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Mismo explorer bag

Mismo Explorer Bag

Should you, weary traveler, be suffering from a crippling case of rollerboard fatigue, and have either the broad shoulders or iron will needed to port your carry-on entirely on your person, this is the weekender for you. I've long admired the clean lines, hardy canvas, and top-notch hardware of the Danish company Mismo's luggage. And this season brings with it the handsome Explorer, a leather-strapped bit of portage that puts that gym bag you've been lugging as a weekender to shame.
August 24, 2012
Minneapolis Hyatt Hotel renovation

Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis

When Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor describes the $25 million interior redesign process of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, he calls it a "multi-part architectural narrative." Included in the story line are themes of industrial production and a broader "Made-in-America" strategy. Though materials and manufacturers were priced globally, Minnesotan options turned out to be both less expensive and more fitting, making this project a worthy prototype for designing with regional sustainability in mind. We tour the hotel to see the efforts in action.
August 23, 2012
Modern kitchen with Corian countertop and Heath Ceramics tiled wall

Modern Home in a California Resort Town

A storied 1980 party house enters a mellower chapter of intimate gatherings filled with canapés, crooners, and cocktails.
August 22, 2012
Exterior View of Renovated Airstream Trailer

7 Airstreams We Love

In our September 2012 "Open House" issue, we covered the renovated airstream of Austin, Texas's Stubb's. With the help of designer Burton Baldridge, the renowned concert venue received a new green room in which their performers can kick back and relax before a set or wind down afterward. As a complement to the story, we've rounded up seven of our favorite Airstream flips and facelifts. 
August 21, 2012
Revamped Airstream trailer by Burton Naldridge

Trailer Flash

Most folks who kit out a vintage Airstream intend to take it on the road, but Burton Baldridge’s design—a hip new green room for one of the most respected music venues in Austin, Texas—is happy to stay put.
August 20, 2012
Murray Moss portrait by Riccardo Vecchio

The Ringmaster

In February, Murray Moss closed his landmark SoHo design emporium to open a smaller headquarters. Now he’s pursuing a new agenda: marrying art and design in a 21st-century Wunderkammer.
August 20, 2012
Modern kids room with white walls and bright textiles

Kids' Rooms We Love

Kids' rooms often tread transitionary territory when it comes to modern design. What might be good for a five-month-old may not work well to when he or she is five years old. The residents of these seven houses found ways to accommodate their growing broods while still maintaining their unique aesthetic sensibilities (ie. not succumbing to a toy-strewn existence). With clever space-efficient structures that subdivide rooms to ample storage that makes it easy for kids to clean up after themselves to bright textiles that can easily be swaped out when the wee one no longer likes them, there's no shortage of ingeneuity in the slideshow that follows, a follow-up to our popular round-up from 2009. 
August 18, 2012
The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam

The Conservatorium, Amsterdam

The Conservatorium is among the newest in the European crop of design hotels. Architect Piero Lissoni has added his touch to what was originally a 19th-century bank by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel. One of the adaptive reuse plan's boldest moves includes retaining the original facade and adding a multistory glass atrium. There, guests of the hotel can take a lounging break or dine on a meal while gazing up at one of Amsterdam's historic buildings. Due to its proximity to many of the city's museums, the hoteliers also hope that the Conservatorium also strikes a chord with locals. Arresting as the public spaces of this contemporary-meets-classic hotel are, the interior boasts all the marks of luxury accommodations: restaurants, a bar, spa and wellness center, and 129 guest rooms and suites. Let's take a look inside...
August 16, 2012
Pico Rocket by Femme Den

Product Design by Femme Den

At this point, it's virtually ingrained in the popular consciousness: “Women make up 50 percent of the population and 85 percent of purchase decisions," says Karena Cameron of Femme Den, a design collective ensconced within a thirty-year-old design consultancy Smart Design. And yet, "all the men are doing the designing without regard for our needs." Cameron aims to change that.
August 16, 2012
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