Impressions

Cozy in an Italian Cave Hotel

Designer Gray Davis shares some of his favorite spots in Italy and Greece.

Highly subjective takes on life’s most interesting experiences.


What was a place that defied all of your expectations?

Sextantio in Matera, Italy. The hotel is made up of many cave dwellings that were carved into the mountain around 7000 B.C. All the rooms are lit by candlelight, and it is one of the most unique places I have ever been to.


The most beautiful restaurant experience?

Arriving on a classic Riva boat to Berton al Lago at Sereno Hotel in Lake Como. The chef is Raffaele Lenzi.


What’s the best swimming spot you’ve ever been to?

The pool at Nafsika, which is part of the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel in Athens.


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Gray Davis

Gray Davis is the co-principal of Meyer Davis, an international design boutique. The studio has completed projects worldwide for unrivaled luxury brands such as 1 HotelS, Crown Hotels, Four Seasons, and Auberge Resorts Collection, in addition to restaurants and retail projects for the likes of Jean-Georges and Oscar de la Renta, as well as private residences for luminaries like Jenna Lyons and Jorge Pérez. Gray and co-founder Will Meyer debuted their eponymous product company — William Gray — in 2020. Gray splits his time between New York City and the Hudson Valley.

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Literary, frenetic, and bold, illustrator/animator Joanna Neborsky’s darkly humorous collage work has been featured in the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and W magazine, and has attracted notice in Bookforum and the Paris Review. Her latest book, her own modern take on the Proust Questionnaire, was published in 2016. Neborsky lives in Los Angeles.

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