Interview: Atelier Sukha
"The way we work is simple. We slow down in a fast-paced world and see the beauty in small things, we laugh with our hearts and make time for joy in our lives. With every item of clothing, a piece of furniture, poem and drawing, we try to bring beauty and joy to life." Thanks to the two founders, Irene Mertens and Sam IJsbrandy you can slow down in busy Amsterdam too; in the midst of carefully-crafted designer items in a beautiful paradise called, Atelier Sukha. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. It is a store and studio, where beautiful things are conceived, developed and created by a team of designers, makers, illustrators and in house poets. Read the interview with Sukha’s founders and the inspiring journey of staring Sukha Atelier, their own brand and find out about their connection to Nepal.
Interview with Martino di Napoli Rampolla: Numeroventi
Are you ready for an extraordinary getaway in Florence? Or are you happened to be an artist looking for a heartening artist residency program? We might have an option for both. Numeroventi aims to provide an inspiring shelter to artists and creative professionals looking for a mental and physical space to develop their projects. The contrast between the history of the building and its vibrant new occupancy is reflected in Florence itself; a city that is a living testament to the astonishing achievements of the Renaissance while also striving to be young, creative, and forward-looking. We've sat down with Martino, the visionary founder behind Numeroventi to discuss his vision and initial idea of Numeroventi. " I wanted to create a place that would aim to act as a retreat, as a place where creatives can rediscover the core of their profession. That would invite them to break out from routines and be inspired; by other people, by the space—actually, in many different ways. Of course, every individual comes here with different needs and expectations, but they all seek the possibility to recharge creatively." In search of a true recharge whether you're an artist and a traveller, Numeroventi shall be your number one destination.
Stay at Autor Rooms - Interview w/ Magdalena Ponagajbo
Autor Rooms has been on our bucket list ever since, and we've finally got the chance to sit down with Creative Director and Partner, Magdalena Ponagajbo to talk about the idea behind this uniquel design-slash-hospitality concept called Autor Rooms, in the heart of Warsaw. Autor Rooms is something more than accommodation. It is an elaborate concept built with help of people from different disciplines. The hotel proudly features Polish culture and art, their very own design and craftsmanship as well as Polish hospitality. "Many guests appreciate the city’s imperfection. It disrupts their usual sightseeing routine, forces to ask questions and to meet local people." - Wondering if it's true? Visit Warsaw and book your stay today or enter our GIVEAWAY and win a two-nights-stay with your loved one at Autor Rooms.
Local's Lore App
Welcome to Local’s Lore APP, your to go digital guide! With Local’s Lore you can create and curate you own city guides. You may get inspired by our local ambassadors’ insider gems, but you can also collect your favourite hotspots around the globe, add them to your own maps, arrange them into categories, pin your own images and share them with your beloved ones. Local’s Lore is not just a tool but an attitude; seeing things through locals’ eyes instead of settling with a tourist’s routine of seeing places. It’s about connecting – both with each other, cultures and physical places as well.
Hotel Zoo Berlin
A few weekends ago we’ve got a busy but rather fruitful stay in Berlin for two (main) reasons. One is obvious; it was ITB and Berlin Travel Festival going on and the second reason is thanks to Hotel Zoo’s exceptional hospitality. After two exhausting days nothing was more welcomed than the hotel’s comfort and lush design accompanied with relaxing facilities such as the gym, outdoor lounge, the Living Room or its famed restaurant and bar, The Grace. We adored as the hotel operates with all sorts of animal references; animal shaped fruit gum candies, a long lush carpet upon entering called catwalk, featuring beautifully woven tigers, and the lovely giraffes in the yard. The 127 rooms and 14 suites housed in this over 120-year-old building are all unique so as its interior and incredible hospitality. Welcome to this surreal jungle-fantasy, let’s take a virtual tour around. Each room has its own layout and character. Some feature open plan bathrooms, exposed brick or curved walls, and others have steps leading into the room. The panorama rooms offer views of either Kurfürstendamm Boulevard or across Berlin's rooftops. The spacious rooms come with equally sumptuous bathrooms with double sinks, super comfy Maison Margiela bathrobes, exclusive April Aromatics natural bath products, and rainshowers. A custom created nail polish by trendy Berlin brand Uslu Airlines can also be found in the rooms.
Women's Day Interview: The Beach People
We wanted to seize International Women's Day with a very special story this is year. In search of beautiful, strong women we came across the two superwomen behind The Beach People. The Beach People was founded in the summer of 2013 by sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales Australia. Inspired by their family, friends and seaside lifestyle, with their passion for creating beautiful and iconic products, their first collection of round towels sold out in weeks. A few short years later, they are building a globally admired brand of seaside luxe essentials for everyone, everywhere to enhance one’s living spaces and life experiences from the beach to home. Emma and Victoria both are surrounded by men who think women are strong, capable and equal. We sat down with Emma for a quick interview so we can admire even more what they do as women, sisters, and mothers.
Los Angeles based Ceremony's gorgeous one-of-a-kind rings are nothing but A-listers amongst the Local's Lore Team. The timeless rings are created through a modern lens with the appreciation of heirlooms, worn daily and passed down through generations. Each ring is designed by Jess Hannah of J. Hannah Fine Jewelry. Ceremony is a collection of rings for marking new traditions. Classic yet distinct in design; refined and self-aware; Ceremony offers a modern edit of rings for treasuring, signifying, and commemorating love of all kinds. We've sat down with Jess and Chelsea to find out the secret behind the highly-coveted dream-rings. Read on!
Pierre Augustin Rose
Pierre Augustin Rose no longer needs introduction in design-savy circles. Drawing upon the Bauhaus or Picasso as inspiration, the trio have created one of the most coveted furniture series last year. No surprise that with the current emphasis on timelessness, Pierre Augustin Rose seduces interior designers, as well as some of the most refined individuals all around the world- those interested in reinventing, magnifying their homes and offices. Pierre Augustin Rose is an association of styles belonging to three singular personalities; Pierre Bénard, Augustin Deleuze and Nina Rose. An immoderate love for singular places, a perpetually curious view on furniture and heritage of the great names of the XXth century- that is the key to the creative wealth of the young maison Pierre Augustin Rose. Simple lines is what would best define the way the collection reveals itself, often with a very innovative design that doesn’t collide with the classics of refined furniture. The talent of these designers hides behind their enlightened eyes as antique dealers, from which they allow the past to communicate with the contemporary pieces they create.
Top 5 Festive Restaurants
With the festive season upon us, we have carefully selected some of the hottest restaurants around the world for you to seize every minute of togetherness in style. Each of our chosen restaurant is super special in its own right, yet this is exactly the quality what they have in common too; breath-taking venues for those looking to get into the Christmas spirit paired with the finest selection of dishes. Whether you’re looking for a place for your corporate Christmas Evening or just fancy some festive dining with friends and family, we’ve got you rather great options. Since it's festive season, we are holding a month of celebrations and we want you to join together with your beloved ones and celebrate the season of slowing down, great feasts and most of all; togetherness in no place better than around the festive table packed with the most delicate courses. As you may have noticed already, we're never not in the awe of a fine dish surrounded by just as exquisite interior. Join our journey for an unforgettable festive experience. Happy Holidays!
Pottery for your festive table
Do you take pottery or jewellery classes as an evening obsession? Do you go out and embrace bread baking in a real wood-fired oven during weekends? Have you just started making knitwear for your own fun? Reconnecting with craft is a thing. Many of us seeks a way out from our daily, very digital lives and craftsmanship seems increasingly appealing. You might have noticed that especially pottery is having a bit of a renaissance just now. It’s a way of getting away not just physically but mentally too; to focus on a creation of a tactile object where no smart phones, no Wi-Fi, no shiny clothes or no rush are needed. For some of them being a ceramist has become a profession, or more; a life of its own. Luckily, these people do share their works via social media, especially Instagram has become a treasury for stunning pottery. On the occasion of the festive season, we’ve gathered some our our favourite artists and their masterpieces. Let your Christmas table pride with such handcrafted gems!
Eny Lee Parker
Praised by AD, Vogue or Sight Unseen, Eny Lee Parker is no stranger to the design world. Her wheel-thrown terra-cotta vessels and shapes form the bases of coffee tables and Oo lamps made it to all the design-savvy folks' hearts at Sight Unseen Offsite. Eny Lee Parker is a spatial designer emphasizing in objects, furniture and lighting, using clay as her main medium. Parker reclaims the essence of making used in traditional craft from our past – the slowness, the intention, the respect for natural resources, creating contemporary objects that brings awareness to our presence as well as to non-living things. We've got lucky to sit down with Eny and exchange ideas over a delish brunch in New York. She's a true global citizen who embraces a conscious lifestyle and way of traveling too. If you want to follow her journey, you may catch her in Paris or Sydney soon!
MY MAPS for Local's Lore
Have you tried MY MAPS for Local's Lore yet? We’ve created a guide that supports both the pre-arrangements and post-arrangements of a trip and is handy on spot as well. We envisioned a digital guide that can be updated whenever and wherever, and is with you at all times. This way we wish to seize the benefits the social media era, the end of roaming data within EU, digitalism at large, and sharing economy in order to support conscious traveling through a community of locals and tourists. Also to bridge the gap between the two, in order to support local businesses and maximize the dialogue between certain cities and both its inhabitants and visitors. We’re moving forward to en era where recommendations on Instagram come before browsing comments on the Internet. For these inspiration-savvy, conscious travelers have we created a tool, called Local’s Lore. We've created a step by step tutorial for you in order to make the most out of MY MAPS! Follow the steps and create amazing guides with our new tool, called MY MAPS for Local's Lore!
We’ll try not to make it too sentimental, BUT we’ve got amazing news. We are introducing our brand new feature, called MY MAPS, which we believe to become a handy company when travelling. Our aim is to provide a tool for everyone, where you can collect your memories and save it to the future, so can you share it with your friends, family and business partners. We believe that it’s not only for the Instagram community, hence our MY MAPS function is available with email login as well, and the maps cannot only be shared via social media platforms but as well can be sent via email. This way all of our users could create their own maps and customize the ambassadors’ recommendations based on their very own preferences. To seize the occasion just right, an amazing soulmate of ours has joined our journey in Budapest to test her Budapest Map and show us around. Julia Brenner is a Russia-born, Portugal-based influencer with a wonderful sense of style, fascinating amount of energy and the greatest smile. The choice of location was Budapest as the city is truly having its heyday, thanks to its astonishing cityscape, flourishing gastronomy scene and booming creative industry; just think of famed brands like Nanushka or the oh-so-coveted Hotel RUM and TOPRUM. We brought on board upcoming local brands too; VYF, Thinwood and Mama Kin completed Julia’s stylish look just mighty fine.
Espacio Nueva Carolina
On the occasion of our Madrid trip we dag deeper in the city’s creative scene. That’s when we came across Espacio Nueva Carolina; a super trendy multifunctional space managed by two photographers; Maria de Miguel and Nerea López and an interior designer; Sara Uriarte. We’ve talked with Sara about ESN’s vision, long-term plans and dreams and of course of places where locals hang out.” Madrid is a melting pot full of creative young people from all over the world. It has the advantage of not being a real reference for any of this fields like London, New York, Paris and Milan. This is an advantage for young creators because they feel more free to not follow trends and can even add some humor to what they do. Madrid in three words is open, crazy and fun.” Read on for insights to ESN’s future and the girls guide to the best of Madrid’s hidden gems.
VYF: Our number 1. Scarf Brand
Are you fond of silk scarves just like we are? The spectacular pieces of the Hungarian brand, VYF always belong to a limited collection of one-off pieces, made with the greatest care and biggest heart. The creative team of three keeps juxtaposing elements and themes of the traditional and modern, and melt them into dreamy silky surface. Although the prints are digital, the original samples are pretty much hand-made and going through several steps before production from drawing, to paper cuts to direct photographs. Many times ending up in a humorous and striking balance of authentic traditional styles and the modern digital world, by blurring the find line between the two. Placing and old concept into a new environment with some nostalgic memories hidden on the fabric has always been the brand’s specialty. Read on to find our Tamas Szecsi’s thoughts on VYF’s future and their story behind.
Top 5 coworking spaces
Coworking is a shift from traditional 9 to 5 working schedule; a lifestyle you may call it. It often goes in line with traveling and relocating on a regular basis, yet many time it’s just a preferred way of working whether you are a digital nomad or not. It’s also a hub full of creative people like you and us, filled with innovative ideas. From start-upers, designers, IT gurus, independent entrepreneurs or writers you may find inspiring stories to relate to. We have now collected some of our favourite spaces design-wise in Europe to work your day away. When traveling, you may find us in the prettiest coffee shops and coworking spaces with our laptops wide open busy emailing. The cosy atmosphere, neat design has always been an aspect when picking our temporary work station. Luckily, coworking spaces are booming and many of them makes us feel like we are in a proper Scandinavian design store without the customers mingling around. Many times these buildings include a gym, drinks bar, library, meditation room and a roof terrace that provides a lush view – all for your comfort. It looks like that we are celebrating the renaissance of work!
Rachel Saunders Ceramics
When was the last time you’ve read something truly honest, pure and inspiring? This was pretty much the case when we’ve received Rachel Saunders’ thoughts on the art of creating, sustainable living, failure and burnout, and her essential source of inspiration; the diverse landscapes of Mother Nature. Rachel Saunders is a multidisciplinary artist from the West Coast of Canada currently working with clay as her primary medium. She places value on simplicity, functionality, sustainability, and playfulness. In her work she aims to highlight the inherent characteristics of natural materials through self-taught technique and design. All pieces, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, are made by Rachel in her studio on the ever-so-magical Vancouver Island. Read on to figure out more where to go in Victoria, what are the everyday challenges Rachel is facing, and how she’s seizing her mantra through Gertrude Stein’s quote, ’in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling’.
During D.A.T.E. (Discover Antwerp Through Experience) we discovered Antwerp's design scene too! It seemed like that all the ways lead to our long-desired concept store; St. Vincents. Since its opening in 2015, St. Vincents is a constantly changing space that houses both niche products and well-known local and international designers. Around 475 square meters in the heart of Antwerp, a hybrid mix of commerce, hospitality and art prevails. The owners Henri and Geraldine deliberately set up their business as a concept for gaining experience. The product range is remarkably colorful for a concept store; fashion items, jewelery, books, niche beauty products, magazines and designer furniture creat the constant stock of goods. In addition to the commercial function, they provide a cafe area, events and temporary exhibitions to customers. The owners believe in having a coffee or breakfast together as well as gatherings like launch events and exhibition openings strengthens the community. In their point of view, this is now an area of innovation that is a great opportunity for retailers to renew their spaces and to reflect this creativity. Read our interview with lovely Geraldine!
Antwerp: Hotel Pilar
Those of you who follow our Instagram account might have noticed that we're in Antwerp - for the very first time. The occasion is rather special though; we've got invited by the awesome team of This is Antwerp, which is the coolest touristic initiative so far. They've gathered a bunch of creatives, artists and writers from all over Europe to Discover Antwerp Through Experience (D.A.T.E.), and luckily, we're amongst them. D.A.T.E. is not just a way of putting Antwerp on the map as a creative, innovative city. It's also a great way for them to bring foreign creatives together with the local scene. They didn't only put together the coolest program for the week, but made sure that we'll feel home, and have our beauty sleeps in the best surroundings. The sunniest corner of Antwerp’s Het Zuid quarter recently gave home to Hotel Pilar, an eclectic spot designed for exciting encounters. Hotel Pilar is a home away from home for globetrotters and local residents alike. This colorful 17-room hotel-slash-foodbar is providing us nest throughout the week. PS It's in high demand, if you know what we mean!
Do you remember the interview with Alex and Lukas behind Forward Festival? We’re lucky enough not only to hold a keynote during the festival in Vienna, but to listen to great presentations by WGSN or Snøhetta amongst others. The latter was hold by Jette Hopp, who works as a Project Director and Senior Architect for Snøhetta. Since 2005 Jette is part of an interdisciplinary team at Snøhetta and works alongside graphic designers, architects, artists and researchers. Her inspiring talk touched upon topics like their one-of-a-kind company culture, which we believe is a great inspiration for all whom are building a creative business and a team around it. Jette also introduced us to some of their recent projects such as the reconstruction of Times Square or the ongoing “Svart” hotel project, which is going to be the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in Norway.