Noted British textile designer William Morris wrote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Cleaning products, although useful, are rarely beautiful, but Toronto’s Guests on Earth aspires to satisfy the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) as well as the three Ss: sustainable, stylish, and self-care.

Few cars have maintained a legacy of style, speed, and luxury better than the Mercedes SL. Debuting in 1954, the SL, with its sleek proportions and eye-catching gullwing doors, was an instant icon, catching plenty of attention from automotive enthusiasts over the past 68 years.

Sailing gets into a person’s blood–it’s a passion, a calling, a lust for adventure on the open sea. Free from the limitations of a finite fuel tank, sailing delivers a euphoric level of freedom. How appropriate then, that Sirena Marine continues to enchant sailors all over the world with its Euphoria 68.

“I’ve always been fascinated by what it means to live the American Dream,” says artist Angie Crabtree. There’s perhaps no single object that better encapsulates the sparkling commodification of that dream than a diamond, which Crabtree puts under a microscope in her hyper-realistic paintings.

As painful as it is to hear, autumn is just around the corner. Once again, stores are flush with fallen-leaf-embossed welcome mats and pumpkin spice everything, and there’s nothing that can halt the coming storm. Here, NUVO has rounded up six clothing items for gliding chicly from summer into fall.

Toronto’s newest hotel is open for business. Ace Hotel Toronto, in the historic Garment District steps from bustling Queen West, is a boutique hotel whose memorable façade of red brick, wood and glass with a curvaceous arch creates an alluring entry, beckoning locals and visitors inside.

If ever there were a perfect time for a chilled seafood tower, served with a refreshing raspberry mignonette cocktail sauce on the side, it’s on a particularly hot summer day. Glowbal Restaurant Group’s latest project, Riley’s Fish and Steak, brings that and more to Vancouver’s downtown waterfront.

By featuring primarily British Columbian ingredients, Clark’s recipe for Honey and Soy Glazed Cedar Planked Sablefish evokes the clean, clear waters and breathtaking fragrant forests of beautiful B.C.

Overlooking the rocky shore of Lake Rosseau near Ontario’s Georgian Bay, Muskoka Cottage by Studio Paolo Ferrari is a testament to the beauty of the outdoor world. For the project, the studio asked: “Can we really make nature better than it is?” The conclusion? “Maybe we should leave it alone—or intervene, if we must, with the lightest possible touch.”

At Ritual Nordic Spa, they don’t believe a sauna experience should be a luxury but rather an integral part of a self-care routine, accessible in both price and location to as many people as possible.

The Italian town of Assisi now houses a beautifully designed retail space for A. Gallo, the luxury paint brand known for combining rich raw pigments with honey, rosemary, and gum arabic to create environmentally friendly watercolour paints. And while the paints are clearly the star of the show, the new showroom’s design also vies for attention.

There is something special about making interior design selections that are personal, reflecting our taste and vision—like ones from Luminaire Authentik, an innovative custom lighting brand that creates one-of-a-kind pieces for both residential and commercial spaces. Luminaire Authentik gives clients complete creative control through a customizable design experience. And now, that experience is available in Toronto.

Named for the former use of its inaugural space, which opened in London in 2006, Carpenters Workshop Gallery has grown into a producer, exhibitor, and purveyor of exceptional, collectible design. In addition to its London location, the company has permanent locations in Paris, New York, and San Francisco, the last of which is housed in a splendid church.

In Seattle, Washington, a newly constructed 3,442 square foot waterfront family home stuns. Designed by Heliotrope Architects for a married couple with two children, the home serves as a sanctuary for the owners to escape to after work, where they can refocus their attention on family in an environment surrounded by nature. 

Gucci has brought an exciting addition to Vancouver—its newly renovated store features 10,000 square feet of contemporary eclectic interior design in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The boutique embodies Gucci’s dedication to craftsmanship and curiosity, combining traditional and modern elements tied together with the elegant playfulness expected from Gucci.  

Fantastic, jaw-dropping, delicious, sublime: whatever superlative you choose, it can be used to describe Mission Hill Family Estate & Winery. The crown jewel in proprietor Anthony von Mandl’s winery portfolio, Mission Hill remains a stunning experience after 41 years of operation. From its hilltop perch to its region-defining wines, not a single detail has been overlooked by von Mandl and Co.

Ron Thom’s Case House, perched on the bluffs above West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay, was originally built for naval architect Dennis Case and his wife, Adele. The house reflects Case’s love for the sea combined with Thom’s midcentury aesthetic, specifically his use of a hexagonal, multidimensional floor plan. Now being marketed as the Geometric House by the West Coast Modern real estate agency, Thom’s genius is up for grabs.

Compared to Paris’ old-world, grand dame hotels dripping in gold-leaf boiserie and crystal that outdates Napoleon, the new Bulgari Hotel Paris—the seventh property from the Italian jewellery house—appears pared back and casual. But look a little closer, and this new address quickly reveals its Roman heritage and Parisian postal code.

From the outside, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s newly expanded and renovated 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa looks like a quaint Victorian hotel. Step inside, however, and the former blacksmith’s shop has been transformed into a cool grey-blue reception area with light-oak floors that lead to the newly expanded 72-room hotel. In a town where most of the hotels are a little dusty and faded, 124 on Queen stands out for its clean, modern feel.

One of Niagara’s most reliable wineries for almost two decades, Flat Rock is anything but resting on its reputation. It is experimenting with new styles, such as an orange wine made from riesling and gewürztraminer, as well as a new range of labels. They suggest an intrepid, forward-looking winery.

In Slane Village, in Boyne Valley, about 35 minutes from Dublin, the lush valley with its crisscrossing canals and rolling hills are so scenic, the landscape has been used as the backdrop for shows like Game of Thrones . But now, the region is drawing tourists for a different reason: farm-to-table dining, glamping, and stays at the namesake castle.

This week NUVO is bringing you the most classic dish from Vancouver’s most consistent Italian joint: spaghetti and meatballs. However, by incorporating some of the finest meat there is, kobe-style beef, into the meatballs, this recipe goes above and beyond Mom’s spaghetti.

Located in Austria’s lower Weinviertel region (Kirchberg am Wagram), the Gut Wagram Estate, by destilat design studio, was designed for Weinmanufaktur Clemens Strobl—a family-owned winery that specializes in organic viniculture.

A successful pilgrimage demands good accommodation, and a wine pilgrimage is no exception. Burgundy is among the world’s most popular destinations for wine-lovers, and the opening of the newly renovated Hôtel du Palais, in the centre of Dijon, is well timed.

Whether in a dining car aboard the Rocky Mountaineer or a Florida restaurant operated by the first Top Chef All-Stars winner, these three chefs draw inspiration from the land, using their surroundings to cultivate viable food sources.

Jenn Harper started Cheekbone Beauty in 2016 because she had a dream. “Sometimes I say that people interpret it as a vision because I’m Indigenous, but it was an actual dream—a crazy dream about all these Native girls covered in lip gloss, laughing. It was joyful,” Harper says.

When you think of celebrating with bubbly, champagne is usually the first thing that springs to mind. Some reach for prosecco, or maybe even cava, but there’s a little-known region near Milan producing fantastic sparkling wine using the traditional method (metodo classico) that often costs less than a bottle of champagne.

Crossing generations and cultures, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s influence runs deep. As an artist, activist, and entrepreneur, he is memorialized in the minds of many. Now over 200 never-before and rarely seen pieces of Basquiat’s art, artifacts, and ephemera are being exhibited in Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©.

As internet use grows and energy consumption balloons, small changes in our digital habits could in aggregate result in a seismic reduction in global carbon output. The following are easy, actionable tips to reduce your digital carbon footprint and lower your energy bill along the way.

Fabulous new restaurants are opening at a rapid clip, so if you haven’t visited Los Angeles in a while, here are three new ones where you can be sure to have a delicious night out.

In a valley at the base of Portugal’s Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in the country, a modern farmhouse sits in 44 acres of primarily pine forest. Casa NaMora blends the old with the new, expanding upon the original mid-20th-century building with two new free-standing structures.

When Sebastián Sajoux founded Arqlite in 2015, he wanted to confront one of humanity’s most pressing problems: plastic pollution. The Argentinian entrepreneur realized that if he could add value to the more than 90 per cent of plastic that goes unrecycled, he could motivate companies to reroute packaging on an enormous scale.

In a quiet bay off B.C.’s Saanich Inlet, Brentwood Bay Resort beckons as a haven of waterfront relaxation in a quaint residential neighbourhood a short journey from Victoria.

With her Louise Brooks bob as precise and punk-rock-pink as ever, bold blue eyeshadow, and fuchsia lipstick, Dame Zandra Rhodes remains an inspiration at 81 years young.

The wallypower58 brings to mind the expression “everything old is new again.” The latest addition to the storied Italian yacht builder’s fleet, the new 58 leverages every modern technology available in a forward-looking design that’s rooted in the past.

Taking over the former Hachiro Ramen space in an unassuming stretch of small-businesses wedged between two apartment buildings, 16 West is the epitome of blink-and-you-miss-it. However, in irony number two, the food and wine there is not to be missed.

This year’s curatorial theme, The Golden Age: Rooted in the Past, celebrates “hope for the future, lighting the path towards our highest aspirations. … The Golden Age could become a source of inspiration to imagine a brighter future for human beings and our planet.”

PokerStars is taking this opportunity to combine the thrill their players seek and the energy of an F1 race into one awesome package. That package is called the Red Spade Pass and is possibly the best seat to take in the entire Formula 1 experience, from the racing to the lifestyle.

The much-anticipated West Coast Modern Week, presented by British Pacific Properties, is returning to Vancouver this year, running from July 5 until July 10. The week celebrates modern architecture and design that pays homage to the West Coast and its unique topography.

Summer has officially arrived and ‘tis the season for statement pieces that pop with colour. Coach’s latest collaboration, hot on the heels of the American fashion house’s most recent Pride Collection, celebrates the work of one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century. Under the leadership of Coach creative director Stuart Vevers, American artist Tom Wesselmann’s vivid creations find new life in wearable objets d’art.

Trinny Woodall, CEO and founder of Trinny London, has a simplified approach to skin care—a thorough cleanse that is appropriate for your skin type, a targeted serum treatment to achieve skin goals, and deep hydration, all using thoughtful ingredients that actually work.

In 2016, Andrea Mullineux was named International Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. In addition, she was invited to join the Cape Winemakers Guild, an exclusive group of 47 of the country’s top winemakers, recently serving as its chair.

This week’s recipe for vegan chickpea farinata comes from Glowal Restaurant’s executive chef, Alex Kim. By incorporating Middle Eastern ingredients and techniques into the Italian delicacy’s accompaniments, this recipe adds levity to the traditional unleavened chickpea crepe.

Barker Associates Architecture, a decorated Brooklyn practice with expertise in architecture, interiors, and landscapes, treated the Carroll Gardens Townhouse to a renovation full of light, texture, and vibrant colours, making for a bright and cheerful family home with a touch of whimsy.

Now that you can finally celebrate within six feet of another living, breathing person, it’s high time to celebrate the rise of canned wine convenience—along with Canada’s 155th birthday. NUVO has rounded up seven of the best canned wines made in the country today.

For designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz, a home should reflect the people who live there. And peeking into their colourful Berkshires residence, filled with art, relics, and one-of-a-kind antiques, it’s easy to imagine it resembles the souls of the creative duo.

While Yanya’s music exudes the same disregard for genre that new music often does, there is a distinct sense of good old-fashioned rock in her songs. In a time of resurging nineties sensibility, her songs both pay homage to old-school grunge and mirror current nostalgia.

Despite our increasingly short attention spans and throwaway culture, it seems at least pop-ups are being designed to last. Call it retail therapy.

If you’ve been to the beach lately—or gazed at the roadside, walked through a typical downtown, or been pretty much anywhere on the planet—you’ve no doubt noticed the world has a bit of a plastic problem: there’s too much of it. So much so that scientists estimate the mass of all plastic ever produced now surpasses that of all creatures on the planet.

For plastic surgeon Dr. Bimpe Ayeni, the impetus to start her men’s skin-care line, Blair + Jack, came from seeing her husband struggle with painful skin irritation after shaving.

Here are two must-read books to add to your summer reading list. Featured in NUVO’s Summer Issue, Rebecca Peng provides an in depth review.

Inspired by Swiss chalets and the relaxed style of the American West, CLB Architects’ Four Pines residence is a luxury retreat set in the stunning landscape of Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Owners Jeanette and Claus Thottrup have extended their love of the Tuscan countryside to the sea with Satori, a 41.5-metre schooner that accommodates 10 and boasts a spa suite with steam room.