How Swedish house producer Axel Boman travels

Our latest excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, poses seven travel-related questions to Axel Boman, the Swedish house DJ and producer who broke out in 2010 with the epic screw house anthem “Purple Drank,” released on DJ Koze’s Pampa Records imprint. He launched his own label, Studio Barnhus, the same year with Petter (Border Community) and Kornel Kovacs. Since then, he’s produced remixes for artists like John Talabot and Harald Bjork and toured extensively. Continue reading “How Swedish house producer Axel Boman travels”

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

The ‘high organic’ style of Sweden’s Gert Wingårdh

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One of Sweden’s most celebrated contemporary architects, Gert Wingårdh has gained a passionate following for his self-described “high organic” architectural style, combining high-tech with organic architecture and helping to pull Scandinavian design out of its late-20th-century Functionalist slump. Though he’s known internationally for his work on iconic structures like the Swedish embassies in Washington and Berlin, his most important works are predominantly in his native Sweden. He’s won the prestigious Kasper Salin Prize five times—for works in Lerum and Mölndal. With Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, the company’s first property outside of Sweden, Wingårdh stepped effortlessly into the world of hospitality, transforming the historic landmark building in Nils Brocks Gade into a cutting-edge contemporary luxury hotel that melds Danish classicism with an update on Wingårdh’s ultimate role model, Le Corbusier. Continue reading “The ‘high organic’ style of Sweden’s Gert Wingårdh”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

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

How New York club staple Kim Ann Foxman travels

Our latest excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, poses seven travel-related questions to Kim Ann Foxman, the Hercules & Love Affair vocalist and a key figure in New York’s house and techno scene. Born in Hawaii, Kim Ann Foxman now tours the world regularly playing top gigs and festivals. In addition to her prolific career as a DJ and producer, Foxman is a natural trendsetter who has represented brands like Gucci, Dior Homme, Prada, and Adidas. Continue reading “How New York club staple Kim Ann Foxman travels”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

The evocative, lived-in spaces of rising duo Festen

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Before ever seeing Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay’s work, Valéry Grégo of Perseus, the group behind such standout hotels as Le Pigalle and Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, fell in love with their home. Within the high ceilings and floral, ornate moldings of their Haussmanian apartment in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement, the architects known as Festen retained a sense of Parisian tradition while embracing the strong geometries of modern and contemporary design: Michael Anastassiades’s minimalist Tube Chandelier, Harry Bertoia’s wiry, gridded side chairs, and Sori Yanagi’s quietly sculptural Butterfly Stool, to name but a few of their eye-catching pieces. Continue reading “The evocative, lived-in spaces of rising duo Festen”

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018