Gilles & Baissier | Villa Bakhea, Biarritz

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Architects Gilles & Boissier modernized this house in Biarritz, while preserving and respecting the house's history and personality. They called it Bakhea, which means peace.  The home was built in 1902 by the Duke of Tamales, nephew of the king of Spain. The architecture is in the French Basque style but also has British and Spanish influences, since its owner had married an English aristocrat descendant of Mary Stuart. The home fell into neglect until the most recent home owners decided to give it new life. They hired the architecture and design firm Dorothee Bossier and Patrick … [Read more...]

Greetings From | The Asbury Hotel

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The revival of Asbury Park, a storied beach town with rock and roll history and greaser vibes has been talked about for at least 2 decades. With the opening of  The Asbury, the first new hotel to be built in the town in over a 60 years, one can't help but feel that the revival is finally here! They call it Brooklyn at the shore... There is a thriving arts scene, surf scene, gay scene, foodie seen, design and vintage shops popping up all over, and as much plywood and concrete and scando furniture as one could possibly wish for. I love it. I love every minute of every day of it. The Asbury is … [Read more...]

MONTAUK | Summer Camp at Ruschmeyer’s.

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There is nothing quite like an East Coast American Summer. Hot, humid and campy, the summer starts with a quickly mounting frenzy. After the 4th, it tapers into a languid July but by the end of August the coast is pulsing with a feverish unbridled joy. Some of my friends that moved to California tell me how much they miss the excitement of East Coast summers.  Last August, in the last week before school started, we went out to Ruschmeyer's hotel in Montauk for a week. The hotel is a converted summer camp, and its like stepping into a Wes Anderson movie. Think Moonrise Kingdom meets The Life … [Read more...]

DESIGN HOTEL | Soho’s 11 Howard

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The newly opened 11 Howard Hotel in Soho is a Scandinavian design wonderland. It's on my very short list of hotels I have to visit this week, as in, it's the only one. It was designed by designed by Danish studio Space Copenhagen, and there are art works tucked away in every corner. Hotel owner and art collector Aby Rosen curated works, many of them local, for every aspect of 11 Howard. The hotel features one of Calder's last mobiles ever,  a neon art piece by Dan Attoe, its own arts and co-working space, The Library, the work of photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, commissioned ceramics by Katie … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo

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Suffice to say this may be the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been in. Monsieur Bleu, the restaurant in the Palais De Tokyo (It's kind of hard to find as there are two other eateries on site. This one is on the Avenue de New York, on the river, around the corner from the entrance to the Palais.) French architect Joseph Dirand envisioned and shaped the space around a fictional character, Monsieur Bleu. Elegant and cultivated, mysterious and suave, Monsieur Bleu is a true bourgeois gentleman, artist, gastronome and dandy that lives simultaneously within and outside the codes of the … [Read more...]