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How High-Design Makes Travel Better

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Innovative and clever design can make a travel experience more experiential, memorable, and easier overall. Whether it's a high-design destination or a new airport terminal, we discussed the latest in design and travel with the experts in a recent Twitter chat.

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Design + Travel Twitter Chat Tomorrow, Tuesday January 28

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Innovative design can make your travel experiences better and even more memorable. Whether it's a classically designed hotel or a high-design destination, we'll be discussing the latest from design and travel experts this Tuesday, January 28th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Ask them for their insider advice!

The Host:

Luke Barr, News Director, @lukebarr

Katie James, Editorial Assistant, @kjames259

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New MoMA Exhibit Highlights Surrealist Painter, Magritte

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If you’re on the hunt for a thought-provoking dip into the Surreal, you can’t miss Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary exhibit at the MoMA (running through January 12, 2014). Curated by Anne Umland, the exhibit covers what the famed Belgian painter described as the most defining period of his career from 1926-1938.
 
The exhibit features many of his most acclaimed works including “Le Trahison Des Images” (pictured) wherein he notoriously paired his painting of a pipe with the beautifully scripted words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”). After you absorb the whimsically provocative contradictions in his narrated paintings, check out “Les Amants” to peek at his popular portrait of two lovers kissing.

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Purchase Power: Shopping Tips from London Fashion Experts

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We asked a couple of London tastemakers what they would buy with £20, £50, and £100. Here’s what they said.


Patrick Grant, creative director of historic Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and men’s ready-to-wear label E. Tautz:

£20: “I’d go to Berry Bros. & Rudd (pictured) and buy a bottle—can I have two?—of Good Ordinary Claret (£9). The shop in St James’s is a veritable Dickensian time capsule complete with ancient bottles of Tokai, a wonky wooden floor, and coffee scales on which customers are weighted (a tradition that dates back to the 18th-century health boom).”

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Tips for Antiquing from Interior Designer Stephen Sills

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Anna Wintour. Vera Wang. Tina Turner. The client list of interior designer Stephen Sills reads like a who’s who of the style world. Since the 1980’s, Sills—one of Elle Décor’s Top 25 Designers—has decorated everything from a penthouse on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to a modern mountain retreat in Aspen. (Back in the day, he also worked on hotels, including London’s Connaught Hotel and the St. Regis in New York.) As for his own Bedford, New York country house? Karl Lagerfeld has called it the “chicest house in America.” His latest book, Stephen Sills: Decoration (Rizzoli), which celebrates 16 design projects, hits shelves this month. Here, Sills shares some inspiration, advice on navigating antiques markets, and more.

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“Archtober” Celebrates Design and Architecture in New York City

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In New York City, incredible feats of architecture and design are all around us (like the New Museum, above)…if only we’d look up from our cell phones to notice while walking down the street.

Well, New Yorkers now have reason to stop and look around, as this week ushers in the beginning of Archtober, a month-long, citywide celebration of architecture and design organized by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture.

Now in its third year, Archtober offers over 150 curated programs, ranging from exhibits and walking tours to panels and workshops, and draws some of the biggest names in the industry—David Rockwell, MoMa’s Paola Antonelli, Jonathan Adler, Todd Williams and Billie Tsien, and more.

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Call for Entries: 2014 Travel + Leisure Design Awards

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I am writing to invite you to participate in the tenth annual Travel + Leisure Design Awards. Design impacts travel in ways small and large—shaping everything from fashion and luggage to hotel rooms and city skylines—and these awards are a tribute to both the practical and the beautiful. 

The 2013 award winners, representing 22 different categories, included the Louis I. Kahn-designed Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, in New York City (Best Public Space); a modern reinvention of the double-decker London Bus (Best Transportation); Brooklyn, New York’s industrial-chic hotel, the Wythe (Best Small Hotel); a spectacular above- and below-ground extension to the Städel Museum Frankfurt (Best Museum); and Tierra Patagonia, an unadorned, aerodynamic structure in Torres del Paine, Chile (Best Resort), among others.

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Hella Jongerius’s KLM Redesign

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Less plastic, more natural materials—is this the look of the future of air travel? Dutch furniture designer Hella Jongerius on her new designs for KLM, debuting this month.

Q: How do you reinvent a plane’s interior?
A: I started by asking how to create a feeling of privacy. We know a jet has a lot of plastic, and that’s not something we have at home. To reduce the synthetic feeling, we relied on high-quality wool, which has a lovely tactility, for the seats, curtains, and blankets. Even if you don’t realize it, there’s a human touch in the details that says, “you’re not just a number”—that someone is taking care of you.

Q: I heard you recycled old uniforms…
A: KLM had mountains of used flight attendant uniforms that had been cycled out because of fashion updates. We re-spun their yarns into the wool to make the bright blue stars in the carpet, which was designed to look like the Milky Way.

Q:Your designs are for businessclass. Will you be working on the economy cabin?
A: That’s my next challenge! It’s much harder because there just aren’t a lot of inches. But I’m looking forward to bringing some luxury to economy, too.

Photo courtesy of Jongeriuslab

The Monocle Café Opens in London

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Monocle, the London-based magazine of global affairs and style, is as well known for its in-depth articles about far-flung destinations as for its clean, smart look. For both those things, it's a magazine meant to be read as much as be seen with—whether on the plane, or displayed on your (designer) coffee table. Now, the six-year-old publication wants to be known for the taste of its coffee. On April 15, The Monocle Café is set to open in London's Marylebone neighborhood, promising customers a very Monocle-like experience. (Read: posh, international, and very, very stylish.)

The Monocle Café occupies two stories at 18 Chiltern Street and was designed by the same team that created the sharp, classic look of the magazine. The Café features coffee from Allpress, a menu designed by chef Masayuki Hara, and a soundtrack provided by Monocle 24, the magazine's radio station. This being Monocle—where a little exclusivity goes a long ways—subscribers are invited to rent the space out for private parties.

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T+L Twitter Chat: Design + Travel

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Smart design makes for great travel. In honor of the 2013 T+L Design Awards—where we spotlight 22 winners as chosen by 7 experts—we're hosting a one-hour Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. ET. We'll chat about excellent design (cities, airports, hotels, and more), as well as reveal that perfectly designed item that should always be in your carry-on. The chat will coincide with T+L's Design Awards party in Berlin—so expect live tweets from the event.
 
Please join T+L for the chat, Wednesday, March 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
 

The Panel

Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer, @RebeccaMinkoff

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, @robertrhammond

Toby McDonald, Design Hotels, @Design_Hotels

David Rockwell, Founder of Rockwell Group, @Rockwell_Group

Microsoft Surface, @surface

Museum of Arts and Design, @MADMuseum

Architizer, @Architizer

Karrie Jacobs, T+L contributor, @KarrieUrbanist


How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. EDT and be sure to follow the chat host: @TravlandLeisure
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to tweetchat.com/room/TL_Chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to experts in design and travel.

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

 

Maria Pedone is a digital editoiral intern at Travel + Leisure.

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