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Return to Room 606 at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen

Two years after our initial visit, we are back at the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – today known as the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. We’ve learned new facts about this room: The vanity in the room was originally designed for Arne Jacobsen’s wife. The lights in the room can move along the track that they…




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ICEHOTEL 2013 Designs Gets Cooler

I can’t believe more than a year has gone by since my trip to the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. It was definitely a trip I will never forget. This year I followed-up with Ms Sofi Ruotsalainen, a member of the elite ICEHOTEL Art & Design Group, who designs and builds the hotel each year, to…




Welcome to my soon-to-be home: the living room

Sorry I’ve been rather quiet lately. The reason for that is I bought a home towards the end of 2012. It’s a three-story townhome in the suburbs of San Francisco (I just couldn’t afford a standalone). What’s great about the place is that it’s a new construction, and within walking distance to some great shops…




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Bird Apartment by Nendo

Last year, we featured a non-slip Alcantara Birdhouse (Alcantara is a suede-like artificial leather) created by Nendo. This year, Nendo has designed yet another birdhouse – but a much bigger one – in the Momofuku Ando Center in Nagano, Japan. This birdhouse features 78 nesting spaces for birds on one side, and then on the…




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Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Helsinki

The city of Helsinki was selected as the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. For the period of one year, a series of events with design as the central theme will be held throughout Helsinki as well as surrounding cities. In addition to events, there are also…




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The Eiffel Tower’s First Floor to Receive a New Look

The first floor of the Eiffel Tower is getting a facelift. This is the first time the floor has seen a transformation in nearly 30 years. Rather than renovating, complete pavilions will be rebuilt to meet today’s standards, including energy efficiency. 4,586 square meters out of the floor’s 5420 will be redeveloped at a cost…




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Hermès Previews Shigeru Ban’s Module H in Milan

Today Hermès revealed Module H, a modular paneling system designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The system consists of three main elements, as follows: Aluminum Structure. This is in the form of a grid that is fixed on the wall with the signature Hermès “H” shapes. Panel Series. There is a selection of panels in…