The future (of hospitality) is female

At least that’s the conclusion you’d reach based on many of the extraordinary independent hotels that make up the handpicked global Design Hotels™ collection. From London to Taiwan, the shores of Greece to the American South, these four amazing women are changing the face of hospitality.

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Seija Ojanpera

The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga, United States

Road tripping around the U.S. on childhood holidays led Seija Ojanpera to develop a precocious interest in interior design, art, and the way both come together to shape the experience of a hotel—a fascination that would eventually play a leading role in the creation of her first boutique property, The Dwell Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Continue reading “The future (of hospitality) is female”

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Concentrate on how it feels: Helsinki’s Andrea

Back in March, we posted a first sneak peek of Helsinki’s Hotel St. George, set to open in February 2018, where we told you a bit about the hotel’s art program and street-facing gallery, which will feature a large-scale sculpture by the iconic Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  Now we’re ready to reveal the next chapter in the story: Restaurant Andrea.

Situated on the Lönnrotinkatu side of the landmark building housing Hotel St. George, the street-level Andrea will offer “fascinating taste encounters” dreamed up by its Finnish-Turkish chef duo, Antto Melasniemi and Mehmet Gürs, both superstars in their respective culinary scenes. Continue reading “Concentrate on how it feels: Helsinki’s Andrea”

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Curagenda’s insider guide to fall’s major art fairs

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Damien Hirst, “Demon with Bowl” (exhibition enlargement).
Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/SIAE 2017.

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From Frieze to FIAC, Venice to Miami, we’re all about autumn’s major art fairs and biennials. But like all but the savviest insiders, we find it tough to sort through the myriad cultural offerings, see the best art, and make it to the best parties. Continue reading “Curagenda’s insider guide to fall’s major art fairs”

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Sneak Peek: Hotel Emiliano

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León, located 400 miles northwest of Mexico City in the state of Guanajuato, is largely better known to visitors as a transport hub than as a tourist attraction, due both to its industrial character and its inland setting—its roughly as far from the Pacific as it is from the Caribbean. Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Hotel Emiliano”

Sunday, September 10th, 2017