Kelly Wearstler’s Vision for the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Insight on the design process behind this sophisticated but home-like property

The spacious lobby of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel—with its earth tones, textured wood and natural stone set among a variety of deep, plush seating—feels like a private home overlooking the water. This was part of designer Kelly Wearstler’s vision for the renovation of a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival office building into a 271-room hotel, situated blocks from the Pacific Ocean in downtown Santa Monica. …

Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni’s Epic, Ingenious “100×100” Exhibition

100 designers celebrate 100 years of Achille Castiglioni, with special gifts

Achille Castiglioni liked to play with objects. One of the greatest passions of the Italian master was collecting pieces of ordinary and anonymous design, objects without brand or precise author. Some of them became the inspiration for his own designs, while some were just a way to get in touch with the ingenuity and skills of unknown but bright minds. The shrine of that attitude …