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Getting to Know International Real Estate Developer Michael Shvo

By Alex Martin

Michael Shvo is an internationally-renowned luxury real estate developer with a wide portfolio of high-end hotel and residential buildings including The Getty, the Mandarin Oriental Residences, and the Aman Hotel in New York. His portfolio will grow in 2020 with the upcoming building 9200 Wilshire in Beverly Hills and, his most recent acquisition, the famed Raleigh Hotel in Miami beach. Shvo […]

Object of Desire: Portal Icosahedron by Anthony James

By Samantha Coles

If you attended any major art show in 2019, you would have no doubt come across Anthony James’ multifaceted sculpture: It was the talk of the show at Masterpiece London and drew curious crowds at the Seattle Art Fair. Icosahedrons are polyhedrons of 20 identical triangular facets, thought to be discovered by the philosopher Plato during a mathematical experiment. Anthony […]

How to Build Your Perfect Home Library

By Samantha Coles

There are certain things that stand the test of time: No matter how far technology advances, libraries still hold a dignified allure, and there’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of finishing a great book. Home libraries are more than just storage spaces; they provide sanctuary, one lined with precious titles that act as a window into our soul and […]

Cartier’s Dazzling Art Installation ‘Aquarium’

By Emma Reynolds

Ten years ago, Cartier launched the ‘Artist Meets Artisan’ program, which invites contemporary artists to imagine and create an installation with Cartier’s talented artisans. Since the program’s inception a decade ago, there have been four incredible installations, each using unique stones and reviving ancient techniques to create a one-of-a-kind piece. Although the latest piece Aquarium, 2010 made by Brazilian Beatriz […]

Inside Stefano Ricci’s Amazing Antique Silk Factory

By Kristen Shirley

In an unassuming building in Florence, a team of dedicated women handcraft some of the world’s most exclusive fabrics using ancient looms. The Antico Setificio Fiorentino (ASF) is a place filled with history, where silk threads are created on a warping machine, the orditoio, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and semi-mechanical looms from the 19th century are referred to as […]

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 […]