Stunning Resort Ceylon, the benchmark for boutique, small luxury resorts in Sri Lanka has announced its newest resort offering- the Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Ideally located at the edge of Yala National Park in the South-Eastern part of the country, renowned for its dense leopard population, this spectacular luxury tented lodge nds its place, where the glorious jungle meets a pristine beach overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Set to open in mid-October 2017, Wild Coast Tented Lodge will also be a member of Relais & Chateaux, a prestigious association of some of the nest hotels and restaurants around the world. The resort design has been conceptualised by Nomadic Resorts—a consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, wherein it blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape built with meticulously handpicked natural materials. The resort would also consist of world-class dining experiences, an open-air bamboo-clad Ten Tuskers bar and Dining Pavilion also wrap around the resort’s enormous free-form swimming pool. Guests will be able to enjoy creative daily changing menus of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in the restaurant, as well as sun downer cocktails and picnics al fresco on the sand dunes. The Sanctuary Spa will offer a range of natural treatments developed in-house with native Sri Lankan ingredients—Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon. The library will double up as an educational centre, where guests can learn about the surrounding wildlife in the park and watch documentaries, further explained by the lodge’s expert guides and naturalists.
Creative Canopy The South Street Seaport in New York is set to receive an elaborate canopy from German architect Achim Menges to accommodate SHoP Architects’ Pier 17 project. The lightweight, ethereal canopy will comprise a fibrous body influenced by the wings of beetles atop the building’s rooftop stage. SHoP’s $250 million Pier 17 project is slated for completion in the fall and scheduled to open next year. Renderings of SHoP’s 250,000-sq.ft. project depict a landscaped stage capable of hosting up to 4,000 people. An additional 60,000 sq. ft. of the roof will be outfitted with a restaurant and two outdoor bars. Pier 17 will span four stories and will be clad with glass. New Look Glen and Co. Architecture recently completed the re-design of the historic Ames Boston Hotel, spearheading the design of the hotel’s public spaces, including the lobby, The Library, Ames and Oliver & Oakes rooms, and Cultivar restaurant. The revitalized 114-suite Ames Boston Hotel merges the past, present and future, offering a blend of modern style and old-world sophistication. Glen blended his designs with the many preserved, original features of the hotel, including the lobby’s tiled mosaic arched ceiling and a marble staircase that runs from the rst oor to the roof. The renovated lobby features sleek new check-in stations and a casual seating area accented by warmly-toned wood shelving and trim pieces. Adjacent to the revamped entryway is The Library, which boasts the same eye-catching, mid-century design scheme that begins in the lobby and serves as communal workspace. The 114 guestrooms incorporate modern and timeless elements with a refreshed chic colour palette that evokes a sense of calm and peace.
Fun Kingdom When Shinsegae, South Korea’s largest retail operator, hired Columbus, Ohio-based global design agency Chute Gerdeman, the brand’s goal was to create a trendsetting design. As the company looked to add an entirely new brand and retail category to its portfolio, Shinsegae created Toy Kingdom, an experiential toy store. The playful experience begins at the entrance, where colourful light balloons pour from the ceiling and spill into the mall. Kid-sized tunnels with interactive flooring immediately engage children, beckoning them to begin their unforgettable journey. This kids-only entry point creates a connection between the child and the characters of Toy Kingdom. Distinct play areas—connected to each character and a type of play—serve as larger-than-life beacons on the perimeter of the store. The intent was to get products out of the box and create moments that embrace the spirit of play, moments that could be captured by parents and shared via social media. The Wacky Track, Fun Tunnel and Lego zones are key points of interaction that get kids hands-on with the products and time spent connecting with specific brands. Appreciating Ettore Sottsass One hundred years after his birth, and a decade after his death, Austro-Italian designer Ettore Sottsass is nally getting his due. Ettore Sottsass:Design Radical is an exhibitatiom, which is on view at the Met Breuer, seeks to convey the full breadth of his work, which navigates six decades of design history. The exhibit is for the most part organized chronologically, although it departs at moments to maintain groupings by medium. After his earlier work, the show segues into Sottsass’ corporate design for Italian machine and electronics manufacturer Olivetti, where he made history for developing the design for the rst all-transistor mainframe computer, Elea 9003, in 1959. As the show transitions into Sottsass’ work from the late 1960s and early 70s, the pieces become more conceptual. There is the 1966 Superbox, a standalone, phone-booth sized cabinet made of plastic laminate-coated plywood designed for Poltronova—a contemporary furniture and products manufacture known as the “radical factory,” where Sottsass was artistic director. Designed in response to an increasingly mobile society, the Superbox was devised as an allin-one storage unit that could be taken off the wall and presented as a piece of Minimalist sculpture—an intention made more robust by its placement in the middle of the gallery, juxtaposed with a 1968 vertical stack sculpture by Donald Judd.