No city has been more central to the development of contemporary design than Copenhagen. The hometown, not only of hygge, but of midcentury masters like Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, and Arne Jacobsen, the Danish capital was an important launchpad for an aesthetic featuring clean lines, functional furnishings, and a neutral palette, that today is inextricable from our idea of modernism. The Copenhagen of today is still a seedbed, nurturing a new generation of forward-thinking designers creating the brilliant spaces of tomorrow. Here are five standouts that every lover of design should know. Continue reading “Five companies remaking Danish design”
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”
One of Warsaw’s most unique features, milk bars, or bar mleczny, emerged at the end of the 19th century and thrived during Soviet times, largely thanks to hefty state subsidies, as a no-frills, egalitarian, very Polish breed of cafeteria. Serving good, home-cooked meals for just a few zlotych, milk bars typically had menus based around dairy items, but they served other, non-dairy traditional Polish dishes as well. Sadly, less than 150 milk bars exist across the country today, down from 40,000 in their heyday, but those that remain are well worth a visit. Continue reading “Explore Warsaw’s enigmatic, last-surviving milk bars”
This month, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of several new destinations to our global collection. We can’t share all the details quite yet, but two new countries will be added to the map: Chile and Mozambique, both home to remarkable beach properties soon to join our portfolio. We will also add new hotels in Jamaica and New York’s Catskills region. Finally, we’re thrilled to welcome two new phenomenal Chinese retreats, both works by celebrated architects set among the lush hinterlands of rural eastern China.
Watch this space for all the details on these properties and much more…
With its lovely Baroque architecture, cobblestone alleyways, and hip bohemian enclaves, the Lithuanian capital makes an ideal city break, even more so when you realize it’s substantially cheaper than other European cities. Stroll along the charismatic streets of Old Town—a UNESCO cultural heritage site—and along the river into the creative hub of Užupis, known for the quirky fact that it boasts its very own constitution. Craft beer, castles, Soviet relics, and street art round out this ace destination, not to mention a flourishing hotel scene that includes, since the spring of 2018, the fantastic Hotel Pacai, a 17th-century mansion that has been transformed by a team of passionate local architects and designers into a bold, design-driven accommodation for the 21st century. And there’s never been a better time to visit, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence. Rejoice! Continue reading “Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania”
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”