Design & Culture

Traveling With the Briggs & Riley Sympatico Suitcase

By Samantha Coles

Luggage space on a private aircraft is limited. Larger jets such as the Bombardier Global 7500 naturally have more space (see more on pp 30), but if you’re traveling with a full house, fitting everyone’s suitcase onboard can be tricky — especially if you’re taking ski or golf equipment. Enter Briggs & Riley with a solution: Its suitcases have a […]

This Louis Vuitton Trunk is a Home for Your Hennessy

By Emma Reynolds

Hennessy and Louis Vuitton are making a case (sorry) for rendering wine cellars and bar carts obsolete with the new Hennessy Paradis Impérial Trunk by Louis Vuitton. The trunk was designed to celebrate the relaunch of this crown jewel in Hennessy’s portfolio with a completely new and exquisite multifaceted crystal decanter, designed by renowned Tel Aviv-born artist Arik Levy. This […]

The Bird Island at Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

By Samantha Coles

In the south of Bordeaux surrounded by 190 acres of vineyards lies Les Sources de Caudalie, a halcyon hotel and spa. The setting is picture-perfect: full of pastoral beauty, with ducks occupying the tranquil ponds, horses working in the vineyards and bumblebees buzzing through the pretty, fragrant gardens. You’ll find the signature suite, L’Île aux Oiseaux (The Bird Island), suspended […]

The Most Impressive Architecture in Spain

By Alex Martin

In this latest article in our ongoing Spain series, Elite Traveler takes a look at some of the country’s most impressive architecture. From ancient cathedrals to contemporary museums, Spain boasts some of the most treasured buildings in the world. Here, we take a look at five examples that are worth the journey alone. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Frank Gehry’s outlandish […]

Four Incredible Luxury Clock Designs

By Kristen Shirley

As we celebrate 2019’s Top 50 Watches, here we highlight the original form of timekeeping: clocks. Today’s clocks are both incredible technical masterpieces and works of art. As manufacturers are not bound by the constraints of small case sizes, their ingenuity, technical prowess and creativity can be on full display. MB&F, Medusa Price: $27,850 Together with its longtime friend, L’Epée […]

Behind the Scenes at Saint-Louis Crystal

By Samantha Coles

Surrounded by dense verdant forest in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France, the Saint-Louis Glass Manufacture workshop has created exceptional handblown crystal since 1586. Back then, the remote location was paramount, as the furnaces required a huge and steady supply of wood to reach the temperature needed to melt sand into glass (around 3,632 degrees) as well as a source of water; it was […]

InterContinental Celebrates 200 Hotels with Champagne Art

By Samantha Coles

To commemorate InterContinental Hotel’s 200th opening (you can read about the Shanghai Wonderland here), an installation by mixed-media artist Alexander Hall (also known as Haut de Gamme) has been displayed in select hotels throughout the world. The installation is comprised of 200 hand-painted champagne bottles — fitting for the momentous celebration. Every hanging bottle is unique and inspired by one […]

Take Three: The Best Art Restaurants

By Samantha Coles

In this latest piece from our Design & Culture series, we take a look at three of the best art restaurants. These three eateries not only serve delicious food but come with a generous helping of fine art. Kronehalle, Zürich A former beer hall might not be the first place you’d think of having an extensive fine art collection, but […]

Getting to Know Master Architect Antonio Citterio

By Samantha Coles

Since coming onto Milan’s design scene in the 1980s, Antonio Citterio has become a bonafide force for luxury brands. He has worked with Hermes, B&B Italia, Flexform, Luminaire, Vitra and Technogym, giving each of them the Midas touch when it comes to sales. His work has reshaped the luxury design industry and changed the way we view modern elegance. He […]