Photograph by David Gamble garden of Lever House (part of the recent $60-million renovation of this Skidmore, Owings & Merrill icon) which upstage both the building and Lever House restaurant – currently the hottest table in town. But Noguchi’s lasting legacy will probably be the everyday objects he designed such as his tables and Akari lanterns, now reproduced ad infinitum. In the USA,’ says Wilson, ‘you design a teacup and you’re an industrial designer; in Japan, you’re a national treasure. But things are changing.’
The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, New York (00 1 718 545 8842; www.noguchi.org). Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design runs until 3 October
to open later this year. The inaugural installation, Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design, first shown at London’s Design Museum, was designed by avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson and highlights the ease with which Noguchi crossed boundaries between disciplines and cultures. Considered a Japanese artist in his native USA, and an American in Japan, Noguchi was never easy to pigeonhole. New Yorkers know him primarily for his public sculpture: the massive Red Cube’ for the Marine Midland Bank on Wall Street and the stainless-steel waterfall’ wall at 666 Fifth Avenue, both deceptive in their simplicity; and the enigmatic stone sculptures in the atrium
One new resort totally in tune with its environment is Calistoga Ranch, in a wooded canyon at the heart of Napa Valley wine country. It is notoriously difficult to get planning permission to build anything in Napa because of local government concerns about the natural landscape,’ says Mark Harmon of Auberge Resorts, which owns the ranch. There was, however, a loophole: a 157-acre plot, eight miles south of volcanic Mount St Helena, that was once a registered campsite and so was already designated as land for commercial use. Designed by
the architects of the Anassa hotel in Cyprus, the ranch consists of 73 wooden buildings set in 30 acres of indigenous gardens, with stone paths flanking the spring-fed Lake Lommel. The lodges (27 of which have been sold to private owners) have been constructed around trees and clad in cedar to blend in with their surroundings; they are raised on stilts to lessen the impact on the environment. All have huge living rooms, terraces, stone fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and earthy colour schemes. There’s also a spa with treatment tents
and a yoga deck. The restaurant, The Lakehouse, serves unpretentious organic cuisine, and the area’s award-winning vintages can be sampled at the Wine Cave’. The resort’s own vineyard offers lessons for budding winemakers.
Vital statistics 46 guest lodges with fireplaces, DVD and high-speed Internet; vineyard; outdoor swimming pool Lodge to book The biggest: the 3,600sq ft, two-bedroom Estate Lodge Price Doubles from $525 Contact 00 1 800 942 4220; www.calistogaranch.com
OnÂ§ of Calistoga’s 46 guest lodaes, xffesigned to blend in with the n^ftiral environment in Napa Valley. Left an outdoor shower and the dining room in-one of the privately owned lodges