Category Archives: Design

Carlo Scarpa + Banca Popolare + Castelvecchio Museum Verona

Strings Attached The paradox. His architecture is so legible yet he defies classification. His work is half a century old yet timeless. His influence is widespread although he wasn’t especially prolific. His oeuvre is so Italian but he still inspired … Continue reading

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Carlo Scarpa + Corridors + Stairs

Dinner in The Garrick Beneath the Watchful Eyes of Mrs Bracegirdle There are Carlo Scarpa corridors and there are corridors. The former enliven the journey. There are stairs and there are Carlo Scarpa stairs. The latter bring you a little … Continue reading

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Hôtel + Café Métropole Brussels

Eclectic Dreams It’s the café with a hotel attached. In 1890 the Weilemans-Ceuppens brewing brothers opened Café Métropole chiefly to sell their own branded beer. Such was their success they bought the bank next door and transformed it into a … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + MML + The Green Dress

The Balm of Gilead

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Mary Martin Fashion Designer + The Green Dress

Destiny Hall Every occasion is an haute couture one. Especially when you know Scotland’s International Awards Best Fashion Designer Mary Martin.

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Mary Martin London + The Green Dress Ireland

Friday Street Sognatrice, sofisticato soavità. Landed circles. When every day is extraordinary.

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Galignani Bookshop + Rue de Rivoli Paris

There Will be a Moon in Paris Tonight Cultured Parisiennes like Maud Rabin always comment how Paris is constantly under construction; the city as cathedral. Perhaps that’s how it can lean towards an old architecture yet expressing l’esprit nouveau. Chaneling … Continue reading

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Pitzhanger Manor London + Anish Kapoor

Master of Mirrors, Master of Light It’s the GSM rule. The thicker the invitation card, the better the party. The relaunch of Pitzhanger Manor proved the point. Sir John Soane’s former country house – post a £12 million facelift (or … Continue reading

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Sofitel Vieux Port Hotel Marseille + Paul Cézanne

Unstill Life “Well, life is full of surprises,” proclaims essayist and novelist Marilynne Robinson. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve just woken up in Marseille. South of France. A night in Provence. There’s more. Breakfast in bed in the Mediterranean city’s best … Continue reading

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La Tourette Marseille + Fernand Pouillon

The Divine Architect “I am content to place humankind at the centre of Creation. We are complex enough, interesting enough… I find the soul a valuable concept, a statement of the dignity of a human life and of the unutterable … Continue reading

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