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5 Great Places To Stay On Holiday

Propeller Island City Lodge

An Extraordinary Hotel with Designer rooms – flying beds and upside down rooms – of amazing creativity in Berlin.

This is an extraordinary location. All rooms and objects were created by the German artist Lars Stroschen. Much more appropriate than “hotel” is the designation “living in a work of art”. 30 rooms with an absolutely unique and personal ambience. “Unique” is meant literally, for the entirety of all furnishings and other objects you will discover here are custom-made, individual handiwork. None can be found anywhere else on this planet – one could consider the CITY LODGE to be a MUSEUM with guest accommodations or a stay-in work of SCULPTURE. The rooms are designed and constructed without compromise (!), varying from the tame to the extreme, and provide the opportunity  to more or less alter your perspective of reality – according to your taste and sense of adventure. If you have managed to make the right choices, you will experience an unforgettable stay at our place!

“The Propeller Island City Lodge is a piece of art that was planned to be used as a hotel. However some of the materials are a lot more sensitive than usual: the plexiglass is easily scratched, as are the dark and intense wall-colours when you slide your bags upon them – only to take only two examples. That is the nature of these materials and you cannot change it – except if you want a boring hotel. As a guest of the Propeller Island City Lodge we ask you keep this difference in mind and to move with some care within the artwork.

La Balade des Gnomes

Amazing fairytale rooms and a Trojan Horse suite

These 10 extraordinarily-decorated and furnished bedrooms, evoke ideas from the four corners of the world, re-interpreted as fairy tales.  Hidden in an unassuming farmhouse up a pleasant – but not particularly noteworthy – country lane, this amazing property was designed and built by architect and visionary hotelier Mr Noël. Originally opening an innovative restaurant, La Gargouille (the Gargoyle), specialising in delicious dishes using local ingredients and bio-organic produce, he has taken inspiration from fairytales to construct these amazing bedrooms, next door to the restaurant. Defying normal classification, these rooms highlight incredible imagination, attention to detail and sheer audacity to delight guests.

Pullman carriages converted to luxury suites to capture the romance of a bygone age

Luxury train journeys were once defined by Pullman train services such as the Orient Express, The Golden Arrow and Bournemouth Belle, and some of their Pullman carriages have been lovingly restored here. There are 4 Pullman carriages providing 8 suites. Many elements have been improved, like fully equipped bathrooms, while others are simply retained, such as the splendor of the decorations. In addition, the Old Station House, built in 1892 for the Prince of Wales – later Edward VII – has been sympathetically restored, providing 2 additional en-suite bedrooms.
Vista Caballo Innovation Ranch is a 160-acre self-directed personal & leadership development learning center for those who truly want to advance. Created as a modern day rite of passage, just north of a little town named Dove Creek, Vista Caballo can be found amongst the undiscovered, red lands of South Western Colorado.
A small authentic homestead surrounded by 160 private acres of rich land. Much noted for its proximity to the ‘Baby Grand Canyon’ – otherwise known as the Dolores River Canyon, Vista Caballo offers a spectacular sanctuary far away from the sensory overloads of today’s hectic lives.Experience and discover this executive hidden hideaway. Offering custom designed retreats, they specialise in effective SBO (Search Brain Optimization). Others might say you’ll leave revitalized, with a clear head rejuvenated priorities.
Every single experience is completely unrivaled. Starting at it’s inception, everything about Vista Caballo has been intentionally created for it’s guests. From the remote location in the heart of the Anasazi tribal lands, to the barrenness of technology, to each private cabin that was carefully crafted to enhance and support the unique experience that awaits.

The main house is the heartbeat of this sanctuary, where all meals are shared family style. You have the perfect blend of privacy and connection supported and surrounded by the unity, quiet and the intelligence of nature. There is a place where time does stop and you can fully experience the moment.

Airstream luxury on the Isle of Wight
Starting with a single Airstream caravan bought on eBay in 2004 as a weekend escape from London, Helen Cunningham saw the opportunity to offer these icons of travelling hospitality to others. Located on a working farm, the first of these 60s and 70s works of aluminium art were brought to the Isle of Wight from Missouri and enhanced with a treasure trove of furnishings and period decor from Helen’s stylist background. From melamine plates to retro print fabrics, Helen and partner Frazer have shared a stockpile of period artefacts to make the Vintage Vacation experience a hazy trip down memory lane – full of a sense of period fun.

Pop Up Library In A Phone Booth!

On the streets of New York, Architect John Locke has repurposed phone booths into communal libraries or book drops,

installing bookshelves within the structures filled with books for residents to take, borrow, or exchange.
the phonebooth shown here, ‘DUB 002‘, is part of his ‘Department of Urban Betterment’ interventionist project.

Adopting the same concept as James Econs’s ‘phoneboox‘ in the UK, Locke’s project consists of a machine-cut
and assembled plywood shelf, designed with indents to hang securely to the interior of the phone booth
without the need for any additional fasteners. The pay phone and all signage remains completely viewable
and operable, nestled within the frame of the bookshelf. Installed in Manhattan Valley and Morningside Heights,
the design is easily replicable in phonebooths throughout the city.


A Daily Dose Of Sublime

On his Tumblr he calls his illustrations “A paradoxical distillation of the word and the image as directed by the filters of randomness”

Juan Doe is an endangered painter. The last of a dying breed, he personifies pure art. With unheralded hand skills and hellacious wit, Juan Doe redefines the parameters of bizarre genius and secular thug. Born and raised in New York City, Juan Doe has been evolving the language of interdisciplinary art and design since the late 1970’s.  He is an artist who strains the boundary between painting, propaganda, polemics, and philosophical discourse in art. He encapsulated a new age aesthetic through his command of the graphic process but with the masterful execution of a painter. His images are non-negotiable, they cannot be interpreted or postponed; they exist now, for the oxygen of the viewers eyes.  His works stand as testament to this artist’s brash and unwavering attempts to demand attention through an acrylic vehicle of contradiction – a showcase of the beauty and horror in contemporary art. Doe will not allow the viewer to arrive in the future with out the past. His work characterizes a fusion of form, a behavior, dictating dignity and morality through a visual medium synonymous with contemporary culture

A reipient in 2007 of an individual grant in visual arts from the Bronx Council of the Arts, he is repersented in the Bronx Museum (New York).

Lives and works in New York
Born USA | 1973

10 Great Pop Up Restaurants

Floating Plastic Dining Room

A raft made of 1,672 2-liter plastic bottles plays host to a lovely floating restaurant in Vancouver. The Plastic Dining Room is sponsored by the School of Fish Foundation and catered by C Restaurant, moored at the False Creek Yacht Club. Guests seated inside the dining room not only enjoyed fine meals and views of the water, but also reclaimed pinewood interiors and recycled glass chandeliers.


Electrolux Pop-Up Restaurant

Two pop-up restaurants by Swedish appliance brand Electrolux traveled across the world to perch atop famous buildings, monuments and cliffs including the arc of the Parc du Cinguantenaire in Brussels. The kitchens were equipped with Electrolux appliances, of course, and the name of the company was be emblazoned on the cubes’ exteriosr. The cubes themselves, designed by Italian architects Park Associati, featured a laser-cut aluminum skin and room for 18 to dine.


MuvBox Shipping Container Restaurant, Montreal

Tucked in a corner of the Old Port in Montreal is Müvbox, a portable restaurant powered with solar panels that unfolds from a sleek rectangular volume into a beautiful modern cafe with outdoor tables and a canopy. Owner Daniel Noiseux of Montreal’s Pizzalolle restaurants fitted a kitchen and seating for 28 guests into a standard 28-foot shipping container with a floor made from recycled tires. It serves fresh, local and gourmet foods including local specialties like Madeleine lobster and Brome Lake duck.


The Deptford Project Cafe, London

A 1960s commuter train carriage serves as an adorable, brightly-colored restaurant by graphic designer Morag Myerscough. The Deptford Project Cafe is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the railway yard of the Deptford area in south east London. Its bathroom is a garden shed made to look like a shrine to Elvis Presley.


Pop-Up Restaurant on Île Seguin in Paris

The “traveling toolbox” that is the BMW Guggenheim Lab packed up and left its humble spot on New York’s Houston Street yesterday with a closing party, and the mobile lab is now on its way to Berlin, where it is scheduled to reopen in spring 2012. Where are enthusiasts of pop-up architecture to look to in the interim? 1024 Architecture, the French collective most known for their audiovisual architectural light shows, has recently built a temporary open-air restaurant on Île Seguin in Paris. The extraordinary structure is part barge, part greenhouse, part oil platform and part wooden house, a peculiar hybrid that will soon disappear without a trace.

1024’s pop-up fine dining destination is meant to accompany the reconstruction of Île Seguin, the former home of a Renault car factory built in the 1930s. Architect Jean Nouvel is currently leading an initiative to transform the island into a cultural hub.  The restaurant, which serves 100% organic food prepared by star chef Arnaud Daguin, draws heavily from the theme of rebuilding: the structure is essentially a large box of unfinished wood fiber insulation suspended by a pitched, scaffold-like construction attached with red shipping containers. Embracing the liminal state of an island completely under construction, 1024 has taken the architecture of anticipation and transformed it into a dazzling, ephemeral structure. Illuminated with LED lights, the restaurant projects the sensationalism of a stadium at night, presenting itself as a glittering gem in a “garden of foreshadowing.


The Cardboard Cafe

British interior architectural consultants B3 Designers stacked and hot-glued hundreds of cardboard boxes to create a temporary cafe in an alley beside their office during the London Design Festival. The boxes were slightly staggered and painted orange on either end to mimic the look of bricks. For opening night, the designers encouraged their guests to wear cardboard clothing as they enjoyed cocktails in cardboard cups.


Singapore Takeout: Pop-Up Kitchen in a Shipping Container

Take a mobile shipping container and add to it nine cities and ten chefs. What do you get? Singapore Takeout: a revolutionary mash-up between hawker-style street food, a pop-up kitchen, and a food truck. Trendsetting foodies, consider this your warning: this post may just set your heart aflutter.

Singapore Takeout clearly isn’t your typical meals on wheels. For one, the 20-foot by eight-foot custom-made shipping container unfolds both into a 30-seat restaurant and a working kitchen – with such must-have professional amenities like induction cookers and a salamander. Here, ten up-and-coming Singaporean chefs cook up inspired Singapore cuisine that runs the gamete from traditional to contemporary. We’re talking lemongrass infused laksa dumplings, chocolate, foie gras and pork xiao long bao, and a modern reinterpretation of ice kachang. The roster of chefs includes some of Singapore’s leading talents such as Ignatius Chan of Iggy’s, one of San Pellegrino’s top 50 restaurants in the world, and Willin Low from the cutting-edge, Wild Rocket.

Together, the chefs and container are on a global tour to import the flavors of Singapore to a city near you. For 3-days at a time, Singapore Takeout will touch down in everywhere from Moscow to Delhi, Paris to Dubai, New York to Hong Kong. In each stop, local chefs will unite with the Singapore team to introduce the world to the city’s vibrant dining scene, from hawker eats to fine-dining delights.

Get your fork on the ready and check out when they’ll touch down near you. A shipping container surely has never looked or tasted so good.


Pop-Up Taco Joint La Carnita, Toronto, Canada

On a Sunday night in December, in a cavernous, subterranean space in a small office building on Bathurst St. near Bloor, in Toronto, there are 45 people gathered. Each person has paid $150 to attend the Mexican feast hosted by underground supper club Charlie’s Burgers.  The price is much steeper than Richmond’s regular $10 charge for three tacos at his pop-up La Carnita, but this is one of Charlie’s Burgers’ less expensive meals. Tonight, diners will eat foie gras and plantain gorditas, lobster tacos and horchata cocktails.  Richmond, 36, has no professional training or experience as a cook. He is the design director at Toronto firm One Method. Yet since La Carnita launched in July, serving only during the lunch hour, he has magnetized Toronto foodsters’ attention with his travelling taco party.


Nomiya Temporary Rooftop Restaurant

Le Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris temporarily played host to a transportable pod restaurant called Nomiya in 2009. The work of Parisian architect Pascal Grasso, Nomiya featured a dining room for twelve with panoramic views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. At night, it was illuminated like a lantern, with purple lights shining through its glass cabin and perforated metal screen.


LudoBites Guerrilla-Style ‘Touring’ Restaurant

Chef Ludo Lefebvre brings his cuisine to locations around the nation as part of his Sundance Channel show, ‘Ludo Bites America’. Each incarnation of LudoBites has overtaken an unused space, initially in the Los Angeles area, in guerrilla fashion (though not, of course, without the permission of the property owners.) Though perhaps more known for his buffalo hunting and eating thanks to the reality show, Lefebvre’s cuisine draws massive sell-out crowds to each temporary installment of the restaurant.


Occupy Wall Street

Building on the momentum of the Arab Spring movements, protesters in the US are gathering in New York City’s financial district in a bid to show mass resistance against the dominance of the country’s financial system.
What started as an online campaign has translated into action on the ground, with protest organisers calling for thousands of people to “occupy Wall Street” on Saturday.
“On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” organisers wrote on thewww.occupywallst.org website.
“Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”
The leaderless movement includes hacktivist group Anonymous among the protesters. The group released a video online calling on people to take to the streets on September 17.
Similar to the structure of the hacktivist group itself there is no defined central authority, but Twitter accounts like @AnonOps are hubs of information for those attending the protests in person and virtually.
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Day 12 – 28-09-11

Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.

Noam Chomsky

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