Tag Archives: Leisure

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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Bread & Boxers

Nifty idea from the Bread & Boxers guys. In a cool hotel room in Stockholm: designer jocks, socks and stockings for travellers in need of a fresh change! (Thanks to Harl for sharing the intimacies of your holiday bedroom!)

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Secret café

Brazilian architect Alan Chu has designed The Gourmet Tea – a tea shop that’s hidden within a São Paulo shopping centre.

The tea shop, the third to open in the region, is inspired by the brand’s brightly coloured packaging. The counter slides forward from a purple hatch, whilst the shelving, cupboards and signage are all concealed behind various panels. An increasing number of interior designs offer the illusion of a stage or set – adding a little theatre to everyday life.

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Furniture dating service

Shopping for furniture can be a challenge because you generally can’t try before you buy. So, Droog, a Belgian furniture brand, has teamed up with Gallery Sofie Lachaert to offer a solution – by way of two branded apartments in Ghent, Belgium, where people can test-drive the furniture for a night or more before buying, or not.

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Bivouac

Bivouac NYC is a pop-up urban campsite that gives city dwellers a sense of escape with a raw, basic experience.

Located on 80-foot high rooftops, the campsite features custom-made lean-to tents with canvas flooring, a communal dining space and a small library. Staying at Bivouac is free, but guests are asked to contribute food and drink for communal meals.

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Lil’ billboard

Legoland Windsor has launched the nation’s tiniest billboard campaign to promote their new hotel. After sharing a Google map of locations around London, Legoland invited people to tweet in photos of any billboards they (maybe literally) stumble across.

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Health hotel

The InterContinental Hotels Group has launched EVEN, a new brand of hotels for guests seeking a healthier stay. Each room is designed for working out, with details like a luggage rack that doubles as a sit-up bench and extra floor space for yoga. EVEN Hotels will also have large gyms and menus full of nutritional options.

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Cyclist chic hits the road

In celebration of Levi’s 511 Commuter line leg-wear, designed for commuting cyclists, the Levi’s and Urban Outfitters Bike Shop went on a nationwide US tour. The free public event featured bike tuning with an expert mechanic, customised Levi’s Commuter tailoring, a DIY bike bag workshop, bicycle food carts, a human-powered amusement ride, a commuter obstacle course, Goldsprint racing, and SF-based Heavy Petal Cyclecide Bike Rodeo – a bicycle club of ‘alter-bike mechanics, mariachi-punk musicians, and psychotic clowns who love bikes, beer, and building stuff.’

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Plastic pop-up bar

The Bluetube Bar was built by Portuguese design collective, DOSE, for the Queima das Fitas do Porto festival. Made from low-cost materials, the structure’s blue tubing – the kind used in construction work – creates really interesting effects when lit from within, thus drawing in the punters.

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Winter wake up

It’s about this time of year that those living in the Northern Hemisphere’s wintry regions can begin to feel the toll of the winter weather on their daily lives. One effect of the difficult conditions is that daily commutes to work are often impeded by snow and ice, and that’s where Winter Wake-Up comes in. The new mobile app functions as a standard alarm clock, but it wakes users earlier than usual if there has been unexpected snow or icy conditions during the night. (Tx to Zoe for his one)

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