The New Utopias


It all started with the words, “Let’s burn a man.” On a summer solstice evening 30 years ago, a bohemian drifter named Larry Harvey spoke those words to about a dozen friends, torched an effigy of a man, and watched it go up in flames on San Francisco’s Baker Beach. 

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Friday, February 17th, 2017

What’s in an object?


In the fully redesigned 2017 issue of our annual Directions Magazine, we asked four of our favorite artists, thinkers and influencers to send us a memento from their travels and to tell us how it reminds them of a meaningful experience. Here’s an excerpt, featuring  James O’Reilly, co-founder of innovative workspace collective NeueHouse. Continue reading “What’s in an object?”

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Sneak Peek: Myconian Kyma


“As locals, we share a mutual dependence with the people and the land of Mykonos, and with the rest of the world through our guests.”
Marios Daktylides, Co-owner of K-Hotels

It’s not like we needed another reason to go to Mykonos this summer, but as of May 1, a new gorgeous property, the Myconian Kyma, will join the island’s rich architectural landscape of white cubic houses and cobblestone streets set beneath a blazing bright-blue sky. Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Myconian Kyma”

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Design Hotels™ Book 2017


This March, the new Design Hotels™ Book 2017 hits stores. With 500-plus pages featuring 283 of the most distinctive properties in the world’s most exciting destinations, the highly anticipated book is an instant collector’s item. You can be among the first to reserve a copy and, if you do so by February 28, you’ll also receive two special gifts: an advance copy of our fully redesigned Directions Magazine and the latest scent from our new partner muun, the go-to brand for a beautiful sleep experience. Continue reading “The Design Hotels™ Book 2017”

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This Just In

The Ion Hotel by Lauren Wells, Selfoss, Iceland.
Near the Ion Hotel by Lauren Wells, Selfoss, Iceland.

Travel blogger Lauren Wells sent us this lovely little dispatch from the Icelandic countryside.

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Sneak Peek: Nobis Hotel Copenhagen


Get a first glimpse at this beauty. Alessandro Catenacci, the Stockholm-based Italian hospitality magnate whose company, Nobis, has transformed the Swedish hospitality scene, is about to open his first Danish property—Nobis Hotel Copenhagen—scheduled for completion in early summer 2017. Flanked by the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Central Station, and City Hall Square, the grand 77-room hotel will inhabit the landmarked building at Niels Brocks Gade 1 in the city center that originally housed the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music.  Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Nobis Hotel Copenhagen”

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Hot off the cutting room floor…

We’ve recently wrapped on the newest Original Experiences film. This one captures a sunset ritual on the beach at San Giorgio Mykonos, a “gypset” retreat on the coast of this picturesque Cycladic island. The film is part of our ongoing Original Experiences project, which focuses on the kind of deeply personal, unforgettable experience such a place inspires. Check it out and feel the vibes.

Friday, January 13th, 2017