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Inside Chile's Hotel Antumalal

Peek inside the Hotel Antumalal in Chile, a newly renovated modernist retreat designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.
April 18, 2013
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Two Innovative Tea Products

You may have heard of the hot beverage made by steeping dry tea leaves into boiling water. Tea in all its varieties and forms—black, white, green, powdered as matcha, and more—has been a hit for over five millennia, with its original development linked to China. So when a Stockholm-based design company, Afteroom, advocates "the traces of time," it comes to us with no surprise that they offer these two innovative tea products—the Tea Caddy Set and Tea Brick. Whether you're a flourishing aficionado or budding connoisseur, Afteroom has got you covered. In the tea department, that is.
April 17, 2013
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Iceland DesignMarch 2013 Highlights

Iceland recently celebrated its biggest ever annual design festival, DesignMarch 2013. The fair featured some 150 events, ranging from fashion to furniture and architecture to food design, making the world’s northernmost capital of Reykjavik the place to be for the design-inclined.
April 17, 2013

Table of Contents: A Fresh Portland Design Boutique

Portland-based retailer Table of Contents hits all the right notes. A modern purveyor of objects and clothing from Rason Jens, Lostine, and Martino Gamper to Henrik Vibskov, Patrik Ervell, and Beatrice Valenzuela, respectively, Table of Contents opened late last year by two local designers, Joseph Magliaro and Shu Hung. Inside, the thoughtful, yet eclectic combination of glass, wood, plants, textile, and metal fill the shop and objects get arranged based on a theme, mainly to rally up the founders' varied interests. Can't make it out to 97209? Their online shop is always open 24/7.
April 15, 2013
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Raffles Paris: A True Art Hotel

April 15th marks the final day of the 2013 YIA Little Art Fair (for Young International Artists), hosted by Raffles Paris and featuring a selection of contemporary painters and sculptors from France, Italy and the US as selected by three Paris galleries (Galerie Natalie Obadia, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, and Galerie Laurent Godin) who chose rising stars of the contemporary art scene for a group exhibition.
April 15, 2013
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Coffee Break: Third Wave Kiosk

A new coffee kiosk clad in reclaimed Cor-Ten steel sheet piles references local landscape and culture. It's located in Torquay, Australia, a beachside town about 60 miles south of Melbourne. ran a story about the cafe, praising it for "celebrating a spirit of invention, opportunity and making do with little means." We wholeheartedly agree with the assessment. Local architect Tony Hobba designed the structure, which looks modern, feels like it's been part of the coastline for years, and uses materials wisely (the metal used in the envelope was used as temporary formwork during the 2010 floods in Victoria).
April 15, 2013
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Destination of the Week: Palm Springs

Palm Springs is one of our perennial favorite destinations for design; the region is positively riddled with midcentury modern architecture and vintage shops, and the natural landscape is breathtaking, too. We've covered the place frequently over the years, including visiting for Palm Springs Modernism Week in February. Here, a few of our favorite destinations in one of California's most glamorously time-stopped towns.
April 12, 2013
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Design Idea of the Week: A Fool Proof Flask

The Geo Vacuum Flask from Normann Copenhagen wins Red Dot “Best of the Best” award.
April 12, 2013
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New Britannia: London’s Boomlet of Modernist Hotels

London has long drawn visitors to its traditional Tudors, Edwardians, and Vics, architectural styles by turns traditionalist and stuffy and often reflected in its hotel décor. But as the city readied itself for two epic events—the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Summer Olympics—its hotel sector started adopting more modernist and contemporary styles. And this has been a boon to more modern-minded travelers. Here’s a look at ten newly opened London hotels that are taking hospitality design to new heights and reinterpreting British style and comfort.
April 9, 2013