Architecture, Designers

The Bartlett School of Architecture’s new campus is inspiring a legion of budding designers

Far left, jacket, £595, by Gieves & Hawkes. Trousers, £750, by Orazio Luciano. Centre, jacket, £2,700; top, £450; trousers, £480, all by Dior Homme. Shoes, £420, by Lanvin. Far right, jacket, £595; jacket (worn underneath), £345, both by Richard James. Hair: Alexander Soltermann. Make-up: Maria Comparetto. Fashion assistants: Roberta Pinna, Marina Pamies. Photography assistant: Harry […]

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Architecture, Fashion World

Renaissance man: Gucci’s Alessandro Michele

The pre-amble to last nights Gucci Resort show included a journey through the marvels of renaissance Florence. Setting off with a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery, built in the mid-16th century for Cosimo I de’ Medici by architect Giorgio Vasari, this was a rare opportunity to see Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus unobstructed by the […]

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Architecture

ORA converting 16th-century property into a guesthouse

In transforming a 16th century-Czech Republic residence into this guesthouse, local studio ORA celebrated an assortment of original details including old plasterwork, semi-circular windows and stone steps. The Štajnhaus Guest House is located in the former Jewish quarter of Mikulov, a town in the Czech Republic’s South Moravian Region. The original property was built in the Czech Renaissance period – the […]

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Architecture

Peter Zumthor’s stilted Zinc Mine Museum photography by Aldo Amoretti

These new images of the Peter Zumthor-designed Zinc Mine Museum were taken by Barcelona-based photographer Aldo Amoretti during a winter trip to southern Norway. Zumthor designed a series of buildings for the site of the former Allmannajuvet zinc mines in Sauda, and they opened to the public for the first time in late 2016. Amoretti visited the museum during November […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco

Atlas Bar, Parkview Square, Singapore

On North Bridge Road in Singapore’s Bugis neighbourhood, the Parkview Square building has enjoyed a towering, iconic presence since its completion in 2002. The grand Art Deco inspired lobby bar was then called Divine Wine Extraordinaire and it boasted a massive wine tower and wine fairy that flew between the tiers. Now, the bar has […]

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Architecture, Fashion, Fashion World

Hermès in Tokyo

The love affair between Hermès and Japan is an old, passionate and faithful one. Like all great romances, it started innocently enough when, in 1911, Prince Kan’in Kotohito, the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese cavalry brigade, approached the esteemed French house to produce a bespoke set of harnesses for his trusty steed. Soon Hermès were supplying […]

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Architecture, Designers

Foster + Partners wins Jabal Omar Development Project competition in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners’ competition winning scheme for a new luxury hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Makkah has been revealed. Inspired by traditional Arab architecture, it’s design reinterprets the traditional dense building clusters, creating a new contemporary vernacular that respects its sacred location. Following the mountainous terrain, its cascading vertical elements form a […]

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Architecture

The Eiffel Tower, 15-Years Renovation

As the City of Light bids to hold the 2024 Olympic Games, its iconic landmark is getting a $318 million facelift. Here, a timeline of the monument’s makeovers throughout history. Everyone enjoys a little sprucing now and then, and the Eiffel Tower is no exception. The historic Parisian landmark is getting a $318 million facelift. […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco

A new meditation studio in Manhattan

There is a famous scene in “Eat, Pray, Love” where Elizabeth Gilbert (aka Julia Roberts) begins to practice meditation — and before she knows it, her mind is racing about how to plan her very own meditation room at home. Oh, haven’t we all been there. The thing is, you can’t really blame Gilbert, because […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco

How To Decorate Like a Parisian

One of the things that has intrigued me most since moving to Paris, besides the beautiful architecture, the fashion, and of course the food, is how Parisians decorate their homes. It’s a mix of old and new, traditional design offset by modern, and always very chic and stylish, just like their fashion sense. So here […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco, Designers

Robot 3 Studio designed Ramen hut

Robot 3 Studio designed a metal hut in Beijing with the size of only 52 square meters, kitchen excluded. The original ramen shop is adapted to a BBQ bar. It features a narrow space, with limited budget, in a poor location. Each ring road of Beijing is a rough division of social classes. The invisible […]

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Architecture, Design and Deco, Designers

Micro Hutong Designed by ZAO

Designed by ZAO in Beijing, Micro Hutong inherits the intimate scale of the traditional hutong, revitalizing its social condensing capabilities, while enhancing it with spatial improvements. The goal of this project, a 30 sqm hostel, is to search for possibilities of creating ultra-small scale social housing within the limitations of super-tight traditional hutong spaces of […]

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Architecture, Art+Culture

Carlo Scarpa and Japan

Not many places in Venice are conducive to contemplating the changing seasons. One of them is the garden of Palazzo Querini Stampalia, where Carlo Scarpa landscaped the slow rhythm of silence, measure and natural elements, all taken as architectural cues. His bent for turning problems into resources (water, for instance), pure geometric shapes, transformable surroundings, […]

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Architecture, Collector Covers, Photograhy

Albanian Star in Paris

After architecture school master degree and opportunities in Usa and Japan to work for an archistar Kengo Kuma, she was representing Albania in the contest of Miss World 2008 in South Africa, Johannesburg. She decided after to follow her dream of becoming an actress and move to Paris to pursue one of most the famous […]

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Architecture

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton

Is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet […]

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