The PURO Krakow Kazimierz: A Hotel with All the Design You Wish Was in Your Own Home

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/puro-krakow-kazimierz-hotel-design-wish-home/atrium-puro-hotel-krakow-kazimierz/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/atrium-PURO-Hotel-Krakow-Kazimierz-810x540.jpg" alt="The PURO Krakow Kazimierz: A Hotel with All the Design You Wish Was in Your Own Home" /></a>
                                In Kraków, Poland, a growing creative reawakening has turned the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz into a thriving hub for creativity, community and culture. So much so that lifestyle hospitality brand PURO Hotels decided it needs to plant its fifth property here to meet the needs of the creatives, design aficionados and art lovers – local and abroad – who are looking for a contemporary experience to complement the town’s rich history. At the <a href="https://purohotel.pl/en/krakow-kazimierz" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">PURO Kraków Kazimierz</a> designed by <a href="http://www.asw-architekci.pl/pl" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ASW Architects</a> and <a href="https://conranandpartners.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Conran &amp; Partners</a>, you’ll be completely surrounded by installations, street art, and modern design.
Throughout the hotel’s 228 rooms, suites, and common areas, an easy game of design-spotting will lead you to find that you’re surrounded by a myriad of design brands. Furniture by Carl Hansen & Son, Fritz Hansen, ByLassen, Mater, Gubi, Moroso, Baxter, Fogia, and Kettal line the spaces alongside fixtures by &Tradition and hand-knotted
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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Gives the Radisson Collection Hotel – Strand Stockholm a Modern Refresh

                                                <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 &#8211; 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 &#8211; 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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Design Milk Travels to… Portland, Oregon

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/design-milk-travels-portland-oregon/portland-skyline/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/portland-skyline-810x455.jpg" alt="Design Milk Travels to… Portland, Oregon" /></a>
                                If you’ve never been to Portland, Oregon, you might already have some preconceived notions of what to expect from this little region in the Pacific Northwest. There are certain stereotypes about Portland that do play into the city’s popular slogan “Keep Portland Weird” but after visiting Portland last year, I’ve learned that there’s so much to this city underneath its part eccentric, part outdoorsy facade. This city has exploded in the last few years, gaining a wholesome reputation of a thriving hub for creativity and community. If you’re heading to PDX, check out our travel recommendations below and skip the lines for Salt &amp; Straw and Voodoo Donuts.
(Actually, grab those cones and donuts to go while you take on this itinerary. Those ice cream flavors and glazes really do live up to the hype.)

WHERE TO STAY

Yes, you can stay at the popular Ace Hotel and wake
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Anthony Gall Transforms a Historic Pie Slice-Shaped Building into the Hotel Clark in Budapest

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/anthony-gall-transforms-historic-pie-slice-shaped-building-hotel-clark-budapest/hotel-clark-budapest-16/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/hotel-clark-budapest-16-810x540.jpg" alt="Anthony Gall Transforms a Historic Pie Slice-Shaped Building into the Hotel Clark in Budapest" /></a>
                                Australian architect Anthony Gall had to overcome a peculiar design situation when it came to designing the <a href="http://hotelclarkbudapest.hu/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hotel Clark</a> in Budapest. Instead of designing for a regular, rectangular shape building, he had to design for one that was shaped like a fourth of a pie. The original two-story building designed by Miklós Ybl that once housed the Buda Savings Bank has a unique shape due to a fire during World War II, as well as the reconstruction period that followed it. A round-about was also placed at the foot of Széchenyi’s Chain Bridge sectioning off a large piece of the plot land. With ideal views but less-than-ideal ground space, sandwiched between stunning views of the Buda Castle and the Danube River, the Hotel Clark proves that good design can solve any odd-shaped problem.
The Hotel Clark was painted an earth-tone color as to not distract attention from the historic Chain
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The Little Albion Guest House in Australia Combines Two Different Eras of Sydney

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/little-albion-guesthouse-australia-combines-two-different-eras-sydney/little-albion__big-albion/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Little-Albion__big-albion-810x540.jpg" alt="The Little Albion Guest House in Australia Combines Two Different Eras of Sydney" /></a>
                                Nestled on Sydney’s thriving hub of Surry Hills in Australia is the <a href="https://www.littlealbion.com.au/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Little Albion Guest House</a>, a new boutique hotel designed by <a href="http://spacecontrol.com.au/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cressida Kennedy of Space Control Design</a> in collaboration with <a href="http://www.archemy.com.au/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Connie Alessi</a> for <a href="https://www.8hotels.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">8 Hotels</a>. The design team transformed the historic 1900’s Federation-built convent into a 35-room hotel complete with a new adjacent architectural extension and interiors that reflect the design aesthetics of Sydney from the 1920s and 1970s.
The white ceramic brick + steel extension houses the hotel’s reception. Guests can mingle in the sunken lounge area, browse the mini bar selections, or tend to their work in any of the many nooks found throughout the floor. The guest rooms are an eclectic mix of patterns, colors and textures but the design isn’t jarring on the eyes. Instead, the design aesthetics flow nicely from one corner to another. For example, the geometry of the bespoke American walnut
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The Little Albion Guest House in Australia Combines Two Different Eras of Sydney

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/little-albion-guesthouse-australia-combines-two-different-eras-sydney/little-albion__big-albion/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Little-Albion__big-albion-810x540.jpg" alt="The Little Albion Guest House in Australia Combines Two Different Eras of Sydney" /></a>
                                Nestled on Sydney’s thriving hub of Surry Hills in Australia is the <a href="https://www.littlealbion.com.au/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Little Albion Guest House</a>, a new boutique hotel designed by <a href="http://spacecontrol.com.au/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cressida Kennedy of Space Control Design</a> in collaboration with <a href="http://www.archemy.com.au/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Connie Alessi</a> for <a href="https://www.8hotels.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">8 Hotels</a>. The design team transformed the historic 1900’s Federation-built convent into a 35-room hotel complete with a new adjacent architectural extension and interiors that reflect the design aesthetics of Sydney from the 1920s and 1970s.
The white ceramic brick + steel extension houses the hotel’s reception. Guests can mingle in the sunken lounge area, browse the mini bar selections, or tend to their work in any of the many nooks found throughout the floor. The guest rooms are an eclectic mix of patterns, colors and textures but the design isn’t jarring on the eyes. Instead, the design aesthetics flow nicely from one corner to another. For example, the geometry of the bespoke American walnut
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Hotel Kabuki: A Taste of Japan in San Francisco, California

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hotel-kabuki-taste-japan-san-francisco-california/markzeff_hotel_kabuki_09/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/MARKZEFF_Hotel_Kabuki_09-810x540.jpg" alt="Hotel Kabuki: A Taste of Japan in San Francisco, California" /></a>
                                Designed by interior design and branding firm <a href="https://markzeff.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MARKZEFF</a>, the <a href="https://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/san-francisco/hotel-kabuki" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hotel Kabuki</a> recently underwent a new interiors update that’s inspired by Japanese influences. Mark Zeff, Principal of his eponymous firm, says:
After learning about the culture of the area, and drawing on knowledge of Japanese architecture as well as my own affinity for the beat generation, we were able to reinvent and modernize the interiors of the hotel in a sophisticated way.
While Eastern influences are certainly abundant throughout the hotel’s interiors, there are also many details that pay homage to San Francisco’s music scene in the 60s, its hippie culture, and its counterculture movement of the 60s and 70s. In the lobby, a black and blond color palette inspired by the Japanese technique of shoutouts sugi ban sets the tone for the interiors. Carbonized black, alligator skin-textured walls are juxtaposed with blond wood floors. A Japanese calligraphy-inspired carpet delineates
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Monochromatism at the Redstone Hotel in Riga, Latvia

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/monochromatism-redstone-hotel-latvia/1_redstone_by_annvil/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/1_Redstone_by_Annvil-810x540.jpeg" alt="Monochromatism at the Redstone Hotel in Riga, Latvia" /></a>
                                In the old town of Riga, Latvia, the new <a href="https://redstone-hotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Redstone Hotel</a> has recently opened its doors. Designed by <a href="http://www.annvil.lv/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ANNVIL Interior Architecture</a>, the boutique hotel has taken on a very interesting design choice in which each of the top four floors containing the 11 guest rooms are all designed in a monochromatic color scheme.
The hotel’s restaurant, the St. Petrus, serves modern Latvian cuisine and is located on the first two floors. After that, there are no textures and no shapes. The third floor takes on the color of the Baltic sea. The fourth floor is tickled in English pink. The fifth floor is a minimalistic milky white. Finally, the sixth floor uses tones of a blue lagoon. The idea of the monochromatic floors was conceived because the hotel wanted to highlight the most important thing in the room: the guest! Also, because each room itself is monochromatic in design,
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Mathieu Lehanneur Designs a Lounge Space That Makes You Want to Miss Your Flight

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mathieu-lehanneur-designs-lounge-space-makes-want-miss-flight/lehanneur-le-balcon/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Lehanneur-Le-Balcon-810x474.jpeg" alt="Mathieu Lehanneur Designs a Lounge Space That Makes You Want to Miss Your Flight" /></a>
                                For some, the beginning of a vacation starts when you land at your destination. For members of <a href="https://www.airfrance.us/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Air France</a>, it starts at Le Balcon, a new exclusive space in the Air France Business Lounge at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Terminal 2E.
Designed by designer Mathieu Lehanneur, Le Balcon is an architectural respite from navigating through the hustle and bustle of the airport. The curved structure features a golden mirrored ceiling that reflects the movement of passing travelers while glass screenings offer a glimpse of moving planes on the runway. A central bar is surrounded by a series of theatrical box seats that provide a large sofa upholstered in blue velvet, a pedestal table, and the latest connectivity services. On the parquet floor, a large LED screen depicts an image of the sky that constantly changes throughout the day, imitating the outdoor sky in real time. A
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Savona 18 Suites: A 20th Century Milanese Building Turned Modern Hotel Designed by Aldo Cibic

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/savona-18-suites-20th-century-milanese-building-turned-modern-hotel-designed-aldo-cibic/savona-18-suites-milan-6/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/savona-18-suites-milan-6-810x540.jpg" alt="Savona 18 Suites: A 20th Century Milanese Building Turned Modern Hotel Designed by Aldo Cibic" /></a>
                                Italian architect and designer <a href="https://www.cibicworkshop.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Aldo Cibic</a> has turned an abandoned 20th century building in the heart of Milan into a design hotel called the <a href="https://www.savona18suites.it/en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Savona 18 Suites</a> for <a href="http://www.bluhotels.it/en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Blu Hotels</a>. The new building now feels like an art gallery with its contemporary furnishings and accessories, while the main courtyard retains the authentic Milanese feel of a casa di ringhiera (a traditional tenement with a communal balcony).
The interior design of the hotel takes on a funky, graphic approach which you’ll notice at the start in the lobby where you’ll be greeted with a large Tibetan-style cabinet, a yellow mosaic bench, and bold wall art. Throughout the living room and cafe, sofas, carpets, chandeliers, mirrors, and accessories signed Aldo Cibic and Paolo C. by Aldo Cibic outfit the spaces. The open-air courtyard acts as hub for travelers to mingle in the spirit of a Milanese casa di ringhiera. Guests can enjoy
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Hawaiian Hospitality Gets a Neon Makeover at the New Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hawaiian-hospitality-gets-neon-makeover-new-shoreline-hotel-waikiki/shorelinehotel_interiors_highres-26a/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/ShorelineHotel_Interiors_highres-26a-810x569.jpg" alt="Hawaiian Hospitality Gets a Neon Makeover at the New Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki" /></a>
                                Designing for hospitality in Hawaii can often lean very cliché. I bet you&#8217;re already thinking of lush green Monstera and palm leaves, pink bulbous hibiscus flowers, cowrey shells and prints reminiscent of kitschy Hawaiian shirts, am I right? Not that those aren&#8217;t iconic motifs of Hawaii but hotels that incorporate these elements as the main focal points in their interior design run the risk of looking like every other hotel on the island, aka boring and overdone.
Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design made sure you would never use those words at their recently completed project, the brand new Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. An explosion of neon and nature, this 56,000-square-foot, 135-room boutique hotel takes the concept of Hawaiian-inspired design and transforms it into a modern day interpretation that still feels authentic. Guests check in at the open-air lobby and pass through ever-changing backdrops of multi-colored fluorescent hallways and stairwells of tropical wallpaper prints.
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From Bank to Modern Hostel in Jyväskylä, Finland

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/from-bank-to-modern-hostel-in-jyvaskyla-finland/studio-puisto_hostel-jyvaskyla-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/STUDIO-PUISTO_Hostel-Jyvaskyla-1-810x540.jpg" alt="From Bank to Modern Hostel in Jyväskylä, Finland" /></a>
                                A former bank in downtown Jyväskylä, Finland, has been converted into a modern hostel by <a href="https://studiopuisto.fi/fi/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studio Puisto Architects</a> making use of the empty 1953 building. They skipped the typical hostel go-to of dormitory style rooms and instead created smaller, private bedrooms with public spaces surrounding them. On top of the mini bedrooms, <a href="https://studiopuisto.fi/en/2018/03/forenom-hostel-jyvaskyla/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hostel Jyväskylä</a> offers a full restaurant along with spa and sauna facilities all located in the basement. When the restaurant is closed, guests can relax and cool off there. And to make sure they used all the former bank had to offer, they converted the vault into a jacuzzi for even more relaxation. Overall the hostel boasts a black and white color scheme with wooden details giving it a clean, modern aesthetic that&#8217;s hard to pass up.
Above the ground floor reception area, there are three guest room floors that are practically the same. Each floor houses three
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The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/serafina-beach-hotel-celebrates-sand-surf-culture-san-juan-puerto-rico/serafina-beach-hotel-11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/serafina-beach-hotel-11-810x540.jpg" alt="The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico" /></a>
                                From <a href="https://design-milk.com/icrave-office-by-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">offices</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/modern-pool-house-retreat-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">pool houses</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/cerno-icrave-debut-new-lighting-collection/" data-wpel-link="internal">lighting collections</a>, New York-based design and branding studio <a href="https://www.icrave.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ICRAVE</a> does it all. One of the company’s latest projects is the completion of the interiors for the <a href="https://www.serafinabeachhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Serafina Beach Hotel</a>, a stylish property embodying the sun and surf culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In collaboration with San Juan-based LA Architects, ICRAVE stripped the building down and remodeled everything, including the building’s systems, facade, and pool deck areas. The team took inspiration from the views of the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring Laguna del Condado, as well as the trendy Condado district, to give the hotel its fresh new facelift. Tones of blue, sea-glass greens, foam whites and driftwood greys begin in the lobby, extend into the lounge, known as PiñaCo, and out into the pool deck. Upon checking in, you’re greeted into a double-height reception area that features a canopy of woven El
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The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/serafina-beach-hotel-celebrates-sand-surf-culture-san-juan-puerto-rico/serafina-beach-hotel-11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/serafina-beach-hotel-11-810x540.jpg" alt="The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico" /></a>
                                From <a href="https://design-milk.com/icrave-office-by-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">offices</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/modern-pool-house-retreat-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">pool houses</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/cerno-icrave-debut-new-lighting-collection/" data-wpel-link="internal">lighting collections</a>, New York-based design and branding studio <a href="https://www.icrave.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ICRAVE</a> does it all. One of the company’s latest projects is the completion of the interiors for the <a href="https://www.serafinabeachhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Serafina Beach Hotel</a>, a stylish property embodying the sun and surf culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In collaboration with San Juan-based LA Architects, ICRAVE stripped the building down and remodeled everything, including the building’s systems, facade, and pool deck areas. The team took inspiration from the views of the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring Laguna del Condado, as well as the trendy Condado district, to give the hotel its fresh new facelift. Tones of blue, sea-glass greens, foam whites and driftwood greys begin in the lobby, extend into the lounge, known as PiñaCo, and out into the pool deck. Upon checking in, you’re greeted into a double-height reception area that features a canopy of woven El
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The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World’s First High Rise Exoskeleton

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/morpheus-hotel-zaha-hadid-architects-worlds-first-high-rise-exoskeleton/02_zha_morpheus_photo-virgile-simon-bertrand/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/02_ZHA_Morpheus_photo-Virgile-Simon-Bertrand-810x591.jpg" alt="The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World&#8217;s First High Rise Exoskeleton" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> has a way of designing buildings so intricate and complex that the photographs look like renderings rather than completed architecture. Their latest unveiling is <a href="https://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/en/stay/morpheus/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Morpheus</a>, the flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau.
While the sculptural design of Morpheus was inspired by China’s centuries-old tradition of jade carving, the structure of the hotel hardly resembles any structure or building we see today. Zaha Hadid Architects describes it as “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton.” ZHA’s project director Viviana Muscettola explains:
Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form. The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.
The structure of the 40-story building consists of two internal vertical cores that connect at the top, bottom and mid levels. From the outside, the building abstractly resembles a figure 8, an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese numerology.
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The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World’s First High Rise Exoskeleton

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/morpheus-hotel-zaha-hadid-architects-worlds-first-high-rise-exoskeleton/02_zha_morpheus_photo-virgile-simon-bertrand/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/02_ZHA_Morpheus_photo-Virgile-Simon-Bertrand-810x591.jpg" alt="The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World&#8217;s First High Rise Exoskeleton" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> has a way of designing buildings so intricate and complex that the photographs look like renderings rather than completed architecture. Their latest unveiling is <a href="https://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/en/stay/morpheus/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Morpheus</a>, the flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau.
While the sculptural design of Morpheus was inspired by China’s centuries-old tradition of jade carving, the structure of the hotel hardly resembles any structure or building we see today. Zaha Hadid Architects describes it as “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton.” ZHA’s project director Viviana Muscettola explains:
Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form. The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.
The structure of the 40-story building consists of two internal vertical cores that connect at the top, bottom and mid levels. From the outside, the building abstractly resembles a figure 8, an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese numerology.
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Design Milk Travels to… Copenhagen

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/design-milk-travels-copenhagen/copenhagen/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/copenhagen-810x540.jpg" alt="Design Milk Travels to&#8230; Copenhagen" /></a>
                                After a brief visit this past spring, I’m a convert in the belief that if you only had time to visit one Nordic city in your whole lifetime, choosing Copenhagen would not be a terrible idea. If you’re a design lover, you’ve found the design capital. If you’re looking for experiential cuisine unlike anything you’ve ever tasted back at home, you’ve come to the right spot. If you’re just searching for paradisal utopia where everyone is nice, the weather is just right and the sun sets at 10pm (in the summer) so that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest, say <em>Hej!</em> to your favorite new city.

WHERE TO STAY

Copenhagen is one of those cities where beautiful design is just so abundant, the Danes barely bat an eye. Meanwhile, as an American, I’m ogling at this chair here, that fixture there, the effortless styling of this vignette over
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The Anadu Hotel in Huzhou, China

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                                At the foot of the Mogan Mountain in Huzhou, China, sits the <a href="http://www.anadu.net/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Anadu</a>, a luxury rural resort designed by <a href="http://studio8-sh.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio8</a> where the element of water is the unifying theme throughout the hotel’s interiors and themed guest rooms.
Studio8 designed the Anadu guest rooms with four different themes, each unique in their own space and inspired by the room’s surroundings. The Tea room faces the white tea harvest so its interiors reflect materials and colors that reinforce the tea theme. The Mountain room faces the mountain on the south so it features natural stone and a dark grey color palette reminiscent of the distant mountains. The Bamboo room faces the bamboo forest in the east; naturally bamboo is the featured material here. Lastly, the Sky room located at the very top of the building is surrounded by an infinity water feature that behaves like a mirror to reflect the sky
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Casa Fantini Lake Time: An Italian Boutique Hotel Inspired by the Slow Pace of the Lake

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                                Italy, with its picturesque landscapes and historic palazzos around every corner, is like a siren’s call for those looking for an idyllic vacation. The allure of such a beautiful country is not lost on most, though, and it can be hard to find a city to visit that’s not completely overrun with tourists during the busy summer months. However, if you travel just an hour outside the popular city of Milan to Lake Orta, you’ll find <a href="http://www.casafantinilaketime.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Casa Fantini Lake Time</a>, a 5-star, 11-suite boutique hotel that combines the beauty of traditional Italian architecture with the breathtaking views of the landscapes at the foothill of the Alps.

Photo by Elisa Piemontesi and Lorenzo Lucca

Italian architect, art director and designer Piero Lissoni of Lissoni Architettura worked with Daniela Fantini, CEO of Fantini Rubinetti, to carry out her vision for this unique hotel which was inspired by the philosophy of
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