The color-saturated vision of the “Andean Warhol”

“Cabeza XI” – Fabric sculpture.

“The temperature in these deserts is so high, that the colors express themselves in a very different way than anywhere else on the planet.”
– Gastón Ugalde

Designed to be a live-in art gallery, the beautiful 53-room Atix Hotel in La Paz, is known to many not merely as Bolivia’s first Design Hotels™ member, but as a crucial exhibition space for the country’s most important living artist, Gastón Ugalde, a video art pioneer whose 50-year career has helped change the face of Latin American art. Known as the “Andean Warhol,” Ugalde’s work includes performance, painting, sculpture, installation land-art, and photography, but the Konex Award winner is probably best known for his photographic works set against the Salar de Uyuni landscape, some of which are featured in the video below. Continue reading “The color-saturated vision of the “Andean Warhol””

Monday, October 16th, 2017

When is a hotel more than a hotel?


Bent on challenging our relationship with and consumption of objects, ‘Utility Wear’ has a fascinating historical backdrop.

Back in August, we shared a series of short films created by the amazing Hotel Hotel, a three-level sustainable “vertical village” in Canberra, Australia that includes a cinema, independent book and pop-up stores, music, and local cafés and bars, not to mention, yes, a hotel. But Hotel Hotel prides itself on being, not only a physical place, but “a vessel for ongoing artistic and cultural creation” through its various projects, events, and programs in the arts. Continue reading “When is a hotel more than a hotel?”

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The future (of hospitality) is female

At least that’s the conclusion you’d reach based on many of the extraordinary independent hotels that make up the handpicked global Design Hotels™ collection. From London to Taiwan, the shores of Greece to the American South, these four amazing women are changing the face of hospitality.


Seija Ojanpera

The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga, United States

Road tripping around the U.S. on childhood holidays led Seija Ojanpera to develop a precocious interest in interior design, art, and the way both come together to shape the experience of a hotel—a fascination that would eventually play a leading role in the creation of her first boutique property, The Dwell Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Continue reading “The future (of hospitality) is female”

Sunday, September 24th, 2017