Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
December 20, 2017

Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman | An installation by Rick Owens

I got some pictures sent from Milan while one of my Italian friends was at the opening of Rick Owens  “Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman” at the Triennale Di Milano in Milan. A unique exhibition dedicated to visionary designer Rick Owens. 

The Curve, the Triennale’s signature exhibition space, is transformed by Rick Owens into an involving pathway through two decades of endless creativity: a selection of more than 100 garments, objects, accessories, furniture and runway videos will be displayed and connected through a spectacular site-specific installation created by the designer for the occasion. 
The exhibition is open to the public until March 25, 2018 at Triennale di Milano.   

pictures courtesy Owenscorp | first picture by Stefano Gaggero

“The clothes I make are my autobiography. They are the calm elegance I want to get to and the damage I’ve done on the way. They are an expression of tenderness and raging ego. They are an adolescent idealization and its inevitable defeat.” 
Rick Owens
November 20, 2017

101 COPENHAGEN X NORR11 Pop up Store in Copenhagen

While being in Copenhagen earlier this month I had the change to visit the pop up store of 101 Copenhagen and Norr11 and make some quick shots with my IPhone to give you an impression. You might have seen me writing about the new brand and collection in this blogpost earlier this year 101 Copenhagen | New Scandinavian brand to launch at M&O 

November 16, 2017

Dutch designer Jan Janssen X Studio Oliver Gustav

Oliver Gustav is a creative consultant with a focus on aesthetic development, art, interior and exterior design. He creates spaces that convey a quiet and yet dramatic atmosphere, where the stark and modern are contrasted against rare antique finds and exquisite curiosities. 

Last week I showed some of the rooms at the new showroom and boutique and today some more pictures I took. It was such a beautiful experience to wander through the different rooms where the work of different designers is combined with art, smaller accessories and objects.

Different outstanding pieces and a beautiful mix of materials are the main ingredients for the showroom, linen sofa's, antic wooden furniture pieces from China, great pieces by Rick Owens of who I wrote many blog stories lighting by Apparatus, and different pieces by Dutch designer Jan Janssen. I am sure you are familiar with his stool No1 shown in the picture below. His latest work is the 'Extrusion Coffeetable No1 in casted aluminium shown above.

Pictures ©fashionandnail
November 13, 2017

Oliver Gustav studio visit in Copenhagen

When visiting Copenhagen recently a few things to see and people to meet were on my wish list and visiting the new showroom and boutique of Oliver Gustav was high on my priority list. The historical building on Kastelsvej has a longstanding relationship with the arts and the morning I visited everyone was busy preparing the different rooms for the official opening party that night. It was such a pleasure to finally meet Oliver in person, have a chat with him and get to learn more about the amazing building and the collections. 

Also Jan Janssen a Dutch artist of which the work can be seen at the showroom dropped by, more about Jan's work in a next post! Above a sneak peek into the beautiful room in the back of the building. One of the rooms that isn't painted in the beautiful grey like the rest of the rooms and filled with trees, plants, books and one of the sofa's from Oliver Gustav's own collection. The home collection of dyed hemp or linen sofas and armchairs is available made to order.

From his studio, showroom and boutique and gallery in New York City, Oliver Gustav offers unique and limited edition pieces, from a carefully curated edit of international designers and artists, I loved seeing pieces of Rick Owens and the scent of the many Mad et Len products. Visiting the showroom was an exceptional experience, there was so much to see, room after room and the atmosphere was totally serene. At the end of the post some pictures of the entry and the first room with the huge pink sofa which you might have spotted here on Instagram already.... more of the collection and the amazing studio coming soon.

pictures ©fashionandnail
November 8, 2017

Visiting the VIPP Hotel in Copenhagen

Last week I was in Copenhagen for a few days where VIPP invited me to attend the opening of the VIPP Hotel. You might think the VIPP hotel is a traditional hotel but instead the hotel consists of three different rooms on three different locations! The first room is the VIPP shelter and I am pretty sure you saw the all black and industrial shelter before on many blogs. The second room is the VIPP Loft which I attended the opening, while the third room is in the make.

The VIPP Loft is a 400m2 open space located on the upper floor of the VIPP offices in a former printing factory in Copenhagen's Islands Brygge area. Studio David Thulstrupof designed the space that was totally covered in white paint. Beams were undone from the white layers bringing back the natural colour and walls were painted in a soft grey perfectly matching the natural colour of the wood.

The Shelter is all black but in the Loft some colours are used, in the huge black kitchen vintage bottles are combined with the mostly monotone VIPP accessories, and brown Kvadrat curtains can be closed to create a cozy dining area. In the living a fireplace surrounded by two By Lassen chairs  and green couches.

The spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine where a study and library and a cozy dark bedroom at the end of the small bridge, from where you have a magnificent view on the kitchen area below, is located under the roof. With it's two bedrooms there is place for four people in the loft, have a look here on how to check in into the VIPP Hotel.

pictures courtesy VIPP | last picture by Vosgesparis
October 23, 2017

A Dark and moody Hotel and Farm | La Granja Ibiza

Remember my Ibiza travel tips and 'La Granja' where we spent the evening around the pool, such a fairytale garden and place. These are pictures from the hotel rooms in the converted farmhouse which German design studio Dreimeta converted into a dark and moody hotel for Design Hotels.

August 26, 2017

Go with the flow | My IBIZA travel tips

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed me and a friend worked on Ibiza this month. We visited many locations, something we could perfectly combine with visiting some markets, breakfast in cute cafe's, lunch on the beach and drinks in some amazing gardens.

I have spent most Summers of my adult life with our family in Sardegna and Ibiza felt like home to me, I feel best in the south and in the sun, something
 I really miss, I realized this month. I fell in love with the island and its laid back style and people, can you believe it was my first time visiting Ibiza! 

A home and a car | Sunnycars
A home and a car! probably the two most important things you will need for your stay in Ibiza! We stayed at an old finca in the campo, far away from the party scene, where silence was only broken by the singing cicades and a sky full of stars illuminated the surroundings by night. An amazing place located more or less in the middle of nowhere with only a few coloured stones on the side of the road showing us where to leave the main road.

These are the places you can't really reach without a car and to be honest you really would need a car in Ibiza if you want to see more of the island then your hotel and the nearest beach and village. It's a relatively small island and within forty minutes you can drive from north to south and experience the party scene around Ibiza town or go for a more relaxed experience in the north, which was my favourite part. 

Hiring a car online before your trip is really easy, and once landed at Ibiza airport it took us little time to pick up our car, throw our suitcases in the back and hit the road. The desk to pick up your car is in the same hall as where your luggage arrives. 
For this trip we hired with Sunny cars and they provided us with an almost new car, completely insured, a filled tank and free to make as many kilometers we wanted. Practically we only had to fill the tank before bringing it back at the airport on the day of departure.

Whenever I travel I make a folder in Google maps with my favourite adresses, and places I want to visit, easy when you quickly have to find directions and a great travel 'book' for the next time. As promised I will share some of the beautiful beaches and places we visited with you, enjoy!

Babylon Beach bar | Santa Eulalila
After a few days of beach life a visit to Babylon Beach bar felt like pure luxury in an laid-back Ibiza style, soft beds by TineK home and cocktails and food served straight to your sun bed, just perfect if you are tired of lying on the beach. We combined this place with a day of work at Santa Eulalia, as we still wanted to catch some sun in the late afternoon, there is no beach here but there are two flying pontoons if you want to go in the water. 

Babylon Beach bar
Carrer Bartomea Tur Clapés 20
Santa Eulalia del Río

07840 Ibiza

La Granja | Sant Mateu
La Granja is a private house and members club, in order to come to La Granja you would need to book a table for lunch or dinner. We were lucky to be invited for Friday drinks and spent the night around the pool in the garden that looked like a fairytale by night. It was such a pleasure to meet up with my friend Pablo here, who I hadn't seen since the Sunny Design tour two years ago. A great night with music and amazing fig cocktails.

La Granja

Carretera Forada a Sant Mateu, Km. 1
07820 Ibiza

Los Enamorados | Portinax

When driving up north Ibiza do not skip 'Los Enamorados', an initiative by ex-baseball player Pierre and Dutch Rozemarijn a former magazine editor. Los Enamorados is a restaurant, store, beach bar and hotel with nine rooms only. The staff is super friendly and there is a relaxing atmosphere, a great place to hang out and enjoy food and drinks.

I had the most amazing dish, maybe even the best of my whole stay, the 'Poki bowl' with Salmon, sushi rice, nori and other flavours. It's as the website says: an unpretentious place where you can hang out, be yourself and enjoy.

Los Enamorados

103, Calle de Portinatx
07810 Portinatx, Ibiza

Los Enamorados

Raco Ibiza
We probably had our longest breakfast at Raco Ibiza and spend over two hours in the relaxing garden. Behind the palm trees a few guest rooms are situated around the pool, that is private and adult only during the week. There is a restaurant as well and Sunday's are for families, garden parties and dj's.

Raco Ibiza
Camino Viejo San Mateo,
07816 San Rafael Ibiza

Hippie Market at San Joan
Sunday morning we spent at San Joan at the small and cozy hippie market at the main square near the church. A morning with music under the trees, craftsmen selling their work and lots of friendly encounters. I really loved Sant Joan, the market and the locals selling their fruits in the small streets around the church.

Giri Cafe | Sant Joan
Have a coffee at the small terrace of the Giri Cafe at the main square of Sant Joan and you are sitting front row to enjoy the music on Sunday morning. In the back of the cafe the garden offers lots of cozy corners including one for kids.

Giri cafe

Giri Residence | Sant Joan
What you might not notice directly is that just behind the square and a few steps from the Giri cafe, the Giri Residence is located in one of the striking white buildings. We were invited to come in for a sneak peek and I just loved the patio.

Giri Residence
Calle Principal 3 - 5
07810 San Juan, Ibiza

Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar | Ibiza town
Totally different and overlooking the Old Town and the Ibiza marina IZAKAYA presents a modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences. 

Passeig Joan Carles I, 1
07800 Ibiza town

Boho House Ibiza | Santa Eulalila
If you happen to be in Santa Eulalila, drop by at Boho House Ibiza, a small cafe with an industrial look and tasty fresh juices. I had a great risotto for lunch here, freshly prepared behind the bar by the super friendly staff.
Boho House Ibiza

Carrer sa Bastida 4
Santa Eulària des Riu 

07840 Ibiza

Cala Gracioneta
Probably the beach I loved most, the small Cala Gracioneta beach is surrounded by pretty boat houses and the atmosphere is absolutely friendly and not to busy. 'Sa Bresca' is the small bar - restaurant on the beach, perfect for a paella lunch with your feet in the sand, wealways found a spot here without reservations. 

Cala XularA beautiful hidden gem just of the road to Portinax only accessible by car after going down a small white road with limited parking space, at this beach people come and go and it was never overcrowded. There is a small restaurant on the beach, be sure to bring cash and reserve your spot!

Cala Conta beach
Located in the south, Cala Conta is known for it's amazing sunset. This beach was different from the others I visited, surrounded by sand dunes and rocky cliffs and a few small islands for the coast, there was a lovely soft sandy beach and crystal clear water. On top of the cliff  you will find 'Sunset Ashram'  a restaurant in pink stuc with a small shop. 

Utopia - Playa Puerto San Miguel
Although it is said to be a hidden gem it can be found in most guides, Utopia is a small bay just of the main beach San Miguel... walk to the left of the beach and follow the signs and climb the rocky path leading you to a small beach and bar - restaurant The beach is really small with just a few beds, we had a lovely late lunch at the restaurant.

 pictures ©fashionandnail