Robb Report Home & Style July/August 2014


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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, […]

Design Seen July/August 2014: Going with the Grain

Hudson Furniture   Barlas Baylar, the New York City company’s founder, emphasizes wood’s mass and weight in his pieces. His Lipstick console (from $31,200), with its slabs of wood and other materials, conveys a modernity that is at once sleek and brawny. 212.645.7800,    (continues on next page) Thos. Moser   A study in refined […]

Home Tour: Dressed to the Nines

For his ninth house for a longtime client, Guy Dreier designed a singular desert retreat accessorized with his “handkerchief” roofs and other signature flourishes.  This Palm Desert, Calif., vacation home is the culmination of Guy Dreier’s relationship with a very good client: The architect had already created eight other residences throughout the western United States […]

Suite Escape

The new Bungalow One by Robb Report Home & Style at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel ditches formality in favor of a restrained take on the VIP retreat. The arresting view inside the recently unveiled Bungalow One by Robb Report Home & Style at the Fairmont Miramar hotel owes, in part, to what is not there: no […]

City Style: Montreal

Canada’s second-largest city enjoys worldwide recognition for its inclusionary design ethos. To describe Montreal as a North American city with a British background and a French varnish is to oversimplify its complex nature. On this island city where the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers meet, the downtown core is bordered roughly by Old Montreal, with […]

Great Escapes July/August 2014: Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica

For the design of Villa Manzu, the Costa Rican architect Abraham Valenzuela conceived a 33,000-square-foot structure that allows the beholder—from any spot, inside or out—to gaze upon a work of art or beauty. Ceilings fashioned from hand-laid stone feature patterns reminiscent of the night sky; copper and wood accents hail from local sources and from […]

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 […]

Great Escapes July/August 2014: Cape Town, South Africa

Set within the seaside suburb of Llandudno, a short drive from the shops and restaurants of upscale Camps Bay, this sprawling villa sits on a secluded cliff next to the Sandy Bay Nature Reserve. Therese Botha, owner of Icon Villas, which rents the home, calls it her most “democratic” property for its six identical master […]

Great Escapes July/August 2014: Sag Harbor, New York

Guests of this shingle-style residence enjoy both privacy and proximity to activity, thanks to the home’s location in a secluded section of the Hamptons that is only a few miles from Southampton and East Hampton. The owner recently renovated the interior and lavished considerable attention on important details, including electronic conveniences such as a Honeywell […]

Second Look: Space Crafts

With Fletcher Benton’s sculptures, what is not there is just as important as what is there. “Negative space is very important to me,” says the 83-year-old, who began his artistic journey at 11 when his mother gave him his first studio space. Knowing what to leave blank, and how to shape that blank space, is […]

Home Tour: Spirit of the Golden Age

The latest incarnation of a historic Paul R. Williams estate reveals a design team’s efforts to revive the property’s original essence. In his lifetime, the esteemed architect Paul R. Williams designed more than 3,000 homes, many of them for Hollywood’s glitterati and other luminaries. In 1938, he completed a house in Los Angeles’s Bel Air […]

Great Escapes July/August 2014: Juneau, Alaska

Sojourn’s Alaskan routes can be customized to suit the interests of passengers, but typically the 130-foot charter embarks from the state’s capital city and cruises by the colossal Sawyer Glacier, which frequently—and dramatically—sheds slabs of blue ice into the fjord. The yacht might then head south through Fords Terror, another curving fjord lined with stunning […]