What’s in an object?


In the fully redesigned 2017 issue of our annual Directions Magazine, we asked four of our favorite artists, thinkers and influencers to send us a memento from their travels and to tell us how it reminds them of a meaningful experience. Here’s an excerpt, featuring  James O’Reilly, co-founder of innovative workspace collective NeueHouse.

James O’Reilly, NeueHouse

“I received this leather laptop folio from my parents on a trip back to my hometown of Dublin. It keeps them top of mind, which is a nice comfort, given that I live in New York many miles from home. Beyond the emotional connection I have to it, it resonates on a deeper level in the context of a world so saturated by technology, which often feels cold, sterile, and all too precise. 

“This memento represents an analogue age, displaying the warm blemishes of use — the patina of time. Unlike the throwaway culture of fast fashion and the increased pace of obsolescence in technology, the pleasure of this tactile object actually improves over time. Perhaps just as curious is the inherent conflict, that while the wabi-sabi form of the folio speaks to its heritage and a different era, its function supports one of the most powerful tools of the information age.”


The fully redesigned Directions Magazine explores the evolution of travel through vivid editorial and visual content. Across 192 pages, you’ll find captivating articles on lifestyle, hospitality, design, and architecture, as well as our popular hotel locator, an at-a-glance tool that enables readers to navigate the entire global collection of Design Hotels™ properties. 

To read more, order a copy of Directions or receive it as a free gift with your purchase of the Design Hotels™ Book 2017. More info here.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017