The cottage holds a special place in contemporary Norwegian culture. A few generations back the majority of the Norwegian people made a living from farming, fishing or lumbering, trades which afforded closeness with nature. In the contemporary and urbanized way of life the cottage is a means maintaining this closeness.
The integration of all aspects of our existence inevitably translates into beauty.
Today we know that the thoughts and emotions we generate release a series of hormones and neurotransmitters that act on our organisms – and their accumulation chisels our bodies as if they were a sculpture in movement generated by chemical processes.
This noble Stockholm luxury residence of arts & crafts pedigree presides over Lärkstaden in the quiet leafy diplomatic quarters of town – the Ett Hem is a delightfully reclusive hotel of style sophistication dressed in a design palette of comfy elegance and wonderful familiarity just a stroll from the vibe of downtown.
The story may sound familiar, but it is new.
You visit somewhere and you fall in love.
And you never want to leave, and not only this; you want everyone to be able to fall in love with this somewhere. And suddenly (a long suddenly lasting some four years) there it is: a different hotel, a restaurant with food the way it should taste, a breathtaking and dramatic landscape (OK;that was always there!), and a host of secret places just waiting to be discovered.
Do you dare to discover it too?
Named Seashore Chapel, the sculptural building provides a small place of worship for Beidaihe, a seaside town east of Beijing. But this proximity to the shoreline meant it had to be raised up on concrete columns. It is the closest building to the sea anywhere in the town, as Vector Architects wanted to create a more spiritual experience for visitors.
The Ukranian pastry chef Dinara Kasko is the master of combining baking with geometric figures and architectural designs. She approaches her desserts as if they were buildings, and creates the most unique edible structures ever.
Tokyo-based studio Do Do has designed this house and studio for a graphic designer and his wife, and created a special elevated pathway for their pet cat. The two-storey residence named House-Is is clad in black corrugated metal and occupies a small plot of land in Tokyo’s Koto-ku district. Do Do was asked to include a studio space, as well as playful additions for the cat, in the couple’s home.
I am often struck by the nests that crows build using clothes hangers. Hangers are not only durable but also highly elastic, and they offer more hooks to connect than branches and hence are easier to assemble. Crows, flying deftly across the dichotomy of natural and artificial, are creating a functional and comfortable environment.
A farmstead set among Ibiza’s pastoral inlands, La Granja is a members-only retreat—the first such experiment by Design Hotels™—launched in collaboration with Friends of a Farmer, an international association devoted to the cultivation of art, crops and inner gardens. Marked by classical Iberian architecture and traces of Moorish influences, the public spaces and 10 guestrooms feature arched walls and dark-wood beamed ceilings and doors, accented by hammered iron doorknobs and fixtures.
Paris is famous not only for its amazing museums and architecture. Ancient families of craftsmen and young designers, food lovers and music addicts and opticians display a story made by the people who put art and creativity at the core of their everyday life. Their workshops and boutiques tell a different tale of the city.
Architect Peter Zumthor designed this memorial on an island in Norway to commemorate suspected witches who were burned at the stake there in the seventeenth century.
One of the darkest aspects of the history of law is the trial by ordeal, used by both ancient societies in contexts of initiation and Western legislation to deal with the unknown: as in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, where one of the bloodiest hunts of alleged witches took place, in the remote province of Vardø, Norway, a similar story was recorded.
When a problem occurs in your life, what do you do about it? Some people, using their intelligence, resolve it immediately. Others who are more reflexive stop and consider various options, sometimes with the help of friends or advisers who give their own point of view of the situation. And there are also those who opt for the not very recommendable option of evading and putting off the problem, in the hope that the problem will solve itself.