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Giveaway: On the go with Motorola Sphere+

Belgium

On the occasion of the festive season, we teamed up with Sphere to gear your next adventures with the best tunes. By entering our GIVEAWAY two of you'll have the chance to win a Motorola Sphere+ with the color of your choice (black or white). The 2-in-1 bluetooth stereo speaker delivers your favourite tunes in full, bright and HD audio while you will experience epic freedom with the Motorola pulse Escape headphones! To participate and be the happy owner of the  Motorola Sphere+ do as follows: 1. follow Local's Lore and Motospheremax on Instagram. 2. regram one of the images of the "On the go with Motorola Sphere+" or "GIVEAWAY: On the go with Motorola Sphere+" lores with the color of your choice (black or white). Share it with the folllowing tags on your Instagram profile: #localslorexsphere #localslore. 3. answer the question as follows in the comment section on Local's Lore's Instagram profile: Where are you heading next with your Motorola pulse Escape headphones? Besides answering the question please tag your travel mate whom you'd like to be the other lucky winner. The giveaway starts on the 14th of November 2pm CET and ends on the 30th of November 2pm CET. The winners will be announced on the 30th of November 4pm CET here on the site. We wish you the best of luck!

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On the go with Motorola Sphere+

Belgium

The gadgets of our era are just getting smarter and prettier, and that's a fact. They can be both the perfect decoration for your stylish home or the ideal accessory to your outfit. No surpises that we would like to own the coolest and newest ones. Meet our newest addiction; The Sphere+ we have got to test during our weekend getaway. The 2-in-1 Bluetooth stereo speaker delivers your favorite tunes in full, bright and HD audio. To maximize your sound experience, the Sphere has an ergonomic 360 degree silhouette and 2 x 8 Watt bass porting speakers which brings your experience to a next level. Listen where ever and whenever you want to your favorite playlist through the stereo speaker or take of the headphone and listen privatly. Due to the built-in speakerphone you will be able to take call through the Sphere or lightweight headphone. Use whatever suites you the most. It’s simple, listen to music in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, wherever you want. Be loud on your own terms.

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PUBLIC HOTELS - LUXURY FOR ALL

United States

Opened in June on the Lower East Side, Public Hotels aims to make luxury available to all thanks to Ian Schrager. The hotel is - as it says - "refined, sophisticated, smart and simple, yet flamboyant and provocative, all at the same time." The universally appealing guest rooms are thoughtfully designed, down to every last finish and detail, with distinct zones for sleeping, relaxing, working and entertaining. There has been seamless, frictionless technology integrated so everything one needs is within arm’s reach. The building was designed by Swiss architecture studio Herzog & De Meuron, that certainly implies luxury. The neon-lit escalators quickly became the new treasures of Instagram and the tangerine-feel lights the obsession of many Instagrammers. Will it become yours?

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The Lore of Salt Lake City: Meet Evelyn Eslava

United States

We truly feel blessed with our ambassadors; they are not only wonderful personalities but as well all and sundry are creative people who keep inspiring us. Please meet our newest ambassador, Evelyn Eslava who happened to be a photographer with tremendous love towards nature, speciality coffee, and to her home; Salt Lake, of course. If you wish to explore the city like a local, follow her journey through the best new wave coffee houses, hip restaurants and blend in the city like you were home. Salt Lake is an ideal location for your next vacation whether you are up for skiing, visiting museums or enjoying a dynamic nightlife. But until your visit, let yourself indulge in Evelyn's words and breathtaking imagery of happy places. Read on to explore the lore of Salt Lake City with Evelyn Eslava.

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Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

United Kingdom

Announced last week, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards now in its ninth year is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups. The Awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges from the UK and globally. Recent names include Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Foster & Partners, Stephen Alden, Gordon Ramsay, Tony Chambers (Editor in Chief, Wallpaper*), Alberto Alessi, Thomas Heatherwick and many more. Here are three of our very favourite spots:

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Interview with Chloé Nègre

France

Founded in Paris in 2014, the Chloé Nègre Studio was born from a desire to create a research space for interior design projects, furniture creation and scenography. The studio’s mission is to invent spaces and identities unlike anywhere else. No conforming. No repetitions.While intuition leads to that first creative impulse, providing a vision of a space, the studio’s subsequent intervention process is to rigorously organise. The studio's recent project the Hotel Bienvenue (which is the hotel we are staying at the very moment so stay tuned, review is coming soon) is the work of Chloé Nègre, a former interior designer of the India Mahdavi Studio. We've talked about Paris, her dream project and much more. Read her inspiring thoughts and start planning our Parisian getaway.

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Escaping to the countryside

United Kingdom

Living in big cities like London, Paris or Moscow will always have its advantages: constant sources of inspiration, being connected , having access to whaterver you need in any minute. But it can be hectic, overwhelming and exhausting as well. Balancing your big city life with countryside getaways is the greatest option to refresh and recover from the hassle of everydays. Finding peace in the middle of the forest sounds more than ideal, does not it? Thanks to Katherine we discovered the The Orangery on Airbnb. It’s in the grounds of Henley Hall just a two-minutes-drive from Ludlow.

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ricardo bofill

Spain

Ricardo Bofill is one of the world’s leading architects – who happened to live and work in the most striking "office"; the former cement factory outside Barcelona called La Fábrica. Cosmopolitan by definition, Ricardo Bofill returns always to the factory, that old industrial building that he never ceases to renew for the past fourty years, enlarging and embellishing its spaces as writing the history of his life, a biography in constant evolution. “The factory is a magic place which strange atmosphere is difficult to be perceived by a profane eye. I like the life to be perfectly programmed here, ritualised, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life”. It is an unusual yet fascinating fusion of cement and nature. Bofill is probably best known for his social housing projects, but also for iconic constructions like La Muralla Roja, the W Hotel or Barcelona Airport Terminal 1. Read our short interview with one of our favourite visionary in the world; Ricardo Bofill.

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The best of Oslo: Brugata Landhandleri

Norway

Brugata Landhandleri is fresh and unique concept in Oslo; it unites a café, a cocktail bar, gourmet wholesale store in a rather pretty setting! In this place there is something for everyone no matter if you are a local or a tourist. We sat down with the owners, and one of the coolest baristas in town, Alex Monsen, to tell us more about Oslo, their new-wave coffee scene and the story of Oslo's newest gem; Brugata Landhandleri.

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Oslo Cold Brew

Norway

Oslo is not often associated with coffee and definitely not with cold brew but we sat the with the guys, Kristian and Rory, who happened to wish changing it. Rory has recently become the Norwegian barista champion and they thought that the timing is just great to use the success of the competition to launch Oslo Cold Brew. Oslo Cold Brew is producing high quality cold brewed coffee and tea for the Norwegian market. We discussed the current state of the Norwegian coffee scene in the iconic culture hub of the city; Kulturhuset. Read on!