About a year ago, we started collaborating with the phenomenal Berlin-based organization, Cucula, a workshop and educational program that teaches refugees to design and build furniture—much of it based on the modernist Autoprogettazione designs of Enzo Mari, who granted Cucula the rights to redesign and sell his work—while also providing general education, language assistance, and legal advice.
As June slides languidly into July, it’s time to take a look at that golden yearly ritual, the summer music festival. Whether you’re looking for a civilized, time-honored jazz gathering on the shores of Lake Geneva, or a down-and-dirty L.A. dance fest with a name so obscene we can only print the acronym, our essential guide to summer music festivals—with helpful hotel suggestions plucked from the curated global collection of Design Hotels™ properties—has a little something for everyone. Continue reading “Our essential guide to summer music festivals”
“I want our guests to experience exactly where they are in the world.” Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir, founder of Ion Hotels
Our favorite Icelandic escape, Ion Adventure Hotel in the country’s dramatic hinterlands, has just opened the doors of a new sister property in Reykjavik: Ion City Hotel, an 18-room boutique property with a design motif inspired by traditional Icelandic weaving. Clean lines, Icelandic art, and warm-hued wooden floors define luxuriously organic interiors. Continue reading “Welcome to Ion City”
Check out this trailer for a recent Original Experiences film, which follows a group of old friends who reunite at Hotel Skeppsholmen, set within a landmarked pair of pale-yellow 17th-century barracks on an island in central Stockholm that were built to house Sweden’s Royal Marines. The friends take a chartered boat ride through Stockholm’s maze of waterways and eventually dock on the banks of Lake Mälaren for an open-air picnic as their shared memories and old affections come flooding back. Visit the Original Experiences site to see the full video, and start planning your next reunion.
If you enjoyed our last Original Experiences film, set at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, you’ll love the sequel, so to speak, which was recently released online. Titled “Uncharted Territory,” the film follows the same group of friends as they explore Georgia’s transfixing capital, Tbilisi, home to Kazbegi’s sister property, Rooms Hotel Tbilisi. Continue reading “First Look: Uncharted Territory”