in Antwerp started out as a chic dining and shopping destination, and as the guests kept saying they wanted to move in, the owners turned their upstairs apartment into a hotel. Inspired by the architect's own home, they asked Vincent Van Duysen
to realize the project.
The innovative concept is described by Van Duysen as ’A collection of curiosities where each and every floor tells a story. It’s an idea, but also a sensory location that keeps on evolving as it grows.’
Graanmarkt 13 is created as a welcoming and warm home, where everyone should feel at ease with a restaurant, a shop, a gallery space and an apartment all under one roof. Quite a remarkable concept, don’t you think?
Read a very inspiring and well written interview with Van Duysen here
. See all photos from the apartment here
As I've written here before, Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities, and I'll take any excuse to go there. Now I have two! We are planning the next blog tour there in October, and the new Volkshotel
just opened, which I'm curious to see!
Located in a building formerly used as a newspaper headquarters, the interiors remind me a lot of the Michelberger in Berlin, but with the building's history showing in the details in between the raw materials such as concrete and plywood. And this hotel also has a rooftop terrace, complete with sauna and hot tubs, so definitely looking forward to trying that out! The Volkshotel claims to be a hotel for everyone, welcoming punk rockers, single moms, stockbrokers and poets, dandies and dishwashers, and with their opening offer of €69/room throughout July, I believe almost anyone could afford it too.
Have you heard of Behomm
yet? It's a home exchange site exclusively for designers and visual artists, where you can switch homes with other style minded people around the world. So no more searching the net for hours to find a place to stay that looks decent enough for your next vacation, here you have a carefully selected collection of beautiful homes around the world, available for free in exchange for letting the owners stay at your place while you are enjoying theirs.
I always prefer to stay in private apartments when I travel as it makes you feel more like a local, and the freedom to sit at the breakfast table with messy hair and be grumpy until the coffee has kicked in is quite invaluable. Also, traveling with kids is so much easier when you have a real home to withdraw to after a long day out, instead of having to crowd together on the bed of a small hotel room where the only available activity is to watch tv...
Many of the homes on Behomm have been featured in magazines, and choosing which ones to show here was tough, but below is a small selection to give you an idea of what you have to pick from.
This post was made in collaboration with Behomm, but as always, the words, opinions and image selection are all my own.
The Nobis group, standing behind stylish hotels like Skeppsholmen, Nobis and Furillen, just opened a new hotel here in Stockholm called Miss Clara
, and although I haven't been there yet (spent the last week in Iceland, but more about that later) I must say it looks extremely promising from the press photos!
The 92-room hotel is housed in the former Ateneum girls’ school building, erected in 1910. The building was designed by architects Hagström & Ekman and is considered one of Stockholm’s most exquisite Art Nouveau edifices. The old girls’ school has been transformed into an elegant and comfortable international business hotel by Wingårdhs, one of Sweden’s leading and most internationally renowned architecture firm, under the leadership of architect Gert Wingårdh.
When designing Miss Clara, Wingårdh’s architects drew inspiration from the building’s original Art Nouveau architecture, distinguished by its soft and graceful organic lines and use of solid natural materials. Characteristic traits in the original architecture have been interpreted into new contemporary expressions. The interiors feature many specially designed and crafted furniture pieces and installations in solid, superior quality natural materials of predominantly Swedish origin, such as limestone, oak, bentwood, and natural leather. The color scheme is orchestrated in sophisticated darker notes on the floor level, with white walls and ceilings that emphasize the openness of the rooms.
While in Copenhagen, I had the pleasure of staying at STAY Copenhagen
, a design hotel who only offers apartment suites, all in a very minimalistic style furnished with HAY products. My apartment was huge, 130 sqm, with three balconies with sea views, what a luxury! The hotel doesn't have their own restaurant, but located in the same building are an organic bakery, a supermarket, a sushi bar, an italian restaurant and a takeaway place, so you won't have to go hungry for that reason.
This time, when I wasn't so stressed out, I think my photos turned out a little better...
Fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has converted a 300 sqm loft hosted in a traditional 17th century building in the Marais district in Paris into three exclusive apartments/suites. It really does not get more boutique than this.
The idea behind these three 100 sqm apartments is for the visitor to get a feel of the true Parisian life. It is a hotel concept which incorporates the necessary facilities of daily life. Each apartment has a private entrance and once inside, a complete fitted kitchen meets all the needs of the guests. Alaïa's aim was to achieve a true feeling of a home away from home.
Sorry for going M I A on you all for the last two days, my internet connection has been playing with me, only giving me access to the web for 30 seconds every five minutes or so... Very annoying when your whole job depends on it. So now I'm throwing this post together very quickly before the router decides to shut me down again. The pictures are from Hotel Aire de Bardenas in Spain. I love the pallets and the plywood!
Via Lime & Meadow