Our quest is to bridge the gap between the abundance of quality lifestyle experiences and the limited access we have to them.

We believe that individuals in the modern world should have the opportunity to enjoy both new and favored experiences, and we strive to uncover 'collective synergies' between them.

SELENPARC observes resonating stories and explores to co-create journeys that merge the best of wellness, art, style, culinary, travel, and tech. We aim to create a medium where unique intersections are explored, offering our audiences an immersive and tailored experience.

On the launch of Aesop's first signature store, 'Aesop WF CENTRAL House 19' in Beijing, SELENPARC had the privilege of speaking with Marianne Lardilleux, Aesop's Director of Global Retail Design, about the inspirations behind the space.

Image credit: Aesop

Jun 26, 2024

Once the residence of the Hermès family, Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a hidden glimpse into Parisian history, tucked away in a secluded passageway.

With only 5 suites uniquely designed with Pierre Lacroix and set in a serene wild garden crafted by landscape architect Louis Benech, the hotel offers a mystical escape while emphasizing biodiversity, creating a unique blend of history, luxury, and ecological consciousness.

Image credit: Hôtel Particulier Montmartre | Yannick Labrousse | Sophie Gaubert | Isabela Mayer | Alexandrena Parker

Jun 25, 2024

Lancôme has collaborated with Nina Métayer, acclaimed as the world's top pastry chef for 2023 and 2024, to open Café de la Rose at the flagship Champs-Elysées location in Paris, presenting pastries that draw inspiration from the rose, Lancôme's emblematic symbol, as well as reflections of her signature ability to infuse classic French pâtisserie with innovative twists.

Image credit: Lancôme | Nina Métayer | Louise Marinig

Jun 24, 2024

Daniel Arsham has collaborated with Kohler on a design project, the 'Landshapes collection', along with a luxury cabin available for rent starting June 24 at Destination Kohler resort, integrating the collection and artistic furnishings with functional designs.

Arsham's installations are showcased throughout the Kohler property, including six large-scale sculptures placed around the golf course, while he has also collaborated with the golf apparel brand Malbon to create a line of gear that echoes the aesthetic themes of his sculptures.

Image credit: Kohler

Jun 22, 2024

Celine, led by Hedi Slimane, has unveiled a Pilates collection, an everyday workout essentials rendered in materials and designs rarely seen in fitness instruments.

The collection, launching in October, includes a Triomphe reformer, kettlebells, dumbbells, a yoga mat & block, weighted bracelets, and an array of activewear.

Image credit: Celine

Jun 20, 2024

Dior launches "Miss Dior Exhibition: Stories of a Miss", designed by architect Shohei Shigematsu of OMA, taking place at the Roppongi Museum in Tokyo from June 16 to July 15, 2024.

The exhibit celebrates the new Parfum through transformative architectural spaces that capture the sensorial essence of fragrance, showcasing scent’s history and its profound influence. The experience includes a Miss Dior Cafe serving floral desserts by Pierre Hermé, and contributions from various artists and designers sharing their views.

Image credit: Dior | Shohei Shigematsu | OMA

Jun 19, 2024

'Library of the Earth' at Kurkku Fields in Chiba, Japan, designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, is a library submerged into the earth, avoiding disruption of the cultivated soil layer and coexisting with nature.

The broader site, Kurkku Fields, envisioned by musician Takeshi Kobayashi, is a sustainable farm and park that merges agriculture, food, art, and accommodations, combined with the principle of self-sufficiency and renewable energy practices.

Art installations include works by Yayoi Kusama, David Hockney, and Anish Kapoor, and the site hosts various community events that celebrate seasonal changes.

Image credit: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP | Koji Fujii / TOREAL | Kurkku Fields | Kohei Omachi | Yuka Yanazume | Shinkenchiku-sha

Jun 17, 2024

In light of Kitsuné's latest venture, Desa Kitsuné in Bali, SELENPARC had the pleasure of speaking with Gildas Loaëc, Co-founder and CEO of Kitsuné.

Image credit: Kitsuné

Jun 13, 2024

Kitsuné, the multi-faceted 'Paris meets Tokyo' brand, has unveiled 'Desa Kitsunè', a new concept of luxury hospitality located in Canggu, Bali, offering a unique village-like experience that merges relaxation, culinary experiences, cultural & musical events, and social interaction.

The expansive 5,000 square meters venue houses Café Kitsuné, a Maison Kitsuné boutique, a pool, and the Mediterranean-Latin fusion restaurant Ina Ré, set within an architecture that honors local Balinese and Japanese aesthetics.

Image credit: Kitsuné

Jun 13, 2024

B1 Rooftop Bistro, located atop the Helvetia Campus in Basel, designed by acclaimed architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, bathes in the illumination of artist James Turrell's captivating light artistry.

As evening arrives, Turrell's lightworks transform the ordinary into a spectacle, inviting a contemplative engagement with light and spatial perception through his work.

The campus, preserving the mid-century architecture with modern elements, hosts public events and art exhibitions, with areas including an Art Foyer, auditorium, and a park by Vogt Landscape Architects.

Image credit: B1 Rooftop Bistro | Herzog & de Meuron | Häusler Contemporary

Jun 11, 2024

Snow Peak, the camping gear and apparel brand, launched 'Yakei Suite Aburayama Fukuoka', a unique accommodation that blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living, designed by architect Makoto Tanijiri.

Supported by sustainable practices and local economic enhancements, the retreat offers a culinary experience, 'okamochi', that blends French cuisine with outdoor guest engagement in cooking, led by Michelin star chef Hiroki Yoshitake.

Image credit: Snow Peak YAKEI SUITE

Jun 6, 2024

Audeum, a museum of sound and art designed by architect Kengo Kuma, opens on June 5, 2024, in Seoul, where sound engages with full sensory in a design crafted as a symphony of a forest, with 20,000 aluminum pipes that emulate sunlight filtering through trees, and wood enriching acoustics.

Audeum's curated journey traces the chronicles of sonic evolution, presenting a broad array of significant pieces, and the inaugural exhibition, "Jung Eum (正音): In Search of Sound," explores what constitutes "good sound" through the lens of Hi-Fi.

Image credit: Audeum Audio Museum

Jun 4, 2024

Heatherwick Studio, led by designer Thomas Heatherwick, has been selected to transform Nodeul Island in Seoul into 'Soundscape', a cultural space designed as a multi-layered urban retreat for music and art.

Drawn by the flow and variability of soundwaves, Soundscape interacts with the natural rhythms of tides and seasons, unifying nature with the dramatic aerial contours of floating islets that form a 1.2km skywalk, providing vantage points over the city and events below.

Image credit: Heatherwick Studio | Mir

Jun 3, 2024

Kith has opened its first flagship in Korea, the brand's largest to date, spanning four floors including men's, women's, and kids' lines, along with the first Sadelle's restaurant in Asia, a Kith Treats ice cream bar, a vinyl lounge, and a flower shop.

Kith Seoul
70, Yeonmujang-gil

Image credit: Kith

Jun 1, 2024

OGATA Paris, set within a 17th century hôtel particulier in the Marais, embodies the concept of Sahō, the art of living, as a cultural embassy where the sensory arts of Japanese tea, cuisine, and craft are explored and celebrated.

Created by Shinichiro Ogata, a visionary of design and hospitality, this pivotal destination in Paris bridges East and West, providing a seamless journey through intricately curated environments that engage, educate, and inspire through beauty and thoughtful design.

Image credit: OGATA

May 25, 2024

Zenbo Seinei, perched on Awaji Island in Japan, is a unique meditation/yoga retreat for the mind and body, designed by the illustrious Pritzker Prize architect Shigeru Ban.

The retreat, a 100-meter span of timber suspended over the lush canopy, offers an unbroken bond with the verdant environment, seamlessly integrating architecture with the tranquil practices of meditation, yoga, and plant-based nourishment.

Image credit: Zenbo Seinei | Shigeru Ban - Architects

May 17, 2024

Aesop unveiled its first signature store in Beijing, 'Aesop WF CENTRAL House 19', and concurrently launched 'Aesop Home: A Sensory Voyage', a temporary extension to the space running until June 10, 2024.

Set within a historical mansion area, this introspective sanctuary of senses honors traditional courtyard home architecture from a residence once owned by a cousin of the Qing dynasty's last emperor, preserving the original structure while blending modern elements that reflect a deep respect for craftsmanship and materials including large teak structures inspired by classic step-beds and a summer temporary pavilion featuring a retractable structure draped in waterproof canvas and crimson xiangyunsha tea silk.

At Aesop Home, a realm unfolds in the second courtyard where the senses guide the narrative. From the intimate corners of private courtyards to the communal warmth of each house, every area invites reflection and connection, resonating with the art of living that defines the Aesop experience.

Image credit: Aesop

May 16, 2024

On the occasion of Daniel Arsham's 'Bangkok 3024' exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Central Embassy, SELENPARC spoke to Arsham in an exclusive interview.

Image credit: Daniel Arsham | Central Embassy

May 15, 2024

Central Embassy is celebrating its 10th anniversary with Daniel Arsham's first exhibit in Thailand, 'BANGKOK 3024'. This exhibit transforms the space into an archaeological site, merging past with future, and presents cultural icons as decaying relics that challenge and evoke perceptions of time and culture.

Located in Bangkok's most vibrant district, Central Embassy has served as a nexus for luxury retail and culture since 2014, cementing its reputation over the years as a premier art and fashion destination. In celebration of this milestone, SELENPARC conducted an exclusive interview with Daniel Arsham and Barom Bhicharnchitr, the Managing Director of Central Embassy.

Image credit: Daniel Arsham | Central Embassy

May 15, 2024

Piaule Catskill, a modernist wellness retreat in the Catskill Mountains, New York, has collaborated with Fritz Hansen, integrating the outdoor collection 'Skagerak' into the property, emphasizing minimal ecological impact and natural aging processes.

Skagerak, crafted from sustainably sourced wood, includes 43 product series and encompasses pieces designed by notable architects and designers, including a collaboration with the architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group. Outdoor pieces at Piaule are designed by:

Anders & Lars Hegelund
Aurélien Barbry
Niels Hvass
Povl B. Eskildsen
Stine Weigelt

Image credit: Fritz Hansen | Piaule Catskill | seandavidson

May 14, 2024

Fabula, the much anticipated summer terrace restaurant at the picturesque Carnavalet Museum in Paris, has returned this year for its third season.

This season, the venue has welcomed Chef Thomas Chisholm, a 12th season 'Top Chef' known for his cross-cultural culinary philosophy at Chocho, and Mixologist Vincent Diener, winner of the Bartenders Challenge 2023, who crafts cocktails inspired by the museum's gardens and incorporates botanical elements.

Image credit: Fabula | Maki Manoukian | Cedric Randriamalala

May 10, 2024

Architect Kengo Kuma is designing 'Kempinski Saigon River,' the hotel's first property in Vietnam on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.

Inspired by the vernacular architecture of rural Vietnam and emphasizing natural beauty as the central component of the experience, the design features a lush ratio of 170 trees per person. The project is slated for completion by 2026.

Image credit: Kempinski | Ecovillage Saigon River

May 8, 2024

Cité Radieuse, visionary architect Le Corbusier's post-war masterpiece in Marseille, stands as seminal modernist architecture that influenced the global Brutalist movement, serving today as both a living area and a center of culture that houses an art gallery, hotel, and restaurant.

Chanel unveiled its Cruise 2024-25 collection at the rooftop MAMO art center, underscoring Le Corbusier's enduring architectural relevance in modern culture.

Image credit: Fondation Le Corbusier | Hôtel Le Corbusier | Chanel | Jamie Hawkesworth | Fabien Dendiével

May 3, 2024

The Gardens of Kerdalo, a remarkable botanical garden with over 40 years of history and acquired by fashion designer Christian Louboutin, have been revitalized with a new tea room 'Cherree on the Cake' set in an Anglo-Breton atmosphere, and a boutique for gardening enthusiasts.

The garden, home to over 5,000 plants in English and Italian styles, is renowned for its artistic landscaping and the natural topography of a hilly farm by the Jaudy river, reflecting Christian Louboutin’s vision as a guardian dedicated to unimpeded growth and beauty in a contemplative space.

Image credit: The Gardens of Kerdalo | Florent Tanet | Enora G.

Apr 30, 2024

Toraya, a historic Japanese confectioner, has transformed its Ginza Building with architect Hiroshi Naito, creating a revitalized space that houses the new Balenciaga flagship store, an esteemed ceramic art gallery, an exclusive gastronomy restaurant, and a bar, both led by Chef Kei Kobayashi, the first Asian in France to receive 3 Michelin stars.

Visit www.maisonkei.jp for restaurant reopening details.

Image credit: Toraya | Balenciaga | Ginza Kuroda Toen | Maison KEI

Apr 29, 2024

180 The Strand, a Brutalist landmark in London transformed into a vibrant cultural hub, houses diverse spaces that support and showcase art, hospitality, and businesses, including 180 Studios, Soho House, the Michelin-starred Ikoyi, along with galleries, studios, and a wellness facility.

The Vinyl Factory, a key component of the 180 The Strand ecosystem, hosts a vast multimedia exhibition, REVERB, exploring the intersection of art and sound with over 100 artists from 22 May to 28 September 2024.

Image credit: 180 Studios | The Vinyl Factory | Soho House | Ikoyi

Apr 22, 2024

AMAHARE, a purveyor of fine crafts and art in Japan, has opened a serene space for a gallery and Sweets & Tea Salon in a restored 130 year old house in Kyoto, where historical integrity meets contemplative space that integrates gardens and a courtyard, interplaying with natural light and shifting seasons.

Shouya Grigg, a renowned photo artist and hospitality innovator deeply connected with nature, is currently holding his exhibition at KYO AMAHARE, running until May 12, 2024.

Image credit: AMAHARE | Satoshi Asakawa | Eri Masuda | Yuka Yanazume | Ayumi Sakuragi | Ayumi Okamoto | Shouya Grigg

Apr 20, 2024

Anderson C, a prominent brand specializing in vintage furniture in Korea, has expanded into Seongsu with a new venue that combines a restaurant and café within a space that blends modern and 1960s architecture, serving as both a showroom and cultural hub.

The location is hosting the "I Remember You" photo exhibit by Apple on April 12-13, showcasing international artists' works captured on iPhone, exploring themes of nostalgia and memory.

Image credit: Anderson C | Karl Hab | Vivien Liu | Khan Jae Hun | Mika Ninagawa

Apr 12, 2024

Jacquemus has announced the opening of a new restaurant, beach, and boutique experience in Saint Tropez, marking a return to gastronomic ventures. 'Jacquemus La Renaissance' revamps the interior of a Riviera café & brasserie, emphasizing a light and refined aesthetic inspired by Southern French ambiance.


Apr 10, 2024

MUJI has launched 'MUJI BASE TESHIMA,' a new Airbnb stay on the art-rich island of Teshima, revitalizing a 90-year-old house with a minimalist aesthetic, vintage Japanese furniture, and artworks/crafts by Setouchi artists.

Image credit: MUJI | Airbnb

Apr 9, 2024

Awon, set against the clouds of Jongnam Mountain and bamboo forest in Korea, is a collective space of 250-year-old 'hanok (Traditional Korean house) hotel' with an art gallery and museum, embracing the architectural philosophy of 'borrowing from nature' for structural balance and the beauty of emptiness and form.

The gallery exhibits renowned ceramic artist Ree Soo Jong until May 26, 2024, showcasing his lifelong mastery of moon jars that reflect the beauty of traditional Korean ceramics and embrace natural imperfections.

Image credit: Awon Museum & Hotel

Apr 2, 2024

The Bourse de Commerce, once a Commodities Exchange, restored and redesigned by Tadao Ando over a decade, stands as a temple of art in Paris, blending modern art with historical architecture, inviting emotional connection and reflection through Ando's minimalist designs.

The current installation by Kimsooja reimagines the dome with an invitation to reflection and levitation, and the hidden restaurant, La Halle aux Grains, led by Michelin-starred chefs Michel and Sébastien Bras, offers gastronomy nodding to the historic origin, with a view of the dome and the city.

Image credit: Bourse de Commerce | Kimsooja | La Halle aux Grains | Delphine Constantini

Mar 27, 2024

LE LABO's new flagship & café in Kyoto, set in a former sake brewery built in 1879, blends its original architectural elements with sustainable aesthetics, offering a sensory domain that includes Japan's first café and a Craftsmanship Room that showcases rotating artisan exhibits.

The inaugural exhibit showcases Manabu Kamo's calligraphy on Kuroya Washi paper, capturing the essence of the Satoyama landscape and daily life complexities, with customers able to personalize their product labels with his work at select sessions.

Image credit: LE LABO | Manabu Kamo | Koujudo Oda

Mar 21, 2024

Phillips, a leading global auction house, has announced the opening of the first-ever Phillips Café, situated within its Asia headquarters in Hong Kong.

The café, operated by The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, offers Western and Asian cuisine and is designed by the award-winning studio LAAB Architects, in the WKCDA Tower designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

Image credit: Phillips

Mar 19, 2024

Nikolaj Kunsthal, the former St. Nicholas Church in Copenhagen, repurposed as an art space, is notable for its blend of medieval architecture and modern art exhibitions.

The redesigned café & shop led by architect Morten Emil Engel seamlessly unites historical and contemporary elements, earning praise from architecture and design media.

The venue also hosts unique gourmet events like the 'Red Dinner' amidst an exhibition of art & fashion and offers a wine tasting experience high above the city.

Image credit: Nikolaj Kunsthal | Paolo Galgani

Mar 16, 2024

'Donkou / Kissa Fang' in Kyoto, envisioned by book director Yoshitaka Haba and designed by architect Yasushi Horibe, blends a library and café amidst a cypress forest, embodying a desire for serene, slow-paced urban retreats with its unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern design.

The 3,000-book collection showcases Haba's 20-year journey in literature, while the café 'Kissa Fang' offers an introspective coffee experience, specializing in dark roasted coffee made with in-house roasted beans and a flannel drip method.

Image credit: Donkou / Kissa Fang

Mar 14, 2024

Jaime Hayon has transformed the ninth floor of The Hyundai Daegu into 'The Forum', a fusion of culture, café, and garden, drawing inspiration from ancient civilizations, notably the Roman Colosseum and Egyptian and Greek art to craft a dream-like, kaleidoscopic world.

Image credit: Jaime Hayon | The Hyundai

Mar 7, 2024

Halo Paris, in a historical building from 1748, offers a unique blend of fashion and dining, where a concept store/gallery showcases emerging designers and a hidden restaurant led by Chef Victor Blanchet from 3 star L'Arpège and Top Chef 2023 serves Basque and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

The space, designed by architect Lucie Rosenblatt of the Mur Mur Architects, exhibits a minimalist interior with a high glass roof from the Eiffel era, transitioning from a naturally lit ambiance to a subdued, candlelit atmosphere in the evenings.

Image credit: Halo Paris | Lauren Spitznagel | Yvan Moreau | ilyafoodstories | Clelia Stevenard | PROJECT 213A

Mar 6, 2024

Shishi-Iwa House, set in the serene landscape of Karuizawa, Japan, is a collection of retreats designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Shigeru Ban and Ryue Nishizawa, emphasizing mental and physical well-being and a harmonious dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces through its architecture.

The retreat offers a Japanese-French restaurant deeply rooted in the passing seasons, a library, lounge, hinoki-scented bathhouse, and a world-class collection of art and furniture.

Image credit: Shishi-Iwa House | Iwan Baan | Jonathan Leijonhufvud | Kazumasa Harada | Hamada Hideaki

Feb 29, 2024

Henri Levy, the artist behind the fashion brand Enfants Riches Déprimés, has opened the ANTI PUBLIC LIBRARY in Paris's Le Marais, offering curated books, vinyls, and a bar in a space crafted with mid-century designs by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand.

The library curates a selection of rare printed works and original vinyl pressings across various music genres, complemented by a choice of natural wines, Japanese sake, American coffee, and Russian caviar.

Image credit: ANTI PUBLIC LIBRARY | Henri Levy

Feb 23, 2024

Portrait Milano, by Ferragamo's Lungarno Collection, set in an ancient seminary, is a luxury hotel in Milan's Piazza del Quadrilatero, the city's newest courtyard for hospitality, wellness, culture, and entertainment, enriched with art.

Design restoration led by legendary architect Michele De Lucchi and interiors by Michele Bönan, mirrors classic Italian elegance and the grandeur of Milan's stately mansions.

Image credit: Portrait Milano

Feb 22, 2024

Louis Vuitton partners with world renowned Chef Gaggan Anand to launch "Gaggan at Louis Vuitton" in Bangkok, marking its first Southeast Asian restaurant venture.

Celebrated for deeply influencing Indian cuisine, Gaggan brings his storytelling and innovative dining approach to this collaboration, continuing his legacy of transforming dining norms.

Image credit: Gaggan Anand | Louis Vuitton | Gaysorn | Albert Ramirez | Jongkol T. Palarit

Feb 17, 2024

Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, AEAJ Green Terrace in Tokyo's Harajuku is an architectural marvel acting as an immense aroma diffuser, crafted from cypress wood and integrating nature with design to promote environmental stewardship and energy efficiency.

This holistic aroma wellbeing facility features an aroma laboratory with 300 essential oils, a library of 1,400 books, a relaxing botanical tea lounge, and a biodiversity-rich aroma corridor, aiming to educate on aroma craft and enhance mental and physical health through sensory experiences.

Image credit: AEAJ | KKAA

Feb 16, 2024

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, renowned for its extensive art collections including the world's largest Bruegel collection and masterpieces by Raphael and Rembrandt, also offers a unique culinary experience in its Café-Restaurant situated in the majestic Cupola Hall, where white marble panels and gold decor complement the ornate dome overhead.

The venue offers a culinary experience rooted in Viennese tradition, presenting a broad range of specialties and a weekend breakfast menu, and transforms every Thursday into an intimate dinner setting with a 5-course fine dining and exclusive after-hours museum tour.

Image credit: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Feb 14, 2024

Saint Laurent Babylone, now open at 9 Rue de Grenelle in the historic Sèvres-Babylone neighborhood of Paris, is Anthony Vaccarello's vision of a cultural space, offering a curated collection of rare books, out-of-print records, and exclusive art alongside collaborations with artists and unique YSL merchandise.

More than a bookstore, it resembles a contemporary art gallery and office, hosting events with artists, DJs, and authors to celebrate the interconnectedness of art, books, and music.

Image credit: Saint Laurent

Feb 13, 2024

A&A, an initiative that pairs artists and architects to create hotels in Okayama, envisions art as living pieces, questioning the relationship between form, function, and urban spaces, while opening a dialogue on the role of cross-disciplinary approaches for the environment and local identity.

'Jonathan | Hasegawa' explores the interplay of light and shadow to capture transient beauty of time, space and human perception.

'Liam | Fuji' integrates climate science into architecture, challenging norms and promoting environmental reflection.

Image credit: A&A

Feb 5, 2024

Mercer Labs, a museum of art & technology led by artist Roy Nachum, opens at the former Century 21 site in Lower Manhattan, set to redefine immersive experience thru sensory innovations.

Transforming its 15 exhibition spaces into a sensory-rich exploratory arena, Mercer Labs highlights Roy Nachum's emphasis on perception and inclusivity, evident in installations using Braille and blindfolds, where sound and touch induce an ethereal meditative state.

Image credit: Mercer Labs | Roy Nachum

Jan 31, 2024

Bibliotheque, a rare merge of a bookstore, art, café, and wine bar, has opened in SoHo, New York, by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono and his writer son A.J., aiming to be a cultural hub for artists and cultural communities.

The venue offers a diverse collection of over 10,000 books, food and pastries from Épicerie Boulud by acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, coffee from Lavazza, brewed using a La Marzocco machine, a curated wine selection, and is filled with artworks from renowned artists.

Image credit: Bibliotheque | Épicerie Boulud

Jan 30, 2024

Castello Sonnino, a medieval castle in Tuscany producing Chianti Montespertoli D.O.C.G., is set amidst the scenic beauty of the Florentine hills, offering farm-to-table Tuscan cuisine and accommodations that blend medieval architecture with modern comfort.

Praised by Gucci in their campaigns, the richly frescoed castle combines the production of leading wines and olive oil with environmental sustainability and houses the historical archive of Sidney Sonnino, which holds crucial significance in world history.

Image credit: Castello Sonnino Winery | Andrea Vierucci

Jan 27, 2024

SANAYI313, a multidisciplinary collective in Istanbul led by interior architect Enis Karavil and his brother Amir, operates a space that combines a design studio, gastronomy, and a curated store.

Located in a repurposed auto repair shop in Istanbul, SANAYI313 has transformed the space into a creative hub, presenting a design studio with maximalist-minimalist elements, a Four Pearls-rated restaurant blending Turkish-European cuisine, and a store offering a mix of vintage, rare collectibles and contemporary items.

Image credit: SANAYI313

Jan 22, 2024

Villa Ponti Bellavista, a mid-century villa design by the influential Italian architect Gio Ponti, renovated to blend modern amenities with its original charm, offers dramatic views from its private forest location above Lake Como and accommodates up to 14 people in 6 bedrooms.

This villa, reflecting Ponti's ethos of light, space, and nautical elements, is available for rent through platforms, including its official site and Airbnb.

Image credit: Villa Ponti Bellavista | Gio Ponti Archives | Paolo Gasparini

Jan 19, 2024

Taiga Takahashi, the late artist and fashion designer who reinterpreted traditional aesthetics with modern influences in his brand T.T, created 'SABI', a pavilion for tea omakase above his boutique/gallery in Gion, Kyoto.

In 'SABI', a serene pavilion reflecting 'Wabi-Sabi' and Taiga's philosophy, two-hour artful tea ceremonies are held, where tea-based drinks are paired with seasonal sweets, offering a multisensory journey beyond conventional tea culture, a concept also reflected in his fashion brand.

Image credit: Tea room SABI | Shuhei Tsukiyama | Tomoko Sauvage

Jan 16, 2024

Bathhouse, a wellness destination originating from Brooklyn known for utilizing heat generated from Bitcoin mining to heat its pools and hammams, has expanded to Flatiron, Manhattan for its second location, offering an array of amenities including thermal pools, saunas, treatment rooms, and a nutritious all-day dining experience.

This innovative approach, initiated in 2019 to counter high energy costs, involves using computers designed for Bitcoin mining (ASICs) to efficiently heat the pools, with the mined Bitcoin being retained as a long-term investment for the company.

Image credit: Bathhouse

Jan 15, 2024

Philharmonie de Paris, an architectural music/exhibition venue designed by architect Jean Nouvel, is set to welcome a new restaurant, L'Envol, by Michelin-starred chef Thibaut Spiwack, a rising star in sustainable gourmet cuisine, opening in late January.

Jean Nouvel's architecture, with its mineral-like structure and versatile design, supports diverse musical genres and audience layouts, houses exceptional musical venues created with acoustic innovators, and includes the Belvedere, a rooftop space offering panoramic views of Paris.

Image credit: Philharmonie de Paris | Jean Nouvel | Thibaut Spiwack | W. Beaucardet | G. Lefauconnier

Jan 9, 2024

Selman Marrakech, a family estate at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, is known for its Arab-Moorish palace design by architect/designer Jacques Garcia and its privately bred Arabian horses, providing a majestic Moroccan experience.

The estate, blending traditional Moroccan décor with modern comforts, has announced the enrichment of its culinary offerings in spring 2024 under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège.

Image credit: Selman Marrakech

Jan 5, 2024

Architect Kengo Kuma, in collaboration with Uchino Sheet Metal and Okaniwa Construction, designed the Wakuni Shoten café in Higashimurayama City, Tokyo, set to open on January 19, 2024.

Set in a rejuvenated 52-year-old building in the Aoba Shopping District, the café's exterior uses 700 patinated bronze plates from the roof of Hayatani Shrine, interior brass work and furniture by local craftsmen, specialty coffee from Kinoshita Shoten, and chairs designed by Kuma made from repurposed seats of the former National Stadium.

Image credit: Wakuni Shoten café | Uchino Sheet Metal | Okaniwa Construction

Dec 30, 2023

Arc is an innovative experiential sauna system for home, created in partnership between Whipsaw, a renowned design firm, Ancient Ritual, a wellness specialist, and Matthew Schreiber, lighting specialist for artist James Turrell.

The AI driven sauna offers personalized wellness experiences using biometric data, and features natural materials, ergonomic design, and immersive Liquid Chromotherapy™ lighting for enhanced mental and physical well-being.

Image credit: Whipsaw | Ancient Ritual

Dec 28, 2023

Nekoyacho Building, a multifaceted space in Hiroshima designed by 'Suppose Design Office,' an architecture firm renowned for blending indoor and outdoor spaces, functions as an experimental playground, stimulating creativity and health, and fostering exchanges between work, food, art, and relaxation.

This five-floor facility, revitalized from a 50-year-old structure, offers restaurants, an art gallery and event venue, a creative co-working space, a serene stargazing sauna, and evolving areas for relaxation and wellness.

Image credit: Nekoyacho Building

Dec 27, 2023

Luna Luna, the world's first art amusement park, designed by notable artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, David Hockney, and Keith Haring, has been brought back to life for the first time since 1987.

Originally opened in Hamburg in 1987 and attracting 300K visitors in 7 weeks, the park, once dismantled and forgotten in a warehouse, has been revived in a museum-like setting in LA by Drake and partners with a $100 million investment, with plans to continue its global tour.

Image credit: Luna Luna | Sabina Sarnitz | JWPictures, Inc.| Keith Haring Foundation | Diego Andrade | Igor Furtado | Lauren Kim | Ariel Fisher

Dec 21, 2023

Arctic Bath, a river floating hotel & spa under the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland, is a wellness focused architectural marvel transitioning in nature through seasons.

Designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi with an eco-conscious approach, Arctic Bath offers a dynamic range of seasonal experiences, from aurora borealis excursions to dog-sledding, and its spa, rooted in the Nordic tradition of hot-cold therapy, provides an authentic Scandinavian spa & wellness experience.

Image credit: Arctic Bath

Dec 20, 2023

Sou Fujimoto's architecture & nature retreat in Okinawa debuts on 'NOT A HOTEL', a unique hospitality brand known for collaborating with renowned architects and offering fractional ownership.

"NOT A HOTEL ISHIGAKI EARTH," is a 10-guest holiday home with a distinctive green roof and cave-inspired architecture blending seamlessly with its natural surroundings, and includes an infinity pool, sauna, and open-air-bath.

Image credit: NOT A HOTEL

Dec 19, 2023

Kith, furthering its presence in the women's line, opened its first Women flagship store in SoHo, NY, a space integrated with café and bespoke floristry in collaboration with PlantShed.

Nestled in the historic Manhattan Savings Institute Bank building and the site of Kith's first Manhattan flagship, the modern elegant space offers gourmet refreshments and personalized floral services with PlantShed.

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Dec 18, 2023

Panasonic has unveiled 'Technics café KYOTO' in Kyoto, a new space dedicated to their high-end audio brand, Technics, designed to 'Rediscover Music' and blend advanced sound technology with cultural experiences.

Architect Yusuke Seki's minimalist design, influenced by his passion for Technics turntables and a focus on space's function & context, accentuates the café's role as a hub for music and DJ events, with curated playlists by artists and a transformation into a bar style restaurant in the evenings.

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Dec 16, 2023

House of Light, created by artist James Turrell, is a work of art designed as a meditation house that offers beyond daytime encounters, with the full experience of 'light' extending to an overnight stay.

Located in Japan's Niigata Prefecture, it merges traditional Japanese architecture with Turrell's light & space, blending Eastern & Western to create a communal space that captures the 'beauty of shadows'. The theme of light intersection continues in the bathing experience, where an intricate interplay of light is woven within the bath.

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Dec 15, 2023

Piscine Molitor, a historic Parisian swimming pool known for its avant-garde atmosphere and Art Deco, was once the epicenter of Parisian glamour and fashion, the birthplace of the bikini, and later a canvas for graffiti artists.

Today, Molitor is transformed into a boutique hotel, preserving its heritage while adapting to modern luxury with Art Deco elements and Jean Philippe Nuel-designed rooms.

The hotel, managed by MGallery Collection, features two iconic pools, former changing rooms functioning as an art gallery, French culinary delights, and Clarins Spa.

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Dec 14, 2023

SHIGUCHI, a unique 'Gallery Stay' nestled in Niseko's natural beauty and created by fine art photographer and collector Shouya Grigg, revitalizes 150-year-old traditional houses into an art and nature accommodation. It blends Grigg's minimalist and contemplative art with the tranquil cultural heritage of the environment.

The retreat, featuring villas named after the five universal elements and complemented by SOMOZA, an artfully restored traditional Japanese farmhouse serving as both a restaurant and art center, offers a harmonious blend of nature, art, and eco-friendly luxury.

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Dec 4, 2023

Maison Assouline, a concept space dedicated to culture by the esteemed book publishing house Assouline, is a destination where literature, art, culinary, and travel coexist in a single, innovative setting.

Located in a historic Grade II listed building in London's Piccadilly, designed by the influential architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922, this cultural refuge combines a curated selection of books and art de vivre, exclusive interior furniture, and the Swans Bar's sensory journey through culinary experiences inspired by travel.

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Nov 18, 2023

Le Labo, the cult French fragrance brand overseen by Estée Lauder, designs labs that mirror each city's essence, with their Shanghai location presented with a unique vegan café and library.

Housed in a historic Shikumen building, once a Museum, this two-story flagship blends vintage wabi-sabi aesthetics with many original details still intact. The second floor houses a vegan café, one of only two in the world, and a reading area with books that inspired Le Labo's aesthetic.

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Nov 17, 2023

La Muralla Roja(The Red Wall), located in Calpe, Spain, is a postmodern architectural masterpiece by Ricardo Bofill, inspired by North African design, now home to prominent airbnb spots and cultural icon, notably referenced in Netflix's "Squid Game."

Ricardo Bofill's postmodern, futuristic vision materializes in this complex, all benefiting from natural light that plays off a dynamic color scheme, with amenities like rooftop pools and saunas, and available for rent across various platforms including airbnb.

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Nov 10, 2023

Casa Maria Luigia, an 18th century property in Modena turned into a hotel by the world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore, is praised as a culinary sanctuary with two restaurants and gourmet breakfasts that channel Bottura's familial traditions.

The property presents a unique confluence of art, music, and heritage that complements the culinary experience; a multisensory journey and a laboratory for culinary ideas.

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Nov 3, 2023

Haruki Murakami, an icon of contemporary literature and a master of magical realism, sees his legacy honored in a library at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he graduated in 1975.

This convergence of cultural wonders, architecturally sculpted by the renowned Kengo Kuma, serves not only as a repository for his works but as a cultural hub for writers, readers, students, and musicians worldwide, offering literature, music experiences, and a café with a coffee blend preferred by Murakami.

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Oct 31, 2023

Bauhaus Dessau, an iconic institution and landmark in modern architecture and design, offers immersive experiences through the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and accommodates guests within its historic spaces, once inhabited by luminaries like Josef Albers and Marcel Breuer.

With rates starting from €55 for a single room, each guest room captures the Bauhaus era's essence, furnished with designs reminiscent of the period, while the main building hosts various activities.

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Oct 26, 2023

Kengo Kuma masterfully transformed a nursing home by Lake Toya in Hokkaido into the WE Hotel Toya, blending modern aesthetics with natural beauty, and incorporating locally-sourced materials and innovative fabric designs to create tranquil, organic spaces.

The hotel's design, featuring cave-like common areas and panoramic views of the lake, emphasizes meticulous attention to detail and the harmonization of indoor and outdoor environments.

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Oct 12, 2023

Raffles Hotels & Resorts has debuted in the UK with "Raffles London at the OWO", housed in the restored historic Old War Office (OWO) building in Whitehall, opening to the public for the first time since 1906.

The OWO, a historic space that once served as offices for figures like Sir Winston Churchill, boasts nine restaurants, three of which are helmed by the renowned Chef Mauro Colagreco. It presents a courtyard pavilion housing Café Laperousé, designed by Daewha Kang to evoke walking into a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, with interiors by Dior's Cordelia de Castellane, and offers indulgences such as the expansive four-story Guerlain Spa.

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Sep 30, 2023

Bar Calico at the Freehand Hotel in New York, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and named after her 1931 painting, resides in a historic setting that once housed renowned figures in literature and art.

The ambiance mirrors O’Keeffe's Southwestern essence, and its cocktails narrate aspects of her life and artistry.

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Sep 28, 2023

Maison Gainsbourg, a former residence of French pop legend Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin transformed into a museum, café/piano bar, and boutique, was brought to life by Gainsbourg-Birkin's daughter, Charlotte, in partnership with Saint Laurent.

Both designed by renowned architect and designer Jacques Garcia, the museum, housing over 25,000 artifacts, offers both permanent and temporary exhibits, while the café/piano bar serves gourmet dishes created by Paris Society.

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Sep 26, 2023

Setouchi Aonagi in Matsuyama, designed by Tadao Ando, began as a museum and has been transformed into a small luxury hotel, melding Ando's signature minimal aesthetics with nature. It is highlighted by amenities such as an iconic 30m-long infinity pool and exclusive art pieces.

Set against the backdrop of the Seto Inland Sea, guests experience profound silence in suites, interrupted only by the sound of a waterfall designed by Ando, savor gourmet seafood, and enjoy private access to a prestigious golf course.

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Sep 25, 2023

Azabudai Hills, a visionary urban village in Tokyo by Mori Building, spans a significant 24,000m² of green space, and is fully powered by renewable energy, showcasing architectural brilliance by Thomas Heatherwick.

The people-focused, nature-enriched enclave encompasses Aman residences, the Janu Tokyo hotel by Aman Resorts, teamLab museum, Pace Tokyo Gallery designed by Sou Fujimoto, and a selection of Japan's premier dining spots.

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Sep 16, 2023

Marqués de Riscal, one of the oldest and most reputable wineries in the Rioja region, combines innovative wine with an architectural landmark & hotel designed by architect Frank Gehry, Michelin dining, a pioneering Vinothérapie® SPA Caudalie, and beyond.

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Sep 5, 2023

Fondazione Prada, a paramount institution for contemporary art and culture, further accentuates its offerings with artistic culinary experiences - with Restaurant Torre, Bar Luce.

Restaurant Torre, designed by Rem Koolhaas and with a gastronomic menu conceived by Chef Lorenzo Lunghi. Bar Luce, designed by renowned film director Wes Anderson, captures the nostalgic essence of 1950s and 60s Milan.

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Aug 26, 2023

La Colombe d'Or, a historic hotel & restaurant nestled in the village of Saint-Paul de Vence, has intertwined with the lives of several 20th century art icons, including Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Leger, Braque, Miro, and Calder.

Some of these icons exchanged and left their masterpieces to settle their bills for rooms and meals. Here, art isn't merely decor—it's a testament to the unique relationships that transformed the hotel into a living canvas.

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Aug 24, 2023

The Venice Venice Hotel, a redefining concept of an art hotel by the founders of Golden Goose sneakers, emerges as a groundbreaking blend of historical heritage and avant-garde creativity.

Situated in Palazzo Ca’ da Mosto, one of Venice's oldest structures, the hotel restores to recapture 13th century grandeur and defies the typical 'art hotel,' where art is not only displayed but becomes an integral part, born with the room. 25 rooms, 25 different immersions, and more ahead.

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Aug 19, 2023

La Maison Champs Elysées, situated in Paris' Golden Triangle, is a former mansion of the Duchess of Essling transformed into a unique hotel designed by Martin Margiela in 2011.

The design collaboration led to theatrical and unconventional interiors, capturing attention upon entry with immersive decor and surprises that whisper an intertwining journey of contemporary and unobtrusive luxury.

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Aug 15, 2023

Sanctuary Potato Head Bali offers a wellness experience that blends science, art, and spirituality at Desa Potato Head, the Beach Club with versatile space transitioning from serene days to lively nights.

Located in Potato Head Suites, the Sanctuary provides a unique blend of alternative wellness practices, including Light Sound Vibration (LSV) for sound healing, breathwork, and Breathwork + Ice sessions, all supported by innovative technology.

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Aug 11, 2023

Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, located at 18 rue de la Verrerie in Paris, is a multifaceted cultural destination preserving the legendary fashion designer's legacy through exhibitions, and also offers a unique experience with its bookstore and Café Restaurant adorned with art - "Le Sein" sculpture by César, concrete lights by Le Corbusier, chairs by Harry Bertoia, and the bookshop's interiors by Jean Prouvé.

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Aug 7, 2023

Salmon Eye, a free-floating architectural pavilion that commits to ocean sustainability in Norway's Hardangerfjord, sends a message to better feed the planet and presents an immersive culinary journey through its restaurant, Iris. The "expedition dining" offers a multisensory underwater experience and a 6-hour, 18-course tasting journey led by Chef Anika Madsen.

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Aug 5, 2023

Shinpuhkan, the historical space in Kyoto that has transformed into a lifestyle complex with fashion, retail, culinary, and the first Ace Hotel in Japan, blends the old and new, led by architect Kengo Kuma. Notable brand spaces include Café Kitsuné, Le Labo, Beams, and Bonjour records.

Ace Hotel's main dining room is finally opening on August 10th, three years after the hotel's opening, led by Chef Katie Cole of "Locale" in Tokyo.

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Aug 2, 2023

Hamilton Princess is a historic art hotel in Bermuda, known as the "Pink Palace," boasting a remarkable collection featuring Andy Warhol, Banksy, David Hockney, KAWS, Yayoi Kusama and more. This Fairmont-managed resort offers modern amenities, waterfront views, and a private beach club, attracting elite travelers and receiving TripAdvisor's "Best of the Best" award.

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Jul 29, 2023

Hôtel des Horlogers, the eco-conscious luxury hotel of watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, boasts striking architecture designed by Bjarke Ingels, seamlessly integrating into the surrounding landscape and complemented by nature.

With three restaurants overseen by three-Michelin-starred French Chef Emmanuel Renaut, the hotel provides various experiences that celebrate the watchmaking heritage and contribute to the development of travel in Vallée de Joux.

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Jul 27, 2023

Aimé Leon Dore's NYC and London flagships merge fashion, café, and music into an urban ambiance, curating a unique brand experience that embraces culture and the art of living.

The Sound Room at both locations showcases the recently launched 'SOUND', a monthly content series featuring an hour-long DJ set, while Café Leon Dore celebrates Greek culture, offering Freddo Espresso, Cappuccino, Greek mountain tea, and Greek-inspired fare.

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Jul 24, 2023

Villa Mabrouka, the former private residence of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in Tangiers, Morocco, has been transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel by renowned British designer Jasper Conran, featuring mid-century modern-inspired design, lush gardens, and a unique blend of Moroccan and English aesthetics.

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Jul 21, 2023

Château La Coste, a Provence art sanctuary and winery, mesmerizes with its timeless beauty as art, culinary, and hospitality intertwine, whispering to the soul with an indescribable symphony.

The sprawling 500-acre estate showcases renowned artworks by Ando Tadao, Frank Gehry, Louise Bourgeois, Kengo Kuma and beyond, while Villa La Coste offers luxurious villa suites with private pools and panoramic views of the Luberon, complemented by exceptional dining experiences amidst the breathtaking vineyard backdrop.

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Jul 16, 2023

SANA MANE, Naoshima's nature art glamping resort, enriches the art island with Kengo Kuma's spiral SAZAE sauna, crafted through biomimicry-inspired folds of laminated plywood. SANA MANE blends nature accommodations, breathtaking landscapes, outdoor dining, and a serene ambiance, offering guests a unique glamping experience in the Seto Inland Sea.

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Jul 7, 2023

Loulou Paris, the restaurant at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and situated in Louvre Palace offering a terrace with Eiffel Tower and Tuileries Gardens views has reopened. Its interior is designed by renowned French architect Joseph Dirand and features Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's playful illustrations throughout the space, making it a go-to spot for the fashion industry, hosting events and collaborations.

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Jul 5, 2023

le19M, a creative hub and exhibition space in Paris initiated by Chanel, dedicates to crafts, fashion, and artistic collaborations. It is designed by the award-winning architect Rudy Ricciotti and brings together 11 Maisons d'art, Maison ERES, le Galerie du 19M, and le Café du 19M.

Currently exhibiting textile works from Senegal and a haute couture residency, while the recently reopened Parisian bistro café offers a culinary experience that complements the exhibition themes, giving a plant-based twist to street food.

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Jul 2, 2023

Culture Station Seoul 284, once the nation's rail gateway to Europe and now transformed into a cultural hub, showcases the Heatherwick exhibition, hosts a lunch meditation program called 'Meet the real me,' and offers music tasting experiences, providing a diverse blend of art, mindfulness, and music for visitors to immerse in the spirit of culture and self-discovery.

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Jul 1, 2023

Chanel, Alain Ducasse, and architect Peter Marino converge at the two Michelin star restaurant 'Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo' and their recently remodeled rooftop garden terrace 'Le Jardin de Tweed,' with Kyoto's legendary bartender Minoru Nishida.

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Jun 24, 2023

La Tourette, the visionary architect Le Corbusier's last masterpiece in Europe, is an influential UNESCO World Heritage Site and a monastery. Today, it also serves as a place for art exhibitions, a spiritual retreat, and a hotel, exemplifying modernist architecture with its play of light, shadow, and contemplative atmosphere, captivating architects like Ando Tadao.

Image credit: Fondation Le Corbusier | Couvent de La Tourette | Le Progrès newspaper | Elie Vautey | Alexandre Schabel | Jonas Klunemann | Laszlo Horvath | Guillaume de Laubier | Michel Verjux | Javier Callejas | Michael B Frank

Jun 19, 2023

HAUS DOSAN, an innovative retail concept by Gentle Monster in Seoul, redefines conventional retail, and evokes new emotions with striking installations yet minimalist design. It houses sensual artisan cosmetic brand Tamburins and fantasy inspired dessert brand Nudake that have become one-of-a-kind culinary journey in the city.

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Jun 18, 2023

Shiroiya Hotel in Maebashi, Japan, is a city rejuvenation project led by architect Sou Fujimoto. The 300 yrs old historic building is reborn as a work of art, architecture, culinary excellence, and wellness in collaboration with Jasper Morrison, Leandro Erlich, Michelin-starred chef Hiroyasu Kawate, Blue Bottle and others.

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Jun 14, 2023

'Deadstock Coffee' is an inspiring story of a Nike janitor who became a Nike shoe developer, and later a cultural leader in the city, blending sneaker culture, art, and community with their hype expression in the coffee capital of Portland. They offer snob-free, creative signature drinks and actively engage in community involvement.

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Jun 9, 2023

Nestled in the heart of Ubud, Bali, the Yoga Barn stands beyond the ordinary. With a rich history and unwavering dedication, it has remained at the pinnacle of yoga retreats. Beyond yoga led by accomplished instructors, it is a cultural hub, drawing spiritual seekers, artists, and those yearning for a profound connection.

The spa, a serene sanctuary inspired by ancient Vedic practices, offers transformative therapies, while the Garden Kafe and Juice Bar have earned their own reputation as go-to destinations, and accommodations offer a serene stay.

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Jun 6, 2023

NOIR Dining in the Dark & NOIR Spa in Ho Chi Minh City offers a unique mind altering sensory experience. By removing the dominant sense, the sight, elevates other four senses and realigns your sensory perceptions. The experience is met with top-tier gastronomy and a cohesive spa experience in an Indochine garden hideaway.

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May 30, 2023

3110NZ by LDH Kitchen is a transformative space in Tokyo, born from a collaboration between NANZUKA art gallery, Michelin starred Sushi Saito, and renowned architect Daniel Arsham. It is an art gallery by day and turns into 'Saito Hideout', a revered Michelin sushi destination by night.

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May 28, 2023

Piknic, a retro building transformed into a vibrant space of art, culinary, nostalgia, and inspiration, rests at the heart of Seoul. Its design is inspired by Marcel Broodthaers and Dries Van Noten, featuring a restored legendary speaker, the #we16a, a Michelin restaurant practicing farm-to-table, and the entire building adapting to each art and design exhibition throughout the year.

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May 26, 2023

Genesis House New York, a cultural oasis in the heart of the Meatpacking District, offers Michelin cuisine in partnership with Onjium, a curated book library by Assouline & Arumjigi, a serene tea pavilion guiding you to experience 1,300 years of Korean tradition, immersive & artistic experiences of Genesis enabled by state-of-the-art technology, and more. 

Not your typical showroom. No need to be a Genesis enthusiast to discover this hidden spot.

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May 19, 2023

Naoshima, a small island in Japan, is an unparalleled gem that seamlessly integrates art into its very essence. Ando Tadao has indelibly shaped the landscape of the island, which is adorned with works by Yayoi Kusama, Claude Monet, James Turrell, and more. The island offers an Ando Tadao-designed hotel, a blissful bathhouse, and innovative gastronomy.

Image credit: Benesse Art Site Naoshima

May 17, 2023

Koganeyu, a public bath or 'sento' in Tokyo founded in 1932, combines baths, pools, saunas, cafes, lounges, craft beer bars, and a DJ booth. The interior is designed by Jo Nagasaka, the architect of Blue Bottle Coffee shops worldwide. Koganeyu aims to redefine the public bath experience with a cultural twist, going beyond conventions.

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May 12, 2023

LVMH's French cosmetics and goods brand, Officine Universelle Buly, has opened a new boutique that duals as a café in Kobe, Japan, featuring both sweets and fragrances. The architectural design of the space honors culture of Japan and the world of Officine Universelle Buly.

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Apr 23, 2023

The ROMEO Collection is opening its second luxury hotel, ROMEO Roma, in Rome's city center in October 2023. The hotel is one of the last projects designed by Zaha Hadid and will offer a restaurant overseen by Alain Ducasse.

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Apr 20, 2023

In partnership with AC Milan, the SIRO hotel in Dubai, set to open later this year, offers an immersive fitness & recovery experience with exclusive access to techniques used by the world's top athletes.

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Apr 19, 2023

Outdoor lifestyle brand, Snow Peak, has built a unique nature surrounding retreat and onsen spa in Niigata, Japan. Designed by the world renowned architect, Kengo Kuma, the estate includes camp sites, villas, restaurants, mobile homes and an onsen spa. April 2023 marks their 1st anniversary.

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Apr 18, 2023

Casa Clarita is a luxury accommodation in Valencia fully designed by Jaime Hayon. History meets design creativity in this 10 apartments and 12 rooms guest house that holds Hayon's signature design.

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Apr 16, 2023

Christian Louboutin opened his first boutique hotel, Vermelho, in Portugals' beach town of Melides, on April 1st, 2023. Vermelho offers peaceful yet vibrant aesthetic, showcasing Louboutin's personally collected furniture, antiques, art and ceramics.

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Apr 8, 2023

The COMO Group is opening a new hotel, COMO Le Montrachet, in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, on April 15, 2023. The hotel has elevated heritage buildings from 1842 and is surrounded by 5 Grand Cru vineyards.

Its sommelier takes guests on private wine tastings and visits to nearby wineries. This is the first COMO hotel to be located in France.

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Apr 5, 2023