Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Fashion

Geometric Elegance: James Tanner Jewellery

The debut collection by artist and jewellery designer James Tanner is inspired by aviation, London’s architecture – with particular emphasis on industrial, church and Art Deco buildings – in addition to Tanner’s own work in sculpture and as a jewellery buyer, supplying designers from some of the world’s leading fashion houses with antique pieces for direct design reference.

The geometric pieces found within the collection are manufactured with solid Sterling silver and handcrafted from concept to completion in his London studio, resulting in products which are exceptionally well-made and distinctive in design. The look book for the collection shot by photographer Nic Shonfeld, can be viewed here.

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The capsule collection can be purchased online at Mr Porter in addition to the complete collection at the James Tanner website.

Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Travel

The Hotel Can Mostatxins, Alcúdia

Beginning life as a 15th century manor house in Mallorca, the Hotel Can Mostatxins has been transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel. Located in the historic, eco-friendly tourist township of Alcúdia, the Hotel Can Mostatxins is surrounded by 30km of coastline, providing an ideal setting for those desiring a calm, welcoming atmosphere.

Though the property has recently undergone redevelopment – with those involved going to great lengths to ensure guests experience a modern hotel – the property has retained many of its original Gothic features. Resulting in a building which fits into its environment seamlessly.

The Hotel Can Mostatxins comprises a spa, plunge pool and eight bedrooms with immaculate facilities – several Double Superiors, a Tower Executive, in addition to the Suite in the Tower. All of the rooms are luxurious, filled with character whilst maintaining a modern sensibility. For instance, the walls of the bedrooms have some exposed original pale sandstone and the floors are covered in a light, oil treated oak. While the wooden beams have been lime washed and the ancient windows beautifully restored. For guests wishing to see unspoiled views across the rooftops of Alcúdia to the distant mountains and Bay of Pollenca, the Suite Room in the Tower provides these and they can be enjoyed from one of the festejadors just below the window.

The Hotel Can Mostatxins is located at Carrer del Lledoner, 15, 07400 Alcúdia, Illes Balears, Spain. To book a room online, visit here.

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Architecture, Design, Travel

The Origami House, Shoreditch

I discovered London’s Design Haus Liberty, an award-winning architecture and design studio, through an interview the BBC conducted with their founder, Dara Huang in which she discussed the success of her business, entrepreneurship and the importance of having a “clear vision,” and “believing in what you do.”

Huang applies this philosophy to the project’s Design Haus Liberty works on, which include local and international residential, office, retail, and hotel developments. One of their projects that caught my attention is the Origami House, so called because of the building’s uniquely shaped internal walls and the influence this structure has on the recently renovated apartments housed inside. The building can be found on Shoreditch’s City Road and was developed in collaboration between Design Haus Liberty and their client, Eurobridge.

What attracted me to the property is the concept behind the redevelopment, one of clean and refined living in east London. To achieve this, the project included a re-design of the exterior of the building including the construction of a private entrance for tenants, an overhaul of the interiors, reinstating existing blocked windows, in addition to the creation of a commercial unit below the apartments.

Throughout the project, those involved ensured that the building and its interiors, upon completion, fit into the surrounding neighbourhood seamlessly. In interview with Dezeen, Huang states, “the Origami House treats the irregularities of the site as opportunities rather than constraints.” She added, “Similar to how origami pays attention to each fold and crease on the paper, the form and layout of the Origami House pays attention to the triangular floor plate and structure of the former building and folds to create unique spatial and visual connections for its inhabitants.”

Upon entering the Origami House, future inhabitants will find an environment which has received careful consideration to form a space which features creative design, is light, calm and inviting for all who visit.

Design Haus Liberty can be found online and visited on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Fashion

HAY x COS: A Scandinavian Collaboration

I’ve written previously about versatile storage solutions, with an emphasis on those suitable for a diverse range of locations. However, for the most part, I tend to purchase furniture that is minimalist, functional and stylish but also affordable. These are just some of the reasons why I enjoyed the designer collaboration between high street brands HAY and COS.

Both HAY and COS were formed in the mid-2000s with a focus on sophisticated products influenced by contemporary design. HAY’s mission was to develop good ideas, utilising innovative technology and quality materials to do so – resulting in their subsequent expansion over the past decade to become a worldwide retailer. COS, a subsidiary of the H&M group, launched as a fashion brand for individuals who desire modern, considered design which employs traditional methods and new techniques to form timeless, understated collections. The collaboration between the two brands seems a natural progression, after years of COS using HAY products for in store display purposes to complement their clothing offering, with the products within the HAY x COS collection representing each brand’s Scandinavian heritage and affinity for clean, functional design.

The collection launched in September 2015, and in conversation with architectural, interiors and design publication Dezeen magazine, HAY co-founders, Mette and Rolf Hay stated, “At HAY we see ourselves in between fashion and architecture and in working with COS we feel like we have found a perfect home.”

The complete HAY x COS furniture collection can be purchased in both HAY and COS stores, with selected pieces from the collaboration available for purchase online.

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Architecture, Art & Culture, Design, Travel

The Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen

I’ve written about Noma (albeit, briefly) before. However, it was through World of Wanderlust that I discovered Denmark’s capital has long been synonymous with design, sustainability, fashion and innovation. For those looking for an establishment which embodies all these values, travellers need look no further than the Avenue Hotel, located in Nørrebro, a vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood in northwest Copenhagen, which is situated approximately five-minutes’ walk from the Metro and Jægersborggade, a location synonymous with some of the best coffee Copenhagen has to offer.

The Avenue was built in 1898 by Emil Blichfeldt, the architect responsible for the famous entrance to Tivoli Gardens and is home to 68 distinctive, stylishly-designed rooms. There is a room for every budget – Single, Small Single, Family, Superior Double and Superior Tower. All rooms are decorated with contemporary furnishings from Missoni, Design by Us, GUBI and Bestlite Lamps with large windows allowing abundant natural light and fantastic views of the surroundings.

The hotel recently commissioned new wall art throughout the building with mobile-only shots of favourite local spots in Copenhagen selected by Danish Instagrammers Hanni Gharib, Thomas Søndergaard and Morten Nordstrøm. The rooms, corridors, restaurant and lobby which feature these images of Copenhagen also hold QR codes instructing visitors where to find the locations so guests can live like locals whilst they are visiting the city.

There is something for every kind of guest and the Avenue Hotel is innovative with its offerings. For example, every Wednesday, the Avenue presents the Copenhagen Classical Lounge between 8-11PM with DJs Katrine Ring and Stephan Bomberg fusing classical music with electronica and other genres. A Danish take on British High Tea where you can enjoy delicious gourmet cakes from award-winning pastry chefs along with local high quality tea was chosen as one of the top places to go by, in addition to a recent pop up shop collaboration with the Danish retailer FINDERSKEEPERS, where guests could purchase design and art from 25 upcoming Danish designers.

There is a patio where guests can enjoy breakfast in the summer or a warm beverage by the fire in the winter, which recently hosted events for Copenhagen Fashion Week. In the bar, you can enjoy special edition cocktails or experience beer from the local brewery Nørrebro Bryghus and high quality liquor and spirits along with special dishes from the local neighbourhood.

Copenhagen has a lot to offer its visitors and the Avenue Hotel embodies most aspects of the city. They know who their customers are, what their customers need and how to deliver that impeccably. For anyone looking for a place to stay with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, the Avenue Hotel is ideal, impeccable and faultless.

The Avenue Hotel can be found at Åboulevard 29, 1960 Frederiksberg C, Denmark. To book a room online visit here.

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