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”
With the holidays just around the corner, we’ve compiled a collection of intriguing new products that make excellent presents for all your frequently flying loved ones. Or better yet, just treat yourself, and spend the coming year traveling in style. Continue reading “Gift ideas for the travel addict”
With autumn just around the corner (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), we’ve asked our friends over at HarperCollins in New York to recommend a few good new reads to curl up with this fall. From suspenseful new novels that will keep you guessing until the final page, through nonfiction works documenting the sartorial choices of great writers or contemporary movements in the world of design, we think there’s something here for just about everyone.
CAROLINE by SARAH MILLER
In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books. Continue reading “Five new books you should know about”
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.
Continue reading “Our team runs for Cucula”
Not content resting on its legendary laurels, Les Bains in Paris has launched an e-commerce shop, as well as the brick and mortar concept store, La Boutique Les Bains. More than simply a hotel, the new incarnation of Les Bains has established itself in the French capital as a social hub where international innovators, creatives, and artists come together. First created in 1885, Les Bains Guerbois fast became the most renowned and prestigious private bathhouse, and reached iconic status in the 70’s as the famed club Les Bains Douches. With the new retail additions, this cultural destination has cemented its reputation as a modern-day lifestyle temple. Ooooh la la! Continue reading “Lifestyle Temple Les Bains”
In the fully redesigned 2017 issue of our annual Directions Magazine, we asked four of our favorite artists, thinkers and influencers to send us a memento from their travels and to tell us how it reminds them of a meaningful experience. Here’s an excerpt, featuring James O’Reilly, co-founder of innovative workspace collective NeueHouse. Continue reading “What’s in an object?”