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FEATURES 38 | Country Chic

A major renovation turned this Ridgefield, Connecticut home into a comfortable haven for a newly blended family.

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Rising above the sand dune, a new house on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island was designed to maximize the sense of place.

54 | Entertainment Central

From its grand balcony to a “secret” casino, this storied estate on Long Island’s North Shore is the perfect backdrop for gatherings of family and friends.

64 | In Search of Shanghai

The top metropolis in the world’s busiest land is a heady blend of old and new, sparkling with history, culture, shopping and nightlife.

70 | 360° of Cool

Spectacular views of the New York skyline are just part of the appeal in this full-floor apartment, which occupies a unique wedge-shaped building in SoHo.

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78 | Luxe on Fifth

Newly created for empty nesters, a home on Manhattan’s Museum Mile is filled with art and suffused with Art Deco glamor.

86 | Elegance Renewed

In a prewar duplex on Park Avenue, “good bones” were made even better by a classic color scheme and sumptuous accents.

92 | Living on Point

At these luxury waterfront apartments in Glen Cove, New York, setting up house has never been easier.

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From Safavieh’s new SoHo gallery to an expanded selection of lighting for the home, there’s a lot that’s new in our world.

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Influenced by fashion runways, new looks in home furnishings fill our showrooms this fall. EDEN

Nothing brings us back to nature like the stately green of the forest. VANILLA CUSTARD

Creamy and smooth, this effortless light tone always satisfies. GALAXY BLUE

Evoking the cosmos and the oceans, deep blue is in high style. ORANGE TIGER

Bold and upbeat, orange can really energize your home. PALOMA

Understated and endlessly versatile, gray continues its reign. CHRYSANTHEMUM

Whether eye-popping or subtle, pink has its place.

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Lingering is encouraged in our spacious SoHo store. Try out the merchandise, and then try the free interior design service.

SPIRITS

98 | Six Degrees of Cognac

What makes this French brandy so hip? Exacting production and ageing standards tell part of the tale.

112 110 | Where To Find Us

Your directory of Safavieh’s home furnishing showrooms and design centers in metropolitan New York.

112 | The Last Word

Reflecting on a quarter century of style as Safavieh’s lead designer, Joe Murphy offers tips for decorating success.

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104 | Like Jewelry for Your Home

Whether termed chandeliers, lanterns or pendants, light fixtures that hang from the ceiling can dress up a room to perfection.

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108 | Safavieh Happenings Scenes from the latest celebrations of style with friends, family, designers and industry partners.

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ON STYLE Hello and welcome to a new edition of Safavieh Style, where our mission is to inspire your dreams of a more beautiful home. In these pages, you’ll tour residences freshly created by Safavieh’s interior designers, including a trio of luxurious Manhattan apartments, a beach house at the Jersey Shore with magnificent ocean views, a Long Island mansion with a storied past and a rambling country home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Safavieh’s ongoing work with top real estate developers is showcased in a feature on Garvies Point, the waterfront development in Glen Cove, New York. Here we focus on the model apartments we’ve designed for renters. These stylish units are available with the option of being fully furnished by Safavieh, including art, accessories—even sheets and towels; in short, everything one needs to move in except for clothes and toiletries! Also in this issue, you’ll step inside Safavieh’s new SoHo showroom at 150 Thompson Street in New York City. In this renovated historical building on a charming block, you’ll find a tightly edited selection of furniture, rugs, lighting, art and accessories, as well as a full-service design center staffed by our very talented interior designers. Soon our SoHo showroom will be complemented by our SoNo showroom—a four-story design marketplace in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Just like SoHo, South Norwalk is known as a design shopping district. And like our SoHo showroom,

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our SoNo location will be located in a landmark building, which formerly was home to Klaffs. Organized around lifestyle galleries, the store will, of course, feature a full design center. And just as Klaffs was known far and wide for its lighting selection, we are installing a large lighting gallery for our customers. Speaking of lighting, don’t miss our story on lighting design trends (page 104). And for a peek at our soon-to-open SoNo showroom as well as a complete directory of all Safavieh retail locations, see page 110. Whichever location you visit, you’ll benefit from the Safavieh Difference: The services of our designers are always free to you. Add to this our unparalleled selection, the hospitality we offer to all our customers, our in-stock program (with most items available in two weeks or less) and our signature white-glove delivery, and you have the perfect one-stop shopping experience. In closing, I’d like to remind you that whatever you can dream, Safavieh can create. Enjoy the magazine, and thank you for spending time with us. Here’s to a happy 2020 and to a beautiful home!

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Interlocked ellipses in watercolor tones distinguish this richly textured rug from Safavieh’s Dip Dye Collection.

Green beads draped from a smart gold frame give a boho-chic quality to the Prince chandelier by Safavieh.

The autumn colors on fashion runways are also amping up home furnishings.

The Pinwheel chest from Kindel’s Dorothy Draper Collection is a gorgeous modern take on Chinese Chippendale design.

With delicate paw arms and a rolled back, this elegant chair by Karges is the embodiment of Regency style.

Bring shimmering jewel tones to any room with this John-Richard vase.

Caracole’s La Vie de la Fête sofa is an Art Deco-inspired showpiece.

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Creamy and smooth, this effortless light tone never fails to satisfy.

Suggesting the whorls of a fingerprint, this contemporary rug is from Safavieh’s Expression Collection.

This abstract artwork by Wendover Art Group is subtle and deceptively simple.

With its silver striping, Chaddock’s Pinciana night stand is a pretty addition to the bedroom.

Vanguard’s Tootsie ottoman is covered in a fabric called Shaggy Chic, a name that defines its style. Evelis de eos essequistia nam corro molesed mo blab il int que doloribus, que voluptur? The Cracked Ice chair by McGuire elevates rattan to the level of luxury.

Hooker’s Novella Zaballa bar cabinet looks both glamorous and organic.

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SAFAVIEH SHOWCASE Hand-painted faux azurite and gold accents make this John-Richard table lamp a standout.

In striated tones of blue and gray, this rug from Safavieh’s Dream Collection is a versatile addition to any contemporary décor.

Highly textured and sculptural, a crystal bowl by Uttermost seems to glow from within.

BDI’s Margo console looks great in a hallway or as a media cabinet.

Evocative of the cosmos—and the oceans—deep blue is in good taste and high style.

The Katie tiltback chair by Vanguard offers a modern take on the classic leather club chair.

Lexington’s Adour mirror has a neoclassical frame finished in silver leaf and faux shagreen.

Handsome and versatile, the Elsworth ottoman by Safavieh Couture doubles as a seat or a drinks table.

Bolster pillows bring a little something extra to the Dulce Mid-Century chaise sofa by Safavieh Couture.

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Bold color and simple geometry mark this modern pendant light by Safavieh.

Hand-knotted in Pakistan, this rug by Safavieh is a masterpiece of abstract modern style.

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Leggy and elegant, the Athos lamp table by Vanguard bridges classic and contemporary design.

Strong and upbeat, orange brings welcome energy to personal spaces.

Lee’s leather armchair with nailhead trim has a Western vibe.

Upholstered in velvet, the Rosealina tufted ottoman by Safavieh Couture makes a bold statement.

The Aimee armchair by Safavieh Couture brings a bit of retro fun to home or office.

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Made modern by two-tone upholstery, the King George III settee by Baker was designed circa 1765 by John Gordon.

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Hand loomed in India, this intricate rug from Safavieh’s Mirage Collection could be the centerpiece of any contemporary space.

Deeply sculpted doors turn BDI’s Tanami storage credenza into a dramatic focal point. A white wash finish lends a weathered, rustic air to Safavieh’s Melina table lamp.

Understated and versatile, gray continues its reign of the design world.

The Galena throw pillow by Safavieh evokes the calm of newly fallen snow.

Undulating and asymmetrical, the Moderne sofa by Bernhardt Interiors recalls Paris in the 1930s.

With shapely legs and a channel tufted back, Global Views’ Duncan chair has visual interest to spare.

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Whether eye-popping or subtle, pink has a place in your home.

The Petal Pink rug from Safavieh’s Centennial Collection is hand knotted in India of silk and wool.

Based on neoclassical furniture designs, the Pamela armchair by Councill straddles classic and contemporary.

This abstract canvas by Wendover Art Group would brighten any room.

Hancock & Moore’s Ozark sofa is shown in Tiburon Blush leather and a Java wood finish.

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You’ll be sitting pretty in the pink Mews chair by EJ Victor.

With its gold leaf wave design, the Broderick chest by Safavieh Couture whispers luxury.

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The new Safavieh showroom in SoHo has myriad items for sale, from furniture and rugs to lighting, art—even bedding, loads of scented candles and a collection of large mineral specimens. But it’s all presented in an airy, uncluttered atmosphere, matching the look people want in their homes.

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The SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan has evolved into one of New York City’s premier design shopping districts, so it’s natural that Safavieh Home Furnishings would open its latest showroom here. The new store at 150 Thompson Street is situated in a classic SoHo building: A century old, it housed an antiques store for many years. Then Safavieh purchased the property, consistent with its long-term strategy of owning the real estate occupied by its stores. The original decorative iron columns and other structural elements were left exposed for that old, raw SoHo look, but the retail concept is something new. “This is Safavieh’s break-the-mold store,” says Lorraine Gordon, who together with her associate, Suzanne Petrozinno, designed the look of the showroom. How so? “Rather than try to show our vast inventory, we’ve concentrated on modern design and curated it tightly,” she says. “That means a clean, lightly accessorized presentation. The furniture settings look the way people want their apartments to look—airy and uncluttered.” Nonetheless, there’s plenty of inspirational merchandise on two large show floors—furniture, lighting, rugs, art and accessories, including, for example, an excellent selection of preThe facade of the new showroom (left) is a classic SoHo storefront. The long run of steps encourages shoppers to sit and relax. Inside (top and lower right), the modern roomscapes have been pared down for greater impact.

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made accent pillows designed for Safavieh by Aviva Stanoff. Large mineral specimens are another distinctive collection that Gordon is proud of. Organic, gem-like and in some cases museum quality, these stones are “statement accessories” that can add real drama to a home. Reflecting an expert designer touch, some of the curation in the new store is so subtle that one might not notice. For example, the upholstery patterns on display are relatively small in scale, matching the smaller scale of urban interiors. The Safavieh team also took care to represent a whole spectrum of price points. So, while the look is always high-end, there’s something in the SoHo store for every budget. Of course, the atmosphere here is meant to be relaxed. Everyone is welcome to browse, sit down and test the furniture, enjoy a beverage, linger and imagine life in a refurnished personal space. It’s then easy to take the next step by consulting with an interior designer. That could be Lorraine Gordon herself or one of her colleagues. “We have a full design center in the SoHo store, the same as in Safavieh’s other locations,” she explains. “Most of our customers end up working with a staff designer, and why not? The service is free! It guarantees that you get the look of your dreams.”

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Above, a massive specimen of amethyst tops a gorgeous wood coffee table. Natural and neutral, the bedroom setting at right reflects a contemporary urban sensibility.

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COUNTRY CHIC A major renovation turned this Connecticut home into a comfortable haven for a newly blended family. INTERIOR DESIGN BY

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The living room, which was designed to be the wife’s space, features nesting coffee tables that can be easily moved when entertaining as well as a built-in bookcase that displays cherished items, such as a painting of her two sons.

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When the owners of this Nantucket Stone and Shingle Style home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, began renovations in October 2018, they had two requirements: It needed to be both sophisticated and casual. The couple was getting married in June 2019, and they were moving into the home with their four children, who range in age from 11 to 14, and a Golden Retriever puppy. The husband and wife, both local business owners, wanted their own spaces in the 18-room home, but they also needed areas for entertaining family and friends. The home, which was built in 2006, had custom millwork and Brazilian cherry floors. The couple’s tastes are traditional, so the millwork was updated and the floors were replaced with 8-inch, center-cut white oak floor boards. Blue—which reminds the couple of their beloved Nantucket and the ocean—became an accent color in every room, from the dining room walls and drapes to the living room lamp and family room pillows. The wife claimed the living room. It was designed to accommodate

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The six-bedroom Nantucket Stone and Shingle Style home was modernized over the course of six months. The wife’s office area (right), located in the living room in the front of the house, features two custom leather ottomans that hold files and provide extra seating when needed.

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The large, open family room was designed for family gatherings. A sectional sofa accommodates the family of six, who can watch TV together or play shuffleboard at the table located next to the wall. A custom-made memento of the husband’s hometown Ohio State Buckeyes is displayed on the wall.

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book club gatherings and her office. Her most treasured belongings—a candy dish and crystal bud vase from her grandmother and a painting of her two sons in Nantucket—are on display in a built-in bookcase lined with star wallpaper. A vintage lucite floor lamp has slots for storing books, and several nesting coffee tables with different heights are easy to move around when friends visit. The office area, located in the front of the house, features custom leather ottomans, which double as filing cabinets and extra seating. The husband’s space is his office, but he was also involved in the design of the large, open family room, where the family of six can gather to watch TV or play shuffleboard. A custommade memento of his hometown Ohio State Buckeyes is displayed above the rustic shuffleboard table. A large, comfortable The elegant dining room can accommodate many guests, making it an ideal space for entertaining. It features a custom table and sisal rug with a wide metallic border, which shimmers in the light of the mirrored chandelier. Peacock blue grasscloth wallpaper adds texture to the space, and a painting above the custom sideboard is framed in water gilt white silver.

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sectional sofa has plenty of room for everyone to sit together, and the kid-friendly coffee table was crafted with distressed wood. A small table near the sofa can hold an iPad, and a Ralph Lauren chair next to the new stone fireplace offers a quiet place for reading. The elegant dining room was designed for entertaining. The large table was custom-made, and a sisal rug with a wide metallic border shimmers in the light of the mirrored chandelier. Peacock blue grasscloth wallpaper adds texture, and a painting above the custom sideboard is framed in water gilt white silver. The renovation also involved redesigning the foyer, kitchen, powder room, mud room, master bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom, and part of the lower level. When the work was completed in April 2019, the couple could not have been more pleased. “It was beyond their wildest dreams,” says Patricia Hessel of THT Interior Design in Fairfield, Connecticut. “It was perfect for their needs.”

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ENDLESS OCEAN VIEWS Rising above the sand dune, a new beach house was designed to maximize the sense of place. INTERIOR DESIGN BY

A sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean is just part of what makes this new home on Long Beach Island special. All of Lorraine Gordon’s soothing design choices, from art to rugs, echo either the natural landscape of the dune or the sea itself.

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Since 1992, the Mahoney family has summered in Ship Bottom on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, where they’re fortunate to have a house on the ocean. When Sandy barreled through in 2012, the beach-front dune, higher and wider than most, held fast and the house was preserved, unlike so many others up and down this barrier island. As the kids grew, the family considered whether to stay put—protected from storms by that durable dune—or upgrade to a larger home. They decided to do both: They razed the old cottage, and in its place rose a grander, more architecturally distinguished house. The main living area was placed on the second level, providing ocean vistas over the dune to the east as well as views of the bay to the west. There’s even a complete second house for guests, replacing a cottage and bungalow next door, which the Mahoneys also owned. The two new homes are connected by an open-air bridge. Lorraine Gordon, a designer for Safavieh, was called on to furnish the new home. “It’s unusual to have both sunrise and sunset vistas at a New Jersey Shore house,” says Gordon. The family wanted the design to be all about the views.” She obliged with neutral tones and natural materials that echo the beauty of the dune landscape and the sea itself, without competing with them. The result is as refreshing as an ocean breeze.

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The kitchen and stair hall (above) look west to the guest house and the bay beyond. Inside the guest house (above right), Kona, the family dog, makes herself at home. Her portrait rests on the console in the background. The stained glass roundel was salvaged from the family’s previous home on this site. With its stone fireplace and cozy furniture, the family room (right) is designed for year-round seaside living.

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ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL A storied Long Island estate house lends itself to warm and elegant gatherings.

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Four sets of French doors allow natural light throughout the day in the grand living room, which features a striking and massive 18thcentury Oushak rug, a 12-foot ceiling and original crown moldings circa 1922.

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A reception room (left) features a magnificent hand-painted wall and ceiling mural, created long ago by a local artist. The kitchen (above) was the one area of the house that the current owners totally re-created, with two islands that make kitchen workflow and conversation easy. The custom-made cabinets were designed and carved from mahogany by a local carpenter.

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An Italian Renaissance-style estate created in 1922 for a titan of industry seemed, well, custom-made for its new owner. “I love older architecture and homes, and when I saw this house it reminded me of the period when they built some of the best buildings in the country, from Newport to Manhattan to Boston to right here on Long Island,” the owner says. “I appreciate the quality workmanship and the time they put into it—not just the structure, but all the details of molding, staircase and ironwork.” Grand as the nearly 10,000-square-foot house is, it also provides an abundance of opportunities for relaxed but elegant entertaining. “The way we designed the rooms is traditional yet simple,” says the owner. “That’s how my wife and I are—when we entertain, we want people to relax and have a good time.” Entertaining may begin in the capacious living room, with furniture that is a combination of antiques—many purchased from shops in nearby Locust Valley—and custom-made pieces from American manufacturers such as Baker and Hickory Chair. The showstopper of the room, however, is the 20-by-30-foot, 18th-century Oushak rug. “I bought it 25 years ago, long before I bought this house, and sent it back to Turkey to be restored. That took four years. You could almost say I bought the house for this rug,” the owner says with a laugh. The cream-and-rust-colored rug was created during a transitional period between intricate Persian designs and more relaxed Bessarabian patterns, he explains. “It’s

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made of wool and vegetable-dyed, with lighter colors that distinguish it from the deep navies and reds of Persian rugs. Yet it doesn’t go all the way to the European style, which was much lighter and more floral. It’s an influence that designers here love, because the pattern is not in perfect symmetry, and it still has the stories of the villages of the East in it.” Throughout the home, the owner has lovingly restored the house’s signature features, including two covered areas featuring arches and columns on a grand balcony. “When I look at them, I think of old Europe,” he says. The balcony overlooks the 18-acre lawn, which includes two golf holes complete with a sand trap. “On almost any nice evening, you will find us sitting out there,” notes the owner. Because the house is built into the side of the hill, it has an unusual two-level basement, affording both natural light and an abundance Serene simplicity: The living room combines custom-made and antique furniture pieces with a 20-by-30-foot Oushak rug woven in the 18th century. The woolen rug has been completely restored with vegetable dyes just like those used when it was created.

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The luxurious 20-by-26-foot “man cave” has dark mahogany molding and charcoal-colored floors, brightened by Ralph Lauren furniture in greens and blues. The intricate wall design is hand-painted wallpaper. “While the Persian rug is not antique— it’s about 50 years old—I like it. It’s beautiful,” says the owner.

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of leisure options. A theater area is designed in the old Hollywood style, complete with black-and-white photos of stars from the movies’ golden age. Revelers can have a drink at a seriously stylish bar, play a bit of foosball, or even indulge in blackjack, billiards or roulette in a complete casino installed by a previous owner. “I’d guess there’s been some kind of gaming in this space from the beginning, perhaps even during Prohibition,” the owner speculates. For a true retreat from the world, the owner has created what is perhaps the ultimate “man cave,” with a big-screen TV, bar and a cozy décor that’s somewhat darker than other spaces in the house. “There are a lot of trees outside the windows so not much sun gets in, and we wanted to keep it the way it was,” says the owner. “When I have my friends over, we spend a lot of time in that room.” With their children grown, the owner and his wife have ample time to see friends and entertain, a lifestyle that perfectly suits the welcoming and refined space they have created. “We do have a place in the city, but I prefer the house,” the owner confesses. “I spend most of my time here.”

Hospitality plus: Clockwise from upper left, the owners hosted their daughter’s bridal shower on the grand balcony; resident goldendoodles Rugby and Oliver get comfy in the oldHollywood-style theater; seen from the rear across the great lawn, the 1922 house occupies a commanding hilltop setting.

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IN SEARCH OF SHANGHAI

Yes, it’s the top metropolis in the world’s busiest land. Did you know it also sparkles with history, culture, shopping and nightlife? BY Everett Potter

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By some measures the world’s most populous city, Shanghai, China, has been a key commercial hub for centuries, but only in recent decades has its architecture soared so dramatically. Here’s the skyline at sunset.

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When I first visited Shanghai in 1984, it was a cramped, backward-looking place still awakening from its long slumber under the reign of Chairman Mao. The hotels were musty, having for decades served mostly visiting Communist bureaucrats and diplomats. The Shanghai Museum of Art had dusty exhibit cases of antiquities, somnolent guards and few visitors. The streets were thronged with bicycles and the occasional VIP in a red-flagged limo. The old “concessions”—neighborhoods once administered by foreign powers—had been reduced to warrens of shambolic mansions in which dozens of families dwelt with clotheslines running out of windows. Memorably, I saw a jazz band of elderly Chinese gentlemen who played nightly at the venerable Peace Hotel along the Bund. (A bund is an embanked thoroughfare fronting a river.) The bar had hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Noël Coward in the 1930s, and you could feel it. Was it the same city when I went back this year? Well, yes and no. Shanghai is still a fascinating patchwork of China’s history, with many visible remnants of its imperial past and its expansion by the British more than 170 years ago as a base for selling opium to the natives. But today it styles itself “the City of the Future”—indeed, it’s a metropolis of futuristic towers filled with newly minted multimillionaires and conspicuous consumption of every brand name from Hermès to Ferrari. And the eightminute ride on the magnetic-levitation train from the airport reaches 267 mph and makes you feel you’re rushing headlong into times unknown. The best place to bask in Shanghai’s 21stcentury excess is the Pudong financial district, with as many skyscrapers as 20 Manhattans and a neon display that for sheer exuberance outshines Times Square. Structures such as the 1,380-foot Jin Mao Tower (finished in 1999) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (1,614 feet, 2008) were superseded in 2015 by the 2,073foot Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest building. The symbol of this mega-city, the 1,535-foot Oriental Pearl TV Tower, seems to be made from giant Tinkertoys. For young, rich Shanghai residents, luxe brands are the rule. You’ve got to wear Prada, drive a Mercedes and smoke Cuban cigars. Dior, Versace and Hugo Boss wares fill the upscale malls. Shanghai shopping is nonstop on the pedestrians-only Nanjing Road and the equally popular Huaihai Road. The good news for traditionalists like me is that the Old City still offers a veritable maze of lanes that are well worth exploring on foot, with small markets and glimpses of street life. So does nearby Yuanmingyuan Road, which has some well-preserved turn-of-the-last-century buildings. Want to go further back? The Square Pagoda was built in the Song Dynasty, about 1,000 years This page, from top, a guest room and a lobby reception area at the SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Hongkou in a northern Shanghai neighborhood; a characteristic Shanghai contrast between old and new. Opposite, Shanghai’s Pudong financial district was an ambitious riverfront development project on the Huangpu River.

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ago. This grand cultural relic looks like a wedding cake; it’s surrounded by ancient buildings and gardens. The former French Concession is also home to Fuxing Park, where old men follow a Far East custom, bringing pet birds in bamboo cages to hang on tree branches to sing while the men smoke and gossip. What has changed most, perhaps, is the arts scene. The China Art Museum now has one of the world’s best collections of ancient bronzes, ceramics and calligraphy. The Rockbund Art Museum, a restored 1932 Art Deco building, is the place to go for strikingly fresh exhibitions. And the West Bund, becoming a world-class culture hub, includes an art center that is the site of an annual art fair, and the Yuz Museum, with contemporary works. The Long Museum West Bund was China’s largest private art museum when it debuted in 2014. Rivaling that, the colossal $2.5 billion Shanghai DreamCenter, with an animation studio and an entertainment complex with performance venues, is slated to open by the end of this year. When it comes to dining in Shanghai, be sure to drink tea in the garden at the Ming Dynasty-era Annvita Tea Room on Fuxing Zhong Lu in the French Concession. Cha’s Restaurant, a traditional cha chaan teng (tea eatery) is owned by a Hong Kong movie producer. Din Tai Fung offers some of the city’s best soup dumplings (xiaolong bao), with a delicate skin wrapped around a juicy pork or crab filling. Jia Jia Tang Bao, in the Huangpu District, also has great dumplings. Jishi is small and crowded but serves classic Shanghai food, from tofu skin with mushrooms (fuzhu) to sweet-and-sour spare ribs (tangcu paigu) and crab with vermicelli sheets (xiefen fenpi). At night, head to Shouning Lu, which has street food cooked on portable grills, food carts and the aromas of roast duck and crayfish. Post-dinner bar hopping is one of the best ways to get a handle on current Shanghai residents. The clubby rooftop Bar Rouge at Bund 18 is great for people watching. As for lodging, Shanghai has an ever-expanding roster of the world’s best luxury hotels, from Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong to Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai and The Peninsula Shanghai. I’m partial to the Park Hyatt Shanghai, an oasis of calm in a frenetic city. I also like Waterhouse at South Bund, a 19-room boutique hotel in a former 1930s warehouse—and an antidote to high-rises. But I confess that my heart belongs to the old Peace Hotel along the Bund, now the completely redone Fairmont Peace Hotel. It’s sleek, sophisticated and modern, but luckily the management has restored the Jazz Bar, where a combo of Chinese gentlemen age 80 and up play jazz standards nightly. Cocktail in hand, I can almost be persuaded—once again—that I’m back in the Shanghai of the ’30s. This page, clockwise from top, Hokkaido sea urchin in a lobster jelly; fried pigeons on sticks at a market in Shanghai’s Qibao Old Street; barbecuing lamb skewers at the weekly Uyghur Street Market.


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High ceilings, huge windows and a curved end wall lend drama to this aerie-like apartment in SoHo. A shuffleboard table and a Celestron telescope hint at the owner’s funloving style.

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The music-and-media room (left) is designed for versatility. Deep and massive, the suede sofa is perfect for kicking back, while the multi-media canvas by Brooklyn artist Mark Demos and the disco-ball-style Swarovski pendant set the stage for high-energy parties. In the master bedroom (above), restrained, masculine style is the perfect foil for a vibrant painting by Jamali, whose style has been called Mystical Expressionism.

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In Manhattan, where every square foot of land is precious, architects can be quite ingenious about maximizing a tight footprint. The current trend is to build skyward, as the needle-like residential spires rising along the southern border of Central Park attest. But down in SoHo, where new buildings top out at a few dozen floors, the challenge more often concerns the street grid. Diagonal cross streets make for some odd-shaped lots. One of the best new creations to grace a slivered building lot is the wedge-shaped tower known as 10 Sullivan, located at the convergence of Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street. Architect Cary Tamarkin says it’s not a homage to the Flatiron Building, and the point is well taken, for Tamarkin’s wedge is far slimmer and more pointed. The full-floor apartments on floors six through 11 are architectural gems in their own right, and they have the further attraction of unobstructed views in all directions. Each home literally offers a window onto some of the city’s best architecture. The setting was irresistible to a young surgeon who loves to entertain. “Although he’s a bachelor and lives alone, his philosophy was that the whole apartment should get use,” says Christina Todd, an interior designer based at Safavieh’s SoHo showroom and design center. “He also wanted to make it fun, playful and relaxed for visitors. We made sure that each room has its own purpose and character.” For example, the third bedroom and bath specified on the building plans were

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With 3600 views, the fullfloor apartment looks out on numerous New York landmarks. A bathroom window frames the Empire State Building (left), while the “prow” of the main living space points toward One World Trade Center (right). The building, 10 Sullivan, is seen at far right—a brick-and-glass wedge nestled between Sixth Avenue and Sullivan Street.

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repurposed by the homeowner into a media-and-music room and an adjacent, northfacing office. The former is endowed with suede-covered walls and a massive, deepseated suede sofa, which give the space the air of an intimate theater. It’s great not only for watching movies or TV, but also as a live performance space. Guitars, drums and other percussion instruments are strewn about, ready for impromptu jam sessions. The main space is divided into sitting and dining areas, each graced by sculptural Modernist chandeliers. A curved sectional sofa by Thayer Coggin, a substantial and luxurious presence, hugs the curve of the end wall. But there is nothing formal about the mood, and it’s lightened by the presence of a Celestron telescope and a shuffleboard table. “I liked the idea of shuffleboard,” says the homeowner, “because all I need is one guest to play the game and have fun.” Each room has a restrained palette punctuated by a vibrant pop of color. “The scheme came from the views and the sky,” Todd explains. “Through the windows you see the muted colors of hundreds of buildings, as well as the brilliance of the sky. The sunsets over the Hudson are especially amazing. We simply echoed this in the interiors to evoke ultra-modern, pure luxury.”

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Art Deco sophistication suffuses this apartment on Manhattan’s Museum Mile.

LUXE ON FIFTH INTERIOR DESIGN BY

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Interior entrance halls often greet visitors with a gloomy air, but this one shines, thanks to its generous width and abundant sources of lighting. An inviting wing chair and an antique coromandel screen can be seen in the living room beyond.

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“New York is where I’d rather stay!” sang Eva Gabor in the familiar theme song to the ‘70’s TV show Green Acres, and so say the owners of this chic and sumptuous Fifth Avenue apartment. He’s a retired textile magnate, and she’s a serious art collector. Eager to transition to city living, these empty nesters had sold their suburban home in New Jersey and purchased a prewar apartment in a landmark building within sight of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The apartment was going to require a complete gut renovation, for which they called on architect Andrew Wright and interior designer Eric Lysdahl, a 20-plus-year veteran designer of the Upper East Side, Eric Lysdahl’s design for the living room (left and above) channels the glamor of 1930s New York. Glimpsed through the window is a prized rarity: a tree-level view of Central Park. In the dining room (right), a perfectly symmetrical arrangement of elements contrasts with the chaotic lines of an abstract painting.

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who had recently completed a Hamptons home for the couple. The husband and wife wanted to retain a few favorite pieces acquired through Safavieh from their New Jersey home, and integrate them into the new apartment. Other than that, they were starting with a near-blank slate. “My job was to mediate the ‘marriage’ of the couple’s individual styles,” explains Lysdahl. The wife is a traditionalist with a penchant for antiques, and the husband is a modernist. “I’ve always told clients that a good designer is cheaper than a divorce attorney!” Lysdahl quips. “I’m here to advise and act as a buffer to settle all the design arguments.” The solution Lysdahl arrived at was a transitional blend of styles with a distinct Art Deco flavor. “I wanted to capture a bit of the early modernist, prewar glamor of the 1930s, which reflects the period of the building,” he says. “It’s the quintessential look associated with high-style Manhattan living. I think the finished spaces speak for themselves.” The library is an island of traditionalism in a home that otherwise harks to the Art Deco era. Nineteenth- and 20th-century antiques offer fanciful riffs on 18th-century furniture designs.

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RENEWED ELEGANCE

Prewar apartments are prized for spaciousness, graciousness and quality construction. A classic color scheme and sumptuous accents make this beauty shine for a new age.

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An elegant new dining set meshes perfectly with the prewar architectural details that surround it. The rug is from Safavieh; the crystal chandelier by Ralph Lauren.

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The entrance hall (left) showcases French antiques and delicate murals in the Chinese style by Paul Montgomery. In the living room (above), the walls are hand stenciled in a damask pattern. A profusion of blue-and-white porcelain pieces, many from The Enchanted Home, lend visual charm.

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Even as one young couple fell hard for the large living spaces, soaring ceilings and architectural details of a Manhattan prewar apartment, they knew they’d need help making it feel like home—not only for themselves, but for the baby they were expecting. “They wanted something classically elegant that also felt fresh and new,” says Tina Yaraghi, the interior designer they chose to help them. “The apartment is in a traditional, old-world building with elegant details. They wanted to honor that, while still creating a welcoming family home.” The gracious floorplan begins in an elegant foyer with hand-painted Paul Montgomery murals and French antiques. The bedrooms are all on one side, and the social rooms on the other. “I love the formality of the apartment,” says Yaraghi. “Features like solid wood doors, beautiful moldings, wainscoting, floors of marble and hardwood give it a grand feeling.” One of the grandest spaces is the dining room, with

original parquet flooring and a view to the music room, which houses a grand piano. A large bank of windows ensures there’s plenty of light to make the grand chandelier sparkle. “It has every bit the look of a beautiful antique but is, in fact, a brand new chandelier from Ralph Lauren, a true showstopper,” she notes. To personalize the apartment, Yaraghi came up with a color palette that centered around blue—a favorite color of the owners. The most dramatic expression of this is in the library, which she had lacquered in a rich navy. “It was a classic wood-paneled library that looked very dated,” says Yaraghi. “When I walked into the library for the first time, I immediately envisioned a rich lacquered room, which would feel both classic New York and yet very current. It was a new concept to the homeowners, but thankfully they trusted my vision and it has since become a favorite room.” The elaborate lacquering process, which involves painting multiple layers and sanding between each, took

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almost three weeks to complete. “It’s a very different technique,” says Yaraghi. “The walls have to be perfect because it’s practically a mirrored sheen. Any imperfection in the wall would show.” Centered between bookshelves hangs a large painting of former New York Knicks star Walt Frazier. “The husband had owned the painting for a long time and it was important to him to keep it,” says Yaraghi, who had it reframed. “It turned out to be the perfect focal point. It adds a nice jolt of color to the room.” The library walls are also home to two pieces of Japanese hiragana that the couple brought back from a trip to Japan, framed to match the Frazier painting. Blue continues as a theme in the living room, whose walls are stenciled in a damask pattern using two shades of the color. This treatment was present when the homeowners purchased the apartment; it made choosing a color scheme easy and feels cohesive with the rest of the home. Classic Chinese blue-andwhite porcelain pieces, many of them from The Enchanted Home, dot the room, adding visual interest and textural variety. For Yaraghi, the best part of the project was working with the owners. “The success of this job was largely due to the fact that we all shared a similar vision,” she says. “That vision was to create a timelessly beautiful apartment that would function seamlessly for the everyday life of a young growing family.” The end result of the design work is a sophisticated style reflective of the owners. “There are a lot of cozy spaces despite the formality and elegance of the apartment,” says Yaraghi. “For the holidays, they have family over and there’s plenty of room for everyone—and in New York, that’s saying something.” Sheathed in stained wood, the library looked dated. The designer’s solution was to lacquer the walls and ceiling in deep blue, for a look that’s decidedly modern. The owner’s portrait of Walt Frazier and framed Japanese hiragana contribute to the relaxed, contemporary vibe.

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At these new luxury rentals in Glen Cove, New York, setting up house has never been easier. INTERIOR DESIGN BY

Iris Carias & Genesis Jimenez for Safavieh PHOTOGRAPHY BY

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At Harbor Landing at Garvies Point, Safavieh furnished the kitchen of this luxury model apartment in soothing tones of white and gray. Polished metal accents provide a touch of pizzazz.

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In designing this model apartment, Safavieh’s Iris Carias used plenty of blues and grays to echo the waterfront setting of Garvies Point—and to provide residents with a sense of warmth and calm.

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Garvies Point, the waterfront redevelopment now under way in Glen Cove, New York, is the largest real estate project undertaken on Long Island in decades. When complete, a mile-long waterfront esplanade will be home to restaurants, adjacent marinas, launches for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, an outdoor amphitheater for live entertainment and several multi-dwelling residences. Twenty-eight acres reserved as open space for public access will be studded with parks and playgrounds, with adjacent access to about five miles of marked nature trails at the 62-acre Garvies Point Preserve. The cherry-on-top amenity will be the high-speed ferry, which will reach Manhattan in less than an hour. If resort-style, waterfront living in Glen Cove sounds appealing, it’s remarkably easy to achieve the dream. Harbor Landing at Garvies Point offers luxury rental apartments, and the first building is ready for occupancy. Through its partnership with the developer, RXR Realty, Safavieh furnished two model units to show their potential. “We show these apartments as fully outfitted homes,” says Iris Carias, a designer at Safavieh’s Glen Cove flagship showroom, who created the interiors for the two S A FA V I E H s t y l e

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tion to furniture, rugs and art, we stocked the models with linens, towels, kitchenware—so that potential renters would get a real sense of what their life might look like here.” In designing these interiors, Carias and her colleague, Genesis Jimenez, who also worked on the second model apartment, had in mind younger couples who want a relaxed lifestyle. “I kept the look clean, beachy and modern,” Carias explains. “By using a lot of blues and grays, which echo the waterfront setting, I wanted to convey a sense of warmth and calm. “There are many amenities at Garvies Point for outdoor living,” she continues. “But when you’re inside your home, whether resting, working or entertaining, your surroundings should make you feel comfortable and happy. That’s always our goal when designing for our clients.”

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Surfaces that include acrylic, lacquered wood, honed stone and tufted wool combine into a harmonious whole in this rental apartment. Lush greenery glimpsed through the living room window (above) gives a sense of the relaxing natural setting of the community and the adjacent Garvies Point Preserve.

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SIX DEGREES OF COGNAC Why is this spirit so hip? Exacting production and ageing standards tell part of the tale. BY Harry Dowden

Crime novelist Mickey Spillane had a ready reason why his fictional hero, detective Mike Hammer, so often drank beer: “Because I can’t spell cognac.” But today pop culture has discovered the spirit, orthography be damned. Cognac is one of the most popular sips among the most influential stars. Appreciating a fine glass of XO is a sure sign of sophistication and taste, and its authenticity and no-compromises production are a big part of its appeal. Cognac is a complex beverage with a 500-year history and it takes its name from the area in southwest France where it is made under a set of strict guidelines. Brandies can be produced all over, but only those from Cognac itself may bear that moniker. Blends are composed of various eaux-de-vie (“waters of life”), twice copper-distilled wine (at least 90 percent Ugni Blanc varietal) that must age for a minimum of two years in oak (Limousin or Tronçais only, s’il vous plaît). The six blends on the following pages rest for much, much longer, however. A “young” cognac is still a delectable and smooth experience, but age brings the elixir to another level. Kick back with a snifter and the things you enjoy most in life—you may not be jet-setting in a G6 like some of cognac’s biggest fans, but you’ll feel on top of the world. (A quick note on nomenclature: Until only last year, for a cognac to be deemed XO—extra old—required that the youngest blend component have remained in oak for six years. But that minimum was raised to 10 years. Cognacs with a component below that age now receive the Napoléon grade, the next one down.)

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LOUIS XIII

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Beloved by iconic singer Rihanna, Louis XIII is one of the most exceptional cognacs available. One hundred percent of the wines distilled for this blend are from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne cru, the premier subsection of six in the region whose harvests can be tapped for the beverage. Each bottle of Louis XIII contains 1,200 blend components, meticulously sifted through and chosen. This is after only a “small” portion of eaux-de-vie are selected for the elusive path. The kicker? The cognac’s age makes a long-in-the-tooth 10-year XO minimum look like the blink of an eye. The minimum age for a LXIII blend component is 40 years, and some threads surpass the century-old mark. The impressive age inspires a wide array of tasting notes, from the tropical to the earthy. The extended process has also lent the team a longterm vision that allows for careful consideration of processes, and an examination of our engagement with the passage of time. A collaborative effort with rapper and cognac connoisseur Pharrell Williams titled “100 Years” is both an homage to the lengthy creation process of the esteemed cognac and a plea to those who’d wish to pass on the tradition: a song, locked away, that will automatically release in 2117—if climate change and sea-level rise permit. Recommended pairing: Barring dramatic medical advances, most of us won’t be able to hear what could be Mr. Williams’ magnum opus. Instead, spin a copy of Random Access Memories from another of France’s finest exports, the electronic music duo Daft Punk. Their retro-futuristic sounds will lay the perfect backdrop for the waves of flavor that a glass of Louis XIII offers.

A focus on techniques from the house of Courvoisier leads to an incredibly smooth product. Working closely with many growers across four crus, producers take pride every step of the way. That is reflected not just in the distillate, but also in the oak that houses it. For both grape and wood, the process begins from the ground up. Two-hundred-year-old oak is selected by in-house coopers, and staves are dried for three years before the barrels are complete. A year’s worth of grapes undergo primary fermentation before they are ready for cognac’s signature double distillation. Sipping straight will be an immersive experience filled with big floral notes alongside caramel and dried citrus—think snacking on candied orange in a lush meadow. If you choose to mix it up a bit, Courvoisier recommends a classic sidecar: 5 parts cognac, 2 parts triple sec, 2 parts lemon juice, shaken well and strained. Recommended pairing: Take a listen to mile-a-minute wordsmith Busta Rhymes’ early-aughts party hit, “Pass the Courvoisier Part II.” Pharrell Williams’s hook and his production as part of the Neptunes are just as smooth as the indelible beverage.

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HENNESSY MARC NEWSOM Bold yet smooth, rich yet filled with subtleties, Hennessy has made a name as a luxury beverage of choice among creatives across different media. Arguably the first to use the XO distinction, Henny, as it’s lovingly referred to, is an excellent sipper and all-around cognac. Notably using only the Ugni Blanc varietal, each bottle of Hennessy XO comprises 100 blending components. This depth of composition has led to a specific set of seven flavor notes that describe the journey through a pour of the elixir: Sweet Notes, Rising Heat, Spicy Edge, Flowing Flame, Chocolate Lull, Wood Crunches and Infinite Echo. These notes were deemed so evocative that acclaimed director Ridley Scott was commissioned to compose a sci-fi tribute exploring each of the “Seven Worlds.” The special Marc Newsom edition of the XO is another shining example of Hennessy’s collaborative spirit, showing a commitment to an aesthetic that prizes presentation alongside flavor. The designer’s reworking of the distinctive decanter utilizes horizontal striations to visually highlight both glass and liquid, and creates a uniquely textured object that reflects cognac’s many facets. Recommended pairing: Savor a glass or two while watching Scott’s sci-fi watershed Blade Runner. Get your hands on 2007’s The Final Cut to appreciate the director’s true vision for the film as you do the same with the work of Hennessy’s blenders.


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In a landscape of limited edition blends, many of which focus on the design of the bottle itself, Hardy has to be hailed not just for excellent cognac but also for refined aesthetics. Founded in the region by an English ex-pat, the house takes influence not just from the spirit’s production, but from other sources of specifically French creativity. Claiming a haute couture philosophy and decidedly feminine influences, Hardy produces cognac filtered through the lens of an atelier: Scents are cited as heavy stylistic influences, with tasting notes leaning toward the floral, and carafe designs explicitly influenced by bottles of fine perfume. Early collaborations with the Cristallerie Daum studio have resulted in beautiful collectibles whose contents are as intoxicating as their containers. Recent works with the Lalique brand highlight the seasons, paying homage to the passage of time so crucial to cognac and the springlike bouquet it can offer. Recommended pairing: Damozels & Deities is the most recent volume on 19th century stained glass from researcher William Waters and photographer Alastair Carow-Cox. Take in the beauty that glass working can achieve while savoring the bouquet of Hardy XO.

This is a classic take on the spirit and one that has showed immense staying power. The blend, with up to 400 components, is referred to as a Cognac Fine Champagne—its grapes sourced exclusively from vineyards in two of the region’s crus, Grande Champagne (50 percent+) and Petite Champagne. The particular soil’s terroir encourages the level of ripeness in the grapes that makes the wine well-suited for the 24-hour double distillation process. The eaux-de-vie that are produced from the distillation processes each year can number in the thousands, but many will not meet the standards required for them to be set down for a transformation in oak. Years later, we are finally able to taste the product of this patience, hard work and informed selection. A drop of water can open up the cognac and enhance some of the more subtle fruity and spicy aromatics, just as it does with a fine whisky. Fatty cheeses and bold dark chocolates are among the great foods that pair well with cognac, but for its own XO, Rémy Martin recommends figs—a sweet treat that will bring out dried fruit flavors in the liquid that only time can develop. If you want your cognac consumption to be a truly cinematic experience, check out the limited-edition XO packaging for the Cannes Film Festival. A pointillist take on the Rémy logo evokes the bright lights of a marquee and the flash of the paparazzi. Recommended pairing: Kick back and take in the movie Port Authority, whose cast and crew made history voguing across the red carpet at Cannes. The film is a chronicle of romance in the NYC ballroom scene, whose traditions and uncompromising creativity will pair well with the warmth in your glass.

HINE ANTIQUE XO PREMIER CRU For more than 250 years, the house of Hine has patiently crafted fine cognacs. One of its main tenets is “finesse”—a word with deep history that has maintained relevance, much like cognac itself, and come to represent a certain sense of style and cool. So how does one finesse excellent cognac out of the soil? For Hine’s Antique XO, it means a blend of 40 distinct eaux-de-vies, crafted exclusively from Grande Champagne grapes, and an average component age of 20 years. The producers cite Cyrano de Bergerac and acclaimed Bach pianist Glenn Gould as inspirations/accompaniments for the blend. As with other producers, there is a crossover of disciplines and lifestyles that inform the making of the cognac—a balance between savoir faire and joie de vivre, a commitment to technique, and of course, a bit of finesse. This blend has a wonderful spice character, lending a particular boldness that evokes Cyrano’s noted panache. Recommended pairing: Light up a Macanudo Cru Royale while you savor a glass; the cigar’s bold yet balanced flavor will stand up to the cognac without overpowering it. The two powerhouses working together deliver maximum enjoyment.

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LIGHTING TRENDS

LIKE JEWELRY FOR YOUR HOME Light fixtures that hang from the ceiling can dress up a room to perfection.

“Whether they’re called chandeliers, lanterns or pendants, hanging lights can function as a major focal point in a room,” says Lindsay Miller, accessories buyer for Safavieh. “What’s more, the right fixture can be the perfect finishing touch. I liken it to jewelry—the right earrings or necklace—that completes a look.” All of the light fixtures shown on these pages are available through Safavieh stores, making it easy to enhance all the rooms in your home.

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This page shows a range of crystal fixtures by Schonbek, all of which incorporate Swarovski faceted prisms, the byword in crystal lighting. Top row, left: Inspired by the Art Deco movement, there are circles within circles in the Gwynn chandelier, which features octagonal crystals suspended in circular swirls cut from hand-finished metal. At right, the Selene chandelier was inspired by the ever-shifting shapes of clouds in the sky. Myriad prisms create a dramatic diffusion of light.

Bottom row, left: The Lily pendant by Corbett Lighting graces a dining room designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors (photo by Joyelle West). Delicate porcelain lilies blanket a curvaceous silver leaf frame, recalling Belle Epoque style. At right, a tailored living room is finished with the Sarella gold pendant ceiling light, an heirloom confection of crystal drops and hand-finished metal—true jewelry for the home!

Opposite page: “The black metal cube is very much on trend,” says Miller. It’s the basis of the Fyra lantern by Schonbek, seen in a triple configuration in the contemporary living room at left. Within each cube are suspended large chunks of faceted crystal. CONTINUED...

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Top row, left: The Danville pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting is a classic orb. “Clear crystal beads keep this design open and airy, which means it can work in most any room in the home,” says Miller. At center is the Caddo lantern, designed by Julie Neill for Visual Comfort. Finished in celadon paint and gilt, this classically inspired design harks back to the interiors of Regency England. Right, the Lambert pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting marries aged brass and a glowing, translucent glass shade. Note the square accents on the brass band at the equator line, a neat geometric contrast on this spherical design. “These lights look fantastic hung in a line above a kitchen island,” notes Miller.

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Bottom row, left: “For a touch of glamor and intimacy, hang a crystal chandelier in the bedroom,” advises Miller. The contemporary chandelier in the bedroom shown here is the four-tiered Piemonte by Hudson Valley Lighting. At right, Hudson Valley Lighting’s Astoria chandelier presides over a dining room designed by Tasha Agruso of Kaleidoscope Living. Simple and symmetrical, the Astoria presents cast metal trumpets arrayed on a spoked wheel. Balanced on each trumpet is an opal-etched bubble of glass. The shades conceal dimmable LED bulbs.

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Above: Luminaries from the home design industry gathered to celebrate the opening of the Bernhardt Interiors Boutique at Safavieh Home Furnishings’ flagship store in Glen Cove, New York. Cohosted by Architectural Digest, the evening featured cocktails and conversation with the editor Ben Reynaert and the designer Cara Woodhouse. At right: Safavieh Home Furnishings hosted its annual barbecue for staff at Harbor Links Miniature Golf Course in Port Washington, New York. Opposite page: The Grand Opening of Safavieh SoHo, the hottest new furniture gallery in Manhattan’s SoHo design district, was sponsored by Lee, Thayer Coggin, American Leather, Trica and Phillips Collection.

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WHERE TO FIND US Safavieh Home Furnishings galleries are conveniently located in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

FLAGSHIP STORES: GLEN COVE | 24 School Street, Glen Cove, NY 11542 | Phone: (516) 365-3800 NEW YORK CITY | 902 Broadway (at 20th Street), New York, NY 10010 | Phone: (212) 477-1234 STAMFORD | 230 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901 | Phone: (203) 327-4800 LIVINGSTON | 442 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039 | Phone: (973) 629-5800

DESIGN STORES: MANHASSET | 1649 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030 | Phone: (516) 627-4444 HARTSDALE | 45 South Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530 | Phone: (914) 681-6000 FARMINGDALE | 110 Route 110 (Broad Hollow Road), Farmingdale, NY 11735 | Phone: (631) 777-5678 DANBURY | 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810 | Phone: (203) 790-7200 PARAMUS | 110 East State Route 4, Paramus, NJ 07652 | Phone: (201) 291-0200 BRIDGEWATER | 1213 Route 22, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 | Phone: (908) 864-4330 SOHO | 150 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 | Phone: (212) 888-0626

SAFAVIEH INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING: PORT WASHINGTON | 2 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050 | Phone: (516) 945-3868

OUTLET: PORT WASHINGTON | 2 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050 | Phone: (516) 945-3868

COMING SOON: SOUTH NORWALK | 28 Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854 | Phone: (203) 790-7200 NEW YORK CITY | 79-87 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10011 | Phone: (212) 242-1300

Pictured above is Safavieh’s new home design showroom in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Formerly the home of Klaffs, this landmark building is now in the final stages of renovation. Organized around lifestyle galleries, the store will also include a complete design center and, like Klaffs, an extensive selection of lighting products.

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Joe Murphy Safavieh s head designer re ects on a uarter century of style. Joe, you were a surfer in your youth, and you still surf regularly. Looking back to the “Endless Summer” era of the ’60s, how did your early dedication to surfing influence you? Surfing gave me a love of nature, the outdoors and the ocean—things that are reflected in my design sensibilities. Surfing also made me an environmentalist, and I think surfing kept me centered when a lot of the world seemed to be spinning out of control. How has your decorating style evolved? My style has gotten more contemporary. But at the same time, I’ve developed a dislike of stylistic purity. A mix of styles and periods is much more interesting. If I’m 80 percent contemporary, the other 20 percent is radically traditional. Give us some tips for making a room more livable. Use natural fabrics in muted colors that warm the soul. When spaces feel a bit weathered, they’re more comfortable and authentic. In my own home, I put patches on the arms of my sofa. That suits the sofa and me.

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Safavieh’s Joe Murphy is a consummate blender of styles. In a living room (top), modern shapes suit the traditional architecture. This blue room in a show house (above left) and a tailored Manhattan apartment (above right) reflect Joe’s eclectic taste. One of his touchstones is the furniture of Thayer Coggin, whose leather chaise (below) and other pieces stand the test of time.

What are your tips for making a small room look bigger? Don’t place the sofa against the longest wall. If space allows, put the upholstered pieces in the middle of the room. Case goods and other wood furniture, which add interest and warmth, can go against the walls. If a small room has a low ceiling, lacquer it. A high-gloss ceiling does wonders to increase the sense of volume. Paint all wall trim the same color—no accents. What common decorating fear would you like to soothe? Almost everyone has made decorating mistakes, and mistakes make people fearful of things they like. A good designer helps clients rediscover their good taste and trust their instincts. Looking back over your career at Safavieh, what are you most proud of? I’m proud of the stores I helped to build with the Yaraghi family and many other

talented people, and the way the stores have evolved. We’ve become much more than furniture retailers. More than half of our business now involves clients working with designers. What were you most astounded by? How quickly decorating fads change, which has convinced me to stick with classic contemporary. The modern pieces by Thayer Coggin, for instance, have retained their interest and relevance over the decades. A big service a designer can provide is to steer clients to furniture that will have lasting value. That’s a focus of ours at Safavieh.

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