Ben Pundole: “There’s an evolution happening”

For our third “Further Thoughts” installment, we heard from Ben Pundole, who, as the editor in chief of the online travel magazine A Hotel Life and vice president of brand experience at Edition Hotels by Ian Schrager and Marriott, is an influential figure in the contemporary travel industry. In the 2018 Transformation Issue of Directions, he spoke about his own recent personal evolution and how his rising sense of awareness has led him to make important changes across his working life. Continue reading “Ben Pundole: “There’s an evolution happening””

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Nicolas Schuybroek, Belgium’s master of minimalism

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Eons ago, the theory goes, back when human beings first began planning structures, the buildings they designed were of two types. There were houses, to satisfy everyday needs, and there were temples, to satisfy the need for something beyond the everyday. In both cases, the function of architecture was to nurture culture by uniting souls, joining families and congregations into societies and states. Continue reading “Nicolas Schuybroek, Belgium’s master of minimalism”

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The spa is dead. Long live the new wellness.

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On my first morning at Eremito, I woke up with the sunrise and listened to the silence until my ears began to ring. Was my brain rebelling against the quiet? No, I decided: it was the sound of my own listening—a sound I had not heard in a very long time. I live in a big city, with cars and rowdy bars and perpetual construction. My workdays are a losing battle against the Internet’s carnival of distraction. And in my free time, whenever I feel the creep of boredom, I do the same thing as everybody else: I fiddle with my phone. Continue reading “The spa is dead. Long live the new wellness.”

Sunday, March 25th, 2018