Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag has built a reputation for bold, minimalist projects, distinguishing himself within Thailand’s ever-expanding hotel scene and beyond. From the 28th-floor office of his company, DBALP, on Bangkok’s Siam Square, he spearheads influential projects like the Naka Phuket, which sees him slotting simplistic spaces into a complex natural environment overlooking Thailand’s idyllic Kamala Bay. The design of the 94-room resort is site-specific, directly addressing the nuances of the terrain where nearly 100 rectangular villas composed of floor-to-ceiling glass walls protrude from the lush hillside. Continue reading “The bold, minimalist designs of Duangrit Bunnag”
Warsaw’s postwar architecture is fascinating. Its creators were given a near-completely destroyed city and were given a chance to try something new, something important. Such was the birth of massive embodiments of socio-realist doctrine, like the Hotel MDM or the Palace of Culture and Science, that were injected with everything from prewar modernism to Corbusier’s ideas about housing estates. Continue reading “Revisiting Warsaw’s remarkable postwar monuments”
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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Few travel as widely or often as a touring DJ, traversing the globe between festivals, clubs, and parties. With this in mind, the German photographer Linus Dessecker, together with Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate and the Cosmo Hotel (a favorite crash pad for visiting DJs) posed the same seven travel-related questions to some of today’s top beat-makers, selectors, and producers, whom he also photographed. The resulting material was released in a slick volume titled Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017. We’ll be excerpting the book over the coming months, beginning now with German techno producer DJ Koze, Dutch-Cameroonian house denizen William Kouam Djoko, and Finnish eclecticist Trevor Deep Jr.
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There is an old German saying, “He who doesn’t dare, doesn’t win.” It could be said that Armin Fischer’s most courageous professional move came when he entered a competition in 2003 to design the debut 25Hours Hotel. Not only did he dare—he won! This one-time cabinetmaker from the small German city of Augsburg had come fully of age as a world-class designer, launching his studio, Dreimeta, following the victory. And should anyone doubt Fischer’s place on design’s main stage, he need only step inside the playful, quirky, intentionally hyperbolic 25Hours Hotel Hamburg Number One. The bright, youthful vibe that runs through the entire 25Hour’s brand DNA owes much to Fischer’s signature style here.
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For our fourth print installment of “Further Thoughts,” we heard from Chris Sanderson, co-founder and CEO of The Future Laboratory, a world-leading strategic foresight consultancy specializing in trends intelligence, strategic research, and innovation strategy. The dark clouds over political and economic discourse at the present moment, he says, have an unseen silver lining. Continue reading “Chris Sanderson of the Future Laboratory
on the brighter side of Brexit”