Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Friday, October 9, 2015   

Art of outdoor living
ITALIAN AND BALINESE furniture is acknowledged as being among the best worldwide. So what do you get when you combine the two? Carlo Pessina is the founder and creative director of Carlo contemporary handcrafted furniture.

A lifetime in miniature
LE CREUSET CELEBRATES its 90th anniversary month. To satisfy fans of its iconic cookware, it has produced mini stoneware versions of five classic cast- iron casseroles for the first time.

Working with textures
TEXTILE DESIGNER SUSAN Hable's first foray into furniture - Hable for Hickory Chair - is far from a timid entry into the home furnishings category. There are 23 pieces, including dining room, living room and bedroom furniture.

The light touch
IMAGINE BEING ABLE to control the lighting in your room from your sofa. You can do it with Lutron, which designs and makes energy-saving lighting controls. Founded in 1961, the company offers a variety of light dimmers, whole- home control systems and automated window treatments.

All hands on deck!
AUSTENE VAN HAS always felt most at home on the water. "It's magical!" she said. "There's some power in it." The actress, director and choreographer was determined to live on the water someday. But she wasn't sure how to make it happen, until a colleague, Dawn Brodey, started talking about her houseboat.

Brick beauty
SARAH LIVSEY RECOGNIZED the potential of a simple townhouse and purchased it in 2008. It had exposed brick walls, green carpeting and traditional wallpaper. It had some newer skylights but was otherwise in need of updates.

In good taste
Do you ever feel you need to find a quiet place to relax and escape the bustle of Central? You can find it at SunnyHills' Mid-Levels store, giving you a touch of nature and serenity, with earth-toned walls and giant french windows, and for another week a display of homeware from atomi.

Cool desert retreat
WHEN IT COMES to the desert, summer temperatures in the mid 40s can be a deal breaker. But for Robert Shiell, who recently renovated his 1959 weekend home in Palm Springs, California, the searing heat is incidental to the quiet beauty of the desert landscape and the classic mid-century architecture that dominates his Las Palmas neighborhood.

Space-saving gesture
Hong Kong apartments are notoriously tiny - the average is only 450 square feet.

Winning stripes
Upholstery is getting racy. At the Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, vertical stripes commonly associated with classic speedsters made the jump from the racetrack to chairs and sofas. In contrasting textiles or tapes, the winning result is fabric-on-fabric vibrance.

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