Tucked away in the ancient rainforest of Langkawi, Malaysia, there is no better way to disconnect from our technology driven world and reconnect with nature, than a guided nature walk in the lush surroundings of The Datai resort. With more than two decades of experience as the Datai’s resident naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak’s knowledge of this natural environment is extraordinary, resulting in his expertise being sought out by teams from National Geographic and the Discovery Channel to document some of Southeast Asia’s mysterious wildlife and flora.read more
Designed as a luxurious private estate, The Sanchaya’s 30-room colonial style boutique property was inspired by the hospitality of the 18th century European salons. Grand salons of this period offered a common area within a private home for friends to gather and share their similar cultural interests. The Sanchya has combined the sophistication and friendliness of the European 18th salon atmosphere with decorative elements that authenticate the Asian setting and provide ultimate comfort. Throughout the property, the attention to detail is outstanding with the highest quality finishing, fittings, and decorative elements including 149 various styles of Indonesian hand-crafted furniture, hardwood flooring, plush Ploh bed and bath linen, Luzerne bone china, and Riedel glassware. These finishing together with a regional collection of meticulously selected artefacts, antiques, artwork and books honoring the rich heritage of Southeast Asian countries create an authentic sense of place for this intimate beachfront property overlooking the China Sea. Read our interview below with the Carl Almedia, designer of the Sanchaya on his approach to luxurious hospitality design.read more
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 is scheduled.read more
Houston Antiques+Art+Design Show|Explore design from the 17th century to 20th century modern at the USA’s premium antique and design show featuring 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.read more
Conrad Hong Kong will host the 9th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show this September. Unique to this show is the exhibit space, housed over four guest room floors of the hotel. Within this residential setting, patrons can stroll through 80 local and international exhibiting galleries representing over 2,500 works of art from a mix of emerging, mid-career, and more established artists who have received auction success. Artwork includes original paintings, limited editions, sculptures and photography. While the focus is on Asian contemporary art, galleries from South Africa, South America, Europe, USA and Australia will also be represented.read more
This September, FOOD ZURICH is launching the first citywide annual food festival showcasing Zurich’s dynamic culinary offering. From September 8-18, 2016, over 100 culinary events throughout Zurich are focusing on celebrating haute cuisine, street food and everything in-between. Kicking off the food festival is the Opening Party at Jelmoli fine foods market. This event is bringing together an international mix of Zurich’s top hotel chefs with culinary representatives from Spain’s Basque region to present an unforgettable tasting event. Multicultural tastings continue over the 11 days with a Street Food Festival hosted by 70 local vendors preparing international tastings from tacos, dumplings, and truffle eggs to Korean Soul Food and strudel. Other interactive events incorporate art and food, sustainable food themes, international food and beverage workshops and tastings, festival menus from 70 participating restaurants, and a number of cultural foodie tours. With such a diverse line-up of events, there is something for everyone, locals, visitors, novices, and experts, alike. Be sure to read our recommended events section and learn how the co-founder, Simon Mouttet, and his partner were inspired to create FOOD ZURICH.read more
This September, for the third consecutive year, Chef Heiko Nieder of the Dolder Grand Hotel is orchestrating Zurich’s most prestigious fine dining event, The Epicure. Awarded two Michelin Stars and 18 GaultMillau points, Chef Nieder is the perfect founder to bring together an extraordinary group of international culinary masterminds including 12 Michelin Star Chefs, Pastry, Wine and Spirit Specialists from Europe and the USA for this five-day gourmet experience. The highlight of the Epicure is the four Evenings events allowing guests to indulge in an exclusive eight-course menu prepared by Chef Nieder together with a guest three Michelin Star Chef. Throughout the week, guests can participate in individual Master Classes led by world-renowned experts on spirits, wines, caviar, cigars, and of course, chocolate. Closing the Epicure is The Final, an informal gathering inviting guests to mix and mingle with like-minded foodies and great talent while enjoying the Chefs’ innovative specialties coupled with fine wines and cocktails mixed to perfection by Diageo’s World Class Champion. This is one event that you will want to book early as individual events sell out months in advance. Read our exclusive interview with Chef Heiko Nieder as he tells us about the development of Zurich’s fine dining scene, his inspiration for The Epicure, and what to look forward to in September.read more
Shortly after arriving at the Galle Face Hotel, you will be greeted by the most charming General Manager patiently waiting to unveil the history of this previous 18th century Dutch mansion, now beautifully converted into 14 guest rooms surrounding a lush courtyard. While these details are shared countless times, the delivery is heartfelt and filled with genuine enthusiasm. That story is for you, to set the tone for your stay, to imagine life in this special space long ago, and it’s part of the magic of staying in a historical treasure of the Galle Fort Hotel. Please read the interview below with General Manager, David Elgar as he shares his insight on Sri Lanka, the wonderful history of the Galle Fort Hotel, and running this delightful boutique hotel.read more
Boråstapeter, the oldest and most prestigious wallpaper producer in Sweden launched the “Scandinavian Designers II” Collection on June 15, 2016. Fourteen classic patterns have been selected for the collection, featuring textile patterns created between the 1940’sand 1960’s by five designers; Stig Lindberg, Arne Jacobsen, Viola Gråsten, and Gocken & Lisbet Jobs. Timeless patterns selected for these wallpapers feature recurring themes of botanicals including flora, flowers, and leaves, as well as minimalistic geometric patterns making the perfect compliment to a minimalist contemporary style.read more
LUMAS Gallery has recently opened a prime location in Paragon Shopping Center on Orchard Road. Founded in 2003 in Berlin, now with 40 locations globally, LUMAS started its business with the motto “The Liberation of Art” making high quality photography art accessible and affordable to all art enthusiasts. With prices starting under SGD $200.00, these hand signed limited edition photography prints are an excellent way to begin or expand your current art collection. New and more experienced collectors can view artwork in the gallery with curators who offer their assistance in collecting the right piece for your home or office space. In an effort to maintain a fresh and dynamic offering, LUMAS combines artwork from a mix of international emerging and established photographers. While living in NYC, our visits to the LUMAS gallery in Soho were a post weekend brunch ritual to leisurely discover the ever-changing artwork on display.
LUMAS Singapore opened with the Viva Cuba! exhibition featuring works from Larry Yust, Luigi Visconti, and Werner Pawlok, who’s images have captured the exceptional charm of Cuba. At the opening, we were fortunate to meet with LUMAS’ featured artist, German photographer, Werner Pawlok. Please read below for our exclusive interview with Werner Pawlok on his inspiration and documentation of Cuba-Expired as well as a sampling of the Pawlok’s photography series available at LUMAS worldwide.read more