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BMW iNext 2021

The race is on with car manufactures edging their way forward with battery operated car technology. BMW, a brand close to my heart, has released a glimpse at their next electric car with its Vision iNext concept car. The distinctive new crossover is set to become the third BMW i model when it goes on sale in 2021, following on...

Ocean House or Beach House… revisited

Measuring no more than 180 metres long by 123 metres wide, Naladhu, which means, “pretty little island”, is precisely that. Accommodating a mere 19 couples at any one time, Naladhu is boutique, intimate and decadently private. Whilst the island may be a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean, ‘guestrooms’ are a colossal 300 square metres and aptly named...

Baccarat Hotel New York

Baccarat Hotel, New York is the first hotel and global flagship for the legendary, 250-year-old French crystal maker. Situated in Midtown, opposite MoMa, the Baccarat Hotel showcases the work of artisans who have produced custom crystal designs since King Louis XV founded the company in 1764. Glowing inside and out, the façade of the hotel is veiled by...

Manic life on Cocoa Island

From the stables of fashion icon and luxury hotelier Christina Ong, Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives, is in no way, shape or form your typical cookie-cutter island resort. With architecture by Singaporean architect Cheong Yew Kuan and interiors by Kathryn Kng, the boutique property resembles a tidy fleet of permanently docked boats connected by a planked walkway, which...

Chickpeas with Style

When we think of vegetarian restaurants the typical picture that's imbedded in our mind is slightly grungy, a bit hippy and usually an interesting mismatch of finishes and colours. Of course the Parisians would have a totally different approach, style and elegance just seems to be engrained in their genes! Café Pinson X is the second eatery to join the Pinson family.  Slightly less rustic than its...

New religion

Dutch design studio Piet Boon has recently completed the transformation of the church of a former military hospital in Antwerp into The Jane, a gourmet destination that combines fine dining with a chic rock ‘n roll aesthetic. The Jane opened in March 2014, and consists of a main dining area which occupies the church’s main hall...

A Subtle Spanish Transformation

Things I am currently loving: not being able to see light fixtures. The sight of a light bulb is obtrusive and quite frankly upsetting. This apartment renovation in Mallorca, Spain is a dream to me - no visible lighting except the decorative lamps! And that’s just the beginning of this clever transformation. After lying dormant for seven years the owners worked with a very tight...

On Top of the World

Jean-Louis Deniot is an Interior Designer with a capital I and a capital D. He is so on top of his game it is impossible to look past his work. His work, which we have featured before, does not scream traditional, nor modern, nor classic but rather is screams style and luxury and it is these two words that define the scale and type of...

Great things in small packages

This home, designed by architect Gert Wingårdh in Sweden, is a departure from my usual aesthetic but it is so beautifully crafted I thought it important to share with you. The Mill House as it is known is modest in footprint. The gabled roof and chimney resemble that archetypal house outline a child would draw but that is...

Dutch Courage

Repurposing old buildings is something that Australians are good at, constantly we see old terraces and worker’s cottages transformed for modern day living. This project naturally caught my attention when I saw it was a Dutch interpretation on repurposing and with the setting for this project being a stunning and original farmhouse set in the countryside in the north of the Netherlands, it’s not difficult...