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Gold ‘n’ arches: Bun burger restaurant in Milan by Masquespacio
Few creative studios expertly juggle high-octane colour quite like Spanish design practice Masquespacio. The latest project to come from the dynamic designers – an upbeat restaurant in Milan belonging to the burger chain called Bun – is testament to such seemingly effortless skill, spearheaded by practice co-founder Christophe Penasse and creative director Ana Hernández.
March 16, 2021
Ever wanted to live at a luxury resort in the Maldives? Now you can…
Have you ever arrived at the last day of your holiday, slumped yourself over a suitcase, and announced to anyone who’s listening: “I wish I could live here?” Well, if you’ve been luxuriating at one of Soneva’s glamorous properties in the Maldives – now you can. The world-class resort group welcomes guests (and non-guests) from all over the globe to become full-time residents under the Soneva Villa Ownership Scheme.
March 4, 2021
Neon nights: Kink restaurant and bar in Berlin
Occupying a 19th century brewery site, the Pfefferberg project in Berlin is testament to Germany’s reputation for spearheading avant-garde concepts. The innovative venture, conceived in 1990, was sparked by the desire of local residents to converge in the same arena where social, cultural and commercial activities take place. Today, more than thirty years after the project broke ground, it’s one of the city's most fashionable spots.
February 17, 2021
Skinny mini: The pencil thin hotel proposed for Sydney’s skyline
Crunch the numbers of Sydney’s latest cloud-reaching tower proposal and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve read it all wrong. Planning documents submitted to City of Sydney council, which are being exhibited until February 2, illustrate the $35.6 million Pencil Tower Hotel at only six metres wide, 110 metres tall and with 33 levels of hotel rooms. 173 of them, to be exact. Each totalling around 13 square metres in size.
February 2, 2021
Dine within a ‘mega art installation’ reminiscent of towering termite mounds
Set against the Mile City skyline in China’s Yunnan Province, the silhouettes cast by a grouping of red brick towers are equal parts distinctive, otherworldly and alluring. Created by artist Luo Xu, the cluster-like buildings are collectively named 50% Cloud for their resemblance to a half cloud floating in the sky. Bystanders also comment that their whimsical spires are reminiscent of colossal termite mounds, bursting from the red earth below. Hidden behind a section of the building’s brick armour, the 50% Cloud Artists Lounge was created by Hong Kong-based architecture studio Cheng Chung Design (CCD).
February 1, 2021
Chapter Two: Soneva Jani expands luxury resort offering in the Maldives
Longing for a slice of paradise? Resort operator Soneva has announced the launch of Soneva Jani Chapter Two in the Maldives. Ready and awaiting luxury-seeking guests when global travel resumes, Chapter Two expands upon Soneva Jani’s portfolio of spectacular water villas, and introduces a fine spread of world-class dining venues in breathtaking settings. The property’s 27 new over-water villas are accessed via a winding jetty off the southern tip of the resort’s main island, carefully positioned to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion. Surrounded by sparkling seas, the villas offer uninterrupted views from sunrise to sunset.
January 28, 2021
Opening soon: Ace Hotel Brooklyn by Roman and Williams
Designed by local creative studio Roman and Williams in collaboration with the effervescent Atelier Ace, the 287-room Ace Hotel Brooklyn is set to form a new chapter in the hotel brand’s love affair with New York when it opens to guests from mid-2021. “We've been building toward Ace Brooklyn for years,” says Brad Wilson, president of Ace Hotel Group. “The entire city has reimagined itself several times over since we started. That's exactly the spirit we've worked to mirror in every corner of our new home – the inexhaustible ingenuity that stands as the borough's only constant.”
January 20, 2021
Port Douglas retreat: Gurner reveals plans to open luxury hotel in Far North Queensland
Melbourne-based developer Tim Gurner, the founder and director of eponymous property group Gurner, has recruited an all-star design team to compose the company’s first luxury hotel. Architect Ed Glenn of Powell and Glenn will spearhead the sustainability-focussed design, working in close collaboration with Jerry Wolveridge of Wolveridge Architects. Landscape architect Myles Baldwin is onboard to cultivate the property’s lavish tropical gardens while Tim’s wife, stylist and interior designer Aimee Gurner will guide the direction of the project’s sumptuous interiors. “It has been inspiring watching my wife Aimee, Ed Glenn, Jerry and Myles put together this incredible creation," says Tim. “Something I know people will fall in love with.”
December 15, 2020
Greg Natale launches 70s-inspired glassware (and a signature cocktail for summer)
Rig up the mirror ball, slip on your sequin-bedazzled bell bottoms and cue the best hits of the 1970s – interior designer Greg Natale has released disco-inspired glassware to partner up with a summer of boogie nights at home. “I love a Studio 54 design moment,” says Greg, who has channelled the late 70s vibe into the sexy silhouettes of his ‘Rubell’ highball and tumbler sets. “Named after one of the co-owners of the New York club, they will bring a little disco to your dining room.”
December 8, 2020
Atomic Beer Project in Redfern by YSG
Regent Street in Sydney's Redfern corrals an effervescent mix of eclectic establishments. Boozy boltholes await discovery alongside offbeat knick-knack shops while towering new-builds bookend a Vietnamese bakery of somewhat cult status. The latest addition to the sizzling strip is Atomic Beer Project, an epic brewpub from the folk at Gage Roads Brewing Company. Hailing from across the Nullarbor, the makers of fine ales, lagers and ciders have set up shop in a red brick warehouse at number 158, marking the label’s first combined microbrewery and taproom on the east coast of Australia.
December 3, 2020