Known for its sleek, high-performance cars, prestigious automobile brand Bentley Motors moves into the fast lane with its first residential complex: Bentley Residences. Set to rise from the shores of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, in 2026, the 70-story building will be the tallest residential tower on the U.S. coastline.
Bentley worked closely with Sieger Suarez Architects and Dezer Development to shape the exquisitely designed building. Its exterior will sparkle with diamond-shaped glass panels that refract light, and those same diamond motifs (a Bentley signature) are to be repeated throughout. Apartments will come with Italian-made Bentley Home furniture pieces along with a private balcony pool, sauna and outdoor shower. “It’s being built with luxury car owners in mind, and our patented drive-in elevator allows owners to park their car, on display, right outside their home—the ultimate statement of exclusivity,” says Gil Dezer of Dezer Development.
Amenities will include a cinema, whiskey bar and cigar lounge, a wellness center and spa, and an on-site private restaurant.
During the pandemic, creating an abode halfway across the country was no easy task. But when the couple connected with residential designer Fabien Lannoye, general contractor John Schrader and interior designer Shelley Cahan, things started to fall into place. All three have ties to Napa Valley, a bonus for the out-of-town owners, but also key was a near-instant rapport. Cahan only met with the couple in person twice during construction, but “we just clicked,” she says. “They trusted us to deliver their dream home.”
“We wanted it to feel casual, bright and modern,” the wife says. “Our house on Lake Michigan is a traditional English Tudor, and we were ready for a change in architecture and design.” Lannoye set a contemporary note with an open floor plan large enough for a kitchen, living room and dining area set under a soaring ceiling with exposed trusses. Cahan emphasized the airiness of the space with a 20-foot, floor-to- ceiling plaster fireplace surround, which acts as a stunning centerpiece.
To bring additional natural light into the front of the residence, Cahan commissioned a custom pivot door for the front entry and added two skylights to the kitchen. “The glass in the door allows the morning eastern light to pour in,” Cahan says of the impressive portal built by artisan Joe Bates. “It’s a game changer.”
The dwelling is designed around the landscape that drew the couple to wine country. “The house is U-shaped, so when you are inside looking out, it frames views of the vineyards,” says Schrader, who collaborated on the design with Lannoye. “The exterior is largely glass, stone, cedar and Cor-Ten steel,” the general contractor adds. While their low-maintenance qualities are a plus, these natural materials also play an important role in establishing curb appeal; the structure looks right at home set amongst the rolling hills and distant mountains. The elements are also fire resistant and energy efficient, an important consideration in this region.
Taking advantage of the setting and views, a large sliding glass door connects the pool area and great room. Drought-resistant plantings chosen by landscape designer Katherine Novick provide a natural backdrop. “The family wants to be outside when they come here,” Cahan notes. “This house has a full outdoor kitchen with an island, custom lap pool, two fire pits and outdoor furnishings that let the party move with ease from inside to out.”
To make sure the abode would fit the family’s lifestyle, Cahan interviewed the couple and their three children about their needs for the common spaces and private bedrooms. The youngest child, a son still in high school, got a bedroom with a desk for homework, while the older daughters emphasized that they would feel most comfortable in a residence with eco-conscious furnishings and materials. “I’m learning from them and trying to be more mindful of sustainability,” the wife says. “When and where we could, we made that choice.”
Cahan points to the vegan leather chairs in the media room as an example of how they honored the daughters’ requests. The designer also relied heavily on locally made pieces partially for sustainability, but also because with pandemic- related shipping delays, they wanted to be sure that the house could be furnished as soon as construction finished.
Now that the dwelling is complete, the wife hopes the family can use it more often once their teenaged son graduates from high school. “Although there’s no pressure on him to go to college in Northern California, it would be nice if he followed his sisters’ lead and headed west,” she says jokingly. On a more serious note, she adds that the home has evolved as a touchstone that brings the tribe together. “This is a relaxing place for all of us,” the wife says. “We love this house.”
A culmination of seven years exploring the globe, residential designer Peter Oleck’s new showroom, Pietra Casa, in Coconut Grove, Florida, flaunts an exquisite collection of home accessories, materials, lighting and architectural elements that can’t be found anywhere else.
Why did you decide to open Pietra Casa? After years designing projects like the Mondrian South Beach Hotel and homes from Golden Beach to Harbor Island, I wanted to create a space that offers specialty goods for luxury homes, hotels and restaurants. Teaming up with Turkish designer Furkan Tan, we’re creating new bespoke pieces and a furniture line called Carbon Studio. In this world of fast-paced mass-production, we want to bring back a sense artisanal manufacturing and products that are driven by authenticity and quality.
What sets your shop apart? Our goal is to showcase objects from all over the world that aren’t widely represented in North America: European furnishings, volcanic light fixtures from Mexico, Italian hand-stitched leather trays, mouth-blown German glass, Turkish linens and more.
What’s next for you? Pietra Casa offers an immense array of products, and it’s impossible to feature everything. So, we expect to open new locations in Los Angeles, New York and Istanbul that continue creating this true sense of luxury living.
That was the predicament Steve Somogyi and Filip Malyszko’s clients faced when they inquired about doing a light refresh of their 1950s ranch in Palos Heights, Illinois. The design duo was already working with the couple on plans for a family compound in Michigan. However, the wife had their current residence on her mind when she asked, “‘Can you help us by painting and adding new window treatments?’” Malyszko recalls.
The house bore a strong French country influence with carved wood, cherry floors and a color palette of burgundy, gold, black and deep green. “It was decorated to the nines, but very fancy and traditional,” Malyszko says. “Everything was perfectly coordinated—the drapes matched the pillow trim.” Somogyi got right to the point and, according to Malyszko, told the clients, “‘This is going to take a lot more than a paint job. It isn’t a real representation of who you are and where you are in your life.’”
The couple couldn’t have agreed more. With their children now in high school and college, they were ready for a drastic change. The Michigan residence got put on the back burner, and the Chicagoland abode became the focus. “Make it light and bright,” the wife told the designers. “Our goal was for the space to be more functional for the way we live every day,” she says.
The duo began with reimagining the great room. Working with general contractor James Corso, they built out the roof and added steel supports that bring attention to the voluminous space. The limestone fireplace, adorned with salvaged-steel artwork, also helps to draw the eye up to the 14-foot peak. “We completely blew off the ceiling and reshaped the roof,” Malyszko explains. “The project went from decoration to renovation.” A skylight so large it had to be craned in piece-by-piece floods the space with light, allowing the designers to paint the walls a deep ebony. “It was transformative,” Malyszko says. For furnishings, they replaced the couple’s collection of dark and ornate pieces with clean-lined selections. An oversize coffee table holds center court while custom sofas modeled after the family’s old ones provide all the seating the couple needs to entertain a slew of visitors.
This love of hosting also facilitated the decision to flip the dining room to the front of the house, allowing for a commodious custom dining table that easily accommodates 12 guests. Overhead hangs a dramatic multipendant light fixture that stretches the length of the table. “It’s the first thing you see,” Malyszko says. “It has wonderful movement. The glow of the handblown glass pieces is spectacular.”
The removal of a partial wall that blocked the flow between the kitchen and current sitting area of the great room also makes for easier entertaining. As does the new kitchen of the wife’s dreams, complete with streamlined cabinetry, a custom hood and a live-edge breakfast table with banquette seating offering a cozy spot for informal meals.
In another clever move, the designers created a new entry by enclosing part of the covered front porch and barrel-vaulting the ceiling. They retained the texture-rich limestone of what used to be an exterior wall and turned the space into a darling vignette with a chain-leg console topped by an arched mirror and plaster lamp, all set aglow by natural light streaming in from the adjacent window. Now one of the most chic spaces in the house, the foyer has a strong indoor-outdoor connection that makes it feel like a three-season room.
Each revamped space flows together naturally, thanks to the overall palette of materials. “We wanted to unify the residence so that each room blends together from one area to the next,” Malyszko says. “There is a mixture of textures, neutral colors, contrast and subtle patterns making each space unique, but not jarring.”
Post-renovation, the owners are grateful that they decided to stay in the dwelling that has nurtured their family for more than 20 years. Says the wife, “They literally turned the house into our dream home.”
Asian shares were cautiously higher on Thursday, while the dollar eased ahead of U.S. non-farm payrolls data, and oil prices gained for a fourth day after deep production cuts pledged by OPEC+ members.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) rose 0.4% in early Asia trade, as U.S. futures gained. The index is up 4% this week after faling 13% in September.
Japan’s Nikkei stock index (.N225) climbed 0.7% to its highest level since September, South Korea (.KS11) advanced 1.2% and Australia (.AXJO) edged 0.1% higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index (.HSI), on the other hand, fell 0.5%.
Apollo Global Management Inc (APO.N) and Sixth Street Partners, which were looking to provide financing to Elon Musk earlier this year for his proposed $44 billion buyout of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), are no longer in talks with the billionaire entrepreneur, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Earlier this year, Apollo was in talks to provide preferred equity financing for the deal, alongside Sixth Street, sources had previously told Reuters.
Apollo, Sixth Street and other investors were looking to commit over $1 billion in financing for the deal at the time.
Those talks ended months ago around the time Musk started having second thoughts about going through with the deal, the sources cited above said. Musk initially proposed the buyout in April before backtracking in July, and then changing course again this week.
For many years, forward-thinking architects have been reimagining the Rocky Mountain vernacular, adapting its traditional forms and rustic, regional materials to the cleaner lines of modernist design. Yet surprisingly few books have captured the resulting private residences.
In Rocky Mountain Modern: Contemporary Alpine Homes, published this summer by Monacelli, veteran design journalist John Gendall does just that. The 18 modern residences highlighted here cover the remarkable expanse of the 3,000-mile-long Rocky Mountains—from a ridgetop home near Canmore, Alberta, to a ranch house at the foot of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
By including seven homes across Colorado, Gendall shines a spotlight on the state’s booming design scene. From projects by powerhouse firms Rowland+Broughton, CCY Architects or even the one-woman studio of Renée del Gaudio Architecture, the houses featured in this tome demonstrate modernism’s affinity not just for dramatic landscapes, but for some of the harshest environmental conditions in the West.
Desire a home that dazzles like a jewelry box filled with brilliant baubles? Furniture and interior designer Adriana Hoyos believes her newest Gem Collection is the most elegant and refined collection yet.
What sparked the Gem Collection? As we searched for inspiration during the pandemic, and without travel, we had to focus on what we had in hand—quite literally—because we have gems and jewels in our hands. The main piece of jewelry that inspired us is the cushion-cut diamond. Its shape and soft curves are replicated in many of our pieces, from cocktail tables to an ottoman.
Share the new styles you introduced. We add special curved shapes with soft angles and materials. There are two new wood finishes that match our two new metallic finishes. We also introduced a different hardware for our case goods. The leathered bases to decorate our dining table are a great accent of the collection.
Why was this the right time for the collection? The pandemic taught us what we like and what we don’t like in the spaces we live in. We went through a different creative process this time by trying to bring out the crème de la crème of our brand. We wanted to pamper our clients through our most elegant designs ever, specially made for their homes.
Carrie Hudak’s home wouldn’t look out of place in Palm Springs, California, which makes it an anomaly considering its location: central Denver. The just-over-5,000-square-foot midcentury modern dwelling is tucked amid dozens of traditional 1920s and ’30s residences more typical of historic Cheesman Park. With a front façade punctuated by just a few slender floor-to-ceiling windows and a vine-covered wall concealing much of the house and yard from the street—thus furthering its mystique—this is an abode that invites curiosity.
Carrie herself had long been intrigued by it. So when the property came on the market, she snapped it up. She picked up on its potential at first sight, but also noted plenty of spaces ripe for improvement, including an oddly laid-out kitchen with an island set at a diagonal, dated bathrooms and a sea of mismatched concrete-and-brick pavers in the courtyard. A renovation challenge was far from daunting, however, thanks to a bona fide ace up Carrie’s sleeve: her sister, interior designer Amy Casey.
To tackle the renovation, they called on architect Katrina Eckelhoff and builder Christine Regis, both of whom had worked on Carrie’s previous residence. Eckelhoff noticed the home’s charms right away. “It just had a good feeling when you walked in,” she recalls. Built as a small two-bedroom in 1959, the property was expanded in the ’60s into its current U-shaped layout. Studying the house’s subsequent renovations, the architect could see where previous owners had attempted to fix some of its awkward corners. It helped her identify new ways to improve the dwelling’s flow without altering its floor plan. “She had all these subtle ideas that turned out to be game changers,” comments Carrie.
Together, Eckelhoff, Casey and Regis envisioned how to transform this abode into the best version of itself. To retain some of its midcentury character, they opted to keep the original parquet floors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but the bathrooms and kitchen were stripped down to the studs and some partitions between the rooms removed. For the interiors, Casey also drew inspiration from an unlikely place: Carrie’s career as a geologist. Her knowledge of rocks and stones is highlighted throughout the home, from varying surfaces on countertops to decorative accents here and there, including a huge statement slab behind the primary bathroom’s freestanding tub. Individual stones are also displayed around the house. (“When you’re a geologist, people can’t resist gifting you rocks,” Carrie jokes.) The owner’s taste in art hints at her interest in Earth’s history, too, with photographs of the sea and several landscapes adorning the walls. A nature-inspired palette complements the scene, with, for instance, forest-green accents in the primary bedroom and botanical wallpapers in the children’s bathrooms creating an organic, resort-inspired vibe.
A walnut paneled wall in the lounge area off the main living room caused one of the few moments of disagreement between the sisters. The interior designer was initially inclined to take it out, but Carrie felt she’d miss the warmth of the original wood. Casey found a compromise by working it into her design scheme: She eventually loved it paired with the room’s blacks, whites and grays, and sourced similar-toned woods for the built-in breakfast table and to panel the kitchen island.
Outside, the team worked with landscape architect Dave Johnson to refresh the walled yard without moving any major elements. Casey’s idea of an outdoor seating area around a fireplace just beyond the interior living room created a stronger indoor-outdoor connection, all the while providing a better view than the garage wall. The existing pool received a face-lift complete with a new hot tub. And after a lot of jackhammering, the dated pavers were replaced with flagstone stepping-stones for a modern, streamlined look. Ensconced in what now feels like a private oasis, Carrie’s children, aged 10 and 12, and her husband, Charley, never feel cooped up.
But what makes the home truly special is the comfortable collaboration that went into it. “It was me, my sister and a female architect and builder too—a real ‘woman power’ team and pleasant experience,” Carrie recalls with a smile. “Ultimately, Amy took my concepts and amped them up in a good way. I’m glad I followed her advice, because this is now such a pleasant place to live.”
The arrival of twins marks a joyous occasion, and for one Atlanta couple, it also made the case for a move. So, they set about assembling a design team who could deliver the open, family-friendly floor plan they craved without compromising on sophistication. “Both of the clients are very fashionable,” reveals their interior designer, Kelly Wolf Anthony. “They wanted their future home to feel cool and hip, but at the same time, handsome.”
Since general contractor Bobby Johnson had worked on the family’s previous Buckhead residence, he already understood their preferences intimately—a fact that helped his team seamlessly apply many of those same elements to their new abode. “There’s so much value when your owner trusts your builder,” says residential designer William T. Baker, whose arrival to the project guaranteed architecture that would balance the couple’s refined taste with their growing family. Renowned for his graceful but restrained gestures, Baker’s approach to the house exemplifies understated glamour. His curved central staircase, for example, lends a dramatic focal point visible from the home’s entryway as well as one of its most-used spaces: its library-like dining room. “As I’m designing houses, I’m always very conscious of the vistas, the enfilade of the rooms,” Baker explains. “I try to make sure things are on an axis—furniture, art walls or something architectural—so that you have a visual to draw your eye farther down the home.”
Anthony, meanwhile, was interested in answering the couple’s request for a monochromatic palette while bringing in textured layers, such as tartan and bouclé. “It’s very much like a well-tailored suit,” Anthony says of the scheme. “The clients both enjoy plaids in their wardrobe and in their accessories, so we infused that into the home using flannels and wools; having those very tactile fabrics was important.” To dial up detailing in other areas, she brought in a frequent collaborator, designer Matthew Quinn.
While executing the abode’s well-appointed scullery, pantry and kitchen, Quinn teamed up with Anthony to refine Baker’s plan for a steel-and-glass partition dividing the latter space from the living room. The result? A clever feature that converts to a walk-up bar for entertaining or quickly closes to keep cooking aromas and meal-prep clutter sealed away. The owners wanted an accommodating layout where they could still entertain frequently, so they also loved Anthony’s idea for keeping their aforementioned dining room informal. “We didn’t want it to be the kind of room you only use a couple times each year,” says the interior designer, who worked with Baker on the space’s chevron-patterned bleached-oak floors and ceiling paired with coordinating paneled walls. Instead, “We wanted it to be used daily—whether for a meeting or curling up with a book in the oversize wing chair. It needed more of a swanky library feel than a traditional dining room.”
A similar duality emerged for the primary suite, which the clients specifically requested be on the main level. To keep the retreat feeling private, their design team devised a fluted wooden wall panel to keep its entry hidden. “We wanted that wall to read as solid, but when you open the doors, you have that big reveal,” explains Anthony, adding: “It keeps the house feeling entertaining friendly, because no one would know the bedroom is right beyond the living room.”
While Anthony kept the decor of the couple’s cozy sleeping space simple, Quinn had liberty to amplify the drama in their bathroom, where he clad walls and floors in contrasting white and black marbles, also adding an open shower that remains quite private thanks to the secluded lot. “It’s an elegant space, and I think it speaks exactly the same language as the rest of the home,” Quinn notes.
Outdoors, all elements were equally in harmony, apparent in the sight line that culminates in Baker and Anthony’s collaborative concept for the pool house: a classically inspired structure featuring a matte-gray stucco exterior. With landscape architect John Howard enhancing the areas surrounding it, Anthony was decidedly impressed. “John brought so much attention to detail with his planning, marrying the clean, modern look the clients wanted with classic details,” she says. “The result is spectacular in its minimalism.”
That parting thought is, by all accounts, a fitting way to sum up the project as a whole. The design team successfully straddled the line of subtlety and impact for their clients while adding features that accommodate their growing family. All told, Anthony notes, it’s a truly bespoke home that fits all their wants and needs in a timeless way, yet still allows room to grow.