Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania

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With its lovely Baroque architecture, cobblestone alleyways, and hip bohemian enclaves, the Lithuanian capital makes an ideal city break, even more so when you realize it’s substantially cheaper than other European cities. Stroll along the charismatic streets of Old Town—a UNESCO cultural heritage site—and along the river into the creative hub of Užupis, known for the quirky fact that it boasts its very own constitution. Craft beer, castles, Soviet relics, and street art round out this ace destination, not to mention a flourishing hotel scene that includes, since the spring of 2018, the fantastic Hotel Pacai, a 17th-century mansion that has been transformed by a team of passionate local architects and designers into a bold, design-driven accommodation for the 21st century. And there’s never been a better time to visit, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence. Rejoice! Continue reading “Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania”

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

The evocative, lived-in spaces of rising duo Festen

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Before ever seeing Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay’s work, Valéry Grégo of Perseus, the group behind such standout hotels as Le Pigalle and Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, fell in love with their home. Within the high ceilings and floral, ornate moldings of their Haussmanian apartment in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement, the architects known as Festen retained a sense of Parisian tradition while embracing the strong geometries of modern and contemporary design: Michael Anastassiades’s minimalist Tube Chandelier, Harry Bertoia’s wiry, gridded side chairs, and Sori Yanagi’s quietly sculptural Butterfly Stool, to name but a few of their eye-catching pieces. Continue reading “The evocative, lived-in spaces of rising duo Festen”

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Cultivate inner gardens on the shores of Mykonos

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Any regular reader of this blog knows that we can’t get enough of San Giorgio Mykonos and its neighboring sister property, Scorpios, a modern-day agora boasting one of the island’s best cultural programs. But this season, San Giorgio and Scorpios, which are situated in walking distance along one of the most scenic stretches of the island’s coast, have added a phenomenal new collaborative program: Inner Gardens. Set at San Giorgio, Inner Gardens explores mind-body wisdom, creative expression, and positive transformation through a series of workshops, talks, and movement and meditation classes run by a collaborative community of various disciplines. Continue reading “Cultivate inner gardens on the shores of Mykonos”

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

A new video highlights Brazil’s indigenous culture

By now, readers of this blog are familiar with Further, Design Hotels’ experiment in immersive, conscientious hospitality that has taken place so far this year in New York’s Catskills region, Los Angeles, and the mountainous outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. We´re now thrilled to share the music video resulting from the Brazil event, which raised money for sustainable development and took place back in February at Chez Georges, a Brazilian Brutalist landmark high on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2018