Wanderlust

Treetop Getaway

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A bit of a step up from typical national park accommodations here in the States – a gorgeous pair of woodland cabins were created for visitors to Pedras Salgadas Park, at the edge of a spa town in Portugal. Architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade created the cantilevered cabins with long bridges leading into them, inspired by the long and narrow bodies of snakes. Constructed of timber and slate tiles, the minimal, white space inside offers views of the trees with one large window and various skylights.

Creative Cafe

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Cafe Craft in Paris is a creative freelancer’s dream – a beautifully designed space encouraging writers, artists, and designers to work, drink coffee, and eat pastries. Taking inspiration from the Parisian cafes that served as creative breeding grounds for writers and philosophers, Craft offers a salon area with bench couches, communal tables of varying heights, a wall of reading material, and jars of pens and markers.

Greener Walls

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Making London a little greener – a massive living wall was recently installed along an exterior wall of the Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria. At 350 square meters, the landscape thrives with over 10,000 herbaceous plants, all recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society to attract wildlife like bees, birds and butterflies. The wall also provides a good solution for drainage, as it is irrigated with collected rainwater from storage tanks on the roof.

In London

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If you happen to be in London this week for the Design Festival, be sure to check out designjunction – a showcase in its third year “presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises.” The events and programs organized around the show look particularly interesting – with a lecture and panel series curated by design critic Aidan Walker; guided bike tours of London on tokyobikes; and Brooks saddles demonstrating the production processes of their beautifully crafted leather bike seats.

Weaving Peruvian and Japanese

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Peruvian cuisine meets Japanese in a new endeavor whose partners include Ferran Adrià of elBulli fame. In Barcelona, the restaurant – Pakta – will be serving the fusion of food cultures known as Nikkei.  Pakta’s interior, designed by Barcelona-based El Equipo Creativo, combines Japanese traditional aesthetic of clean lines and scaffolding of wood with a strikingly beautiful reference to traditional Peruvian weaving. The space itself is turned into a giant, cozy loom, with colorful thread running throughout.

A Brief Hiatus…

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As Summer in the city reaches its finale, this blog will take a moment to pause. Embarking on travels near and far we will rejoin you after Labor Day with inspirations from our journey. Until then…..

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Cook Al Fresco

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A Dutch company is making us want to cook and dine outdoors year-round. WWOO Outdoor Kitchens are made up of a range of components that can be adjusted based on your space and needs – durable, concrete walls and shelves, stainless steel sinks, pizza ovens, stainless steel fireplaces, and Big Green Egg Grills. Their beautiful, simple designs, with shelves for firewood and prep work, have us daydreaming about easy and inspiring outdoor cooking that goes way beyond grilling.

Station Beauty

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In celebration of Grand Central’s 100th birthday in February, CN Traveler rounded up a wonderful selection of some of the most incredible train stations around the globe. Even having seen a few in person, we were amazed to find the terrific range and impressive design of so many stations, some completed recently, and others 100+ years ago. There’s Antwerp’s lavish, glass-domed Central Station, built in the late 1800s; the turrets of Kuala Lampur’s station; and the lush, green palm-tree interior of Madrid’s Atocha Station. All show the importance of the train station, past and present, as an essential, beautiful introduction to a city.

Traveling Gallery

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Artist Doug Aitken is working with Levi’s to bring together art, music, food, literature and film – all on a train traveling across the country. From New York to San Francisco, with seven stops in between, “Station to Station” will host a diverse group of artists, from Kenneth Anger and Urs Fischer to Charlotte Gainsbourg and Dan Deacon. The train itself will act as a “moving, kinetic light sculpture,” shifting and changing as it chugs along, partnering with seven museums across the country, where it will stop and be open for visitors.

Digital Garden Tour

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The Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis is always putting out great, forward-thinking programs and exhibitions, so we weren’t surprised to discover their terrific interactive, online site for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Its homepage is a beautiful, full-screen shot of Claes Oldenburg’s famous Spoonbridge & Cherry, along with local time, weather, and the Museum’s hours for the day. Scroll down for a quick list of events, and you land on a friendly, interactive map of the garden, with images and information on key sculptures, along with great docent-led videos on each piece (like Mark di Suvero’s Arikidea, made from steel beams of NYC skyscrapers).

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