20140901

Wear It like Tyson Beckford - Tuesday 9/2 Edition:


1. DSquared2 Tidy Biker Jeans @ farfetch
2. Belstaff Kirkham Tumbled Leather Biker Jacket @ Mr Porter
3. Sailormade Cargo Belt @ InforMANt
4. Dolce & Gabbana Maritini Tie @ Mr Porter
5. TOKYObay Eddie Pocket Watch @ InforMANt
6. Saint laurent Lace-Up Boots @ farfetch
7. Warby Parker Crane Glasses @ Warby Parker 
Sounds: You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix) by AlunaGeorge @ Amazon

Monday 9/1 Edition: The 24 Coolest Bars on Earth To Grab A Drink

1 | The Laundromat Cafe, Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Laundromat Cafe is a bizarre mixture of a bar, laundromat, cafe and library. If you ever needed all of these amenities under one roof, this is the once in a lifetime experience for you.

2 | Monkey Bar, Berlin

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The Monkey Bar overlooks the grand Berlin Zoological Gardens, meaning that there’s a good chance you’ll actually see a monkey.

3 | Joben Bistro, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Joben Bistro is a peculiar pub that takes you back in time with a charming steampunk design. The combination of brass, copper and fluorescent lights create an elegant hideout to hang out with friends.

4 | Northern Lights Bar, Iceland

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This bar in the middle of nowhere offers front row seats to a truly spectacular natural phenomenon. The bar’s massive windows offer incredible views of both the aurora borealis and the moss-covered lava fields.

5 | The Clinic Bar, Singapore

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This bizarre medical themed bar has patrons sat in wheelchairs and drinking cocktails through an IV. This strange setting is one of the most popular spots in the bustling downtown of Singapore.

6 | Bab-al-shams, Dubai

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Overlooking the seemingly endless Arabian Desert, this rooftop lounge transforms with the amazing vistas of a sunset.

7 | White Rabbit Restaurant & Bar, Moscow, Russia

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Moscow is an incredibly vibrant city with immense history and architecture. The White Rabbit offers some of the best panoramas of the bustling city below, along with delicious international fusion cuisine.

8 | Blue Frog Lounge, Mumbai, India

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The strange design of this bar means that wherever you sit, you can see and hear the music from the live stage as if you were sitting right next to it.

9 | Club 33, Disneyland, California

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Hidden away in the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland is Club 33 – a private club with a decade-long waiting list for new members. The club is the only location that offers alcohol in the park, and its members are allowed exclusive access to areas of the park, like the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and the engine compartments of steam trains.

10 | Sky Bar, Bangkok

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The Sky Bar is perched on the roof of the Lebua State Tower, 63 stories above the bustling streets of Bangkok. Sip on delicious cocktails as you look upon the sea of lights below.

11 | Sunland Pub, South Africa

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South Africa’s baobab trees are well known for their enormous size. This particular tree, nicknamed Sunland, is over 6,000 years old and so large that a small bar can operate in the hollow of the trunk. Open since 1933, the pub can only serve a lucky 15 guests at one time.

12 | The Ice Bar, Quebec City, Canada

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This ice-sculpted bar melts each summer and is completely rebuilt every year. From January to March, chilled cocktails are on offer to visitors, though you should probably consider bringing a coat.

13 | Tiger Leaping Gorge Bar, China

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Tiger Leaping Gorge is an incredible canyon so breathtaking that it has been named a World Heritage Site. Balancing on a cliff, above the raging rapids below, is a bar that has what may possibly be the best views in the world. 

14 | Safe House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Safe House is a spy-themed bar behind a secret red door without proper labeling. Naturally, a password is required to get in, but, once you do, there are secret passageways to drunkenly explore. 

15 | H.R. Giger Alien Bar, Gruyere, Switzerland

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Giger Bar is lovingly themed and modeled after the movie “Alien” by Ridley Scott. A must visit for sci-fi fans, try to avoid the facehuggers.

16 | Alux Caverna Lounge, Mexico

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Alux is the largest cave bar in the world. The cave system, which is over 18,000 years old is elegantly light by hundreds of candles. Magnificent flowstones and stalactites dominate the walls of the various chambers, each more impressive than the last.

17 | Hotel Edelweiss, Mürren, Switzerland

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Where better to enjoy haute cuisine and a beer than 6,300 feet above the ground surrounded on all sides by a magnificent mountain panorama formed by 21 peaks at the heart of the Alps.

18 | Ozone Bar, Hong Kong, China

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Stepping inside the Ozone Bar is like stepping inside of a bee hive. The bar is the highest in Hong Kong and sits atop Hong Kong’s tallest hotel, the Ritz Carlton, on floor 118. The views, service, design and drinks are all more exquisite than the last. 

19 | The Water and Wind Bar, Binh Duong, Vietnam

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The Water and Wind Bar is set on a flooded area of land, creating an incredible reflection in the water. Stepping stones lead across the reflection and into the massive thatched hut. Lamps adorn the walls, creating an incredibly cosy hideout for a few drinks. 

20 | The Red Sea Bar, Israel

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This bar sits fully submerged on the surface of the incredibly gorgeous and lush Red Sea, with incredible views of the native fish and coral.

21 | The Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia

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Perched on the cliffs of Bali, the Rock Bar overlooks the magnificent Indian Ocean. The bar is best visited at sunset, when the sea and sky appear enchanted by magic.

22 | Bicycle Bar, Bucharest, Romania

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“Bicicletabar” in Romania, the chairs and tables in this wacky bar are made from recycled bicycles.

23 | Dabbous Bar, London

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With it’s exposed brickwork, sheet metal and natural wood, Dabbous has a an industrial yet organic design which complements the incredible cocktails and canapés on offer.

24 | Hemingway’s Lounge, Hollywood, USA

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Fancy a night out with a good book? Hemingway’s Lounge is a homely pub with walls lined in reading material for the drunk reader.
Via Informant Daily

20140829

Saturday 8/30 Edition: 12 Of The World’s Most Amazing Remote Hideaways

12 Of The World’s Most Amazing Remote Hideaways
When you live in a constantly connected (but spiritually disconnected) urban environment, it’s natural to dream about escaping to some wilderness shack and never coming back. Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, a new book from Gestalten, lets you indulge that fantasy without having to go all Grizzly Man. It presents some of the world’s most stunning cabins, shelters, hideouts, and sanctuaries that answer to the longing for retreat in nature.

Similar to the way 19th-century Romantics reacted to the Industrial Revolution with a more emotional, worshipful approach to the natural world, contemporary architects are building structures that incorporate the wilderness into their designs, inviting it in rather than shutting it out. “Direct connections to water, earth, air, and even fire enhance the power and sense of discovery present within the rural refuge,” writes Sofia Borges in Hide and Seek‘s introduction. Among these are a mirrored lake cottage that reflects the surrounding forest on its facade and the nook-like Cocoon shelter, made of strips of cedar, which snakes around a series of tree trunks. Here, 12 of the most jaw-dropping contemporary hideaways in the world’s many middles of nowhere.

Bivacco Luca Vuerich, by Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

By Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto
This tiny, stoic A-frame cabin perches atop a rugged landscape in the Julian Alps, 8,303 feet above sea level. It’s situated along a summit trail, so hikers and climbers can catch up on rest in the hideout, which sleeps up to nine guests.

Sledge-Project, by Rob Sweere, Qaasuitsup, Greenland

By Rob Sweere
These futuristic mobile dwellings on sleds were built for an organization that helps rehabilitate troubled children by pairing them with local hunters, who teach them the ways of the wild. They can be towed with dogs or snowmobiles over sea or ice, and each sleeps up to six guests.

The Pump House, by Branch Studio Architects, Victoria, Australia

By Branch Studio Architects
This re-locatable lakeside cabin perches on stilts. Floor-to-ceiling windows let sunlight pour through.

Fire Shelter, by Simon Hjermind Jensen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

by Simon Hjermind Jensen
Inspired by the architecture of nomadic people, this egg-like plywood hut has a simple circular bench around a central fireplace. Open to the public, and meant to stand only for a year, the Fire Shelter is ventilated by a hole in the top and two towards the bottom.

Steve’s Thailand Dome Home, by Steve Areen, in Isan, Thailand

by Steve Areen
This Dr. Seussian orange refuge sits amid a large organic mango farm. Completed by a small community of builders in just six weeks for under $6,000, the dome-shaped hut includes a handmade staircase that winds up to a rooftop patio shaded by a shaggy palapa.

Vega Cottage, by Kolman Boye Architects, in Trondelag, Norway

by Kolman Boye Architects
Close to the polar circle, this simple house borrows the gunmetal-gray color scheme of the surrounding bedrock in its harsh northern landscape, and its roof reflects the silver-white of the perpetually overcast sky. Large windows offer vistas of the ocean and mountain range.

Cocoon, by AA Design & Make, South West England, U.K.

by AA Design & Make
This cocoon, made of cedar strips in a whimsical monocoque structure, weaves through the trees of a forest park. Visitors can curl up inside its undulating form.

Kekkila Garden Shed, by Avanto Architects, Uusimaa, Finland



by Avanto Architects

This garden shed-greenhouse hybrid lets you feel about as close to nature as possible while still technically being inside.

Le Tronc Creux by Bruit du frigo, Bordeaux, France

by Bruit du frigo
This cylindrical nature hut, resembling a giant log, can sleep up to nine people.

Tree Snake House by Rebelo de Andrade, Pedras Salgadas Park, Portugal

by Rebelo de Andrade
The long, skinny bodies of snakes gliding between trees inspired these designs, in a Portuguese resort park, which can sleep one to two guests.

Lake Cottage by UUfie, Ontario, Canada

by UUfie
This cottage in an Ontario forest has a mirrored entrance that lets it blend magically into the surrounding wilderness.

Studio for a Composer by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Wisconsin, United States

by Johnsen Schmaling Architects
A country western musician uses this retreat, made of exposed concrete and steel, glass, and wood, as a studio for writing and recording his music.

Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs is available from Gestalten for $60 here.
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