Beach Houses by Andrew Geller: Architect of Happiness
The New York Times reports that Andrew Geller, the architect of many of the seaside structures we spotlighted in our original article, passed away at the age of 87 on Christmas day. Geller's work is distinguished by a very American sense of optimism and a whimsical conception of space, especially when it comes to his iconic beach house designs. No wonder they called him the "architect of happiness."
North Korea Revisited: An Unknown Land
UPDATE December 19th, 2011: Kim Jong Il, North Korea's "dear leader", has died of a heart attack. His death was announced by a weeping anchorwoman on North Korean television. His obituary in the LA Times quotes sources who describe the departed dictator as both "jealous and cunning" and a "sensitive and arty type who ended up by birth floating through this world that is pure evil." That last quote may seem like it was translated into English from another language, but it was written by Michael Breen, the British journalist who wrote one of the only English-language biographies about Kim Jong Il. Clearly, Kim Jong Il was a leader who provoked many different kinds of reactions.
Train Without A Station
Behold the future of public transportation: trains. And not just any trains. These babies don't even need a station to get you safely from point A to point B. Travelers on this train won't be running through a labyrinth of departure platforms to make their connection; they'll make transfers directly from coach to coach…while the train is moving.
Check into Boca Chica: 50’s Chic Hotel in Mexico
If you were a movie star in the 1950s, Acapulco, Mexico, was the place to go for fun and frolic by the beach. You might have stayed in a hotel owned by actors Johnny Weismuller and John Wayne on the northern end of Acapulco Bay, drinking fruity cocktails with Brigitte Bardot during the day and dancing under the stars with Sinatra in the evenings.
Wabi Sabi: Japanese Style to Inspire
“Wabi-Sabi Inspirations” is a collection of traditional Japanese houses available for rent that reflect the tenets of Wabi-Sabi design.
But what is “Wabi-Sabi” and why does it inspire? Wabi-sabi is not only a style, but a Japanese philosophy based in Zen and built on three principles: nothing lasts, nothing ends, and nothing is perfect.
“Wabi” means a deliberate humility, a lack of materialism, and a deep connection with the environment. “Sabi” is different. It literally translates as “bloom of time.”
Discover: Bread Around the World
A Hotel Fit For James Bond
On a mountain called Paranal in Chile, there stands a telescope, a Very Large Telescope (or VLT) to be precise. It's the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, and is run by ESO, the European Southern Observatory. In order to accommodate workers in the largely inhospitable terrain of the Atacama Desert, ESO created the Paranal Residencia, also known as the ESO Hotel.
The Dump That Became a Tourist Site
It may not happen often, but occasionally the site of human waste becomes a place of unique beauty through the ministrations of Mother Nature. Case in point: Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California.
Cape Cod’s Secret Artist Enclave
Before Cape Cod became, well, Cape Cod, it was known for its isolated beaches, rolling sand dunes, picturesque New England fishing towns, and bohemian, "anything goes" attitude: basically, the perfect backdrop for a gang of young, self-taught architects inspired by European design to play around with form and space unnoticed by the establishment. The result is a collection of almost one-hundred examples of early modern design dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, tucked on the wooded back shore of Wellfleet on the Outer Cape. It is here, within the boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore, where you will find summer homes that meld the philosophy of modernism with the practicality of New England.
11 YEARS of Verana – Hotel & Spa, Mexico
VERANA is celebrating 11 years of simple luxury in the jungle.
As a Thank You, Verana is commemorating the occasion with very special rates on the original 6 houses for the months of November and December 2011. Check out the anniversary rates for the listed houses below and get a little background history about how it all started or CONTACT US.
Wright For Sale
Frank Lloyd Wright is the most famous American architect of the 20th century. The influence of his ideas regarding the integration of architecture with the natural environment, revolutionary in their day, are still being felt in contemporary architectural trends. At the time of his death, Wright counted 500 single family homes, skyscrapers, and museums among his accomplishments. Not bad for a boy from Wisconsin with no formal training in architecture!
Though many of Wright’s most well-known buildings are public spaces, such as Guggenheim Museum, Wright was also a prodigious residential architect. The landscape of the United States is still dotted with Wright homes in varying states of preservation. Occasionally these homes come up for sale, giving design lovers an opportunity to own a piece of American design history and serve as custodians of Wright’s legacy for future generations of architects.
Here’s a list of 5 of our favorite Wright Homes currently on the market, and a few for rent, as well.
We recently welcomed Mykonos Villa into our collection, a wonderful modern rental on the mythical Greek island of Mykonos. The truly 4-bedroom stunning villa is carved into a hillside on the southeast side of the island, giving guests the impression of floating over the Aegean sea and amazing views of nearby islands. The salt-water pool has been named one of the sexist in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. If you’re already sold on a Greek holiday, click here to view more details about Mykonos Villa. For everyone else, read on for a short guide to the Greek island of Mykonos. We hope it inspires you to start packing!
Work on Safari
However you make your living is where your talent lies. – Ernest Hemingway
If you're looking for an alternative to your usual summer vacation plans, consider the island of Corsica. The unique topography, rich cultural history, beautiful landscapes, and lively coastal towns of Corsica offer plenty of opportunity to relax, refresh, and revitalize in a place that truly has earned its nickname of "L'Île de Beauté" – Isle of Beauty. This guide will give you all the information you need to start planning a Corsican getaway.
A New Class of Camper
Pictured above is the latest innovation in classy folding campers for chic nomads. Does the camper’s design remind you of anything?
A Moveable Pod
Are we looking at the future of travel? British budget hotel company Travelodge have been hard at work on a prototype of a mobile hotel room for the last few years. The current incarnation is called the Travelpod and it’s pictured above. It’s a 6m-long clear polycarbonate box designed to be transported by truck to outdoor music festivals and major sporting events. How convenient is that?
Introducing Kaweah Falls
The latest addition to the Boutique Homes collection of vacation rentals for incurably stylish nomads is the architecturally stunning Kaweah Falls. Designed in 1947 by architect Frank Robert, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s, the house is built on the spot where a fresh mountain flume joins the Kaweah River.
The prime location makes for some interesting design features. Let’s take a tour.
Offbeat Hotels and Vintage Vacation Spots For Retromaniacs
A roadside motel with a neon sign. A trailer park in the middle of nowhere, full of old-fashioned Airstreams and colorful campers. A recycled camping ground with teepees instead of tents. Where many travelers would've once kept driving past these relics in search of more modern lodgings, chic nomads of today make a point of seeking out such retro gems. What's the appeal? Unique, unusual, and a little bit trashy, a vintage motel or rental is more than just a place to stay – it's like a little time capsule that you can sleep in.
This special vintage edition dispatch will take you through some of the chicest properties in the Boutique Homes collection – and the first one is a trailer park.
Last Minute Summer Special in Corsica
The French call Corsica L’Île de Beauté for its lush, green hillsides and sweeping plains leading down to a crystal blue ocean. The island is never more beautiful than in the summer, when the hills are green, the sun stays up until 11pm and the balmy warmth of the Mediterranean envelopes the coastline, which is also why Corsica can be prohibitively expensive to visit during the high season. However, Aregno Windmill, the latest addition to the Boutique Homes collection of modern vacation rentals and small hotels is currently renting for the incredible price of 790 euro per week. Trust us, you will not find a better deal – or a more charming, romantic lodging – anywhere in Corsica. Read on to learn more about this very special place.
Cycling is the future of transportation; we’ve been hearing this for years. We’ve also been subjected to plenty of innovative, designer “bikes”, ranging from the eRinGo to the WheelSurf, and to some that don’t look all that different from the UnoCycle. But it looks like the YikeBike, the latest in bicycle design, is catching on with chic nomads in urban centers everywhere. Is this the shape of bikes to come?
Hatari Lodge: History of a Small Hotel
Have you ever seen the classic Howard Hawks movie Hatari! (1962)? If so, you’ll be familiar with the ranch at which it was shot, on the edge of the Arusha National Park in Tanzania. The majority of the movie (starring the ‘Duke’, John Wayne) was filmed there, including sweeping vistas of Mounts Kilimanjaro and Mero and nearby swampland.