6 Homes Near the World’s Top Design Events

Good design is a gateway to the world, a universal language understood around the globe. Effective design showcases the brilliance of individual creators along with the cultures and contexts in which they work. And it’s certainly worth traveling for—hence the emergence of international design weeks. Every year, amazing exhibitions of high style and exceptional craftsmanship take place in cities globally.

Here are six you won’t want to miss, along with some of the most stunning homes nearby. For true patrons, establishing a home base near these flagship events can make a one-off experience an annual pilgrimage. After all: a design enthusiast visits; an aficionado moves in.

Dubai: INDEX Dubai and Dubai Design Week

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Dubai Design District, United Arab Emirates, photo courtesy of Solkafa/ Shutterstock Inc

Dubai has become synonymous with design; over the last decade, it has witnessed the rise of an avant-garde skyline whose buildings have shattered world records and won accolades. Within this architectural wonderland, the innovative Dubai Design District (d3) hosts Dubai Design Week every November. And in September, thousands of interior designers, decorators, artisans, and architects, converge on the city for INDEX Dubai.

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Lewis KnollmanGulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This spectacular penthouse, situated in the heart of downtown just across the water from d3, puts visitors at the heart of Dubai. It’s a rare unit in Burj Khalifa, the tallest freestanding structure in the world. This luxury home has a front-row seat to some of the most interesting and iconic architecture in the world.

But why fixate on the landmarks around this residence when you could be enjoying the landmark features within? Leading Dubai firm Bishop Design is responsible for the contemporary interiors, set among curving open-concept spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Stockholm: Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

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Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, photo courtesy of Gustav Kaiser / Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

Nordic design is well-known around the world for its elegance and functionality, and every February, Sweden’s enchanting capital lights up the long Scandinavian winter with Stockholm Design Week and the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Hundreds of events, exhibitions, and installations are on display, featuring work by household names as well as exciting newcomers.

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Anders ElbeSweden Sotheby’s International Realty

A spacious loft in Östermalm is a great way to get cozy in this chilly city and take in the sights during the short days and long nights. With its edgy, sloped ceilings and exposed beams, this beautiful apartment on historic Sibyllegatan is a blank canvas—and therefore, a design buff’s dream.

Singapore: Singapore Design Week

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Marina Bay Sands, photo courtesy of Ake Wa/ Shutterstock Inc

A futuristic metropolis set in the tropics, Singapore is home to some of the most striking architecture and design in the world; look no further than the famous Marina Bay Sands and the public Gardens by the Bay nearby. It’s only natural that it would be the focal point for one of the premier creative gatherings in Asia Pacific: Singapore Design Week, which typically goes for two weeks, and in its latest edition hosted over 100 events and 200,000 visitors.

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Karen KOHList Sotheby’s International Realty

Of course, many of the city’s most eye-catching design landmarks are mainstays—like this luxury condominium in District 9. The building is by the acclaimed firm Arquitectonica, and the innovative Y-shaped layout maximizes both the floorspace and windows, which overlook Singapore’s major shopping and entertainment strip on Orchard Road.

Milan: Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile; Fiera Milano

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Salone del Mobile, photo courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano by Alessandro Russotti

The mere mention of Milan makes most people think of fashion, with brands like Prada, Armani, Gucci and Versace headquartered in the city. But every March, it’s the interior and industrial designers who truly put on a show.

Milan Design Week is arguably the most iconic event of its kind, and its crown jewel is the Salone del Mobile furniture fair. What was once a trade show is now a confluence of epic conversations and larger-than-life ideas, with installations and demos from over 2,500 companies. In the off-season, patrons can still enjoy the largest permanent trade fair in Europe, hosted by Fiera Milano.

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Ivan ImbrianiItaly Sotheby’s International Realty

To really embrace the spirit of industrial design, escape to this turn-of-the-century loft. Originally a distillery for Compari, the building has undergone recent renovations; the eclectic mix of materials—checkered tile, wooden paneling, exposed brick—makes this home a feast for the eyes and a rare collector’s item. Not to mention, 10 Corso Como, a hub of Milan culture and style, is just down the street.

New York: NYCxDesign and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

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NYCxDesign, photo courtesy of NYCxDesign

Each May, New York City becomes the center of the design world with NYCxDesign, a series of fairs, events, and celebrations that span all five of its boroughs. Of course, Manhattan is at the heart of the festivities, and the ICFF at the Javits Center has been an institution of luxury style for over three decades.

Steve SallionWarren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty

Manhattan may be in the thick of the action—but after several consecutive days of events, Midtown can be exhausting.This converted Brooklyn condominium is a perfect oasis for design aficionados looking to take a breather: originally constructed in 1927, it once served as the printing facility for theNew York Daily News, but now offers 4,000 square feet of outdoor living space, a two-tiered private garden, and an open-concept interior that gives the owner complete creative license.

São Paulo: DW! São Paulo Design Weekend

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DW! São Paulo Design Weekend Installation, photo courtesy of DW! São Paulo Design Weekend

São Paulo has always known how to put on a show, and DW! São Paulo Design Weekend is no exception. Though it’s younger and less established than its counterparts in Milan and New York, DW! is known for its wide selection of featured events, and is the largest design festival in Latin America.

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Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty

For a home away from home in South America’s design capital, it’s difficult to do better than this apartment. Not only does the building bear the signature of modern design legend Daniel Libeskind, but the interiors have been meticulously appointed by noted Brazilian decorator Dado Castello Branco. To top it off, this retreat among the treetops comes with furniture from Minotti, along with the latest home automation systems.

Design weeks invite you to enjoy an ephemeral experience—a fleeting snapshot of world-class style that lasts for just a few days. But you can turn a weekend into a lasting work of art: whether you’re looking for a blank canvas to style, or a turnkey showroom featuring the work of today’s top artisans, there are apartments waiting for you the world over. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find one just around the corner from your favorite festival of contemporary design.

Take inspiration from the world’s top design destinations, and source your own home with remarkable details.

 

LIVE Cinematic | 6 Homes with Private Theaters

Whether it’s binge-watching the latest Emmy-winning TV show, enjoying the latest blockbuster, indie film, or a favorite sporting event, there is a lot that can be experienced in a home theater. We aim to live our best lives in our home, and sometimes that means indulging in some well-produced escapism; explore these six homes with jaw-dropping home theaters.

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Atlanta, Georgia | Chase Mizell & Josh Reeves, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty 

Secured behind two gated entrances on 17 acres, this sprawling riverfront home features this textured and cavern-like theater. The residence also offers a resort-style 70,000-gallon infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court, fully equipped gym, spa, indoor resistance pool, wine cellar, guest house, underground ballroom with catering kitchen, and formal and informal gardens.

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Kilauea, Hawaii | Danette Andrews, Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling Anini Vista home invites you to take an elevator to the lower level and welcomes you into the Golden Age of Hollywood; the portraits, red carpet, velvet reclining seats, murals, and golden accents conjures nostalgia for what most imagine when they close their eyes and think of Hollywood and the history of film.

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Sisters, Oregon | Pam Mayo-Phillips & Brook Havens, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty 

When you’re not out enjoying the Cascade Mountain backdrop on the R&B Ranch’s 507 acres, retreat inside to an elegant and intimate home theater. With plush leather recliners in the main seating area and balconies flanking the screen, take a seat, dim the lights, and start the movie!

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Dubai, UAE | Leigh Williamson, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

A gem in the private Palm Jumeriah, the beachfront palace features a state-of-the-art, modern-designed home theater. Offering 16 seats, surround sound, and projection, you won’t miss a single play, piece of dialogue, or note of the score. This home also enjoys its own 200-person nightclub and indoor pool to follow-up your theater experience.

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Aspen, Colorado | Eric Cohen & Craig Morris, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty 

This never-before-offered legacy ranch is nestled in the West Buttermilk ski area on 61 private acres. Before you ski-out, (or after you ski-in) grab a comfortable seat in this charming home theater that is in-line with the rest of the home’s rustic design aesthetic.


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Significant Sales

From a contemporary masterpiece on the California Coastline to a historic, Baroque-era Villa in the Czech Republicthis edition of Significant Sales also showcases homes from the United StatesNew Zealand, and Dubai.

LIVE Art | Louvre Abu Dhabi

This November, the Arab world welcomes its first universal museum. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s museum galleries tell the story of humanity in twelve inspiring chapters. Each chapter focuses on shared themes and ideas that reveal common connections throughout humanity. The works on show range from prehistoric artifacts to contemporary artworks. The art on show comes from the museum’s collection alongside many masterpieces on loan from some of the most world-renowned French museums.

Celebrate this unprecedented occasion with three residences in the United Arab Emirates suited for displaying art from the comforts of home.

Dubai1Price Upon Request | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

With unrivaled views of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and the Dubai Eye, this boutique five-bedroom penthouse is for the discerning wanting a lifestyle with beachfront, shopping, and restaurants at your doorstep. Situated over three floors, it all comes up to the incredible rooftop terrace that includes lounge and barbecue areas, a swimming pool, upstairs pantry and living room that all take in the astounding Dubai views.

Dubai210,000,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This beautiful five-bedroom penthouse on The Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah enjoys breathtaking views of the Marina Skyline. Finished to the highest quality, the home features an enormous outdoor balcony/terrace area. A rare opportunity to acquire one of Palm Jumeirah’s largest penthouse residences, strategically located on the Golden Mile trunk, this penthouse is ideal for modern families, working professionals, and lifestyle enthusiasts.

Dubai33,100,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina, this high-floor three-bedroom residence in the Torch was recently refurbished. It features high-end finishing and furnishing, unique interior appliques, and the unrivaled panoramic sea and marina views. The Torch is an 88-floor residential tower located in the Dubai Marina. It offers all the resort-style amenities one would desire, such as a pool, gym, steam room and sauna.

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