Lalique: The name itself calls forth elegant images of artworks in glass, the lapidary beauty of Art Nouveau vases and perfume bottles in frosted glass and crystal. In honor of Christie’s forthcoming London sale of Lalique glass, Luxury Defined presents a showcase of magnificent homes where the use of glass—whether windows, walls, doors, or even staircases—only amplifies the architectural splendor. From a seaside villa in Ibiza to a cliffside aerie in Telluride, these jewel-like homes display their breathtaking surroundings with immediacy and transparency, and with superb comfort and convenience. To live in one of these houses is to become ultimately connected between sky and earth, shore and sea, outdoors and in.
Ski the Future
Incline Village, Nevada
Ski the Future is a triumph of design on the shores of Lake Tahoe. One of the most spectacular waterfront properties in North America, this deftly designed six-story residence has a multi-faceted façade of glass, concrete, and metal, cantilevered to frame the views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains that rise in the distance. The centerpiece of the 9,000-square-foot interior is a beautiful staircase, crafted entirely of glass, while a glass-walled elevator zips between all six floors. The scenic landscaped gardens lead to 98 feet of lake frontage with a steel pier, boat hoist, and two buoys.
Sunset Ridge's setting is a cliffside aerie on a private peninsula with a breathtaking mountain panorama. Bold, linear architecture draws the visitor to a glass entryway, nine feet in height and topped with a clerestory, revealing a first hint of the refinement of finishes. The luxurious living spaces, with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, feature natural limestone walls, views of the Rockies, and a play of sunlight that is truly sensational. The owner, with renowned Aspen architect Bill Poss, has designed a residence that seems to integrate the mountains into the structure. The mountain peaks are reflected by a pond fed by a cascading stream running beneath the master suite bridge. Finishes and luxury appointments were globally sourced by the design team.
Commanding 35 private acres in Crescent H Ranch, Aspensong is Jackson Hole's most distinctive contemporary residence. To bring the outdoors in, every room is situated to best access the awe-inspiring views. Attention to detail and craftsmanship is apparent throughout. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls open to an impressive valley panorama, ideal for wildlife viewing. The central living space connects to the north wing, with guest suite, master suite, and conservatory, and the west wing, with two guest suites and media room. The separate owner's level comprises an office, library, and bedroom suite with his-and-her bathroom. Crescent H Ranch’s world-class amenities include Blue Ribbon fishing, hiking, horse and cross-country ski trails, and forest access.
Albany, Providence, Bahamas
A 21st-century villa and the ultimate Caribbean home, 3D presents more than 8,700 square feet of contemporary open-plan living space integrated into a spectacular central courtyard with infinity pool, spa, fire pit, patio, garden, and summer kitchen. The residence has two interior levels: The great room, with its soaring ceiling, and separate living and dining areas, where sliding glass doors transition between indoors and out. The upper level is dedicated to the master suite with vast wall-to-wall sliding glass doors and a custom dressing room, and three guest rooms. Other stellar features include a Neff designer kitchen, game room with built-in bar, wine cellar, media room, office, guest cottage, and three-car garage. The villa is steps away from beach and the attractions of the exclusive Albany resort.
The form and function of glass takes center stage at this Ibizan villa designed by architect Jordi Carreño, with interiors by Paul Davies London. The residence’s contemporary façade is lined with windows and glass doors, which flood the interior with light and provide panoramic views of the sea. The living spaces are a blend of comfort and sophistication. The resort-like grounds echo the surrounding environment’s lush greenery and rocky terrain. Glass is also a dominant theme in the walkways, three terraces, two fabulous pools, and the garden. A sauna, radiant-heated floors, central air conditioning, and solar power are among the high-end appointments.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
The creation of Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher, this 4,200-square-foot beachfront villa rests amid a tropical landscape where the rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean. The property boasts an acre of tropical gardens and 500 feet of oceanfront with two beaches, a cave, and a natural jetty with deepwater dockage. Floor-to-ceiling glass is found throughout the interior, bringing the outdoors in. The living and dining area’s vast walls of glass open to a lanai, from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the local wildlife: monkeys, blue morpho butterflies, and scarlet macaws. Three en suite bedrooms include a master suite with a teak floor and wraparound teak deck. Other superb appointments include two outdoor showers, a concrete safe room, two generators, and a guard/staff house.