Designed by Starck protégé Christophe Pillet, the stunning Hotel Sezz in the 16th arrondissement of Paris is modern luxury decked out in classic attire. The interior is bright and airy, with hints of 21st Century futurism scattered amongst the more ornate finishings. The rooms are spacious and wickedly tempting, the overszied spa bath distracting mercilessly from the beautiful surrounds of the neighborhood, which happens to include a certain ubiquitous structure that’s just a hop, skip, and short dash away. This boutique hotel is boudoir chic, elegant and welcoming. Much like the rest of Paris, in fact. [photos by Alison Zavos]
Located in Suffolk, England, this is all-glass house designed by London’s de Rijke Marsh Morgan comes with a twist — the house slides open! That’s right: ‘Four electric motors silently slide the 20 tonne outer house shell back to reveal the inner glass and steel structure. The motors that power this sliding run on car batteries automatically recharged through solar power’. The whole process takes around six minutes to complete and the house was built with the option of ‘extending the track further to allow the roof shell to cover a garden or swimming pool’.