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Find Urban Solace at Shanghai's Newest Luxury Hotel Twelve at Hengshan

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai’s hottest cosmopolitan area, the Twelve at Hengshan is enveloped in cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and restored art-deco buildings. The building itself was designed by Mario Botta, who is also responsible for the iconic San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, using eco-friendly materials. The architecture stands out among the historic surroundings in its contemporary design, but Botta dressed the façade in natural terracotta, which is popular along the streets of Hengshan. The 171 luxury guest rooms encase a Chinese-style secret garden to promote Zen-like awareness of the environment.... Read More

Hide Out in the Hills of Mexican Wine Country at Eco-Friendly Endémico

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Chopin said, "It is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." It seems that partners in hospitality, Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha live and breathe that philosophy. The two are joint owners of Grupo Habita, a Mexico City-based hospitality brand, and have created a number of boutique hotels commended for their originality and aestheticism.... Read More

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa | A Protected Oasis in the Hills of Tuscany

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Between the beaches of the Mediterranean and Tuscany’s rolling hills sits the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, offering panoramic views of the countryside to its distinguished guests. Boasting 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club is a golf enthusiast’s playground. With the Italian countryside as its backdrop, the hotel’s guestrooms provide stunning views and reflect the same beauty within their walls.... Read More

W Hotel San Francisco Partners With View in Search of Sustainability

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The W San Francisco has partnered with View to showcase Dynamic Glass that helps to improve guests experience as well as improve the hotel's efforts to go green. View Dynamic Glass will be introduced into its lobby and lounge areas, eliminating the need for shades, blinds, or other obstructive window treatments while maintaining the W's aesthetic. Dynamic Glass uses electrochromic technology to regulate the amount of heat and light that enters a building, making it perfect for commercial use by reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting energy usage in commercial buildings by 20 percent, and HVAC peak load by 25 percent.... Read More

Haus am Weinberg Brings Luxury Living to Germany

Nov 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Danish architectural firm United Network Studio has completed a modern, minimalist residential space on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany. Commissioned by an undisclosed client, the luxury villa, penned The Haus am Weinberg, is designed to incorporate and utilize a central theme of movement, and also reflects the topography of the surrounding area.... Read More

Eco-Friendly Jewelry With an Indie Twist

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Luxury brand Mociun can best be described as a collection of aesthetically pleasing prints, jewelry, and garments. Its founder, Caitlin Mociun, strives to use recycled, organic and alternative materials, and the result is a stunning line of “arts and crafts,” as Mociun puts it. The New York City-based brand includes an impressive jewelry collection that is both understated and eye-catching, and we just have to share it with you.... Read More

Pippa Small Jewellery Inspires With Humanitarian Efforts

Nov 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Pieces from luxury jewelry brand Pippa Small Jewellery may be stunning to look at, but it’s the designer’s motivation behind her brand that makes them even more inspiring and beautiful. Looking at the pieces, one is at once in awe of the sheer quality, size, and design of the stones— all of which are semi-precious and set in 14-22k gold. But when learning that these gorgeous gems are all ethically produced with fair-trade practices, it makes us commend the designer even more.... Read More

Elite Skincare Line Now Available at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

If you’ve been fortunate enough to visit or live near beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, you may be familiar with its top-rated luxury resort, The Broadmoor. Ranked as the city’s #1 hotel on both TripAdvisor and The Five Star Alliance, the resort recently added luxury skincare products by Elite Therapeutics to its list of room amenities. But Elite Therapeutics isn’t just any old skincare line— these products were developed with the utmost care and a special attention given to the natural repairing ingredients they contain. I had the pleasure of speaking with the brand’s founder, Dr. Kevin Schewe, who gave me an insight to his polished skincare line.... Read More

Fisker Wins Four Awards in Design and Technological Innovation

Oct 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Luxury electric carmaker Fisker Automotive has received four awards from separate publishers in the automotive industry this month. The recent citations of excellence came from Fast Company Magazine and Auto Bild Magazine and occurred on the same evening on two continents.... Read More

Reclaimed Furniture Shines with History

Oct 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

When redecorating your home it is important to consider the four Rs when selecting your furniture. If you have guessed that those R’s stand for anything directly relating to furniture, then you'd mistaken. I’m talking about furniture made from materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, and/or reused. Perhaps that doesn't immediately seem very luxurious but it is becommming increasingly fashionable to own pieces crafted out of discarded materials. Luxury furniture design company Uhuru is just one example of the growing number of companies which creatively turn someone’s trash into your treasure.... Read More

New smart fortwo Electric Vehicle to Debut in 2013 for $25,000

Oct 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

The Mercedes-Benz USA–owned brand, smart USA, will debut its third generation electric car for two in Spring 2013 at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $25,000. The starting price point will make the tiny car the most affordable production electric vehicle in the U.S. market. A cabriolet model will also debut at $28,000, making it the only convertible EV on the market.... Read More

Five-Star Hotel in Ecuador, First and Only to Receive Prestigious Award

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While the quality of tourist facilities varies greatly in Ecuador, there’s no doubt that one of its finest five-star hotels is offering the best in service and accommodations—mostly because they have the awards to prove it. For the second year in a row, Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa has been recognized by Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism for helping to promote the country’s tourism and better the experience for travelers. During the ceremony at the San Francisco Plaza in Quito, the luxury resort also took home the Green Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Making this an even bigger achievement is the fact that Casa Ceibo is Ecuador’s first and only five-star resort to be given this recognition for two consecutive years. Since its opening in October 2009, the... Read More

American Artisans: Martha Stewart's Favorites & More

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

The Audience Choice Award for the inaugural Martha Stewart Presents American Made small business competition went to Brian Howell, who has kept his own beehives and operated Bee Man Candle Company since he was 13 years old. He intends to use his $10,000 cash prize to build educational installations in his New York State retail store.... Read More

Martha Stewart Presents American Made | A Salute to U.S. Artisans

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Independent artisans, cottage businesses and small-town U.S. entrepreneurs are having their day—actually, make it two days—in the spotlight October 17-18, 2012, with the inaugural Martha Stewart Presents American Made live event in Grand Central Station, Manhattan.... Read More

Luxury Furniture That Blends Eastern and Western Beauty

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Some of our favorite things in life come from magnificent and dynamic duos (Dolce & Gabbana, Simon and Garfunkel, Mike & Ike’s) and eco-friendly boutique furniture company Mike Lam Design may just be the next team to join these elite twosomes. Mike Lam's artistic design combines with the superb craftsmanship of Steve Thompson to make luxury home décor that functions as furniture, while striving to emotionally connect with the owner.... Read More

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