Stone, brick, iron, concrete—the building blocks of monumental architecture are strong, but they’re losing ground to a material with a softer side.
The desire for charm, for authenticity, has led hoteliers to repurpose anything from centuries-old churches to historic townhomes, giving travellers what they travel to experience: a deeper connection to the locale.
The idea sounds a bit nonsensical: buildings informed by boats. Yet lyrical architects have, for over a century, channelled the maritime aesthetic into landlocked architecture. After all, in hospitality, transportive design is a desired luxury.
Camping (or lately, glamping) has long connected travellers with remote destinations, but another solution, the geodesic dome, is popping up to push boundaries even further. But the design behind these domes is nothing new.
A handful of designers have recontextualized these spiritual spaces for secular indulgence. Here are just a few ancient sanctums transformed into accommodation by modern high design.
Atelier Ace, the team behind Ace Hotels, is getting behind a new brand of R&R at Sister City—here, guests rest and recharge.
In Manhattan’s East Village neighbourhood, the Mediterranean newcomer Lamia’s Fish Market conjures the ebb and flow of the sea.
Nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Dunton Town House offers lowkey luxury steps away from the slopes.
It was here that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s romance first sparked.
No matter where you go in Israel, luxury accommodations and spellbinding natural wonders are not far off.
Progressive in spirit and alive with Mediterranean vivacity, Israel’s coastal city buzzes with a creative, relaxed energy—with plenty of room for R&R.
Life is an adventure—and Black Bear Brand produces the type of well-made menswear that can go along for the ride.
Paris has one of the shortest supplies of green space—but its vibrant spirit is getting a fresh lift.
For keen Francophiles, booking a Parisian pied-à-terre—specifically a penthouse—is an alliterative dream.
Expect more than ivy and aloe vera; many modern plant shops are on the lookout for fringe varietals.
Good Thing is a Brooklyn-based collective founded on the conviction that even the most basic objects can be made beautiful.
Earthy yet clean, bold but bright, it’s the type of tequila you won’t find in the shadows of a nightclub.
The waterfront Brooklyn neighbourhood wasn’t much of a destination a decade ago, yet now bustles with weekend crowds along the East River.
Should you find yourself in Tokyo, and in need of a break, here are a few places to unwind.
Skip over Western-style accommodations in favour of boutique hotels with local charm. Here, four of the best.
If you arrive in Kyoto by way of Tokyo expecting a change of pace, readjust your assumptions. To see the former Imperial capital’s many highlights in just a couple days, one must be expeditious.
Backpacking, yes. Roughing it? Not at all.
A Canadian-owned minimalist health tonic shop in Hollywood, California.
It may seem far-fetched that an item designed for one’s tush might also look handsome hung on a wall, but Yuka Wakamatsu’s hand-woven chair mats are truly just that: multipurpose.
The Philadelphia hotel and restaurant welcomes guests with award-winning food and tailored decor.
At the heart of any Mardi Gras celebration, alongside deliriously gaudy, bead-spewing parade floats, one will find the King Cake, a chintzy confection celebrants go crazy (crazier?) for.
Luxury resorts are combining two of life’s greatest pleasures—food and travel—by offering hands-on cooking classes.
One size may fit all, but that doesn’t mean all hotel robes are created equal.
Though an undeniable statement piece, this smartwatch isn’t for show—it’s one for the bumpy road.
Chairs imitate bodies—from their arms to their backs, legs, and feet. But those bodies need not always be human—sometimes, the muse is an animal; an insect.
Surely, you’d like to remember what you ate.
Dashing through the snow is all the more, well, dashing, when one partakes in a sleigh ride amid perfectly exquisite scenery (with a warm drink in mitten-clad hand).