Wednesday, May 30, 2012

All About Meat...

Designed by Minas Kosmidis, Fabrica Creaton is a modern tavern that plays off two main ideas, a late 1950's classic tavern and a modern Butcher Shop. The materials used to create this beautiful restaurant are exposed in their most simple form with unexpected elements that define the intention of the design.

To create the classic Butcher shop style, they used white ceramic tiles with stainless steel and black accent walls. The butcher-block tables are a surprise element that provides a warmer feel to the space. The ambiance lighting is subtle to create a sophisticated atmosphere, while the red industrial lights contrast with the black and white scheme as well as the shape and style of the place. This meat restaurant emphasizes the simplicity of food and you'll find this idea reflected in their brand identity and the architectural space.

Photos via Yazer

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Karim Rashid- hip in Athens

The Seminaris hotel is full with energy, culture and colorful details. Designed by the acclaimed Industrial designer Karim Rashid, this hotel offers a new contemporary experience to enjoy and relax in an unforgettable way. Located in the affluent suburb of Kifissia near the heart of Athens; the Seminaris Hotel is surrounded by high-end boutiques, restaurants, and cafes.

The interiors are extravagant and colorful. The organic shapes and color palette reflects the uniqueness of Rashid's designs. His work is showcase in the permanent collections of fourteen museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, to name a few.

 Karim Rashid and the  Garbino trash can for Umbra.
 Photos via Yes Hotels

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Israel, land of milk and honey

There are many good reasons to visit Israel. From the breathtaking landscapes, endless historical and religious sights, to plenty of incredibly friendly and beautiful people. The past week Israel celebrated its 64th anniversary and as usual the independence day was commemorated with joy and happiness all around the world.
 So this week I'll include Israel in my blog. I'll be blogging about how culture has influence the design and review two really cool hotels.

The last couple of years  Israeli designers have emerge in the design world as a funky, innovative and creative people. Recently the country added another landmark: its first museum devoted entirely to design. Designed by Ron Arad, Israel’s acclaimed architect. The Holon Design Museum opened in March 2010 and has quickly established itself as one of the world's leading museums of design and contemporary culture. 



Boutique hotels are popping all over Tel Aviv. Stylish with personalized service, the Brown Urban Hotel is a cost-effective choice if you're planning on staying in this beautiful city. Inspired on the 1970s glams, the Brown Hotel brings a touch of  Manhattan chic with a blend of a "private club" feel with dark wooden floors, leather couches and a library.


If you are planning a trip to Jerusalem, the Mamilla Hotel is a must see. Located in the old city, this luxurious hotel combines old elements like the "Jerusalem stone" with modern contemporary furniture, creating a peaceful, classy and trendy luxury hotel. To protect Jerusalem’s ancient ambiance, all new constructions must, by law, use the local light-hued limestone called Jerusalem Stone.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Our 4nniversary

I can't believe how time flies! Last month we celebrated our fourth anniversary!! Four amazing years of great experiences and tons of love. We have moved three times to different cities ( Mexico to OC to LA), we've met amazing new people and been enjoying life to the fullest. 

This post is to share with you some of our best memories from our honeymoon; from cool hotels and delicious restaurants to fun activities that we did during our time in Asia.
Hope you can get some great ideas out of this, and please email me if you have any questions or you need more cool tips for your trip.

Here is a SHORT list of our favorite things! I will post more Asia tips in a couple of weeks.

No.1   JW Marriott Phuket, Thailand

We loved this place for many reasons. We spend five nights here because we couldn't leave this paradise. We literally changed our tickets just to stay one more night!. It is secluded from everything else and the cool part of the hotel is that you do not need to leave for anything. They have six restaurant and five bars, one better than the other. They have a private beach and three pools where elephants walk everyday to say hi to the guests.

Out of the blue Drink- This is where we spend most of the afternoon relaxing to Cafe del Mar music
We got a nice surprise.. wine and chocolates and a bed full of rose petals.
Love how the elephants are wondering around at the hotel pools.

No. 2  Ginja Cook ( Thai cooking classes)

Located next to the Ginja taste, the Thai restaurant at the JW Marriot (Phuket). The Thai cooking school kitchen was design by the award-winning Bensley Design Studios with inspiration of the southern architecture and the traditional style of a typical Thai Sala.
During our cooking class we spend most of the day learning about Thai cuisine, from going to a local market and picking up spices to cooking a delicious variety of food, including Pad Prik Thai On (Stir-fried beef with pepper), Som Tum (papaya salad) and Tom Ka Gai (Chicken coconut milk soup). It was so yummy and different from anything else we have ever done. Our marvelous chef Ton was so kind and friendly that she made the experience even more unforgettable. I'm so happy to tell you that, she now owns her own restaurant and teaches amazing Thai cooking classes. Her restaurant Kin Dee is one of the top restaurants in North Phuket.  

At the local market with the award winning chef Ton 

No. 3  The Ritz-Carlton Beijing , China

We got a great impression of this hotel. The decoration is elegant with a contemporary feel and they did a great job including the Chinese heritage in the details. The room was so beautiful; every detail was design to perfection, from the inside of the closet to the accessories on the bathroom. The only negative thing is that we could not spend enough time enjoying this hotel because we were walking around all day in the amazing city of Beijing.

Closet detail- wallpaper with the RC logo

No. 4 Made in China, Beijing

This restaurant serves the best Peking duck in China, I’m serious! The way they cook it and serve it, is so mouth-watering!. You can enjoy a cooking show while you are waiting for your food to be served. The dining room is located in the middle of an open kitchen with wine racks serving as partition walls. At the entrance, you will find a tearoom and a dessert area with a tinny open kitchen where you can delight your eyes watching how they prepare the desserts. Do not forget to make a reservation if you want to try this astounding restaurant, its located inside the Hyatt and it is very popular.

The interiors are an old fusion twist of contemporary decor with authentic Chinese elements
The tearoom
 Open kitchen dinning experience