European Vacation: 5 Capitals of Design

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July 1, 2013
Headed back to good old Europe this summer for some design-driven travel? Our city guides offer an insider's view of what you should not miss as your travels take you from Paris to Helsinki and beyond.
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  No European holiday worth its salt skips Paris. And this look at the City of Light comes from one of our favorite furniture designers, Erwan Bouroullec.  Photo by: Jessica Antola

    No European holiday worth its salt skips Paris. And this look at the City of Light comes from one of our favorite furniture designers, Erwan Bouroullec.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  Don't miss how nicely modern architecture plays against the old stuff in Madrid, Spain. Rafael Moneo’s extension of the Prado, sits as nicely next to the neoclassical original as the gothic Monasterio de Jeronimos next door.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Don't miss how nicely modern architecture plays against the old stuff in Madrid, Spain. Rafael Moneo’s extension of the Prado, sits as nicely next to the neoclassical original as the gothic Monasterio de Jeronimos next door.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Maximize that summer sun by heading way north to Helsinki, Finland, a city that knows a thing or two about design as well. The 1969 Temppeliaukion Kirkko, or Rock Church as it is known, is one of the most popular places to visit in Helsinki. The dramatic interior space was created from a solid granite outcropping, and is often used as a concert hall because of its superior acoustics. Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus  Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    Maximize that summer sun by heading way north to Helsinki, Finland, a city that knows a thing or two about design as well. The 1969 Temppeliaukion Kirkko, or Rock Church as it is known, is one of the most popular places to visit in Helsinki. The dramatic interior space was created from a solid granite outcropping, and is often used as a concert hall because of its superior acoustics.

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Industrial designer Alfredo Häberli shows us how to pass the hours in Zurich, Switzerland, a city with no shortage of timekeepers. Organic design characterizes the tram station at Bellevue, a popular square and site of the opera house. Zurich’s trams are hailed as a model for an economic, environment-friendly urban transport system. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Industrial designer Alfredo Häberli shows us how to pass the hours in Zurich, Switzerland, a city with no shortage of timekeepers. Organic design characterizes the tram station at Bellevue, a popular square and site of the opera house. Zurich’s trams are hailed as a model for an economic, environment-friendly urban transport system.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Athens is home to one of history’s most important buildings, the Parthenon, but how does the city fare architecturally today? 
A spate of modern development, particularly a new museum that looks onto the Acropolis, suggests that things are looking up. Photo by: Alex Subrizi   Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009

    Athens is home to one of history’s most important buildings, the Parthenon, but how does the city fare architecturally today? 
A spate of modern development, particularly a new museum that looks onto the Acropolis, suggests that things are looking up. Photo by: Alex Subrizi

     

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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