Driving through a stone archway, past an intricate wrought iron gate, you will find yourself in a handsome Edwardian courtyard, where dapper, uniformed doormen guide you into a Belle Epoque lobby. Here, tall, elegant bundles of single-hued flowers surge out of vases, and immaculate, marbled floors are accented with shimmering glass. A stone’s throw from Covent Garden, the Rosewood London is a quiet retreat, located in the midst of the city bustle. The true highlight of staying at Rosewood is the bathrooms. Marbled and generously mirrored, they...

Ken Stradling, the nonagenarian collector and a patron of modern design, has long believed that “learning to look can be as creative as making”. His own expertise developed from a natural curiosity in his surroundings, and an understanding of how important good design can be to everyday life.Stradling has spent most of his life working for the Bristol Guild of Applied Art. As its buyer and director, he filled it with innovative stock sourced from Europe and Scandinavia as well as Britain. Over the decades it expanded to sell furniture and t...

Soichiro Fukutake’s desire for change is so great, it has sent ripples from one side of a sea to the other. This story begins with a photo of two men standing in front of the sea in question. Both are middle aged, both wear suits, and both are bespectacled. They are framed by young pines, and long grass straggles over their polished shoes. One wears a pale suit, white shirt, and a striped tie. He holds an architectural plan. The other is older and wears a dark suit. He is pointing to something out of shot. It is 1985. The men are Chikatsugu Miy...

For all their external beauty, Parisian buildings often conceal even greater wonders within. Thankfully many have been preserved, just as generations before had intended them to be. This is certainly true of number 24, rue Faubourg Saint Honoré — the site of the Hermès flagship store since 1880. While the expansive lower floors are open to the public, offering an array of luxury items for clients to peruse and pursue, the upper floors tell another story. Up several flights of stairs, and through a maze of corridors, you’ll discover a breathtaki...