Marc Janssen and ICE International

From the Baccarat Hotel to generational family partnerships, how one Dutch company is redefining floor coverings, one carpet at a time

Oftentimes called “the fifth wall,” carpets play a hugely important role in interior decorating. Marc Janssen, one of the world’s foremost rug-makers, puts it simply when he says he loves “reading a newspaper and just sitting on it.” But, as an object that straddles the intimacy of furniture, the beauty of artwork and the defining role of walls, floor coverings also must withstand heaps of …

Generation Soccer

A brief history of the culture and innovation behind the beautiful game in the United States

Some 20 years ago, US soccer was more closely tied to orange slices and minivans than to the intense passion for the sport seen nearly everywhere else in the world. Now, with excitement for the World Cup reaching new heights, we took a look at what fueled this cultural shift, a change that could mean the biggest year for North American soccer yet. From stadium …

Reinventing the Bottle

Three specially packaged white wines for warm-weather drinking

Sometimes a simple tweak to the classic wine bottle is all it takes to turn a chilled glass of white into an all-out warm weather celebration. Dressing up all kinds of leisure activities—from watching the playoffs on TV to attending baby or wedding showers—elements like fluid shapes, storied inspiration, and stopper alternatives offer at least more romantic compensations for cork than the now-common spongy plastic …