We track down the world’s top de­sign des­ti­na­tions, with in­sider info on ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­ri­ors, ho­tels and restau­rants to fuel your next ad­ven­ture

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS FREYA HERRING

De­sign in­sid­ers share their favourite des­ti­na­tions, what makes them spe­cial and where to stay and eat

TOKYO, JA­PAN Na­dine Al­will, ar­chi­tect, al­will.com.au For Na­dine Al­will, who runs Al­will Ar­chi­tec­ture + In­te­ri­ors with her sis­ter, Ro­maine, the jux­ta­po­si­tion of na­ture and ur­ban­ity makes Tokyo, where she lived as a child, a gen­uine de­sign hotspot. “Tokyo’s most con­tem­po­rary build­ings still man­age to cap­ture that inde in­able qual­ity – thewabi-sabi – of tra­di­tional Ja­panese de­sign,” says Na­dine. “Whether it’s how they han­dle light, the ar­range­ment of space or how you move through it, it’s about main­tain­ing a connection with na­ture. No mat­ter what style or trend you come across in this in­tensely pop­u­lated and built-up city, a sense of an­cient cul­ture pre­vails.” The build­ing: “As a build­ing, the GinzaMai­son Her­mès (pic­tured) is in­cred­i­ble, even more so for the park space – na­ture again – that is be­ing cre­ated next to it.” maison­her­mes.jp/en/ginza. The ho­tel: “I love Trunk Ho­tel. It sums up the feel of Shibuya ward [neigh­bour­hood] to me – it’s re­ally open to all walks of life, and the lobby feels like a gi­ant con­ver­sa­tion pit where you can meet any­one and just sit and talk to them for hours. The it-out is to­tally un­pre­ten­tious and at the same time unashamedly ‘de­signed’.” trunk-ho­tel.com. The store: “As a de­sign for place and peo­ple, Tsu­taya book­store in Daikanyama T Site is won­der­ful. It’s a re­ally cool part of Tokyo, too, with loads of great lit­tle stores and cafes.” real.tsite.jp/daikanyama/english.

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