Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort on the future of design


For our “Further Thoughts” series in the 2018 edition of Directions, we asked six of our favorite opinion leaders in media, the arts, travel, design, and food, to reflect on the current transformative movements bringing us into the future. In our first instalment, we spoke to Lidewij “Li” Edelkoort, one of the world’s most influential trend forecasters and Dean of Hybrid Design at The New School in New York, who is perhaps best known for her “Anti-Fashion Manifesto,” which sent shock waves through the design world. The following is excerpted from our conversation: Continue reading “Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort on the future of design”

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The iconic chairs of Arne Jacobsen,
60 years on


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”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Soaring ‘rough luxury’ on the cliffs of southern Bali


There’s a new reason to visit Bali’s fabled southern peninsula, one of the world’s most renowned surf spots. The newly opened Suarga Padang Padang is a masterwork of Balinese architecture, a soaring ‘rough-luxury’ complex of stilted wooden structures shaded by sculpted bamboo-shingled roofs perched on dramatic limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Continue reading “Soaring ‘rough luxury’ on the cliffs of southern Bali”

Sunday, February 18th, 2018