With their well-balanced aesthetics and long-lasting vision, these new comers – that I’ve discovered at Stockholm Furniture Fair – pay tribute to Scandinavian design heritage. Made of durable materials, their geometric selections dress up the interior in an elegant and discreet way, but nevertheless making a statement.
After a few busy weeks, I’m happy to finally give you some insights from my last trip in Iceland. Driving through the Nordic island, I discovered contrasted and breath-taking landscapes, from the beauty of the fjord to the impressive volcanic heritage.
Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is situated close to Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – within the Golden Circle. Surrounded by the mountainous lava fields, the hotel provides the perfect setting to enjoy nature far away from the bustle of the city.Designed by Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir of Minarc studio, the hotel shows a stunning architecture and leans on sustainable practices to live in harmony with its environment. Large windows enable natural light to come in and enlighten the beautifully styled interior where concrete blends in perfectly with others materials to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.For gourmets, Silfra restaurant proposes a delicious menu composed of farm fresh ingredients. Surprising and tasty, this contemporary Nordic cuisine focuses on local flavour to offer purity, freshness and simplicity.
The W hotel chain has chosen Verbier in the Swiss Alps to open its first alpine retreat. Located a few steps away from the slopes, W Verbier shows a chalet like exterior that perfectly blends in with the alpine surroundings, while inside the lively and festive W spirit takes over. Even in the Alps, design, fashion and music remain the three W favourites. Inspired by the ski trails in the snow, Dutch design firm Concrete successfully brought together the urban cool attitude with the Swiss alpine style. Carefully chosen details and artworks are spread across the resort. Recalling the ski tracks, the work of the tape artist, Buff Diss, adds a graphic touch to the walls and emphasized the laid back atmosphere of the five star hotel. On top, seven Swiss tales such as Heidi and Snow Queen have been reinterpretated by Dutch photographer, Marcel Van Der Vlugt, for W Verbier. Check out the making of here. Continue reading
Last weekend, Artgenève has attracted the art lovers to Geneva. Presenting national and international galleries, the show has delighted amateurs and connoisseurs of contemporary art.
Growing every year, the art fair has reached a higher level and established itself as one of the key art events in Switzerland. It offers a great setting to discover the work of Swiss and international artists in a friendly atmosphere.
Nature takes over! Little by little, it enters every room and adds a touch of sweet wildness to the atmosphere. Elegant and graceful, the deer is definitely the favourite this year. Home accessories, print, trophy and furniture, they all recall its gracious appearance.
Coming straight from a fairy tale, it seems almost tamed. However, watch out, it can disappear in a twinkling of an eye. Let it be your daily inspiration for the last winter months.
Situated in the Swiss Alps, the Whitepod is a place where breathtaking scenery and luxury nature experience melt into one. While I was heading to the resort, I tried to figure out the atmosphere of the pod and what I discovered was just beyond my expectations. After a short walk in the snow to breathe the fresh air, I entered in one of the “bubbles”.
Decorated in an alpine style, each pod is actually a cosy suite by itself with a large bed, a mezzanine, a modern bathroom, a small lounge corner and a wood-burning stove. Anyone with an adventurer’s soul will be happy to keep the fire burning, even at night, to wake up at sunrise and see this amazing view… probably one of the best ways to start the day. Continue reading