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BY Jessica Dunham, Nora Burba Trulsson, Nick Esquer, Dena Roché, Lauren Swanson-Tyda, Taylor Transtrum and Teresa K. Traverse | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

Be it a premier concierge service, stunning new home development or unparalleled dining experience, luxury in the Valley is thriving like never before. Here's a look at the people, places and services responsible for putting Phoenix and Scottsdale in the spotlight for 2018 and beyond.

Most Delightfully Curated New Design Boutique
Modern meets antique at Modernique, the Phoenix storefront by notable interior designer and author Julia Buckingham. Based on her book by the same name, the first-ever Modernique location showcases Buckingham’s signature design style. Known for expertly mixing and matching different genres and eras, Buckingham’s Modernique carries a curated selection of her own pieces and favorite lines, including Made Goods, Sarah Raskey and Feizy, to name a few. The growing list of items carried at the boutique includes furniture, lighting, textiles, wallcoverings, accessories and gifts. Buckingham doesn’t shy away from bold design. “My main inspiration comes from the world of color. If I’m scanning Instagram and come across a colorful image, I’m instantly smitten,” she says. “It’s very much about the happiness that you feel when you see something colorful. That’s exactly how I want everyone to feel when they come in.” 100 E. Camelback Road –TT

Speakers of the House
Audiophiles with a passion for the nonpareils in home audio flock from across the country to LMC Home Entertainment Ltd. to source their speakers. That includes top-notch brands like Sonus Faber and McIntosh, and everything from vinyl record players to custom home cinema systems. “A client once requested speakers to be custom-designed to look like his bright-yellow Lamborghini, and we were able to get the exact paint color and materials to replicate,” says owner Mike Ware. So what makes audio systems worth the sometimes $100,000-plus price tag? Ware says good audio equipment should feel like 3D—all the emotional power and realism of witnessing a live concert, but optimized to resonate so perfectly in the space that nary a vibration can be felt (or neighbor disturbed). 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 135, Scottsdale; 1705 W. Ruby Drive, Ste. 109, Tempe –LST

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