide light to all five cabins. The master suite on the main deck, with forward-facing 180-degree views, has his and her […]

Great Escapes: Limpopo, South Africa

Set within the Waterberg region, overlooking the lush Palala Valley, the 12,000-acre Leobo Private Reserve debuted on May 1 as one of Africa’s most exclusive safari destinations. The architects Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech, who created North Island resort in the Seychelles, designed the estate’s new adobe-walled Observatory residence to blend seamlessly into the wilderness. […]

Resort Town: Lake Tahoe

The alpine area known as Lake Tahoe, which surrounds its namesake body of crystal-blue water, has something of a split personality. Located 200 miles from San Francisco and 30 miles from Reno, it straddles California and Nevada in the Sierra Nevada mountains and harbors two distinct vibes. While the South Shore is home to the […]

Second Look: All Fired Up

Pottery-making techniques have evolved since 2500 BC, when Indonesians are known to have begun making ceramics, yet Gaya Ceramic and Design manages to craft au courant designs while remaining faithful to those early roots. Located amid the terraced rice paddies and jungles of Bali, the studio uses raku, reduction, salt and soda, and other firing […]

Smart Showings November 2013

Park City, Utah Life at Montage Deer Valley is far from clichéd. Owners of the resort’s vacation homes do not reside among plaid-upholstered furnishings or the other ubiquitous trappings of typical mountain retreats. Instead, buyers can opt for one of the luxury property’s fully furnished condominiums, which, with overstuffed leather sofas, plush beds, and dark […]

City Style: Cape Town

With its pristine beaches, rambling wine country, and flat-topped Table Mountain, South Africa’s second-largest city is no stranger to heart-stopping scenes. But in Cape Town, beauty is more than skin deep, thanks to a burgeoning generation of dynamic designers and progressive entrepreneurs who are transforming the once-struggling city into a thriving center of arts and […]