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Well Heeled
Alexandria Abramian-Mott | January 10, 2013

As the owner and founder of Pelle Moda shoes, Jessie Chen is clear about what she wants to create: Highly sculptural footwear that is all about simplicity and a focus on materials. Whether she’s combining leather and snakeskin for a...

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Unforgettable Uruguay
Janet O’Grady | January 10, 2013

Buen dia,” says Maximiliano Broquen, director of Vik Retreats, as we whisk off to lunch at a laid-back, whitewashed beach shack called La Huella on Playa Brava. We sit facing the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying a...

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The Guy Code
Lily Hansen | January 10, 2013

Born in Britain, raised in Spain and France, and currently a resident of Singapore, Christopher Guy has established himself as much for his sophisticated designs as the thought-provoking thematic elements behind each collection. Recently debuting...

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Wild Side
Andrew Myers | October 8, 2012

“There’s no place like home” might be too parochial a mantra for designer-developer-homeowner Maryl Georgi, who’s far worldlier and more sophisticated than even the most over-the-rainbow, thoroughly modern Dorothy. Nevertheless,...

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High Life
Andrew Myers | October 8, 2012

When Mary Ta met Drew Fenton, the two Los Angeles residents soon discovered that they shared a passion for design, décor and architecture. But unlike others who might simply pontificate on the topic, Ta and Fenton have more than the average appreciation for...

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Second Act
Gillian Flynn | October 8, 2012

When busloads of visiting architecture students descend on San Diego, the first stop is La Jolla. No, not the Salk Institute. Nor the Neurosciences Institute. It’s a beeline to Gravilla Street to El Pueblo Ribera, the much-studied, much-storied...

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Dream Team
AnnaMaria Stephens | October 8, 2012

Barbara Rourke and Jason St. John have already hit their stride in San Diego, where they’ve designed some of the city’s hottest spots, from retro-glam Starlite to the just-expanded Smoking Goat. Now the duo, known as Bells & Whistles...

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Next Stop, Peru!
Rima Suqi | October 8, 2012

Steaming from Machu Picchu en route to Cusco, the train turns into one big party. Not just any train, mind you: the Hiram Bingham, a grand Orient Express locomotive (

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Shack Adjustment
AnnaMaria Stephens | July 9, 2012

In the terra-cotta-dotted enclave of Emerald Bay, one home catches the eye among the architectural mix of usual suspects. Laid-back and comfortable, the three-story standout is no Tuscan transplant, but a modern spin on a more local...

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Abracadabra: Baradaran!
Andrew Myers | July 9, 2012

Imagine a designer’s alchemical magic is that of a hostess-with-the-mostest giving the Greatest Cocktail Party Ev-ah. She sets the stage, she draws you out, she makes you feel your wittiest and prettiest.

Such is how...

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Community Organizer
Gillian Flynn | July 9, 2012

Architect Brett Farrow got to choose his neighbors. All of them.

When Farrow, a sandy-haired surfer, stumbled upon an old lot with a rotting 1912 farmhouse owned by one of Cardiff’s most celebrated residents, he...

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Alison Gee | July 9, 2012

New Jersey native Robert Siegel has to laugh whenever a new acquaintance asks him the classic Los Angeles question: Did you move here for a Hollywood career? “I have to tell them, ‘No, I’m not an actor. I’m a potter,’” he...

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