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NEW SPOT: SOHO HOUSE CHICAGO

August 21st, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re already a fan and member of the Soho House Group. This is their first property in Chicago.
  2. If you go to Pizza East everytime you’re in London: they’ve got one here too.
  3. If you love hotels with a stunning rooftop.

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TO GO: JEFF KOONS: A RETROSPECTIVE NEW YORK

July 12th, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you want to see the work of Jeff Koons: one of the most controversial artists of the postwar area. On show are almost 150 objects.
  2. If you want to see the first major museum exhibition of this artist in New York and the first to fill nearly the entire Whitney’s Breuer building.
  3. If you want to see the last exhibition in the Whitney Museum before it moves to the Meatpacking District and reopens in 2015.

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NEW SPOT: THE DEAN PROVIDENCE

April 28th, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re doing a roadtrip through Rhode Island and stop in Providence or you’re paying a visit to the Rhode Island School of Design: the Dean opened its doors april 4th and is a lovely place to stay.
  2. They have several kind of rooms: from suites to classy bunk rooms.
  3. Even if you don’t stay here you can visit their coffee bar, private karaoke bar, bar, biergarten or restaurant.

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TRIED & TESTED: DOVER STREET MARKET NEW YORK

February 22nd, 2014

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Most striking feature:

This store feels like a museum! Although Dover Street Market is a six stories high building, the entrance is tucked away in a small street between Park and Lexington Avenue. You will be greeted by a doorman and while I was in doubt whether to go left (to the shop) or right (to the cafe) someone who worked there gave me the advice to take the elevator and start on the top floor and zig-zag my way down. Every floor is different and showcases the most fashionable brands there are right now. From, ofcourse Comme des Garçons, and from Supreme, Nike, Alexander Wang, Erdem, Rick Owens, Christopher Kane and many more. Rei Kawakubo, the Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: TOBY’S ESTATE COFFEE NEW YORK

February 19th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The coffee. Toby’s Estate Coffee was born in Australia and after the speciality coffee was distributed to a lot of coffee spots in Australia, Toby’s Estate opened a shop in Singapore and one in Brooklyn in 2012 (read my Tried & Tested here). And more recently they crossed the East River to open a Toby’s Estate on Manhattan too. The design is slightly Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: BAGGU BROOKLYN

February 18th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The colorful Baggu bags and the new blue and white striped duffel bag (I just love stripes). Around the corner of Pilgrim Surf & SupplyMociun and Isa Baggu started with a pop up shop a few years ago. That was such a success that they now have a permanent shop in Williamsburg. And it’s their only shop, because Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: MILLER’S NEAR & FAR NEW YORK

February 17th, 2014

Miller's Near & Far

Most striking feature:

The light installation on the ceiling. Wow! Miller’s Near & Far is a new restaurant on the Lower East Side. It’s a project of Miller and Matt Abramcyk who also run Smith & Mills in Tribeca. Inside it feels like you’re in a classic diner, but it’s designed with modern elements such as a grey brickstone wall, black and white pictures on the walls, simple wooden chairs and ofcourse the outstanding LED-light installation (architecture and design by Lloyd W. Huber of LWH Architecture). You can sit down on a table or chat with the chefs at the bar. And don’t forget to Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER NEW YORK

February 16th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

After I wrote the post about this beautiful cafe in Nolita in november 2012, I finally had the chance to visit The Butcher’s Daughter by myself. Across the street from the Nolitan Hotel you’ll arrive in a green and sunny atmosphere which reminded me of my trip to Australia more than ten years ago but also of my more recent trip to Cape Town (check out Superette for example). We went there to have breakfast and ordered eggs on toast (yummy) and a healthy green juice. A very good start of the day! Why is it called the Butcher’s Daughter? Because Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: WYTHE HOTEL BROOKLYN

February 14th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The view from the North 8th Loft. It’s so magnetic – especially when you wake up on a beautiful cold yet sunny day when the whole sky turns pink and you see the sun reflecting in the Empire State Building. The Wythe Hotel opened its doors in 2012 by Andrew Tarlow and Peter Lawrence. Tarlow is known for his successful Williamsburg restaurants like Marlow & Sons and Diner and being the good restaurants that they are, they wanted to offer their guests more than a few hours in their atmosphere. And that’s something a hotel can provide. The hotel is located in Williamsburg and it’s only a few stops by subway from Manhattan to Bedford Avenue. From there you can easily walk to the hotel. The hotel houses in a former textile factory and in Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: KINFOLK STUDIOS BROOKLYN

February 13th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The Kinfolk Studio is a multidisciplinary space. The guys of Kinfolk (don’t confuse them with Kinfolk Magazine) design bikes, clothes and all other things they couldn’t find somewhere else upstairs. On the ground floor they open at 8.30 am for coffee and at night you can have dinner at Aska, their Scandinavian inspired restaurant in the back. All located in a Read more…


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