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After years of chic, simple interiors, decadence is afoot, and the most sensuous areas of the home—the bedroom and the dining room—are being indulged. In the past year, Europe has seen a wave of shops selling linens new and old, with something for...
Everything tastes better on vacation, but that holds especially true for cheese. Do the Camembert and Brie you buy at home have less flavor, depth, and complexity than you remember them having in France?A lot of that has to do with U.S.D.A. import...
I was making plans to buy a new car when word came that a seat belt in my father's 1995 Saab 9-5 had been chewed off by his dog. A pop quiz was soon circulating among my family: "How much do you have to pay a Saab dealer to replace a seat belt?" M...
SÖDER If you'd told a chic Stockholmer 20 years ago that the island of Södermalm (Söder for short) would become the hippest part of the city, he would have laughed—or sneered. Not so now. The early-20th-century tenements that once housed Stockhol...
The night before I left for Stockholm I went to the opening of yet another New York restaurant that uses design as a backdrop. It was a clangorous hangar with all the comfort of a business-class lounge decorated by IKEA. I like the spare look, but...
The Arts: Music You've memorized the CD and seen the movie, but if the Buena Vista Social Club isn't in town when you visit Havana, where do you go for the best Cuban sounds?We asked Juan de Marcos González, a founding member of the BVSC, to ...
One grim winter morning, Kurt Wallander—the cop hero of Henning Mankell's Faceless Killers—gets the news that an elderly couple has been murdered outside the Swedish port town of Ystad. You can feel the damp and cold of the city, the area's melanc...
"I imagined the interiors as the physical expression of the food," says London-based design luminary Ilse Crawford of her latest project, restaurant Mathias Dahlgren, in the Grand Hotel Stockholm (6 S. Blasieholmshamnen; 46-8/679-35-84; dinner fo...
Just what is it with Scandinavians?Blessed with an innate neophilia, they embrace the avant-garde with uncanny ease. Provocative forms and ideas are seldom dismissed as "too much"—hell, they'll take two for the living room and one for the parlor. ...
The Baltic Sea was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, so it's fitting that most of the 24,000 islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago feel like ancient, rocky worlds of their own. They're also a summer playground for Stockholmers—some o...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
In the past year, Stockholm's slightly haughty image as the epicenter of minimalist design has been shaken up by a new generation of trendsetters. In the city's SoFo district (South of Folkungagatan), an overlooked Eastern bloc-style neighborhood,...
This month, three exhibitions display fashion as cultural artifact. "High Style and Hoop Skirts: 1850's Fashion," at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave.; 617/267-9300; www.mfa.org), demonstrates how 19th-century innovations (crinolin...
LONDON Nigella Lawson, author of Forever Summer and host of her own show by the same title on the Style Network. • MARKET Borough Market 8 Southwark St.; 44-207/407-1002; www.boroughmarket.org.uk. The only wholesale and retail market left in cent...
Prague Hilton Old Town Designer Alexandra Champalimaud introduced a contemporary vibe to the 305 rooms, while David Collins used a graphic motif inspired by Czech Modernist art in the public spaces. And the man responsible for the hotel’s Maze r...