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Luis Barragán's Casa Gilardi: A Modernist Masterpiece Rooted in Color

June 13, 2023 in Design & Décor

In the heart of Mexico City, amidst a vibrant cityscape, stands a modernist gem from the 1970s that continues to captivate architects and design enthusiasts alike - Casa Gilardi. Designed by Luis Barragán, a leading figure in modernist architecture and the only Mexican to win the Pritzker Prize, the house is a testament to Barragán's innovative approach to space, light, and most notably, color.

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La Muralla Roja: Ricardo Bofill's Postmodern Masterpiece

June 15, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Situated in the scenic town of Calpe, Spain, 'La Muralla Roja' - or 'The Red Wall' - stands as a mesmerizing symbol of postmodern architecture. Designed by the celebrated Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill in 1968, this residential complex represents a radical break from conventional design.

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The Architectural Genius of Hassan Ragab: Reviving Ancient Egyptian Building Techniques

June 17, 2023 in Design & Décor

Hassan Ragab, the Egyptian architect, engineer, and diplomat, is best remembered for his contributions to reviving ancient Egyptian techniques in modern architecture. Born in 1917, Ragab was known not only for his architectural prowess but also as a cultural entrepreneur. He led a rich and varied career, making lasting impacts in fields as diverse as architecture, cultural heritage preservation, and even agriculture.

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Norwegian Brand Holtzweiler Opens Boutique in Chengdu, Designed by Snøhetta

July 7, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

The Norwegian brand Holtzweiler has just opened a boutique in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. The fashion label tapped Snøhetta, a renowned Norwegian architectural firm, to create the store's distinct aesthetic.

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The Iconic Flame House of Dornach: A Testament to Rudolf Steiner's Vision

July 11, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

In the tranquil town of Dornach, Switzerland, an architectural marvel stands as a testament to the multifaceted genius of Rudolf Steiner. This building, known as the Flame House, was erected in 1914 and is as much a source of intrigue today as it was over a century ago.

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A Stunning Photoshoot of Neidpath Castle in Scotland

July 14, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Neidpath Castle, a fourteenth-century fortress nestled by the River Tweed in Scotland, takes center stage in a recent breathtaking photoshoot. The castle has a storied past, situated in a region that has been home to literary greats such as Walter Scott, John Buchan, and William Wordsworth. Notably, the enchanting landscapes surrounding the castle frequently found their way into the works of famed painter JMW Turner.

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Christian Kerez's Architectural Marvel: The House with One Wall

July 18, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Innovative architecture comes in many forms and none more intriguing than Christian Kerez's aptly named "House with One Wall".

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The Farnese Villa: A Canvas of Historical Grandeur

Aug. 5, 2023 in Arts & Culture

Situated in the heart of Italy, the Villa Farnese in Caprarola is an iconic emblem of Italian Renaissance architecture and design. However, it's not just the villa's architectural splendor that makes it a must-visit historical site; it is equally renowned for its richly decorated interior frescoes, presenting a visual narrative of the Farnese family's glory.

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Château La Coste Hosts "Pierre Paulin Program: Des idées courbes, Des formes libres" Exhibition

Aug. 13, 2023 in Design & Décor

In the scenic art park Château La Coste, located not far from Aix-en-Provence, France, a breathtaking exhibition called "Pierre Paulin Program: Des idées courbes, Des formes libres" has been set up. It offers a rare chance to witness the intersection of two artistic giants – the iconic French designer Pierre Paulin and the renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

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Giger Bar: The Biomechanical Wonderland Created by H. R. Giger

Aug. 14, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

The famous Swiss artist H. R. Giger, best known for his biomechanical artwork and contributions to the film "Alien," has brought his distinct style to life in a set of themed bars. Known as Giger Bar, these establishments immerse patrons in a unique environment that reflects the artist's signature aesthetic.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Unveils Its Grand Flagship Store in Seoul: A Five-Story Jewel Box

Aug. 14, 2023 in Design & Décor

Van Cleef & Arpels, the distinguished French jewelry house, has introduced its monumental flagship store in the heart of Seoul. Comprising five floors, the new space has been likened to a vast jewelry box, reflecting the luxury and elegance that the brand is renowned for.

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Seashore Chapel: A Blend of Modernity and Traditional Chinese Architecture in Qinhuangdao

Aug. 20, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

The Seashore Chapel in Qinhuangdao: Where Tradition Meets Modern Elegance

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Rome Cavalieri: A Blend of Nostalgic Grandeur and Modern Art

Aug. 23, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Let's chat about the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Once known as the Hilton, this iconic spot might not scream "modern luxury" to every traveler, and its late modernist façade might not make every architecture enthusiast's heart race. But there's one undeniable charm: its breathtaking view of the Eternal City from atop the Monte Mario hill. A throwback to the unapologetic, old-school opulence of the mid-20th century, it's a trip down luxury lane.

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Flagship Isabel Marant Boutique in Tokyo Features a Volcanic Facade by Artist Yutaka Sone

Aug. 28, 2023 in Design & Décor

Isabel Marant's new flagship boutique in Tokyo is a work of art, quite literally. The brand has collaborated with renowned Japanese artist Yutaka Sone, who designed the store's eye-catching facade made from volcanic rock. Painted in vibrant yellow, the rugged, organic forms of the facade seem to burst forth from the urban landscape like a sudden cave or a melting slab of butter.

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Joana Vasconcelos' 12-Meter "Wedding Cake" Pavilion Towers Over English Estate

Aug. 28, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has crafted a monumental installation adjacent to a 19th-century dairy farm originally built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild for entertaining guests. Dubbed the "Wedding Cake," the 12-meter high pavilion stands on the English estate and serves as a marvel of contemporary art and architecture.

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Santiago Calatrava’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Illuminates New York City

Sept. 1, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

In an incredible oversight, many might have missed the opening of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church near the World Trade Center in New York City last December. Designed by celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava, this remarkable edifice stands as an aesthetic and spiritual marvel in the heart of the city. As they say, better late than never, and the architectural wonder is definitely worth the attention.

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Rudy Gener Brings 1930s Cruise Liner Elegance to PNY Burger in Nantes

Sept. 5, 2023 in Design & Décor

Nostalgia meets modernity in a newly designed bistro in Nantes, France. Rudy Gener, a French architect, has skillfully transformed the interior of PNY Burger, taking his design cues from the cruise liners of the 1930s—a period when grandiosity and elegant craftsmanship were at their zenith.

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"Les Espaces d'Abraxas: Ricardo Bofill's Cinematic Architectural Marvel Near Paris"

Sept. 8, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Step into Les Espaces d'Abraxas and you're entering a realm that blends the grandiosity of classical architecture with the quirks of postmodernism. Nestled on the outskirts of Paris, this residential complex is the brainchild of renowned Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Built in the 1980s, Bofill described the style as "modern classicism," drawing inspiration from the timeless masters of classical architecture like Palladio, Mansart, and Ledoux.

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Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp: A High-End Hotel Finally Arrives in the Fashion Capital

Sept. 12, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

For a city famous for its contributions to design and fashion, Antwerp surprisingly lacked a truly high-end hotel until the opening of Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp last year. This prestigious property, part of The Leading Hotels Of The World, is situated on the grounds of a monastery and apothecary garden whose history traces back to 1238. Comprising five historic buildings in the city center, the hotel is the result of five years of meticulous work.

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Experience Complete Digital Detox at Adrère Amellal in Egypt's Siwa Oasis

Sept. 19, 2023 in Travel & Destinations

Looking for the ultimate digital detox? Your search ends at Adrère Amellal, an eco-luxury lodge situated in the tranquil oasis of Siwa, Egypt. Remarkably, this 40-room oasis operates without electricity. Yet, the absence of electricity does not equate to low comfort; on the contrary, this high-end lodge intentionally avoids modern amenities to offer an experience akin to stepping back in time.

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