WORLD­WIDE

SU­PER-STYLISH DE­SIGN DES­TI­NA­TIONS THAT SHOULD MAKE YOUR TRAVEL LIST

Home Beautiful - - THE TRAVEL EDIT - WORDS HOLLY BYRNE

While Mi­lan, New York, Lon­don and Paris are the ob­vi­ous stops for a de­sign lover’s global trav­els, there are more than a few oth­ers around the world worth adding to the itin­er­ary. From eye-catch­ing in­te­ri­ors to awe-in­spir­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, beau­ti­ful book­stores and dreamy bou­tique ho­tels, here are some other cities we think are wor­thy of a closer look.

1 | BUENOS AIRES

The Ar­gen­tinian cap­i­tal may be known for steak and tango, but BA has also been named as the first UNESCO City of De­sign, as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Cre­ative Cities Net­work.

Stay: Colour­ful, com­fort­able and thought­fully de­signed down to the very last de­tail, there re­ally is no place like the Home Ho­tel.

See: For artsy in­spi­ra­tion visit the Reco­lete Cul­tural Cen­tre, or try the Nora Fisch Gallery for some eye-pop­ping con­tem­po­rary art.

Shop: The Buenos Aires De­sign Mall is a one-stop shop for chic home­wares and fur­ni­ture. Check out the trendy ar­eas of Palermo or Villa Cre­spo – La Pa­sion­aria is an an­tiques gold­mine.

Eat: Em­bed­ded in a grand 1920s res­i­dence, Casa Cavia and the mod­ern Ar­gen­tinian cui­sine it serves are a treat to the senses.

2 | CAPE TOWN

Dubbed World De­sign Cap­i­tal in 2014, this South African cre­ative and multicultural haven is home not just to the world’s largest mu­seum for con­tem­po­rary African art, but also to a slew of uber-tal­ented in­te­rior de­sign­ers.

Stay: Boast­ing re­designed ar­eas by in­te­rior de­signer Inge Moore, the iconic Bel­mond Mount Nel­son Ho­tel is a luxe haven with breath­tak­ing views.

See: Zeitz MOCAA mu­seum of con­tem­po­rary African art was the brain­child of en­tre­pre­neur Jochen Zeitz and de­signed by UK cre­ative Thomas Heather­wick.

Shop: Kloof Street – keep an eye out for favourites such as LIM, Loft Liv­ing and Kloof­tique.

Eat: Ex­pect in­te­ri­ors with a cool in­dus­trial vibe and fine din­ing at The Test Kitchen in Wood­stock; thetestk­itchen.co.za.

3 | COPEN­HAGEN

The home city of renowned de­signer Hans Weg­ner and the epit­ome of Scan­di­na­vian style, Copen­hagen is the birth­place of ‘ef­fort­less cool’. The Dan­ish cap­i­tal is a hot spot of both high-end bou­tiques and up-and­com­ing de­sign­ers to watch.

Stay: For laid-back lux­ury meets de­signer bou­tique, try Ho­tel San­ders; ho­tel­sanders.com.

See: The Dan­ish De­sign Mu­seum, specif­i­cally the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing The Dan­ish Chair.

Shop: Head to the Oster­bro neigh­bour­hood to check out the Nor­mann Copen­hagen flag­ship, as well as Moshi Moshi Mind.

Eat: Giv­ing new mean­ing to home-grown, Väkst serves fresh greens grown in a stun­ning green­house right in­side the restau­rant; co­foco.dk.

4 | SHANG­HAI

This top-tier in­ter­na­tional hub has so much more to of­fer than its iconic sky­line. Think world­class bars, the finest of din­ing and a cos­mos of de­sign one step ahead of the rest of the world.

Stay: Don’t be fooled by the un­touched look of the 1930s The Water­house at South Bund; it’s a per­fect blend of old and new, where stripped con­crete walls meet high-de­sign up­dates.

See: The Zhong­shuge Book­store in the Jing’an dis­trict, with its pegged walls and mir­rored ceil­ings, de­signed by X+Liv­ing, has to be seen to be be­lieved.

Shop: Walk the leafy streets of the for­mer French Con­ces­sion and trawl through a trea­sure trove of beau­ti­ful bou­tiques. Be sure to ex­plore the maze-like en­clave of Tian Zi Fang and its shopfronts and cafes.

Eat: For a multi-sen­sory din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, visit Ul­tra­vi­o­let by Paul Pairet; uvbypp.cc.

5 | TOKYO

Tra­di­tion and tech­nol­ogy meet in Tokyo, mak­ing it one of the world’s most daz­zling cities.

With more Miche­lin stars than any­where else, you can ex­pect to eat as well as you’ll shop.

Stay: Draw­ing on both the trends and tra­di­tions of lo­cal cul­ture, Trunk Ho­tel is a de­sign marvel in its own right – and is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things made in Ja­pan.

See: Shibuya’s Omote­sandō. The tree-lined av­enue is renowned for be­ing a show­case of great ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign, based on the build­ings alone.

Shop: Spend some time in the Kichi­jōji neigh­bour­hood, in par­tic­u­lar Out­bound and Puku Puku for unique home­wares.

Eat: Hon­mura An for what might be the best soba you’ll ever eat; hon­mu­raan­tokyo.com.

6 | BARCELONA

As a city burst­ing with cul­ture and a sky­line peppered with the ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­pieces of An­toni Gaudí, Barcelona is high on the to-do list for cre­atives and de­sign-lovers. Be­yond the Gothic gems and Catalan mod­ernism, there is colour and cre­ativ­ity of all kinds to be dis­cov­ered.

Stay: In­dulge your­self at Claris Ho­tel & Spa, sur­rounded by orig­i­nal art from around the world; hotelclaris.com.

See: Pas­seig de Grà­cia, known for its high con­cen­tra­tion of mod­ernist build­ings.

Shop: Head to the Gothic Quar­ter and arts and crafts gallery It Re­minds Me Of Some­thing.

Eat: Strik­ing ce­ramic-lined in­te­rior and two Miche­lin stars – Dis­fru­tar is more than wor­thy of a visit; ca.dis­fru­tar­barcelona.com.

7 | BER­LIN

Art, cul­ture and his­tory make Ber­lin one of the most cre­ative and ef­fer­ves­cent cities in

Europe – and one of the coolest.

Stay: The Provo­ca­teur in West Ber­lin is filled with bold colours, luxe tex­tures (yes, vel­vet) and se­ri­ously flam­boy­ant de­sign; provo­ca­teur-ho­tel.com.

See: Im­merse your­self in his­tory at the 17th-cen­tury Char­lot­ten­burg Palace.

Shop: Head to Kreuzberg and be sure to check out Hallesches Haus for beau­ti­ful pieces.

Eat: Splurge on the cre­ative seven-course tast­ing menu at Pauly Saal; paulysaal.com.

Casa Cavia, BA; casacavia.com.

AN ICON OF CUL­TURE, HIS­TORY AND AR­CHI­TEC­TURE, THE CITY OF SHANG­HAI IS ALSO A HIVE OF for­ward-think­ing DE­SIGN” Trunk Ho­tel, Tokyo, trunk-ho­tel.com.

The Water­house at South Bund, wa­ter­house­shang­hai.com.

Omote­sandō, Shibuya, Tokyo.

BARCELONA HAS SE­RI­OUS ART AND DE­SIGN CRED, FROM GAUDI’S fan­tas­ti­cal build­ings TO MU­SE­UMS DE­VOTED TO JOAN MIRO AND PABLO PI­CASSO

Hallesches Haus, Ber­lin.

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