Carnegie bought Skibo estate in 1898 and turned the castle into one of the finest private homes of the time
©Robert Ormerod

The story of Andrew Carnegie’s Scottish estate

Once the world’s richest man, the 19th-century industrialist gave away the bulk of his fortune – but Skibo Castle was his haven

Hans Blix
©Lina Haskel

Hans Blix, former UN weapons inspector

The diplomat explains why the world looked ‘lighter’ in 2009 - and why he blames the invasion of Iraq for upheaval in the Middle East

Robin Lane Fox

Lobelia cardinalis at New York Botanical Garden ©Robert Benson
This wild-style garden in the Bronx has benefited from naturalistic planting and careful ‘editing’
The Melbourne skyline and Yarra river
©HP Huber/4Corners Images

Melbourne: world’s ‘most liveable city’ faces challenge

With its population expected to double by 2050, can the infrastructure of this desirable city keep up?

Emma Marga Blanche (left) working on a ‘Layer’ chair; Fredrik Färg at the sewing machine
©Färg & Blanche

‘No one believed we could sew wood’

Sweden-based design duo experiment with wood, textiles and ceramics – with unusual results

Rodolfo Lustig and Adalberto Kemény’s ‘São Paolo: A Metropolitan Symphony’ (1929)

Movies’ love affair with the metropolis

Edwin Heathcote looks at film makers’ enduring interest in city street life and skyscrapers

Villa Savoye in Poissy, France, designed by the architect Le Corbusier and completed in 1931
©VPC Travel/Alamy

Why ‘shocking’ modernist homes are now sought after

Houses that were once considered revolutionary are attracting growing interest from intrigued buyers

All change in London’s West Brompton

The area is at times overlooked but an ambitious residential scheme is giving it more prominence

Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale
©James Schwabel/Alamy

Fort Lauderdale: Florida’s ‘hot’ high-end market

Buyers of upmarket condos and town houses are lapping up the coastal city’s laid-back feel and sunny weather

Provençal-style living room
©William Waldron/The Interior Archive

Homes with shades of Provence

How subtle colours can be combined with traditional rustic furniture to create a contemporary, southern-French style

Charlie Birkett
©Grégoire Bernardi

Expat lives: English yacht enthusiast in Monaco

The co-founder of a high-end yacht company on the French Riviera talks about his uncertain start as a young boat hand