• Giorgos Sfakianakis

    A gastronomic experience that brings the French "je ne sais quoi" and unique Greek energy and flavors together. That’s what Bon Bon Fait Maison has aimed to do in the Kythira Islands—where the Ionia, Aegean and Cretan seas meet.

    The story behind this project takes place in Paris, where the founders of the place are from. They embarked on what seemed to be a run-of-the-mill trip to Greece—only to fall in love with not only the Island but also the gastronomic scene, the paradisiacal scenery and its people.

    Chef, Kriton Minas Poulis, is the brains behind this operation; he embodies the gastronomic philosophy of BON BON Fait Maison—and does it with so much elegance it's hard to believe how laid back the place and its menu can be—including homemade sorbets, French galettes and buckwheat flour crepes (and much more). All made with a beautiful selection of traditional Greek products.

    The Interior Design Laboratorium is responsible for the design identity and the result is an obvious home run.

    Based in a traditional two-story refurbished building from the 1860's, the design evokes the Greek Summer and the slow pace of life in the Greek islands. The intention of the study was to create a space that subconsciously awakened memories of a childhood Summer vacation within their visitors.

    All materials were carefully selected to add to the narrative: from its look to the table, BON BON Fait Maison is truly an emotional and gourmet experience.

  • Photography ©️ Renée Kemps

    Lisbon is one of my favorite places in Western Europe. This charming coastal city is constantly recognized as one of the best cities is the world, probably because it offers the best of two worlds—on one side it is a display of history and tradition and on the other a modern and vibrant nook for those who enjoy the lure of nightlife.

    The enchanting Santa Clara 1728 is an 18th-Century building located in one of the most romantic Lisbon squares. Surrounded by monuments and rivers, this home offers not only serenity and comfort but also a stunning display of architecture and design.

    The building's sense of intimacy is felt through a sensitive interplay of interior and exterior features, while the generous windows frame the unique brilliance of the Lisbon light which spills over the city and can be seen reflected in the river below.

    Staying in this gorgeous place is not an out-of-reach dream. You can reserve your suite via Santa Clara’s website today and start planning your trip.

  • Väkst
    Väkst is a new restaurant by Cofoco - family of Höst also based in Copenhagen. Väkst's gastronomic centre of gravity is Nordic, and the vegetables of the season take priority. The wines are modern, light and European – and the list offers several natural wines. The heart of the restaurant is a large greenhouse, built through the two floors of the space, thereby transporting the guest into the sensation of a lush garden – right inside the city. On the top floor of the restaurant, plants, growths, and leaves thrive in the light from the large windows facing the street of Sankt Peders Stræde. A true Summer paradise.

    Photography: Cofoco

  • La Vaqueria Montañesa
    This charming restaurant located in Madrid, Spain displays an urban feel and serves rustic food all organic and local. The restaurant is the third proyect of the Zamora-Gorbeña family and a true gem.

    Elle named La Vaqueria Montañesa "A Restaurant Worth Traveling To See". The beautiful atmosphere and 50's minimal pieces create the perfect ambiance. The series of portraits by Pablo Zamora, AIM lamps and Jacques Adnet mirror are the perfect addition to this wonderful interior. Let's all pack up and head to Madrid.

    Photography: Pablo Zamora

  • Sofia Suits In Santorini
    Sophia Caldera Luxury Suites located in the world’s most beautiful Island, Santorini and perched 350m. above the famous Caldera with breathtaking views and sumptuous sunset. High on the cliff tops of Greece’s best sunset paradise emerges a bright, white, clean-lined luxury hotel that wisely lets you feel more than free. —I usually rent apartments when I travel both for convenience and because of the fact that I (and this might annoy some) love to experience the environment as local people do. Yet, once in a while, I like to go to a resort, get a massage and experience the surroundings by simply relaxing. These Suits look more than peaceful, just what someone who's about to end the worst 2015 (me) needs.

    Images by the brilliant Melinda Lind

    Ah, Mondays! Always making me feel so inspired. Are you still with me? Who is out there reading this blog? If you're there, would you agree that amazing Studios like Studio Gram are gems that we should have more of in this world. People like these, doing great work make me feel incredibly motivated and hungry to see more creatives rise to the top by thinking outside the box. Osteria Oggi is just of of the excellent projects make by this group of Aussies and it blew my mind. The simplicity but organic feel of this restaurant is captivating.

    Images: Studio Gram

  • I N T R O
    Joanna Laajisto, the founder of Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio, is a Helsinki based interior architect and designer who has studied and made her career in the West Coast of United States. Prior to moving back to her native country Finland, she worked in Los Angeles at an international architect firm designing large scale commercial projects. Her project for I N T R O a Restaurant and Night Club based in Kuopio, Finland is one of my favorite projects, period — because all of Joanna's work is brilliant.
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