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Cape Town’s masterclass in creative collaboration

While most might be able to find the second most populous city in South Africa on a map, it is also home to delights that can be a little less obvious to those not in the know.

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Wabi-sabi: an imperfect guide to Japan

As we assess all that we’ve taken for granted this year, we found that travel is high on that list. We are dreaming about traveling through Japan but find that it’s also become important to ask how and why. Inspired by the unique Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, we decided to peer into this captivating land through this special lens.

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A modern take on modernism

Close your eyes for a moment; conjure an image of Greece—Athens to be precise.

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Santorini’s volcanic personality

Sun-bleached, low-set houses frame intriguing narrow streets before opening onto breathtaking views that often open—quite suddenly—onto crystal-clear waters…. This is the unique destination of Santorini (officially known as Thera)—an island that today enchants those in search of both adventurous and minimalist living alike.

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Tropical modernism on the Emerald Coast

The new Aurea resort located in the Hacienda Iguana community in Tolas, Riva, Nicaragua is a lesson in how to minimize environmental impact and maximize connection with nature and the local way of life.

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The Design Diaries — Paola Navone

In her 40-plus years of work, Paola Navone has created a vast body of work that seeks to upgrade everyday objects, often with a side of whimsy.

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The Design Diaries – K-Studio

Looking at projects by K-Studio, one can’t help but be amazed by the energy of the light-filled spaces they design. Founded by Dimitris and Konstantinos Karampatakis, the studio creates this kinetic vigour by celebrating the history of the spaces, the architectural traditions of the location, and with a profound understanding of how light plays out in rooms.

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Swedish Bauhaus

Modern Scandinavian design has its roots in traditional crafts, but it owes much to the functionalism of the first half of the 20th century.

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The Design Diaries — Mårten Claesson

Some things are just meant to be. Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune started an architecture and design firm while still in college and two decades down the road, they haven’t looked back.

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Lisbon’s new breed of hotel

When it opens its doors in late spring this year, Hotel Hotel aims to answer the question of what is missing on the Lisbon hospitality scene.

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Japanese and Swedish aesthetics meet in Tokyo

Built in 1923 as a branch of the First National Bank of Japan by the renowned Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, K5 will straddle the East meets West divide when it opens its doors in Tokyo come February.

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Beyond Bilbao: Build it and they will come?

Think of Bilbao today. One of the first things that springs to mind is undoubtedly the Guggenheim Museum, but before Frank Gehry’s titanium-clad edifice graced the banks of the Nervion River in the late 1990s, the city’s shipbuilding industry was running aground and dry-docking the economy in the process.

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The many faces of our Originals

Over the years, we’ve learned that our Originals are individuals who push the very boundaries of hospitality. And they don’t fit neatly into any one category—just like their hotels.

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The Design Diaries — Peter Pichler

Peter Pichler is perhaps best known for his sustainable treehouses in the forest of the Italian Dolomites and their signature sharply pitched roofs.