It started on the runway several seasons ago when Miuccia Prada sent out some savage leopard-print cloth coats complete with fur trim. Almost every other designer has since tapped into this favorite classic—whether that means leopard-print clutches à la Roger Vivier or a full-on animal-print platform from Valentino. In a season dominated by all black, spots are a great way to stand out in a crowd.
Not satisfied with designing the buildings that we live and work in, forward-thinking architects are now making stylish objects to go inside the structures they create. Two masterly minds in...