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...]

Merci – The Ultimate General Store.

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In Paris, literally every store is a "concept store" meaning they don't just sell you clothes, or food, or art. They sell you all of that, because they are selling you, essentially, yourself or who you want to be, or who you think you are. They are projecting at you the lifestyle you wish to attain, in a multifaceted way, and as such you as a consumer are powerless to resist! It worked on me, every freakin time. Books, dishes, the works, placemats, toys... everything in one place, curated just to my taste. Genius really. I wonder why there aren't more of these concept/general stores in … [Read more...]

DESIGN HOTEL | Les Bains Paris

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Back in 2014 I blogged about Les Bains Douches... Les Bains was a public bath house built in 1885, the Belle Epoch of Paris. It was a place where literary giants like Proust and other famous Parisians went to indulge. Cue 1978 when, amazingly, Les Bains was transformed into a club by then budding designer Philippe Starck, this was only his second job ever as designer! Starck kept the integrity of the original thermal baths- the mosaic tiles, and the baths as part of the decor. So freaking awesome. These are the raw photographs of the nightclub’s resident photographer, Foc Kahn. The ‘Belle … [Read more...]

Wanderlust | Courtney Velasco Shoots Vienna.

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Last month Courtney and her now fiancé Andreas (guys I'm a bridesmaid; we met on the internet!) went to Austria to visit... I begged Court to share some of her candid shots of Vienna with us. She has the most amazing eye. She sent me some photos and a little blurb about the city and shots.... Enjoy! Vienna is a city begging to be photographed. I haven't spent much time in Europe, and the first thing that struck me was how old and grand the architecture was. I knew going in that this city was so rich in culture and proud of its diversity in the arts and also culinarily. Every building is … [Read more...]