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Luckylefthand adorns Louis Vuitton headquarters with “Nine Colours, Nine Eyes and Nine Hearts“
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Luckylefthand adorns Louis Vuitton headquarters with “Nine Colours, Nine Eyes and Nine Hearts“

Art In the 1920s, Gaston-Louis Vuitton wrote, “Let’s make the street a happy place. ” A century later, Louis Vuitton asked artist Luckylefthand to decorate the façade of its Paris headquarters located by the Pont Neuf bridge. The fresco covers 280m2 and is made up of 14 colourful, sleek and playful paintings. With this painting, Louis Vuitton and Luckylefthand want to bring positivity and positive vibes to the Pont Neuf neighbourhood during the current lockdown. Luckylefthand was given carte blanche and used a minimalist, condensed style inspired by 1960s and 70s aesthetics to transport passers-by far away on a trip to the landscapes of Hossegor, his adopted town. With colourful transitions and primitive shapes, the wall painting was created using only acrylic paints and features a number of hands, one of the artist’s cherished symbols. The hands are physically set about a metre and a half apart yet are linked in spirit as a representation of our current mindset.   “I wanted to create this wall painting to o er Parisians a colourful stroll past the 14 windows, evoking a summer holiday while still representing the temporary period we are going through. The hands placed a metre and a half apart is a nod to what we’re currently experiencing. I hope this wall painting’s bright, saturated colours and rainbows made of big, curved lines will bring the positive energy we all need right now,” the artist said about his work.   Steven Burke is a French artist born in 1982. He works in the south-west French town of Hossegor, a place that has inspired him for years. After a 15-year career in the eld of graphic design, he practises his art in search of simplicity of shapes and purity of colours to convey a positive and enthusiastic message. The symbol of the hand is often represented in compositions to suggest humankind in its most universal form. Over time, this symbol has become an invitation to the meditative state, certainly pushed by the beauty of surrounding nature. For further informations : www.luckylefthand.com In the 1920s, Gaston-Louis Vuitton wrote, “Let’s make the street a happy place. ” A century later, Louis Vuitton asked artist Luckylefthand to decorate the façade of its Paris headquarters located by the Pont Neuf bridge. The fresco covers 280m2 and is made up of 14 colourful, sleek and playful paintings. With this painting, Louis Vuitton and Luckylefthand want to bring positivity and positive vibes to the Pont Neuf neighbourhood during the current lockdown. Luckylefthand was given carte blanche and used a minimalist, condensed style inspired by 1960s and 70s aesthetics to transport passers-by far away on a trip to the landscapes of Hossegor, his adopted town. With colourful transitions and primitive shapes, the wall painting was created using only acrylic paints and features a number of hands, one of the artist’s cherished symbols. The hands are physically set about a metre and a half apart yet are linked in spirit as a representation of our current mindset.   “I wanted to create this wall painting to o er Parisians a colourful stroll past the 14 windows, evoking a summer holiday while still representing the temporary period we are going through. The hands placed a metre and a half apart is a nod to what we’re currently experiencing. I hope this wall painting’s bright, saturated colours and rainbows made of big, curved lines will bring the positive energy we all need right now,” the artist said about his work.   Steven Burke is a French artist born in 1982. He works in the south-west French town of Hossegor, a place that has inspired him for years. After a 15-year career in the eld of graphic design, he practises his art in search of simplicity of shapes and purity of colours to convey a positive and enthusiastic message. The symbol of the hand is often represented in compositions to suggest humankind in its most universal form. Over time, this symbol has become an invitation to the meditative state, certainly pushed by the beauty of surrounding nature. For further informations : www.luckylefthand.com

Exploring China
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Exploring China

Travel Travel image story by Ashley Soong. Travel image story by Ashley Soong.

Bvlgari Hotel London
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Bvlgari Hotel London

Travel On 28th May 2012 Bvlgari Hotel London opened in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, as the first brand new luxury hotel build in the city for 40 years. Bvlgari Hotel London pays tribute to Bvlgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noblemanufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, coupling Bvlgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel are made exclusively for Bvlgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.   The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bvlgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps by Bvlgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bvlgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. Open exclusively to day spa guests, members and guests of the hotel, the 2,000 sqm Bvlgari Spa London is spread over two floors and has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the Spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150m2 fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.   Bvlgari Hotel London celebrates its silver screen heritage with the luxurious 47-seat Richard Attenborough Screening Room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 300 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The Screening Room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.   Bvlgari Hotel London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with private foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests. In the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge rareand vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.   As a brand new build in the heart of Knightsbridge, the state of the art Bvlgari Hotel London, employs pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has been developed according to best practices in design set by BREEAM, the leading environmental assessment method for buildings. To meet the strict BREEAM criteria the hotel features such initiatives as anecologically designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric carcharging points within the vicinity of the hotel, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal Energy, a cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy generation, has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.   Combining heritage and modernity, refinement and effortless elegance, Knightsbridge is the natural setting for Bvlgari Hotel London that emphasises these same exceptional qualities. Everything that is singular and remarkable about London can be found in Knightsbridge. Here are the city’s most exclusive addresses, its most distinguished cultural venues, its most luxurious department stores and boutiques. The grand cornerstones of Knightsbridge – from the Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert museum to Harrods – have not only stood the test of time, they have gained lasting elegance and cultural relevance. This is London’s mostprestigious neighbourhood, and one of its most liveable, with the full, appealing expanse of Hyde Park stretching out to its north.   Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bvlgari Hotel London is just steps from leafy Hyde Park and the shopping of Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Cultural and historical landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum are a short walk away. The 85 light filled rooms and suites are amongst the largest in London. Many look over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and each is a well-considered oasis of calm comfort andunderstated luxury. Bvlgari’s attention to detail is evident in the use of exquisite marbles,fine woods and unique detailing. Offering unparalleled accommodation of between 160 and 220 square metres, the seven Bvlgari Suites are of peerless magnificence and immediately upon the opening of the hotel they set new standards for luxurious accommodation in London. Sette restaurant, independently operated by LDV Hospitality, is the first London locationof New York City’s Scarpetta Restaurants, bringing authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair. In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, the evenings continueafter dinner at Sette, downstairs in the ‘underground’ bar, Nolita Social. Named afterNew York’s most charming neighbourhood, North of Little Italy, Nolita Social brings the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, livemusic and DJ’s. The Lounge features a honed black granite floor and fireplace alongside the Italian- made chairs and sofas covered in special fabrics that complete the contemporary look and provide an alluring space for guests to enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge at Bvlgari Hotel London has established itself as the premier Knightsbridge destination for connoisseurs in search of truly exceptional vintage cigars. Arranged over two levels, the spacious 2000sqm Bvlgari Spa London reflects a contemporary Italian design ethos, influenced by the rich heritage of Bvlgari. The Vicenza stone and refined colour combinations of cognac-like golden tones and shades of green used throughout the spa, inspires complete relaxation, calm and escapism from the busy world of Knightsbridge. Bvlgari Hotel London lends a prestigious context to all types of meetings, events and conferences. The stunning facilities are flexible and feature the latest technology.   The hotel offers incredible amenities as well as truly amazing service amongs other things. The rooms are very beautifully designed and very private. A few of our favorite amenites were the Bvlgari Spa as well as the Italian restaurant Sette with a tasty Italian insired menu.  more on bulgarihotels.com On 28th May 2012 Bvlgari Hotel London opened in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, as the first brand new luxury hotel build in the city for 40 years. Bvlgari Hotel London pays tribute to Bvlgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noblemanufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, coupling Bvlgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel are made exclusively for Bvlgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.   The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bvlgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps by Bvlgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bvlgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. Open exclusively to day spa guests, members and guests of the hotel, the 2,000 sqm Bvlgari Spa London is spread over two floors and has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the Spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150m2 fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.   Bvlgari Hotel London celebrates its silver screen heritage with the luxurious 47-seat Richard Attenborough Screening Room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 300 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The Screening Room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.   Bvlgari Hotel London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with private foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests. In the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge rareand vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.   As a brand new build in the heart of Knightsbridge, the state of the art Bvlgari Hotel London, employs pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has been developed according to best practices in design set by BREEAM, the leading environmental assessment method for buildings. To meet the strict BREEAM criteria the hotel features such initiatives as anecologically designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric carcharging points within the vicinity of the hotel, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal Energy, a cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy generation, has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.   Combining heritage and modernity, refinement and effortless elegance, Knightsbridge is the natural setting for Bvlgari Hotel London that emphasises these same exceptional qualities. Everything that is singular and remarkable about London can be found in Knightsbridge. Here are the city’s most exclusive addresses, its most distinguished cultural venues, its most luxurious department stores and boutiques. The grand cornerstones of Knightsbridge – from the Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert museum to Harrods – have not only stood the test of time, they have gained lasting elegance and cultural relevance. This is London’s mostprestigious neighbourhood, and one of its most liveable, with the full, appealing expanse of Hyde Park stretching out to its north.   Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bvlgari Hotel London is just steps from leafy Hyde Park and the shopping of Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Cultural and historical landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum are a short walk away. The 85 light filled rooms and suites are amongst the largest in London. Many look over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and each is a well-considered oasis of calm comfort andunderstated luxury. Bvlgari’s attention to detail is evident in the use of exquisite marbles,fine woods and unique detailing. Offering unparalleled accommodation of between 160 and 220 square metres, the seven Bvlgari Suites are of peerless magnificence and immediately upon the opening of the hotel they set new standards for luxurious accommodation in London. Sette restaurant, independently operated by LDV Hospitality, is the first London locationof New York City’s Scarpetta Restaurants, bringing authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair. In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, the evenings continueafter dinner at Sette, downstairs in the ‘underground’ bar, Nolita Social. Named afterNew York’s most charming neighbourhood, North of Little Italy, Nolita Social brings the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, livemusic and DJ’s. The Lounge features a honed black granite floor and fireplace alongside the Italian- made chairs and sofas covered in special fabrics that complete the contemporary look and provide an alluring space for guests to enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge at Bvlgari Hotel London has established itself as the premier Knightsbridge destination for connoisseurs in search of truly exceptional vintage cigars. Arranged over two levels, the spacious 2000sqm Bvlgari Spa London reflects a contemporary Italian design ethos, influenced by the rich heritage of Bvlgari. The Vicenza stone and refined colour combinations of cognac-like golden tones and shades of green used throughout the spa, inspires complete relaxation, calm and escapism from the busy world of Knightsbridge. Bvlgari Hotel London lends a prestigious context to all types of meetings, events and conferences. The stunning facilities are flexible and feature the latest technology.   The hotel offers incredible amenities as well as truly amazing service amongs other things. The rooms are very beautifully designed and very private. A few of our favorite amenites were the Bvlgari Spa as well as the Italian restaurant Sette with a tasty Italian insired menu.  more on bulgarihotels.com

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Louis Vuitton opens a new boutique in Amsterdam
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Louis Vuitton opens a new boutique in Amsterdam

Fashion Louis Vuitton announces the opening of the new boutique, located at 140 P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. For the first time in the Netherlands, the entire Louis Vuitton collection for both men and women, including ready-to-wear, leader goods, shoes, accessories, watches and jewellery, perfumes and an exquisite selection of Objects Nomades, the exclusive furniture collection of the French House, is available. In addition, visitors of the new boutique can discover the House's unique services for personalising items: hot-stamping, My LV Heritage, My LV World Tour, My LV Belt and Now Yours Run Away sneakers. Louis Vuitton Amsterdam, Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 140 - 1071CE Amsterdam louisvuitton.com Louis Vuitton announces the opening of the new boutique, located at 140 P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam. For the first time in the Netherlands, the entire Louis Vuitton collection for both men and women, including ready-to-wear, leader goods, shoes, accessories, watches and jewellery, perfumes and an exquisite selection of Objects Nomades, the exclusive furniture collection of the French House, is available. In addition, visitors of the new boutique can discover the House's unique services for personalising items: hot-stamping, My LV Heritage, My LV World Tour, My LV Belt and Now Yours Run Away sneakers. Louis Vuitton Amsterdam, Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 140 - 1071CE Amsterdam louisvuitton.com

Japan
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Japan

Travel Exclusive images of Japan, photographed by Ashley Soong. Exclusive images of Japan, photographed by Ashley Soong.

Fosbury & Sons opens in Amsterdam
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Fosbury & Sons opens in Amsterdam

Design Fosbury & Sons has moved into the former Prinsengrachtziekenhuis (Prinsengracht Hospital) in Amsterdam. The final redevelopment phase has been completed - the building, listed as national monument, has been entirely transformed into stylishly appointed offices and work places, inspiring meeting rooms, event spaces, and a restaurant where entrepreneurs and companies can meet and mingle. Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht, the first international location of the eponymous Belgian co-working concept, occupies 6,000 sqm. (64,583 sq.ft.) of an imposing monumental building. The iconic premises offer room for more than 250 companies and entrepreneurs. The founders of companies such as Blendle, Van Moof, TicketSwap, Ace & Tate, Top Notch, Tony Chocolonely, The Media Nanny and Temper are among the first members of Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht. ‘It’s our first location outside Belgium’, says Stijn Geeraets, co-founder of Fosbury & Sons. ‘It speaks for itself to launch in a leading business hub such as Amsterdam. While researching suitable locations we came across the building’s owners, Millten (Foppe Eshuis and Lennard Rottier) and Million Monkeys (Maarten Beucker Andreae). As partners we opted for a joint venture to operate the former Prinsengrachtziekenhuis. It’s almost unreal that we’ve been able to occupy this beautiful canalside building with so much history. Obviously, we treated it with utmost respect, and we set out to make it a special place for locals. Also, we believe the Netherlands are ready for our vision of beautifully appointed work places with a professional yet welcoming atmosphere’. Art & Design The interior design of Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht has been created by design duo Going East. The aim to restore the structure’s former glory and grandeur has been used as a starting point. ‘We decided to reinstall parquet flooring in the suites, just like we had seen in old photographs’, says Going East designer Anaïs Torfs. We intended to recreate an authentic Italian palazzo atmosphere alongside the canals. We emphasized the beautiful arches and some of the dilapidated ceilings have intentionally been retained. This has resulted in an interior where contrasts take centre stage: old vs. new and classic vs. modern, along with detailing in colourful marble, rich wool fabrics and vintage design. Beside design, art plays a pivotal role in the interior design. In collaboration with Grimm Gallery and The Ravestijn Gallery the communal spaces are adorned by modern art and photo works. On display are eye-catching sculptures by American artist Nick van Woert, all curated by Grimm Gallery. Additionally, works by lensman Koen Hauser (The Ravestijn Gallery) are presented which feature a bold and contemporary take on still life. Last but not least, a series of custom artworks by artist Sarah Yu Zeebroek add a Belgian touch. Fosbury & Sons Café Next to the stylish offices and meeting rooms, members are able to meet at the Fosbury & Sons Café. Occupying 230 sqm. (2,476 sq.ft.), it is situated alongside an idyllic and sheltered inner garden. Members can indulge in special dishes and international classics, all freshly prepared on a daily basis by its very own chef. The venue can also be accessed through a half-day membership (breakfast or afternoon treat included) or a full-day membership (lunch included). The building which Fosbury & Sons occupies a 19th century building which was known as Prinsengrachtziekenhuis (Prinsengracht Hospital) until 2014. Since 1994 it served as a branch of Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG Hospital) and gained the status of outpatient clinic. The last beds disappeared two years later. In 2014 the building was sold to Millten and Million Monkeys. Commissioned by real estate developer Millten, and in collaboration with architect Roberto Meyer of MVSA Architects, the monumental building has been thoroughly renovated over the course of five years. About Fosbury & Sons Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht is the first branch outside Belgium of Fosbury & Sons. The company was founded in 2016 by Serge Hannecart, Stijn Geeraets and Maarten Van Gool who set out to radically change the office world with the motto ‘Not Your Ordinary Office’. Following the first location at the WATT Tower in Antwerp, a 7,000 sqm. (75,347 sq.ft.) was launched on the premises of a modernist landmark building in Brussels by Polish-Belgian architect Constantin Brodzki. Additionally, Fosbury & Sons opened two other venues in Brussels in 2019. Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht is the first Dutch location of the Antwerp-based company. A second Dutch location in the Amsterdam Westerdok area is currently being developed and is expected to open by the end of this year. Additional branches are to open shortly in Antwerp, Valencia, Ghent, and The Hague. Fosbury & Sons is the answer to bland office space and monotonous work by offering its members not only a pleasant environment, but also full autonomy, flexibility, connectivity with other entrepreneurs and companies, and a necessary dose of fun. Fosbury & Sons adheres to the importance of a balance between work and private life and offers members a professional work place, including useful services which help raise the quality of the aforementioned balance. As a member, you are able to enjoy a professional office with living room-inspired comfort, the services and atmosphere of a hotel, and the fun level that equals having a day off. Mind you, your friends and family are equally welcome to enjoy lunch together or to attend one of the many events held on the premises. Needless to say, it is a perfect example of how private life and work are intertwined hassle- free. for prices visit https://fosburyandsons.com Fosbury & Sons has moved into the former Prinsengrachtziekenhuis (Prinsengracht Hospital) in Amsterdam. The final redevelopment phase has been completed - the building, listed as national monument, has been entirely transformed into stylishly appointed offices and work places, inspiring meeting rooms, event spaces, and a restaurant where entrepreneurs and companies can meet and mingle. Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht, the first international location of the eponymous Belgian co-working concept, occupies 6,000 sqm. (64,583 sq.ft.) of an imposing monumental building. The iconic premises offer room for more than 250 companies and entrepreneurs. The founders of companies such as Blendle, Van Moof, TicketSwap, Ace & Tate, Top Notch, Tony Chocolonely, The Media Nanny and Temper are among the first members of Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht. ‘It’s our first location outside Belgium’, says Stijn Geeraets, co-founder of Fosbury & Sons. ‘It speaks for itself to launch in a leading business hub such as Amsterdam. While researching suitable locations we came across the building’s owners, Millten (Foppe Eshuis and Lennard Rottier) and Million Monkeys (Maarten Beucker Andreae). As partners we opted for a joint venture to operate the former Prinsengrachtziekenhuis. It’s almost unreal that we’ve been able to occupy this beautiful canalside building with so much history. Obviously, we treated it with utmost respect, and we set out to make it a special place for locals. Also, we believe the Netherlands are ready for our vision of beautifully appointed work places with a professional yet welcoming atmosphere’. Art & Design The interior design of Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht has been created by design duo Going East. The aim to restore the structure’s former glory and grandeur has been used as a starting point. ‘We decided to reinstall parquet flooring in the suites, just like we had seen in old photographs’, says Going East designer Anaïs Torfs. We intended to recreate an authentic Italian palazzo atmosphere alongside the canals. We emphasized the beautiful arches and some of the dilapidated ceilings have intentionally been retained. This has resulted in an interior where contrasts take centre stage: old vs. new and classic vs. modern, along with detailing in colourful marble, rich wool fabrics and vintage design. Beside design, art plays a pivotal role in the interior design. In collaboration with Grimm Gallery and The Ravestijn Gallery the communal spaces are adorned by modern art and photo works. On display are eye-catching sculptures by American artist Nick van Woert, all curated by Grimm Gallery. Additionally, works by lensman Koen Hauser (The Ravestijn Gallery) are presented which feature a bold and contemporary take on still life. Last but not least, a series of custom artworks by artist Sarah Yu Zeebroek add a Belgian touch. Fosbury & Sons Café Next to the stylish offices and meeting rooms, members are able to meet at the Fosbury & Sons Café. Occupying 230 sqm. (2,476 sq.ft.), it is situated alongside an idyllic and sheltered inner garden. Members can indulge in special dishes and international classics, all freshly prepared on a daily basis by its very own chef. The venue can also be accessed through a half-day membership (breakfast or afternoon treat included) or a full-day membership (lunch included). The building which Fosbury & Sons occupies a 19th century building which was known as Prinsengrachtziekenhuis (Prinsengracht Hospital) until 2014. Since 1994 it served as a branch of Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG Hospital) and gained the status of outpatient clinic. The last beds disappeared two years later. In 2014 the building was sold to Millten and Million Monkeys. Commissioned by real estate developer Millten, and in collaboration with architect Roberto Meyer of MVSA Architects, the monumental building has been thoroughly renovated over the course of five years. About Fosbury & Sons Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht is the first branch outside Belgium of Fosbury & Sons. The company was founded in 2016 by Serge Hannecart, Stijn Geeraets and Maarten Van Gool who set out to radically change the office world with the motto ‘Not Your Ordinary Office’. Following the first location at the WATT Tower in Antwerp, a 7,000 sqm. (75,347 sq.ft.) was launched on the premises of a modernist landmark building in Brussels by Polish-Belgian architect Constantin Brodzki. Additionally, Fosbury & Sons opened two other venues in Brussels in 2019. Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht is the first Dutch location of the Antwerp-based company. A second Dutch location in the Amsterdam Westerdok area is currently being developed and is expected to open by the end of this year. Additional branches are to open shortly in Antwerp, Valencia, Ghent, and The Hague. Fosbury & Sons is the answer to bland office space and monotonous work by offering its members not only a pleasant environment, but also full autonomy, flexibility, connectivity with other entrepreneurs and companies, and a necessary dose of fun. Fosbury & Sons adheres to the importance of a balance between work and private life and offers members a professional work place, including useful services which help raise the quality of the aforementioned balance. As a member, you are able to enjoy a professional office with living room-inspired comfort, the services and atmosphere of a hotel, and the fun level that equals having a day off. Mind you, your friends and family are equally welcome to enjoy lunch together or to attend one of the many events held on the premises. Needless to say, it is a perfect example of how private life and work are intertwined hassle- free. for prices visit https://fosburyandsons.com

Moco Museum
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Moco Museum

Art Moco Museum in Amsterdam is a boutique museum with a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art, focusing on bringing modern and contemporary art to the general public. After opening its doors in 2016, Moco has committed to exhibiting iconic works by internationally renowned artists. The collection consists of unique street art pieces and modern, and contemporary art by Daniel Arsham, Banksy, Basquiat, Haring, Hirst, JR, Koons, Kusama, KAWS and many more exciting artists with which they  offer visitors an unparalleled collection of subversive art in which irony and humour are used to reflect on modern society. A one-of-a-kind experience aimed at a wide audience, a visit to Moco is a true eye-opener among being a must place to see in Amsterdam. Moco Museum uses the power of art to challenge the norm, to reveal the truth, to broaden consciousness and to challenge the world around them.  The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum has made its home in Villa Alsberg, a townhouse overlooking Museumplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, nephew of the renowned Pierre Cuypers who designed Amsterdam’s Central Station and the Rijksmuseum, which is at the opposite end of the square. This privately-owned residence was one of the first family homes built along Museumplein and retained this function until 1939. Subsequently, the house was let to priests who taught at the Saint Nicolas School in Amsterdam, and later it was converted into an office for a law firm. Moco Museum is the private initiative of Lionel and Kim Logchies. For over 20 years, the art couple has worked with international art legends. From Picasso to Koons, from Hirst to Warhol. Creating the Moco Museum has allowed the entrepreneurial couple to display incredible works of art that would otherwise remain private and unseen to the general public. The majority of the art has been made available to the museum by an international network of collectors. A part of the MOCO earnings will be donated to charities that are close to the couple's hearts. The museum is truly a must place to see  for visitors as it includes a lot of incredible, fun and exciting art both indoor and on their exterior garden. The artist selection is wide and captures everyone's attention. The museum could not have any better location that it does, normally there are cues, however we suggest pre-buying the tickets online ansd skipping the line at the entrance. The building has 3 floors full of paintings, statues and incredible art instalations all around you everywhere you look inside; the museum also has many pieces presented on their beautiful garden surronding the building.  Moco Museum is known for hosting many great events through-out the year. While there also check-out their boutique on the lower floor with a big selection of art, posters, books that you can purchase for your own collection. Currently the museum exhibitions range from Banksy, Kaws, Arsham and many more; while incredibly exciting exhibitions are coming to Moco very soon including many female artists. More about it soon on our website and social media. for current exhibitions, tickets and more information go to mocomuseum.com and @mocomuseum on social media.   Moco Museum in Amsterdam is a boutique museum with a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art, focusing on bringing modern and contemporary art to the general public. After opening its doors in 2016, Moco has committed to exhibiting iconic works by internationally renowned artists. The collection consists of unique street art pieces and modern, and contemporary art by Daniel Arsham, Banksy, Basquiat, Haring, Hirst, JR, Koons, Kusama, KAWS and many more exciting artists with which they  offer visitors an unparalleled collection of subversive art in which irony and humour are used to reflect on modern society. A one-of-a-kind experience aimed at a wide audience, a visit to Moco is a true eye-opener among being a must place to see in Amsterdam. Moco Museum uses the power of art to challenge the norm, to reveal the truth, to broaden consciousness and to challenge the world around them.  The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum has made its home in Villa Alsberg, a townhouse overlooking Museumplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, nephew of the renowned Pierre Cuypers who designed Amsterdam’s Central Station and the Rijksmuseum, which is at the opposite end of the square. This privately-owned residence was one of the first family homes built along Museumplein and retained this function until 1939. Subsequently, the house was let to priests who taught at the Saint Nicolas School in Amsterdam, and later it was converted into an office for a law firm. Moco Museum is the private initiative of Lionel and Kim Logchies. For over 20 years, the art couple has worked with international art legends. From Picasso to Koons, from Hirst to Warhol. Creating the Moco Museum has allowed the entrepreneurial couple to display incredible works of art that would otherwise remain private and unseen to the general public. The majority of the art has been made available to the museum by an international network of collectors. A part of the MOCO earnings will be donated to charities that are close to the couple's hearts. The museum is truly a must place to see  for visitors as it includes a lot of incredible, fun and exciting art both indoor and on their exterior garden. The artist selection is wide and captures everyone's attention. The museum could not have any better location that it does, normally there are cues, however we suggest pre-buying the tickets online ansd skipping the line at the entrance. The building has 3 floors full of paintings, statues and incredible art instalations all around you everywhere you look inside; the museum also has many pieces presented on their beautiful garden surronding the building.  Moco Museum is known for hosting many great events through-out the year. While there also check-out their boutique on the lower floor with a big selection of art, posters, books that you can purchase for your own collection. Currently the museum exhibitions range from Banksy, Kaws, Arsham and many more; while incredibly exciting exhibitions are coming to Moco very soon including many female artists. More about it soon on our website and social media. for current exhibitions, tickets and more information go to mocomuseum.com and @mocomuseum on social media.  

W Amsterdam
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W Amsterdam

Travel Split between two unique historic buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a former bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style where nights never end and the pulse is set high with a full calendar of exclusive W Happenings. W Amsterdam is one of the two Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) hotels in the city centre. The hotel is split between two monumental buildings. Key features and facilities of the hotel include: 238 Rooms & Suites, 2 Destination Restaurants: MR PORTER & THE DUCHESS, Rooftop W Lounge & WET Deck, 414 Square Meters of Events Space, Wired® Business Center,  WHATEVER/WHENEVER® Service, AWAY® Spa,  FIT®, X BAR,  X BANK Creative Incubator Space & retail and more. Experience the innovative design and luxury of our 238 stylish guestrooms, including 23 suites, three WOW suites and two lavish Extreme WOWSuites. Enjoy the comfort of a luxurious W signature bed with pillow top mattress and luxurious 400-thread count sheets. Let us treat you to a blissful moment with our signature range of bliss amenities exclusively packaged for our W guests. From intricate and abstract details to state-of-the-art entertainment, featuring a 40” LCD TV and Marshall speaker. Lay back and enjoy the city views and the electric culture. At  W Amsterdam restaurants, decadent indulgences await your exploration, immersion, savoring, lingering, mingling, socializing, canoodling and celebrating.From the comforts of the cozy W Lounge with stylish spaces to mix and mingle, to savory bites at our signature restaurant.  W LOUNGE W’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby, W Lounge, is the first stop for all arriving guests at the hotel. Located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, W Lounge is at the heart of the hotel with unparalleled 360-degree views over the city. W Lounge features a distinctive set of stairs that flow into the bar and echo the iconic steps of Dam Square on the streets below. MR PORTER Is a unique concept that artfully blends qualities of the modern steakhouse with the buzz and experience of a chic lounge, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with superior quality in all aspects of the words. MR PORTER distinguishes itself by emphasising the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The venue’s DJ creates an infectious, high-energy atmosphere while the sleek environment with its signature island bar is designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Ultimately, MR PORTER aims to redefine the modern dining experience with its blend of incredible flavours, world-class service and the perfect ambiance. THE DUCHESS It introduces Amsterdam to the elegance of traditional London hospitality, balanced with Viennese grandeur and the and the subtle flavours of Southern France. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is inspired by the light and refined flavors from Southern France and Italy, also known as Nouveau-Ni oise Cuisine. Cuisine Ni oise originates from the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with influences of Italy across the border. AWAY SPA Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY® means a disappearing act from the everyday into an insider scene of surprising sensations. Is the go-to place for glamour. Revitalise your body with on of our tailormade treatments of revive your soul in our Sauna and Steam rooms and treatments that vary from facials, tanning, massages and more. AWAY® Spa Amsterdam is also home to a team of celebrity therapists offering head-to- toe treatments to leave you red-carpet-ready. The full experience is truly spectacular. W Amsterdam offers a variety of photogenic views as well as incredible modern and traditional cuisine amongs one of the most unique and truly chic Away Spa.  For more about W Amsterdam and their amazing anemities go on wamsterdam.com Split between two unique historic buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a former bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style where nights never end and the pulse is set high with a full calendar of exclusive W Happenings. W Amsterdam is one of the two Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) hotels in the city centre. The hotel is split between two monumental buildings. Key features and facilities of the hotel include: 238 Rooms & Suites, 2 Destination Restaurants: MR PORTER & THE DUCHESS, Rooftop W Lounge & WET Deck, 414 Square Meters of Events Space, Wired® Business Center,  WHATEVER/WHENEVER® Service, AWAY® Spa,  FIT®, X BAR,  X BANK Creative Incubator Space & retail and more. Experience the innovative design and luxury of our 238 stylish guestrooms, including 23 suites, three WOW suites and two lavish Extreme WOWSuites. Enjoy the comfort of a luxurious W signature bed with pillow top mattress and luxurious 400-thread count sheets. Let us treat you to a blissful moment with our signature range of bliss amenities exclusively packaged for our W guests. From intricate and abstract details to state-of-the-art entertainment, featuring a 40” LCD TV and Marshall speaker. Lay back and enjoy the city views and the electric culture. At  W Amsterdam restaurants, decadent indulgences await your exploration, immersion, savoring, lingering, mingling, socializing, canoodling and celebrating.From the comforts of the cozy W Lounge with stylish spaces to mix and mingle, to savory bites at our signature restaurant.  W LOUNGE W’s reinterpretation of the traditional lobby, W Lounge, is the first stop for all arriving guests at the hotel. Located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, W Lounge is at the heart of the hotel with unparalleled 360-degree views over the city. W Lounge features a distinctive set of stairs that flow into the bar and echo the iconic steps of Dam Square on the streets below. MR PORTER Is a unique concept that artfully blends qualities of the modern steakhouse with the buzz and experience of a chic lounge, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with superior quality in all aspects of the words. MR PORTER distinguishes itself by emphasising the social experience and taking a vibe-driven approach to fine dining. The venue’s DJ creates an infectious, high-energy atmosphere while the sleek environment with its signature island bar is designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. Ultimately, MR PORTER aims to redefine the modern dining experience with its blend of incredible flavours, world-class service and the perfect ambiance. THE DUCHESS It introduces Amsterdam to the elegance of traditional London hospitality, balanced with Viennese grandeur and the and the subtle flavours of Southern France. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is inspired by the light and refined flavors from Southern France and Italy, also known as Nouveau-Ni oise Cuisine. Cuisine Ni oise originates from the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with influences of Italy across the border. AWAY SPA Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY® means a disappearing act from the everyday into an insider scene of surprising sensations. Is the go-to place for glamour. Revitalise your body with on of our tailormade treatments of revive your soul in our Sauna and Steam rooms and treatments that vary from facials, tanning, massages and more. AWAY® Spa Amsterdam is also home to a team of celebrity therapists offering head-to- toe treatments to leave you red-carpet-ready. The full experience is truly spectacular. W Amsterdam offers a variety of photogenic views as well as incredible modern and traditional cuisine amongs one of the most unique and truly chic Away Spa.  For more about W Amsterdam and their amazing anemities go on wamsterdam.com

Park Centraal Amsterdam opens in the cultural heart of the city
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Park Centraal Amsterdam opens in the cultural heart of the city

Travel   Modern makeover marks new chapter for Amsterdam hotel and the inception of a new hospitality brand deeply rooted in Dutch culture: Park Centraal. Refined design with a touch of 1970s glamour, inspired by a revolutionary, rule- breaking decade in The Netherlands – a defining aspect of the hotel’s DNA, Ground floor designed by Amsterdam-based studio FG Stijl including Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking, with an emphasis on reinvented classics; 189 guestrooms, eight meeting rooms and artwork from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks. Boasting a significant historic legacy and housed in one of the most recognisable flatiron-style buildings in Amsterdam, Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has been given a renewed lease of life through a significant rebrand that embodies its heritage and its enviable location, in the city’s cultural epicentre. Connecting Dutch influences and contemporary design Within a short stroll, guests will find the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, the vibrant Leidseplein, De Pijp and music temple Paradiso, a church converted in the Seventies and where world-famous musicians are known to perform. Each of the 189 rooms combine comfort with Dutch influences and contemporary design beautifully. Deep colours, rich textures and artworks by local artist Kat Klerks combine to create sophisticated and cosy spaces in the heart of Amsterdam, with many more finess touches in each of the rooms. Park Centraal Amsterdam’s ground-floor interiors designed by the locally-based studio FG Stijl feature a blend of classic and contemporary touches. On arrival, a striking three-dimensional ceiling sculpture guides guests to a chic 1970s-inspired reception desk where special lighting, patterned oak floors and arched mirrors combine to create a sense of drama. The hotel’s art collection includes 16 porcelain heart-shaped pieces by FOS Studio Collection, a nod to its position at the very core of all the action and culture in Amsterdam. “Park Centraal is a true celebration of its surroundings; a place where history, contemporary design and invigorating spaces inspired by the Dutch way of living and nearby landmarks intertwine. The building has functioned as a hotel for over a century and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in its transition into a destination that’s current and exciting”, says Bram van der Hoek, CEO & Partner, Europe Hotels Private Collection. Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking Occupying the hotel’s former lobby space, new hangout for eating and drinking, ‘Bar Claes’ has been designed with a sensitivity towards the hotel’s guests and in harmony with the local lifestyle, where balance prevails. The vibrant space features multiple corners to work or leisure. From a centrepiece marble bar to a tucked-away fireplace with sitting room-style furniture and a space to play pool, allowing groups, couples and solo travellers to each choose their desired environment. Park Centraal’s playful and rule-breaking character extends to the Bar Claes’ drinks menu, where all-time favourites (Dry Martini) are offered alongside twists on classics (Verjus Mojito). The theme continues throughout the food menu, with dishes ranging from ‘Holtkamp Cheese Croquettes’ to reimagined favourites, such as ‘Claes Deviled Eggs’ with trout roe and smoked fish salad and ‘China Town style prawn toast’ with ginger, chili and brioche. Room rates from EUR 149,- per night.   About Park Centraal Amsterdam Located steps away from Amsterdam’s quintessential Vondelpark and Museum Square, the building that houses Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has hosted guests since the late 19th century. Contemporary with a historical edge, locals and visitors can enjoy the hotel’s 189 inviting guestrooms, each of which feature selected artworks by Dutch designer Kar Klerks, Zenology products, a Marshall and Park Centraal Bedding Collection; eight meeting & event spaces; Bar Claes; and the nearby critically acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant, MOMO with a fresh menu. The reopening of Park Centraal Amsterdam marks a significant overhaul for the historic 189-room building, which has functioned as a hotel since 1880. For more information and bookings proceed on www.parkcentraal.com Hotel has many great anemities and offer a vairiety of things to do both in the hotel and in the near area as it is truly based on the heart of the city, with museums only 5 minutes away by walking, to hot new restaurants as well as all the best shops just around the corner.  About Park Centraal As the name suggests, Park Centraal focuses on central locations, imbued with contemporary design, heritage and locally-inspired spaces to eat and drink that breathe Dutch culture throughout. With an ethos inspired by the quality of life in The Netherlands, Park Centraal aims to reflect the country’s balanced and social lifestyle, where a healthy working atmosphere is carefully combined with pleasure, manifested through vibrant bars, music and quality food. Following its inaugural opening in Amsterdam, Park Centraal will expand to The Hague in Spring 2020. Which is very exciting. Park Centraal is managed by the Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection which was founded by award winning entrepreneur Liran Wizman. http://www.parkcentraal.com/   Modern makeover marks new chapter for Amsterdam hotel and the inception of a new hospitality brand deeply rooted in Dutch culture: Park Centraal. Refined design with a touch of 1970s glamour, inspired by a revolutionary, rule- breaking decade in The Netherlands – a defining aspect of the hotel’s DNA, Ground floor designed by Amsterdam-based studio FG Stijl including Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking, with an emphasis on reinvented classics; 189 guestrooms, eight meeting rooms and artwork from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks. Boasting a significant historic legacy and housed in one of the most recognisable flatiron-style buildings in Amsterdam, Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has been given a renewed lease of life through a significant rebrand that embodies its heritage and its enviable location, in the city’s cultural epicentre. Connecting Dutch influences and contemporary design Within a short stroll, guests will find the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, the vibrant Leidseplein, De Pijp and music temple Paradiso, a church converted in the Seventies and where world-famous musicians are known to perform. Each of the 189 rooms combine comfort with Dutch influences and contemporary design beautifully. Deep colours, rich textures and artworks by local artist Kat Klerks combine to create sophisticated and cosy spaces in the heart of Amsterdam, with many more finess touches in each of the rooms. Park Centraal Amsterdam’s ground-floor interiors designed by the locally-based studio FG Stijl feature a blend of classic and contemporary touches. On arrival, a striking three-dimensional ceiling sculpture guides guests to a chic 1970s-inspired reception desk where special lighting, patterned oak floors and arched mirrors combine to create a sense of drama. The hotel’s art collection includes 16 porcelain heart-shaped pieces by FOS Studio Collection, a nod to its position at the very core of all the action and culture in Amsterdam. “Park Centraal is a true celebration of its surroundings; a place where history, contemporary design and invigorating spaces inspired by the Dutch way of living and nearby landmarks intertwine. The building has functioned as a hotel for over a century and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in its transition into a destination that’s current and exciting”, says Bram van der Hoek, CEO & Partner, Europe Hotels Private Collection. Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking Occupying the hotel’s former lobby space, new hangout for eating and drinking, ‘Bar Claes’ has been designed with a sensitivity towards the hotel’s guests and in harmony with the local lifestyle, where balance prevails. The vibrant space features multiple corners to work or leisure. From a centrepiece marble bar to a tucked-away fireplace with sitting room-style furniture and a space to play pool, allowing groups, couples and solo travellers to each choose their desired environment. Park Centraal’s playful and rule-breaking character extends to the Bar Claes’ drinks menu, where all-time favourites (Dry Martini) are offered alongside twists on classics (Verjus Mojito). The theme continues throughout the food menu, with dishes ranging from ‘Holtkamp Cheese Croquettes’ to reimagined favourites, such as ‘Claes Deviled Eggs’ with trout roe and smoked fish salad and ‘China Town style prawn toast’ with ginger, chili and brioche. Room rates from EUR 149,- per night.   About Park Centraal Amsterdam Located steps away from Amsterdam’s quintessential Vondelpark and Museum Square, the building that houses Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has hosted guests since the late 19th century. Contemporary with a historical edge, locals and visitors can enjoy the hotel’s 189 inviting guestrooms, each of which feature selected artworks by Dutch designer Kar Klerks, Zenology products, a Marshall and Park Centraal Bedding Collection; eight meeting & event spaces; Bar Claes; and the nearby critically acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant, MOMO with a fresh menu. The reopening of Park Centraal Amsterdam marks a significant overhaul for the historic 189-room building, which has functioned as a hotel since 1880. For more information and bookings proceed on www.parkcentraal.com Hotel has many great anemities and offer a vairiety of things to do both in the hotel and in the near area as it is truly based on the heart of the city, with museums only 5 minutes away by walking, to hot new restaurants as well as all the best shops just around the corner.  About Park Centraal As the name suggests, Park Centraal focuses on central locations, imbued with contemporary design, heritage and locally-inspired spaces to eat and drink that breathe Dutch culture throughout. With an ethos inspired by the quality of life in The Netherlands, Park Centraal aims to reflect the country’s balanced and social lifestyle, where a healthy working atmosphere is carefully combined with pleasure, manifested through vibrant bars, music and quality food. Following its inaugural opening in Amsterdam, Park Centraal will expand to The Hague in Spring 2020. Which is very exciting. Park Centraal is managed by the Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection which was founded by award winning entrepreneur Liran Wizman. http://www.parkcentraal.com/

Who is Arata Isozaki, best architect of the year ?
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Who is Arata Isozaki, best architect of the year ?

Architecture Winner of the 2019 Pritzker Prize, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is driven by a constant desire for renewal, his constantly evolving architecture reflecting the changing times in which we live. Winner of the 2019 Pritzker Prize, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is driven by a constant desire for renewal, his constantly evolving architecture reflecting the changing times in which we live.

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