It was after dark when we reached Tbilisi, the city a pour of shadow streaming past the windows of the car that carried us from the airport. Down Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main drag, building façades appeared like specters in flashes of streetlight: curving Renaissance Revival fronts, the domed and striped neo-Moorish edifice of the czarist-era Georgian National Opera Theater, rows of plane trees bending to an arch.
In 2016 the renowned Dutch chef Marco Westmaas opened Parc Broekhuizen, a culinary hotel (and soon-to-be Design Hotels property) housed in a remarkable castle on lush parklands near Utrecht. The following year it debuted Dinner at the Parc, bringing together some of the world’s most celebrated chefs for several days of cooking, dining and celebration on the gorgeous historical grounds.
Now the culinary event of the year is back, taking place for four days from June 15-18 at Parc Broekhuizen in collaboration with Design Hotels, with a spectacular culinary harvest that features master chefs from all corners of the world along with wine tastings, featuring a variation of unique Vins Naturels, orange wines and wines from Jerez, as well as an introduction to the top three rosé wines of the world. Continue reading “23 Chefs. 31 Michelin Stars. 4 Amazing Dinners.”
Few travel as widely or often as a touring DJ, traversing the globe between festivals, clubs, and parties. With this in mind, the German photographer Linus Dessecker, together with Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate and the Cosmo Hotel (a favorite crash pad for visiting DJs) posed the same seven travel-related questions to some of today’s top beat-makers, selectors, and producers, whom he also photographed. The resulting material was released in a slick volume titled Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017. We’ll be excerpting the book over the coming months, beginning now with German techno producer DJ Koze, Dutch-Cameroonian house denizen William Kouam Djoko, and Finnish eclecticist Trevor Deep Jr.
There is an old German saying, “He who doesn’t dare, doesn’t win.” It could be said that Armin Fischer’s most courageous professional move came when he entered a competition in 2003 to design the debut 25Hours Hotel. Not only did he dare—he won! This one-time cabinetmaker from the small German city of Augsburg had come fully of age as a world-class designer, launching his studio, Dreimeta, following the victory. And should anyone doubt Fischer’s place on design’s main stage, he need only step inside the playful, quirky, intentionally hyperbolic 25Hours Hotel Hamburg Number One. The bright, youthful vibe that runs through the entire 25Hour’s brand DNA owes much to Fischer’s signature style here.
A new culture quarter is emerging in the center of Göttingen, the German city best known for its historic university, one of Europe’s most iconic. Centered on Groner Tor, the district will incorporate Göttingen University’s Forum Wissen (Museum of Knowledge), when it opens in 2020, and this summer it will welcome Hotel Freigeist, a forward-thinking enclave of art, ideas, design, and hospitality.