From meticulous metalwork to Parisian inspired crystal, these design mavericks ensure your next outdoor dinner party will be fabulously fun.
Australian brothers and designers Nicholas & Harrison Condos may be known for meticulous metalwork, yet travel-infused inspiration anchors their exclusive collection for Restoration Hardware’s Outdoor Collection. Both blacksmiths, their simplistic yet sophisticated approach to their three new, handcrafted collections for RH – Aegean, Catalan, and Mustique – has quickly landed them as international design stars. From his Los Angeles office, and in-between surf sessions, Harrison Condos explains how their designs are naturally inspired.
Mouth-blown. Hand-cut. Hand-engraved. And hand-decorated. As part of Hermes International, custom design is the order of the day at Saint-Louis, which upholds a generations-old commitment to craftsmanship.
The oldest crystal manufacturer in Europe, Saint-Louis, founded in 1586, bridges past to present with exquisite vases, chandeliers, iconic stemware, and decorative objects. The finest glassblowers and cutters in the industry are found at the company’s Lorraine, France, headquarters, which members of Exclusive Resorts can now access via a day trip from new Paris apartments. Though the brand is known for head-turning tabletop pieces, lighting is also ultra-luxe. Intricate chandeliers are based on centuries-old design, as seen in the Royal and Apollo lighting collections. A customized chandelier introduced this year, The Royal can feature eight to 48 lights, and a brilliant array of crystal cuts. The Apollo, designed by Godefroy de Virieu and Stefania Di Petrillo, is a contemporary nod to the parison of the famous Saint-Louis Apollo glass. – saint-louis.com
Iconic photographer Slim Aarons captured a bygone era, framing ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s celebrities, socialites, and bathing beauties. Passing down his wanderlust and love of the lens to daughter, Mary, her Exclusive Resorts vacation to Real del Mar, Mexico, reveals a family with frame-worthy inspiration.
“My father had an eye for beautiful women,” says Mary Aarons, daughter of Slim Aarons. We’re in her Gloucester, Massachusetts, home, and she pulls one of his images, commonly referenced as “Stacked” (contrary to popular belief, Mary explains Slim never formally named his photos) from her personal collection. The shot of bikini-clad beauties graced the Aarons’ living room when Mary was a child.
First-time documentary ﬁlmmaker and Exclusive Resorts member Kristina Sorge forgoes a proliﬁc career as news reporter and producer to stake her claim on the big screen.
When documentary filmmaker Kristina Sorge was in fifth grade, she was busy making spoof videos and small films on a camcorder, and producing plays with her two brothers. “I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very creative family,” says San Diego, California–born Sorge, who moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in elementary school. “We were always putting on plays when we were snowed in, mostly because we didn’t have a lot going on, or acting out our own theatrical performances because Wednesday night family dinners needed a little more excitement. I can recall a couple different renditions of The Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin.”
As far-ﬂung weddings boom, Exclusive Resorts style ambassador Jung Lee reveals tips for top vacation vows.
Who doesn’t like a vacation? Add a happy bride and groom to the mix, and no wonder destination weddings are a hit among family and friends. Nearly 70 percent of Exclusive Resorts members celebrate milestone events every year, and destination weddings offer a vacation for all. Guests are transported to a special locale, and when we’re taken out of our day-to-day routine, the pace tends to slow—we enjoy each other, our surroundings and, in turn, whole-heartedly celebrate a wedding. As such, tips and picks to make the big day memorable and merry.