When Meghan McEwen – the founder of beautiful design-travel blog Designtripper – decided to open up her own B&B, there was only ever really going to be one outcome. It’s exactly the sort of homely, neighbourhoody, unpretentious, design focussed little place that you’d have expected to see on the blog’s pages.
“Designtripper explores the intersection of travel and design with genuine curiosity and good taste. We put authenticity, character, and thoughtful design before hi-definition plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and in-room jacuzzis”, reads the website’s about page, and it could easily have been cribbed for the same page on Meghan’s new business’s website. Homed in Detroit’s oldest neighbourhood, Honor & Folly is dripping in rustic Americana, decorated with the works of local artisans and designers, and promising to act as a part-time shop, cooking school and multifunctional creative space, as well as opening up its two bewitching bedrooms to guests.
Refined, charming, tasteful, executed with seemingly effortless poise… it’s an inspiring example of doing what you know best.
Prepare yourself: everything you thought you knew about ice cream means nothing. Even those ridiculously good Italian gelaterie? Forget ‘em – waste of time… for Jordi Roca, the youngest of the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca (the world’s 2nd best restaurant), has rewritten the ice cream parlour rulebook. What looks like a traditional gelateria from the outside, is a Roald Dahl-esque fantasy-world within; gauges, tubes and taps heightening the sense of theatre and playfulness that El Celler de Can Roca (where caramelised olives arrive at your table attached to bonsai trees) has become famous for.
With Barcelona studio Sandra Tarruella Interioristas having given the gelateria its fanciful interiors, it’s left to the mastermind behind El Celler’s “sweet anarchy” to blow his enthusiastic public away, and blow them away he does. Six flavours, with exquisite accessories like butter cookie, cotton candy, popping-candy and fresh fruit, are available – alongside a selection of candies, deserts, parfumes and books… Rocambolesc Gelateria is a Garden of Eden for sweet tooths, foodies and Willy Wonka fantasists alike; and hopefully a blueprint for taking high-dining experiences into the high street.
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Anyone in or around Sydney has to get down to the Quay after dusk for a truly spectacular, eye-popping experience. The city foreshore has come alive with intense colour, movement and light as the Vivid Sydney 2012 festival kicks off. So much creative energy and talent is on show. One of our favourites is the sky high canvas of the MCA with projected moving imagery reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis but in full-blown, vivid colour. Unbelievable and unmissable! Get down there and take the kids too. They’ll love it!
Vivid Sydney 25 May – 11 June 2012…