How Boston’s crate-digging duo Soul Clap travels

In another excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, the crate-digging Boston DJ duo Soul Clap talks life behind the decks and on the road. Lauded for their all-vinyl sets, famously lasting upwards of six hours such as during the legendary DJ Kicks series, Soul Clap, a.k.a. Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein blend many shades of house with elements of funk, jazz, disco, and techno. Between their label, Soul Clap Records, and teaching the occasional college course, it’s clear Levine and Goldstein are dedicated to their craft. Continue reading “How Boston’s crate-digging duo Soul Clap travels”

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Silent knowledge in the Danish capital

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Back in October, the extended Design Hotels community gathered in Copenhagen for our annual Arena* conference, the best attended in the company’s history. Built around the theme of “Silent Knowledge,” it was especially meaningful because this year’s conference marked the 25th anniversary of Design Hotels, a benchmark on which we reflected in various ways throughout the week. Get-togethers took place at some of our favorite venues throughout the city, from the Glyptoteket museum to Nobis Hotel to Copenhagen Contemporary, the city’s newly reopened art space set within an industrial landmark on the edge of town. Continue reading “Silent knowledge in the Danish capital”

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Where to go in 2019

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It’s that time of year again! From the Zambezi River to the East China Sea, the Hudson Valley to Provence, we think these seven underrated travel destinations are primed for exploration in the coming year. So as 2018 draws to a close, here’s a bit of inspiration for the months ahead. Continue reading “Where to go in 2019”

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

A Thai Brutalist masterwork rises in lush Pattaya

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As the sun’s rays fall on the staggered cubed villa complex of Mason, interwoven by an abundance of tropical flora, you may find it hard to register that you are, in fact, on a beach in Thailand. Opening in early 2019, the ultramodern resort is yet another head-turning achievement by award-winning studio VaSLab, based in Bangkok, which is known for its angular Brutalist masterpieces juxtaposed with the lush setting of Thailand. Each of Mason’s 35 villas, positioned for first-class views of the stunning ocean backdrop, boasts a private pool, a spacious bathroom with an oversized bathtub, and a large sundeck terrace.  Continue reading “A Thai Brutalist masterwork rises in lush Pattaya”

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Watch collage artist Nakrob Moonmanas at work

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Back in May, we filled you in on The Storytellers, a new artists-in-residence program at The Library, a unique beachfront conceptual resort on Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui. After hosting the French painter Lucas Beaufort, the hotel recently welcomed its second Storyteller, Nakrob Moonmanas, a Bangkok-based collage artist and illustrator who is currently making waves in the local art scene. As the newest artist in residence to join the program, Moonmaras was awarded a round-trip ticket and four-night stay at The Library, a minimalist book-themed complex set within Koh Samui’s lush coastal landscape, where he will produce an original work to be featured in a group show with the other Storytellers in support of a local charity.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2018