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AMSTERDAM'S STORK

amsterdam stork restaurant

A few good restaurants can revitalize a neighborhood. New York’s DUMBO Brooklyn has seen it, and more recently Amsterdam is trying to do the same thing. They commissioned a group of progressive architects and interior designers to help revitalize an industrial part of the waterfront. But instead of building a bunch of fancy buildings and hoping for the best, their team of architects and interior designers decided to jump start the process by creating a restaurant of their own. The firms Cube, Soluz and Interior Shock have come together to create Stork, one of Europe’s largest fish restaurants. Occupying a large portion of the 30,000 square foot revitalization, it’s an attractive magnet for other businesses to join in and help breath life back into this part of the neighborhood. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: architecture, food, places

NOMA FOOD LAB

noma food lab 3xn

Copenhagen is a quiet giant. When it comes to quality of life, the nordic city sits atop international ranking lists time and time again. Monocle Magazine named them the most liveable city. Health journals dubbed them the happiest place on earth. And for the last two years, Noma, the city’s prized eatery won the S. Pellegrino Award for best restaurant in the world. Some may even argue that the restaurant accolades are why they’re the happiest and most liveable city in the world. But in all seriousness Chef RenĂ© Redzepi doesn’t take his titles lightly. His restaurant, which is situated on the ground floor of an 18th Century warehouse, is constantly working to push the envelope and create new ways to delight their customers. That’s why a regular kitchen wouldn’t suffice. They need a food lab. Located on the second floor, just above the restaurant, Noma’s Food Lab designed by 3XN_GXN is a haven for culinary creatives looking to explore new ways to prepare their imaginative dishes. We have a few images below. No wonder they’re the world’s best. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: food, innovations, places

THE WYTHE HOTEL

wythe hotel

Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel joins the ever growing rank of sophisticated accommodations shaping New York neighborhoods. Located in an old Brooklyn factory on the waterfront, the Wythe boasts 72 rooms, an event space and the highly anticipated restaurant, Reynards. It’s a beautiful destination. Its developers wisely utilize pre-exisiting attributes from the 1901 cooperage creating an industrial atmosphere with a bit of nostalgia. You’ll find exposed beams, reclaimed wood and their iconic Hotel sign, which is collaged together from other old signs. They’re also working hard to pull in local artists by developing an onsite movie theater that will host independent films from Brooklyn filmmakers. Sure to be an exciting destination for visitors and locals meeting up with friends, we’re excited for the Wythe to make its mark on Brooklyn. Below you’ll find a few photos of the hotel. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: hotels, places

KAAP SKIL MUSEUM

kaap skil

The days of creating boring museums are long gone. Cities, curators and architects are increasingly teaming up to plan exciting institutions for visitors. And throughout the world, it feels like each opening raises the bar a little more. The range of topics is wider and the buildings housing these ideas are fascinating. One example is the recent opening of the Kaap Skil – Maritime and Beachcombers Museum – on the Dutch island of Textel. Designed by Mecanoo Architects, it houses artifacts from the 1700s capturing the history of the island when ships from the Dutch East India Company were sailing off to the Orient in search of spices. We have a few pics posted below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, museums, places

MOLE ANTONELLIANA

mole antonelliana

Turin turns up the style with their latest installation by Philips and an all-star team of architectural minds. Lupi, Milgiore and Servetto brilliantly bring the city’s skyline into focus with this past and present tribute to Italy’s 150th Anniversary of unification. Sitting high atop the Mole Antonelliana, the city’s tallest building, sits three LED bands beautifully boasting the country’s colors. It’s a wonderful blend of contemporary art and historical architecture. We have a few photos posted below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, art & design, events, places

SILENT WORLD

silent world

Empty. Vacant. Quiet. Silent World by Lucie & Simon is a beautiful project capturing some of the world’s most famous locations free from the din and crowds that usually occupy them. Recently awarded the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Prize, Lucie & Simon’s work is characterized as, “The silence of the world, like a quotation, is suddenly endowed with an oppressive eloquence. Small intrusions are the true sparks here, because their disconcerting presence disrupts the majestic calm of the streets and squares. Are the latter guilty or victims? The fate that governs these shots in a tangible way is not the result of decisions taken by metaphysical powers, but stems uniquely from the imagination of the two creators of these photos, Lucie & Simon.” It’s a beautiful series. We’ve posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, photography, people, places

THE BOOK CLUB

Book Club Shoreditch

London’s East End welcomes a new meeting ground for cultural showcases, spontaneous dance parties and good food. The Book Club is an amazing eatery offering a full spectrum of dishes, coffee and drinks from morning until night. Open 7 days a week, the TBC crew is working hard to become a staple in their neighborhood. Boasting a spacious interior with clever design, the former Victorian Warehouse has been converted into an interesting hybrid. It effortlessly combines the best parts of a lounge, community hall and restaurant into once space. We recommend stopping by next time you’re in the East End. We posted a few photos and additional information below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: food, culture, places

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