Mills, warehouses, and breweries were often the very “why” behind many cities. Today, they are a draw for architecture buffs, photography hounds, and history and art lovers.
In Kyoto, 13 designers try their hand at solving the city’s special koan. At Hotel Screen — its very name is redolent of both the iconic Japanese room divider and the latticework architecture of Kyoto’s storefronts — design is used to subtly transmit mood and ideas.
I know I’m not alone in finding that every time I visit a city, some major landmark is somehow not going to make it onto my collection of greatest hits. Even when I finally got to Minneapolis — I mean, Minneapolis! — I discovered that Claes Oldenburg’s iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” was missing a tiny portion of its celebrated self.
Whether you feast your eyes before you leave or indulge in reminiscences after you come back, this isn’t so much a guidebook as the ultimate bedside companion for the armchair traveler. Go ahead — lie back and think of England.
For nearly a century, the Geffrye Museum has been leading visitors-in-the-know on a thoroughly comprehensive tour of urban English interiors.
The High Line has been a tantalizing promise for so many years it hardly seems possible that a substantial portion is now actually open. Approaching from West 14 Street, its black iron appears a lot less rusty and its vegetation a lot less random. The formerly derelict elevated rail track looks inviting, but not sissified and not too new.
In San Francisco, an old army base offers unparalleled views, nature walks, a military cemetery, a municipal golf course, and even a “clothing-optional” beach. A new museum, dedicated to — of all things — the life and work of Walt Disney draws renewed attention to this most unusual national park.
On Giudecca, just across the way from the main Venetian archipelago, the distinctive red brick complex has been a city landmark for years. A four-year, 200 million-Euro restoration has carefully incorporated its original factory architecture with all the mod-cons of contemporary hostelry, including those, like a rooftop pool, that are new to Venice.
Lovers of the City of Light will lap up the gorgeous photos in Paris Secrets: Architecture, Interiors, Quartiers, Corners — even if the book’s generic copy sets their teeth on edge. Author (and photographer) Janelle McCulloch has an obvious love tor Paris, and she has extensive experience writing about interiors and architecture for a variety […]
There they were, mounded into a perfect pyramid of delicate symmetry. They looked like French macarons, and they were being distributed at Art Basel. A rosy pink inside and out, they were more lovely, more moving, more — impactful!– than just about anything else I’d seen