Category: travel


dreaming of a getaway in Bali

via Andy Spade (WSJ)


jesse’s vallarta rock photos

i love rocks… just had to post this

“So I didn’t take many pics in Vallarta… too busy sitting and getting sun, I guess.  Here are a few.  Along the beach, there are several artists and entertainers.  This man ingeniously balances large rocks on top of each other.  No trick here, just a strange knack for balance.” –Jesse’s caption

gracias Jesse!


dreaming of a getaway right now at one&only resorts…

travelling vicariously through luggage labels

a treasure trove of luggage label eye candy

art gallery / mobile hotel room

ach stay in Everland is a strange one-of-a-kind trip for the mind as there is only one room in this portable hotel – and it shifts from place to place over time. While it has ridden on the backs of museums and had views of monuments, a night in the bizarre hotel itself is much like a stay in a private art gallery. Each newly-framed artistic landscape allows urban travelers to reflect on their surroundings from unique perspectives previously unseen by other tourists. This mobile hotel has been perched upon a ancient museum structure in a bustling German city, sat in center of Paris with an ideal elevated view of the Eiffel Tower and rested on an existing luxury hotel in Tokyo with views out over the surrounding city. Each of these settings has afforded guests – permitted to stay only one night each – amazing never-before-seen angles on familiar landmarks and historical locations. Conceived of as an installation art project by Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the experience of this space is highly customized – each room has a bathroom, lounge and king-sized bed along with playful details including a set of golden bath towels begging to be stolen, a stocked and prepaid minibar, radical classic record collection a breakfast delivered right to the door.”
via dornob

want this Steven Alan carry-on

via Tmagazine

WHY or Wally Hermès Yacht

or WHY I want to marry a gazillionare…haha!

in an interview with Pierre-Alexis Dumas:

And now you want to build yachts?

That’s a very large-scale design.

What is the price tag on that?

Between €80 to €110 million ($109 million to $150 million). The industry standard is €1 million ($1.4 million) per meter. A super-yacht is about 100 meters long. Our boat, which we make with the Wally [yacht-building] company, is 56 meters. And this is why it’s very original: Our boat is extremely wide.

We have this odd shape because we decided to [build a boat that would travel] slow….Speed is so passé. What is the luxury for tomorrow? One of them is time.


I’ve been admiring this beautifully designed book:

And now in love with hitotoki by the same author:

notes from milan

“made in italy”, ATcasa, Trienniale Design Museum, everything Castiglioni, Flos lighting, Lissoni practice and office space, Missoni + Corian Du Point, vintage Kartell posters, animation and art space environment within Aspesi, woodsy theme and video installation in Dsquared’s dressing rooms, cool hunting, Fondazione Prada, Fondazione Trussardi, Trussardi Cafe, Cinque Terre, Spazio Rosanna Orlandi, Li Edelkoort’s Bloom magazine, Corso Como, aperitivo, uncovering Milan, gelato, Peck, Parco Sempione, Isola, Peter Greenaway, Francis Bacon at Palazzo Reale, High Tech shop, Art Book Milano, vintage Abitare and Joost Swarte’s editorial illustrations, Zona Ventura, Gabriele Picco’s drawings, (floral sculpture: Geert Pattyn, Natural Rhythms Rob Platell, Per Benjamin, Max van de Sluis, Tomas de Bruyne, Annette Kamping, Newlands – gastromorphoganique, Andre Martin), Bvlgari Hotel, Straf, Sheraton Diana Majestic, Naviglio, italic 1.0, aiap, esterni, Muse fashionart, Rebecca Dautremer, etc.

bits and pieces of London

some highlights….

1. seeing Tim Walker’s work at Design Museum

2. Yes, i paid £14 for a drink at Sketch (artsy avant-garde setting, very fashionny) But i’m going to fool myself and say it was absolutely the best drink I have ever had, and it really was…i need that recipe! I also pledge to check out every restroom of every cool bar/restaurant/space i ever visit. I cannot believe I missed seeing this pod bathroom in person!

3. At Philippe Starck’s St. Martin Lane Hotel, in the Asia de Cuba restaurant, they have these circular walls that display photos, shelve books, and hold potted plants. We were given a tour of the hotel interior. One of my favorite part is the detail given to the interior design. The photos hanging on the columns are actual people in the past from the area. They also include some empty mirrored frames so that visitors can see themselves as a part of the “family”. The “bookshelves” columns each have it’s own subject, and all the books selected are dedicated to the same topic.

4. At Canary Wharf, Susan Stockwell’s Paper Tiger exhibit. The design and construction detail of the dresses, which are made of rice paper and maps, are well crafted. Her map dresses are commentary on issues of colonialism.

5. a London landscape. I like the wonky tree.

6, The Wapping Gallery is where a very famous celebrity is rumored to have her wedding. Very cool art galley/restaurant/event space from a converted hydraulic factory where we had lunch. Just outside, is a greenhouse with a chair inside. I want that in my backyard. It can be my thinking spot.

7. Outside the office of Wieden + Kennedy, it’s quite obvious that we do not like automobiles.

8. at the Brick Lane area, a double decker cafe that i want to try next time I’m back in London

9. Camino…fun times! They have a great courtyard area for having “liquid dinners”. If I worked at the architecture studio that’s right next door, this place would be my everyday watering hole.

10. Maureen Freeman – set designer…her passion and dedication, opened my mind up to the possibilities of a theatrical space and experience.

11. Thymann Klaus – uber cool photography director who came to show us his moonbathing series for a Levi’s campaign and shared with us each step of the process, coming up with the idea, fleshing it out, working in Sao Paolo and Shanghai to scout locations, the shooting process, so we had an in-depth look at how a mega brand produces advertising.

12. Rain Li – cinematographer…poetic and sensuous work, inspiring to meet her and found out that she did a piece for Paris Je T’aime and Justin’s Sexy Back video.

13. Hyde Park and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain (i love the thinking behind the design of this piece)

there are too many museums in london i will miss this city!

getting up for a flight to Milan in 3 hours! to come, a recap of the best in london design and then milan too!

the annapolis bookstore

Discovering this charming, cozy bookstore was like finding buried treasure. Julie and I ended up spending almost 3 hours inside! They have a well edited selection of used and antique books. The adorable children’s room in the back feels like a reading meadow with a tree growing in one corner. Mary the store co-owner who lives right upstairs was very friendly and before we left told us about Bob the cat who is currently sailing to Greenland with the bookstore’s office manager and Proteus the iceberg, plans for a future hidden bookshelf door (supercool!), and surprised us with the register desk they built that is also a home and little library for their resident mouse.

books I bought:

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