Travel Thursday | Rica Hotel Narvik, Norway


ProjectRica Hotel NarvikArchitects: Scenario Interiørarkitekter Location: Narvik, Norway | Compleated: 2012

It’s Thursday, the perfect excuse for a virtual holiday. What? You don’t daydream of getting away from the rat race on a Thursday? I do. We are headed to Rica Hotel Narvik in Norway. Rica Hotel Narvik, Northern Norway’s highest building. The architectural form that towers over 18 floors gives this hotel a wonderful view of the city, the fjord “Ofotfjorden”, the Mountain “Dronningen” and the other surrounding mountains. Rica Hotel Narvik has a stylish interior that takes up the exciting exterior of the 148 luxurious and spacious guest rooms, all-day restaurant, 1 floor sky bar with panoramic terrace on the top floor.  The hotel arranges for business travelers with eight functional meeting rooms, where the largest room has a capacity for up to 175 people. The interior has a modern look that plays on the natural elements found in Narvik. The client wanted a modern and colourful hotel, which also have a nice and warm atmosphere.

Concrete Wallpaper | Tom Haga

I love concrete, but also I love wallpaper and when I came across concrete wallpaper I was in love. Concrete Wallpapers is by Tom Haga and is a great way of creating Industrial Look. According to the designer, “the Concrete Wallpaper collection is the result of photographing raw and refined  concrete walls, raw cinder block walls and even grafitti, in locations across Norway. The imagery used in this unique wallpaper is based on high-resolution photography and custom manipulation. No pattern is ever repeated, something which results in a very realistic finish and Scandinavian design at its best“.

Architecture | Lemperle Residence | Jonathan Segal


Project: Lemperle Residence| Architects: Jonathan Segal | Location: La Jolla, , United States

The Lemperle residence is one of these rare exceptions.  Designed by Jonathan Segal FAIA, this ocean front residence promotes an outdoor connection through the use of expansive glass and deck areas.  The house focuses outward away from the street onto the ocean, capruting amazing views.

Travel Thursday | The Almyra Hotel | Cyprus

High quality craftsmanship and an aversion to last minute trendiness guide the clean, terraced architecture of Cyprus’s Almyra Hotel. Following a major renovation by Thanos Michaelides, the hotel has undergone an ultra-chic metamorphosis and now features sleek interior elegance inspired by the island’s patron goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. Banquette sofas and low irokko and oak wood tables face windows that afford the first glimpse of the breathtaking ocean views available throughout Almyra. Sleek modern furniture and black and white interiors have been selected by Tristan Auer and Joelle Pleot, who designed one of Karl Lagerfeld’s houses, vamped up by hand-assembled Byzantine chandeliers that hang in both the lobby and the Mosaics restaurant. Splashes of 1970s boldness – such as white leather sofas and ottomans – are enhanced by a combination of natural and artificial lighting. Seeing as the hotel places as much emphasis on a successful family experience as on good design, the concept also focuses on practicality. All of Almyra’s guestrooms and suites are generous in size, so as to provide ample space for families – who will most certainly also appreciate the Almyra’s two freshwater pools, both built with Italian slate. Auer and Pleot have selected lots of natural materials in addition to glass and Carrara marble to create a calming effect in the rooms. Charming small details such as room numbers engraved on the floors are enhanced further by the freedom of guest’s being encouraged to move around the artworks on display at whim. Wide terraces, covered with glowing white trellises surround the pool area and afford sweeping views of Paphos harbour. The landscaped gardens with lavender walkways surrounding the design hotel complete the picture perfect setting. Given the stunning results of the makeover, it is indeed surprising that this is Pleot’s first ever hotel project – but one for which her collaborator Tristan Auer and her have already earned oodles of industry praise. Rest assured, your praise is bound to follow.

Architecture | Ipês House | StudioMK27

Marcio Kogan’s StudioMK27 designed the Ipês house in São Paulo, Brazil.

In the design and construction of the House of Ipês there is exposed concrete. In this house the material is used in a radical manner throughout the upper volume. The large concrete box appears to be floating atop a glass volume. In the living room, which continues to the veranda and the garden, the doors open entirely, diluting the division between interior and exterior. The main entrance is done through pivoting panels that also open entirely to the front garden. In the internal space, a long irregularly-shaped sofa wriggles around the room, constructing a space with no hierarchy among the different orientations.

The structure of the house incorporates large spans which accentuate the Idea of a floating Box, besides propitiating a totally free and continuous space. The use of raw concrete refers to modern buildings, aesthetically and functionally, as in a dialogue with this modern architecture. The House of Ipês, with its grand spans and brute material, transpires a sobriety and the concrete impregnated by the passage of time, exposes the existence of the life of the building.

The Artist Studio | Stina Persson


Artist: Stina Persson | Location: Stockholm, Sweden| Type: Watercolour Illustrations

Step inside the studio of artist Stina Persson. Her colorful illustrations have long been a favorite of mine, so I was extremely excited to find this post to take a sneak peak inside her studio ! Stina says her work is about ‘making the ugly prettier and the beautiful a little edgier’. She creates her work by hand; using inks, watercolor dyes and colored pencils, and sometimes Mexican cut paper. The work is then scanned, and given a digital touch-up. Stina was born in Sweden, and has lived and studied in Tokyo, Florence and New York. Today, she lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. I will be showing you more of her work in our post later today. So make sure you stick by.

Via | Free People Blog