Crystal for Your Home
Add in a few new Baccarat items.
May 06, 2011
This season, luxury brand Baccarat has introduced a beautiful new stemware collection, Jupiter ($100 per glass) as well as new marcel wanders vases (shown, $3,950). 625 Madison Ave., 212-826-4100
A Beautiful Bed
Make your bed with Peter Som's new collection for Sferra.
April 22, 2011
Fashion designer Peter Som’s bedding and pillow collection for Sferra embodies springtime with its floral designs and fresh color schemes. Gracious Home, 1992 Broadway, 212-231-7800
Spa Getaway: The Rainforest Spa at the Jalousie Plantation
The Rainforest Spa at the Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia is a destination unto itself.
April 21, 2011
Perched in the center of the Pitons, St. Lucia’s majestic twin peaks, the Jalousie Plantation boasts the most stunning location on this breathtaking island. With a gorgeous white sand beach and sweeping sea views from the cliff-side villas, there is a lot to love on this magical corner of the island. Plus—thanks to a $100 million renovation due to the hotel’s re-branding as the Tides Sugar Beach this December—the resort is undergoing a spectacular facelift.
Chic new villas showcase large private plunge pools. The glamorous new Great Room restaurant features a delectable menu. But it’s the new Rainforest Spa that has in-the-know travelers buzzing. With its unique jungle-luxe design and an array of innovative treatments, the spa is primed to be one of the best in the region.
The entrance to the Rainforest Spa involves a walk through a long, dark passage lined with candles. At the end, you emerge outside underneath a canopy of lush trees in the rainforest. The spa, nestled in this dramatic backdrop, encompasses a series of tree houses propped on stilts and connected to each other by wooden walkways.
Each of the seven individual tree-house treatment rooms is handcrafted entirely from sustainable materials, including thatched field-grass roofs, woven pieces of Campeche wood walls and local hardwood floors. Chirping birds, rustling tree leaves and a flowing river render the campy nature soundtracks that so many spas use obsolete. The atmosphere is, in a word, heavenly.
The spa’s impressive treatment menu pairs cutting-edge beauty technologies like LED therapies, ultrasonic skin rejuvenation and non-surgical facelifts with organic skincare lines and centuries-old St. Lucian beauty secrets. It’s this unexpected mix that really gives the spa its signature. Don’t miss the Sulfur Seduction, which sends you on an adventure to the nearby volcanic sulfur for a dip in the mud baths, a rinse underneath a waterfall and a restorative massage back at the spa.
VW Updates a Classic
The revamped 21st century Beetle melds tradition, innovation and rock and roll.
April 18, 2011
The redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
On a crisp New York morning, Volkswagen unveiled its 21st century Beetle redesign in a warehouse filled with 200 plus members of the media, auto lovers and locals. Jumbo screens playing the 2012 Beetle commercial teaser, originally seen during this year’s Super Bowl, were moved to reveal the glistening new models and their sleek design.
Substantially larger than their adorable predecessors, the 2012 Beetles project a cooler, somewhat manlier vibe. “We wanted the car to be much more dynamic, sporty and masculine,” said Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff. “We wanted to give it a completely new character. We pushed back the cabin, we lowered the car dramatically and we stretched the window graphic and condensed it. Already, from the side, the car has a much stronger road presence.”
|Pete Wentz inside a 2012 Beetle at the New York unveiling|
And while Bischoff stressed that the car was completely redesigned, the new model is clearly recognizable as one of America’s beloved “bugs.” The distinctive round headlights and curved roof reminds Beetle fans that this automobile is a descendent of the preferred transportation of hippies in the 60s and 70s. “The Beetle became an enduring cultural icon and an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. [It has] a special connection with its owners over the span of more than six decades. You don’t change a car like that on a whim,” said Volkswagen America CEO Jonathan Browning.
The revved up Beetle also comes standard with keyless entry, an eyebrow-raising fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway and a full-blast Fender sound system. Former Fallout Boy lead singer Pete Wentz, guest DJ for the unveiling and the frontman of a new band called the Black Cards, may find that last feature especially useful. “I’m listening to a lot of Sleigh Bells, Odd Future, and Lil’ B,” said Wentz. Of the morning’s playlist, he added “I was thinking about 9 am music, which is vastly different from 9 pm music. I just wanted to play upbeat, fun stuff.”
Architect Talk: Gal Nauer
Gal Nauer of Gal Nauer Architects talks about the business of buildings.
April 11, 2011
Hectic schedules and city living can take a toll on any person’s health and well-being. But what if that could all be erased—or at least alleviated—with living spaces designed to your every need? Gal Nauer, chief designer and president of Gal Nauer Architects (GNA), has embraced what she calls a “fantastic urban development,” where modern day living caters to a resident’s lifestyle. From contemporary, luxury residences in Tribeca to boutique hotels in Europe, GNA is on a mission to create villas in the sky that weave the grandeur of the past with the ideas of the future. We sat down with Nauer to chat about her craft.
What is your architectural philosophy when it comes to designing a contemporary building or renovating a landmark property?
GAL NAUER: I like to look at a project in its totality, at both its exterior and interior design. We view our product as one continuous experience. Conversion projects are my favorite because they have a history and a special story, but we are building a new life into that old regime. It’s a unique experience tying all the pieces together.
Was The Plaza renovation one of these unique experiences?
GN: The Plaza renovation was unlike any other project. It was full of surprises. And it was like a history class. It was really fascinating because of all the hidden corridors and sub-cellars. We were shown the railroad tracks in the sub-cellar that dated back to the original Plaza in 1907. We wanted to bring back the grandness and beauty that is in its bones, but we had to peel back layers to bring back the authenticity.
What are some of GNA’s recent developments?
GN: Nowadays people want to live in a building where white-glove service can translate into their everyday lifestyle. At 250 West Street in Tribeca, which used to be a warehouse, we have 110 residences that are family oriented with open terraces, a pool, gym, roof terrace with barbecue area and other life and wellness amenities. Many people bring work home with them, but they do not want to work in their bedrooms. For this reason we dedicated space to business centers in many of our new residences and hotels. In Tel Aviv we’ve developed Bavli, a family oriented neighborhood of six high-rise residential buildings with canopy rooftops situated next to the “central park,” Hayarkon Park, of Tel Aviv. With bike path access to the Mediterranean as well as the main commercial strips, this green development is about connecting real people to the earth and providing them with access to all their surroundings instead of being an overly “techy” skyscraper.
What are other popular demands for modern day living?
GN: Developers’ lists are growing richer for hotels featuring business centers, cigar lounges, club floors and rooftop pools and terraces which serve as a whole entertainment area. They want to create a complete lifestyle experience in one building.
Light a Candle
Try these selections from the Jo Malone candle collection.
April 08, 2011
Designed to enhance a space both visually and aromatically, Jo Malone’s David Hicks candle collection reinterprets three of the late British interior designer’s classic patterns. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000; jomalone.com
A Beautiful Bookcase
The Elena bookcase can be anything you want it to be.
April 01, 2011
Show off all of your favorite art, books and knickknacks in Marston and Langinger’s Elena bookcase ($5,710). Customize the piece by choosing from six sizes and 70 paint colors. marston-and-langinger.com
Indulge in a set of embroidered linens.
March 18, 2011
Julia B.’s vintage-inspired linens are classically beautiful. We’re crazy about the Nantes collection (PICTURED) and Julia B.’s adorable embroidery. 203-329-8248
A Chic Scooter
Vespa introduces new colors into its fleet.
March 04, 2011
Euro-chic New Yorkers will love Vespa’s new colors like espresso and sky blue, as well as two-tone scooters in bronze and espresso or blue and white. Enjoy your own Roman Holiday with a jaunt to Vespa Restaurant for some yummy Italian fare. 1625 Second Ave., 212-472-2050; vesparestaurant.us
New York Daytrip: Ziplining Tours
Soar through the Catskills on the longest, highest zipline in North America.
March 02, 2011
Looking to escape the city this spring? New York Zipline Adventure Tours are now operating out of Hunter Mountain Skiway, just two hours away from the city in the dazzling vistas of the Catskills. The trail boasts the longest and highest zipline canopy tour in North America—no small feat for a New York mountain range—with over 4.6 miles of ziplines, the longest of which runs 3200 feet long and 600 feet high.
The tour is an appropriate thrill for both the veteran jumper and the novice. Guides precede the tour with a mini “jump school” teaching proper soaring technique and body style at the summit lodge. The professionally trained staff, which includes a former Marine, snowboarder and rock climber, exudes a knowledgeable professionalism (and much-appreciated sense of humor) that encourages instant confidence. “When a person comes in and says, ‘I don’t know if I can do this’ and then is high-fiving and hugging me by the end—that’s the best part of my job” said tour guide Chris.
Standout features of the new zipline tour include a two-hour Sky Rider zipline, where you can soar side-by-side with a friend, and an innovative trolley suspension harness with handlebars that allow the rider to control the direction they are facing. “The way we zipline here is cool because of our harnesses. We have metal trolleys with handles that run on the line. It feels more free, but also gives a sense of control and security to the rider,” explained tour guide Frank.
With three year-round courses to choose from, zipline tours make for a novel first date idea, an ideal gift for thrill seeking friends and an unforgettable bonding activity. Still having doubts? “Just dig deep and get the courage to do it,” recommended tour guide Matt. “It’s worth it.”