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Destination Inspiration: The Colors of Normandy

09/11/18 specs+spaces staff

The places we travel so often inspire our design choices — the textures, the styles and of course, the colors. The French countryside of the Upper Normandy region is filled with quaint villages, medieval architecture and gorgeous flora. Below we’ll show you how you can draw inspiration from Normandy’s color palettes into your next design project.

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Country Caper: A “Spirited Journey” through 2019 color+design

08/30/18 Sara McLean

“Country Caper,” our fourth trend story, highlights the Bohemian mood associated with idyllic countryside living in chic, subtle decorator styles. Immersed in casually colorful opulence, we learn to embrace the beauty of imperfection. Creativity and personal expression abound. Crafted and textured, authenticity is rewarded.

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Extreme Odyssey Home Focus: Twisting Courtyard

08/30/18 Grace Lennon

Completed by ARCHSTUDIO, "Twisting Courtyard" is a renovated residence in Paizihutong, Beijing. The property was once a Siheyuan (courtyard house) with a single entry. It has been turned into an attractive, urban public space within Beijing’s inner city.

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City Stroll Hotel Focus: CitizenM Gare de Lyon

08/22/18 Grace Lennon

Just a short walk from the historic Marais District and a stroll from the River Seine, citizenM’s third Paris location is perfectly placed for travelers in search of culture, commerce or community. Designed by Dutch studio concrete, the hotel features 338 rooms organized within a former office tower block and is located a block from one of Paris’s major transportation hubs, Gare de Lyon train station.

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Destination Inspiration: The Colors of South Africa

08/01/18 specs+spaces staff

The places we travel so often inspire our design choices — the textures, the styles, the people we meet, and of course, the colors. That’s why we’re continuing our “Destination Inspiration” series where we take a look at the color palettes of some of the most sought after and far-flung travel destinations around the world.

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Poetic Passage: A “Spirited Journey” Through 2019 color+design

08/01/18 Sara McLean

“Poetic Passage,” our third trends story speaks to the soft and subtle side of life that incorporates nature in a chic, minimalist atmosphere. Shadow and light dance in a marriage of masculine and feminine, luxury and lines. The aesthetic is minimalist, soft and subtle with chic and refined natural basics within tender, cozy atmospheres.

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Extreme Odyssey Museum Focus: Zeitz MOCAA

08/01/18 Grace Lennon

Thomas Heatherwick has created South Africa’s biggest art museum — by hollowing out the inside of a historic grain silo building. Described by the British designer as “the world’s tubiest building," the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, is set to become the world’s most important exhibition space for African art.

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Extreme Odyssey Hotel Focus: Hotel Liberty

07/12/18 Grace Lennon

After an extensive three-year renovation project a 19th-century former prison has been turned into Hotel Liberty – a contemporary retreat in the German city of Offenburg. Originally conceived by the German architect Heinrich Hübsch in 1840 and completed in 1845, the structure served as a jail for the city until 2009.

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Extreme Odyssey Focus: Vue Hotel

07/12/18 Grace Lennon

This hotel comprises a series of artistically transformed quasi-historic buildings from the 1950’s.

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Extreme Odyssey Hotel Focus: Deplar Farm Resort

07/12/18 Grace Lennon

Deplar Farm Resort, developed by Eleven Experience, is a former sheep farm tucked into the mountainous landscape of Iceland’s Troll Peninsula. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this off-grid lodge really couldn’t be more remote – and it celebrates the true unspoiled beauty of the area.