The iconic chairs of Arne Jacobsen, 60 years on

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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

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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

A new holistic marvel on the island of Mykonos

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Check out these beautiful images of the newly completed Myconian Avaton, set on a private section of one of the longest beaches on Mykonos, bookable now for stays beginning May 11. A showpiece on the famed Elia Beach, the property is defined by its stunning panoramic views and unique mix of traditional and modern Cycladic architecture, blending local stone with white walls and wooden windows. Sublime spa and wellness facilities complement 85 harmoniously designed rooms, suites, and villas, where modern and vintage furniture match the eternal spirit of the surroundings, and private pools and Jacuzzis abound. Continue reading “A new holistic marvel on the island of Mykonos”

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Unconventional Wisdom: The Making of St. George

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Mirkku Kullberg, creative director of the Hotel St. George. All images by Stephanie Füsenich.

It’s a clear day in September, and Mirkku Kullberg is looking out over Vanha kirkkopuisto, a leafy park in the center of Helsinki, from one of the luxury suite balconies of the still-unfinished Hotel St. George, a new ambitious property set to open its doors several months from now, in the first weeks of 2018. Continue reading “Unconventional Wisdom: The Making of St. George”

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018