Archives: August 2011

Breathtaking architecture in Singapore

As the final week of the summer closes in on us, I thought it apropos to feature an architectural marvel that is not only an incredible hotel with an exceptional pool and magnificent tropical gardens, but a great escape from … Continue reading

minimalist perfection

Created by award-wining designers Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy for Humanscale, the Horizon LED Task Light is simply a fresh breath of air, combining two great traditions in contemporary aesthetics: minimalism and organic design. The lamp has three main components: … Continue reading

gerrit dou’s “sleeping beauty”

One of the many masterpieces I had the honor to inspect and handle first hand as an art specialist, was this sublime painting by the 17th century Dutch artist Gerrit Dou, the first of the group of artists known as … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous gardens – Japan

Northwest of Osaka is the Adachi Museum of Art, a fabulous museum with seriously good Japanese art.  Not knowing enough about Japanese art myself, what I found remarkable were its gardens.  Although only planted in 1980, Adachi’s founder scavenged the … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous gardens – France

Southwest of Tours lies the Chateau de Villandry, a 16th century castle built by François I’s Finance Minister.  Currently privately owned, the castle is one of the many impressive chateaux and gardens that dot the Loire Valley. Renaissance-style gardens are … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous gardens – Spain

The Palace and fortress complex of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain was constructed over 660 years ago for the last Muslim emir of Spain and his court.  It was re-discovered in the 19th century and has since been restored to … Continue reading

summer living series – fabulous gardens – New York City

New Yorkers know there are many other parks in the city besides Central Park.  But what may be a surprise to many fellow city-dwellers, is beautiful Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan.  Housing the Cloisters, the medieval collections of the … Continue reading