For the two generations since the Aga Khan built it, the Cervo hotel has been a mainstay for Costa Smeralda’s well-heeled set who adore its colonial Spanish revival vibe and, especially, in-house restaurant, Il Pescatore. The latter – designed by Jacques Couelle as the port’s first fine dining restaurant – has just emerged from long-delayed face-lift courtesy of London-based studio Blacksheep, alongside a new moniker, Quattropasi al Pescatore. The brief may have been the classically vague ‘contemporary luxury’, but the result is a lighthearted, yet slick, take on a rustic fisherman’s adobe where a roof of roughly hewn bleached logs and planks rests on sinuous white washed walls, terracotta tiles, raw stone surfaces, and rattan pendant lamps.
Show apartments are rarely inspiring from a design perspective, but Helios 710, a three-bedroom duplex at Television Centre in London’s White City, is full of colour, texture and verve. The two-floor apartment in the Grade II-listed circular 1960s Helios building, is the first to be completed of ‘The Architects’ Series’ of premium and penthouse apartments at the mixed-use development in the former BBC headquarters.
Swedish lighting company Wästberg introduces a John Pawson-designed model to its latest collection Holocene that is inspired by a certain atmospheric temperature of light, Kura skymning. This is an old southern Swedish word that has no translation in English and is rarely used these days, even by Swedes. It refers to the short time between daylight and dusk, when it is too dark to work inside, yet not dark enough to justify burning precious fuel.
Whether it’s urban architecture or rural landscapes, Japan has long fascinated foreign photographers. Sealed off completely to the outside world during the Edo period (1603 – 1868) the country has retained its layers of enigma, impenetrable to those from abroad.
Tapping into the diverse energy of the city’s 10th arrondissement, Belleville’s new bolthole La Planque Hotel brings together the old and new Paris in a former sweet shop and apartment block just behind Avenue Parmentier.
Melbourne’s world-leading range of plant-based eatery options often crops-up in conversations around meat-free living.
Recently Hong Kong’s arts and culture centre Tai Kwun has seen a plethora of dining and bar spaces open, but few have made a splash quite like Aqua Group’s trio, which command a prime position over the top floor of the 170-year-old Police Headquarters. Local design and architecture firm AB Concept masters the tricky art of playing homage to a historic property without descending into theatrics
New York’s Independent Art Fair is making another return to bustling Brussels for a weekend of radical art overseen by guest curator Vincent Honoré. Shaking up the compartmentalised fair model, Independent favours a fluid blend of traditional work, live arts and a bounteous dose of design. Sixty galleries, museums, and non-profit organisations will congregate in the 50,000 sq ft, five-storey Vanderborght building with an emphasis on a communal ‘visitor experience’
In west London a disused petrol station has been renovated into an industrial style project space by architecture studio Liddicoat & Goldhill. Named ‘Elephant West’, the gallery is a physical manifestation of the visual culture publication Elephant. The space is a canvas for showcasing emerging artistic talent, ‘environmental takeovers’, immersive experiences and creative programming.
Bogotá’s Artbo fair recently closed its 14th edition, drawing more than 35,000 visitors to its showcase of 70 local and global galleries. While the government-backed event may not seem a likely choice for the creatively charged, strong direction from Colombian tour de force María Paz Gaviria ensures there’s plenty of reason to make the foray to the city’s Corferias convention centre