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