The BentoStack Declutters Modern Life with a Traditional Japanese Solution

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                                Count us amongst the legions who felt compelled to declutter our lives to soul-satisfying levels of organized calm after watching Marie Kondo&#8217;s Netflix series. But where our socks now reside rolled neatly in rows inside our dresser drawers and our 1920s-era closets have been culled to only store beloved essentials, my desk drawer continued to anguish in a tangle of cords and cables that definitely did not spark anything remotely joyful. Perhaps what we&#8217;ve always needed is a bento box – the traditional compartmentalized Japanese meal storage system – but one outfitted for tech accessories rather than lunch.

Each compartment has its own lid: the bottom lid holds two extra Apple Watchbands and the top lid holds the Apple Pencil.

Function 101’s BentoStack doesn’t hide the fact it’s inspired by the bento, the Japanese stackable lunch boxes now popular across Asia, borrowing the same compartmentalized design which allows a neatly

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The BentoStack Declutters Modern Life with a Traditional Japanese Solution

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/bentostack-declutters-charges-apple-devices/bentostack-7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/03/BentoStack-7-810x540.jpg" alt="The BentoStack Declutters Modern Life with a Traditional Japanese Solution" /></a>
                                Count us amongst the legions who felt compelled to declutter our lives to soul-satisfying levels of organized calm after watching Marie Kondo&#8217;s Netflix series. But where our socks now reside rolled neatly in rows inside our dresser drawers and our 1920s-era closets have been culled to only store beloved essentials, my desk drawer continued to anguish in a tangle of cords and cables that definitely did not spark anything remotely joyful. Perhaps what we&#8217;ve always needed is a bento box – the traditional compartmentalized Japanese meal storage system – but one outfitted for tech accessories rather than lunch.

Each compartment has its own lid: the bottom lid holds two extra Apple Watchbands and the top lid holds the Apple Pencil.

Function 101’s BentoStack doesn’t hide the fact it’s inspired by the bento, the Japanese stackable lunch boxes now popular across Asia, borrowing the same compartmentalized design which allows a neatly

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At Flophouze Hotel, the Trend of Upcycling Shipping Containers Lives On

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/at-flophouze-hotel-the-trend-of-upcycling-shipping-containers-lives-on/flophouze-shipping-container-hotel-jpg/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/03/flophouze-shipping-container-hotel-jpg-810x406.jpg" alt="At Flophouze Hotel, the Trend of Upcycling Shipping Containers Lives On" /></a>
                                The shipping container is a versatile building block for architects and real estate developers. The modular vessel can be fashioned into trendy and hip <a href="https://design-milk.com/12-homes-made-from-shipping-containers/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">shipping container homes</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsRHVv7jtI1/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&amp;igshid=iyvo6cohv1ob"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">a shipping container Starbucks</a>, or an <a href="https://design-milk.com/randy-bens-turns-a-shipping-container-into-an-architecture-studio/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">architecture studio</a>. As sustainable materials, upcycling, and a certain pared-down industrial look have become all the rage for designers and builders, shipping containers as residences have become more popular than ever.

In Round Top, Texas, Matt White and his team from Recycling The Past have taken six shipping containers and turned them into the Flophouze Hotel. While the rooms are small in number, their interiors represent an eclectic and considerate collection of materials from all around the United States.

Each Houze is designed with sustainably harvested wood from upstate New York and reclaimed lumber from Kentucky. Windows were taken from a school in Philadelphia that was due for demolition. The kitchen cabinet bases are from

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Open Call: Apply to Exhibit at Our Next Milk Stand Pop-Up Shop at ICFF 2019!

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-milk-stand-is-setting-up-shop-at-ids-toronto/ids-toronto-19-milk-stand/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/01/IDS-Toronto-19-Milk-Stand-810x551.jpg" alt="Open Call: Apply to Exhibit at Our Next Milk Stand Pop-Up Shop at ICFF 2019!" /></a>
                                Exciting news: our Milk Stand pop-up shop is heading back to New York! For the fifth year in a row, we&#8217;re bringing the shop back to the show floor at <a href="https://www.icff.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ICFF 2019</a> during <a href="https://www.nycxdesign.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">NYCxDESIGN</a>. As ICFF’s only cash-and-carry booth, this platform provides designers + makers the opportunity to share, showcase and sell their products to an estimated audience of 38,000+ from the design industry. This year, ICFF 2019 will run from May 19-22 at the Javits Center.

Think you’d be a great fit for our pop-up shop? Do you make something you think design lovers need to have in their life? We’re hosting an open call to discover new independent designers! Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/4mZHLmGMNKE542zY2

Applications will close end of day on March 31st, 2019. See you in New York!

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The Woodlark Hotel in Portland Becomes a Modern “House of Welcome”

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                                The <a href="https://woodlarkhotel.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Woodlark</a> is the newest hotel to join Provenance Hotels and it&#8217;s located in downtown Portland, Oregon, offering 150 rooms within a sophisticated and warm environment. The project involved the renovation of two buildings – the Cornelius Hotel and the Woodlark Building – that were combined to create a modern &#8220;House of Welcome&#8221; for the city.

Behind the hotel’s design is R&A Architecture & Design, Inc. and Staicoff Design Company who successfully joined two historic properties and restored them under the strict rules to keep their registry status.

Black and white tiles welcome guests into the lobby, which is flooded with daylight thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights in the elevator landing. The wood and marble check-in desk extends down into a coffee bar.

The new interiors have an eclectic feel that perfectly reflects the Pacific Northwest surroundings. The common spaces feel open and welcoming while still maintaining a luxe,

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The Carpenter Hotel Brings Boutique Hotel Charm to the Southwest

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                                A modest brick hotel, the <a href="http://carpenterhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carpenter Hotel</a>, finds its place in one of the last pockets of Old Austin just as the city opens itself up to SXSW, its biggest event of the year this month. The boutique lodging is nestled in a pecan grove between the Barton Spring swimming hole and the well-visited promenades of downtown, and features a collection of buildings surrounding a courtyard and pool.

The design of the hotel and the 93 guest rooms within were spearheaded by Specht Architects, with interior design by Jen Turner of The Mighty Union and landscaping by Pharis Design. The vision for the hotel was driven by a collective sense of place with respect to the location, the neighborhood and the city. The architects have called their approach a “collage” that “merges all the parts,” old and new.

The architecture highlights the natural feature of heritage pecan trees

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The Woodhouse Hotel Introduces Agricultural Tourism To Rural China

A collection of modern holiday cabins in Guizhou, China, surrounded by farmland, have been designed with shou sugi ban (blackened wood) facades. #Cabins #Hotel #Architecture

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Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan’s Woodlands

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/shigeru-ban-designs-a-sinuous-restorative-retreat-in-japans-woodlands/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/03/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban-810x540.jpg" alt="Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan&#8217;s Woodlands" /></a>
                                An hour away from Tokyo, in Karuizawa, Japan, Pritzker Prize winning architect <a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed a boutique hotel surrounded by woodlands for the ultimate luxury escape. The 10-room <a href="http://www.shishiiwahouse.jp/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shishi-Iwa House</a> has shaded courtyards, a library, a 250-tree garden and community spaces to create “a restorative retreat that reinforces the relationship between nature, architecture and human connection.”

The estate is made up of three two-stores terrace villas that are designed to encourage a continuous flow of spaces and amenities. Large timber-framed glass doors at the entrance lead guests into a double-height reception area and library space that continuous into an outdoor garden.

The gabled roof runs a sinuous curve around the woodlands, emphasizing the outdoor spaces and natural views.

All of the ground floor rooms open directly to the garden, while the rooms above have a private balcony.

Shigeru Ban is widely known for his use of cardboard. Here,

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Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan’s Woodlands

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/shigeru-ban-designs-a-sinuous-restorative-retreat-in-japans-woodlands/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/03/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban-810x540.jpg" alt="Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan&#8217;s Woodlands" /></a>
                                An hour away from Tokyo, in Karuizawa, Japan, Pritzker Prize winning architect <a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed a boutique hotel surrounded by woodlands for the ultimate luxury escape. The 10-room <a href="http://www.shishiiwahouse.jp/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shishi-Iwa House</a> has shaded courtyards, a library, a 250-tree garden and community spaces to create “a restorative retreat that reinforces the relationship between nature, architecture and human connection.”

The estate is made up of three two-stores terrace villas that are designed to encourage a continuous flow of spaces and amenities. Large timber-framed glass doors at the entrance lead guests into a double-height reception area and library space that continuous into an outdoor garden.

The gabled roof runs a sinuous curve around the woodlands, emphasizing the outdoor spaces and natural views.

All of the ground floor rooms open directly to the garden, while the rooms above have a private balcony.

Shigeru Ban is widely known for his use of cardboard. Here,

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Design Milk Travels to… Connecticut

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                                This week, we retrace the roots of Modernism to the East Coast of the United States. Connecticut, in particular, was the home of a group of five architects otherwise known as “The Harvard Five” who settled in New Canaan in the 1940s. The architects, Landis Gores, John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes are often credited for bringing the advent of Modernism to America. They were all influenced by Walter Gropius, who founded the Bauhaus movement in 1919, and then head of the Architecture program at Harvard University that Marcel Breuer taught at. A mere one to two hour drive away from New York, Connecticut has become known as a retreat from the city with sprawling homes and seaports and the home of Yale University. If it has long been overshadowed by the Big Apple and the close neighbours at the Hudson Valley, we hope this travel <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="wp-image-367824 size-large" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Glass-House-Michael-Biondo-810x456.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="456" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Glass-House-Michael-Biondo-810x456.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Glass-House-Michael-Biondo-800x450.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Glass-House-Michael-Biondo-768x432.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Glass-House-Michael-Biondo-500x281.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Glass-House-Michael-Biondo.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>

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In Odense, a City Known for Fairytales, Hotel Odeon Upholds Danish Design Traditions

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/in-odense-a-city-known-for-fairytales-hotel-odeon-upholds-danish-design-traditions/holmris_mg_5688a/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Holmris_MG_5688a-810x540.jpg" alt="In Odense, a City Known for Fairytales, Hotel Odeon Upholds Danish Design Traditions" /></a>
                                The city of Odense, Denmark is most well-known for being the home of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the man behind <em>The Little Mermaid</em>, <em>The Princess and the Pea</em>, <em>The Ugly Duckling</em>, <em>The Emperor’s New Clothes</em> and even the 2013 movie, <em>Frozen</em>. For all lovers of fairytales and literature who are taking a pilgrimage to the hometown of this famous writer, the newly built <a href="https://hotelodeon.dk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hotel Odeon</a> hopes to capture your imagination.

Designed by the Copenhagen-based office Co.Designstudio in collaboration with textile designer Barbara Bendix Becker, Hotel Odeon’s decor has that familiar Scandinavian touch, starting with the central fireplace in the lounge area. “It is a truly Scandinavian tradition to gather around fire. Life and activities have always been turning around the source of heat, and this is what we wanted to bring inside the hotel as well,” says Pernille Arlien-Søborg Henriksen, founder of Co.Designstudio.

Mauve and

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Luxury Watch Brand’s Shinola Hotel Makes Waves in Detroit

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/luxury-watch-brands-shinola-hotel-makes-waves-in-detroit/shinola_living-room_8_nicole-franzen/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/Shinola_Living-Room_8_Nicole-Franzen-810x540.jpg" alt="Luxury Watch Brand&#8217;s Shinola Hotel Makes Waves in Detroit" /></a>
                                The luxury brand Shinola, most often associated with premium watches and leather goods, has set foot into the world of hospitality and it&#8217;s making waves in America. With a clear decision to not be clumped into the same cluster of hotels along the East and West coasts, the <a href="https://www.shinolahotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Shinola Hotel</a> is a refreshing and modern 129-room residence in the heart of Detroit that shows how spaces can look both fancy and familiar.

Designers from Kraemer Design Group and Gachot Studios took an old T B Rayl & Co hardware store and Singer sewing machine shop and created a coherent design aesthetic throughout the interiors filled with warm caramels, deep greens and a “Shinola blue” — a color specially designed by Gachot Studios from a paint chip in the original Singer building.

Shinola saw this project as a way to bring manufacturing back through the industrial veins in Detroit. The hotel,

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Our Favorites from the Fogia Collection 2019

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                                No trip to Stockholm could be considered complete for any design lover without a visit to <a href="https://www.fogia.se/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fogia Market</a>, a retail destination bordering one of the infinite waterways marbleizing Sweden&#8217;s landscape, and offering the perfect backdrop to the Swedish design company&#8217;s accessible furnishings. Prior to the Stockholm Furniture Fair, we were given a tour of the brand&#8217;s latest collection, one representing the talents of Stefan Borselius, Norm Architects, Note, TAF Studio, Main, Carina Seth Andersson and Andreas Engesvik within a most picturesque concept store.

Operating as a showroom, cafe, and workspace, the airy and repurposed warehouse wears a few visible remnants of its shipyard past, but today houses the Swedish brand’s collection of furniture, lighting and accessories in handsome fashion.

Inside, various interior tableaus decorated with Fogia’s 2019 Collection, intermingle with previous years’ designs, revealing a subtle eclecticism of color, form and texture. Presented alongside Fogia’s past catalog, the numerous pieces represent the brand’s continual commitment to

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These Surreal Guesthouses with Impossible Staircases Have Alice in Wonderland Vibes

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/these-surreal-guesthouses-with-impossible-staircases-have-alice-in-wonderland-vibes/f13_dream_and_maze_guilin_guangxi_province_china_studio_10_photo_by_chao_zhang_yatzer/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/f13_dream_and_maze_guilin_guangxi_province_china_studio_10_photo_by_chao_zhang_yatzer-810x1080.jpg" alt="These Surreal Guesthouses with Impossible Staircases Have Alice in Wonderland Vibes" /></a>
                                Take a trip down the rabbit hole through these maze-like, green and pink guest homes, in Guilin, China. By the Li River, <a href="http://www.studio10.co/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">studio 10</a> has recently added two new whimsical, creative guesthouses: Dream (in pink) and Maze (in green), to the collection of 10 unique, themed vacation homes at <a href="http://www.theotherplace-guilinlitopia.com/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">The Other Place &#8211; Guilin Litopia</a>.

Yi Feifei, the owner of the hotel, had commissioned studio 10’s principal Shi Zhou to create something ethereal, dreamlike and fun for the two 650-square-foot rooms. With pitched roofs and unusually high 23-foot-high ceilings that resemble a chapel, Shi had a lot to play with.

These guesthouses are rampant with colorful visual illusions and fantastical tricks. According to the designers, the studio’s themed rooms were inspired by the style of Dutch artist M.C. Escher, who was famous for designs of impossible objects, and who obsessed over the intricate concepts and visualizations of infinity, symmetry,

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Four Designers Explain Why Ukrainian Carpets and Crafts Could Be the Next Big Thing

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/four-designers-explain-why-ukrainian-carpets-and-crafts-could-be-the-next-big-thing/l1038170/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/L1038170-810x539.jpg" alt="Four Designers Explain Why Ukrainian Carpets and Crafts Could Be the Next Big Thing" /></a>
                                Ukraine&#8217;s design scene opened its doors to a group of journalists and design experts for the very first time in an expedition organized by Victoria Yakusha of <a href="http://faina.design/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FAINA</a> collection. Yakusha invited Roberto Baciocchi, legendary architect for Prada&#8217;s stores and an interior designer and art curator; Anna Lina Leno of <a href="https://annaleena.se/studio"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Annaleena Studio</a>; Madeline Asplund of <a href="http://asplundklingstedtinterior.se/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Asplund Klingsted Interior</a>; and Laura Snood of <em>ICON Magazine</em>, to experience the unique technologies used to make crafts in the Ukrainian countryside.

Ukraine Design Expedition

“While talking to my European colleagues at professional exhibitions in Milan, Paris, London and Stockholm, I realized how little they know about Ukraine and absolutely do not understand who we are. At the same time, I heard many times about the interest in booming Ukrainian contemporary design, as of something new that could soon set global trends,” Yakusha said.

Yakusha worried that these techniques were not being passed down,

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In Tbilisi, Stamba Hotel Takes a Page from a Former Soviet Printing Press

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/in-tbilisi-stamba-hotel-takes-a-page-from-a-former-soviet-printing-press/stamba-hotel-aviator-signature-room-v3-r-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/stamba-hotel-aviator-signature-room-v3-R-3-810x608.jpg" alt="In Tbilisi, Stamba Hotel Takes a Page from a Former Soviet Printing Press" /></a>
                                In Georgia, <a href="https://adjaragroup.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Adjara Group</a> turned the headquarters of a publishing house which used to print communist newspapers into a modern, brutalist hotel.

Stamba Hotel is located on the main thoroughfare of Kostava Street in the Vera district of Tbilisi. In this charming, historic quarter you’ll find up-market restaurants rub shoulder to shoulder with monumental buildings from the Georgian National Opera Theatre to the former Parliament of Georgia building and the Kashveti Church.

Trees grow within the hotel’s “glass lobby,” supported by a print drying beam that was a part of the publishing house’s original structure.

One of the most eye-catching features is a five-story high atrium with a glass-bottomed pool as a roof. The waves of light travel through the pool and flood the lobby and the trees growing inside with a soft, dappled glow.

The interiors include soviet-era pendant lamps, Georgian literature and artwork on the shelves in the

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The Best of Maison et Objet 2019

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                                In a sprawling exhibition in Villepinte, 2910 brands presented their creations at this year’s <a href="https://www.maison-objet.com/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Maison et Objet</a> (January 18-22). This year’s exhibition was divided into “Maison” and “Objet” in separate sections to make the visitor experience more intuitive. From blue parrots to hourglass sand portraits to sinks that resemble Portuguese valleys, we bring you our picks from the fair.

Photo by Cullen Fairchild

Photo by Cullen Fairchild

MOLO, led by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, is a company that does it all. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, their practice integrates architecture, craft and product design to produce coherent spaces made by the same basic models. The allure of Molo is in how much they’ve been able to invent with one concept. The company’s signature paper softwalls move and expand with your needs, but the same flexible material is also integrated into furniture pieces and lighting fixtures.

The Best of Maison et Objet 2019

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-best-of-maison-et-objet-2019/street-lamp-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/02/STREET-LAMP-1-810x559.jpg" alt="The Best of Maison et Objet 2019" /></a>
                                In a sprawling exhibition in Villepinte, 2910 brands presented their creations at this year’s <a href="https://www.maison-objet.com/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Maison et Objet</a> (January 18-22). This year’s exhibition was divided into “Maison” and “Objet” in separate sections to make the visitor experience more intuitive. From blue parrots to hourglass sand portraits to sinks that resemble Portuguese valleys, we bring you our picks from the fair.

Photo by Cullen Fairchild

Photo by Cullen Fairchild

MOLO, led by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, is a company that does it all. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, their practice integrates architecture, craft and product design to produce coherent spaces made by the same basic models. The allure of Molo is in how much they’ve been able to invent with one concept. The company’s signature paper softwalls move and expand with your needs, but the same flexible material is also integrated into furniture pieces and lighting fixtures.

Design Milk Travels to… The Hudson Valley

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                                A drive away from the urban sprawl of New York City, the Hudson Valley has become a respite for New Yorkers. For years, city dwellers have moved upstate to trade cramped apartments for spacious homes, Central Park for the Catskills. There is abundant space, natural beauty, and a slower pace of life up North. But you&#8217;d be missing out if you wrote the region off as a sleepy, suburban district where people come to stroll. The Hudson Valley, a region along the Hudson River from Westchester to Albany, is a beacon of light for art and design that can rival the Big Apple. It&#8217;s got kitschy hotels, sprawling art parks and modernist homes carved into the mountains. We&#8217;ve put together an itinerary to show that you don&#8217;t have to be in the big city to have a good time.

WHERE TO STAY

Stickett Inn is located two hours away from

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Miya Lost Villa, a Rural Chinese Barn Resort, Draws Crowds Away from Shanghai

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                                Five hours away form Shanghai, between the Tiantai Mountain and Siming Mountain in China, six old buildings from a former granary have been turned into a chic modern barn resort. Chinese architecture office <a href="http://www.arespartnersltd.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ares Partners</a>, led by architect Helen Wang, designed the <a href="https://www.trip.com/hotels/ninghai-hotel-detail-18409563/miya-lost-villa-huchen-barn-resort/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Miya Lost Villa Hotel</a> with contemporary white structures and stone facades, to bring both old and new together in harmony in the countryside.

The studio removed the layers of white paint to reveal the original masonry of the walls. False ceilings were removed to show off the building’s timber construction. Openings, from walkways to windows, were expanded so more daylight reaches the interiors.

Each of the 21 spacious guest rooms comes with a private sun deck to enjoy the mountain views. The studio said they took a sensitive approach to the refurbishment “to engage a dialogue between the old and new buildings as well as a dialogue

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