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    1. September 23, 2014

      Ever bigger boats keep German shipyards busy

      In plutocrats’ seemingly endless pursuit of ever bigger yachts, the shipyards of northern Europe have established a lead...

    2. March 28, 2014

      Fornasetti and the Italian design houses seeking brand success

      Milan’s Triennale Design Museum had a sleeper hit this past winter. Twenty years in the planning, a stunning but little...

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    1. Yachts and Marinas

      Well-heeled owners and industry brokers will be reflecting on another tough year for t...
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    1. November 18, 2013

      Commoditised market innovation

      The story Technogel is a polyurethane gel with special chemical and physical properties that make it particularly useful in...

    2. September 13, 2013

      Sheridan Coakley, the Briton backing young US designers

      It has been almost 30 years since Sheridan Coakley left his Notting Hill shop for what were then the bleak streets of...

    3. March 29, 2013

      Part beach resort, part world’s best furniture showroom

      The view from the dining pavilion at Dedon Island in the Philippines takes in a glorious stretch of beach and sea but it is...

    4. March 15, 2013

      Starck choice in Istanbul

      Most travellers to Istanbul stay in Sultanahmet, in the shadow of the Ayasofya and Topkapi palace, or down on the shore of...

    5. January 25, 2013

      Breaking the mould

      Unless you know something about the story of how it was made, and why and who used it, putting a chair on a plinth in a...

    6. December 21, 2012

      Steve Jobs’ yacht held over disputed bill

      With its rectangular lines and shimmering aluminium hull, the 78-metre yacht Venus seemed the final incarnation of Steve...

    7. August 10, 2012

      Exercises in sleek design

      In a Scandinavian television advertisement, the curvaceous singer Cher once said of fitness that “if it came in a bottle,...

    8. June 8, 2012

      Top of the form

      At the entrance to the latest exhibition to open at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Heatherwick Studio: Designing the...

    9. June 1, 2012

      Phuket’s new breed of chic beach retreats

      Koh Samui has been the main focus of buzz in Thailand over the past three years, with its seemingly unceasing procession of...

    10. March 9, 2012

      The expert selection: Hip and historic Italian hotels

      Juliet Kinsman, editor-in-chief of Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Italy (www.mrandmrssmith.com), picks five historic...

    11. November 29, 2011

      Measure for Measure, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

      Never again shall I feel I have missed out in life by not visiting the fetish club Torture Garden. In Roxana Silbert’s Royal...

    12. September 30, 2011

      A vision of Latin luxury

      Standing tall in his broad-brimmed white panama, white trousers, white shoes, dress shirt and creamy raincoat, Alan Faena is...

    13. September 9, 2011

      Short cuts

      Paris Since it opened late last year, the superb Royal Monceau hotel has launched a succession of innovative facilities,...

    14. September 2, 2011

      A pressing issue

      It may seem a nonsensical journey from being born and raised in Colombia and winning a Fulbright scholarship to study film...

    15. July 29, 2011

      Sea monsters

      The other Kate’s wedding this summer was – of course – Moss’s. And without such intense media scrutiny as her namesake or...

    16. June 24, 2011

      Home is where the Heath is

      As early as the 18th century, Hampstead was the destination of choice for those seeking pleasure, rest and repose in north...

    17. June 10, 2011

      A dose of pho for Soho

      David Archer (left) designer of Cây Tre Soho, with chef Hieu Trung Bui Cây Tre By the standard of organised chaos that...

    18. December 10, 2010

      Photo-Me quadruples interim dividend

      Photo-Me International quadrupled its interim dividend to 1p after pre-tax profits increased by £5m to £14m. Photo-Me...

    19. October 30, 2010

      Sexy and getting smarter

      Yoo Berlin in Mitte district, where one apartment is on sale for €805,740 Grey and cheap. That’s how people often describe...

    20. October 30, 2010

      Some like it haute: Restaurants with a view

      Of course you can’t eat the view, but I have always found that rooftop restaurants offer an extra gastronomic dimension. One...

    21. October 16, 2010

      Shrink to fit

      Kitchens are disappearing – or so it seems. As pied-à-terre lifestyles – weekdays in the city, weekends in the country –...

    22. April 1, 2010

      Clearly inspired

      Revolutionary: Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost pioneered the use of transparent polycarbonate A small, white plastic cup of...

    23. February 13, 2010

      ‘It’s all very eclectic and laid back’

      Philippe Starck, 60, has been a design frontrunner for 30 years. After studying product design and interior architecture at...

    24. February 13, 2010

      French special: On the trail of the lost villages of Paris

      ‘Village’ life in Montmartre As I emerge from Alexandre Dumas metro station headlong into steely-faced Parisians and...

    25. December 8, 2009

      Brent Hoberman Mydeco.com

      No week is ever the same; one day, I might be meeting a politician to brainstorm issues, the next, I'll be debating...

    26. December 7, 2009

      Business diary: Brent Hoberman

      Brent Hoberman is a London-based internet entrepreneur. He is executive chairman of Mydeco.com, the home interiors site, and...

    27. October 31, 2009

      Entrepreneur seeks to fill residential gap

      John Hitchcox is as often in glossy magazines as the business pages, but that has not deterred the laid-back property...

    28. October 24, 2009

      An inexpensive design hotel in Paris

      The restaurant and bar area at Mama Shelter When the general manager of the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, one of the most luxurious...

    29. October 10, 2009

      Youthful inspiration

      Francis Sultana among miniature versions of chic adult chairs The “mini me” market is increasingly providing inspiration...

    30. April 25, 2009

      Deep in a 1980s fashion renaissance

      In the early 1980s, before going to college and embarking on a writing career, I worked as a fashion model. I appeared in...

    31. February 21, 2009

      'I hang on to things for ever'

      Alberto Alessi, 62, is the chief executive of the family-run homeware business Alessi, founded in 1921 and based in...

    32. February 21, 2009

      ‘I hang on to things for ever’

      Alberto Alessi, 62, is the chief executive of the family-run homeware business Alessi, founded in 1921 and based in...

    33. February 14, 2009

      No need to shout

      Reality television has led to the unsettling phenomenon of a house full of prima donnas outscreeching each other, all aware...

    34. February 14, 2009

      No need to shout

      Celebrity reality television has led to the unsettling, voyeuristic phenomenon of a house full of prima donnas, each...

    35. November 8, 2008

      Behind the ironed curtain

      Private dining rooms within restaurants have always been popular but they are something of a contradiction: restaurants are...

    36. November 8, 2008

      Charm of the private dining room

      Private dining rooms within restaurants have always been popular but they are something of a contradiction: restaurants are...

    37. November 1, 2008

      Scouting the pampas

      My sojourn in the sun was all too brief; I was mainly occupied in professional pursuits on behalf of my client. It was a...

    38. June 28, 2008

      The new Russia houses

      One of the many memorable images in David Lean’s Dr Zhivago (1965) is of the protagonist’s isolated dacha, looking out on...

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