Tag Archives: Leisure

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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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 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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