hospitality

Mitchelton Vineyard Victoria

Opening December 1st 2017, in the Victorian countryside near Nagambie, The Mitchelton Hotel and Spa provides a new standard in laid back luxury for the region just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne. A personal project of caravan magnate Gerry Ryan and his son Andrew. The $16 million Mitchelton Hotel and Spa is the most recent addition to the family’s spectacular Mitchelton Winery...

bijou sweets

Nanan means sweetmeats in French and sweets play the leading role in the design project of buck.studio for this modern pastry shop in Wroc?aw Poland. The deliberately minimalist interior provides a subtle setting with finely decorated cakes and éclairs made with meticulous care. The specialty of this patisserie, the éclair, has inspired the interior design and the visual identity of...

Piccolino Melbourne

The transformation of a 25-year-old family pizzeria, Piccolino, in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs into an award-winning, internationally recognised contemporary dining venue by Hachem Architecture. The result is a 250m2 cathedral-like glowing beacon, which maximizes space and utilises light to transcend every expectation of a suburban pizzeria. Led by Fady Hachem,  Hachem were engaged by Piccolino their shared vision was to create a contemporary dine-in...

submerged

At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant. As visitors begin their journey through the restaurant they descend through three levels. From the entrance, where the tidepool is swallowed by the sea, guests enter the wardrobe area. Visitors are then ushered down one level to the champagne bar, which...

Crown Jewel

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park – the crown jewel of the hotel group recently commissioned Joyce Wang for a multi-million dollar renovation of their flagship property. Located at London’s most prestigious address the property has hosted fame, fortune and royalty in its glittering history. Wang has taken her inspiration from the building’s park-side location, specifically the different textures, forms and colours...

Quintessa Winery – Napa Valley

Any project that centres around drinking wine and taking in a stunning view gets a massive yes from me. The already well established Quintessa Winery in California’s Napa Valley has added to their already impressive subterranean cellar door by building three satellite private tasting rooms. With sweeping views through the trees and over the vines and estate lake, the tasting rooms are an exercise in...

azure South Pacific

Let’s be honest here, rarely do we see South Pacific projects grace the pages of design publications or register on the design radar. Brainchild of Paris based Architect Didier Lefort and local architect Pierre-Jean Picart, with interiors fitted out by San Francisco based BAMO, the Four Seasons Bora Bora definitively raises the bar for French Polynesia. Taking cues from...

Luxury exploration

A "lavish hotel in motion" could be what best describes South America's first ever, luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru, which was designed by Inge Moore and Nathan Hitchins of London-based design firm, MUZA Lab. Its inaugural launch journey in May 2017 welcomed its passenger-guests with an elegance and exclusivity also romantically connected with the local cultural traditions of the idyllic-seeming, Peruvian...

reviving the past

Located in London’s Covent Garden, the Henrietta Hotel by Parisian design firm Chzon is named after the eponymous street, once home to the city’s renowned publishing houses and booksellers. The hotel, stretching across two four-story townhouses from the late 19th century, comprises 18 rooms, one restaurant and a cocktail bar. Inspired by the hodgepodge of different...