Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Long Live Eccentric English Design Supported by Uninterested in disciplined minimalism, a group of defining interior designers is championing England’s long-held preference for color, wit and wackiness. ByNancy Hass Feb. 11, 2019 THE MINIMALIST URGE is by its nature a cerebral one: An architect engineers a precise series of cantilevered boxes for a manicured slice of paradise; a decorator decides against a side table in the living room lest it reduce the impact of a solitary Modernist chair. Such stripped-down rigor has no place at 5 Hertford Street, the London membership club in Mayfair. There is no sober maple banquet beneath industrial pendant lights or giant uncurtained windows to gaze out from. Instead, you nestle into an attic with walls and ceiling upholstered in Pierre Frey fabric, on a down-filled sofa banked … [Read more...] about Long Live Eccentric English Design
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JAN. 29, 2019 In the barely inhabited steppes of Central Asia, it is establishing the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure. In the barely inhabited steppes of Central Asia, it is establishing the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure. By BEN MAUK Photographs and Video by ANDREA FRAZZETTA JAN. 29, 2019 The Eurasian Pole of Inaccessibility is a striking name for an absence. It is the point farthest from a sea or ocean on the planet. Located in China just east of the border with Kazakhstan, the pole gets you a good distance from harbors and coastlines — at least 1,550 miles in any direction — into an expanse of white steppe and blue-beige mountain that is among the least populated places on earth. Here, among some of the last surviving pastoral nomads in Central Asia, nestled between two branches of the Tian Shan range on the edge of Kazakhstan, the largest infrastructure … [Read more...] about Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Africa Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Africa | Competing Against Chinese Loans, U.S. Companies Face Long Odds Supported by ByEdward Wong Jan. 13, 2019 KAMPALA, Uganda — Growing up in suburban Ohio, Rajakumari Jandhyala never imagined she would end up in the oil business, much less on the front line of America’s global competition with China. She spent two decades as a policy adviser on Africa, most recently as an aid official in the Obama administration. But in 2016, she heard about a call for proposals to build an oil refinery in Uganda that could be the largest in East Africa, and she put together a bid. She landed an investor in Kenya. She recruited oil and gas executives from General Electric. An Italian contractor joined the group of companies that formed a consortium, too. The main problem was the big advantages enjoyed by the … [Read more...] about Competing Against Chinese Loans, U.S. Companies Face Long Odds