Experience Barcelona’s Hotel OMM for a Taste of Catalan

Experience Barcelona’s Hotel OMM for a Taste of Catalan

Rosa Maria Esteva’s culinary journey began at age 40 when she separated from her husband and needed to financially provide for her four children and herself. Without a career to fall back on, she relied on what she knew, feeding her family and friends. In 1987, she opened her first restaurant, El Mordisco with her son Tomás Tarruella, creating Barcelona’s first quick bite, fast food restaurant for locals. Since 1987, Rosa Esteva, led by an innate sense of hospitality, innovative vision and ferocious drive, has created Barcelona’s design savvy hospitality group, Grupo Tragaluz, with her son operating 18 leading restaurants throughout Barcelona and Madrid, each with their own distinct style and cuisine. In addition to combining an innovative combination of design, cuisine and atmosphere, her success can be attributed to her relentless attention to details, endless curiosity, and ongoing fine tuning based on customer’s feedback. While the restaurants operate in partnership with her son, Hotel Omm is her sole project with her presence visible and alive in every detail. Opening in 2003, Rosa Maria Esteva applied her restaurant recipe directly to developing Hotel Omm. A recipe weighted on being first to offer a unique concept in design, cuisine, atmosphere and location, welcoming both locals and visitors. Contemporary design is at the forefront of this hotel as is Rosa Maria Esteva’s admiration for contemporary art with works thoughtfully placed throughout Hotel Omm. These artworks are not only part of the design collection, but personal accolades of her friendships with artists and designers, each with specific meaning. In the lobby, metallic cubes stacked in the corner represent a welcoming cypress tree...
The Remake of The Murray, A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong

The Remake of The Murray, A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong

Opening in late 2017, The Murray is set to redefine the luxury hotel landscape in Hong Kong. Positioned in Central, between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, this iconic landmark building’s history began in 1969 with architectural design by British modernist architect, Ron Phillips. Built as a government building, the property’s original design was before its time with offices brightened by revolutionary energy efficient recessed windows providing indirect sunlight. Originally, the tallest building of the time, towering over the Hong Kong central business district from 27 floors, the new development will once again take Hong Kong’s luxury hotel landscape to new heights. Foster and Partners, a global architectural, urban and interior design studio known for restoring heritage structures and integrating them seamlessly with their urban environments is re-storing The Murray into a luxury hotel to embark on a new destiny. Original design elements of the building’s exterior including the ground level three story archways and recessed window frames will remain with moderate adjustments to maintain the clean lines of the building. Re-design will include expanded window frames giving guests floor to ceiling views overlooking the city’ and Hong Kong Park from 25 floors with some of the largest rooms in Hong Kong at 50sm. Most stunning throughout the interior of the hotel will be the exquisite incorporation of all natural finishes and surfaces; including Italian Carrara marble, polished metals in a signature bronze stainless steel finish, leather, glass and handcrafted textiles from Asia and Italy. Foster and Partners are working under the direction of Colin Ward in Hong Kong and Armstrong Yakubu in London with a goal to...
Vincent Sheppard Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Lloyd Loom Weaving

Vincent Sheppard Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Lloyd Loom Weaving

  If your heart skips a beat at the sight of rattan furniture, then you are going to love Vincent Sheppard’s Lloyd Loom furniture. Made of kraft paper twisted around steel wire, the paper covered wires, acting as threads, are fed into the loom to produce woven sheets of material with a rattan look. The Lloyd Loom woven material offers a smooth, snag free texture, providing more cushioning than rattan. Adding to its appeal, the chip free paper surface can be easily coated in unlimited colours and treated for durable indoor and outdoor usage. The beautiful finish combined with the comfort, durability and versatility of Vincent Sheppard’s Lloyd Loom furniture has made it a popular choice for both the luxury hospitality industry and retailers. When this gorgeous Lloyd Loom furniture by Vincent Sheppard caught our eye at IFFS in Singapore, we had to know more about this fascinating weaving technique. Now celebrating their 100-year anniversary, the Lloyd Loom weaving technique’s history began in 1917 with American furniture designer, Marshall Burns Lloyd, known for his rattan baby carriages. As rattan became less available and more expensive after World War I, Lloyd looked for an alternative to rattan and founded the Lloyd Loom technique of weaving thread made of kraft paper twisted around a thin steel wire producing a woven material with the appearance of rattan. Unlikely did Lloyd realize that his solution would revolutionize the furniture market. The Lloyd Loom patent was purchased by UK furniture manufacturer, William Lusty, in 1922 moving production of Lloyd Loom to the UK. Lloyd Loom furniture became wildly popular in Europe throughout the 1930’s sought out by...
Singapore’s New Live Jazz Club Opens with Artist Omar Lye Fook

Singapore’s New Live Jazz Club Opens with Artist Omar Lye Fook

Discover an international mix of emerging and established talent at Singapore’s newest upscale music club.  As their sixth international location, the Montreux Jazz Café selected Singapore as their newest location and first in Asia. Paying homage to musical legends and an ambassador of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Café combines the late festival founder, Claude Nobs’ two passions, live music and gastronomy. Nobs was known for his signature dishes prepared for artists throughout the festival, and menu items, such as Ella’s Cheesecake, named after Ella Fitzgerald, and the Quincy Jones Chicken celebrate these musical legends. The design of the club incorporates original festival memorabilia, including 50 years of live recorded festival performances and elegantly positioned black and white festival photography of world famous musical talent. Table top and bar seating positioned in view of the stage provides you with a comfortable experience to enjoy live performances while enjoying the extensive contemporary menu and cocktails. As a gateway to Asia, the Singapore venue aims to be a platform for emerging and established artists with weekly live performances. While Jazz has consistently been a component of their musical offering, the Festival expanded its range of talent since its inception in 1967 to include rhythm and blues, rock, pop and hip hop. Mirroring the Festival, the Café features musical talent both local and international, offering you a broad range of music to enjoy. British, neo-soul performer Omar Lye Fook, a regular performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival kicked off the Café’s opening in October 2016 introducing his unique sound to Singapore. Omar is a great example of the calibre of talent that...
Why the Houston Art Fair Should Be On Your International Art Show Itinerary

Why the Houston Art Fair Should Be On Your International Art Show Itinerary

  This September, the Houston Art Fair offers art enthusiasts an exceptional experience to discover a highly curated international collection of emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists in addition to mixing and mingling with Houston’s creative community. Over 4 days, September 29-October 2, 2016, the show will feature over 30 galleries, of which half are from outside of America. Exhibited artwork includes paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal, studio jewelry, design and installations. Under the new management of Urban Expositions, the show offers international visitors an authentic look inside Houston’s vibrant creative community starting with the show’s location at newly renovated Silver Street Studios in the Washington Arts District. This cultural district is home to 300 working artists, which is the highest concentration of working artists and creative entrepreneurs within the USA. Additionally, Urban Expositions has orchestrated an exceptional line up of panel discussions, book signings by featured artists and local food and beverage, including Houston’s famous food trucks. For serious art enthusiasts, the VIP tickets offer exclusive access to events throughout Houston, including private tours of the personal homes and private collections of two of Houston’s most prestigious contemporary art collectors. Visiting the home of Penelope and Lester Marks will certainly be impressive. Listed by Art News magazine as “one of the top 200 collectors in the world”, the Marks’ extensive museum-quality contemporary artwork and hundreds of regional and local works collected over the last 25 years is an extraordinary opportunity for art patrons. This years’ show is expected to attract 15,000 people, so make sure to RSVP for these exclusive VIP events, as they...
Houston Antiques, Art & Design Show | Fall Edition Guide

Houston Antiques, Art & Design Show | Fall Edition Guide

  Houston’s Antiques, Art & Design Show, (formerly HAADS) founded over 50 years ago, is one of the USA’s premium antique and design shows. Kicking off the fall antique show season, the event will feature 75 premier exhibitors of fine art, antique furniture and jewelry, as well as decorative and innovative design from the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. Design showcasing 17th, 18th, and 19th century art and antiques, as well as 20th century vintage modern influences will be available for your exploration. From September 9-11, the show will be housed in the newly renovated Silver Street Studio. This 20,000sf art complex, located in Houston’s Washington Arts District, is a trendy cultural area located just 1 mile from downtown Houston. The district combines a working studio community with galleries, food establishments and great art events, such as the Houston Antique+Art+Design Show. The show opens on Thursday, September 8, 2016 with a preview party benefiting Preservation Houston allowing patrons early buying opportunities. Events scheduled on the first day of the show, Friday, September 9th were created specifically for the design and décor trade offering panel discussions and demonstrations of cooking appliances inside the show’s feature attraction, the DWELL Magazine Monogram Modern Home. Conceptualized and created by Dwell and Method Homes, this 600sf modular unit’s interiors were designed and locally sourced by Houston based interior architect M. Shane Cook, Associate AIA. The modular home is making its second annual cross-country tour stopping in Houston for the show. Within this 360-degree authentic live home setting, you will be able to watch cooking demos using the latest home appliances while interacting with...

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