<a href="https://design-milk.com/swedish-studio-wingardhs-gives-radisson-collection-hotel-strand-stockholm-modern-refresh/new-guest-rooms-at-radisson-collection-hotel-strand-stockholm-photo-rickard-l-eriksson-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/New-Guest-Rooms-at-Radisson-Collection-Hotel-Strand-Stockholm.-Photo-Rickard-L.-Eriksson-1-810x608.jpg" alt="Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Gives the Radisson Collection Hotel – Strand Stockholm a Modern Refresh" /></a>
You might have seen <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmvU_98F63N/?taken-by=designmilktravels" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">this photo</a> on our sister travel Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/designmilktravels" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">@designmilktravels</a> (are you following us yet?). The dining space looked so magical and beautifully designed, we knew we had to find out more about the hotel it resides in. It turns out that the <a href="https://www.radissoncollection.com/en/strandhotel-stockholm" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Radisson Collection Hotel – Strand Stockholm</a> was recently renovated by Swedish architectural studio <a href="http://wingardhs.se/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Wingårdhs</a> who gave the interiors a new modern look that appeals to all design lovers.
Photo by Andre Pihl
Wingårdhs was tasked with refreshing the hotel’s 170 guest rooms, lobby, meeting rooms, new restaurant and bars. The main priority of the renovation was to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that highlighted both new features and the original details of the storied hotel, which originally opened in 1912 to coincide with the year’s Olympic Games.
A custom color called Strand Grey was created specifically for the hotel, complementing the other neutral and
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/21spaces-work-local-craftspeople-breathe-new-life-alex-dublin/design_milk_the_alex_dublin_13/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Design_Milk_The_Alex_Dublin_13-810x810.jpg" alt="21Spaces Works with Local Craftspeople to Breathe New Life into The Alex in Dublin" /></a>
Dublin-based interior architectural and design firm <a href="https://www.21spaces.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">21Spaces</a> has recently transformed one of Dublin’s most established hotels The Alexender into <a href="https://www.thealexdublin.ie/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The Alex</a> – a series of contemporary spaces that reflect the changing pace of life in the Irish capital. “The refurbishment of The Alex could not have been better timed,” says founder and director John Henry Boyle. “The demand on a central location and the demographic shift following the relocation nearby of multi-national companies such as Twitter’s European Headquarters has meant that since the redesign The Alex has become a busy and lively all-day destination.”
The concept for the 105-room hotel draws inspiration from the heritage of the local area, including a tramline that once ran right past the hotel, and local 1950s interiors (the building itself only dates from 1990 despite appearing much older). “We went out and looked at the other buildings in the neighborhood, and there were
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/la-peer-hotel-los-angeles-also-serves-designers-studio-gallery/la-peer-lobby-livingroom-seating-chandelier-couches-details-ba1dda30/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/la-peer-lobby-livingroom-seating-chandelier-couches-details-ba1dda30-810x458.jpg" alt="The La Peer Hotel in Los Angeles Also Serves as the Designer’s Studio Gallery" /></a>
Located in West Hollywood’s thriving Design District, the <a href="http://www.lapeerhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">La Peer Hotel</a> is a new boutique Kimpton Hotel that takes inspiration from its neighborhood’s emphasis on design, art and style. Designed by <a href="http://gullajonsdottir.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Gulla Jónsdóttir</a>, it also serves as the designer’s studio gallery on the ground floor where guests can check out and purchase the bespoke art and furniture found throughout the hotel.
Jónsdóttir used earth tones and natural materials like concrete and leather walls, white oak wood flooring, plaster walls, liquid surfaces, and bronze columns to create this urban retreat. Custom-made furniture and fixtures, like the hanging lanterns, six-foot round light sconces, curved brass ceiling details, and a leather cocoon wall add to the hotel’s unique sense of space.
The 105-room hotel features guest rooms with white oak herringbone wood floors, free-standing tubs, living room spaces, high ceilings, and Jónsdóttir’s own furniture collection “Heimaland” in the penthouse suite.
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/hotel-parister-refined-boutique-hotel-middle-paris-new-creative-neighborhood/parister-hotel-30/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/parister-hotel-30-810x497.jpg" alt="The Hôtel Parister: A Refined Boutique Hotel in the Middle of Paris’ New Creative Neighborhood" /></a>
The Faubourg Montmartre neighborhood has become a bourgeoning center for Paris’ creatives. For traveling creatives, they can also partake in the neighborhood’s creative energy by staying at the <a href="http://www.paristerhotel.com/photo-gallery" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hôtel Parister</a>, a boutique hotel that gives a modern spin on the old world charm of Paris.
Designed by architect Aldric Beckmann of Beckmann N’Thepe
studio, the ground floor of the Hôtel Parister is home to the hotel’s “Les Passerelles,” an open space of libraries and lounges so that travelers can unwind outside of their guest rooms. The interior is filled with wooden benches upholstered with velvet, terrazzo tables, and brass accents that define elegant hospitality.
The 45 rooms, suites, and duplexes are generous in size (unheard of in a city like Paris) and the minimalist theme from the first floor continues into the guest rooms. There are three duplexes, each equipped with either a hammam, a sauna, or a private
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/nordic-charm-blends-modern-design-ion-city-hotel-reykjavik/ion-city-hotel-reykjavik-iceland-13/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/ion-city-hotel-reykjavik-iceland-13-810x608.jpg" alt="Nordic Charm Blends with Modern Design at the Ion City Hotel in Reykjavik" /></a>
It hasn’t even been a full month since I visited Iceland and I’m already itching to go again. While my previous hotel had a picture perfect view of the Harpa Concert Hall, I think for my next stay, I’d choose the <a href="https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/iceland/reykjavik/Ion-city-hotel" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ion City Hotel</a>, <a href="https://ioniceland.is/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ion Hotel’s</a> outpost property in Reykjavik.
Similar to its sister hotel, the Ion Adventure Hotel
, the Ion City Hotel combines modern design with Nordic charm for an accommodation that design lovers and jet-setters would both appreciate. Designed by architecture studio MINARC
, the property features 18 rooms and suites, with interiors that make subtle references to Icelandic design.
For example, a color palette of grays, whites and blacks mimics the surrounding glaciers and lava fields of Iceland. The hallways that lead to the guest rooms are also inspired by the countryside’s rugged terrain, with cuts of light illuminating the way for guests making their
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/tiny-enough-monocabin-rhodes-greece/monocabin-greece-front-view/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/monocabin-greece-Front-view-810x542.jpg" alt="When Tiny Is More Than Enough: The Monocabin in Rhodes, Greece" /></a>
On an island like Rhodes, Greece, you don’t need much to have the most idyllic vacation of your life, which is why the <a href="https://welcomebeyond.com/property/monocabin/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Monocabin</a> is the perfect place for you to relax, unwind and soak in the scenic beach views this island offers.
Less is more at this tiny vacation rental but also, tiny is actually just enough. Designed by Mandalaki Design Studio
, the micro home is the studio’s first architectural prototype exemplifying their vision of design, which is a return to the basics. Mandalaki sees the Monocabin as “a livable design object,” a juxtaposition of modern, streamline design and organic surroundings.
The 1-bed, 1-bath house is indeed small but so thoughtfully designed that you’ll have everything you need to make yourself feel right at home, including a kitchen, storage area, closet, garden-view terrace, outdoor shower, and fitness zone. Additional amenities include a projector for Netflix movie watching, a
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Most of us love to travel but we can’t always get away when we want to so taking virtual tours of design-focused hotels around the world is a like a mini vacation. With travel’s popularity, we switched our monthly <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/destination-design/" rel="nofollow" data-wpel-link="internal">Destination Design</a> column to weekly this year with the goal of bringing even more drool-worthy places to you. Just in case you missed all the magic, take a look back at these incredible spots we featured in 2017 that we’d all love to stay in.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/best-destination-design-posts-of-2017/long-story-short-hostel-7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/long-story-short-hostel-10-810x540.jpg" alt="Best Destination Design Posts of 2017" /></a>
10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/long-story-short-youll-never-want-stay-hostel/" rel="nofollow" data-wpel-link="internal">The Long Story Short: You’ll Never Want to Stay in Any Other Hostel Again</a><br />
A boutique hostel in the Czech Republic that combines a historic and modern lifestyle that’s fitting for even the most demanding travelers.
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- No Sleeping Bags Required: Glamping At AutoCamp Russian River
If you love the idea of camping without the gear and vacationing closer to nature, then AutoCamp Russian River
<a href="http://design-milk.com/history-meets-modernity-williamsburg-hotel-new-york/1704-the-williamsburg-hotel-10/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/williamsburg-hotel-room-3-810x659.jpg" alt="History Meets Modernity at The Williamsburg Hotel in New York" /></a>
When it comes to New York, space is usually hard to come by so we’re always curious when a new hotel pops up. Located on the corner of Wythe Avenue and North 10th street, <a href="http://www.thewilliamsburghotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">The Williamsburg Hotel</a>, designed by architectural practice <a href="http://michaelisboyd.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Michaelis Boyd</a>, is the new kid on the block that combines history with modernity inside its 11-story, 150-room property.
Upon entering the hotel, you’ll be taken to the Cellar Floor to check in. Here, you’ll find architectural fixtures and artworks commissioned by local artists peppered throughout the floor. You’ll even find custom toile-inspired Flavor Paper wallpaper designed by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys! How very Brooklyn.
There are five types of rooms at the Williamsburg. Each room features custom furniture designed by Michaelis Boyd in collaboration with Bill Amberg studio (known for its mastery in leather-working), marble and brass by Waterworks, toiletries by Apotheke, and the pièce de
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We went around the world and then some over the last 12 months so we could virtually take you to some of the most incredible design-focused hotels out there. Did you miss any? If so, let’s revisit these delightful places to stay and catch up with our <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/destination-design/" data-wpel-link="internal">Destination Design</a> column from 2016.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/modern-loft-apartment-available-rent-ghent/destin-dift-watt-ghent-apartment-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2016/01/Destin-DIFT-Watt-Ghent-Apartment-1-600x400.jpg" alt="2016 Year in Review: Destination Design" /></a>
<a href="http://design-milk.com/modern-loft-apartment-available-rent-ghent/" data-wpel-link="internal">A Modern, Loft Apartment Available for Rent in Ghent</a><br />
We skipped a hotel this time and headed straight to an unusual setup in Ghent, that’s a loft apartment located on the top floor of WATT Ghent.
A Colorful Mexican Hotel With Classical European Design
Located in Guadalajara, Mexico, the recently opened Casa Fayette brings a classic Art Deco-inspired hotel to the neighborhood.
A Hotel in Athens That’s a Throwback to Classic Modernism
In one of Athens’ most ancient areas, AthensWas is a hotel with a classic modernist feel with its nod to mid-century details and ancient Greek architecture.
<em>Special thanks to <a href="http://www.devorahlevtov.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Devorah Lev-Tov</a> for contributing this post!</em>
<a href="http://design-milk.com/restored-bauhaus-building-gets-the-karim-rashid-treatment-in-tel-aviv/poli-house_karim-rashid_yael-engelhart_0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2016/12/poli-house_karim-rashid_yael-engelhart_0-810x549.jpg" alt="Restored Bauhaus Building Gets the Karim Rashid Treatment in Tel Aviv" /></a>
Tel Aviv, also know as the White City, is home to the world’s largest number of buildings (about 4,000) of Bauhaus-style buildings. Walking through the city, one notices that many of these buildings are neglected and dilapidated, even though Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But strolling up to the corner of Allenby and Nahalat Binyamin, there is one building that has been gloriously restored. Gleaming white with a curved edifice and luminous windows, it’s home to the just-opened Poli House
boutique hotel, which underwent a three-year restoration process.
Originally built in 1934, the Poli House used to be called The Polishuk House, and housed commercial office space, shops, and a clandestine Etzel printing press. Its Bauhaus-style edifice was designed by Shlomo Liaskowski, who was born in Zurich in 1903 and moved to British Mandate Palestine in 1929.
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/hotel-presidente-intercontinental-cozumel-blend-modern-mexican-design/hotel-presidente-intercontinental-cozumel-room-3/"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2016/10/Hotel-Presidente-Intercontinental-Cozumel-room-3-600x420.jpg" alt="The Hotel Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel: A Blend of Modern and Mexican Design" /></a>
Imagine escaping away to a slow-paced island way of life to the idyllic and rustic island of Cozumel, but instead of ditching modern design, amenities and hospitality, you arrive to a hotel that was remodeled with all three of those aspects in mind. Such is the case for the <a href="https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/cozumel/czmha/hoteldetail" >Hotel Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel</a>, redesigned by Mexican furniture and interior design firm, <a href="http://mob.com.mx/en/" >mob</a>, who was given the task of developing a hospitality concept that represented contemporary Mexican design and culture.
Mob collaborated with glass studio Orfeo Quagliata
and graphic designer Tania Zaldivar
to create signage for the entire hotel, including gold room numbers that greet you at the door.
Artworks by artist Edgar Orlaineta
line the wooden walls of the lobby.
Elements of traditional Mexican crafts were incorporated with furniture and decor created by renowned designers in Mexico, including: wool felt carpets by Dejate Querer
; bathroom sinks by
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/11-howard-hotel-feels-like-home/space-copenhagen-11howard-1/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/08/SPACE-Copenhagen-11Howard-1-600x450.jpg" alt="11 Howard: A Hotel That Feels Like a Home" /></a>
It’s becoming a modern day preference that when away from their homes, travelers don’t want to feel like they’re traveling. They want to eat, visit, and stay like a local, not a tourist. This was one of Danish design studio <a href="http://spacecph.dk/" >SPACE Copenhagen’s</a> goals when designing Soho’s new <a href="http://www.11howard.com/" >11 Howard Hotel</a>. By combining New York’s classic feel with Scandinavian design traditions, SPACE Copenhagen created contemporary interiors for each of the 221 guest rooms filled with beautiful objects that were meticulously and carefully considered.
The guest rooms, which look and feel more like an artist’s home than a traditional hotel, all have custom designed pieces by SPACE Copenhagen, from light fixtures to accent furniture.
Luminous oak oiled furniture from SPACE Copenhagen’s Fly Collection
in collaboration with &tradition can be found in each room.
We’re really interested in materials – stone, woods, leathers. We love things that age well. It’s part of our responsibility
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/colorful-cabaret-inspired-hotel-paris/destin-hotel-josephine-julie-gauthron-1/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/07/Destin-Hotel-Josephine-Julie-Gauthron-1-600x400.jpg" alt="A Colorful, Cabaret-Inspired Hotel in Paris" /></a>
In this month’s Destination Design, we take off to Paris to visit <a href="http://en.hotel-josephine.com/" >Hôtel Joséphine</a>, a boutique hotel with a cabaret vibe located just minutes from the famed Moulin Rouge. Noted interior designer <a href="http://exquise-esquisse.com/" >Julie Gauthron</a> gave the hotel a colorful, early 19th century French contemporary look inspired by the cabaret itself.
Charming floral decor is interspersed with modern wares giving the interior a vintage, yet modern feel for visitors. There are 41 rooms that span six floors, each carefully executed by Gauthron, who has a unique way with hotels (remember Hotel Crayon Paris?
Located in South Pigalle, right by the Moulin Rouge, the hotel is also adjacent to the Sacré Coeur, Montmarte, Opéra Garnier, and the Place de la Madeleine, for those wanted to sightsee.
The rainbow-colored rooms spark the cabaret feel and will almost make you feel like you’re living in the twenties or thirties.
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/abandoned-inn-becomes-eco-conscious-hotel-iceland/destination-ion-adventure-hotel-1/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/06/Destination-ION-Adventure-Hotel-1-600x400.jpg" alt="An Abandoned Inn Becomes an Eco-Conscious Hotel in Iceland" /></a>
With a past that involves housing workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant, this former inn was sitting vacant in 2011 when it was acquired. With the help of faraway Santa Monica-based design studio <a href="http://www.minarc.com/" >Minarc</a>, the abandoned building was renovated to become the eco-conscious <a href="http://ioniceland.is/" >ION Adventure Hotel</a>, represented by <a href="https://www.designhotels.com/" >Design Hotels™</a>, in Selfoss, Iceland. For this month’s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/destination-design/" >Destination Design</a>, we visit this luxurious Icelandic hotel.
The easily accessible hotel blends modern design with the natural landscape of Iceland in its background. The 45 rooms are a mix of industrial concrete and warm natural elements, like locally salvaged driftwood and lava.
The hotel’s location allows guests to enjoy the best that Iceland has to offer – with its close proximity to Reykjavik for city fixes and the Mount Hengill volcano for various adventures, there’s plenty to enjoy in the quaint town.
A new wing, made of a prefabricated panelized
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/arrive-hotel-lands-palm-springs/arrive-hotel-chris-pardo-1/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/04/Arrive-Hotel-Chris-Pardo-1-600x400.jpg" alt="Arrive Hotel Lands in Palm Springs" /></a>
Palm Springs continues to be a hot spot for weekend getaways and covetable, weeklong vacations thanks to its close proximity to Los Angeles. Just recently, the new <a href="https://arrivehotels.com/" >ARRIVE</a> hotel landed on the scene with its cozy desert vibe settling perfectly into the neighborhood with its restaurant, coffee shop, and ice cream shop that share property with its 32 rooms. With projects built up and down the west coast, <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=Chris+Pardo+Design%3A+Elemental+Architecture" >Chris Pardo</a>, the hotel’s busy architect/designer, as well as co-founder, knew exactly what he wanted since he was his own client.
The hotel’s property houses nine buildings with profiles that mimic the surrounding mountain ridges, while also giving nod to mid-century architecture, something Palm Springs is well known for.
The relaxed vibe is steered through the use of a natural palette of rusted steel, wood, and concrete, with the occasional use of color. The project was designed with a focus on energy efficiency
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/smart-hotel-istanbul-tech-savvy-travelers/destin-cloud-7-i-am-istanbul-1/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/03/Destin-Cloud-7-I-AM-Istanbul-1-600x400.jpg" alt="A Smart Hotel in Istanbul for Tech-Savvy Travelers" /></a>
Located in Ataköy Marina, the new hotel is the brand’s first foray into Istanbul, where they worked with I-AM to design the brand, interior, and digital elements. The concept was to design a hotel for young, active, and tech-savvy travelers with priority given to <a href="http://www.cloud7hotels.com/istanbul-tech-in-cloud" >tech and communication innovations</a> for the guests. <a href="http://www.cloud7hotels.com/" >The Cloud 7 Hotel</a> might just have you thinking you’re on cloud nine with its relaxing accommodations and modern details that fit their motto of “dream, discover, inspire, live, meet, and share.” Take a look, for this month’s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/destination-design/" >Destination Design.</a>
The lobby is open for socializing, instead of defined spaces. It’s a place to share snacks, talk, get some work done, or grab a snack. They also did away with the reception area, letting guests check-in and check-out themselves via shared tablets.
There’s a bar, restaurant, and cafe, along with a grab & go area for
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/athenswas-hotel-athens-thats-throwback-classic-modernism/destination-athenswas-hotel-greece-1/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/02/Destination-AthensWas-Hotel-Greece-1-600x400.jpg" alt="A Hotel in Athens That’s a Throwback to Classic Modernism" /></a>
For this month’s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/destination-design/" >Destination Design</a>, we head to Athens, Greece to check out <a href="http://athenswas.gr/en/" >AthenWas</a>, a <a href="https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/greece/athens/athenswas" >Design Hotels™</a> property situated in one of Athens’ most ancient neighborhoods, offering a classic modernist feel with its nod to mid-century details and ancient Greek architecture. The hotel, which stands in the foothills of the Acropolis, was designed by Stavros Papayiannis of Stage Design Office to be a fresh approach to Greek design.
The interior was designed with large, light-filled spaces that benefit from the shiny marble and walnut, two materials that are prevalent throughout. Throughout the hotel, furniture by legendary designers, like Le Corbusier, Ettore Sottsass, and Michael Graves, was used.
Just off the street, the hotel’s restaurant invites guests and anyone passing by to come into the classic space full of wood, spicy tones, and a buffed marble floor. The space’s mid-century feels comes courtesy of the Luisa Chair, by Franco
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