Tag Archives: Leisure

The easy way to get fit

First there was easyJet. Then easyHotel. And now there’s easyGym.
Yes, Stelios has expanded into the fitness market with a chain of no-frill gyms. You can already work up an orange sweat in six spots across the UK. And from next month, there’ll be a new branch on Oxford Street, too. (Good find, Andy P.)

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Room service not included

Often when you think of hotels, you think of the staff: the uniformed doorman, the dapper concierge, the service with a professional smile. But a hip new Parisian hotel, created by French designer Matali Crasset, has done away with something so gauche as employees. (Tx Jamie)

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Camp Grounded

Camp Grounded is an all-inclusive summer camp with one big difference – it’s been created solely for adults. The 4-day ‘sleepaway’ at Camp Navarro in California has been developed by Oakland-based organisation ‘Digital Detox’ and will take place in June 2013.

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Flat pack hotels

IKEA’s real estate branch Inter Hospitality and Marriott International Inc have partnered to create and launch a brand new economy-class hotel brand called MOXY.

Surprisingly, the hotels won’t be stocked with IKEA furniture – but the company has developed a number of innovative construction techniques to keep costs down. Created for the ‘next generation traveller’, the hotels will be popping up in or around office parks, airports and train stations, many of them featuring a neutral ‘eco-style’ theme.

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The Target Chalet

Department stores are famous for many things, but having an incredible team of in-house creatives is rarely one of them. Target, a mid-market department store in America, have bucked the trend – building a strong in-house marketing and advertising department. One of the most interesting things they’ve created recently is TargetChalet – a home-from-home for Target athletes. (Cheers, Jamie)

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Bloc bookings

The BLOC hotel philosophy seems to good to be true. By carefully sourcing furniture, bedding and other essential items from around the world, the hotel is able to offer the very best in design and facilities at an affordable price. And by the best facilities, they mean everything from a sophisticated climate control system developed by the Scandinavian Sleep Institute to Italian-tiled wet rooms with powerful drench showers and Egyptian cotton sheets. Bliss.

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Saddle up

Iconic saddle manufacturer Brooks invited design students from the Royal College of Art to participate in a project – using existing materials and processes from their factory in Smethwick, England to create entirely new products. The students created everything from saddle bags to contemporary leather goggles – proving that recycling can be innovative and stylish. (Nice find, John)

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Animal magic

Great Little Place, or GLP, is a crowd-powered collection of nothing but the world’s greatest little places. They think dull chains are rubbish, so this is their shout-out for the little guy. It can be any type of place – bars, museums, restaurants, galleries, more – but all with that certain something special in common. And most importantly, it’s created and curated by ‘the people’, making everything on there a personal recommendation. Sort of like your digital friend in the know. (Thanks, Jamie C)

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Overstay Checkout

Most people love staying in hotels – but don’t enjoy having to check out early. That’s why Art Series Hotels and Naked Communications have created the ‘Overstay Checkout’ – which allows guests to stay a few hours (or even days) later, until the next guest is due to arrive.

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A new form of storytelling

Check out these columns in the West Lobby of Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas. Created with LCD monitors behind a mirror, each column updates in real-time – featuring works of art and moving images. The columns also connect to virtual spaces on the internet, creating a ‘live’ conversation.

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