At these luxury hostelries, you'll receive the levels of comfort and convenience you'd expect from the finest hotels, but you'll also feel revitalized thanks to their emphasis on relaxation and wellness. Whether a fully equipped spa, where you'll receive an array of pampering treatments, or a kitchen that emphasizes healthy and invigorating menus, here are some destinations where you can be sure to leave feeling better than when you checked in. An indispensable guide to a select collection of luxury spa and wellness hotels. Appealing to both those who plan to recharge their batteries at one of these exclusive destinations, and those who fantasize about doing so.
Designers mostly work to their clients' brief, which is why the task of self-promotion can be difficult. This collection includes a variety of formats, genres and media which designers have chosen for themselves, to express how they see themselves and their role in the 21st century.
After decades of practice, the clean and simplified designs of Minimalism, where less is more and form follows function are less used. There is an explosion of vibrant design today that breaks free from the minimal style of approach, prevailing in current design trends. With new technology, advanced engineering and expanded choice of materials, designers are embracing design with scintillating attitude, challenging aesthetic boundaries and speculating new expressions in visual codes. The upper crust of designers have always been synonymous with the fashion designers of haute couture. They set trends and present bold concepts becoming indicators for the mass market to follow. Desire presents the cr????????me de la cr????????me of design today. On the one hand, it presents celebrated designers who are creating design art, one-off pieces and limited editions which are considered works of art. Created with experimental freedom and intended for a niche market, they are exhibited at prestigious design galleries and sold at international auction houses. On the other hand, the book introduces promising young talent culled from around the world that is merging various design disciplines and producing a new expressive language. Influenced by a diverse range of styles, their conceptual designs are provocative. They challenge our understanding of furniture, objects, interior design and will pave the way we will live in the future. The pioneering examples showcased in Desire will shape the future aesthetic of product, furniture and object design and be a sure indicator of trends that will be influencing the design industry.
Amsterdam-based architects Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, principals of UNStudio, are stars of the international architecture scene. Culling from a pool of interdisciplinary experts, UNStudio seeks to make a significant contribution to the discipline of architecture, to continue to develop our qualities with respect to design, technology, knowledge and management and to be a specialist in public network projects. We see as mutually sustaining the environment, market demands and client wishes that enable our work, and we aim for results in which our goals and our client's goals overlap. The outcome of their self-defined goals are apparent in dynamic buildings like Five Franklin Place, a residential building completed in 2007 in New York's TriBeCa neighborhood, which expresses a nuanced conceptual and technical complexity and confidence while also providing a must-see architectural experience. This volume reveals UNStudio's process, in which a sense of place is seamlessly integrated with aesthetic and conceptual considerations.
One of a new series of authoritative guides teNeues is introducing this season, Cool Shops London takes the reader on a tour of the best stores and boutiques in this most vibrant city. Each shop included is distinguished by more than the products it sells. The editors also highlight exemplary architecture and interior design?for shops such as Camper, Jigsaw and Marks and Spencer?with lavish color photographs and emphasize as well the appeal of smaller, one-of-a-kind shops. Attractively designed to fit into any handbag, backpack, or briefcase, this book includes a site map for easy use and is sure to be a must-have for shopaholics everywhere!
Future Systems presents a selection of ground-breaking and original work by this pioneering architectural and design practice from the last twenty-five years. Over fifty projects are presented by type of building, culminating in landmark schemes such as Selfridges in Birmingham, completed in 2003. The text gives a detailed description of each project and the design process behind it. The book features four-hundred photographs and drawings, many of which have not been published before.
A collection of influential Italian interiors styled by Joe Colombo, Carla Venosta, Renzo Mongiardino, Alberto Seassaro, Giorgio Pes, Nanda Vigo and others photographed by Carla De Benedetti between 1965 and 1975
This work presents the most comprehensive selection available of Arata Isozaki's built and unbuilt projects from the beginning of his career to the present day and is extensively illustrated with drawings, silkscreens, sketches and models from the Isozaki Office Archive.
Beauty provides the dynamic catalyst for sixteen very charged and individual discussions about architecture and design. Based on a series of interviews by Yael Reisner, "Architecture and Beauty" has been developed into sixteen individual chapter/portraits, written up by Fleur Watson, that eloquently recount the thoughts of some of the world's most creative designers. Each interviewee candidly expresses their beliefs and experiences and espouses their own distinctive position on aesthetics. Offering up rare and often highly personal insights into the minds of today's most progressive and high-profile architects, the book is lusciously illustrated with the works that the architects discuss. Featured architects: Will Alsop, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Peter Cook, Odile Decq, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Zvi Hecker, Mark Goulthorpe, Kolatan/MacDonald Studio, Greg Lynn, Tom Mayne, Juhani Pallasmaa, Gaetano Pesce, Eric Owen Moss, Wolf Prix and Lebbeus Woods.
Since the age of ten, when he first saw the monumental concrete gymnasium designed by Kenzo Tange for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma (b. 1954) has aspired to create architecture that utilizes materials in an expressive manner. Despite his early fascination with concrete, Kuma has become better known for his unusual handling of glass, wood, and stone in works as diverse as private residences, Buddhist temples, and art museums. With an acute sensitivity to maximizing a building's setting, whether urban or rural, Kuma has created such celebrated structures as the Tokyo headquarters of Louis Vuitton, adobe housing for an ancient wooden Buddha, and an observatory that is sunk into a seaside hill like Michael Heizer's DOUBLE NEGATIVE.
The Drager House is built into a hillside in Berkeley, California, and steps down in section to conform to the changing site condition. Specific elements such as staircases, terraces and loggias are used to join the house and site, as are large corner windows, which the architect has used to frame selected views of trees and sky. It perpetuates what Franklin Israel describes as the tradition started in Los Angeles by Frank Lloyd Wright and R.M. Schindler, of the mitred glass corner and the exploded box. This book presents Drager House in detail, using original drawings showing the architect's designs in progress, and newly-commissioned photographs, which are accompanied by many black and white photographs illustrating earlier designs by Israel.