Conservatorium: Inside the best hotel in Amsterdam

The Conservatorium hotel is based on the concept ‘old meets new.’ This theme can be seen in every corner of the hotel, not only in the spectacular renovation executed by Italian architect designer Piero Lissoni, but also in the artwork displayed on the walls, the entertainment provided by the hotel and its stylish interior. The hotel is a nod to the past with a contemporary finish. In order to fully appreciate the Conservatorium, which opened its doors in 2011, it is important to step back in time to 1899. Back then, the neo-gothic building Designed by D.E.C. Knuttel...

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Inside the new Directors Club at Aston Villa

Aston Villa is upping its game on and off the pitch. Branding and strategy specialists, Forward Associates, have teamed up with architects Nick Leith-Smith to transform the hospitality offered at the club. Together, with the help of hospitality specialists Levy Restaurants and contractors Benchmark, they have created an exclusive fine dining experience in the form of the Directors Club. Designed to offer an unparalleled game experience, the Director’s Club delivers fans the best seat in the house alongside a delicious menu. The club offers panoramic views of the pitch, providing its guests with a VIP experience. Nick...

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Brand on a mission: IKEA team up with NASA to imagine homes on Mars

Letter from Älmhult: Cate St Hill visits IKEA’s ‘House of Curiosity’ in the remote Swedish village where the brand began, to talk about upcoming designs and collaborations — including their expansion into space Words by Cate St Hill No doubt we all own something from IKEA, but now the Swedish furniture giant is taking its manifesto of making good design available to the many even further afield, with new collections that will see its products pushed across every corner of the world – and even into space. At this year’s Democratic Design Day 2017 (7–8 June) — IKEA’s annual global...

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Chapman Taylor reveal plans for huge eco-resort in Vietnam

Chapman Taylor looks set to cash in on Vietnam’s tourism industry after plans for its Mui Dinh Eco-Resort have been approved by the Vietnamese government. The ambitious project will consist of six resort hotels and a boutique hotel offering a jaw-dropping 7,000 rooms for guests to choose from. Alongside this, there will be 500 ocean-facing villas. Built on the beautiful eastern Vietnamese coast, the resort has been designed to reflect its surrounding environment of sand, sea, salt and sun. Chapman Taylor’s Bangkok studio is responsible for the design of the 1,100,000m² masterplan for the one of a kind...

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Introducing London's first purpose-built creative district

Urban developers, Knight Dragon, are creating London’s first ever purpose-built district designed for the creative industries. Located in Greenwich Peninsula, the area will provide affordable studio space and provide a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives. Richard Margree, chief executive of Knight Dragon, said: “Creativity is what drives forward any thriving city. The Peninsula presents a unique chance to create a new permanent district designed by creative for creative.“ Answering the cities cry for more affordable rents for people in the creative industry, the price of workspace in the district will average £25 per square foot and...

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