From swirling marble and avant-garde tile formations to optical illusions and cheeky references to the busts of antiquity, ingenious original stonework is finding its way into the brilliant interiors of today. Continue reading “Welcome to the stone age”
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled some of the most opulent, elegant bathtubs in our 300-hotel global collection. So as winter sets in (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), let this serve as inspiration to soak. Continue reading “Around the world in eight spectacular bathtubs”
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.
Continue reading “Watch collage artist Nakrob Moonmanas at work”
In recent years, designers are increasingly returning to older craft traditions and working disused and antique pieces into contemporary interiors. The result is a revival of artisanship and history that bridges past and present. Continue reading “Newer doesn’t necessarily mean better”
Some of today’s most exciting hotels function as live-in galleries, exhibiting commissioned and acquired installations and sculptural pieces by major contemporary artists. While their works run the gamut, many evoke a futurist vision of space-age forms, neon deities, and artifacts from the beyond. Continue reading “Installations from outer space”
Ian Schrager and Phillippe Starck are often credited as the forefathers of the boutique hotel movement, but the first design-driven hotel was actually the fruit of a different collaboration, between the Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen and the furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen, who were tasked between 1956 and 1960 with the creation of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Commissioned by Scandinavian Airlines to create a Danish design showcase to welcome foreign visitors, Jacobsen designed every aspect of the hotel, from the grey glass façade down to the stainless-steel cutlery in the restaurant. Continue reading “The iconic chairs of Arne Jacobsen, 60 years on”