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We travel the world for you and bring you stories on all things pretty in interiors, art, and architecture. Each month Christophe, our creative director, takes you on a trip exploring design and creativity in a different country.
We immerse ourselves in the local design community and provide in-depth reviews of designers, projects, local makers, and visual inspiration from around the globe. These stories are complemented with interior design mood board ideas and unique custom carpet patterns, all drawn from inspiration discovered during our exploration trips. A truly unique perspective, allowing you to discover a region in detail and from a designer’s perspective.
Each week we bring you two new material palettes, inspired by our travels and full of material inspiration. A uniquely textured wall, a historic artifact, a jaw-dropping scenery, from big to small, we find our inspiration where the roads take us. Each mood board is assembled with contract-grade materials that can be sourced through Material Bank. For each interiors palette, you can read about the inspiring story and access the list of all materials, including click-through links to Material Bank for sample order.
If you’re looking for the coolest carpet idea or the most trendy carpet around, then this is your spot. Fueled by creativity and inspired by our travels, we create two new custom carpet concepts each week. Hospitality carpet or workplace carpet that will truly set apart your project and inspire new trends.
Around the different provinces in the Philippines, Baguio has attempted to become the nation's "Whisk Broom Capital." However, similar brooms can be made in many locations in the Philippines. The name "Baguio City" may be affected because the province is a popular tourist destination in the country. Further, the Philippine Whisk Broom or Soft Brooms' primary material is flower stalks from tiger grass. And tiger grass grows in areas like Baguio in Benguet and Aliem in Ilocos Sur. Known as a 'walis tambo,' this traditional Filipino broom is used to sweep polished or relatively smooth floors around the house and
Located in the eastern foothills of the Qilian Mountains in Gansu Province, the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park has a beautiful landform area and colorful mountain ridges. The main areas of the Danxia landform are in Kangle and Baiyin townships. The most visited site of the park is close to downtown Zhangye, the Linze Danxia scenic area. The Bingo scenic area is also popular and located on the north bank of the Liyuan River. The unique rainbow mountains were formed by sandstones and siltstones deposited in China before the Himalayan Mountains were formed. The sand and silt were deposited with
The Art Deco era brought a new architectural style to China. However, this western style differed from others that arrived in the country. Art Deco in China included sub-genres that incorporate design elements from different cultures. Poy Gum Lee became one of Shanghai's most essential and versatile Art Deco designers. His style ranges from classic mid-period Art Deco to Chine Deco to the Mediterranean. Born in 1900, Lee studied at the Pratt Institute, earning his diploma in architecture in 1920. He designed YMCAs and YWCAs in 11 cities throughout China. The architect also designed many buildings in Shanghai, including the
The Longji Rice Terraces located in Longsheng County, Guilin, were built during the Ming Dynasty and completed in the early Qing Dynasty. The rice terraces have a history of over 650 years. Longji Terraces are a group of rice terraces with fields distributed between 300 and 1100 meters above sea level. The terraces can be divided from east to west into three sections. The Jinkeng Red Yao Terraced Fields Spot, Ping’an Zhuang Terraced Fields Spot, and Longji Old Village Cultural Terraced Field Spot. The first two spots are the core and most breathtaking part of the historic terraces. Ping’an Zhuang
Shenzhen's East & West Restaurant is a very uniquely designed restaurant in China. The front of the restaurant consists of simple fencing made of bamboo and steel and a huge banyan tree. This tree is the focal point when you enter the restaurant. Every detail of the space and décor was thought through, keeping the banyan tree in mind. As you enter the restaurant, the beautiful tree stands tall. Behind it is a steel structure with black sand mountains and red sand skies. Shenzhen The city of Shenzhen, historically known as Sham Chun, is located on the east bank of
Walking around a busy city can be fun, but it can also tire you as the day starts winding down. Knowing the best coffee shops when visiting a place is always important. Shanghai is popular among visitors for its incredible design, so follow along as we show you some of the minimalist coffee shop designs in the Chinese coastal city. Yijian Café Designed by Beijing-based Golucci Interior Architects, the Yijian Café is a beautiful showcase of purposeful simplicity. The coffee shop design takes inspiration from its location’s Sino-French interiors of the 1930s to create something minimalist yet playful. The coffee
Located in the Xuhui District in Shanghai, West Bund has been a center of transportation, logistics, and production in China for over 100 years. West Bund oversees the Huangpu River and is positioned to provide world-class urban waterfront public space. The area has many venues, including the West Bund Museum, the Culture and Art Pilot Zone, the Shanghai Center of Photography, and the YUZU Museum. Design Sir David Chipperfield and his team designed the West Bund Museum. The museum is considered to have improved both sides of the Huangpu River. It is a core venue of Art Museum Avenue. Its
Chinese gardens are designed to recreate and miniaturize more significant natural landscapes. Every Chinese Garden contains a building or pavilion, decorative rocks, plants, trees, flowers, and water elements. Most of the nation’s gardens are enclosed by a wall and have a path you walk through. History The first Chinese gardens were built in the Yellow River valley during the Shang Dynasty. There were two types of gardens, one where animals were kept and another for plants and gardening. For 3000 years, emperors, government officials, scholars, and poets have built their Chinese gardens. One of the unique aspects of Chinese gardens
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