Portugal first enacted laws protecting its cork forests, or montados, in 1209, centuries before ecological responsibility was a common goal. It takes 25 years for a cork oak to mature, after which it can be sustainably harvested for 150 years or more. Here, Portuguese artisans pair strips of cork with faux turquoise and silver-tone metal in a unisex style.
European art during the Renaissance was highly influenced
by the goods coming from China along the Silk Road. Natural motifs of flowers and leaves decorated exquisite Chinese porcelain and began showing up in European furniture and jewelry designs. These silver-colored ...
Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding their home
on Vancouver Island, designers David and Anna Hall work in close collaboration with traditional Balinese carvers to bring this delightful trio of wooden songbirds to life.
The Imperial Treasury in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace is
still home to the most lavish riches of the Ottoman era. Here you’ll find the legendary, jewel-encrusted Topkapi Dagger, golden thrones, an 86-karat diamond, and many more remarkably ornate treasures. These gold, ...