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Du Parc Kempinski Reborn as One of Switzerland’s Most Luxurious Residential Developments

Du Parc was shortlisted for the International Hotel & Property Awards 2013 in the Residential Redevelopment / Renovation category, hosted by luxury interior design magazine design et al. Positioned above Lake Geneva among Lavaux’s UNESCO-protected vineyards sits Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences. Once a historic hotel, opened to the public in 1907, and now, thanks to a sensitive renovation project, set to be reborn as one of Switzerland’s most luxurious residential developments. Du Parc has been carefully restored, renovated and converted

DESIGNER IN PROFILE 5 minutes with… Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell

Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell, Director of Pouné Design was shortlisted for the Asia-Pacific Design & Architecture Awards 2013  for Gwinganna Health Retreat. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Design is becoming more and more innovative, designers are experimenting with new materials and juxtaposing them with traditional ideas and design elements. There is a big move towards using recycled or reclaimed materials which is essential to the principles of ESD. What are the key influencing elements at present?

London Legend – Cafe Royal Opens

For almost two centuries, Café Royal has stood elegantly at the heart of London charming worldy sophicates and shoppers alike, indulging conversation over high teas and hosting famed celebrity gatherings behind its velvety curtains. That was, until 2008 when it closed to undergo a £90 million redevelopment that saw it transform from a cafe into a 159-room luxury hotel. This summer saw it open a new chapter, to coincide with the London Olympics 2012. And by February 2013 visitors can

Cambodia’s Song Saa Private Island Shortlists in Multiple Hotel Categories

Situated in the southwest of the Indochinese peninsula, in the warm sapphire waters of Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. Song Saa Private Island is as seductive as the name implies. Intimate. Luxurious. Nestled deep in the undeveloped, deserted oasis of virgin rain forests and tropical reefs. Alongside its astounding beauty,  Song Saa’s raft of environmental initiatives are breaking new ground in Cambodia with a brand of ‘luxury that treads lightly’. The resort which spans the

‘Barefoot Meets Armani’, Olivia Newton John’s Discovery in the Hinterland of Byron Bay

Surrender to the beauty and healing cultures of Gaia Retreat & Spa, nestled on 25 acres in the breathtaking hinterlands of Byron Bay. Perfectly poised on the highest point in the shire, Gaia has 19 beautifully appointed bungalows set in lush subtropical gardens… described as the place where, ‘Barefoot meets Armani’. Gaia Retreat & Spa was discovered by good friends Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave who stumbled on the property while on the hunt for a country house for Gregg.

Pan-Asian Inspiration, Parisian ‘Buddha Bar’ comes to Knightsbridge

Descending from the widely acclaimed and successful restaurant-bar-lounge Buddha-Bar Paris, established in 1996 by founders Raymond & Tarja Visan, the new Buddha-Bar will bring an Oriental flair to London’s dining scene with its sumptuous menu of Pan Asian dishes, reputable music and striking interiors. Set over two floors, Buddha-Bar London’s stylish and beautiful interiors exude a fusion of colonial, baroque and East meets West style. Stunning crystal Chinese dragons, as well as monumental Buddha figures crafted in bronze mesh and brass

A Century of Elegance – Legendary, Luxury Collection Hotel Maria Cristina Reopened

The legendary Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Sebastian, reopened its doors in July 2012 following an extensive $25 million, nine-month restoration. A beloved landmark in the city since it was inaugurated in July 1912 by the queen, the hotel has been centre stage to the San Sebastian International Film Festival since 1953. Hotel Maria Cristina was built during the Belle Époque when haute couture was born and women’s liberation was growing in importance. This provenance, alongside

Designer in Profile… 5 Minutes with Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell

Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell, Director of Pouné Design was shortlisted for the Asia-Pacific Design & Architecture Awards2013  for Gwinganna Health Retreat. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Design is becoming more and more innovative, designers are experimenting with new materials and juxtaposing them with traditional ideas and design elements. There is a big move towards using recycled or reclaimed materials which is essential to the principles of ESD. What are the key influencing elements at present? The environment is

DESIGNER IN PROFILE… 5 minutes with Anita Srisakulchawla

DESIGNER IN PROFILE… 5 minutes with Anita Srisakulchawla, Principal of ASC Interior What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Design should respond to the tension among everyday culture. We approach all our projects with rigorous research being aware of the newest trends in architecture, interior design, cultural events, economic situation, social innovation etc. What are the key influencing elements at present? “Thinking globally and acting locally” we started to source the project material from local

ALTIRA MACAU IN THE RUNNING FOR ASIA-PACIFIC’S BEST SPA HOTEL

 Altira Macau, submitted by Melco Crown Entertainment reaches the Asia-Pacific Design & Architecture Awards 2013 shortlist for the SPA HOTEL award. The extraordinary 38-storey complex features 216 lavishly appointed guest rooms, including 24 deluxe suites and 8 astounding villas, all showcasing an unforgettable skyline. With interiors created by world-renowned designer Peter Remédios, Altira Macau combines comfort and style to elegant effect, offering impeccable service tailored to each guest. The hotel is home to a host of world-class culinary experiences, chic clubs and

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