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sa pa vietnam
As philologist J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “not all those who wander are lost”. More than that, in a world where we seek for our own identity it is the drifting that makes us find who we really are. One of those breathtaking places, were you can wander around endlessly is Sa Pa region, a hidden pearl in the highlands of Northern Vietnam.
The City of Sa Pa is not different from any other city. As soon as tourists found this pearl and infrastructure improved, it became crowded. Soiled with Western needs, such as pubs and luxury hotels. But as soon as you leave the city and its main roads, it is as if you walk straight into another world. The silence takes your breath away for a fraction of time while you enter the tremendously green mountains of this paradise in Northwest Vietnam.
Although not everybody will agree, I believe this is the most beautiful part of Vietnam. The authentic winding paths through untainted nature are almost unbelievable. The deeper you get into the area, the quieter it gets and the more you feel alive. Slowly local tribes such as the H’mong and Dzao will join your every step. They are incredibly friendly and make the Sa Pa experience even more authentic. Although there is not a lot of possibility regarding a deep conversation, there is a sense of mutual understanding. A gracious smile, a hand that is being held and reciprocal respect is enough to communicate in a heart-warming way.
The stunning views are endless. A combination of rice fields, barren mountains, peaceful rivers and clattering waterfalls makes that not one aspect of Sa Pa is the same. It almost makes you afraid of blinking, as you do not want to miss a single moment of this ecstasy. And as the sun sets and the colourful costumes of the native tribes contrast with the natural colours of the surroundings, nothing else seems to matter.
Sa Pa region is the embodiment of nowadays dematerialization trend as it offers its visitors all the tools they need to turn back to basic and truly find themselves. Although Sa Pa embraces tourists it still kept its authentic vibe together with the native tribes true way of living their lives without external influences. Walking through the hills, connecting with the local inhabitants while breathing the pristine air of the mountains is the purest form of mindfulness.
If heaven on earth exists, it could easily be Sa Pa.
Extremely curious and always searching for little weak signals that tell us things are changing. Cecile is a trend researcher and creative concept developer with the wanderlust of a cosmopolitan.Her aim in life is to develop things that matter to others and to help others change their strategy to be ahead of the future. Because she believes “The future is ours”.
Maine's enticing state slogan is "the vacation state". Even more alluring is visiting off season. Whether you visit the docks of the five fingers of southern Maine, where the fishermen begin to store their traps for the winter, to the inviting feel of a vacation sanctuary, partially abandoned to your own ambition. Going along with the tourist feel are the many breweries located on the water of the quaint city of Portland. The many sights just a short distance south and north, from Wiscasset to Brunswick, are breathtaking.
There is a certain indescribable charm of a tourist port city, half deserted, where shop keepers will greet you with their Irish sheep dogs and tell you about their Sunday special on Eggs Benedict. This charisma continues with the unprecedented joy of homemade pie from locally harvested blueberries and other seasonal fruits at the most delightful coffee shops on the cusp of the Atlantic Ocean.
The area's architecture alone is enough to engulf you into a world far away from the norm.
The local artisans are by far the most appealing attraction. From generational owned silver and jeweler smiths offering inspired custom designs, to darling fudge and sweet shops with their unique recipes not found in the typical East Coast town market, Maine's copious treasures are both refreshing and inspiring.
Maine's locals themselves have a warmth about them that make you feel as though you are a native. Forever there, and forever welcomed.
Chicago. In the collective imagination, the legendary Chicago. The difficult times of prohibition and gangsters: Al Capone and Frankie Yale, the Untouchables led by Eliot Ness.
But beyond the myth, Chicago is one of USA's most dynamic cultural centers and a showcase of the architectural revolution of the19th century. A city where European influences are deeply rooted and where one move from neighborhood to neighborhood as traveling through time. "The Loop", the financial district, "Wicker Park" and its bohemian atmosphere ... City of jazz, Chicago can be discovered at the rhythm of street music and savored at the any street corner in one of the many cafes of this great urban center oriented good food and cosy lifestyle.
This city prefers green spaces where creativity and art in general are prominent and flamboyant ... Chicago ends on Lake Michigan, where the water seems to absorb all the urban excitement to offer us a next day even more dynamic always oriented toward modernity and the pleasure of living.
Aurore Danielou is a graphic designer,an illustrator, and a trend reporter. Her domain of expertise is Graphic Conception and Art Direction. She is based in Paris and Montreal where she works with trend studios as a colorist and lifestyle and design consultant. Her work consists of distilling that which is around us to gather the essential societal and artistic trends of today and tomorrow. Aurore loves to discover new cultures with a passion for travel.
I touched ground, I fell in love. I have been in love with Ibiza for many years now. I have found and lost love here too. Ups and downs make me glow, being alive is a purpose in itself.
It is an energy, a vibe. Nothing one can define, or should analyse. It is. A Scorpio island that welcomes hippies, jetset, local farmers, beach tourists. A small micro cosmos. Live and let live is true here.
Ibiza is known for decadence, but I will tell you the tale of the beautiful countryside, the agroturismos, the retreats and spiritual stuff going on.
A hidden heartbeat.
Join me up north where the pine forests shines in green, the grounds smell of thyme and rosemary. Where the earth is deep red and nurturing olive groves and abundant fruit farms. Where the meadows bare colours of the rainbow and the jade eyed cats roam free in the night.
Sandy beaches, small coves, cliffs and everything in between. Naked and free I chose depending on how I feel. How I can find happiness on that particular day. That is what you need to tune into on the island, not only when it comes to picking the beach of the day. Accepting the constant changes, constant movements of energies and emotions.
Everywhere I find different people, nothing homogenous about this little place on earth. The farmers, catholic and mellow, treated the 1960ies hippies, escaping war and horror, with generosity. The rich land providing for all. Embracing.
It still does.
People live long here, get old, they live healthy. My raw food enthusiastic friend Anette Berg’s health improved miraculously since she moved to Ibiza. Joan Planells, my local friend and owner of the agroturismo Can Planells, sees it as absolutely natural when I ask him what he thinks of the whole idea of the island being a bit special. It seems that the fertile soil and the magnetic fields are, yes they just are.
Healers, shamans and yogis thrive here too. The island itself is a healer, you can feel it. And the goddess of this island is told to be fair but honest, so island life can be both sweet but also tough. Faye Reason who works with reiki healing says: “Ibiza amplifies my work because it is full of crystal, a natural amplifier, and can help to emphasise and direct energy”.
If you know your way around you can probably find more than a hundred healers on this island. All amazing at what they do, their particular skill.
Take a sharp left, pass a pink stone on your right, drive for four more minutes and through the small forest… I step out of the car and I see fifteen beautiful people shining, they are doing a massage clinic. Sharing knowledge from all corners of Mother Earth, from all walks of life.
It looks like a fairytale, north Ibiza. A handful of tiny villages, tiny dirt roads, tiny distances. Well-kept farms and spiritual pockets. Infinite amounts of energy and nutrition for your body and your heart.
Someone whispers in my ear that her concept for living spiritually is simple - stay in the heart, breathe into the heart, listen to the heart and feel with the heart.
Welcome to Ibiza.
Independent writer, creative editor and traveller, Petra Dokken is based in Sweden but has lived and loved in many big cities over the years. Working with fashion and travels. Telling stories. Interacting with minds in the cities and minds by the sea, feelings on the mountains and thoughts in the desert…
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Photos by Emma Andrea
One of the best kept secrets of Amsterdam Noord is café Modern, which is actually not a café but a restaurant with only a few guest rooms (from the people behind hotel de Goudfazant, which actually isn’t a hotel either). This is the place where studio Aandacht likes to get surprised because there’s only one menu with 5 or 6 courses prepared with the seasonal products that the talented chef’s choose for the day.
In a former bank building you feel the vibe of hip Berlin and the vintage no-nonsense look of style Meister Niels Wouters; the poldersofa by Hella Jongerius accompanied by a mini photo gallery by Annemarijn Bax seamlessly flows into the restaurant where making a reservation is the only necessary inconvenience, giving you the rest of the evening to sit back and enjoy.
Simple dishes with unexpected culinary combinations like this carpaccio of coquille St. Jacques with edible violets; to beautiful to eat...A peak in the open kitchen, on the right mussel and lobster soup with matching beer. During the daytime the restaurant is closed but also not closed because Jessica and Lieselotte are open for lunch between 12 and 14 o’clock and on sundays between 10.30 and 16 o’clock for a special brunch menu where tout Amsterdam takes a seat. To make the confusion even bigger the name of the restaurant isn’t café Modern but Jacques Jour.
On the top floors grows the mini-hotel Sweet Dreamz… The rooms are called after the first (celeb) guests who stayed here; like Belgian cult writer Herman Brusselmans and his ex girlfriend Tania. the atmosphere in the rooms is as if the residents just went out to the city centre with the ferry because that is a 15 minute walk from Café Modern. Special attention for Flemish art, literature and cycling not only inside but also outside the room because you can take your bike to town. Again founding father Niels Wouters effortlessly combines clay furniture from Maarten Baas with a vintage carpet from the second hand store.
Icing on the cake is the bathroom, obviously with a TV and above the bath tub a lamp from designer Pepe Heykoop’s Tiny miracle collection. The second room was given the names of design couple Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk. Important detail is that the famous guests left something behind in the rooms, so you are literary spotting design. You get the rooms multi eclecticism for free, just like the bicycle. Found it…! Bunny meets chicken by photographer René Mesman; rudimentary showering but with fashionable copper piping.
Tatjana Quax and Ben Lambers
Studio Aandacht is stylingdirector Tatjana Quax, artdirector Ben Lambers and the people they surrounded themselves with since they started their studio for ‘commercial culture’ back in 2001. Both national and internationally reknowned museums, publishers, magazines, brands, designers and manufacturers choose to hire this creative couple to do their creative work.
Studio Aandacht is sharing with Trend tablet’s community their latest travel and « coup de foudre »
Tel Aviv is a buzzing and tempting city that is bursting out of a nutshell. The inhabitants themselves feed the inexhaustible source of creative energy, a source that is far for saturated. The tolerant mind-set of Tel Aviv derives from the gathering of the many different cultures and the thousands strong individual minds. The beautification of the edginess inspires, provokes opportunities and creates an intersection where two extremes meet each other and therefore become indefinable.
Contradictions upgrade the enchanting cultural and architectural landscapes. Residential buildings show consistency through their unpolished square shaped, beige coloured, masculine shaped constructions. Embedded verandas are used as an extension of social communal spaces where families in broadest senses dine together.
While the city boarders mark a town of a friendly and agreeable size, the many districts offer an immense variety of different atmospheres and make you often wonder yourself if you’re still wandering through the same metropolis. All neighbourhoods have two things in common: miraculous excitement and a rich experimental food culture. Exciting dishes are served on street food platters along the Rothschild Avenue and the Allenby with places combining French, Georgian and American cuisine with middle eastern influences.
The growing skyline at the boarders of the city functions as the compass, guiding you through neighbourhoods like the gallery area of Florentin and Neve Tzedek. More upwards the exotic park district HaYarqon offers an alternative to the lively coastline. The stretched shape of the city embraces the beach culture and interweaves the hedonistic lifestyle with urban chaos.
Impressive architecture and the settlement of international companies transform Tel Aviv into a hub for expats, however the centre of the city remains intact. Even the oldest neighbourhood Jaffa marked by ancient Arabic influences makes you forget any sense of time.
Within the Urban area of Tel Aviv a museum established since 2013. The point at which humanities and design intersect is a world with no distinctions, a place where one’s mind can extend beyond any boundaries, because in fact there are no boundaries regarding design. It is here that new opportunities may be provoked through innovation. For me, the Holon Design Museum encapsulates this idea. The strength of narrative and storytelling within the approach to exhibitions, ideas or philosophies is integral to the quality and humanity the museum is known for.
Willem Schenk, a young fashion professional. It’s the anthropological approach to fashion that fascinates him. Being able to see connections within society and distil the essence of the Zeitgeist brings meaning to everything we see and do. Therefore it intrigues him to investigate the reasons behind the way we act, create and dress ourselves. While finalizing the course Fashion & Management in Amsterdam, Willem has worked in Paris as a research assistant for MoBA13. Currently the UK is his new home, where he's continuing his studies at the Nottingham Trent University.
Independent writer, creative director and avantgarde-nomad, Petra Dokken is based in Sweden but has lived and loved in many big cities over the years. Working with fashion and travels. Telling stories.
Africa is in everyone’s interest.
The first and the last.
Perhaps the first place we humans called home.
Perhaps the last continent to be exploited.
Definitely the last resort for the vast wilderness.
So. I travelled to Tanzania. So complex, so much to try and understand, and so beautiful.
Serengeti is mythical, the world known national park in the northern part of the country, over a million animals migrate around these plains. A full circle each year. As they always have.
I camp in the southern part of the park in January, the wildebeests walk and walk. They are all pregnant. Big beautiful bellies. I look at them for days.
I cry of admiration, they walk in endless lines. One for all. For real.
Their fur shining of silver. Small noises of communication, feelings of togetherness, of happiness, of hardship.
If the rain comes they will all start to drop. Even give birth as they run.
Run for their lives.
All is intricate. Who co-exists, when what happens. Every year they mate in the same spot, every year they move with the green grass. All year around so many lives circles this circle.
Tanzania has fish, trees, gold, gas, diamonds, minerals and animals… China wants this, many others too. All want. Things happen fast, big money is in motion.
Poverty but not misery, is no a possible choice?
A highway is talked and fought about, for more than five years now. It would ruin the migration.
Many conscious people feel that if we loose the Serengeti, all is lost.
We agree that the animals have to be worth more alive than not alive.
This is where eco-luxury safari comes in. Luxury lodges for photo safari creates money and motivation to save, to preserve and to conserve.
Even Jane Goodall agrees (a true hero she is).
The poaching for ivory is right now worse than ever – and the resistance is also bigger than ever. We want the elephants and rhinos alive and kicking.
Eco-safari is luxury and therefore can be green energy, organic and local food; and re-using materials, building bridges and raising awareness.
I see the fancy cars of an Arabic sheik, he leases land for hunting but the rumour says he mostly parties when he is visiting the property. An extravagant American in the area wants to build an airport so heavy machinery can fly straight to the Seychelles from the bush. Bush and beach you know.
Different interests and opinions.
Stargazing all night I hear them, feel them, smell them - treading the earth gently. Walking, walking…
Because they must, it is their purpose.
Each wildebeest matters.
Nomad Tanzania has mobile camps in different parts of the Serengeti, and a new permanent camp in the northern part called Lamai. The company makes luxury safari into something that puts the animals and nature first. Knowing that without a sustainable plan, they will be out of business all too soon.
Léa is a Paris based freelance creative manager. She cultivates a taste for everything creative, good food and some odd traditions from her native Lorraine. After some quality time studying and practicing her craft in Brussels and New York, she settled in Paris to work and develop industrial design projects. She recently launched her own activity, collaborating with creatives whose work she’s been following over the years. Always on the hunt for new encounters and talents, Léa loves to share her finds, dibs and dabs.
Babou Maramures is the project of a young Dutch couple, Eveline and Matthijs, who set up a camping place/ hostel in Breb, Romania.
Both always had a thing for Romania and especially the northern part of the country, the area of Maramures. As great travelers, creating a place for people alike was almost a natural fit. After reading William Blacker’s “Along the enchanted way: a Romanian story”, Eveline wanted to visit Breb, a village located at the foot of mount Gutâi, 150 km from the Ukrainian border.
They literally fell in love with the place and decided to focus their research on Breb. Through word of mouth, they found the perfect land with a 7000 m2 garden and a farm now transformed into a hostel. Beyond hosting people, the couple wants to create a genuine immersion for the campers. Visiting Breb is like stepping back in time. Most of its inhabitants are farmers and craftsmen. Babou Maramures aims to connect campers with the locals to learn about traditions, crafts and their everyday life.
Eveline and Matthijs are themselves very eager to learn from their neighbors. They built the farm and all the facilities only with the help of villagers, which consider them as “real Breb people”.
During our stay, we discovered traditional Romanian cuisine thanks to Ileana, a neighbor that sometimes cooks meals for the camping guests. She welcomes you with a nice table under the wooden kiosk that her husband built. It is important to note that the meal was almost only homemade ingredients. Bread, vegetables, cheese and meat comes from Ileana’s farm.
Being self-sufficient and living more conscious about their natural surrounding is a goal for the couple. They are committed to develop and share”a more satisfying way of life”.
A journey at Babou Maramures, is a retreat far from a city and its fast paced activity. You can finally relax because the time you are probably usually running after doesn’t exist in Breb. The only rhythm shaping the day is the path of the sun.
The Convent San Francescu of Oletta, located on the island of Corsica, is a magical and poetic place. Dating back to the Eighteenth Century, the Franciscan convent was one of the most important on the island.
Left to ruins after its last restoration and reconstruction, artist Candida Romero spent 11 years to restore the compound to its current glory.
Minimal and bare, San Francescu has a contemporary feeling while respecting the original functionalities of the convent.
San Francescu today has new life, where old nun's quarters have been renovated into stark rooms with dashes of color, the Baroque Church maintains a spiritual charm, the music salon is rife with harmonies, and a Renaissance and poetic garden envelop the stone building.
The convent is truly a unique place under the Corsican sun, where you can experience an ascetic lifestyle surrounded by Mediterranean natural beauty.
Text by Ryan Moritz
Aurore Danielou is a graphic designer, illustrator, and trend reporter. Her domain of expertise is Graphic Conception and Art Direction. She is based in Paris and Montreal where she works with trend studios as a colorist and lifestyle and design consultant. Her work consists of distilling that which is around us to gather the essential societal and artistic trends of today and tomorrow. Aurore loves to discover new cultures with a passion for travel.
Bangkok, capital of Thailand and the old kingdom of Siam, is a cultural crossroads between India, China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The dual identity between tradition and modernity is surprising. Its cultural mix is reflected through its culinary richness.
Thai meals punctuate the day, this "sanuck" or "joie de vivre" around dinner on the street is a fundamental concept. Street food is an institution with nearly 1,800 "rot khen" or "street trucks" in the city, ready to deliver their culinary treasures. This type of food production reports an average of 300 million Euros a year. Street food is representative of a certain philosophy of life that exists in Asia, between heat and monsoon rain, a "rot khen" is never far away. Enjoy and bon appetit!
Some spots not to miss: Texas Suki Chinatown and Maturos Tous which offers fresh fruit, skewers, and a delicious papaya salad!
Studio Aandacht is stylingdirector Tatjana Quax, artdirector Ben Lambers and the people they surrounded themselves with since they started their studio for 'commercial culture' back in 2001. Both national and internationally reknowned museums, publishers, magazines, brands, designers and manufacturers choose to hire this creative couple to do their creative work.
Studio Aandacht is sharing with Trend tablet's community their latest travel and "coup de foudre"
This new story is extra special because for the first time the photography is done by father and son: Ben and Maxim Lambers !
Last October, Studio Aandacht & Sons took their car and drove down to France, to visit "d’une île", a picturesque manor an hour and a half away from Paris.
Amsterdam couple Michel Mulder and Sofie Sleumer invite you to their extraordinary hotel in which nature, design, quality produits régionnaux and good people coexist in a merger of art and living. Medieval cottages, each interior uniquely designed, exquisite food and beverages and the soothing simplicity of nature. What was once a stable, is now a temporary artist’s studio; what was once an away cellar will be a wine-bar. Each apartment has a story of its own and in many cases the furniture is for sale. An isle in time, for they who wish to chillax .
The residential area of "d’une île" comprises 4 different buildings covering 600 square meters, housing 9 apartments with a total of 28 beds, and a café-restaurant.
Sofie (an interior designer) and Michel (apart from a composer/musician, a professional chef with a great love for the products of this region) restore furniture and design the rooms. Each room gets another treatment and therefore a different character. But not only the inside looks beautiful, also the surroundings are stunning; 7.3 acres of fields and forest, including 2 springs, a marsh and a creek.
This historic village is situated on the edge of a forested hillside of a big national park called Le Perche, in Basse-Normandie. The park is a conservation area with evergreen forests, hills and rivers, medieval castles, manors and villages.
This is the new romantic nomadism according to Studio Aandacht.
Sofie Brodén is doing her final study year in the field of marketing strategy and social media strategy. She is born in Sweden but her fondness of France has brought her to study and to work in Paris on three occasions. It has almost become her second home country. Sofie is interested in how fashion and art reflects cultural trends. She's a hobby photographer and find inspiration in structures, shapes and surfaces in the surrounding environment. Art is everywhere. For Trend Tablet she gives a glimpse of her current hometown, Stockholm.
"I love Stockholm for its contrasts and that you always have the water near by. From the vibrant city centre you reach the green oasis; Djurgården in only five minutes by tram (20 minutes by foot). There you can take magical evening walks in the Scandinavian summer light. For those who prefer house-spotting, the city's architecture covers all styles from the traditional red cottages to the more futuristic office buildnings. Every area has a different feeling, Vasastan with its pastel colors and relaxed atmosphere, Östermalm with the exclusive boutiques and SoFo (South of Folkungagatan), the creative, hipster area on Södermalm.
Find inspiration in the Josef Frank designed patterns at Svenskt Tenn and seek the modern style at Tjallamalla who sell vintage items along with new Swedish fashion designers. Stockholm is a city that appeals to everybody whatever your style is, and I'm sure you will find your favorite place."
Aarts is a restaurant serving eco friendly, locally produced food with a menu that changes with the seasons. There's a warm atmosphere and you definitely feel welcomed.
Snickarbacken 7 A café, concept store and exhibition space all in one, in a building from the late 1800's that used to be stables.
Urban Deli is an ecological concept store that includes a bakery, restaurant, groceries and even a sourdough hotel! (for those people who can't leave their dough at home while traveling...)
wandering the mountains
Independent writer, creative editor and traveller, Petra Dokken is based in Sweden but has lived and loved in many big cities over the years. Working with fashion and travels. Telling stories. Interacting with minds in the cities and minds by the sea, feelings on the mountains and thoughts in the desert…
Moments above the passing clouds. Struggles down steep slopes, and up again… Nine times fall; nine times stand up (Buddhist saying).
It is August, sunshine and deepened colours of green and blue. Walking, hiking, trekking, climbing, dancing around the snow covered mountain of Mont-Blanc. Through France, Italy and Switzerland in six days. Six days and five nights.
Challenges not foreseen, cotton wet and heavy from salty sweat. Feet deformed with blisters. Knees like swollen balloons.
Smiling faces, jumping hearts, oxygen shiny complexion.
Cold rain turning the colours psychedelic; clear and vivid. The silence when I let myself fall behind my group. The wind and me. Birds.
The power of now. Presence.
Hot sun. Slowly, slow movements, mindfully. One foot at a time. Left, right. Breathing.
Then, left and right foot again. Repeating becomes meditative.
The groups breath becomes one. Deep inhale and long exhale, pranayama.
Eyes of life. Cow bells singing, picnic with views. Constantly changing. Extrovert and introvert merged in a beautiful, natural manner.
All revelations, enlightenments and eurekas were always, are still and will always be born here where the mind can see, and understand in peace.
No cars, no Wi-Fi, no iPhone. Aching hardened muscles and dreamless sleep. In reality we meet ourselves, over and over again… And this is, this is the true magic when wandering the mountains.
Travel facts: I started the trip in Chamonix, France with a guided group. "Compagnie des guides de Chamonix" is very professional and very Zen!
Mona Kim is a Korean-American creative director based in Paris after having lived/worked in Milan, New York, and Barcelona. Her work is transdisciplinary, and it ranges from fashion advertising, to designing experimental and experiential spaces for museum exhibitions. Her work is about merging public space, technology, words, and images. She has a voracious appetite for traveling and has journeyed independently to more than 30 countries.
"Is there a large city in the world without paradoxes? A city, and its inherent fragmented nature, refuses to be neatly compartmentalized or summarized into one word or sound. These transversal visual bytes of Seoul provide a glimpse into the polarity of this fascinating Asian Metropolis.
Welcome to the artificial, mindful, schizophrenic, soulful, idiosyncratic, silent, synthetic, earthy, ppali ppali* Seoul @ 2012 ––same same, but different— than when I left it more than 30 years ago.
South of the river, a coherent manifestation of modern luxury, experimental architecture, designed, sparse, unaffordable. North of the river, a chaotic collage of the modern, the ancient, and the sleepy frozen-in-time dong naes of childhood memories.
Slick minimalism of the Cheongdamdong boutiques. Ascetic functionalism of historical palaces’ living quarters.
Futuristic retail dressed in grass. Ancient symbol covered in recycled waterbottles.
Techno-LED cocktail truck night-parked along the sidewalks of Pan-Asian Itaewon. Mom & pop & grandpa bodegas with overstocked tumbling goods bathed in melancholic neon lights.
Street food stalls that come alive at night splashing violent steaming spicy food.
Generation-Z sales(young)men with head-microphones seducing you with velvety charm. Ajjushi’s clutter-on-4-wheels balancing an avalanche of every “thing” made of straw.
Billboard ads promising outrageous state-of-the-art plastic surgery. An earthy beauty who still dyes her nails with flowers from her backyard.
Modern/ancient,industrial/craftsman,spiritual/material,earthy/urban, confucianism/consumerism,soulful/artificial, 24/7…
Everyone and everything moved very fast. Yet, no one seemed to look tired or sluggish.
Could it be the polarity – rather than the harmony – that fuels this unrelenting energy of the city?"
Lili Tedde is Trend Union's agent in Brazil, she recently went for holidays in a beautiful, wild and hidden place located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast.She shares with us this secret location....Enjoy!
"In the state of Ceará, Brazil, there is a small village by the sea named Pontal de Maceio located an hour and 40 minutes from Fortaleza. In this small village there is a cozy hotel with only 15 rooms : Vila Selvagem.
The owner is a French young man who came to Brazil with his father to completely change their lives and, step by step change the life of the place.They welcome you with a freshly open coconut and a straw. Just drink the water from the fruit at the perfect smooth temperature, after two hours in a car you could not ask for anything more delightful.
Around you, there is nothing but the hotel and a few local "cabanas", where you can eat fresh fish while looking at the sea with your feet in the sand. It is a long and quiet beach, very windy, which invites you to kite surfing.
You cannot miss the typical tapioca, the locally delicious fish and obviously, the coconut water. Depending on the season you can have lobster as well!
Canoa Quebrada, a famous tourist destination, is just at a few kilometers.The beauty is not Canoa Quebrada itself, but the journey to go there through spectacular dunes, desert beaches, local donkeys, majestic aeolic energy devices, everything is under an amazing dreamy blue sky.You can also ride horse on the beach in a very cinematographic scenario.
At the nearest village you will find local women doing their "labirinto" : beautifully crafted towels, sheets and clothes, that you do not find anywhere else.
In short, an unforgettable getaway." Lili Tedde
Le Château de la Vespière
Le Château de la Vespière, is located in Orbec, Normandy about an hour and 45 minutes away from Paris and is the perfect place to come and spend a weekend with your loved one and/or your family. Surrounded by 5 hectares of land, le Chateau beautifully sits on top of long lawns of grass, where simplicity meets luxury. Susanne Bjorklund “la maitresse de maison” welcomes you to this beautiful bed and breakfast with open arms. During your stay you will be able to enjoy her fabulous cooking, a mix of swedish, french and italian influences. As you savor the food, you will be amazed at the flavor that can be extracted from simple dishes; Susanne believes that it’s the simple things in life that are the best. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, she will help you find a wine in her extensive wine cellar that perfectly suits the occasion and your meal.
When bed time comes, you will rediscover the beauty of sleep, most guests that have slept at le Chateau say they’ve never slept so well in their lives. Being so used to the hustle and bustle of big cities such as Paris and New York, you will redefine the word “quiet” in this peaceful paradise allowing you to catch up on all those sleepless nights. When the morning comes, breakfast will be waiting for you downstairs (hopefully on the terrace!), where you can enjoy your coffee while listening to the birds beautiful chants.
When it comes time to leave, you will regret not staying an extra day, but you’ll always have the option of coming back! This place is a must.
Text by Angela Biticci
Adventures in Paris
Marion Chatel -Chaix is young french designer, she presents her work as “Textile sensitive design”, a concept that combines colors, materials and images. This association between mediums is triggered and felt by the senses, and is linked to different design fields. One of Marion's talents is photography. She shares with us her vision of the city in which she is actually living: Paris.
"Paris is a journey… You can travel from Bamako at metro Château d’Eau to savor the smells of New Delhi drifting down "Passage Brady", then enjoy the bazaar of "Faubourg Saint Denis". If you prefer going to Marrakech, drink a traditional mint tea in the Great Mosque of Paris, or go to Hanoi and enjoy a Bô-bun in rue de Charonne. Passing by the Rue d’Artois, you will encounter a small Japanese restaurant, Hyotan, that offers a taste of Tokyo..
But in Paris, you're still in Paris.
Along the banks of the Seine, we are always impressed by Notre-Dame, and charmed by its lights in the water. After admiring the "Nymphéas" by Claude Monet in the Orangerie , under an umbrella between the puddles of Jardin des Tuileries.You can discover a "line of beauty" : from the Louvre 's pyramid to the Obelisk of place de la Concorde and further.
Then walk on the "Passerelle des Arts" between two banks, two worlds...
Let's go to Belleville or Montmartre, you will see the Eiffel Tower, as small as all the fakes ones around you. You can buy one as a keychain, or just look at the real, flashing, shining in the night. As a tall and elegant Lady, she stands in a dominant position in the middle of majestic avenues. Even if it's a cliché, you always feel something when you bump into her across a street. You feel in secret that you are part of this Paris.
By late afternoon, go to the top of Beaubourg, with an endless escalator stucked between colorful tubes. You are at the best place to admire one of the most beautiful panorama of Paris: Montmartre, the hills of Belleville, the Invalides and the arrow of the Sainte Chapelle, they are all there on the horizon. Before gently immerse in this handkerchief that is so nice to explore on foot.
Yes, this is Paris !
Tourist one day, all the day a tourist, there is always something to discover, great and secret places at the corner of every street.
That's a shame that Parisians are too busy to take advantage of all this magic."
Car il n’y a pas qu’au parc Montsouris,que cette petite phrase de Jacques Prévert me revient en tête "à Paris, sur la terre…"
South of India
Cécilia Andrews is a visual artist, she worked in Paris for 20 years. She grew up in Santiago, Chile where she studied Fine Art. She shares with us her latest trip in South of India.
«This trip was programmed at the beginning for vacation and discovery of the textiles factory in south of India, it ended up very fast in an admiration of the indian culture : those colours, smells and textures….
In a period of monsoon, everything is more contrasted. The colours are vivid and the elements of daily life pushes us to concentrate, to smell and to hear by looking at all the details.
I walked during days, blushed by skin, clothes, eyes, smiles, gesture and the accessories were glittering in opposition to this incessant rain.
India is a country of contrast, i had already read and heard it a thousand times however it’s an indescribable feeling, it’s like you feel absord by a world without boundaries.
Under the rain that falls, barefoot, the coton absorbs the humidity ambiant which comes along the trip with us… fabrics are orange, fuchsia, yellow, blue, green and white…
The smell of tea rythm the pauses, in India there is always a miracle that shows up in the middle of a chaos… the hundreds of variety of food, the colours and the perfumes invites you to hunt ; to taste the variety of sugarish food, salted, spiced or milderness. Have you ever tried to only eat with your right hand ? In India, you have to take the time…
It was an incredible discovering trip, under the charm of a brilliant universe.
I hope that these images will make you travel to this coloured country…» Cécilia
villa des orangers
The Villa des Orangers in Marrakech, a riad with the Relais & Chateaux label, is an absolute delight for the eyes. Nested in the heart of the Medina, with its lap pool and fresh gardens in the scorching sun of the Red City, it is a peaceful oasis with immediate access to the souk and the monuments, for shopping and culture. The beautiful white spa is built in a traditional method with tadelakt (white plaster), as are the black bathrooms in the suites.
Each mosaic, each stucco, each tile pattern, each pottery or rug is a piece of history and aesthetic and is carefully chosen for an ensemble result of great elegance.
Great kindness in the service, which is the ultimate luxury... Text by Emmanuelle Linard
Antwerp is the second home of studio Aandacht.
We don't know why, but it just feels like that. Maybe it has something to do with the extra attention for detail you find in restaurants, shops, museums and hotels.
With some of our favorite designers at a stones throw away from each other one doesn't have to step in and out of a taxi to do Xmas shopping. You just stroll along the ancient streets and visit the numerous antiques and bookshops.
Enjoy Antwerp, love from Amsterdam, Tatjana Quax
Photography by Ben Lambers & Actionstyling by Tatjana Quax
Imke Klee lives and works in Germany/Berlin and France/Paris.Her passion for pictures, design, art and crafts led her to artistic studies. She is stylist, photographer and iconographic researcher.She shares with us her personal view of Berlin and a lot of secret addresses. Berlin is divided in 12 quarters , each has his own style and charm. Prenzlauer Berg is the place for young academics, artists, designers… You can find cafes, restaurants, small shops and beautiful playgrounds for children. Famous areas are: Kastanienallee, Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz." Friedrichshain " is known for bars and nightlife, but also for a lot of interesting small shops.If you look for museums and tourist attractions, your will go to "Mitte". Special tip: the Augustusstrasse is the ultimate meeting place for artists and gallery owners.Around Bergmannstrasse and Grafekiez in Kreuzberg you find the alternative scene and the wildest nightlife. Berlin is interesting because of its little shops, ateliers and galleries and all those nice young people. Its very green, with parks and trees, a city that leaves you the space for breathing! A city that moves and with the potential to create a lot more...
A great bookshop
Best art and architect's supply store ever
In the early 19th century the granddaughter of famous French philosopher Michel Eyquem de Montaigne took residence in this home on the hill overlooking vineyards and flower fields. And now, when you stroll in the wild flower garden you can't help having some deep thoughts yourself, maybe it has got something to do with the excellent wines that are abundant in the region.With Bordeaux just around the corner and some of the best food on the planet for sale on the shelves this is the right place for a relaxing stay with family or friends...
Photography by Ben Lambers
Actionstyling by Tatjana Quax
Binichic is a blog created to discuss the life, style and beauty of the Mediterranean. Susan Unger and Ona Villier both designers have Menorca (Spain) , one of the smallest or less concurred Balearic islands in their heart: they lived there for many years, and they still call it “home”. They invite us to a visit of the vernacular architecture on this beautiful place. The architect Reagan Rice who designed and renovated houses in this island shares with us his photographs of classic Menorcan farmhouses.
Those houses represent elegant solutions using a minimum of resources. Ironically the most ancient, primitive ways of building inspire modern architecture because they both come from the same principle: form follows function. The elegance they have in common is that they do more with less. As Reagan says : "Limiting the palette is one of the secrets to success of Vernacular Architecture”.
Having only few materials on the island to construct is what gave these structures their unique character. Limestone is found in the fields as well as quarried, and white wash, it is used to protect and to coat the stones.Tiles are made from red clay and used on the roof and on the floors. Wood is only used for window frames, doors, and beams.
The Menorcan farmhouse is a response to the natural conditions of this Mediterranean island.The farmhouses are oriented to the south. Larger windows with porches and patios provide protection from the wind while taking in warmth and light. Because of the wind, the windows are small on the north façade.The drinking water used to be stored in a cistern— often provided by the stones needed to build the house.The water collection systems are always very aesthetic, while doing their job.The whitewash over the years gives the stones plasticity and rounded shapes that change continually as the sun shadows the forms. It defines the paths on the roof where the tiles are set with mortar, allowing farmers to access the entire roof.It is an economical way to manage the roof.
Binichic 's selection of nice hotels on the island.
Kasbah du Toubkal
A rustic luxury in the Moroccan mountains of the Atlas at the Kasbah du Toubkal.
Ancient citadel, the Kasbah is nested in the village of Imlil, at the foot of the Toubkal, the highest summit in North Africa culminating at 4165 meters.An overwhelming feeling of dizziness seizes us and we realize that absolutely everything necessary here for human life and leisure is made by hand; as we enjoy design, food, architecture, and all things related to lifestyles, we suddenly become aware of the time, energy and dedication of the workers involved.
From the architecture of bricks, wall tadelakt (artisanal plaster creating these beautiful rounded surfaces so appealing to the touch), local hardwood and pigment colored tiles, through the walnut furniture and Berber hand woven woolen rugs, blankets and wall coverings, all sizes of terracota containers, the black soap to oint and clean our skin in the spacious yet simple hammam, to the varied oven flat breads, the tea infused with mint leaves, lamb tajines and dips of Amlou, a traditional paste of crushed almonds and Argan oil.
The soul of craftsmanship at the Kasbah du Toubkal.Text by Emmanuelle Linard @edelkoortinc
Well-Being is the new niche for luxury.
Post Ranch Inn, a resort and spa 2.5 hours South of San Francisco, is a luxury retreat perched on a cliff over the Pacific in the natural park of Big Sur, California.
Quietly healing in tree houses between the ocean and the mountains. The spa offers deep tissue massages as well as spiritual treatments with therapists seriously trained in energy channeling. Intense rebalancing of chakras and bridging your two brain halves is taking place in the fresh and intimate individual rooms on the first floor of the spa in the Butterfly tree house. Water bottled at the property source are offered in a beautiful sturdy and thick clear design packaging. Light oils are used for in depths pressure.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the meadows sloping down the ocean at the main restaurant, where a deer and her spotted fawn will graciously visit and graze in front of you.
Post Ranch Inn has also a fine food reputation with a true gourmet four course tasting menu with perfectly sized portions that lets you try everything without overwhelming your stomach. Each course gives you several preparations of the same ingredient, which makes you feel that you are trying ten courses at least. Try the lobster meat and claw with risotto, and the beef combination of rib-eye, short-rib and foie gras in such small portions that it doesn't make you gain weight. All pleasure...
The ingredients are super fresh, the breakfast chef offers you a buffet of made-to-order eggs any style, pancakes and waffles, as well as all the usual fruits, yogurts, veggies and bread and pastries; try the carrot walnut and banana bread. Each meal truly re-invigorates you. House-made chocolate chips cookies are still warm in the cookie jar in your room when you check in; all snacks and drinks are at no charge in your mini-bar: a true bliss when you come back from your one hour gorgeous hike on Billy's trail or to the secret meadow, one of the 100 acres charming outdoors settings of the property, or when you come back from your 8:30am one hour yoga class in the contemporary yurt, or from a swim in the adjacent lap pool.
Enjoy sweet dreams as you overlook the forest from your large arched room window, feeling comforted in this cosy beautiful design nest.
The resort is pricy, but frankly worth it, as even in one night and one day you will be able to get the full experience.
Located on famous California highway 1, Post Ranch Inn is a magical outpost on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The perfect halt on your road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Text by Emmanuelle Linard @edelkoortinc
Shanghai, city like an ants nest at the meandering shores of the Bund river, where everyone seems to find his way and despite haste and stress still find time for each other... The most beautiful club ever was found by accident in the French quarters, the part where all the diplomats recide. The Yong Foo Elite is situated in a former British Embassy and it was as if the ghost of Mata Hari was roaming this imposing twenties building. Nightclubbing whilst relaxing in a vintage leather Gucci feauteuil, nipping your cocktail overlooking the garden with follies and original theatre pieces from
the Chinese opera house, you can’t help but to try the snake that’s on the menu later served by one of our five waiters. Shanghai, which means ‘by the sea’ is on the verge of eating up her own age old history by building ‘New York style’ skyscrapers, but still you can find food markets and street venders everywhere. The beautiful colours of the ceramics department in the Shanghai History Museum still dances in front of our eyes. With work from the Early 20th century, when local craftsmen started to work together with French designers.
But most of all we think back to the old man that was calligraphing on the pavement simply by using water, wise words definitally gathered in a lifetime; but mercilessly drying up in the bright sun. Since then Ben is called Ben Zen and studio Aandacht in awe.
The city that apperas to burst during the new year fireworks to scare away all the negative energy in one big bang... North-East-South-West everything thrives with a good karma.
Love from Amsterdam, Tatjana Quax
Photography by Ben Lambers
Actionstyling by Tatjana Quax
Marrakech, the city of 1001 nights, is the place where art director Ben Lambers had his renaissance as a photographer. Being a ‘beholder’ who sees beauty in lots of things, he surprised me with these pictures. From now on we will share our most special and colourful pictures made on different occasions and locations on Trendtablet. Since 20 years we learned to see as one but managed to keep our personal view in life and work. Marrakech brought us something that turned out to be the next level in Studio Aandacht.
This week Studio Aandacht celebrates her 10th anniversary, that means puberty is around the corner... Still there’s a lot to learn and plenty of time to grow."
photos by ben lambers - actionstyling by tatjana quax