Master of the House
In the competing worlds of building and design, rarely do the twain meet, and almost never harmoniously. Greg Jordan Inc. has long been a cherished exception to this rule, with a team of architects and designers who guide clients through entire projects, from designing and building a home to decorating it down to the last detail. Now, at Jordan's Upper East Side showroom, you can rely on his expert eye for that ever-so-perfect individual piece as well. Jordan's aesthetic is guided by 18th- and 19th-century English and Continental tenets, as well as an intelligent allowance for modern living. "What we sell is quality of life," Jordan explains. "Despite our individual tastes, we all want the same thing at home—comfort." Jordan artfully incorporates elements from around the world. For instance, two pen drawings that looked from a distance to be Cy Twomblys turned out to be an Indian mantra written over and over in tight, neat, looping scrolls. Amid the furnishings and bibelots, you'll also find Jordan's new line of 30 upholstered pieces for Scalamandré. 504 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021; 212-570-4470.
— M. L. Latiolais
Soft as Silk
Once you feel Sherle Wagner's new line of bed linens, specially woven for them in Italy, you'll never go back. These 700-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets feel like silk but can be washed like cotton—heaven indeed. Above: Sutton Place Stripe and Bamboo Ming, priced from $125 for a pillowcase to $2,035 for a king duvet cover. Sherle Wagner: 212-758-3300.
At five by six and a half feet, thishand-embroidered Hermès blanket ($3,175) is bigger than most throws—and softer too, as it is made of cashmere, wool, and angora, with suede piping. Hermès: 212-751-3181; 800-441-4488.
East Meets West
With the new Armani Casa home design line, Giorgio Armani adapts his signature color palette—subtly hued greens, taupes, and charcoals—and streamlined tailoring to furniture, from sleek tables to armchairs covered in dry-pressed wool and cashmere. At the Armani Casa store, which opened in SoHo last month, larger pieces include an armless chair ($2,495), a set of three wood tables ($1,450), and a bronze lamp with parchment shade ($650, above), while accessories range from bleached coconut wood mosaic boxes ($395 each) to pear-shaped cut Murano glass vases ($695-$1,495) to porcelain serving plates ($95-$275). There are traditional Italian tables with terra-cotta legs, but also Japanese screens with weave-finished wood and place mats made from butal, a plant from the Philippines. Armani Casa: 97 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-334-1271.
— Jackie Cooperman
Object of Our Desire
Leave it to the French to devise furniture that's at once discreet and voluptuous. The French forties tables and chairs of esteemed designer Jacques Adnet (like the desk shown above) look almost midcentury modern, with simple lines dressed up in vivid materials such as brass and shagreen. His handcrafted ca. 1947 desk ($45,000), for instance, is minimalist in aesthetic only: It is covered entirely in supple leather, down to the bamboo-style legs. It looks equally at home with a contemporary leather safari chair ($1,450) that folds up for easy transport and an old-world zebra rug ($2,800). Available at Coconut Company, 131 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-539-1940.