The Kanuhura Maldives: A Gypsetter’s Paradise

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                                Whenever I ask a group of friends where they’d like to take a dream vacation, it never takes too long for someone to shout out “The Maldives!” and it’s no hard task to understand why. Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, tranquil solace away from civilization — what’s not to love? At the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kanuhura Maldives</a>, you’ll experience all of this and more because <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MUZA Lab</a> has redesigned the unique island retreat for the modern gypsetter, a word that combines the ideas of a gypsy and the jet set lifestyle. Ideally, a gypsetter is free-spirited, sophisticated, well-travelled, and finds excitement in traveling to new destinations. At that definition, aren’t we all gypsetters at heart?
The monochromatic design of the Boduberu Lounge where you’ll wait for your sea plane to the Kanuhura is inspired by the black and white sarong of the local Boduberu performers. Guests can choose from a
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Where I Work: Aaron Edwards of The Charles

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                                Aaron Edwards is one half of the award-winning digital agency, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">The Charles</a>, which he co-founded with his sister, Samantha Edwards. The New York City based firm, which also has offices in Chicago and London, are the brains behind the advertisements of some the most notable brands in the business, like Cartier, MINI, <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, Bloomberg Media, as well as fashion related brands, such as Misha Nonoo, Ellen Tracy, and Armando Cabral. They also won the digital design award for <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cocainenomics</a> via the Wall Street Journal for Netflix&#8217;s show, Narcos. Wanting all of their employees to have a voice on some of today&#8217;s most controversial subjects, the duo encouraged each of them to write an article for their recently launched online magazine, Charlie, including topics like <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">race</a>, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">censorship</a>, and <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">fear culture</a>. For this month&#8217;s <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">Where I Work</a>, Aaron takes us through his work days, creative processes, <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-303073" src="" alt="" width="810" height="520" srcset=" 810w, 800w, 768w, 500w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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A Kid’s Room That Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again

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                                <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Van Staeyen Interieur</a> proves that all it takes to make an incredible kid&#8217;s room is some wood, paint, and some imagination. Well, a lot of imagination, as proven in this project called <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">GERM</a>. On the top floor of a rural Belgian house, they transformed an empty, awkwardly shaped room into a bedroom that any kid would dream to call their own.
In the middle of the room, a large volume houses a bed on each side, giving two kids their own “bedroom” with incorporated storage. An attached ladder on the end leads to a playhouse with geometric openings for looking out. The bottom half of the structure is painted white with yellow popping out from the accents. The top and inside of the bed cubbies were left in their natural pinewood state for contrast. On each side of the bedroom, desks were installed along the sloped ceiling.
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Beetle-Inspired Acoustic Panels by MUT Design for Sancal

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                                Acoustic panels have grown beyond function with brands trying to also elevate the looks of them. The latest to throw their hat in the ring is <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MUT Design Studio</a>, who created a collection of modern acoustic panels for <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sancal</a> that go beyond the average rectangular shape. After taking a trip to a natural science museum&#8217;s entomology rooms, MUT designed these sound absorbing panels after a beetle. That&#8217;s right, the little crawly insects most of us don&#8217;t think twice about have inspired the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Beetle</a> collection.
Dropping the ick factor that beetles might conjure up for some, MUT chose to abstract them turning them more into sculptural works of art for the walls that also help reduce the annoyance of sound in public spaces. There are 12 different designs based on six upholstered panels that can be mixed and matched in different ways. Beetle was presented at iSalone during this year’s Milan Design
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Viccarbe Steps It Up at Milan Design Week

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                                <a href="" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Salone del Mobile</a>, the furniture fair held during the <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a>, is a high stakes game. For one week in early April, all design eyes turn toward Milan. Italians are not modest in their expectations for the 2,000 exhibitors at their 56-year-old fair: “Design is a condition in itself. Milan is its capital,” President of the Salone del Mobile Milano Claudio Luti has proclaimed With two new major collections pieces, in addition to their roster of hits, contemporary Spanish furniture manufacturer <a href="" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Viccarbe</a>, certainly brought their &#8216;A&#8217; game to this year&#8217;s fair. If your Spring Break plans didn&#8217;t happen to include a flight to Milan, here&#8217;s a little recap of their best.
Víctor Carrasco, the strategic director for Viccarbe, was about to board a
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10 Vertical Gardens That Bring Greenery to Boring Walls

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                                Vertical gardens have become much more popular as it seems that horizontal space has been growing smaller and smaller. Living walls can exist both indoors and out making them a great yet unconventional design option for your walls. They not only bring a natural element to a space, but they can easily become works of art in their own right. Plus, they help purify the air we breathe, so it seems like a win-win, right? Take a look at ten walls that have been turned into live vertical gardens for everyone&#8217;s viewing pleasure.

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L’Oasis D’Aboukir is a project by Patrick Blanc in Paris, France where the side of a historic building becomes a mesmerizing vertical garden covered in 7,600 plants from 237 different species.

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Located in Mexico City, Downtown Mexico is a boutique hotel designed by Cherem Serrano Arquitectos with an inner
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Take a Modern Escape to Chile’s Wine Country at the Viña Vik Hotel

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                                I can’t think of a better pairing than wine and design, and what better way to enjoy both of them than at the luxurious <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Viña Vik hotel</a> in Millahue, Chile? Designed by Alexander and Carrie Vik in association with architect <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Marcelo Daglio</a>, the Viña Vik is an incredible property with 22 unique suites that let you enjoy the finer things in life — and trust us, this hotel is chock full of it. Just take a look…
The hotel is nestled beside 12 valleys on 12,000 hectares of unspoiled land. The juxtaposition of the modern exteriors with the 360-degree views of nature is completely picturesque. From afar, the Viña Vik catches your eye immediately with its undulating, bronzed titanium façade, an easy reference to the valleys and peaks that surround it.

Azuelejo Suite

Azuelejo Suite

Each of the 22 suites at the Viña Vik have their own theme, with their
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