‘Slow and easy’ might well be the motto of MyHotels. Though it launched in 1999, the UK-based group has only just added a third hotel in Chelsea to its small stable of boutique properties in Bloomsbury and Brighton. The newcomer is an especially handsome charmer. Inspired by Chelsea’s gardens and famous annual flower show, Design House Liberty has infused the interiors of a well-preserved Victorian pile with a distinctive botanical mood.
Michel Penneman, the architect behind the success of Brussels hotels such as Pantone and Yadoya, adds a more subtle hospitality concept to his name with the new Hygge hotel located just behind the high-end shopping area of Louiza. Electing to sacrifice the number of hotel rooms for more sizeable communal spaces, Penneman, together with the Everland group, has created an atmosphere that reflects the fashionable concept of hygge – a Danish word that denotes the conscious creation of cosy environments in order to cultivate well being. ‘We created a universe conducive to relaxation, well-being and comfort, punctuated by creations of Scandinavian designers,’ says Penneman, alluding to the furniture that populates the lobby and breakfast area, as well as the rooms themselves. The well-equipped rooms boast walk-in showers and blue-and-white bathroom tiling that adds personality. There’s a simple but comprehensive breakfast, served in a space furnished with typical…
What do you get when you combine one successful urban experiment, 19 cities from around the world, and 19 sustainability conscious mayors? Reinventing Cities is a global initiative that invites architects to explore different ways of tackling the challenges of climate change and urban density through creatively reimagining neglected parts of our cities. This is an unprecedented international competition ‘to stimulate sustainable development and to celebrate innovative solutions to environmental and urban challenges’, explain the organisers behind it, C40, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.
‘Every piece has its own story: what did I mean to do? What do I want it to tell you
To capitalise on Hamburg’s abundant urban greenery, it seemed only natural that Jan Störmer would conceive The Fontenay as a ‘hotel in the park’. Guided by the idea of three interlocking circles, the locally based architect has created a building that ebbs and flows with the surroundings – the façade is both concave and convex to create internal spaces that narrow and open up unexpectedly around a 27m high atrium. Every one of the 130 rooms, which include 17 suites, faces outwards. These, the Berlin-based interior designer Christian Meinert has painted in natural shades of beige, green onyx, turquoise and blues.
From the roof tiles and walls to the pebbles that fill the courtyard, one colour takes centre stage at Issey Miyake’s new Kyoto store in a subtle myriad of shades: grey.
From hybrid supercars to hi-tech campervans, Germany is pushing auto innovation into top gear. Think AI dashboards, pure electric ideals and cult concept hits
From a capsule hotel in a remote part of southern Russia to ski safaris at Megève’s Four Seasons property, and a hipster hotel in a Marcel Breuer designed building, we take you on a tour of the most eye-catching ski lodges to check into now.
If only the walls could talk at The Setai, a property that’s been accommodating people for the last millennia.