High Art


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Design Seen: Porcelain Palazzo

In spring 2012, Meissen unveiled its new Villa Meissen headquarters (+39.02.894.237.25, http://www.meissen.com) in a restored 16th-century palazzo on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone. This January, the German porcelain house presented a 23-piece furniture collection at the historic villa that speaks to the company’s future. The opening of Villa Meissen was part of a rebranding effort intended to […]

Design Seen: Gin Wheel

The New York–based firm AvroKO, which has designed everything from lofts in Brooklyn to the Kid Robot store in Los Angeles, collaborated with Bombay Sapphire East to create this home bar item ($500). Inspired by a lazy Susan, the walnut Gin Wheel can house everything needed—bottles, bar tools, glassware, and more—to make a classic gin […]

Design Seen: Tornabuoni Arte

In a city known for its Renaissance architecture, the Florence-based Archea Associati continuously breaks ground with its cutting-edge projects. The firm recently designed a 5,400-square-foot art gallery inside a historic building on the Arno River. A suspended staircase connects the two-story space, which highlights contemporary works throughout its galleries and interior courtyard. +39.055.681.2697, http://www.tornabuoniarte.it  

Design Seen: The Rittenhouse

Alexandra Champalimaud has brought her refined modern style to Philadelphia with her redesign of the city’s classic Rittenhouse hotel. Shown here, the new Library Bar features a 20-seat bar built around back-lit onyx, as well as herringbone-patterned oak floors, golden leather bar stools, and a seating area with a limestone fireplace and a black glass […]

Design Seen: Ralph Lauren

The Toby small teak lantern ($595) is one of more than two dozen items inspired by Ralph Lauren’s Montauk beach house in the new Point Dume collection. Other pieces in the coastally influenced line include rattan baskets, teak and leather serving boards, classic white dinnerware, and leather picture frames and desk accessories. 888.475.7674, http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com   

Design Seen: Acne * Sandro * IRO

Southern California is seeing an influx of new boutiques from style-setting international fashion brands. In December, the Swedish brand Acne opened a 5,000-square-foot emporium—its largest store in the world—in downtown Los Angeles. The space includes a coffee bar from Stockholm’s ilcaffè, art installations, and clothing and accessories set against a backdrop of perforated aluminum walls, […]

Design Seen: Art Basel

The second annual Art Basel Hong Kong, May 15 through 18, will display works from more than 2,000 artists in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Whereas the Swiss Art Basel show has an international focus and the Miami show (see “City Style,” page 89) highlights American and Latin American art, half the exhibitors […]

Design Seen: Welton London

It is with a bit of irony that the inaugural Welton London boutique has opened in Paris, in the city’s Saint-Germain area. The sleek shop from the interior designer John-Paul Welton offers perfume, scented candles, fragrance diffusers, and scents from Christian Lacroix, Courrèges, Karl Lagerfeld, and Kelly Hoppen. The space itself features chevron floors and […]

Design Seen: Tino Valentinitsch

Bologneser ($7,500 each), a new polyhedron work from the Viennese designer Tino Valentinitsch, is made from antique parquet from a circa-1850 villa in Bologna, Italy. The approximately 19-inch-tall, limited-edition piece functions as a side table or stool and can be flipped or grouped as needed. Available in the United States through Stillfried Wien, 212.226.2921, http://www.stillfried.com […]

Design Seen: Clement

The design firm Yabu Pushelberg created the Peninsula New York’s new restaurant, Clement, to feel like a Manhattan home, with a “book room” that resembles a library, a “mirror room” with handmade mirrored artwork, and a “color room” with a 60-foot-long, hand-etched jungle decoration on its wall. Located on the upper mezzanine level of the […]

Design Seen: Thomas Pheasant

The furniture designer Thomas Pheasant, who has worked with brands such as Baker, has introduced an exclusive collection through his private label, Thomas Pheasant Studio. Each of the seven pieces, priced from $24,000 to $75,000, is stamped, numbered, and limited to an edition of 10. The furniture consists of case goods and tables, all made […]

Design Seen: Effeti

The Italian brand Effeti’s Wood 100% kitchen is made from solid planks of mature chestnut timber. Just a few numbered, signed models can be made each year, as each piece is seasoned and weathered before undergoing multiple steps of production. Pricing varies (starting at around $125,000), as multiple configurations are possible. 212.502.8916, http://www.effetiusa.com  

Design Seen: Puiforcat

The new Art of Bel Usage is a back­gammon set (shown, $28,000) made from precious wood and sterling silver—a nod to the chess set created by the company’s founder, Jean Puiforcat, in 1927. The functional art piece is one of three new releases that also include the Art of Fine Taste (comprising a water carafe, […]

Permanent Vacation

For those who cannot make the trip to Casa Acanto in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (see Great Escapes, page 100), the home’s owners—the interior designers Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman—offer an alternative: Their Casa Acanto line, launched in October, comprises furnishings, candleholders, and other items based on those in their getaway villa in the […]

Carry On

1}  Anya Hindmarch  This supple leather weekend bag, the Bespoke Weekend Latimer ($2,550 as shown), is offered in black or tan leather and can be monogrammed with initials or a graphic of the owner’s choosing. +44.20.7501.0168, http://www.anyahindmarch.com 2} Tumi  The company’s Tegra-Lite cases ($595 to $895)—its lightest, strongest travel bags yet—are made from Tegris, a […]

Smart Showings March 2014

Park City, Utah For skiers, few vacation-home developments can top the location of the new Stein Eriksen Residences at Deer Valley. Positioned mid-mountain at the intersection of the Last Chance and Silver Dollar ski trails, the community will comprise 16 homes and 38 condominiums, ranging in size from 2,100 to 5,770 square feet and from […]

Nick Candy

Nick Candy, the CEO of the London-based interior design house Candy & Candy, has made a name for himself by creating innovative spaces that defy categorization. What may appear on the surface as a traditional English living room might actually be a high-tech haven with a concealed security system and plasma TV alongside laser-etched textiles […]

One for the Ages

When a 200-acre parcel in North Yorkshire, ­England, came up for sale, a local couple in their early 40s jumped at the chance to own a piece of history. The couple, fashion entrepreneurs with a penchant for minimalism, recognized a unique opportunity to combine their contemporary tastes with structures that included a 400-year-old barn and […]

Home Tour: High Art

Shaping a raw, 20,000-square-foot space into a residence worthy of the Monets and Dalís that will decorate it is a tall order. When that space is perched 90 stories above Manhattan, it is a tall order in any sense of the term. “It was epic in almost every aspect of residential private urban living,” says […]

Form & Fancy

David Wiseman has transformed a four-story staircase in a Manhattan apartment into a work of art. Plaster linden branches bearing porcelain wisteria blossoms ascend with the stairs, and a thick trunk, fashioned from fiberglass to keep its weight light, appears to pierce a flight from below. The design appears natural and at the same time […]

Great Escapes: Carribbean and Mediterranean

Launched in 2012, Kanga is the first hull in Wally’s new Ace line of displacement motor yachts. The 85-foot vessel combines the clean and unconventional styling that the Monaco builder is known for with quiet, stable, and relatively fuel-efficient operation. With its wide-open spaces, Kanga also provides more room to spread out than most yachts […]

Great Escapes: Paris

The 14th arrondissement, on the Left Bank of the Seine River, is home to the catacombs and a variety of only-in-Paris boutiques. Here, in the district known as Montparnasse, Villa Alesia is an oasis within the bustling city. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for an abundance of natural sunlight and afford views of the four-bedroom home’s outdoor […]

Great Escapes: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

After Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman trans­formed a former tannery in this artsy Mexican mountain town into their vacation home, the San ­Francisco–based designers were so inspired by the project that they launched a furniture line named after it. The new Casa Acanto collection (see “Permanent Vacation,” page 128) comprises pieces based on those found […]

Great Escapes: Santa Venerina, Italy

On a Sicilian hilltop overlooking the island’s east coast and Mount Etna, the Rocca delle Tre Contrade estate offers an immersive Italian experience for parties as large as 22 guests. The 19th-century villa was recently restored by the local architect Angelo Vecchio, who retained the original masonry of lava stone and white Siracusa limestone, seen […]

Resort Town: British Virgin Islands Private Properties

Outside of the BVI’s residential communities, a number of stand-alone homes are available on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Following are five listings (current as of press time) that highlight the best of BVI living. 1} Steele Point, Tortola Bedrooms:5 Bathrooms:5.5 Price: $15 million Featured in Architectural Digest, this home is located on the westernmost tip […]

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Rosewood Little Dix Bay is nestled along a half-mile-long, crescent-shaped strip of sand that is often hailed as one of the best beaches in the world. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Virgin Gorda resort was built by Laurance S. Rockefeller, who began buying land on the 8.5-square-mile island in 1958 and opened the […]

Oil Nut Bay

Opened for sales in 2008, Oil Nut Bay is one of the newer residential communities in the BVI. David V. Johnson, the chairman of Victor International Corp., spent 10 years traveling the world in search of the perfect location for a resort development before ultimately settling on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda. Its secluded […]

Villa Aquamare

Opened in 2008 by four businessmen from Puerto Rico, Villa Aquamare differs from its neighbors in that it is more of a private compound than a resort. The development does not include a members’ club, a spa, restaurants, or other resort-style amenities. Rather, Aquamare brings such services to the villas themselves. Set on 1.75 acres […]

1111 Lincoln Road

Part functional parking garage, part event space, part dining venue, this development designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron contains retail outlets, a parking garage–cum–event space, and a handful of residences with bordering interior courtyards designed by ­Raymond Jungles. On 1111 Lincoln’s penthouse level is the remarkable new Juvia restaurant (top), for […]


With benefaction from the Related Group’s Jorge Pérez, who donated funds and artworks totaling $40 million, and the city of Miami, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is the city’s first architecturally driven art museum. Herzog & de Meuron designed the 200,000-square-foot, three-story art house, which opened in December, with interiors of warm woods and […]

District 36

Just blocks away from the Design District but separated by Interstate 195, the newly announced District 36 promises 60,000 square feet of retail space for eight to 10 showrooms on NE 36th Street at NE First Avenue. Another compelling aspect of the project is its promise of a pedestrian link between Midtown and the Design […]

Design District

Twenty years ago, the area around NE 40th Street was one of the last places in Miami one would expect to find Louis Vuitton and other top brands. But in the past decade, under the direction of Craig Robins’s Dacra development company, the 18-square-block area has become a haven for high-end fashion and interior design. […]

Art Basel Miami Beach: A December to Remember

Art Basel in Miami Beach launched in 2002 as an extension of the more conservative Art Basel that takes place each June in Switzerland. While technically a five-day gathering of more than 250 galleries from across the world, the Miami event has come to encompass an entire week of art- and design-fueled events and expositions. […]

Art Basel Miami Beach: Charlotte Perriand

One of Art Basel 2013’s most talked-about pieces, constructed by Louis Vuitton, celebrated the famed French architect, designer, and photographer Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999). A two-bedroom house, La Maison au Bord de l’Eau, originally designed by Perriand in 1934 but never built, was erected on the beach near the Raleigh hotel, where the house displayed some […]

Art Basel Miami Beach: Design Miami

A 65,700-square-foot tent across from Art Basel’s exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center housed Design Miami, a more manageable forum for visitors to browse offerings created specifically for the show. Highlights this year included the Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres’s Swarovski-sponsored Mangue Groove, inspired by the forests of Brazil and crafted from Swarovski crystals; […]

City Style Miami: Developments

1} Porsche Design Tower Miami  At this 60-story tower from Porsche Design Studio, individual car elevators will whisk residents’ vehicles directly into their homes in less than a minute, and some owners will even be able to view their cars like works of art from inside their apartments. The auto aficionados who buy any of […]

City Style Miami: Hotels

1} St. Regis  At the city’s northern tip, directly across from the Bal Harbour Shops, this 227-room hotel offers magnificent, 650-square-foot standard rooms—all with ocean views—that feel like suites thanks to foyers, enormous bathrooms, lounging and work areas, and generous balconies. Yabu Pushelberg designed the entire property, which opened in 2012 and includes two pools, […]

Scrub Island

Scrub Island opened in 2010 as the first new luxury hotel development in the BVI in 15 years. The ­private-island resort is located about one mile off the east coast of Tortola on a 230-acre landmass visited by Christopher Columbus some 500 years ago. (Legend has it that the island’s name comes from the pirates […]