Sneak Peek: Ham Yard Hotel, London

20 April 2014

Discover the Ham Yard Hotel within a newly built urban village tucked away in London’s Soho neighborhood. Why Go: This boutique hotel is the eighth wonder of the Firmdale Hotels group’s London world. It is the company’s most ambitious project to date with a mix of 91 rooms and suites, 24 apartments, and 13 stores [...]

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Sneak Peek: The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, Ontario

19 April 2014

The home of Canada’s premier Shakespeare and theater festival welcomes its most luxurious accommodations yet: the Bruce Hotel. Why Go:The Canadian sister city of Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford, Ontario, is not unlike its English kin. The charming, tree-filled city is on another river Avon, and since 1953 it has hosted a theater festival. Although Stratford cannot claim [...]

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Bell Unveils Its Next-Generation Jet Ranger Helicopter

19 April 2014

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X evolved from a long line of helicopters dating back to the 1960s, and the Hurst, Texas, company says all those years of innovation and listening to customer feedback are reflected in the design. This latest Jet Ranger has a bigger cabin, with a fully flat floor and double doors [...]

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Bird’s-Eye View

18 April 2014

Boasting clean, contemporary architecture and breathtaking views of the Los Angeles basin, a newly constructed 12,530-square-foot residence located in the coveted bird streets above Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip is available for purchase. Many of the property’s most impressive vistas are framed by electronic pocket doors that, once retracted, afford seamless transitions between interior and exterior [...]

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Introducing the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

18 April 2014

In March, the longtime BMW collaborator Alpina launched its latest creation, the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, which is based on the body of BMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupe. The B6 is the first four-door coupe in Alpina’s portfolio of performance vehicles. The potent 4.4-liter V-8 biturbo engine of the B6 produces 540 [...]

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The Future of Supersonic Flight

18 April 2014

No civilian travelers have flown aboard supersonic jets since the Concorde fleet was grounded in 2003, but a handful of entrepreneurs are hoping to change that, with a flurry of Mach-plus business-jet designs competing to get to market. The technical challenges of achieving supersonic speeds are difficult, and the cost of certifying civilian aircraft for [...]

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Relais & Châteaux Hosts Its Inaugural Gourmetfest

17 April 2014

In late March, amid Northern California’s iconic cypress trees in the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Relais & Châteaux celebrated its 60th anniversary with the launch of its first annual Gourmetfest. Hosting the ambitious four-day food and wine festival was David Fink, CEO of the Mirabel Hotel and Restaurant Group, which owns the L’Auberge Carmel hotel, a [...]

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Sneak Peek: Shangri-La Hotel, at the Shard, London

17 April 2014

The Shangri-La moves into Europe’s tallest building. Why Go: Go for the views. The Shangri-La stands back from the City of London on the southern bank of the Thames. Its perch on floors 34 through 52 of the Shard, Europe’s tallest building, showcases landmarks across the city. Atop the London Bridge train station, the new [...]

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Largest U.S. Antiques Store to Auction More than 2,000 Items

17 April 2014

Since 1987, Architectural Artifacts, the largest antiques store in the United States, has served as a hub of lost treasures from around the globe. From May 2 through 4, Architectural Artifacts will hold the second annual auction at its 80,000-square-foot showroom in Chicago’s historic Ravenswood district. The building, which itself is historically significant, was constructed [...]

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Living in Sunshine

17 April 2014

The award-winning Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni and Miami-based architecture firm ADD Inc. have teamed up to create a new residential compound—Lissoni’s first-ever full-scale architectural work in the United States. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, which launched sales in November, will comprise 111 luxury condominiums and 15 single-family villas and is minutes from Miami’s [...]

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