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Roman and Williams Guild New York boasts flower shop, boutique and French cafe La Mercerie

February 1, 2020 Paul Jebara 0
La Mercerie by Roman and Williams

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, the husband-and-wife team behind design firm Roman and Williams, have created a lofty two-storey emporium in Manhattan’s Soho district. Named Roman and Williams Guild New York, the 650-square-metre flagship houses an art studio, flower shop, gallery and boutique, and a restaurant called La Mercerie. “When we founded Roman and Williams

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Roman and Williams creates “romantic” Veronika restaurant inside New York’s Fotografiska museum

January 25, 2020 Paul Jebara 0
Veronika by Roman and Williams

Hand-painted murals and crown-like brass chandeliers feature in the Veronika restaurant in New York, which local studio Roman and Williams designed to reference a variety of artistic styles. The 150-seat restaurant, named after the patron saint of photography, sits inside the New York City outpost of Swedish photography museum Fotografiska, which opened last winter. Veronika is

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West Hollywood Edition Hotel by Ian Schrager and John Pawson opens in Los Angeles

January 4, 2020 Paul Jebara 0
West Hollywood Edition Hotel

Hotelier Ian Schrager has joined forces with British architectural designer John Pawson to create the West Hollywood Edition hotel in Los Angeles. The new hotel and luxury residences mark the boutique brand’s California debut. The British designer completed the hotel’s 140 guest rooms and 50 suites with a neutral palette that touts whitewashed Siberian Larch

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Architecture grad makes affordable prefab homes from Hawaii’s invasive trees

December 28, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Albizia low-cost housing by Joey Valenti

University of Hawaii architect graduate Joey Valenti has designed prefabricated and low-cost housing units made entirely from invasive albizia trees on the island of Oahu. The prefab Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) – a type of small residence typically built in backgardens – form part of Valenti’s greater Albizia Project, which spawned from his seventh-year dissertation.

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Equinox and Industrious open co-working hub in Hudson Yards

December 22, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Industrious at Equinox Hudson Yards

Luxury lifestyle brand Equinox has partnered with workspace provider Industrious to create a flexible co-working space in New York’s Hudson Yards. Industrious at Equinox is a 4,088-square-metre co-branded outpost in 31 Hudson Yards, a 72-storey tower shared by the first-ever Equinox Hotel and the largest Equinox fitness club. Industrious’ in-house design studio, led by Matt

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Bathhouse spa with sensory deprivation tank opens in old Williamsburg soda factory

November 30, 2019 Paul Jebara 0

A 1930s soda factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has been transformed into bathhouse with a subterranean spa influenced by Scandinavian saunas, Russian banyas and Turkish hammams. Founders Jason Goodman and Travis Talmadge collaborated with Manhattan firm Verona Carpenter Architects to reinvigorate the space to be a unique venue for social bathing called Bathhouse. The 600-square-metre underground

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Studio Arquitectos creates holiday home-like apartments for Tulum’s permanent residents

November 24, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Aldea Ka’a Tulum by Studio Arquitectos

Mexican firm Studio Arquitectos has created a residential apartment complex in popular Mexican holiday resort Tulum, featuring shared courtyards and traditional Mayan materials. Dismayed by the disproportionate focus on holiday housing by real estate developers, principal architect Eduardo Garcia Figueroa imagined Aldea Ka’a “with a design equal to any other aimed for tourists”. The 873-square-metre

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Waechter Architecture builds ring of cabins on old school campus to create The Society Hotel Bingen

November 17, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Society Hotel Bingen by Waechter Architecture

A converted schoolhouse surrounded by a series of detached cabins forms this boutique hotel in Washington State. Nestled in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the Society Hotel Bingen is sited 100 kilometres from the hotel brand’s debut property in Portland, Oregon. “One of our primary goals was to design a hotel that not only felt

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Props exhibit fills stairwells and bathrooms of Zaha Hadid’s Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati

November 9, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Props Exhibition at Zaha Hadid Contemporary Arts Centre

Artist and architect Lauren Henkin has created a series of sculptures to fill “unintended” installation spaces in the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio designed by late architect Zaha Hadid. Cincinnati’s CAC will unveil Props, an exhibition of eight “site-responsive” sculptures by artist and architect Lauren Henkin, to the public on 22 November 2019. Henkin

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David Rockwell and Joyce Wang team up for first Equinox Hotel in New York

November 2, 2019 Paul Jebara 0
Equinox Hudson Yards by Rockwell Group and SOM

Fitness brand Equinox has opened its first hotel at New York’s Hudson Yards, where guests can enjoy views of Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel while bathing in the rooftop pool. The Equinox Hotel in New York City marks the luxury fitness brand’s hospitality debut, with future outposts in Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago currently in development. The flagship

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