Native Southerners Robert and Cortney Novogratz moved to New York City more than ten years ago and purchased their first townhouse in Manhattan — a crumbling building in need of major rehabilitation. They discovered their knack for designing and renovating and launched their business, Sixx Design (a name inspired by their brood of six children). This beautifully illustrated book, Downtown Chic, published by Rizzoli, takes the readers through their innovative design process through the years, from townhouses in New York City to a country house in Massachusetts, and a beach house in Brazil. The book includes before and after photos as well as tips and advice on buying wrecks and turning them into comfortable dream homes.
The interior of Feadship’s luxury yacht Kathleen Anne is a home-away-at-sea. Designed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design, the interior of the 39m (128ft.) yacht has a crisp and contemporary look that is smart but homely. The oak and walnut furnishing creates a calm and dignified ambience for this floating retreat.
Les Bardeaux in Guernsey is a contemporary home with rustic comfort. The clean modern design and rich traditional material create a perfect stress-free environment.
The Proust Geometrica armchair with wooden frame designed by Alessandro Mendini is upholstered and hand-finished. The multi-coloured fabric breathes new life into the traditional design in the quest for aesthetic perfection.
This beautifully landscaped estate in La Jolla, California is a stunning Spanish Colonial Hacienda-Style Home with the ambience of Tuscany.
This contemporary triplex in London’s South Kensington has been completely refurbished by Markam Associates. The stylish modern home also has an indoor swimming pool and a new conservatory.
The vivid interiors of this tropical retreat in Costa Careyes, Mexico is inspired by the local style and rugged terrain. Designed by architect Manolo Mestre, Casa Dos Estrellas straddles a spectacular clifftop site with sweeping view of the coastline and the ocean. A deep colour scheme of turquoise, yellow, orange, red and pink sets a festive atmosphere throughout the villa.
Robert and Cortney Novogratz of Sixx Design took a beat-up old building in New York City and transformed it into a functional, chic and fun family home for the couple and their six children. They installed glass balconies to maximize the view from the inside. For the interiors, they created a sleek and contemporary look and put a working vintage fountain on the back of the outdoor patio for contrast. For their kids, they built a basketball court on the roof and designed a dome over the court to mirror the dome of the building across the street.