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DESIGN INSPIRATION
FROM OUR TRAVELS

Our Creative Director Christophe travels the globe and provides you with daily interior design inspiration. We discover the latest and hottest new hotel, restaurant, workplace, and multifamily interior design and provide you with a more in-depth view of the project. Please browse through our archive of design travel stories and get your dose of design inspiration 

Our review of the SuperDesign Show Milan 2021 at Superstudio

SuperDesign Show Milan 2021 features two important events meant to expand your design horizon. The R/evolution is an original display setup at Superstudio Più, the innovative center that gathers creative individuals. The exhibits cover popular topics such as smart homes,

Eight architectural gems we discovered in the past 12 months

The world is dotted with incredible architectural gems. From historic buildings to modern architecture, the architectural landscape of our planet is both diverse and impressive. There is a unique combination of styles and approaches to design seen in different countries

Retail store design with that unique extra design touch

On our travels in the past year, we discovered some incredible retail store designs. Each reflects the diverse creative vision of interior designers from across the globe. In this article, we take a look at several of our favorite spaces

Satisfying our wanderlust through unique hotel design

With the hospitality industry booming in past years and getting ready for a huge post-pandemic revival, it isn’t easy to elaborate on the newest trends and exclusivity in just one phrase.  Hotel designs are now more focused on depicting lifestyle

Biophilic interior design, a review of this hot design trend

Of all the countries we have visited in the past year, one immerging trend that captured our hearts is biophilic interior design. This aesthetic works on harnessing our innate love for the natural world and creating innovative interiors that bring

An immersive tour of four major Egyptian temples

The incredible Egyptian temples reminiscent of ancient civilizations are one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions. In ancient times, Egyptian temples were built to be places of official worship for the Gods and Pharaohs. Each is dedicated to a particular

Visit the Egypt pyramids: the wonders of Giza and Saqqara

The Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara are essential on every traveler and explorer’s bucket list. One of the greatest symbols of ancient civilization, with all its grandeur, is enough to leave anyone awestruck. But if you think the pyramids of

Sevan Writers House is a remarkable soviet gem at lake Sevan

When on our recent travels, we journey out to Armenia’s Sevan Lake. You’d think amidst a National Park that any architecture and design would be quiet and overshadowed by nature. However, along the north-western peninsula sits Sevan Writers House. This

Exploring Armenia’s Soviet & Brutalist Architecture in Yerevan

With some impressive examples of Soviet Brutalist architecture, Yerevan has become one of our favorite cities. When walking through the urban landscape, the distinctive Russian influence is obvious. This is because the city was part of the Soviet Union until

Meeting the team behind A&L Architectural Studio in Yerevan, Armenia

While on our recent trip to Yerevan, we had the pleasure of interviewing architect and designer Lusine Baghdadaryan. Lusine is the co-founder of A&L Architectural Studio together with Aram Shahoyan, and they design everything from stunning residential interiors to remarkable

Red and mirrored architectural canopy at Tumo Gyumri

Located in Gyumri, Armenia’s second-largest city, lies the Tumo Center. This is an innovative digital media learning hub whose flagship location in Yerevan opened back in 2011. We had the privilege of visiting the more recently developed Gyumri branch on

Montebello Design Centre is a creative must visit in Cape Town

Exploring the colorful world of South Africa, we stumbled across one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets: Montebello Design Centre. This hidden gem sits away on a historical old farm estate in Newlands surrounded by greenery. Within the estate, you can

Flame Studios celebrates African interior design on Constitution Hill

Homage to African Interior Design  Flame Studios, a new recording studio that opened earlier this year, is located inside an old historical prison on Johannesburg’s infamous Constitution Hill. Tracy Lynch was the creative brains behind the studio’s African interior design

Join us on a graffiti walking tour of downtown Johannesburg

The Alluring and Artistic Sight of Maboneng and Downtown, Johannesburg, South Africa Our most recent visit to South Africa takes us to the neighborhoods of Maboneng and Downtown Joburg. These two places define the excitement of our graffiti walking tour

Join us on an exploration tour of the patterns of Guatemala

On our trip to Guatemala, we find colorful pattern inspiration from so many places on our tour. We take inspiration from the vibrant Guatemalan murals, textile patterns, and landmarks such as cathedrals’ ruins. Many of the patterns found on our

A tour of hand painted mural ads in Guatemala

Guatemala is so full of color. We have seen so many beautiful artworks and murals painted on the sides of buildings and walls during our trip. Young Mayan artists usually paint these murals, and they use vibrant colors to translate

Join us on a city tour of the colonial city Antigua in Guatemala

The old capital Antigua, a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, has a long history. Originally called Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, it was the country’s first-ever capital in 1524. While an indigenous uprising led to its abandonment,

Exploring the colors of Guatemala through materials and textures

Sitting in Central America, south of Mexico, is Guatemala. Guatemala is a wonderful vacation spot because of the tropical weather, vibrant colors, and famous hand-crafted textile art. Known for having a rich culture that dates back to the Mayan civilization,

Visit Chichicastenango market, one of the largest in Latin America

Visiting the Chichicastenango Market Market day in Santo Tomás Chichicastenango is an exhilarating experience. This village in the highlands of Guatemala is home to more than 50,000 people. On Thursday and Sunday, they host the Chichicastenango market, and many of

Architectural art by James Turrell at Fundacion NMAC, Spain

The Fundacion NMAC is an open-air non-profit organization and museum space in Southern Spain. NMAC focuses on the unique relationship between nature and contemporary art. The foundation created back in June 2001 holds many international projects by very famous artists,

Modern Delights and Old-World Charm at this Eco Resort in Spain

The white oak mountains of Southern Spain hide an eco resort called La Donaira. There, amid the old-world luxury, we found unique design and architecture most unexpected. The 15th-century whitewashed farmhouse hosts a renovated nine-room getaway. It’s an unforgettable experience

Two vibrant Valencia restaurants designed by Masquespacio

Masquespacio is an award-winning creative consultancy in Valencia, Spain. Duo Ana Milena and Christophe Penasse opened their business in 2010 and since then has designed interiors all over Spain and several countries like Norway, the US, Germany, and France. Masquespacio

Check out Cordoba’s center for contemporary art

The Center for Contemporary Creation of Andalusia, or C3A for short, is a contemporary art museum located in Cordoba, Spain. The museum has 12,207 square meters, with four floors and a media facade that overlooks the Guadalquivir River. The Andalusia

The nostalgia is back in Valencia: Cuadernos Rubio by Masquespacio

Cuadernos Rubio is widely known in Spain for its nostalgic educational books for kids. The kid-focused bookstore has opened its doors with its flagship store located in Valencia, Spain. However, unlike traditional education stores, the architecture and interior design use

Texture inspiration found in everyday places along our travels

Textures are a powerful technique for creating exciting and unique design projects. The texture is the surface quality or feel of an object and can be found anywhere you look. These three places are full of texture inspiration and are nothing short of extraordinary.

Four creative restaurants that feed our interior design appetite

These four creative restaurants in Belgium and Spain left us more than satisfied. With top-quality cuisine and stunning interior design, these restaurants are a multi-sensory experience to remember. El Nacional Located in the center of Barcelona is a unique multi-restaurant

Two contemporary stockholm shops’ take on trendy Interiors

With the rise of online shopping, it is more than ever essential to have a strong in-store brand aesthetic. Nitty Gritty and Ganni are two contemporary Stockholm shops that have people buzzing. A Warm, Scandi-look by Nitty Gritty It’s not

ArkDes Museum Stockholm stimulates design inspiration

The ArkDes Museum Stockholm is Sweden’s national center for architecture and design. It is a place of study and arena for discourse about the future of the field. Housed in multiple buildings, ArkDes hosts and funds exhibitions, education programs, research

Ett Hem, the Stockholm hotel that feels like home away from home

There are dozens of hotels in Stockholm brimming with sometimes predictable and sometimes top-notch, Scandinavian design. But the Ett Hem hotel, a former Arts & Crafts style townhouse turned 12-bedroom guesthouse, is decidedly different through design. This is the kind

Stockholm’s great art escape. All about Artipelag Museum.

The Artipelag Museum will continue to amaze everyone who visits Stockholm for its fantastic scenery and undisturbed natural environment. The museum is uniquely constructed on top of Sweden’s largest archipelago, otherwise known as an island chain, to preserve its beautiful

Interior design tour of Hotel At Six Stockholm

Hotel At Six Stockholm is a 5-star luxury hotel at the center of the Swedish capital. We loved our visit to this hotel because of the city’s breathtaking panoramic views and the clean, minimal feel of the hotel’s interior design’s

Coworking design that inspires creatives at Alma Stockholm

Alma is one of those local coworking and community concepts we wish were found more globally. Alma focuses on creating a local community for creatives that are movers and shakers. Above all, they use coworking design as a polar opposite

Fiberspace Gallery in Stockholms SoFo district is textile heaven

The Fiberspace Gallery in the SoFo district of Stockholm is nothing short of impressive because of its textile exhibitions showcased by textile artists from all over the world. The gallery presents unique art pieces by emerging designers that are hard to

The Ice Hotel Sweden is going to melt your heart

The Ice Hotel Sweden is the kind of property we could visit again and again — and that’s not just because of the views of the Northern Lights or the impeccable service. Uniquely constructed out of ice from the yearly

Wanas Konst sculpture park in Southern Sweden

If you’re visiting Sweden and are looking to visit something totally different, we highly recommend a walk through the Wanas Konst estate in the Southern part of Sweden. In 1987 Marika Wachtmeister, a member of the noble families of Wachtmeister,

Japandi design at this Swedish mountain cabin

The Japandi design of this cabin takes off the grid stays to a completely new level. In the Asberget mountains, at about 3 hours drive from Stockholm, the Bergaliv landscape hotel offers a highly unique cabin design that blends austerity

Two Stockholm hotels that bring the outdoors inside

Both hotels are located in Downtown Stockholm, at the Brunkebergstorg square. This 1970’s square is marked by its brutalist buildings, subject to a recent revival converting these office buildings into trendy hotels serving as social hubs for the area. Each

7th room at Treehotel Sweden, designed by Snøhetta

We’re starting our Swedish design trip with one of its most well-known hotels, The Treehotel, located in the small Lapland town of Harads. It is a place so remarkable, not only by the incredible architecture but also by its founders

Art discoveries in Madrid’s coolest neighborhood

The Embajadores neighborhood in Madrid is by far the capital’s coolest area, thanks to its multi-cultural crowd, vibrant squares, street art, trendy shops, and major cultural centers. We visited these two art centers: La Tabacalera and La Casa Encendida. La

Exterior tour of an architectural classic: the Guggenheim Bilbao

The museum that became synonymous with a city transformation phenomenon, the “Bilbao effect, can’t miss from our North of Spain tour. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim opened in 1997, boosted Bilbao’s economy with smashing success, and changed the way architects and cities

Giant flowers and a glass igloo in Madrid’s Retiro Park

The Palacio de Cristal and Palacio de Velázquez in Madrid’s Retiro Park are both parts of the National Reina Sofia Art Centre. We visited two really conceptual exhibits and loved both. First up is the giant nest of flowers by

Only you Atocha pays homage to the Big Apple

We have recently seen the hospitality design of Barcelona-based interior design studio Lázaro Rosa Violán at the El Nacional restaurant concept in Barcelona. At the Only You Atocha Hotel, they achieve the same level of exquisite authenticity by using many

Restaurant of restaurants in a former Modernist garage

El Nacional at the heart of Barcelona is a multi-restaurant food experience that presents itself as a restaurant of restaurants. The concept unites the most prominent Spanish cuisines in a meticulously designed space that feels surprisingly uniform and cohesive. The

Wine bottle design inspires vineyard hotel by Frank Gehry

The Marques de Riscal vineyard is the initial trendsetter in transforming vineyards into luxury hotel destinations, a trend which started in the 2000s and continues on its meteoric rise till today throughout Europe. It also marked the start of winemakers

Bold gold leaf palm trees at this concept store in Barcelona

Darial is a luxury concept store located in the trendy Dreta de l’Eixample neighborhood in Barcelona, which opened in the fall of 2019. Housed in an abandoned Modernist textile warehouse, the interior is truly magical. Designed by founder and creative

Foster + Partners designs Portia Winery as a church of wine

In the 2000s, Marques de Riscal started a new trend hiring world-renowned architects to design statement wineries. Portia Winery followed suit by hiring Norman Foster for their Ribera del Duero headquarters, a Spanish region home to many wineries. This was

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Become an urban farmer on this rooftop in Antwerp

PAKT is a unique ecosystem in Antwerp’s heart, where work is combined with urban farming, sports, and dining. In 2017 a mix of 25 creative businesses established themselves on the PAKT site. You can apply to become a rooftop farmer

Celebrating plastic design from the past at ADAM Brussels

The Brussels Design Museum has a permanent exhibition entirely dedicated to plastic design. Philippe Decelle started the collection in 1987 when he rescued a Universale chair by Joe Colombo from a trash container. He realized that yesterday’s iconic items become

must visit cool restaurants & cafés in Brussels

Three must visit cool restaurants & cafés in Brussels

Belgium is a tiny country, so it is no surprise that its cuisine is highly international and takes cues from many different cultures. Brussels is filled with amazingly tasty restaurants, yet three of them satisfy our taste buds and our

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Brussels city hotel brings the garden feel inside

What’s in a name? A whole lot at hotel Le Jardin Secret, translated as the secret garden hotel. In the midst of the Brussels shopping district, a hotel is hiding in plain sight. An unassumingly tiny plant shop is, in

Mima Brussels

11 artists express themselves through animal pop art

The ZOO exhibit at Mima Brussels is one of our most favorite museum exhibits of 2020. The museum is housed in a former brewery and brought together 11 artists. Through paintings and site-specific installations around animals, they provide an insight

Co-working that really does feel like a home

Many co-working concepts claim to make you feel at home; however, often, this remains an empty marketing message that isn’t backed up by space realities. Fosbury & Sons is a co-working brand that really does deliver on that promise. After

Comic book route in Brussels brings comics to life

Comic books have a special place in Belgians’ heart thanks to the incredible success of some well known Belgian authors. In 1929 Hergé introduced the wildly successful Tintin series and has sold over 200 million copies worldwide since. Other well-known

Hotel, hostel, co-working and co-living combined at Yust Antwerp

Yust is short for Young Urban Style and aims to attract young adults looking for a flexible lifestyle. POLO Architects transformed an old industrial telephone factory into an innovative concept combining co-working with a hotel, hostel, and long-stay apartments. Yust

Happy colors at these three Belgian art galleries

We forecast a strong future for happy colors in interiors, counterbalancing the negative emotions associated with the pandemic, and bringing happy feelings into interiors. As three art galleries in Belgium showcase, this can be achieved in minimalistic or bolder ways.

Wild tapestries and designs at this Brussels co-working office

Throughout its history, Belgium was world-renowned for its tapestries and was the textile center of Europe during the middle ages. Designers Erika and Justine established Krjst Studio, focused on unique made to measure tapestries or full projects. They believe in

Our recap of September design month in Brussels

It is very encouraging to see industry events and design fairs slowly come back, adapted to new social distancing requirements. We love that these have become smaller in scale, paired back to the core subject, and more intimate. September is

Focus on retail design in Belgium with three cool shops

For this feature, we are zooming in on three retail concepts in Belgium.  The already great products are lifted some great store design, focused on creating a unique customer experience. First up is the iconic cookie brand Maison Dandoy, synonymous

Vincent Van Duysen transforms cloister into zen hotspot

The world-renowned architect and furniture designer Vincent Van Duysen completed his first hotel project in 2019 with this 19th-century cloister transformation. Hotel August, located in Antwerp, has become the new hotspot for the region thanks to the exquisite interiors, dining,

Patterns, textures and colors of Lisbon

There’s no better way to close our month dedicated to Portugal than to provide you with an image report on our visit to Lisbon and its patterns, colors and textures. The city is not only filled with creative talents and

105 year old textile looms at work in this Portuguese mill

We visited this factory during our recent trip to the Monsaraz area and were amazed by its authenticity. Recognized by the New York Times as one of only three original secular wool handicrafts to still exist in Europe, the Fábrica

Medieval town of Monsaraz is a Portuguese time capsule

High up in the hills lays the stunning Medieval town of Monsaraz, overlooking the largest human-made lake in Europe, the Alqueva reservoir. The village is a time capsule with its cobbled streets, fortress walls, and walls worn by centuries of

Creative mini-city at Lisbon’s LX Factory

LX factory has established itself as one of the main creative hubs in Lisbon, and started the revitalization of an abandoned industrial area Alcantara. Large factories had established themselves in the quarter during the 19th century, creating an entire industrial

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Rice farm transformed into boho chic hotel

Comporta, just an hour south of Lisbon, is situated on the Atlantic coast with infinite dunes and sandy beaches. Pine forests and rice fields surround the idyllic town, a perfect setting to disconnect from the world. The new five stars

Stargazing from bed at L’and Vineyards hotel in Portugal

L’and Vineyards brings the trending concept of vineyard hotels to an entirely different level, thanks to its commitment to a zen environment and ambiance. The elegant design by the Portuguese architects practice Promontorio and the Brazilian interiors studio mk27 is

Feast of textures and colors at the Burel wool factory

The Burel wool factory in the Serra da Estrela mountainous nature reserve is a testament of how design preserves invaluable traditions. Established initially as Lanificios Imperio, the current owners acquired the factory in the early 2000s while designing a nearby

Noah’s Surfhouse rides the eco resort wave

Noah’s Surfhouse blends the worlds of a boutique hotel, surf shack, and sustainable eco-resort. Set on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, just an hour north of Lisbon, the location is a surfers paradise. The project initially started as a beach restaurant and

Celebration of Portuguese art and design at 4000 feet

This 1940’s inn is perched high on the mountain top with one of Portugal’s most panoramic views: the Serra da Estrela, the village of Manteigas, and its glacier valley. At 4000 feet, it does take some cool blooded driving along

Talk Carpet Magazine issue 1

Launching Talk Carpet Magazine; issue 1 is now live

We’re proud to present you the very first issue of our monthly Talk Carpet Magazine. Explore and get inspired through travel, mood boards, unique patterns and special projects. This month we’re featuring the South of France. You can consult the

Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel skyline in Marseille

On my last visit to Marseille I was able to admire these two towers, dominating the harborside skyline of Marseille. Zaha Hadid was contracted by shipping company CMA CGM for this tower in 2005 and the building opened in 2010.

Polynesian styled beach huts, 5 mins drive from St Tropez

Situated directly on the vast sandy beach of Pampelonne, a short distance from Saint Tropez, Kon Tiki resort provides you the illusion of traveling to white Polynesian sands. I would have preferred to take a long haul flight in normal

Classic French hotel finds a new sense of modernity

Hotel Crillon Le Brave is situated at the Provence’s core and is even more at the essence of its namesake village. The staple hotel is housed in nine different houses, beautifully combined into one cohesive complex. The entire town is

Contempory chic design at this vineyard hotel near St-Tropez

Vineyard hotels are popping up left and right in Europe, with many choosing to become contemporary chic design statements in their own right. This trend is primarily started by Marques de Riscal when they approached Frank Gehry for their hotel

Artist Jorge Pardo designs hotel L’Arlatan

The Arlatan hotel in Arles is genuinely unique in its approach. Pharmaceutical heiress Maja Hoffmann is on a mission to transform Arles into a hotspot for creativity and young talent. She installed the second outpost of her art foundation, Luma,

Recycled/Upcycled art @ Foundation Villa Datris

This foundation is based in a small village in the Provence, mostly known for its many vintage and antiques stores. Kind of like Hudson NY, but in the South of France. This foundation has an outpost in Paris at Isle

Mr Christian Lacroix designs Jules Cesar Hotel

On my recent tour in the South of France, I made a two day stop at Arles, a genuinely creative city full of young artistic talent. Maja Hoffmann, the Swiss art collector and patron to the arts, selected Arles for

Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier @ Marseille

The Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier opened in 1952 in Marseille and is as current as ever in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of World War II, due to the lack of housing, the Minister of Reconstruction

Château la coste art gallery: art & architecture walk

Château La Coste art gallery is a vineyard where wine, art, and architecture co-exist in perfect harmony. Paddy McKillen, the Irish property magnate, purchased Château La Coste in 2002 from the family who had owned the winery for 70 years.

Starck designed hotel in Saint-Tropez

A few steps away from Saint-Tropez, Lily of the Valley takes up residence in the Cap Lardier estate’s preserved landscape. As a protected natural reserve, this well-kept secret is the green lung of the Côte d’Azur. It blends with Gigaro’s

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