Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

Propelling us into the future of hotel experiences, Karim Rashid, along with star architect, Sergei Tchoban, has created a hotel that is an experience in of itself.  Located on the Spree River in Berlin, nhow has 304 guest rooms, meeting facilities, a restaurant, bar, lobby and lounge and will leave you feeling like you’ve gone to music heaven.

With his signature colours and sensual designs, Rashid clearly wants guests to experience design at every level.  From the moment you enter and are greeted at the purple reception desk, you are experiencing what Rashid defines as “dimensional interior environments”.  This dimension includes music.  nhow has their own music manager and an integrated high-end recording studio.  So whether you’re a business traveler, jet setter, party animal or band you’re in for an experience like no other.

Of course there’s wireless internet, videos-on-demand, and connection cable and charging stations for PC’s Mac’s, iPods etc. Plus integrated TV’s and a high-end sound system of course.  You never have to leave your room!  Except to eat of course.  There’s a fantastic spa as well.  Thank you!!

Take a look at the fun interiors:

I’m starting to love pink and purple!!!  Look out clients!







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We (other media writers and I) met at the most westerly escalators at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre yesterday to get a sneak peak of the show.  As usual, there were galleries scrambling with last minute installations.  But overall, most seemed under control.

These are the installations you must see when at the show….

Susannah Rosenstock, VIP Co-ordinator gave us a brief run down of the show and then showed us some of the highlights.  First stop, the “Everything Must Go” exhibit.

Susannah far right, Jeremy left.

Susannah said, they wanted a fresh take on an exhibit for the feature space and picking Jeremy Laing, a well–known fashion designer with a passion for visual art, was a very good idea.  Expertly curated, Jeremy revealed the idea that art is a commodity like any other product in a store. Grab a sale flyer and enjoy the luxury boutique environment. Each piece is for sale!

David Liss

Next stop, MOCCA with David Liss. This year MOCCA in conjunction with the TIA Fair, has commissioned three unique limited edition c-prints by Alex McLeod, as a fundraising initiative to support programming at MOCCA.  These prints are truly amazing.  Alex has mastered 3D rendering software to produce  “hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present…from the twilight of devastation shown in these strange dioramas lies the possibility for hope and rebirth.”  A steal at only $850 each!

The Constellation Project by Catherine Dean and Nicholas Brown was next.  They have created cardboard booths which hold one piece of art and situated them all around the show. Recognizing that when at a show of this size, it’s difficult to enjoy a piece of art with all the people and noise, they have created these private viewing environments. What a great way to engage the audience and sneakily lead them around the show.

Brilliant!!  Video works by Adad Hannah.  These are at the Drake Video Lounge this weekend as well. The space in-between video and photography is revealed in these still-life videos. I actually have home videos just like these!  Seriously… taking a picture of a video of a still life would have been too redundant.

Thomas Taubert and Markus Linnenbrink

At ftc.Berlin, artist Markus Linnenbrink dominates the whole booth.  Markus arrived 24 hours prior to the show to create this booth.  An art installation complete with painted walls and floor, beautifully contains his works in coloured epoxy resin.  I asked if they had videotaped the process, but no.

The last highlight of the morning was the BMW Art Car Collection. You can read about the history of this initiative when you’re there.  But I will tell you that it started in 1975, and holds 17 cars so far from famous artists such as Andy Warhol and David Hockney and even has one that needs to be refrigerated at all times! They brought out a beautiful car by Esther Mahlangu, an Africa artist.  Asked if any were for sale; the answer is, no they are not!

There is tons more to see at the show, so make a plan to visit this weekend and get inspired.

The TIA Fair is on until Monday.  Get details here.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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Karim Rashid has done it again.  But now he’s put his famous design mark on a sex shop.  That’s right.

The Fun Factory is a 2–storey  200 square metre flagship sex toy boutique and café/lounge in Berlin,  for Parador. Rashid designed the patterned laminate flooring, while the rugs are from his “Touch Me” collection and the sofas, lounge chairs, stools and tables originally designed for Casamania. Custom retail units were also designed by Rashid and produced by Slide in Italy, to display erotic toys and other fun things.

Fun factory’s sexy toy forms are sculptural, sensual, organic, smart and tasteful. the fun factory store 
came from these objects and the idea of creating landscapes for toys, for play, and a multitude of 
sexual behaviors, and a blurring of these needs and desires. the space is a dynamic organism, fluid, 
technorganic, calming yet daring, sensual yet approachable, erotic yet inviting.

design is now shaping every aspect of living so the final frontier is to shape a better sex life .’ 
- globalove and globalust, karim

Very Nice! We need one of these in Toronto.


First seen on Design Indaba

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As the summer festivals have come to an end, I’m very excited to tell you about my favourite (well besides Halloween) Autumn festival – Nuit Banche, which literally means white night, all nighter or sleepless night in French.  Where it originated is up for debate but the current all night arts festival has roots in several cities.  One being in St. Petersburg, where during the summer, because of it’s northerly position on the globe has long summer days which are broken only by a short twilight.  Perfect for a “White Nights Festival” which lasts for months.

In 1997, the newly reunited Berlin had their first “Long Night of Museums” where in 2005 over 150,000 people participated.  And in 2002, the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe launched the official “Nuit Blanche” festival.

Currently there are 120 cities around the world that have a “White Nights” celebration.

Toronto is the first North American city to fully replicate the Paris model and has inspired similar celebrations throughout North America, including San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and now New York with its “Bring to Light” Nuit Blanche festival.

This is truly one of the most exciting events for me all year because it engages the whole city in an all- night contemporary arts festival for free!  Even if you’re out for the evening only, you will be able to see incredible art and live performances you would normally have to pay for.  And it happens all over the world on one night – October 2!  It makes me tingle just thinking about the collective excitement that I’ll be participating in.

Previous years I’ve gone to the Distillery District for the evening only, because I had to put the children to sleep.  But this year will different and I’m gathering a group right now. To help me decide where to go, I’ve already started my itinerary.  See here to start your own.

And also this year the organizers have included a Night Navigator App for iphones and Blackberry, which is available for download now.  See here.

Don’t forget to share your night!  See the 5 ways here.

As part of the 5th year anniversary program, starting on Monday Sept. 20 at Scotia Plaza , 40 King St. W., a retrospective exhibition titled “Some Enchanted Evenings” will be on display.

Start getting your extra sleep now!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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