hospitality

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...

The Jackalope Hotel – Victoria

Now, one would not expect a luxury hotel and winery in Australia to pick the jackalope as its mascot but Melbourne-based hotelier Louis Li did just that. The Jackalope Hotel is situated in Merricks North on Mornington Peninsula, an hour’s drive from Melbourne, and its concept, design and overall experience justifies its name in a number of whimsical ways. Surrounded...

2017 Belle Coco Awards continued …

In addition to the focus on design diversity across residential, commercial and hospitality categories, the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards has dedicated awards for kitchen and bathroom design. This year sees the introduction of two new categories, the Rado Emerging Design Star  and Best Work with Colour Award. The winners will be announced in Sydney at the official Belle  Coco Republic Interior Design Awards night...

2017 Dulux Colour Awards Winners

In the 31st anniversary year of the iconic Dulux Colour Awards, combined to define the winning projects across nine individual categories. Announced at a gala event on Wednesday 10 May, The Dulux Colour Awards looks to uncover the most inventive use of colour in built environments across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Each year the panel look for the submissions that take creativity to new heights...

Botanical influence

Vancouver, British Columbia, has just welcomed Botanist, the new highly anticipated restaurant designed by Ste. Marie Design in collaboration with Glasfurd & Walker. Located inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. Staying true to its name, the crux of the décor is the indigenous plant of the Pacific Coast which makes its appearance in either living plants overflowing from gilded...