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  • Designer Hervé Van der Straeten in Paris

    Published as: CHEZ VAN DER STRAETEN Outstanding designs, even if they are informed by historical motifs that enthrall their makers, begin with a blank canvas. “I constantly need to explore graphic purity and make radical choices to express the unconventional and the unexpected,” says Hervé Van der Straeten. The French…

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  • Seaside Capri Retreat

    Artists and writers have always been romanced by Capri’s beauty, and Neapolitan architect Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva is no different. Reviving the island’s authenticity and rediscovering its magical characteristics were among his creative goals when he began building a home for clients on this legendary Italian retreat. A particular abode that…

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  • Design Icon Elsa Peretti

    It is hard to imagine Elsa Peretti without a roof over her head. But that was once the logistical predicament the Tiffany designer endured in Sant Martí Vell, a small village in Catalonia, Spain. Peretti initially inhabited her mustard-yellow house there while the roof was still under construction. “It was…

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  • Modern Waterfront House in Brazil

        At first glance, this weekend house appears to be an architectural anomaly perched on the cliffs above the Sea of Crete or the Bay of Biscay, its stark white planes playing off of the islands dotting the undisturbed blue water beyond. But it is neither Greece nor France, it…

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  • Classical Getaway on Lake Como

    PUBLISHED AS: Noble Pursuit Text: Joann Greco Photography: Nathan Kirkman ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: AUGUST+SEPTEMBER 2008 Villa La Cassinella isn’t just another Old World, postcard-perfect estate ready for the tourist’s lens. Instead, its service and style are the pinnacles of aristocratic luxury, and exceed even the highest-rated European hotels. This is a…

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