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    Superstorm Sandy

    +Our thoughts go out to all those affected by Superstorm Sandy. We were struck by this image of the subway system on Gothamist with the entire lower part of the island as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn non-functional (This image was published Wednesday and may no longer be accurate) . L.A. Times Photography has a roundup of images and updates about this natural disaster.

    +Are you going to be in London next week?... Holly Becker from Decor8 will be hosting a launch party for her fabulous new book Decorate Workshop.

    +For some VERY cool photography of an underwater cave, head over to the Orda Cave website.

    +If you're considering painting your walls and trying to achieve the industrial-chic look, Will from Bright Bazaar has some great color tips.

    +For the Latin culture, November 2nd is Day of the Dead, a tradition that celebrates the life and the death of loved ones. Fox News Latino announed that a Los Angeles gallery opened yesterday in honor of this yearly tradition.

    Day of the Dead

     Day of the Dead Image: EBSQ

  • The Devil's in the Hotel Design Details

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    Hotel Design

    When staying at a hotel, sometimes it's the little things that count. Let's take a look at some worldly examples of great hotel design that doesn't overlook the details.  

    Ever since it's opening, I've been drawn to the windows in the public spaces of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona (above). There's a playful voyeuristic quality to these ultra chic peep-spots.

    Colorful Architecture

    The fun facade at the Inntel Hotel in Amsterdam (above) is postmodern meets traditional Dutch meets Rubik's cube. 

    Hotel Accessories

    The pencils at the Andaz Hotel in London are made from recycled CD jewel cases (above). I'm guessing they now offer iPod docks in the rooms. The key to great hotel design is not just in the architectural details, but also the accessories that would normally seem unimportant, like a pencil.

    Adaptive Re-use Hotel Design

    The Waterhouse along Shanghai's Sound Bund (above) keeps the crumbling concrete walls of this former Japanese military bunker intact. It's a very real respite from the otherwise hyperreal development in the city that surrounds it. Raw materials and designer desk lamps can give an organic feel to any space.

    Contemporary White ChandelierArtcraft Baby Swan White Chandelier

    The Treehouse Hotel (below) sits just 35 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Suspended from trees and featuring mirrored sides, it's virtually invisible from the ground.

    Tree House Hotel Design

    Not all the rooms feature a mirror facade though, and inside there's a feast of minimalist decor (below). Loungy, white seating is a fun way to keep a place minimal and modern.

    Modern Rural Hotel Rooms

    Contemporary White Floor Lamp

    Sonneman Tetra Gloss White Floor Lamp

    Designers and graphic designers have to love the Pantone Hotel in Brussels (below), an homage to the color specialists in seven distinct hues.

    Pantone Hotel

    And sometimes it's the smallest thing that counts: a drink on the top floor at the end of the day. For fans of the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) is the perfect place to re-create your own Bill Murray Suntory whiskey moment. 

    New York Hotel Tokyo

    With a view looking across Tokyo and some of the best cocktails in the world, it's worth every yen. And trust me, you'll spend quite a few.

    With so many options, hopefully you're booking a trip and heading to see one of these extremely cool hotel designs.

    Images: Contemporist, Design You Trust, Concierge, Open Buildings, CN Traveler, That's Like Whoa!Ozon3, Nansiepants

November, 2012