Giraffe Manor is like something from a storybook. Only better, because it’s not an act of fiction! Located in Nairobi, this boutique hotel has a herd of Rothschild Giraffe that you don’t have to simply admire from afar. In fact, they might just join you for breakfast!
Designed by Shahe Kalaidjian and Christophe Pillet, Hotel Sezz in St Tropez, is all your sleek modernist dreams come true. Each of the 35 rooms has been individually designed. Oh, and there is a Dom Pérignon bar and spa developed in partnership with Payot. What more could you want?
Last week marked 25 years since the Chernoyl atomic disaster. It remains the world’s worst nuclear accident, with humans able to start repopulating the area in about 600 years. Here’s a haunting series of before and after photos from around the area. It’s pretty awe-inspiring that despite the region remaining radioactive, nature has still managed to reassert itself. Trees have pushed through thick concrete and there is a very healthy population of wolves, deer and boar. This is the type of take-over bid that I salute.
New York-based, Shaun Kasperbauer, is the genius behind the Bubble Chandelier. Inspired by the shape of soap bubbles, it was constructed from two-litre plastic bottles. Now, that’s a lot of soft drink!
Still waiting by the letterbox for your invitation to the Royal Wedding? Never fear, now you can knit your way there. Created by Fiona Gable, Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, includes patterns for the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry, the Archbishop of Canterbury and of course, the happy couple. Here’s hoping Kate [...]
By his own admission, Australian artist David Bromley has an ‘obsessive addiction to creativity’. This artistic energy has seen his pop sensibility stretch across painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and film. Now Bromley is adding two more strings to his bow with the launch of Another Time, Another Place at Melbourne interiors emporium, Capocchi.
Cop this! Thursday Friday are giving conspicuous consumption the bird with their Together Bag. Featuring the iconic Birkin bag, printed on the front, back, bottom and sides, this canvas tote creates a fabulous Trompe L’oeil from any angle.
Holy cow! This renovation of an existing loft apartment and sprinkler tank house in downtown New York, gets full marks for ingenuity: ‘The tank house was conceived as the quintessential retreat, a place for reading, relaxing and listening to music’, explains architect, Brian Messana.
Dancers Amongst Us is an ongoing project by photographer, Jordan Matter. No trampolines or trickery have been used, just the incredible talent of professional dancers from some of New York’s top dance companies. These joyful images make you feel alive, don’t you think?
Wedding, schmedding. Not everyone is looking forward to Kate and Wills getting hitched in a few months time. In fact, illustrator Lydia Leith has just released a cheeky, screenprinted ‘Throne Up’ sick bag. I’m sure Republicans everywhere will be have it at the ready on April 29.
Created by Paris-based architects, Zoevox, for BNP Paribas, this space has been designed in ten zones that dispel the traditional banking set-up where the client and teller are separated by deep counters and screens. With a honeycomb ceiling, 25 square-metre living wall, coffee bar and exhibition area dedicated to kids, you’d happily cop a long queue from a bank like this!
Roll up, roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the circus is in town. Travelling all the way from the depths of Craft Valley, you’ll find never before seen creations from Handmade Romance.
Let Collen Jordan’s Wearable Planter lead you up the garden path. Each piece is handmade to order and is perfect for wearing a sprout, succulent or flower you found on your morning walk. As a guaranteed conversation starter, there will be no uncomfortable silences when wearing this piece of miniature perfection.