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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Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/celebrating-detroit-first-unesco-city-design-month-long-design-extravaganza/eastern-market-after-dark/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Eastern-Market-After-Dark-810x540.jpg" alt="Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza" /></a>
                                Recently Detroit was designated as the first <a href="https://designcore.org/detroit-city-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">UNESCO City of Design</a> and to celebrate, the <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Core Detroit</a> is transitioning the Detroit <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Festival</a> from a week-long series to a month-long design extravaganza! From September 1st to 30th, there will be events, special projects, and competitions all throughout the city to celebrate the best of Detroit design.
The full schedule is available at designcore.org but here are some of our favorite highlights: At the Shinola Canfield flagship store on September 7th, a presentation by NEXT:SPACE + TOM GIBBS STUDIO in partnership with DetroitIsIt and Shinola will explore how design practices of iconic designers like Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll are being implemented by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Turn, Hunt & Noyer, and more. Drinks and design? Now you’re speaking our language. On September 13th, hosted by Design Core Detroit and
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Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/celebrating-detroit-first-unesco-city-design-month-long-design-extravaganza/eastern-market-after-dark/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Eastern-Market-After-Dark-810x540.jpg" alt="Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza" /></a>
                                Recently Detroit was designated as the first <a href="https://designcore.org/detroit-city-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">UNESCO City of Design</a> and to celebrate, the <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Core Detroit</a> is transitioning the Detroit <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Festival</a> from a week-long series to a month-long design extravaganza! From September 1st to 30th, there will be events, special projects, and competitions all throughout the city to celebrate the best of Detroit design.
The full schedule is available at designcore.org but here are some of our favorite highlights: At the Shinola Canfield flagship store on September 7th, a presentation by NEXT:SPACE + TOM GIBBS STUDIO in partnership with DetroitIsIt and Shinola will explore how design practices of iconic designers like Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll are being implemented by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Turn, Hunt & Noyer, and more. Drinks and design? Now you’re speaking our language. On September 13th, hosted by Design Core Detroit and
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GARDE Expands to Santa Barbara with a New Concept Store and Boutique Rental

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/garde-expands-santa-barbara-new-concept-store-boutique-rental/garde-summerland-retail-space-by-sam-frost-6/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/GARDE-Summerland-Retail-Space-by-Sam-Frost-6-810x540.jpg" alt="GARDE Expands to Santa Barbara with a New Concept Store and Boutique Rental" /></a>
                                The last time we caught up with Scotti Sitz, we were visiting her <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-visit-to-design-shop-garde/" data-wpel-link="internal">Los Angeles storefront GARDE</a> which has become a renowned mecca for Los Angelenos (including Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen Pompeo and Kelly Wearstler) looking for avant-garde design by contemporary brands and makers. Since then, she has opened a second location with <a href="https://gardeshop.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">GARDE</a> co-founder John Davidson in idyllic Santa Barbara, California. GARDE Summerland takes place inside a historic, two-story farmhouse from the 1920s that’s been restored to its former glory and transformed into a concept store/Airbnb rental hybrid where roaming Silkie chickens and modern design are aplenty.
The first floor is modern backdrop for the curated collection of furniture, lighting, and home accessories, offering works by APPARATUS, Egg Collective, When Objects Work, Heather Rosenman, Workstead, Giopato & Coombes, Emilie Lemardeley, DIM Atelier, KBH Denmark, Gubi, Faye Toogood, Karen Chekerdjian, Arno Declercq, Malgorzata Bany, Editions Milano, Celestino and Chiara Andreatti, cc-tapis,
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21Spaces Works with Local Craftspeople to Breathe New Life into The Alex in Dublin

                                                <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&#8217;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. &#8220;The refurbishment of The Alex could not have been better timed,&#8221; says founder and director John Henry Boyle. &#8220;The demand on a central location and the demographic shift following the relocation nearby of multi-national companies such as Twitter&#8217;s European Headquarters has meant that since the redesign The Alex has become a busy and lively all-day destination.&#8221;
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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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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Design Milk Travels to… Amman

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/design-milk-travels-amman/amman-cityview/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Amman-cityview-810x608.jpg" alt="Design Milk Travels to&#8230; Amman" /></a>
                                The seven main hills of Amman stand sentinel to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, one buzzing with the telltale signs of modernity at its core accompanied with the haunting hum of antiquity interspersed along its periphery. Tourists arrive in droves for short stays here within the capital of Jordan before heading out with plans for days to be spent floating weightlessly upon the saline buoyancy of the Dead Sea or navigating the achingly beautiful narrow passage into the heart of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra by foot. But in doing so, visitors forgo the opportunity to explore a city beginning to embroider the tapestry of its ancient past with a emerging art and design scene.

WHERE TO STAY

Motivated by hunger, my first morning in Amman was spent huffing and puffing up and down a series of serpentine streets, each interconnected to a see-saw
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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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In Jerusalem, a Matchmaker Pairs Mature Artisans with Young Designers

                                <em>We visited Jerusalem Design Week where Daniel Nahmias exhibited &#8220;Matchmaker,&#8221; a collection to promote traditional craftsmanship in Jerusalem by coming up with new collaborations between older artisans and young designers.</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/jerusalem-matchmaker-scouts-for-artisans-young-designers/or-kaplan-6305_preview/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/or-kaplan-6305_preview-810x540.jpeg" alt="In Jerusalem, a Matchmaker Pairs Mature Artisans with Young Designers" /></a>
                                “I love walking around this place. There’s all sorts of people with crazy talent. You never know who you will meet,” Daniel Nahmias says as we follow him through the Old City of Jerusalem in the midday heat. It is our first day in Israel, and even though some of us have begun to tire with the weather, Nahmias has a sprightly spirit that makes us pick up our pace. It’s the same spirit we will later come to associate with his work. He leads us with childlike excitement through the alleyways and stone streets, through one turn and then another, through quarters unexplored by even the Jerusalemites themselves.

Photo by Or Kaplan

Photo by Or Kaplan

We turn a corner filled with
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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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KUF Studio Puts a Twist On Window Blinds

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/kuf-studio-puts-a-twist-on-window-blinds/kuf-marble-multiplebig/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/KUF-marble-multiplebig-810x752.jpg" alt="KUF Studio Puts a Twist On Window Blinds" /></a>
                                Window shade systems all operate similarly, either requiring a manual pull mechanism or a <a href="https://design-milk.com/lutron-palladiom-shading-system/" data-wpel-link="internal">motorized system</a> to control roller shades or a slat system for purposes of controlling light and privacy. But designer and goldsmith Kia Utzon-Frank has imagined a solution offering a higher degree of control and customizability – <a href="https://www.kufstudios.com/#/kuftwistmain/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">a cordless shuttering system</a> for windows inviting users to create openings in shapes and patterns previously unrealizable.
The KUFtwist, formerly the Louver Twisting Comb, uses one or a series of “comb” modules arranged to move across a vertical plane and twist material individually into states of open or close as the mechanism is moved upwards or downwards. In multiples the combs can be moved into unique arrangements normally unattainable using traditional louver blinds or roller shades.

An early prototype of the KUFtwist. Image: Michael Bodiam

Kia Utzon-Frank has refined various iterations of her system throughout her career, beginning with
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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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E-Commerce Brands Scratch Their Brick & Mortar Itch with Batch, a New Retail Concept Store

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                                There are many reasons why direct-to-consumer brands – such as Warby Parker, Away, Glossier, Burrow, Allbirds, Quip, Bloomscape, and many more – are thriving in this day and age. Oftentimes there is a back story that resonates with how consumers feel and shop, whether it’s disrupting the status quo of legacy companies, wanting to provide more modern options, or filling a certain void in the market. Another reason is the price. DTC brands avoid retail markups and overhead costs, driving down the price of their products which is always a compelling reason to switch from a legacy brand to a start-up.
But it takes a certain amount of trust for consumers to buy something without ever seeing it in real life first. Free shipping and free returns definitely help to bridge that trust, but truth be told, there is nothing like the tactile experience of feeling and trying out a
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Native Union Lightning Cables Offer a Rosy Outlook

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                                <a href="https://www.nativeunion.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Native Union&#8217;s</a> head of design Fabien Nauroy describes their new rose-hued collection as a &#8220;softer look&#8221;, a nod to the color trends led by the realm of fashion. The gentle hue joins the brand&#8217;s well established collection of Lightning cables designed to soften the eyesore of cables strengthened by a reinforced structure engineered to endure the constant stress of plugging and unplugging.

The Native Union Rose colorway is represented by four Lightning cable designs: NIGHT CABLE, BELT CABLE, BELT CABLE XL and KEY CABLE.

Like previous Native Union cable offerings, each of the four Lightning cables are wrapped in a combination of nylon braiding on the outside, with a TPE rubber sleeve, protective tinned copper braid, nylon fillers, and DuPont™ Kelvar® fiber strengthening the length from within. The combination is rated as six times stronger than standard charging cables (quantified by a rating of 10,000+ bends over the cable’s lifespan; one bend
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