Out/About: American Trade Hotel

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Oozing cool, the American Trade Hotel may have had its heyday in the 60’s and 70’s, but this smoking hot revival sets to rival that benchmark. Rich in historic character while still maintaining a contemporary homely feel, it’s not hard to imagine Picasso teaching Paloma how to sculpt a bird out of a leaf in the courtyard or Tilda Swinton sipping a Martini in the bar.

Originally built in 1917, the American Trade Building at 4 stories high was and still is, the tallest building in the old town of Panama City. Lucky if you’re a guest, as every room has a view over its charming neighbouring white-washed haciendas. We can almost feel the warm fragrant air waft in as you swing open the French doors to survey the panoramic surroundings. Taking a large lungful in, you kick off your shoes and pad across the ancient timber floorboards. Everything is how it should be as you flop onto your crisp white bed realizing that the old and the new meet with perfect clarity in this thoughtfully restrained interior.

What else would you expect from the the Ace Hotels crew. The American Trade Hotel is a heady mix of texture, colour, scale and details. Dark walnuts, rich colours and clean palettes are teemed up with local flora, Bertoia wire frames and Viennese rocking chairs. The layering is sumptuous and inviting, it just reeks of good times!

The American Trade Hotel has the feel that it very well could be the new hotbed of cultural and creative hustle and bustle.

Credits: Yatzer

Out/About: Pierre Charpin’s L’Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

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In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

Well its not often we’re speechless but this installation by designer Pierre Charpin in L’Appartement No.50 within Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse really takes your breath away. The exemplary balance between colour and the purest of palettes makes one’s heart sing.

L’Appartement No.50 is one of 337 apartments within Le Corbusier’s concrete dream for a utopian society. As you can image the bones of this building are blue blood modernist, the perfect backdrop to just about anything! Let it be said Pierre Charpin is not just anything. His design sensibility is so honest and intuitive, each piece surprising in it’s exploration of form and materiality. This is no roll-out design family, it is a thoughtful gathering of old friends that sit so comfortably together. Good humoured, robust and dependable, this is a gang you want to hang with.

Charpin has incorporated pieces by his predecessors such as Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec Brothers and Konstantin Grcic with his own pieces into this domestic theatre. His ‘Playtime’ glass sculptures, ‘Oggetti Lenti’ vases sit and ‘Crescendo’ coffee table have blood ties back to the modernist movement while his suspended ceiling sculptures, ‘Mini Eclipse’ lamp, ‘Stump’ marble side table and ‘Desa’ floor lamp are true contemporaries.

His exquisitely measured layering of the 3D and 2D are heavenly and thanks to the hospitality of No.50’s resident Jean-Marc Drut – a true patron of the arts – this rare intimate gallery is open to the public during the summer months if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Marseille.

The fantasy of setting up a temporary home in the Cité Radieuse, to feel the history of radical and cultured thinking and know that you are following in the truest legacy of our built environment is nothing short of a dream.

Credits: Wallpaper & Yellowtrace

FRIDAY MUSINGS: Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014

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In/Out - Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014

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In/Out - Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014

In/Out - Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014

In/Out - Mara Hoffman Spring Summer 2014

POP BAM!!! New York based fashion designer Mara Hoffman is no wallflower. Her summer collection of feminine floaty attire has us yearning for those long lost summer days and all the giddy parties that ensue. These showstoppers are confident and sassy.

Hoffman’s collection is electrified folklore. Applied embellishments unravel in radiant iconic bursts of rainbows, serpents and goddess eyes. Seemingly collated from exotic faraway lands, it is a brilliant mish-mash of cultures unified. Hoffman’s inspiration is boundless. Colours are reminiscent of the juicy seasonal fruits of watermelon, peach and mango against backdrops of midnight and petrol blue. These garments have no limits, fresh from morning till late night.

Never shy of patterns her first collection back in 2000 was lovingly hand dyed and batiked by Hoffman herself and since then it’s been a psychedelic journey thru pattern and colour.

Credits: Vogue UK Mara Hoffman

Out/About: MILAN 2014 – Dimore Gallery

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In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

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There are several iconic images which come out of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano every year. For the last three years, these have been dominated by the exceptionally inspiring work of Milan based Dimore Studio. Co-founders of Dimore, Tuscan Emilian Salci and American Britt Moran, this year turned their stately former apartment in the heart of Brera into a breathtakingly beautiful showcase of their work. A mixing pot of eclectic new and vintage classics, the Dimore Gallery was a fantastical feast for the eyes.

The very deliberate yet tender design hand of the Dimore pair is infinitely enviable. Everything is placed just so and invites the contemplation of detail, of finish, texture and materiality. A rich mustard armchair is placed just underneath an overwhelmingly large cosmic pendant light. A table with a single dining chair straddles the polished concrete floor and a delicate floral bordered rug. A small sitting room is dominated by an all emcompassing light of varying sized circles which must be walked around and not under. Oversized skirtings and dramatic paint colours call the eye to the scale of the spaces. The simple hallway illuminated with a dotted grid of lights curbs the transition from room to room beckoning the visitor to stop, to slow and to take in the elegance and beauty of every detail.

The apartment reportedly brought tears to the eyes of its visitors. We can see why.

Credits: Dimore Gallery

Darling Point by Arent&Pyke

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The Darling Point Apartment is a past project very dear to our hearts.

This 2008 Arent&Pyke project was about an expression and embodiment of a client in their home and a celebration of object collecting and curating. Set in a 1920s Spanish mission style apartment building, it is layered with the client’s spirit and personality and evokes memories of treasured travel abroad.

As a practice we encourage our clients to have the confidence to have meaningful and important artifacts around them. So, with this project the philosophy was to curate and edit the objects collected by the client and allow them to speak freely against a background of elegant and timeless furniture pieces. In this way they build a collection that will always resonate and be treasured for life.

Credits: Photography by Anson Smart, Shoot styling by Megan Morton

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