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.
MyBarrio: Curated design from Barcelona
Fancy to get an insight to Barcelona's creative scene? If so, you should definitely get to know MYBARRIO! MYBARRIO was born in 2016 with a simple Instagram account showing a personal curated selection of local designs and the lifestyle of the city of Barcelona. It’s was created for people in search of uniqueness and off the grid recommendations with a certain editorial line: aesthetic, fresh, organic, colorful, graphic! It’s a 360 degrees project in terms of creative disciplines such as fashion, design, art, architecture, photography and lifestyle. MYBARRIO ended up being a creative community of more than 30 000 design lovers, designers, artists, projects that share the same taste for a certain aesthetic that support the #shopsmall movement. It’s also recognized as a curated label that promotes, hunts and sells the best selection of local fashion, home decor, art & lifestyle of the city of Barcelona. MYBARRIO exists both offline, through the events but also online through the social media feed and soon the e-concept store. They organize original pop-up events to showcase and sell this selection in unique places of the city with a different concept and line up in each edition. Read our interview with lovely Hortense Giraud, the founder and curator of MYBARRIO.
Das Triest Vienna
Sleeping in a coach station can only bring mixed feelings we suppose; or even call them negative ones. But there is an exception, trust us; a former coach station turned into a luxurious design hotel called, Das Triest in one of our very favourite cities, Vienna. It got its name quite rightfully; it goes back to the days of Archduchess Maria Theresia, when the mail coach service between Vienna and Triest used to stop there to change horses. The former stables with their vaulted ceilings have been turned into spacious lounges, suites and seminar rooms with a very special flair. The hotel's name choice pays homage to the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the beautiful town in Italy. Created by the famed British designer, Sir Terence Conran + Conran & Partners, the hotel is an outstanding example of how to successfully incorporate modern elegance in a traditional building. A few steps from Karlsplatz, it was the first design hotel opened in 1995 in the Austrian capital featuring 72 rooms including 16 suites. We're lucky enough to enjoy the hotel's warm hospitality and timeless elegance the other week. The two garden suites provided us the perfect nest throughout the hectic days at Forward Festival in Vienna. Curious about our impressions?
Forward Festival for creativity, design and communication
Our story with Forward Festival started a couple of months ago, whereas we stumbled upon Vienna's upcoming events. (As you may have noticed we have this thing going on with the city and in no time it became one of our number one destinations.) That's when we came across Forward Festival's website. The striking graphic design caught our immediate attention and we started to feel a sort of instant curiosity, like you'd wanted to be a part of something great. Their line-up already inlcluded names like Snøhetta, Space 10 or Ferry Gouw. So we got in touch with the guys behind Forward Creatives; Alex and Lukas, whom we happened to find quite a few crosspoints which resulted that Local's Lore is among this season's key not speakers in Vienna, Munich and Zürich. Forward brings together the best international and local creative heads, who provide insight into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere. The conference, the centerpiece of the festival, is accompanied by various side events, such as workshops, live art sessions and networking events. The idea behind Forward is to create a festival where the creative community can exchange opinions, inspire and learn from each other. Read the story behind their way to Forward Festival, it's inspirational!
Editor's picks: Top curated online shops
Local’s Lore most of all curates offline places, yet it does not mean that we do not have our favourite online shopping destinations. We’ve collected you some of our beloved online destinations for laid-back contemporary fashion, striking interior design, the best vintage finds and of course, accessories for both ladies and gents from Copenhagen to Bali through Los Angeles. We believe that each stores in our list in some way reflected on what gaps there were in the market, and with a highly curated selection they managed to fulfil our dreams and fill the gaps. Take for instance The Dreslyn, the online specialty store offering luxury products across apparel, accessories, home, and beauty with a minimalist focus and west coast point of view. Or Lisa Says Gah, which is one-part e-commerce, featuring designers like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Ryan Roche, one-part inspiration images, and another part blog, featuring interviews with creative women. They share the target group of men and women who aspires to simplicity and elegance over trendiness. They all are intelligent, well-traveled, curious, and values quality and original design. Like you!