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W Amsterdam
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W Amsterdam

Travel Mixing historic Dutch arhitectural elements with cutting-edge design right next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is at the epicenter of this energetic and forward-thinking city. Marvel at dazzling views from our spot between the Royal Palace and the UNESCO-listed Singel canal.       The amazing city location   Lots of cultural and historic highlights, e.g. Royal Palace on Dam Square, Rijksmuseum, The Hermitage, The Anne Frank House UNESCO Canal District. Total of 44 museums housing 23 Rembrandt paintings and 201 Van Gogh paintings. Amazing Culinary experiences from charming local“brown cafes” to 12 Michelin-rated restaurants. Amsterdam hold 1,325 restaurants in total. Go Dutch and rent a bike or take a boat tour through the 165 canals to discover the city.     About the hotel and its facilities   300-Meter walk to Dam Square, 238 Rooms & Suites, 2 Destination Restaurants: MR PORTER & THE DUCHESS, with private dining possibility, Burger Bar THE BUTCHER, Rooftop W Lounge & WET Deck, Great Room, 414 square meters of Events Space, Wired® Business Center, WHATEVER/WHENEVER® Service, AWAY® Spa & FIT® 24/7 gym, XBAR, X BANK Concept Store, W Insider Team.       Make up of captivating views, integrates spaces and interesting lines that echo its previous role in connecting the people of Amsterdam. The Exchange building has 172 stylish rooms including 10 fabulous suites, varying from Cool Corner Suites to an Extreme WOW suite, and sets the scene for endless nights where the pulse is set high. Located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, W Lounge will be at the heart of the hotel with unparalleled 360-degree views over the city. Do not leave without taking a dip in the one and only WET Deck, our heated rooftop swimming pool overlooking the Royal Palace. Make your event memorable in W Lounge. We can reserve a semi private area or privatize the W Lounge for an exclusive event.     Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city can now check-in to the Bank building where the stylish rooms and sumptuous AWAY® Spa provide the ultimate city retreat. The Bank building offers a sophisticated sanctuary with 66 rooms including 13 suites and AWAY® Spa. The ideal space to detox, retox and repeat. 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.     X BANK is a 700m2 hybrid store in the centre of Amsterdam presenting the most comprehensive collection of predominantly Dutch fashion, art and design in the world. X BAR is your own boosting station. It’s a placewhere you can refuel for the day & night ahead or detox after a memorable evening.     Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY means a disappearing act from the every day into an insider scene of surprising sensations. AWAY Spa at W Amsterdam is the go-to place for glamour. They offer: 7 treatment rooms, Facials, Massages, Waxing, general wellbeing, Hands & Feet, Hair treatments, Tanning, Guy’s grooming.     Experience an unforgettable night at The Duchess. Their restaurant within the historical atrium of the Bank Building offers an a-la-carte breakfast, lunch and dinner with Nouveau Niçoise cuisine. The Duchess enhances a shared dining concept and offers a wonderful tearoom providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea. The Duchess has graced Amsterdam with its presence since June 2015 and was awarded a Michelin star as of 2018. Their rooftop fine dining restaurant offers a unique international breakfast buffet and un unforgettable lunch and diner experience. MR PORTER offers a steakhouse dining concept with an amazing view over the city of Amsterdam. THE BUTCHER serves the best bloody delicious burgers in Amsterdam and specializes in haute fast food, available from early until late. Situated on the corner of W Amsterdam Bank building beneath X BANK.   "The hotel is based on the most spectacular location in the very city centre on Dam Square. Truly could not be on a better centre location, with all the best shops, restaurants, sigthseeing amongs other things around the hotel such as the Nine streets, Flower market, Royal palace and many more amazing places. W Amsterdam not only offers the best views, stylish design but also great fine dining at their restaurants THE DUCHESS, MR PORTER & THE BUTCHER, one beautiful outdoor pool on the rooftoop with mesmerizing panoramic views but also the sexiest, stylish and modern rooms. Not to forget the AWAY SPA which is my favorite in Amsterdam and both entry lobbies which already take your breath away when entering the hotel that also is truly memorable from the exterior design and of course its location which is noticable from the plane when landing in Amsterdam already.  All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay there again soon." - Timotej Letonja   W Amsterdam is a fantastic luxury hotel spread over two beautiful, historic buildings right in the center of Amsterdam. The hotel includes a rooftop pool, W Lounge, the incredible Spa Away, outstanding restaurants, nice terraces with stunning views over the Royal Palace, the Single Canal and more.  The trendy and warm ambiance with relaxed and friendly staff create a vibrant atmosphere that I love. Rooms are hip, edgy designed, modern, spacious and have special details incorporating Dutch culture.  The Spa Away is one of the best Spa’s I have ever been. It includes a sauna, steam room, fire bath, cold plunge pool, whirlpool and changing, relaxation areas. All made with high quality materials and so well designed. A perfect getaway to relax, recharge and to get inspired. - Bart Grein     Explore more about the hotel here: wamsterdam.com     Mixing historic Dutch arhitectural elements with cutting-edge design right next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is at the epicenter of this energetic and forward-thinking city. Marvel at dazzling views from our spot between the Royal Palace and the UNESCO-listed Singel canal.       The amazing city location   Lots of cultural and historic highlights, e.g. Royal Palace on Dam Square, Rijksmuseum, The Hermitage, The Anne Frank House UNESCO Canal District. Total of 44 museums housing 23 Rembrandt paintings and 201 Van Gogh paintings. Amazing Culinary experiences from charming local“brown cafes” to 12 Michelin-rated restaurants. Amsterdam hold 1,325 restaurants in total. Go Dutch and rent a bike or take a boat tour through the 165 canals to discover the city.     About the hotel and its facilities   300-Meter walk to Dam Square, 238 Rooms & Suites, 2 Destination Restaurants: MR PORTER & THE DUCHESS, with private dining possibility, Burger Bar THE BUTCHER, Rooftop W Lounge & WET Deck, Great Room, 414 square meters of Events Space, Wired® Business Center, WHATEVER/WHENEVER® Service, AWAY® Spa & FIT® 24/7 gym, XBAR, X BANK Concept Store, W Insider Team.       Make up of captivating views, integrates spaces and interesting lines that echo its previous role in connecting the people of Amsterdam. The Exchange building has 172 stylish rooms including 10 fabulous suites, varying from Cool Corner Suites to an Extreme WOW suite, and sets the scene for endless nights where the pulse is set high. Located on the sixth floor of the Exchange building, W Lounge will be at the heart of the hotel with unparalleled 360-degree views over the city. Do not leave without taking a dip in the one and only WET Deck, our heated rooftop swimming pool overlooking the Royal Palace. Make your event memorable in W Lounge. We can reserve a semi private area or privatize the W Lounge for an exclusive event.     Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city can now check-in to the Bank building where the stylish rooms and sumptuous AWAY® Spa provide the ultimate city retreat. The Bank building offers a sophisticated sanctuary with 66 rooms including 13 suites and AWAY® Spa. The ideal space to detox, retox and repeat. 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.     X BANK is a 700m2 hybrid store in the centre of Amsterdam presenting the most comprehensive collection of predominantly Dutch fashion, art and design in the world. X BAR is your own boosting station. It’s a placewhere you can refuel for the day & night ahead or detox after a memorable evening.     Welcome to an escape within an escape, where the whirlwind of W winds down and AWAY means a disappearing act from the every day into an insider scene of surprising sensations. AWAY Spa at W Amsterdam is the go-to place for glamour. They offer: 7 treatment rooms, Facials, Massages, Waxing, general wellbeing, Hands & Feet, Hair treatments, Tanning, Guy’s grooming.     Experience an unforgettable night at The Duchess. Their restaurant within the historical atrium of the Bank Building offers an a-la-carte breakfast, lunch and dinner with Nouveau Niçoise cuisine. The Duchess enhances a shared dining concept and offers a wonderful tearoom providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea. The Duchess has graced Amsterdam with its presence since June 2015 and was awarded a Michelin star as of 2018. Their rooftop fine dining restaurant offers a unique international breakfast buffet and un unforgettable lunch and diner experience. MR PORTER offers a steakhouse dining concept with an amazing view over the city of Amsterdam. THE BUTCHER serves the best bloody delicious burgers in Amsterdam and specializes in haute fast food, available from early until late. Situated on the corner of W Amsterdam Bank building beneath X BANK.   "The hotel is based on the most spectacular location in the very city centre on Dam Square. Truly could not be on a better centre location, with all the best shops, restaurants, sigthseeing amongs other things around the hotel such as the Nine streets, Flower market, Royal palace and many more amazing places. W Amsterdam not only offers the best views, stylish design but also great fine dining at their restaurants THE DUCHESS, MR PORTER & THE BUTCHER, one beautiful outdoor pool on the rooftoop with mesmerizing panoramic views but also the sexiest, stylish and modern rooms. Not to forget the AWAY SPA which is my favorite in Amsterdam and both entry lobbies which already take your breath away when entering the hotel that also is truly memorable from the exterior design and of course its location which is noticable from the plane when landing in Amsterdam already.  All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay there again soon." - Timotej Letonja   W Amsterdam is a fantastic luxury hotel spread over two beautiful, historic buildings right in the center of Amsterdam. The hotel includes a rooftop pool, W Lounge, the incredible Spa Away, outstanding restaurants, nice terraces with stunning views over the Royal Palace, the Single Canal and more.  The trendy and warm ambiance with relaxed and friendly staff create a vibrant atmosphere that I love. Rooms are hip, edgy designed, modern, spacious and have special details incorporating Dutch culture.  The Spa Away is one of the best Spa’s I have ever been. It includes a sauna, steam room, fire bath, cold plunge pool, whirlpool and changing, relaxation areas. All made with high quality materials and so well designed. A perfect getaway to relax, recharge and to get inspired. - Bart Grein     Explore more about the hotel here: wamsterdam.com    

In conversation with Joris Bijdendijk
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In conversation with Joris Bijdendijk

Food We had a big pleasure speaking with the chef of RIJKS Restraurant Joris Bijdendijk.       What is your focus when creating a new menu? How often do you change the menu in RIJKS?   Our focus is the products of our beautiful suppliers. That's where it all starts. So we start with the product and then we see what kind of creative and tasteful stuff we can make with it. And we try to change at least one or two dishes once every two weeks.     How are you dealing with and adapting to the current situation in the world? You are also doing a takeaway menu, can you tell us more about the menu and process of ordering?   The biggest and most important part of surviving crisis is that you adapt as soon as possible. So we started our takeaway actually exactly one year ago, even before we had the first lockdown in the Netherlands. And we just thought this was the thing to do because we needed to change our business model as soon as possible. And we were expecting restaurants to be closed shortly and that was the case. So we built our website into a web shop and our web shop related to time slots so we can exactly see what time guests will pick up their orders, etc. And we also do delivery and the whole logistics, we're able to do it ourselves.      What inspired you to become a chef? Did you always envision becoming a chef, already as a child?   I'm born and raised in Amsterdam, grew up on the farm with my parents in Belgium. And when I was 16 I worked as a dish washer in the kitchen of a well-known Amsterdam restaurant. That’s when I decided to pursue a career as a chef. I first gained knowledge from fishermen, butchers and farmers and later on technically learned from the best chefs.  At the age of 19 I started working in the kitchen of Ron Blaauw and in six years I got promoted to the position of kitchen chef. After that I went to France, to Montpellier, where I worked as a chef the partie and later a souschef at the renowned star restaurant Le Jardin des Sens.    I returned to the Netherlands in 2012 to work as chef at restaurant Bridges at Hotel de Grand in Amsterdam and in 2014 I became the executive chef at Rijks.     Where does the name of the restaurant RIJKS come from? Does it come from the fact it is right next to the RIJKS MUSEUM?   It's exactly that. Be clear, short, simple. Everyone knows it. It's the same house style and typo and a very strong brand – Rijks, Rijks Museum, Rijks Restaurant.      Your menu always offers a variety of incredible dishes. Which would you say are your signature dishes and also signature drinks of the restaurant?   We changed our whole wine program. Our sommelier Max van Bockel started that two years ago. But it has totally to do with everything we do in the restaurant. We won a Wine Spectator award for it and we are the first restaurant in the world with a specialization on Dutch wines. So that's super interesting. One of our most known dishes is the The Millefeuille of beetroot. It is served with a beurre blanc made with Tomasu soy sauce. Tomasu is a soy sauce that is made right here in the Netherlands, in Rotterdam.      How do you adapt as a chef to the trend of more plant based cooking as well as being conscious about the environment?   Well, ever since we are open, we have plenty of dishes only based on vegetables. Not vegan, though. I think that's a different league. We can serve vegan, but we love cooking with butter as well. But like if you used red produce from small scale producers, it is authentic breeds of chicken and cows and everything. Biodiversity is biosecurity. So we had that in mind, but what we do is not because of being conscious of the environment, but just because of what we do. We love to cook with the stuff we cook with. And by accident, it's also kind of being conscious. But that's not like the main goal of the restaurant. It’s just that we don't like to use shady products.      Can you share with us more about the design of the restaurant? It is truly beautiful, I especially love the open kitchen lay-out and the big bar.   It's designed by Paul Linse. And he did an amazing job. There's actually almost no art in the restaurant, because we just simply cannot compete with the museum. I still think it's kind of timeless. It has been six and a half years, almost seven years since we opened the restaurant and still when I enter the restaurant, I feel butterflies. The guy has an amazing talent and right feeling for how to work with an environment like this.     Can you describe to our readers the meaning of “kitchen of the Low Lands” that you produce at RIJKS.   I started the foundation “Low Food” and I will explain you what our goal is. Actually the “Low Food” movement has set to go change Dutch gastronomy. We want to make Dutch food culture leading when it comes to forward thinking on subjects as sustainability and inclusion. And in a world where food security and sustainability of the food and agriculture system are two of the big themes. We believe that the food movement has an important role in changing food culture. So the “Low Food” movement will therefore act as kind of a network agent and a platform where new ideas are created and implemented. And you can find us, for example, with super interesting conversations on clubhouse. I think in the coming weeks we will host super interesting conversations with our club – “Low Food Club” on clubhouse. And we also have our foundation. We have a money fund from the government to do research. We started three researches. You can find that on our website. And we are working on a chef's academy. We are finding out together with our community what it means and what we serve in Rijks. For me “kitchen of the Low Lands” of the Netherlands is working with products from here. But also there are so many influences in our country. And as long as you appreciate those influences and you know the story behind, you can put them on your menu with respect.      RIJKS was awarded a Michelin star in 2017. What was the first feeling when awarded and how did that impact the restaurant?   Revenue went... (Laughing) - Bookings went up. But this is like the Oscar of our business and we were, we are still so proud. We are the biggest restaurant in the Netherlands gaining a Michelin star. It was never our goal, but we are amazingly proud and we do everything to keep it.      Would you be able to share with us and our readers a healthy recipe that anybody could make at home.   I would say that - I did a soup. I launched a soup, a canned pea soup, or “Snert soup” as it is called in the Netherlands. We have had an amazing success with a soup book and soup merchandising as well. We will launch new soup flavors in Can. Can is one of the most sustainable packaging.      What is the highlight of last year for you? No matter what a year it has been.   There's so many, we have so many highlights of last year and eventually we even won an award for all of our entrepreneurship of the of the past year. But we did like a Ferris Wheel with twenty seven restaurants. We did pop ups, we did free Heri Heri to celebrate “Keti Koti”. And also Liberation Day in the Netherlands. We made everything into something positive.   We had a big pleasure speaking with the chef of RIJKS Restraurant Joris Bijdendijk.       What is your focus when creating a new menu? How often do you change the menu in RIJKS?   Our focus is the products of our beautiful suppliers. That's where it all starts. So we start with the product and then we see what kind of creative and tasteful stuff we can make with it. And we try to change at least one or two dishes once every two weeks.     How are you dealing with and adapting to the current situation in the world? You are also doing a takeaway menu, can you tell us more about the menu and process of ordering?   The biggest and most important part of surviving crisis is that you adapt as soon as possible. So we started our takeaway actually exactly one year ago, even before we had the first lockdown in the Netherlands. And we just thought this was the thing to do because we needed to change our business model as soon as possible. And we were expecting restaurants to be closed shortly and that was the case. So we built our website into a web shop and our web shop related to time slots so we can exactly see what time guests will pick up their orders, etc. And we also do delivery and the whole logistics, we're able to do it ourselves.      What inspired you to become a chef? Did you always envision becoming a chef, already as a child?   I'm born and raised in Amsterdam, grew up on the farm with my parents in Belgium. And when I was 16 I worked as a dish washer in the kitchen of a well-known Amsterdam restaurant. That’s when I decided to pursue a career as a chef. I first gained knowledge from fishermen, butchers and farmers and later on technically learned from the best chefs.  At the age of 19 I started working in the kitchen of Ron Blaauw and in six years I got promoted to the position of kitchen chef. After that I went to France, to Montpellier, where I worked as a chef the partie and later a souschef at the renowned star restaurant Le Jardin des Sens.    I returned to the Netherlands in 2012 to work as chef at restaurant Bridges at Hotel de Grand in Amsterdam and in 2014 I became the executive chef at Rijks.     Where does the name of the restaurant RIJKS come from? Does it come from the fact it is right next to the RIJKS MUSEUM?   It's exactly that. Be clear, short, simple. Everyone knows it. It's the same house style and typo and a very strong brand – Rijks, Rijks Museum, Rijks Restaurant.      Your menu always offers a variety of incredible dishes. Which would you say are your signature dishes and also signature drinks of the restaurant?   We changed our whole wine program. Our sommelier Max van Bockel started that two years ago. But it has totally to do with everything we do in the restaurant. We won a Wine Spectator award for it and we are the first restaurant in the world with a specialization on Dutch wines. So that's super interesting. One of our most known dishes is the The Millefeuille of beetroot. It is served with a beurre blanc made with Tomasu soy sauce. Tomasu is a soy sauce that is made right here in the Netherlands, in Rotterdam.      How do you adapt as a chef to the trend of more plant based cooking as well as being conscious about the environment?   Well, ever since we are open, we have plenty of dishes only based on vegetables. Not vegan, though. I think that's a different league. We can serve vegan, but we love cooking with butter as well. But like if you used red produce from small scale producers, it is authentic breeds of chicken and cows and everything. Biodiversity is biosecurity. So we had that in mind, but what we do is not because of being conscious of the environment, but just because of what we do. We love to cook with the stuff we cook with. And by accident, it's also kind of being conscious. But that's not like the main goal of the restaurant. It’s just that we don't like to use shady products.      Can you share with us more about the design of the restaurant? It is truly beautiful, I especially love the open kitchen lay-out and the big bar.   It's designed by Paul Linse. And he did an amazing job. There's actually almost no art in the restaurant, because we just simply cannot compete with the museum. I still think it's kind of timeless. It has been six and a half years, almost seven years since we opened the restaurant and still when I enter the restaurant, I feel butterflies. The guy has an amazing talent and right feeling for how to work with an environment like this.     Can you describe to our readers the meaning of “kitchen of the Low Lands” that you produce at RIJKS.   I started the foundation “Low Food” and I will explain you what our goal is. Actually the “Low Food” movement has set to go change Dutch gastronomy. We want to make Dutch food culture leading when it comes to forward thinking on subjects as sustainability and inclusion. And in a world where food security and sustainability of the food and agriculture system are two of the big themes. We believe that the food movement has an important role in changing food culture. So the “Low Food” movement will therefore act as kind of a network agent and a platform where new ideas are created and implemented. And you can find us, for example, with super interesting conversations on clubhouse. I think in the coming weeks we will host super interesting conversations with our club – “Low Food Club” on clubhouse. And we also have our foundation. We have a money fund from the government to do research. We started three researches. You can find that on our website. And we are working on a chef's academy. We are finding out together with our community what it means and what we serve in Rijks. For me “kitchen of the Low Lands” of the Netherlands is working with products from here. But also there are so many influences in our country. And as long as you appreciate those influences and you know the story behind, you can put them on your menu with respect.      RIJKS was awarded a Michelin star in 2017. What was the first feeling when awarded and how did that impact the restaurant?   Revenue went... (Laughing) - Bookings went up. But this is like the Oscar of our business and we were, we are still so proud. We are the biggest restaurant in the Netherlands gaining a Michelin star. It was never our goal, but we are amazingly proud and we do everything to keep it.      Would you be able to share with us and our readers a healthy recipe that anybody could make at home.   I would say that - I did a soup. I launched a soup, a canned pea soup, or “Snert soup” as it is called in the Netherlands. We have had an amazing success with a soup book and soup merchandising as well. We will launch new soup flavors in Can. Can is one of the most sustainable packaging.      What is the highlight of last year for you? No matter what a year it has been.   There's so many, we have so many highlights of last year and eventually we even won an award for all of our entrepreneurship of the of the past year. But we did like a Ferris Wheel with twenty seven restaurants. We did pop ups, we did free Heri Heri to celebrate “Keti Koti”. And also Liberation Day in the Netherlands. We made everything into something positive.  

Hotel Arts Barcelona
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Hotel Arts Barcelona

Travel An iconic hotel with cutting-edge design.     The transparency of glass, the warmth of wood and the sophistication of fine fabrics come together in every room at Hotel Arts. They blend in different ways to lend each space distinct personality and character, always under the paradigm of contemporary and refined style. With the start of its construction in 1991, its unique design revolutionized the city’s urban landscape at a historic moment of transformation. More than 20 years later, the architecture of Hotel Arts is only one of the reasons why this landmark hotel is an unmistakable icon of Barcelona.     The Penthouses     What do you feel like today? Without even leaving the building, you can enjoy a wide range of options from breakfast until bedtime. Savor delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Hotel Arts’ five restaurants, designed for every time of day.       360° views   If there’s one hotel that lets you enjoy a complete panoramic view of the entire city, it’s Hotel Arts, offering 360° views. A stunning observation deck allows you to lose yourself in the depths of the Mediterranean, follow the horizon to the coast and then in take the unmistakable skyline of Barcelona, with all its iconic buildings, including the Sagrada Familia and the Collserola Tower.     Five incredible restaurants   What do you feel like today? Without even leaving the building, you can enjoy a wide range of options from breakfast until bedtime. Savor delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Hotel Arts’ five restaurants, designed for every time of day.     An oasis of gardens in vibrant Barcelona   Nature becomes a source of inspiration with endless green spaces and landscaped areas. A stunning, natural outdoor environment in the shadow of Frank Gehry’s iconic golden sculpture: El Peix. Amidst the green of the vegetation and the blue of the Mediterranean you’ll find the pool and the outdoor gardens, small peaceful refuges where you can get lost in a good book, relax in the sun or enjoy one of our many cocktails and culinary options.     Original works of art   We aren’t called Hotel Arts for nothing. Art is the hotel’s common thread and leitmotif: in every room and every hall you’ll find an original piece of art, all by Spanish artists, many of them Catalan.     A Spa at the 43rd floor   Forget everything you’ve seen so far. Only at 43 The Spa can you enjoy deep relaxation at a height of almost 150 meters (490 feet), while watching the Mediterranean fade into the horizon. The top two floors of Hotel Arts are home to this urban sanctuary devoted to personal wellness. In addition to losing track of time in its aquatic area with a whirlpool, ice shower, steam bath and dry sauna, you can also choose from different treatments starring products from the prestigious Natura Bissé brand.     Designed by architect Bruce Graham   The famed architect Bruce Graham was commissioned to erect this monumental project that forever changed the city’s skyline. Its construction began in 1991, for the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, but it didn’t open its doors as Hotel Arts until 1994.     "The hotel is located on a top location on the beach of Barcelona with spectacular views, magnificent facilities such as many delicious restaurants as well as several pools including an infinity pool and a graeat SPA. Definitely a great stay and looking forward to staying there again on my trip to Barcelona." - Timotej Letonja     Visit their website for more information:  https://www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en/   And visit this link to explore the current  available offers: https://www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en/barcelona-hotel-special-offers/ An iconic hotel with cutting-edge design.     The transparency of glass, the warmth of wood and the sophistication of fine fabrics come together in every room at Hotel Arts. They blend in different ways to lend each space distinct personality and character, always under the paradigm of contemporary and refined style. With the start of its construction in 1991, its unique design revolutionized the city’s urban landscape at a historic moment of transformation. More than 20 years later, the architecture of Hotel Arts is only one of the reasons why this landmark hotel is an unmistakable icon of Barcelona.     The Penthouses     What do you feel like today? Without even leaving the building, you can enjoy a wide range of options from breakfast until bedtime. Savor delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Hotel Arts’ five restaurants, designed for every time of day.       360° views   If there’s one hotel that lets you enjoy a complete panoramic view of the entire city, it’s Hotel Arts, offering 360° views. A stunning observation deck allows you to lose yourself in the depths of the Mediterranean, follow the horizon to the coast and then in take the unmistakable skyline of Barcelona, with all its iconic buildings, including the Sagrada Familia and the Collserola Tower.     Five incredible restaurants   What do you feel like today? Without even leaving the building, you can enjoy a wide range of options from breakfast until bedtime. Savor delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Hotel Arts’ five restaurants, designed for every time of day.     An oasis of gardens in vibrant Barcelona   Nature becomes a source of inspiration with endless green spaces and landscaped areas. A stunning, natural outdoor environment in the shadow of Frank Gehry’s iconic golden sculpture: El Peix. Amidst the green of the vegetation and the blue of the Mediterranean you’ll find the pool and the outdoor gardens, small peaceful refuges where you can get lost in a good book, relax in the sun or enjoy one of our many cocktails and culinary options.     Original works of art   We aren’t called Hotel Arts for nothing. Art is the hotel’s common thread and leitmotif: in every room and every hall you’ll find an original piece of art, all by Spanish artists, many of them Catalan.     A Spa at the 43rd floor   Forget everything you’ve seen so far. Only at 43 The Spa can you enjoy deep relaxation at a height of almost 150 meters (490 feet), while watching the Mediterranean fade into the horizon. The top two floors of Hotel Arts are home to this urban sanctuary devoted to personal wellness. In addition to losing track of time in its aquatic area with a whirlpool, ice shower, steam bath and dry sauna, you can also choose from different treatments starring products from the prestigious Natura Bissé brand.     Designed by architect Bruce Graham   The famed architect Bruce Graham was commissioned to erect this monumental project that forever changed the city’s skyline. Its construction began in 1991, for the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, but it didn’t open its doors as Hotel Arts until 1994.     "The hotel is located on a top location on the beach of Barcelona with spectacular views, magnificent facilities such as many delicious restaurants as well as several pools including an infinity pool and a graeat SPA. Definitely a great stay and looking forward to staying there again on my trip to Barcelona." - Timotej Letonja     Visit their website for more information:  https://www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en/   And visit this link to explore the current  available offers: https://www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en/barcelona-hotel-special-offers/

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Lois Jeans opens a new store  Galería Dos in Milan
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Lois Jeans opens a new store Galería Dos in Milan

Fashion This summer, Lois Jeans is once again pushing its boundaries and opening its second home in Milan; Galeria Dos. The picturesque Italian property has been transformed into a unique 'Casa Lois'; the store concept where the modern Mediterranean aesthetic can be felt in all expressions. At the end of June, just after the official opening, the new collection No.13 will also be available there. A Spanish 'finca' in the Milanese district of Brera Nestled among the antique shops and boutiques in the narrow streets of Milan's Brera district, lies Galería Dos. An idyllic escape from home, inspired by Spanish roots and intertwined with the Italian character hidden among the stones. Galería Dos is the realization of a dream, where Lois' deep-seated soul is tangible in every corner and in every detail. A contemporary atmosphere, yet full of rich history. By settling down in the Brera district, the brand gets where it belongs; a much-loved part of the city previously inhabited by artists and bohemians. “Home is not a place, it's a feeling” The classic white arches, high ceilings and idyllic stone pillars; 'Galeria Dos' is a true escape from the everyday. In the serene space, surrounded by the organic stones, authentic details form and you experience a sense of true tranquility while shopping. A harmonious place where time seems to stand still for a moment. The love for the country and the city is reflected in the natural materials and pays tribute to the Italian heritage. Stones from old Italian villas have been reused and given a new lease of life in the in-house designed interior. Besides the Italian influences and curated objects, Lois introduces her own designed piece of furniture; an organically shaped sofa, inspired by the natural contours of the Spanish country and specially made for this gallery. In combination with the warm thatched ceiling and light stucco, the store feels like a Spanish country house where you are not a customer but a guest. "Mi casa, es su casa".     Via Madonnina 15, 20121 Milan, Italy This summer, Lois Jeans is once again pushing its boundaries and opening its second home in Milan; Galeria Dos. The picturesque Italian property has been transformed into a unique 'Casa Lois'; the store concept where the modern Mediterranean aesthetic can be felt in all expressions. At the end of June, just after the official opening, the new collection No.13 will also be available there. A Spanish 'finca' in the Milanese district of Brera Nestled among the antique shops and boutiques in the narrow streets of Milan's Brera district, lies Galería Dos. An idyllic escape from home, inspired by Spanish roots and intertwined with the Italian character hidden among the stones. Galería Dos is the realization of a dream, where Lois' deep-seated soul is tangible in every corner and in every detail. A contemporary atmosphere, yet full of rich history. By settling down in the Brera district, the brand gets where it belongs; a much-loved part of the city previously inhabited by artists and bohemians. “Home is not a place, it's a feeling” The classic white arches, high ceilings and idyllic stone pillars; 'Galeria Dos' is a true escape from the everyday. In the serene space, surrounded by the organic stones, authentic details form and you experience a sense of true tranquility while shopping. A harmonious place where time seems to stand still for a moment. The love for the country and the city is reflected in the natural materials and pays tribute to the Italian heritage. Stones from old Italian villas have been reused and given a new lease of life in the in-house designed interior. Besides the Italian influences and curated objects, Lois introduces her own designed piece of furniture; an organically shaped sofa, inspired by the natural contours of the Spanish country and specially made for this gallery. In combination with the warm thatched ceiling and light stucco, the store feels like a Spanish country house where you are not a customer but a guest. "Mi casa, es su casa".     Via Madonnina 15, 20121 Milan, Italy

Filling Pieces opens brand new Flagship Store in the heart of Amsterdam
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Filling Pieces opens brand new Flagship Store in the heart of Amsterdam

Fashion Amsterdam fashion brand Filling Pieces has opened a new Flagship Store. Located underneath their head office at Spuistraat 168, the brand’s Flagship retail space will offer the full brand experience, complemented with music, events and special collaborations.     “In a time where retail is facing immense pressure, it is forced to change drastically in order to survive. With our Flagship Store we are reshaping the conventional notion of the retail experience by translating our brand values into a space, and turning it into a community hub where we can bring like minded people together. It is, quite literally, the center of the Filling Pieces universe.” - Says founder and creative director Guillaume Philibert.     After opening their first Satellite store in the 9 streets in Amsterdam last year, Filling Pieces continues their physical retail expansion with a fully flexible retail space. Like their Satellite Store, the Flagship is designed by former Filling Pieces Art Director Daniele Misso, who continues the aesthetic of the Berenstraat store into the Flagship via hard contrasts between products and materials, using metal and concrete, with bright colour accents throughout the space.   “For the Flagship Store design, we drew inspiration from the Italian Superstudio movement, which emerged in the late 60s. It’s design methodology is based on partitioning a space via grids, and using them as a guideline for incorporating certain design elements. The light installation was designed to give the store a sense of continuity, and the feeling of one big space which holds smaller, strategically placed elements and structures. The open retail floor, for example, has grids which hold seating areas where people can interact with each other, as well as a mix of sculptural art installations and product displays. The rear grids of the space, which hold the lounge area and fitting rooms, were used to create yet another, more intimate experience using a sheltered structure and rich material textures. As a whole, the store projects the feeling of a contemporary art gallery; where all the elements become sculptural at the service of the Filling Pieces collections, yet at the same time provide a social setting for the brand’s community”, explains Daniele Misso.     CREDITS: Design: Daniele Misso  Photography 1: Ewout Huibers (@ewouthuibers) ​Photography 2: Daniele Misso (@daniele.misso) Amsterdam fashion brand Filling Pieces has opened a new Flagship Store. Located underneath their head office at Spuistraat 168, the brand’s Flagship retail space will offer the full brand experience, complemented with music, events and special collaborations.     “In a time where retail is facing immense pressure, it is forced to change drastically in order to survive. With our Flagship Store we are reshaping the conventional notion of the retail experience by translating our brand values into a space, and turning it into a community hub where we can bring like minded people together. It is, quite literally, the center of the Filling Pieces universe.” - Says founder and creative director Guillaume Philibert.     After opening their first Satellite store in the 9 streets in Amsterdam last year, Filling Pieces continues their physical retail expansion with a fully flexible retail space. Like their Satellite Store, the Flagship is designed by former Filling Pieces Art Director Daniele Misso, who continues the aesthetic of the Berenstraat store into the Flagship via hard contrasts between products and materials, using metal and concrete, with bright colour accents throughout the space.   “For the Flagship Store design, we drew inspiration from the Italian Superstudio movement, which emerged in the late 60s. It’s design methodology is based on partitioning a space via grids, and using them as a guideline for incorporating certain design elements. The light installation was designed to give the store a sense of continuity, and the feeling of one big space which holds smaller, strategically placed elements and structures. The open retail floor, for example, has grids which hold seating areas where people can interact with each other, as well as a mix of sculptural art installations and product displays. The rear grids of the space, which hold the lounge area and fitting rooms, were used to create yet another, more intimate experience using a sheltered structure and rich material textures. As a whole, the store projects the feeling of a contemporary art gallery; where all the elements become sculptural at the service of the Filling Pieces collections, yet at the same time provide a social setting for the brand’s community”, explains Daniele Misso.     CREDITS: Design: Daniele Misso  Photography 1: Ewout Huibers (@ewouthuibers) ​Photography 2: Daniele Misso (@daniele.misso)

NEW BALENCIAGA STORE OPENS IN AMSTERDAM
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NEW BALENCIAGA STORE OPENS IN AMSTERDAM

Fashion On July 15th, 2021, the first Balenciaga store in Amsterdam will open. The two- floor, 185-square meter area offers a full selection of men’s, women’s, and kid’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, and objects.     Balenciaga Amsterdam reflects the brand’s refreshed architectural direction, which proposes unique structures that react to site-specific details. Stripped- down interiors allude to and reveal foundational aspects of a building, contrasting sites of construction, and metropolitan void with a just perceptible gloss.     The ground floor is raw concrete. Walls expose existing concrete or are paneled with industrial materials. Ceilings are metal grids that show the technical conduits suspended above. Shelving is made up of extruded aluminum, backed with a distressed velvet curtain behind glass. Steel tables are noticeably aged, their drawer interiors lined with Ultrasuede. The fitting rooms and the basement floor are covered in luxe wool carpet, with front-lit mirrors, and concrete walls. Seating on both levels is upholstered with intentionally worn leather.     The concept bridges elements from concentric spaces of production and public use, forming a distinctly unfinished backdrop to certain refined details and the collections.       BALENCIAGA AMSTERDAM 99 Pieter Cornelisz Hoofstraat Amsterdam Netherlands On July 15th, 2021, the first Balenciaga store in Amsterdam will open. The two- floor, 185-square meter area offers a full selection of men’s, women’s, and kid’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, and objects.     Balenciaga Amsterdam reflects the brand’s refreshed architectural direction, which proposes unique structures that react to site-specific details. Stripped- down interiors allude to and reveal foundational aspects of a building, contrasting sites of construction, and metropolitan void with a just perceptible gloss.     The ground floor is raw concrete. Walls expose existing concrete or are paneled with industrial materials. Ceilings are metal grids that show the technical conduits suspended above. Shelving is made up of extruded aluminum, backed with a distressed velvet curtain behind glass. Steel tables are noticeably aged, their drawer interiors lined with Ultrasuede. The fitting rooms and the basement floor are covered in luxe wool carpet, with front-lit mirrors, and concrete walls. Seating on both levels is upholstered with intentionally worn leather.     The concept bridges elements from concentric spaces of production and public use, forming a distinctly unfinished backdrop to certain refined details and the collections.       BALENCIAGA AMSTERDAM 99 Pieter Cornelisz Hoofstraat Amsterdam Netherlands

FENDI PRESENTS THE COUTURE AUTUMN & WINTER 2021 COLLECTION
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FENDI PRESENTS THE COUTURE AUTUMN & WINTER 2021 COLLECTION

Fashion Week “Pasolini observed Rome become modern – and that is what is interesting to me: connecting eras, the old with the new, the past with the present.” – Kim Jones     If Kim Jones’ Couture debut traced his transition from England to Rome, then Autumn/Winter 2021 sees him settle in the Eternal City, where the poetics of Roman film director Pier Paolo Pasolini present a lens through which to explore the capital. “Rome is a fascinating city because it has so many pasts – and I was drawn to Pasolini because I have always been inspired by his vision of the world,” explains Jones. “He is something of an outsider in Roman history, but one whose voice remains constant.”     Pasolini’s perspective on reality is reflected and refracted throughout, with chapters of Rome’s history interwoven and addressed within a contemporary context. In a collection where nothing is quite as it seems, where forms and fabrics introduce infinite illusions, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino frames the show through his own understanding of Pasolini. “I have long admired Luca’s work – and, he is someone who, like Pasolini, touches on subjects which are relevant to now,” says Jones. “When a historian peers into history, they do it directly,” Guadagnino explains. “But when a master filmmaker and poet like Pasolini looks into the eyes of history, his gaze is a sublimating one. Through it, history becomes an urgent and delicate possession of now… the past enters the present and breathes our air.”     Overlapping temporalities are most directly expressed within pieces that reanimate antique garments, their furs and fabrics scanned and reprised as ghostly silk jacquards. Inset with Cornely embroidery and crystal beads, they locate a poetic transfiguration of the past within the present day. Elsewhere, life is breathed into the Roman statues that surround the FENDI Palazzo, their marble drapery now expressed through trompe l’oeil silks, and the arches they inhabit adapted into the heels of shoes. The strength of their silhouettes is translated into delicate lace mini dresses, where classic volutes are conjured through intricate embroidery.     The immortal allure of Italian stone, and the methods of its manipulation, appears as a constant conceit. Pietra dura inlays become supple leather intarsia; pressed leather pleats capturing the illusory spirit of Bernini’s sculptures. Formed from Italian marble, hand-carved jewellery ripples with movement, as if frozen in time. Mother of Pearl mosaics are layered across tulle dresses, handbags, and shoes, while a jumper is pieced in Persian lamb.     The cultural crossroads of Ancient Rome is reflected through a diverse cast, comprising models of all ages. “At the time, it was the centre of the world,” says Jones. “I wanted to include all of the people who would have inhabited it then, as well as now.” The spirit of FENDI, of looking to this city’s past as it projects towards the future, is revitalised once more. “Pasolini observed Rome become modern – and that is what is interesting to me: connecting eras, the old with the new, the past with the present.” – Kim Jones     If Kim Jones’ Couture debut traced his transition from England to Rome, then Autumn/Winter 2021 sees him settle in the Eternal City, where the poetics of Roman film director Pier Paolo Pasolini present a lens through which to explore the capital. “Rome is a fascinating city because it has so many pasts – and I was drawn to Pasolini because I have always been inspired by his vision of the world,” explains Jones. “He is something of an outsider in Roman history, but one whose voice remains constant.”     Pasolini’s perspective on reality is reflected and refracted throughout, with chapters of Rome’s history interwoven and addressed within a contemporary context. In a collection where nothing is quite as it seems, where forms and fabrics introduce infinite illusions, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino frames the show through his own understanding of Pasolini. “I have long admired Luca’s work – and, he is someone who, like Pasolini, touches on subjects which are relevant to now,” says Jones. “When a historian peers into history, they do it directly,” Guadagnino explains. “But when a master filmmaker and poet like Pasolini looks into the eyes of history, his gaze is a sublimating one. Through it, history becomes an urgent and delicate possession of now… the past enters the present and breathes our air.”     Overlapping temporalities are most directly expressed within pieces that reanimate antique garments, their furs and fabrics scanned and reprised as ghostly silk jacquards. Inset with Cornely embroidery and crystal beads, they locate a poetic transfiguration of the past within the present day. Elsewhere, life is breathed into the Roman statues that surround the FENDI Palazzo, their marble drapery now expressed through trompe l’oeil silks, and the arches they inhabit adapted into the heels of shoes. The strength of their silhouettes is translated into delicate lace mini dresses, where classic volutes are conjured through intricate embroidery.     The immortal allure of Italian stone, and the methods of its manipulation, appears as a constant conceit. Pietra dura inlays become supple leather intarsia; pressed leather pleats capturing the illusory spirit of Bernini’s sculptures. Formed from Italian marble, hand-carved jewellery ripples with movement, as if frozen in time. Mother of Pearl mosaics are layered across tulle dresses, handbags, and shoes, while a jumper is pieced in Persian lamb.     The cultural crossroads of Ancient Rome is reflected through a diverse cast, comprising models of all ages. “At the time, it was the centre of the world,” says Jones. “I wanted to include all of the people who would have inhabited it then, as well as now.” The spirit of FENDI, of looking to this city’s past as it projects towards the future, is revitalised once more.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BARCELONA
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MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BARCELONA

Travel Housed in the redevelopment of an elegant mid-20th Century building, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is destined to become the city’s most luxurious and exclusive place to stay. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona has been designed as a stylish 120-room hotel by leading Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola and features contemporary, yet elegant interiors, with exacting attention to detail.     Each of the hotel’s 120 rooms and suites has been individually furnished and decorated to embrace the best of the destination whilst adding a touch of Oriental flair. The luxurious guest rooms are amongst the largest in the city and include three spacious and exquisitely designed suites.     The hotel has added 18 suites and 4 rooms since April 2014, with décor by the award- winning Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola who was responsible for the distinctive interior design of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.     The luxurious suites enjoy the addition of balconies overlooking Passeig de Gràcia and the famous modernist landmark building from Gaudí, Casa Batlló, or the hotel’s peaceful Mimosa garden. Fusing contemporary design with elements of the Group’s oriental heritage, these over-sized suites offer a splendid blend of comfort, style and luxury, providing a luxurious environment for entertaining, leisure or business, with private butler service available to cater to all guest needs. All rooms and suites are equipped with the latest in sophisticated technology and entertainment facilities that the Group is renowned for.     The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Penthouse Suite measures an impressive 236 square metres. The suite includes two bedrooms, a living room, two outdoor terraces and an elegant dining room that seats eight, making it the perfect venue for a relaxed and intimate gathering with guests.       The stunning interiors are the work of award-winning Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola who has combined sumptuous fabrics of leather, velvet and exquisite silks along with elegant woods and a rich palette of green, black and gold to create a sophisticated and vibrant living space. Her eye for detail can be seen throughout the suite from the beautiful Tai Ping silk and wool rugs to the Bassano ceramics and statement pieces of furniture that she has designed exclusively for the hotel working with renowned brands such as B&B, Moroso, Flos and Molteni.     Luxury is in every detail including the attentive services of your butler, a 24h personalised butler service for guests staying in all our suites – The Penthouse Suite, Mandarin Junior Suite, Barcelona Suite, Premier Terrace Suite, Premier Suite, Terrace Suite, Deluxe Suite and Boulevard Junior Suite.   In addition, all guest rooms and suites offer views over the hotel’s lush interior garden orBarcelona’s most stylish Passeig de Gràcia. A number of them even feature balconies or terraces from which to enjoy the city buzz or admire the neighbouring modernist façades.     Meeting point for Barcelona society as well as visitors in search of authentic cuisine,Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers a selection of superb and imaginative dining options.   Carme Ruscalleda, one of the most awarded female chefs in the world and best ambassador of Catalan gastronomy, oversees the culinary operations, which include casual Blancrestaurant, Banker’s Bar and the signature restaurant Moments, which provides neo- traditional Catalan cuisine with two Michelin stars.     Moments: authentic Catalan cuisine   Renowned Chef Carme Ruscalleda, is the director of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’ssignature restaurant Moments, while the kitchen is headed by Ruscalleda’s son, Raül Balam. The restaurant was awarded its second Michelin star during the hotel’s third anniversary.   Moments offers neo-traditional Catalan cuisine based on top-quality ingredients, presented in an innovative way. Products from the Maresme area form the basis of the dishes and they steal the show, along with precise presentation and great attention to detail. In a nutshell: brilliant cuisine.   Located on the hotel’s mezzanine level and designed by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, Moments can seat 50 people for lunch or dinner. Private dining at the chef’s table for up to 10 guests, behind a sheer curtain, offers an intimate view over the kitchen.   In Carme’s own words, Moments stands for “common sense, tradition, authenticity and a return to our roots”.     Blanc: Carme Ruscalleda’s delights   Located in the heart of the famous Paseo de Gracia, the gastronomic offer at Blanc – by one of the most awarded female chefs in the world, Carme Ruscalleda – is based on local, fresh and seasonal produce.   The menu offers seasonal traditional Catalan dishes such as canelons, gazpacho and rices. In keeping with the Mandarin Oriental heritage, Asian-influenced cuisine is offered too. Delicious tapas are also served. Gastronomy at Blanc can be enjoyed all day from a range of menu suggestions, and not forgetting an amazing Sunday Brunch.     Banker’s Bar: cocktails with a twist   Banker’s Bar pays homage to the history of the hotel’s building, which formerly housed oneof the city’s largest banks. Its design incorporates original safes from the bank’s vault as part of the décor, creating an interesting and evocative atmosphere. Delicious tapas by renowned Chef Carme Ruscalleda are also served. At Banker’s Bar, you can enjoy a selection of unique cocktails, including the intriguingBanker’s Martini, created with passion and attention to detail by our team.     Mimosa: an oasis in the city   Mimosa is Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s very own urban oasis. The lush, green 660- square-metre terrace, located within the hotel’s courtyard, has been jointly designed by Patricia Urquiola and landscape designer Bet Figueras.     Terrat: sweeping vistas over Barcelona     Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s Terrat rooftop terrace is on the 9th floor, with 360o panoramic views. It offers guests a wide variety of beverages and a delicious selection of Peruvian delights as well as recipes from international Chef Gastón Acurio. Treats include ceviches, tiraditos and a wide range of cocktails until late night. It’s the perfect choice for enjoying the gentle Barcelona breeze and spectacular views.   The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers the ultimate escape in the heart of the city. Mandarin Oriental Group has created a well-being experience that goes beyond the classic treatments and massages, offering guests an unrivalled holistic experience to achieve an ideal balance between body, mind and spirit.     The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona     Conceived as a sophisticated urban oasis, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Spa is a luxurious sanctuary located right in the heart of the city. With a conviction that surroundings have aprofound influence on one’s state of mind, celebrated designer Patricia Urquiola hasconceived The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona as an intimate and minimalist space, markedly modern in style with Oriental touches. Urquiola has used a balance of black and white contrasts combined with the warmth of wood with accents in malachite green to create an elegant and serene retreat.   A soothing environment for guests to enjoy holistic treatments, the spa features a total of eighttreatment rooms. These include two luxury couples’ spa suites, two oriental suites, completewith individual spa vitality pools and futons for traditional Thai massages, and four luxurious treatment rooms, each with their own aromatherapy experience shower. An expansive 12- metre indoor swimming pool, heat and water areas as well as a fully serviced state-of-the-artfitness centre will further complement the hotel’s lifestyle facilities.   "The hotel is based in the very heart of the city. Truly could not be on a better city location, with all the best shops around the hotel, with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities like the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's amazing arhitecture and some incredible restaurants as well. Mandarin Oriental not only offers the best service I ever experienced but also the nicest staff, stylish and beautifully designed rooms and the very best cuisine. Not to forget the SPA however which was truly incredible as well as the rooftop dipping pool with the view of the city unlike anywhere else. Last but not least definitely worth mentioning is two Michelin star restaurant "Moments" which is based in the hotel and offers an incredibly progressive and delicious menu. Read more about "Moments" soon on our website. All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona soon again." - Timotej Letonja     Visit their website to explore more about the hotel and make your reservations: mandarinoriental.com/barcelona Housed in the redevelopment of an elegant mid-20th Century building, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is destined to become the city’s most luxurious and exclusive place to stay. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona has been designed as a stylish 120-room hotel by leading Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola and features contemporary, yet elegant interiors, with exacting attention to detail.     Each of the hotel’s 120 rooms and suites has been individually furnished and decorated to embrace the best of the destination whilst adding a touch of Oriental flair. The luxurious guest rooms are amongst the largest in the city and include three spacious and exquisitely designed suites.     The hotel has added 18 suites and 4 rooms since April 2014, with décor by the award- winning Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola who was responsible for the distinctive interior design of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.     The luxurious suites enjoy the addition of balconies overlooking Passeig de Gràcia and the famous modernist landmark building from Gaudí, Casa Batlló, or the hotel’s peaceful Mimosa garden. Fusing contemporary design with elements of the Group’s oriental heritage, these over-sized suites offer a splendid blend of comfort, style and luxury, providing a luxurious environment for entertaining, leisure or business, with private butler service available to cater to all guest needs. All rooms and suites are equipped with the latest in sophisticated technology and entertainment facilities that the Group is renowned for.     The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Penthouse Suite measures an impressive 236 square metres. The suite includes two bedrooms, a living room, two outdoor terraces and an elegant dining room that seats eight, making it the perfect venue for a relaxed and intimate gathering with guests.       The stunning interiors are the work of award-winning Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola who has combined sumptuous fabrics of leather, velvet and exquisite silks along with elegant woods and a rich palette of green, black and gold to create a sophisticated and vibrant living space. Her eye for detail can be seen throughout the suite from the beautiful Tai Ping silk and wool rugs to the Bassano ceramics and statement pieces of furniture that she has designed exclusively for the hotel working with renowned brands such as B&B, Moroso, Flos and Molteni.     Luxury is in every detail including the attentive services of your butler, a 24h personalised butler service for guests staying in all our suites – The Penthouse Suite, Mandarin Junior Suite, Barcelona Suite, Premier Terrace Suite, Premier Suite, Terrace Suite, Deluxe Suite and Boulevard Junior Suite.   In addition, all guest rooms and suites offer views over the hotel’s lush interior garden orBarcelona’s most stylish Passeig de Gràcia. A number of them even feature balconies or terraces from which to enjoy the city buzz or admire the neighbouring modernist façades.     Meeting point for Barcelona society as well as visitors in search of authentic cuisine,Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers a selection of superb and imaginative dining options.   Carme Ruscalleda, one of the most awarded female chefs in the world and best ambassador of Catalan gastronomy, oversees the culinary operations, which include casual Blancrestaurant, Banker’s Bar and the signature restaurant Moments, which provides neo- traditional Catalan cuisine with two Michelin stars.     Moments: authentic Catalan cuisine   Renowned Chef Carme Ruscalleda, is the director of Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’ssignature restaurant Moments, while the kitchen is headed by Ruscalleda’s son, Raül Balam. The restaurant was awarded its second Michelin star during the hotel’s third anniversary.   Moments offers neo-traditional Catalan cuisine based on top-quality ingredients, presented in an innovative way. Products from the Maresme area form the basis of the dishes and they steal the show, along with precise presentation and great attention to detail. In a nutshell: brilliant cuisine.   Located on the hotel’s mezzanine level and designed by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, Moments can seat 50 people for lunch or dinner. Private dining at the chef’s table for up to 10 guests, behind a sheer curtain, offers an intimate view over the kitchen.   In Carme’s own words, Moments stands for “common sense, tradition, authenticity and a return to our roots”.     Blanc: Carme Ruscalleda’s delights   Located in the heart of the famous Paseo de Gracia, the gastronomic offer at Blanc – by one of the most awarded female chefs in the world, Carme Ruscalleda – is based on local, fresh and seasonal produce.   The menu offers seasonal traditional Catalan dishes such as canelons, gazpacho and rices. In keeping with the Mandarin Oriental heritage, Asian-influenced cuisine is offered too. Delicious tapas are also served. Gastronomy at Blanc can be enjoyed all day from a range of menu suggestions, and not forgetting an amazing Sunday Brunch.     Banker’s Bar: cocktails with a twist   Banker’s Bar pays homage to the history of the hotel’s building, which formerly housed oneof the city’s largest banks. Its design incorporates original safes from the bank’s vault as part of the décor, creating an interesting and evocative atmosphere. Delicious tapas by renowned Chef Carme Ruscalleda are also served. At Banker’s Bar, you can enjoy a selection of unique cocktails, including the intriguingBanker’s Martini, created with passion and attention to detail by our team.     Mimosa: an oasis in the city   Mimosa is Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s very own urban oasis. The lush, green 660- square-metre terrace, located within the hotel’s courtyard, has been jointly designed by Patricia Urquiola and landscape designer Bet Figueras.     Terrat: sweeping vistas over Barcelona     Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona’s Terrat rooftop terrace is on the 9th floor, with 360o panoramic views. It offers guests a wide variety of beverages and a delicious selection of Peruvian delights as well as recipes from international Chef Gastón Acurio. Treats include ceviches, tiraditos and a wide range of cocktails until late night. It’s the perfect choice for enjoying the gentle Barcelona breeze and spectacular views.   The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers the ultimate escape in the heart of the city. Mandarin Oriental Group has created a well-being experience that goes beyond the classic treatments and massages, offering guests an unrivalled holistic experience to achieve an ideal balance between body, mind and spirit.     The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona     Conceived as a sophisticated urban oasis, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Spa is a luxurious sanctuary located right in the heart of the city. With a conviction that surroundings have aprofound influence on one’s state of mind, celebrated designer Patricia Urquiola hasconceived The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona as an intimate and minimalist space, markedly modern in style with Oriental touches. Urquiola has used a balance of black and white contrasts combined with the warmth of wood with accents in malachite green to create an elegant and serene retreat.   A soothing environment for guests to enjoy holistic treatments, the spa features a total of eighttreatment rooms. These include two luxury couples’ spa suites, two oriental suites, completewith individual spa vitality pools and futons for traditional Thai massages, and four luxurious treatment rooms, each with their own aromatherapy experience shower. An expansive 12- metre indoor swimming pool, heat and water areas as well as a fully serviced state-of-the-artfitness centre will further complement the hotel’s lifestyle facilities.   "The hotel is based in the very heart of the city. Truly could not be on a better city location, with all the best shops around the hotel, with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities like the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's amazing arhitecture and some incredible restaurants as well. Mandarin Oriental not only offers the best service I ever experienced but also the nicest staff, stylish and beautifully designed rooms and the very best cuisine. Not to forget the SPA however which was truly incredible as well as the rooftop dipping pool with the view of the city unlike anywhere else. Last but not least definitely worth mentioning is two Michelin star restaurant "Moments" which is based in the hotel and offers an incredibly progressive and delicious menu. Read more about "Moments" soon on our website. All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona soon again." - Timotej Letonja     Visit their website to explore more about the hotel and make your reservations: mandarinoriental.com/barcelona

Daily Paper Debuts London Flagship Store in Soho
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Daily Paper Debuts London Flagship Store in Soho

Fashion Commemorating the launch of the Flagship by celebrating the iconic stories of London's community   Amsterdam based fashion and lifestyle brand Daily Paper proudly announces the opening of its London Flagship store. With the inauguration on June 19, Daily Paper continues to cross borders and unite global communities against all odds. The store is located in the diverse Soho area, offering the ideal environment for the brand to bring its distinct Afro-centric take on culture to the UK.      Honouring London’s Iconic and Grassroot Talent Daily Paper’s relationship with London dates back years, following the brand’s first pop-up store in 2018 in the city. Continuously building on community, Daily Paper has worked on many campaigns and collaborations with talents and creative teams from across the city. Projects like the UNITE campaign in partnership with FGUK magazine, and collaborations with Muslim Sisterhood and Jiggy Boyz are a few of many initiatives.    As an extension of Daily Paper's journey alongside London's local heroes, the brand is debuting a series of in-house produced performances as Daily Paper: Unite Sessions. Launching simultaneously with the opening of the store,  the performances aim to showcase iconic and grassroots talents from across London.        Store Design Equipped with two floors, the store’s entrance is positioned on the ground floor. Visitors are led into the space through a small bridge in front of the entryway. A dark green stairwell at the back of the store sees a skylight that allows natural light to intuitively guide visitors to the downstairs area. With more than 200 sqm of retail space, the store offers plenty of room for potential community events and gatherings. A characteristic brick wall can be seen on the outside of the lower floor.       Store Facade The storefront has been transformed into a full window facade, allowing an abundance of natural light to brighten up the space. Creating alignment with the NYC Flagship store, the London store picks up the shield logo on the door handle.      Floor Mosaic Telling the story of Daily Paper’s heritage, a characteristic floor mosaic at the entrance depicts three animals symbolising the founder’s countries of origin. The lion, the leopard and the eagle represent Ghana, Morocco, Somalia respectively.   Walnut Staircase and Recyclable Furniture Inviting warmth to the core of the store space, a walnut-covered staircase leads the way into the downstairs area. The latter sees a sitting and product display unit placed in the middle of the room, crafted from recyclable plastic plates and created by the Netherlands based The Good Plastic Company.       Custom-Designed Mannequins and Mirrored Walls  With an aesthetic inspired by ancient Egyptian royalty, custom-designed mannequins pose as guardians of the store. Daily Paper continues to visually relate its global retail spaces by introducing the NYC store mannequin design in a new colourway. The clothing racks are made of stainless steel and embedded in the walls throughout the store. Fully covered in mirrors, the walls naturally enlarge the space and create room for light reflection.       Branded Monogram and Dutch Interior Influences  Branded monogram print features on the seating display as a watermark and on the fitting room curtains. The clothing hooks in the fitting rooms pick up a 3D version of the monogram. Dutch interior design influences are reflected in the “Chubby” chairs by Dirk van der Kooij. The chairs are placed in each of the fitting rooms and are printed from ten kilograms of chipped, recycled fridge interiors.     The official opening of the London Flagship is taking place on June 19 at 11 AM BST.      Daily Paper London Flagship Store 14-16 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9ND London Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7PM  Sunday: 12 - 6 PM Commemorating the launch of the Flagship by celebrating the iconic stories of London's community   Amsterdam based fashion and lifestyle brand Daily Paper proudly announces the opening of its London Flagship store. With the inauguration on June 19, Daily Paper continues to cross borders and unite global communities against all odds. The store is located in the diverse Soho area, offering the ideal environment for the brand to bring its distinct Afro-centric take on culture to the UK.      Honouring London’s Iconic and Grassroot Talent Daily Paper’s relationship with London dates back years, following the brand’s first pop-up store in 2018 in the city. Continuously building on community, Daily Paper has worked on many campaigns and collaborations with talents and creative teams from across the city. Projects like the UNITE campaign in partnership with FGUK magazine, and collaborations with Muslim Sisterhood and Jiggy Boyz are a few of many initiatives.    As an extension of Daily Paper's journey alongside London's local heroes, the brand is debuting a series of in-house produced performances as Daily Paper: Unite Sessions. Launching simultaneously with the opening of the store,  the performances aim to showcase iconic and grassroots talents from across London.        Store Design Equipped with two floors, the store’s entrance is positioned on the ground floor. Visitors are led into the space through a small bridge in front of the entryway. A dark green stairwell at the back of the store sees a skylight that allows natural light to intuitively guide visitors to the downstairs area. With more than 200 sqm of retail space, the store offers plenty of room for potential community events and gatherings. A characteristic brick wall can be seen on the outside of the lower floor.       Store Facade The storefront has been transformed into a full window facade, allowing an abundance of natural light to brighten up the space. Creating alignment with the NYC Flagship store, the London store picks up the shield logo on the door handle.      Floor Mosaic Telling the story of Daily Paper’s heritage, a characteristic floor mosaic at the entrance depicts three animals symbolising the founder’s countries of origin. The lion, the leopard and the eagle represent Ghana, Morocco, Somalia respectively.   Walnut Staircase and Recyclable Furniture Inviting warmth to the core of the store space, a walnut-covered staircase leads the way into the downstairs area. The latter sees a sitting and product display unit placed in the middle of the room, crafted from recyclable plastic plates and created by the Netherlands based The Good Plastic Company.       Custom-Designed Mannequins and Mirrored Walls  With an aesthetic inspired by ancient Egyptian royalty, custom-designed mannequins pose as guardians of the store. Daily Paper continues to visually relate its global retail spaces by introducing the NYC store mannequin design in a new colourway. The clothing racks are made of stainless steel and embedded in the walls throughout the store. Fully covered in mirrors, the walls naturally enlarge the space and create room for light reflection.       Branded Monogram and Dutch Interior Influences  Branded monogram print features on the seating display as a watermark and on the fitting room curtains. The clothing hooks in the fitting rooms pick up a 3D version of the monogram. Dutch interior design influences are reflected in the “Chubby” chairs by Dirk van der Kooij. The chairs are placed in each of the fitting rooms and are printed from ten kilograms of chipped, recycled fridge interiors.     The official opening of the London Flagship is taking place on June 19 at 11 AM BST.      Daily Paper London Flagship Store 14-16 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9ND London Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7PM  Sunday: 12 - 6 PM

TWO DIORIVIERA POP-UP STORES IN MYKONOS
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TWO DIORIVIERA POP-UP STORES IN MYKONOS

Fashion An incomparable paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, Mykonos is hosting two ephemeral boutiques dedicated to the Dioriviera capsule designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The summer wardrobe has been unveiled on May 19th in a pop-up store in the center of Chora, one of the Greek island’s must-see spots, and will be unveiled on May 28th in a two-level space in Nammos Village. For the occasion, the name of this dream destination will feature on delicate sailor-striped tops,Mitzah scarves and J’Adior bracelets. Plays on House codes – from toile de Jouy to the Dior Oblique motif – appear on ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories illuminated with acidic, Pop-inspired hues of chartreuse and raspberry seen in the Fall 2021 collection. Summer essentials and decorative objects by Dior Maison prolong this celebration of art de vivre, an invitation to escape. An incomparable paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, Mykonos is hosting two ephemeral boutiques dedicated to the Dioriviera capsule designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The summer wardrobe has been unveiled on May 19th in a pop-up store in the center of Chora, one of the Greek island’s must-see spots, and will be unveiled on May 28th in a two-level space in Nammos Village. For the occasion, the name of this dream destination will feature on delicate sailor-striped tops,Mitzah scarves and J’Adior bracelets. Plays on House codes – from toile de Jouy to the Dior Oblique motif – appear on ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories illuminated with acidic, Pop-inspired hues of chartreuse and raspberry seen in the Fall 2021 collection. Summer essentials and decorative objects by Dior Maison prolong this celebration of art de vivre, an invitation to escape.

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