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LIGHTS AT BRIGHTON WEST PIER

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Written by Elsa Brown: How do you take something old, decrepit and forgotten and make people pay attention? Lasers, apparently, are one solution. Mid-February, French lighting studio Creatmosphere set up high-powered lasers along Brighton, England’s skeletal West Pier, and brought new recognition to a struggling local landmark.

According to Fast Company: “Brighton, England’s 1,115-foot-long West Pier has had a tough run lately. Built in 1866, it closed in 1975 and was burned to a crisp by a series of fires in 2003 (arson, say the experts). Plans to rebuild it have been batted around for years, but they’ve always been too expensive.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, culture

INSPIRATION RESPIRATION NYC

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TRAVEL INSPIRATION.

NEW. YORK. CITY. Love it or hate it you can’t deny its intoxicating spirit. We personally love the place. Whenever we’re short on inspiration we take a quick trip, visit friends and absorb as much of the city’s momentum as possible. It’s hard to explain. That’s why we appreciate the work of Sam O’Hare and his time-lapse film The Sandpit. Using a method called tilt-shift, he visually shrinks the city to provide a compelling overview of New York’s energy. Click Read More to view the video and additional photos.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: culture, photography, film

SHANGHAI'S OLD & NEW

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In National Geographic’s March issue they have a terrific photo essay entitled Shanghai Dreams. Fritz Hoffman’s photos juxtapose Shanghai’s older aspects & traditions against new architecture & highspeed tendencies. As spotted on Boing Boing – they report: “There are lots of places in the world where seamless high-tech and ancient cobblestones exist side by side, but I’ve never been anywhere in which you can go from one to the other so quickly as Shanghai.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, culture

HUMBLE VINTAGE BIKES

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On a trip to Amsterdam we rented bikes as soon as we landed and rode them around the entire trip. It was the best way to experience the city. Between biking, eating and catching up with friends we became really connected to the pace and energy of Amsterdam. That’s why we recommend renting a bike to anyone traveling to a bike-friendly city. The only setback to renting a city bike is that it can be a tourist badge. That’s where Humble Vintage comes in…

Located in Melbourne, Humble Vintage provides a unique selection of classic and vintage racers, city bikes and lady’s bikes for short term rental and enjoyment. All packages include a helmet, lock, lights, custom maps and guide. You can’t go wrong. Plus the owner is a bike enthusiast who adds an extra touch of personalization. Humble provides pick-up and drop-off service from anywhere in Melbourne’s business district. At a hotel? No problem. A coffee shop perhaps? They’ll meet you there. Next time you travel to Melbourne be sure to check them out. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: transport, culture

INFECTING THE CITY

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FESTIVALS.

Written by Elsa Brown: As South Africa prepares for the upcoming World Cup, other festivals are underway. For one week in mid-February, public spaces in Cape Town will be transformed by the yearly festival – Infecting the City – a provocative national and international performance and public art event. Artists from countries around the world, including Zimbabwe, China, Greece, and the Netherlands, are participating in this entirely free and accessible event.

One of our favorite parts of the festival is the Take a Child to Art initiative, where 50 and 100 young people are led on guided tours of the performances and installations each day. Their photos, reactions and impressions are then posted online daily. Be sure to check out Infecting the City’s website. It has tons of images, video, and information about the events, participating artists, festival history and public art at large. Here’s what the organizers have to say: “We want to position the arts literally and figuratively at the centre of society, to redefine the urban terrain as a space of creativity, and to effect social enrichment and transformation through the arts.” Click Read More for additional information.

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IN A PERFECT WORLD

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Written by Elsa Brown: Fashion students from Stockholm’s Beckmans College of Design have the opportunity to display their work at one of the city’s most prominent department stores, while visitors and passersby get a glimpse into the minds of up-and-coming design visionaries, in the storefront show In a Perfect World…, up at PUB in Stockholm.

Each of the twelve featured students designed three concise pieces inspired by the concept of utopian design. The Beckmans website describes their work as driven by, “an ambition to add something to the fashion system. What would we change if we could? What if fashion were different?” Responses include, “the inside would be the outside,” “perfection is an ugly word,” and “a blank uniform makes you unique.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: art & design, culture

KINETICA ART FAIR

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Written by Elsa Brown: This weekend, Ambika P3 in London hosts the second annual Kinetica Art Fair. Produced by Kinetica Museum, the fair is the first in the UK dedicated to moving, robotic, sound, light and time-based art. This year’s event features a special exhibition dedicated to pioneers and Masters of kinetic art, which includes original installations from the seminal 1968 exhibition, Cybernetic Serendipity.

Other pieces at the fair include a moving sculpture by a 75-year-old Hungarian former locksmith, a light and water projection inspired by the 2012 Olympics, and the Hydro-Acoustic Big Bang Filter—an instrument made from glowing, liquid-filled tubes. Read about the other innovations on display at Visit London Blog.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: art & design, culture

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