Free Au­stin

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - Inside Design/ Tessuti - by Mo­ni­ca Lon­don — pho­tos by Paul Bar­be­ra

Free ca­pi­tal in the Te­xas su­per con­for­mi­st, Au­stin is the ‘ third coast’ of Ame­ri­ca ( af­ter Ca­li­for­nia and the Ea­st Coast) not to be mis­sed. Wi­th a glo­rious mu­si­cal pa­st, it is to­day a cut­ting- ed­ge tech­no­lo­gi­cal hub. The fa­vo­ri­te pla­ce of an eclec­tic com­mu­ni­ty of crea­ti­ves and stars

Stradd­ling the banks of the Co­lo­ra­do Ri­ver, sur­roun­ded by woods and na­tu­re re­ser­ves, Au­stin is a sort of El Do­ra­do for ma­ny young Ame­ri­cans. A pro­gres­si­ve oa­sis in­si­de one of the coun­try’s mo­st con­ser­va­ti­ve sta­tes, the ca­pi­tal of Te­xas brea­thes an eclec­tic air, but al­so a sen­se of great­ness and free­dom. MU­SIC AND MU­SI­CAL EVENTS/ The icon of the ci­ty’s mu­si­cal cul­tu­re is the hi­sto­ric Pa­ra­mount thea­tre. Rai­ney Street is one of the di­stric­ts on the lo­cal nightli­fe sce­ne. Stubb’s Bar. B- Q joint has a cour­tyard am­phi­thea­tre for in­ter­na­tio­nal bands and sta­ges in­si­de for lo­cal groups. ART AND AR­CHI­TEC­TU­RE/ Lo­ca­ted on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Te­xas cam­pus, the Blan­ton Art Mu­seum inau­gu­ra­tes the on­ly buil­ding de­si­gned by ar­ti­st Ell­swor­th Kel­ly. A mo­nu­men­tal pie­ce of ar­chi­tec­tu­re in lo­cal sto­ne, wi­th bright stai­ned glass win­do­ws. The Con­tem­po­ra­ry Au­stin, a con­tem­po­ra­ry art cen­tre de­si­gned by LTL Ar­chi­tec­ts, in­clu­des not on­ly its cen­tral ex­hi­bi­tion pre­mi­ses, but al­so La­gu­na Glo­ria, a 14- acre sculp­tu­re gar­den on the la­ke. HOTELS/ The Sou­th Con­gress Ho­tel was de­si­gned by lo­cal firm Mi­chael Hsu and of­fers in­for­mal lu­xu­ry ho­spi­ta­li­ty wi­th in­te­riors in a mix of vin­ta­ge and mo­dern decor. Ori­gi­nal­ly a Vic­to­rian ho­me, the Ho­tel Saint Ce­ci­lia wi­th its re­tro mood ele­gan­ce was con­cei­ved by ho­te­lier Liz Lam­bert, and has fi­ve sui­tes in vin­ta­ge style. FOOD& RESTAURANTS/ Lo­ro, the re­stau­rant ow­ned by star­red chef Ty­son Co­le, laun­ches an in­no­va­ti­ve me­nu that is half Asian smo­ke­hou­se and half Te­xan bar­be­que. ATX Co­ci­na ser­ves crea­ti­ve di­shes wi­th a Tex Mex in­fluen­ce in ele­gant, mo­dern sur­roun­dings. Street food to suit eve­ryo­ne’s ta­ste, from break­fa­st ta­cos to re­gio­nal Thai di­shes and chur­ros co­ve­red in Me­xi­can cho­co­la­te. DESIGN AND SHOP­PING/ Foun­ded by de­si­gner Kim­ber­ly Ken­ner, the Ren­ner Pro­ject has con­ver­ted an in­du­strial buil­ding in­to a sho­w­room, stu­dio and ho­me. Whe­reas Nan­nie Inez of­fers con­tem­po­ra­ry, mi­ni­ma­li­st design at good va­lue pri­ces. In a bun­ga­low wi­th su­per mo­dern in­te­riors, Sup­ply Sho­w­room spe­cia­li­ses in rugs, wall­pa­per and tex­ti­les by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tio­nal de­si­gners.

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