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Rome’s G-Rough Hotel: 20th Century Modernism in a 17th Century Building

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Rome's G-Rough Hotel: 20th Century Modernism in a 17th Century Building

Characterizing it as expressing “a very Italian sense of luxury,” Italian designers Emanuela Garosci and Gabriele Salini have transformed a 17th Century Roman building into a 21st Century boutique hotel—liberally laced with 20th Century modernist furnishings. In refurbishing the G-Rough hotel, located in the city’s famous Piazza Navona, Garosci and Salini — Continue reading

Tom Dixon Designs Interiors for Mondrian Hotel, London

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Tom Dixon Designs Interiors for Mondrian Hotel, London

Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio has created the interiors of the first Mondrian hotel outside U.S. shores. The Mondrian London, at Sea Containers—so named for its location inside the famous Sea Containers House that overlooks the river Thames in the city’s South Bank neighborhood—is Dixon’s first hotel project, and bears many of the sensuous — Continue reading

Behomm: Home Exchange Heaven for Artistic Nomads

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel, Modern Holiday Ideas
Behomm: Home Exchange Heaven for Artistic Nomads

Creative types who find themselves afflicted with wanderlust may have found their nirvana in Behomm, which tantalizingly bills itself as “a home exchange community for designers and visual artists.” And, make no mistake, this is no Airbnb. The brainchild of Barcelona graphic designers Eva Calduch and Agust Juste—a pair of veteran home swappers with discerning tastes—Behomm (pronounced — Continue reading

Totes & Travel Collection from Knoll

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
 Totes & Travel Collection from Knoll

We shouldn’t be surprised that the new Totes & Travel Collection of bags and luggage from Knoll reflects the clean geometry and architectural elegance of the company’s storied furniture. A collaboration with felt brand FilzFelt and leather manufacturer Spinneybeck, the collection is comprised of 6 pieces, two of which—Duffle Bag and Weekender—qualify as luggage, — Continue reading

Moroccan Modern: Marrakech’s Riad Mena

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Moroccan Modern: Marrakech's Riad Mena

Casablanca aside, Morocco without color is an anomaly. Reds, saffrons, and cobalt blues spring with abandon from labyrinthine alleyways and luxury hotels alike, presenting an endless stream of breathtakingly color-filled vignettes for traveling esthetes. Enter the anomaly: Riad Mena, a new 6-room hotel in the center of Marrakech, which blithely makes its trademark a judicious — Continue reading

An Ode to Fame: The Paparazzi Project

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
An Ode to Fame: The Paparazzi Project

To the hounded famous, paparazzi sightings may be cause to turn tail and run, but one hotel is giving the infamous brand of celebrity photographers a glowing welcome. Manhattan’s Row NYC, a boutique hotel in the city’s Time’s Square neighborhood, has just introduced a penthouse suite that’s an ode, of — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Puerto Rico’s Built World

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Puerto Rico's Built World

It’s true that looks aren’t everything, but for design lovers of a certain ilk—namely, Americans with an affinity for Latin esthetic sensibilities—Puerto Rico offers heaps of unexpected beauty. There’s the natural variety, of course—perpetually blue skies, endless sandy beaches dotting its Atlantic coast, waves that beckon surfers to its western — Continue reading

Tokyo Elevations Print from Studio Esinam

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Tokyo Elevations Print from Studio Esinam

Sweden’s’ Studio Esinam, founded by art director Josefine Lilljegren and architect Sebastian Gokah, have added a new print to their limited edition Elevations series—a suite of prints that capture the essence of major international cities through the lens of spare, black-and-white architectural drawings. Tokyo joins Paris on the current list — Continue reading

Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Indiana's Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Suffice it to say that when the great graphic designer, Paul Rand, created a visual identity for the city of Columbus, Indiana, back in 1973, he wasn’t imagining how terrific his ‘dancing C’ would look as a public bicycle rack. But kudos to Columbus for its practical and symbolic application — Continue reading

Mexican Hospitality with European Flair

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Local + Travel
Mexican Hospitality with European Flair

Anyone in the mood for the vibrant brand of Modernism exemplified by Mexican masters Luis Barragan and Ricardo Legorreta will have to look somewhere besides Mexico City’s new Distrito Capital boutique hotel, a ravishing Modernist nirvana with nary a nod to Mexican culture in sight. French architect Joseph Dirand, whose — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Tallinn, Estonia

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia boasts the oldest capital in Northern Europe—a city of uncommon beauty and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—but the scores of tourists who come to Tallinn do so because of its proximity to Finland. A mere 2-hour ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn is a popular weekend destination — Continue reading

Eyeing the Q Electric Scooter

Categories: Local + Travel, Sustainability
Eyeing the Q Electric Scooter

Dutch design studio Smool, which introduced an interesting television prototype that we showcased on this site earlier this year, has created an electric scooter concept for Amsterdam-based bicycle and scooter brand QWIC. Called The Q, the lightweight scooter is being billed as “sustainable, personal transport,” or a green alternative to — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Bermuda

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Wanderlust: Bermuda

The travel bug, we’re happy to say, needn’t always be assuaged by a journey to the earth’s far corners. Just 640 miles from the coast of North Carolina (and a mere 2.5 hour flight from the shores of New York City), Bermuda can do the job quite nicely, thank you. A — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Iceland

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Wanderlust: Iceland

Bitten as we are with the wanderlust bug, we thought the end of the work week was as good a time as any to kick off an occasional photographic series on places we’ve been, wish we’d been, or still hope to see. These photos of Iceland, taken recently by Olivia Rae James, stopped — Continue reading

Design Nirvana in Central Barcelona

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Design Nirvana in Central Barcelona

We’re utterly gobsmacked by these photos of El Palauet Living Barcelona, a luxury boutique hotel which takes the concept of “personalized service” to dizzying heights. Lucky (and well-heeled) guests who manage to score one of the hotel’s 6 roomy suites, located on the major thoroughfare of Passeig de Gràcia, have — Continue reading

John Lautner’s Desert Oasis

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Local + Travel
John Lautner's Desert Oasis

From Brussels to Dubai, hoteliers have capitalized on the Mid Century Modern craze by creating luxurious accommodations for design-savvy travelers eager to temporarily lose themselves in a blur of Eames and Nelson, Bertoia and Girard. But for serious students of design history, a rather more holistic experience awaits, thanks to — Continue reading

On Spanish Soil, Pooling Old and New

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
On Spanish Soil, Pooling Old and New

The Spanish island of Formentera is the setting of this ravishing pool and deck design, recently completed by architect Marià Castelló Martínez. Created to visually and literally connect two century-old houses, the exceedingly reductive design seeks to be a visual counterpoint to the ubiquitous rugged stone which characterizes the island’s — Continue reading

Portugal’s Umbrella Art

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Portugal's Umbrella Art

Oh to be in Águeda, Portugal! For the second July in a row, an installation comprised of hundreds of colorful umbrellas is gracing the skies above its shopping district, and we’re nothing if not jealous. Local production company SextaFeira Produções conceived of and installed the beguiling Umbrella Sky project last — Continue reading

Vancouver, By Any Name

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Vancouver, By Any Name

Chicago is windy, Pittsburgh is steely, and New York never sleeps. But Vancouver, it turns out, has a great many defining characteristics. By Any Other Name is a poster exhibition (seen here, on display at Waterfront Station, the city’s major public transit terminal) conceived of and curated by the Vancouver — Continue reading

Monochrome Globes from Japan’s Drill Design

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
 Monochrome Globes from Japan's Drill Design

Adding a contemporary spin to traditional orb globes is this faceted Blank Globe, part of the Geografica series of paper globes by Japan’s Drill Design. Sold in a flat pack, the lightweight cardboard design is easy to assemble and, when assembled, tilts at the exact angle (23.4 degrees) of the — Continue reading