Georgia Rising: A Journey into the Caucasus




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.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

23 Chefs. 31 Michelin Stars. 4 Amazing Dinners.


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.”

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

How do the world’s top DJs travel?


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.

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

The beautifully imperfect designs of Dreimeta


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.

To create Urban Jungle—a bungalow set in the heart of the Augsburg city landscape—Fischer took great care to craft a decor that stylistically blends contemporary urbanity with the expansive flowing feel one might expect to find in a country house.

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Sunday, May 27th, 2018

A brilliant hotel for Göttingen’s new culture quarter


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.

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Chris Sanderson of the Future Laboratory
on the brighter side of Brexit


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”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018