Continuing our travel theme this month – as it is the holiday season after all – we have pulled together the latest and most stylish in design for the jet setters among us. From high end airport lounges to luxurious camper vans, we’ll have you travelling in style. Take a look…
1.Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Lounge in Hong Kong
Newly opened in Hong Kong is ‘The Pier’ by Cathay Pacific. Modelled after iconic Hong Kong experiences, you can enjoy a teahouse, noodle bar, market-like Food Hall, and – a must for long haul travellers – a relaxation zone complete with low upholstered loungers and footstools and the ‘Bureau’, where workaholics can access iMacs, printers and other business tools. The design is based on warm natural materials and subtle touches of oriental detail.
2. Airstream Globetrotter
New from travel trailer company Airstream is their luxe ‘Globetrotter’ edition. Sophisticated, clean and modern – this isn’t your normal camper. Stretching 27-foot long and featuring a shower, and double bed, and a choice of natural elm or dark walnut interiors, this van will have you hitting the open roads in class.
Images below from here.
3. Qantas’ London Lounge at Heathrow Airport
Early next year, Qantas will be launching its much anticipated direct 787 Dreamliner flights between Australia and London. So, it’s only fitting that they open a stylish new lounge to match!
The multimillion dollar lounge was designed by global design firm, Woods Bagot and took more than a year to build.
But the result is beautiful: a combination of stone, marble, timber, leather and brass finishes with forest green fabrics. That’s what we call first class travel!
Skip the frantic present buying this year and stock up on quirky and beautifully designed goodies. We have found the most stylish gift ideas that even the hardest people to buy for will love. Take a look…
1.For the stylish puzzle lover: Brass Puzzle from The Cool Hunter
Comprised of six notched brass bars to create a unified ‘jack’ shape, this Brass Puzzle interlocks in only one way. Let your puzzle loving family member or friend take this apart, then try to figure out how to put it back together. It doubles as a paperweight and sculpture too!
2. For the stylish bookworm: Kristina Dam Studio Book End Sculpture
Let that book lover organise their collection in style with these marble bookends by Danish design house, Kristina Dam Studio. Both a sculpture and a bookend, these marble pieces play with shape and repetition.
3. For the stylish furry friend: Tiffany & Co collars
Who said your pet can’t look as stylish as you? Tiffany & Co have the solution, with pet accessories crafted from Italian leather and finished with custom hardware for a luxurious look and feel. You might just want to ensure you have it engraved on the back with your address, as the front has the brand’s signature inscription: “If found, please return to Tiffany & Co, New York.”
Cook in style with a gift pack by the giants of the pasta world, Di Martino. They have collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to create a fresh new look for their brand, celebrating the colours, symbols and monuments of Italy. The limited edition gift packs are a ‘postcard from Italy’ with 5 of the new-look packs of pasta and an apron designed by Dolce & Gabbana.
For a home fragrance that not only smells great, but looks stunning too, we love the new ‘Materialism’ range from Tom Dixon. Choose from ‘Alloy’ – gravity cast aluminium vessels, ‘Oil’ – glass vessels, mouth blown into a metal mould and painted with an iridescent finish, ‘Quartz’ – glass vessels that are pulled, pressed and stretched in unexpectedly complex shapes, and ‘Stone’ – marble vessels turned and polished to create a smooth, even finish.
If you are looking to stay somewhere a little out of the ordinary this festive season, we have you covered. From right here in Australia, to the African continent and then the USA, we have selected three unique accommodation concepts that are sure to provide unforgettable memories and a whole lot of fun. Take a look…
Bubble Tent, New South Wales, Australia
Hailed as ‘Australia’s first inflatable homestay’, Bubble Tent Australia is a glamping-style tent in the stunning Capertree Valley – which is nestled between Lithgow and Mudgee.
The tent sits on a secluded part of a 1,000+ acre working farm and overlooks the world’s second largest canyon. For the nature lovers, this location is listed as one of the best places around the globe for bird watching.
A queen bed and eco-friendly bathroom, complete with a shower, mean you’ll be staying in comfort. You can make the most of technology too, with an iPad on-hand, pre-loaded with playlists, birdwatching apps, and ‘Luminous’ – a stargazing app that allows you to take a virtual tour of the solar system.
Images: Mayumi Iwaski
The Loisaba Starbeds, Kenya, Africa
Images: Loisaba Wilderness, from here.
Amangiri Aman Resort, Utah, USA
Over in Utah is the protected valley of Canyon Point, which isn’t where you’d normally expect to find a luxurious resort. But Aman’s Amangiri is perfect for those seeking a high-end and very private escape.
Overlooking rock formations and the arid desert, the resort’s interiors are equally as stunning, with a focus on ochre, yellow and pink to complement the natural surroundings it sits within.
If you can pry yourself away from the comforts of the resort, the iconic attractions of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Lake Powell are all within exploring distance, or book into one of the resort’s activities such as hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, and horse-riding excursions.
‘Kaleidoscopic’ seems a fitting word to describe the home of actor and singer Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, film producer Susan Downey.
You know this isn’t going to be your traditional Hamptons home right from the start, with the larger than life praying-mantis sculpture by Andrius Petkus greeting you in the front yard.
Then there’s the exterior of the home itself: a late–19th century windmill, originally built for show and later converted into a functional residence.
So what inspired the decision behind this far from normal home?
The Downeys told Architectural Digest they didn’t want something they had seen “a million times”:
We didn’t set out to do something conspicuously wacky. We just enjoy a bit of whimsy and fun. And we definitely don’t like boring.
Boring it’s certainly not. The home revolves around collaborations with many artists. There are tens of original artworks, from the likes of Ati Sedgwick, Pascó The Great, Stan Ynry and Osgemeos. Then, there’s the colourful wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, custom upholstery by Clarence House, Toyine Sellers, and Fishman’s Fabrics, and the amazing full wall-size artwork – reminiscent of Japenese Ukiyo-e art – by German painter Thomas de Leliwa. We even spy some pendants by legendary lighting designer Tom Dixon.
The colour continues into the Downeys’ three-year-old daughter Avri’s bathroom: custom polka dot Pratt & Larson tiles cover the floor and walls and there’s even a blush pink ceiling!
Set your imagination free and a take a look…
Images: Architectural Digest