Secrets of a master mixologist, Tokyo’s Ryuichi Saito

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If you find yourself in Tokyo’s hyper fashionable Shibuya neighborhood and in need of a stiff drink, discerning locals will very likely send you to the lounge bar of the Trunk (Hotel), helmed by Ryuichi Saito, considered one of the best mixologists in the world. Ryuichi’s creative concoctions, like “Getting Trunk,” a sublime fusion of Ogasawara rum and Hojicha tea, accented with almonds and delicate spices, or the “Breakfast Whisky Sour,” an homage to an English breakfast made from Dewar’s whisky, Earl Gray, lemon, egg whites, vanilla bitters, and orange, have brought him wide recognition and numerous bartending awards.

On October 18, Singapore will be treated to a taste of Tokyo when Ryuichi takes over The Warehouse Hotel bar, pouring some of his boldest creations for the city’s cocktail enthusiasts. In anticipation of this special collaboration between two Design Hotels, we caught up with Ryuichi to find out more about where he finds inspiration. Continue reading “Secrets of a master mixologist, Tokyo’s Ryuichi Saito”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Five mind-blowing futuristic hotel designs

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Anyone interested in how big ideas and new technologies in the travel sector will transform the guest experience in the near (and distant) future should pay close attention to the upcoming Radical Innovation Awards. Now in its 12th annual edition, the competition and year-round community challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality. Earlier this fall, the organization announced three finalists, which will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City on Wednesday, October 3, after which a live audience will vote to determine the grand-prize winner of $10,000 and the runner-up prize of $5,000. All of the finalists will have an opportunity to meet industry experts who can help further their concept. Check out the 2018 finalists and honorable mentions below, and click here to RSVP to the live event.

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Sunday, September 30th, 2018

A Copenhagen event looks to the future of travel

We’ve shared the story of our history. Now join us to find out what’s next for the travel industry. In celebration of 25 years of Design Hotels, we’re hosting an exclusive Trend Briefing on October 12 in Copenhagen together with our friends from The FutureLaboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy. Continue reading “A Copenhagen event looks to the future of travel”

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

A new video highlights Brazil’s indigenous culture

By now, readers of this blog are familiar with Further, Design Hotels’ experiment in immersive, conscientious hospitality that has taken place so far this year in New York’s Catskills region, Los Angeles, and the mountainous outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. We´re now thrilled to share the music video resulting from the Brazil event, which raised money for sustainable development and took place back in February at Chez Georges, a Brazilian Brutalist landmark high on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Claus Sendlinger on designing for the modern world

Check out this new interview clip with Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger that we shot last month in New York City in connection with the launch of Further Thoughts, our talk series with NeueHouse and Surface Magazine. Our first installment was a major success, filling up completely for a fascinating discussion between three thought-leaders in lifestyle, design, and hospitality: Sendlinger, world renowned trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, and Spencer Bailey, editor in chief of Surface Magazine.

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018