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High-style Country Living: Trump Winery

People all over the world have wildly varying opinions of American President Donald Trump, basing most of them on their knowledge of his politics, his family and perhaps his real estate empire. Yet notwithstanding their views on these topics, many of these same people might be surprised to learn that the American president is also the owner of one of the largest wineries on the country’s East Coast (in fact, his is the largest by area in the entire state of Virginia).

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A New American Design Hero: Michael DiTullo

Multitalented and multidisciplinary designer Michael DiTullo has conceived innumerable products from footwear to automobiles to razors to speakers. But for DiTullo, everything starts with a simple sketch on a sheet of paper that he uses to rapidly communicate an idea, usually to a client or a manufacturer. From a sketch, a manager or business person can quickly grasp what DiTullo has in mind from a design standpoint, what it would take to produce such an item and possibly what the manufacturing costs and/or potential production obstacles might be.

Steinway: An American Icon

The history of classical music instruments incorporates any number of eminent and revered names, but among makers of pianos, one name is writ larger than all others combined: Steinway & Sons.

Legendary Piano Builder: Santé Auriti

Of all the exterior pieces of a Steinway grand piano, the intricately carved legs with their decorative floral motifs are perhaps the most conspicuous, and on a Steinway grand — especially on the upper-range models such as the Louis XV and Chippendale series — the legs match the piano casing so well that, visually, it’s as if they were all carved from one giant, solid block of wood. While this isn’t physically possible, the illusion created by the instruments’ aesthetic owes much to the handiwork of one particularly dedicated Steinway craftsman: casemaker Santé Auriti.