Our Travel Issue Shows You How to Live Large in a Far-Flung Locale
For the May issue, we visit extraordinary homes in Lebanon, Sicily, Buenos Aires, and beyond
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” —Gustave Flaubert
Philosophically speaking, who would argue with the great author? But allowing that our metaphysical footprint is tiny, the decorator in my soul insists that the literal space we occupy can certainly pack a massive punch, no matter how minuscule in the grander scheme of the universe. In this special travel issue our subjects live large in far-flung locales such as Lebanon, Sicily, Buenos Aires, and beyond. Each house represents an escape fantasy of its owner, from the grass-roofed architectural marvel gracing our cover that shelters the world-class ponies of polo champion Nacho Figueras in Argentina, to the airy indoor/outdoor “vacation vibe” abodes we visit on Patmos and Bali.
Sometimes we travel to feel at home again: Witness New Yorker Aerin Lauder, who recreated her legendary grandmother Estée’s feminine flair in a Mediterranean-style Palm Beach mansion that Estée once owned. “There were certain things about her house that we were very nostalgic about,” says Aerin, who treasures her memories of childhood visits to her grandparents in the storied Florida resort.
For the armchair traveler, explore vicariously via editor Sam Cochran’s special section on exciting destinations around the globe, or consider writer Hannah Martin’s feature on Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades, the collection of portable furniture inspired by the spirit of travel. The ingenious creations of celebrated designers Patricia Urquiola, the Campana Brothers, and India Mahdavi prove that you don’t always have to leave home to have a memorable adventure.