The Belmond Grand Hibernian is the latest in luxury train travel and is the first of its kind in Ireland. The train celebrated its inaugural voyage in August and is booked full for the upcoming months. Curated art and 5 star amenities are provided alongside views of the Irish countryside and a plethora of stops (ahem castle visits) and adventures. There is something so wonderful about the forced slow pace of a train, taking in the scenery, enjoying the journey... Anyone up for a trip to the Emerald Isle?
The recently completed Tianjin Binhai Library, located in northeast China, is popping up everywhere on my feeds and the images are spectacular. Designed by the Dutch-based firm MVRDV, the project features an all white color palette and is shaped around a spherical auditorium, referred to as ‘the eye’. Terraced book shelves (accomodate a whopping 1.2 million volumes) are accessible for visitors to wander through. The cathedral-esque three year project is now near the top of this book lovers travel list.
The Miner Road Residence is nestled into a grove of oak trees on the Oakland Hills. The Bay Area home takes advantage of the pre existing tree canopy while striking a bold profile. The rectilinear structure features floor to ceiling windows, a Corten steel exterior, and native white oak interior. The fireplace in the living room was the only structural component kept from the home that previously occupied the lot. The Faulkner Architects masterpiece feels like the modern, high end treehouse of my dreams.
Movement, color, and composition are three things that are instantly visible when looking at the work of Heather Day. The Bay Area based painter has a keen eye for striking a balance and interest all while painting with her "non-traditional" materials. Acrylic spray paint, graphite, and soft pastels are used creating bold motion filled works. Day's Instagram of the artist also provides a peek at her process, colored sketches in different locations provide a look at how she breaks down shapes and palettes.
Art in Day's words, "I travel seeking stories of all kinds—stories behind people, places, sound, and nature—and bring them home to my San Francisco studio to create an interpretation. Each of us sees the world differently through a screen of personal experiences. I choose to communicate my interpretations through layers of overlapping paint, expressing moments at every seam, edge, and line. Each mark represents my language of dynamic motion, allowing compositions to read like handwriting—from one side to another."
The Henrietta Hotel opened this summer in London, and brought a new French edge to Covent Garden. The London neighborhood welcomes the first boutique hotel by Paris based Experimental Group. The 18 room locale designed by Dorothée Meilichozon (founder of Chzon design firm) also features a new restaurant led by Michelin starred chef Ollie Dabbous.
Each hotel room is unique with varying fabrics, color palettes, and hand built headboards. The lighting is the highlight of this project in my eyes. The unique forms, attention to detail, and variation in fixtures is impressive. Peek at Meilichozon's Instagram for more inspiration!