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Design Seen: Cal-a-Vie Antiques

Vista, Calif. Spa-goers at Southern California’s Cal-a-Vie health spa now can indulge in more than a reflexology treatment after a 5 am hike; they can reward themselves with a bit of retail therapy. Opened in August, Cal-a-Vie’s new 1,500-square-foot shop offers 18th- and 19th-century European antiques, which have been selected from the spa owners’ personal […]

Design Seen: Ligne Roset

Briord, France Introduced in 1973, Ligne Roset’s Togo sofa recently marked its 40th birthday. To commemorate the success of the piece—more than 1.3 million versions have been sold worldwide—the 154-year-old brand has released its Togo two-seater chaise. It bears the original’s form, which is meant to evoke the folding of a less-than-full tube of toothpaste. […]

Design Seen: Supergres

Casalgrande, Italy Porcelain tiles from Supergres have the look of wood but the durability of tile, making them ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces. The Italian company’s latest line, Travel, debuted in September at Bologna’s Cersaie tile and furnishings show, presenting four new colors with textural details and shading that mimic the […]

Design Seen: Sicis

Istanbul The Italian mosaics company’s new Istanbul showroom features a custom wall panel, in shades of white and gold, that has been accented with an iridescent finish to lend dimension to the foliage and butterflies—all of which are depicted with glass tiles that have been cut and set by hand. In addition to its considerable […]

Design Seen: Effegibi

Borello di Cesena, Italy Effegibi enlisted the Milan-based architect Rodolfo Dordoni to help give a sleek silhouette to its latest hammam. The steam room, named Topkapi (starting at $44,000), is the first from the company to be available for residential installation, and it consists of marble, teak, and tempered glass. Four sizes enable the unit […]

Design Seen: Ralph Lauren Home

New York City Crafted by hand from leather, walnut, and carbon fiber, the 18-piece Bond mixologist box is a refreshingly modern take on the traditional bar. The tabletop set includes a Laguiole paring knife and bottle opener, buffalo-horn garnish bowls, a hickory cutting board, a maple wood muddler, and an ebony wood corkscrew, as well […]

Design Seen: John & Table

Munich For those who miss their sports cars during office hours, John & Table has created a desk with the sleek styling of a luxury automobile. The handmade, built-to-order Race table (starting at about $52,400) features a shiny black carbon-fiber top, aluminum legs, and leather and Alcantara drawer fronts and inlays. A chair is also […]

Design Seen: Meridiani

Miami The Milan-based brand’s Miami showroom—located in the Wynwood Art District and open only by appointment—now features the newest examples of the company’s modern furnishings, which debuted at Salone del Mobile last April. Among them is the plush Scott bed (king size, $7,640). The frame’s linen-and-cotton cover is removable, and the slatted base can be […]

Design Seen: Charles Edwards

London The new 5-foot-tall Claybon hanging lantern, which suspends from an adjustable 40-inch chain, draws inspiration from an 1860s antique. While the original lantern, priced at about $105,000, is also available for sale, the reinterpretation is lighter and more durable thanks to its transparent panels of high-grade Perspex. The model shown (about $56,000) is rendered […]

Design Seen: Aesop

Berlin This Australian brand of hair- and body-care products is known for its minimalist shops, from the Los Angeles outpost on trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard to the Melbourne flagship. For its recently opened 860-square-foot Berlin store, Aesop worked with the firm Weiss-Heiten to create a Bauhaus-influenced space. The green concrete tiles take their cue from […]

Design Seen: Alivar

Florence, Italy Created for the 30-year-old Italian company by Giuseppe Bavuso, the Wavy bookcase (starting at $3,469) is a dynamic storage system. The designer created individual blocks that can be assembled like a puzzle to accommodate a range of spaces and needs. Each block consists of acrylic that mimics stone’s strength but is designed to […]

Design Seen: Fort Street Studio

New York City Known for its contemporary rugs, which often resemble artistic wall hangings, Fort Street Studio has launched its finest collection of floor coverings yet. The Luxe series (from $234 per square foot), introduced in the fall, marries a higher knot count (150 knots per square inch) and metallic Soumak flat weaving to create […]

Design Seen: Malabar

Oporto, Portugal A compass rose and old nautical maps influenced the imaginative design of the Sagres sideboard ($12,855). Part of the Portuguese company’s 13-piece Heritage Collection, Sagres is composed of solid poplar wood and features a frame of gold-and-bronze-plated steel. Other pieces in the series, such as the Andalus console, feature hand-painted illustrations inspired by […]

Design Seen: Brazilian Love Affair

The South American nation’s top designers show their passion for natural forms, indigenous woods, and sustainable materials. 1. Hugo França Living with native tribes in Bahia taught França woodworking techniques and reverence for trees. He carves reclaimed pequi trunks by hand, and, just as Michelangelo did with marble, frees the art within. Shown: his Chara […]

Beyond Shelter

A New Zealand winery’s self-described shack—accommodations for invited guests only—is anything but primitive. For nearly 30 years, the Cloudy Bay vineyards in New Zealand’s Marlborough region have been yielding notable varietals. Last year, the South Island producer of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and other premium wines branched out, adding to its esteemed estate a […]

Home Tour: Sailors’ Choice

Seafaring relatives drop anchor in the British Virgin Islands, selecting a secluded development as the site for their stylish retreat. Testing the Waters Several hundred years ago, the sandy coves and deep harbors of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands were rumored to hide a pirate or two. In 2012, these natural treasures, not […]

Smart Showings January 2014

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland The Scottish Riviera, as the country’s southwest coast is sometimes called, is touched by the Gulf Stream and has a microclimate that is Scotland’s mildest. Besides its dramatic coastline and white-sand beaches, the area is known for its sailing. Atop a cliff overlooking this scene is a cutting-edge property suitably named […]

Resort Town: Queenstown

New Zealand’s answer to Aspen and Lake Como offers outdoor adventurers vacation-home options for every season. The lake and alpine resort destination of Queenstown, on New Zealand’s South Island, has long been a haven for young backpackers and thrill seekers of all ages. Its location amid the Southern Alps, along the shores of Wakatipu Lake, […]

City Style: Santa Fe

A multicultural magnet for connoisseurs of art. As the northernmost outpost of Spanish colonialism and the southern terminus of its namesake trail from Missouri, Santa Fe has been a cultural crossroads for centuries. The intermingling of Spanish decor with indigenous adobe construction resulted in a Pueblo-Spanish style that defines the look of this oldest U.S. […]

King of the Hills

In the Hollywood Hills, high above Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip, stands a modern house with a nondescript facade—a solid white block save for a single window. But step inside, and three years of meticulous renovations and interior design unfold in every line, seam, and corner of the home. The Los Angeles–based designer James Magni (who […]

Back in Black

In September 2012, the interior designer Sarah Lavoine opened a shop in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré district to showcase her first line of furniture and objects, most of which are made of walnut, oak, and antique brass. Now the focus is on the 1,300-square-foot shop that she unveiled in September 2013, in the heart of the […]