For our fourth print installment of “Further Thoughts,” we heard from Chris Sanderson, co-founder and CEO of The Future Laboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy. The dark clouds over political and economic discourse at the present moment, he says, have an unseen silver lining. Continue reading “Chris Sanderson of the Future Laboratory
on the brighter side of Brexit”
The Library, a sophisticated complex of geometric cabins set amid the lush coastline of Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui, has a remarkable visual identity, from the video light boxes in the zen-minimalist rooms to the crimson-tiled swimming that looks out to the Gulf of Thailand in the shade of a massive old-growth tree. Fitting, then, that the hotel is lending support to visual artists through its new artists-in-residence program, The Storytellers, which provides four artists a round-trip ticket and four-night stay at the Library. The artists in residence, which will be announced as they arrive over the next months, will then produce original works and take part in a group show in December in support of a local charity.
Continue reading “French skate artist Lucas Beaufort brings his creature-filled acrylic paintings to Koh Samui”
Beginning this July, anyone visiting the Greek capital will have the chance to stay at a remarkable new boutique property, Perianth. Housed in an interwar modernist structure reshaped by the country’s hottest design firm, K-Studio, the hotel shares the space with the Zen Center Athens, a unique institution devoted to meditation, martial arts, yoga, and Eastern philosophy. Continue reading “A neo-modernist marvel in central Athens”
Crafting a great cocktail might sound like a simple undertaking, but any true connoisseur knows it’s a dauntingly complex endeavor. Taste is not merely enough. Master mixologists stir in a bit of history and geography at these unmissable hotel cocktail bars in Singapore, London, New Orleans, and beyond—and of course, a healthy sprinkling of the unexpected. If you’re not thirsty yet, read on—we promise you will be.
Continue reading “Six of the world’s most extraordinary cocktail bars
(that happen to be in hotels)”
We just received these under-construction images of The Hide, a remarkable new retreat opening its doors this December among the snow-capped peaks and valleys of Flims in the Graubünden canton of eastern Switzerland. An update on the classic Swiss chalet, the Hide is the latest bold creation of the Gothenburg-based, multi-award-winning design team of Stylt Trampoli, who recently gave us another Design Hotels member, Huus Gstaad. Incorporating natural materials and earth tones, The Hide’s design concept considers the dramatic natural surroundings, which are also ideal for skiing, hiking, and an array of other outdoor activities. Continue reading “A stunning alpine retreat rises in eastern Switzerland”
Is there a travel destination that you find yourself returning to again and again? Puerto Escondido, a world-renowned surfing destination on the Pacific coastline at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range, is just such a destination for the protagonist of our latest Original Experiences film, which just went live. Continue reading “What is it that keeps pulling me back here?”