Robb Report Home & Style November / December 2015


November / December 2015

From This Issue

From the Editors: Personal Best

Somewhere between first-grade memories of the living room sofa and a fortunate friend-of-a-friend guesthouse invite for the long weekend, we discover our tastes. If we’re lucky, our design ideas are shaped early on, through museum memberships and a worn-in passport. Realistically, we learn what we want in our homes through a process of elimination; through […]

Design Seen: In Living Color

A new series of vessels at Ralph Pucci casts a chromatic spell.  Glass is luxuriant with dichotomies. Fragile and commanding, it is born from brawn and fire, but stands so evocatively and delicately that it can soften cynics and reform bullies. It is also an act of discipline to produce. Maestro Andrea Zilio engaged in […]

Design Seen: Black Gold

Phanes’s tabletop collection summons caviar dreams. The tortoiseshell set her mother had given her was beautiful. Graceful with age and intention, it was an attractive default for serving caviar, but Tania Lemarteleur, the founder of Phanes, sought something else. “Something with modern lines, but elegant and delicate, as you could see in old pieces,” she […]

Design Seen: In Good Order

Dressing for success begins with a closet that offers top-drawer amenities that aren’t stripped of personality. IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: A custom closet for a home in Utrecht, Holland, designed by Bertel Grote and Jeroom Jansen of Studio Grand & Johnson, +31.20.670.40.65,; Sam valet in canaletta walnut ($4,459), designed by Carlo Ballabio for Porada, through […]

Design Seen: Select Passages

A well-appointed foyer is a striking first impression— let them judge your grand entrance with awe. IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Foyer in a Doha, Qatar, residence designed by Katharine Pooley, Katharine Pooley Ltd., +44.207.584.3223,; Glamour staircase chandelier (starting at $12,000), featuring bronze and handblown glass, by Serip, 323.739.5462,; Kiki tile in Zebra (starting at […]

Design Seen: Vanity Flair

Powder room design is a glamorous voyage into shimmer, shine, and reflective surfaces for capturing the best view. IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: The powder room of a Chicago, Ill., penthouse designed by Suzanne Lovell, Suzanne Lovell Inc., 312.595.1980,; Monte Carlo porcelain bath fixtures finished in 24-karat yellow gold with black Swarovski crystals (starting at $9,320), […]

Design Seen: Leisure Suited

A civilized place for binge-watching and atmospheric entertaining, the media lounge is tailored to fit tech and high design. IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Media lounge in a Tikhvin, Russia, residence, designed by Ekaterina Elizarova, +7.922.11.775.11,; Wingback lounge chair in black leather from the Revival series by Blackman Cruz Workshop ($12,000), 323.466.8600,; Elle television stand […]

Home Tour: Passion in Paris

Stéphanie Coutas transforms a vintage apartment for herself. As soon as Stéphanie Coutas finished remodeling a Paris townhouse for her family, she began dreaming of a fresh challenge. The noted interior designer has a passion for collecting, creating, and arranging beautiful things, and all those talents found expression in her new apartment overlooking the Place des […]

Home Tour: Living on the Edge

A marquee ridge in Cape Town hosts a world-class home with transparency, tactility, and a bit of James Bond swagger.  Six years ago, the interior designer Debra Parkington stood in Cape Town, South Africa, surrounded by some of the world’s most majestic scenery. Looking south beyond Camps Bay, she could see the Twelve Apostles mountain […]

Home Tour: Found in Translation

Italian designer Achille Salvagni evokes a sensual blend of his and hers for a London pied-à-terre. Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,” wrote the celebrity stylist and fashion designer Rachel Zoe. By that definition, this 3,015-square-foot pied-à-terre in London sumptuously articulates the personalities of its owners, an Italian […]

Mood Lighting

Style is on the surface for Moving Design studio. Dinner-party guests at Stéphanie Coutas’s home are often astonished. When fashioning her dining room, the daring interior designer enlisted Moving Design, a Paris-based digital installation and content studio with a graphic edge. Their collaboration resulted in the unexpected: a 6-by-3-foot LCD screen that features the realistic […]