Less A Massage, More A Cure…

Rohan Quarry Day

Lisa Richards was looking for more than a fancy spa treatment, she was looking for an end to relentless back pain. Rohan Quarry Day, Christina Ong’s personal physician, had the solution.

Read more: http://civilianglobal.com/features/rohan-quarry-day-best-massage-in-london-metropolitan-by-como/#ixzz33rlx0I5Y

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Best In Show // Andrew Pinkham

Philadelphia-based Andrew Pinkham‘s photographic work has an ethereal quality, thanks to his delicate handling of light, and the illustrative elements he adds to his work after an initial photo shoot takes place.

Challenging the viewer’s preconceptions of what we think of as ‘historical’ or ‘authentic’, the final images resemble the work of 18th and 19th century painters; the work of animal portraitists such as George Stubbs and John James Audubon come to mind. Some of his work uses human models, others canine poseurs, others still, eerie street and city scenes, their style influenced by the sombre portraiture of that era.

Some are playful and comical, using props or whimsical composition, a coming together of photography and illustration, “Not knowing where one ends and the other begins,” as Pinkham explains it. Re-engineering natural light in his studio or on location, he strives to replicate the same beautiful effect that his environmental portraits boast.
+DETAILS
To discuss commissions, telephone Andrew on: 215-901-0445
www.andrewpinkham.com

Country Life // Luxury Cotswold Rentals

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We first saw the picture-postcard-perfect Cotswold townhouse, The Old Surgery, on Escape To The Country. A stunning property, the buyer said that they planned to turn in into a B&B – we wanted to book ourselves in there and then. So we were delighted to hear that this beautiful Tetbury home is now available to rent. The beautifully designed property is owned by photographer and artist Maria Stengard-Green and her work is an integral part of the look and feel of the place. Contemporary design and furnishings sit seamlessly within the magnificent Elizabethan splendour. Four stylish bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests. Open fireplaces, cozy sitting areas, a professionally kitted out kitchen and a gorgeous Provence style courtyard provide plenty of space. And best of all, The Old Surgery at Tetbury allows well behaved pets. Henry, our office pooch, is as excited as we are.
+DETAILS
Tel: +44 7989 404 535
www.luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk

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Gift Aid // Resource’s Christmas Wish List

Leaving it a bit late, aren’t you? Because we wouldn’t want to deny you that lovely, warm feeling you get from gift-giving, here’s our Christmas wish list of outstanding items. Stationery, jewellery, art, fashion accessories and outrageously expensive objéts for the home: you can’t go wrong with a gift coming from any of these categories. Choose carefully though, dear reader, as your choice says an awful lot about you.
For us? You shouldn’t have…

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(from top to bottom)

1. Lanvin shopper
It’s totes amazing. It’s a tote. It’s amazing. And it’s by Lanvin. And we love it. Big enough for a cheeky overnight stay – clean pants, socks, iPad, glossy magazine, cashmere jumper, Gucci washbag – this crocodile shopper is divine. And yours (well, ours) for just $25,000. Snip! If you can’t quite stretch to that, there’s a cute Lanvin iPad on netaporter.com for £80 which would make us happy. But not totes happy.
www.lanvin.com

2. Smythson notepad
Thinking of beautifully-made stationery? Yes, Smythson is obvious, but look at it: it’s beautiful. The Panama notebook is our note-taker of choice.
£45, from Smythson
www.smythson.com

3. Chanel book
A hefty, beautifully produced coffee table tome is a sure-fire winner for us. Ensure the cover is beautifully designed and its contents about fashion, architecture or fine art.
Chanel Three Book Set, Special Edition, Assouline, $750
www.assouline.com

4. Sunglasses
We love the new season collection of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. These classic style aviators will be the perfect staple for any wardrobe.
£350, Mr Porter
www.mrporter.com

5. Frederic Malle perfume
Heaven scent: Frederic Malle’s beautiful collection of aromas is on the list of every stylish lady and gent in the Capital – ours included.
Musc Ravager, £90 from Liberty
www.liberty.co.uk

6. Toothpaste squeezer
We have a new favourite online store: Park and Bond is a beautifully curated collection of fashion and accessories for those with style and taste. We love a functional-yet-fabulous gift, hence our wish for this toothpaste squeezer (we kid you not).
www.parkandbond.com

7. Cufflink holder
And while you’re there, pick us up their exquisite cufflink case. Unnecessary luxe. Divine.
www.parkandbond.com

8. Horse’s head
Horse play: Anthropologie can do no wrong this Christmas. From adorable little stocking fillers, to showstoppers like this Andalucian horse head, we insist upon at least one gift from their collection.
£398, www.anthropologie.co.uk

Design For Life // London Design Festival

This year’s London Design Festival is a must for connoisseurs of fine design. Nine days celebrating the UK’s most prolific, exciting and groundbreaking designers, the entire capital will be taken over by events, exhibitions, pop-up galleries and landmark projects. Here is our pick of just a few of the visual delights going on show, from 17 to 25 September.

A_LA: Timber Wave
Amanda Levete Architects and Arup’s Timber Wave creates a dramatic welcome to visitors to the V&A – the new host venue for the Festival – on the busy Cromwell Road. As the lights go down over London, watch as passers-by and commuters on buses stare in wonder at this beautiful piece. On-site from 17 September to 15 October.
+DETAILS: V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. www.vam.ac.uk/
While you’re there:
Hyde Park’s boating lake
is the perfect spot from which to see the city from a very different viewpoint. If rowing isn’t your forte, hire a pedal boat and play chase with the resident ducks and swans.

 


Perspectives: St Paul’s Cathedral
John Pawson’s installation at one of London’s most iconic structures is a must-see at this year’s Festival. An elegant, stone, spiral staircase, rarely seen by visitors, is the location for a collaboration with Swarovski. Pawson has created a precision-made lens which sits at the bottom of the stairwell. Combined with a spherical convex mirror at the top of the stairs, together they create a breathtaking composite image of the view upwards, through to the top of the tower.
+DETAILS: Saint Paul’s Church Yard, London, EC4M 8AD
While you’re there:

If the sun’s shining, pop over to the Jean Nouvel-designed One New Change shopping centre and head to the top floor for dramatic views of the St Paul’s cupola. Oh, and a glass of Moët Ice at Madison. Read our review here.
Madison, One New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF. Tel: 0208 305 3088.

Lee Broom, Salon
Award-winning designer, and Resource’s chair designer of choice, Lee Broom debuts his new upholstery collection at this year’s London Design Festival. ‘Salon’ is inspired by the curvy lines of the 1930s, and boasts sexy, soft silhouettes, stud detailing and nods towards haute-couture. Broom will also be creating an exclusive design salon in his Shoreditch studios, an intimate setting that will showcase the work beautifully.
+DETAILS: Lee Broom’s studios, Electra House, 93 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY.
While you’re there:
Design is thirsty work. Head over to Loungelover, the beautifully hip bar created by the team behind Les Trois Garcons, for a heady cocktail. We can highly recommend the Lavender Lady: Berkley Square gin, wild lavender, kaffir lime leaves, agave nectar and peach liqueur. 1 Whitby Street, London, E1 6JU. Tel: 0207 012 1234.

 

London Design Festival Breakfast Talks, Marcel Wanders
One of the world’s most prolific and unique designers, Wanders’ designs are quirky, fun and functional. A true design powerhouse, as well as pieces for internationally-renowned furniture houses, he is founder, art director and co-owner of design label Moooi (above). As well as products, Wanders has designed the Mondrian Hotel in Miami, and created the interior of the new Villa Moda store in the World Trade Center in Bahrain.
+DETAILS: 23 September, V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. (Pictured: Gothic Chair by Studio Job for Moooi. See more pieces from Moooi’s collection at The White Building, Portobello Dock).
While you’re there:
The V&A’s shop, in the world’s finest art and design museum, is one of the best museum stores we’ve seen. We especially love the Yohji Yamamoto concession, with exclusive t-shirts, bags and scarves.

 

REDDRESS
Contrasting location with form, this dress, an installation-slash-performance-piece, is made from 550 metres of crimson Finnish wool. Its bodice is the stage for a performance artist, while its pleats and folds are enormous enough to hold and envelop some 238 visitors.
+DETAILS: 22-25 September, York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2. www.reddress.fi
While you’re there:
Cream tea at Albion, just down the road in Shoreditch, at the pavement-level caff of Conran’s Boundary, is a steal: a pot of perfectly brewed English breakfast tea served with scones, jam and cream, plus cheeky chunks of excellent brownie, dense fruitcake and flapjack. We never thought we’d ever say this, but we recommend sharing.
Boundary, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD. Tel +44 (0)20 7729 1051.

 


Barber Osgerby: Ascent
Designers of the London 2012 Olympic torchere, and creators of show-stopping furniture for the likes of Established & Sons and Vitra, this is Edward and Jay’s first gallery show.
+DETAILS: 24 September – 19 November. Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET.
While you’re there:
Cross Regent Street and pop to Hix Soho for a spot of lunch. Mark Hix’s sexy, sleek, art-clad restaurant serves celebratory British dishes and some fine cocktails. Read our review here. Hix Soho, 70 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9. Tel: 020 7292 3518. www.hixsoho.co.uk

 

 

 


One Day Designer Sale
Fill your home with beautiful pieces of work by UK designers at this one-day sale. Exhibitors include London Kills Me, Susan Bradley (work pictured), NamNam Ceramics, Creative Clerkenwell and Design With Flair.
+DETAILS: Monday 19 September, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, www.craftcentral.org.uk
While you’re there:
Need a sugar rush after splashing all that cash? Walk south-ish down St John’s Lane and partake in a near-religious foodie moment: a custard filled donut from Fergus Henderson’s St John Bread and Wine. An outrageous lump of sugar, carbs and creamy custard, this fried bundle of love is a must-eat London experience.  St. JOHN Bar and Restaurant, 26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY. www.stjohnrestaurant.com/

 

Tokyobike Tour
Get on a rather stylish bike and peddle your way around some of the best exhibitions and events during London Design Festival, thanks to the collaboration between Japanese bike brand Tokyobike and London Design Guide. There are tours all through the festival, and each includes expert commentary from a different design expert. Only 10 places are available per day, so book now. The price is £30 per tour (each tour lasts for three hours), and this includes lunch at designjunction‘s pop-up cafe, a bike and helmet. Peddling hosts include Aidan Walker, Duncan Riches, Johanna Agerman Ross and Max Fraser.
+DETAILS: Tours depart from designjunction’s Holborn HQ, Victoria House Basement, 37-63 Southampton Row.
While you’re there:
Still feeling energetic? Head to Holborn’s branch of All Star Lanes for some retro ten-pin bowling fun. All Star Lanes, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, London, WC1B 4DA. Tel: 020 7025 2676.

Photo credits: REDDRESS photographed by Bernhard Ludewig; John Pawson photographed by Susan Smart.

Modern Mews-ings

The Modern House‘s newest listing ticks many of our design boxes: a once-industrial space converted into a lateral residential space down a quiet, cobbled mews in Tufnell Park, London.

Used as a mechanics’ workshop from the 1920s until the 1970s, the space was transformed by development company Kube in 2006. It now boasts a large kitchen/dining room, with newly-installed kitchen, reception room, four bedrooms (one with its own separate entrance from the mews – we’ve earmarked it as our office), and a bathroom.

With generous proportions, the space is flooded with light thanks to large rooflights.

Part of the Tavistock Terrace Conservation Area, this is a highly sought-after, tree-lined area of North London, with tube stations nearby at Tufnell Park and Archway. For foodies, there’s a plethora of gastropubs on your doorstep, with our favourites including The Southampton Arms, Bull & Last and St John’s Tavern.
+DETAILS
Tavistock Terrace, Tufnell Park, London N19
£799,950 Freehold
Tel: 08456 344 068
www.themodernhouse.net

Easy Rider // made.com

We love bikes. And while we may not clamber onto two wheels as often as we’d like to (admittedly, the Resource team are not hardcore, go-anywhere cyclists now that we’ve moved our HQ back to the mean streets of London), cycling aesthetics please us in many ways: from the, erm, alluring lycra outfits that enticed us to watch each and every stage of the Tour de France, to the mechanics and design of bikes. Whether it’s a super-cool fixed gear affair ridden by a Shoreditch hipster or a precision engineered racing machine, we love.
Made.com, the website currently responsible for us living beyond our means, has a shiny new old-school Hollander bike now on its beautiful books. Designed for comfort, it’s available in vintage pink, buttermilk cream and khaki green with leather-look handles for a smooth ride. Priced at £179 (compared to a high street price of £549), we’re thinking of trading in the Prius.
+DETAILS
www.made.com

E14 Living

Our new publication for the Canary Wharf-based estate agents, Alan Selby & Partners, is out now. A luxury lifestyle newspaper, with a strong emphasis on the property market, as well as luxury lifestyle news, is produced quarterly and is delivered directly to the homes of the area’s most wealthy residents. View issue one online here.

If you are interested in producing direct marketing for your clients, which includes bespoke editorial and strong branding for your company, contact Rachel Seed: rachel@resource-magazine.com

Chicken Coup

Urban smallholders need not spoil the line of their precisely designed lawn or take the shine off their Kettal furniture by filling their gardens with ugly kit for keeping their chucks happy. British company nogg have created a sculptural home for chickens with their egg-shaped, glass-topped coop. Created by Matthew Hayward and Nadia Turan, the nogg’s stunning good looks are a sculptural shell for precision engineering and function, with features including fox-proof locks, stainless steel trimming and a design that means it’s easy to clean and collect your bounty. Big enough to house four chickens, the nogg and its inhabitants should keep a family in fresh eggs on a day-to-day basis. Sustainable living, made beautiful.
+DETAILS
Order your nogg for £1950, including delivery.
Tel: +44 (0)7812 084335

No Regrets // Robbie Williams’ former home for sale

Robbie Williams’ old bachelor pad in Notting Hill is up for sale. Flooded with light, with its own private doorway out into the bustling heart of Notting Hill, Williams’ apartment above the local Paul Smith shop (well, it was never going to be above a kebab shop, was it?) has quirky touches, as you’d expect, including a show-stealing light installation by Niamh Barry and a roof garden designed by Chelsea Gold medallist Caspar Gabb. Interiors features include a double-height gallery, BOSE integrated music system, five-star hotel-worthy Lutron lighting, and a master bedroom suite with two further bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom.
+DETAILS
The property, on Kensington Park Road, London, W11 is on the market with DomusNova for £3,450,000, and measures nearly 190 square metres. For more information, go to: www.domusnova.co.uk or give one of their team a call on: 0207 727 1717.

Designer Pad

Two celebrity house snoops in one day – we’re very happy right now. (And easily pleased!). Obviously they’re not just any celebrities, but design aficionados. Second up is Kelly Hoppen MBE’s Georgian terrace in Notting Hill. Currently on the market for a guide price of £6 million, the property boasts a drawing room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, master bedroom suite and guest bedroom suite, gym, dressing room, cloakroom and laundry room. You’ll also get a designed garden, balcony and two terraces for your six-mil, as well as a private staff entrance, so you don’t have to rub shoulders with the cook on the way out to your waiting car. Beautifully designed – well, it is Kelly Hoppen’s house, after all – we’re putting in a call in to see if she’ll throw in the furniture too.
+DETAILS
For viewings, contact Nick Crayson at Crayson
10 Lambton Place, London W11 2SH
Tel: 020 7221 1117

Behind Cavalli’s Keyhole

We love a sneak-peek at other people’s homes – especially when they’re homes of super-stylish, fashion dictators such as Roberto Cavalli. As we hoped, his new home is design heaven: we’re definitely a little bit in love with the building’s decorative cladding. The house, in Florence, created by architect Italo Rota, has a facade made from laser-cut sheet metal which has been treated with a frosted copper finish, which acts as a breathtaking light catcher. Produced by Marzorati Ronchetti, the metallic ‘lace’ changes the surface of the house as the light changes and casts shadows. We’d expect nothing less.

6 Things We Love Right Now

1. Japan vs. England

Opening Ceremony is the one-stop shop for fashionistas who want to get their hands on hard-to-find pieces and genius collaborations. One of our favourite pieces is this sublime combination of sharp Japanese tailoring and English classic style. The Barbour x Tokito Driving Jacket is one of five designs from a mini collection which also includes this season’s must-have: the trench.
When in NYC, be sure to stop by the new Opening Ceremony showroom at the super-cool and quirky Ace Hotel in Midtown.
+DETAILS
Barbour x Tokito driving jacket, $850
www.openingceremony.us
Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th Street, New York City
Tel: +1 212 679 2222
http://www.acehotel.com/newyork

2. A Hot Trunk For Your Junk

We’re a little bit obsessed with luggage here at Resource. One of our favourite shopping experiences on earth is the luggage hall at Selfridge’s. We love to spend an hour (or more) testing each and every case for durability, comfort and ease of wheeling. The latest shiny arrival that caught our eye is the Officer’s Trunk (in size medium) from the Mobilizer NXT Hardside collection by Victorinox. This aircraft-grade, aluminium trolley with a super-comfy grip comes into its own when opened thanks to its trunk-style lid which flips back 180 degrees, meaning your packing can be undertaken with precision. (It’s the only way we pack). And with added extras such as its trademarked Interlok Attach-A-Bag System, you can easily add an additional piece of luggage onto its front. So clever. And oh-so pretty (in a really butch way).
+DETAILS
http://www.victorinox.com/category/4/401/4514
Available from Selfridge’s in the UK
www.selfridges.co.uk

3. The Final Straw

We love these beautifully crafted glass straws, hand blown by Brian Doran that arrive wrapped in a soft leather case. The perfect accessory to add a little something extra to your home bar set-up, you’ll never drink a long, cool G&T without them ever again.
+DETAILS
Available from Commune Design
http://communedesign.com/shop-items/glass-drinking-straws

4. On Our Bikes

There’s something a little bit sexy about bike shops – we’re not sure if it’s the smell of the rubber or the shine of light on aluminium and titanium that gets us going. Or maybe it’s the clientele in their tight little lycra outfits. We’re not sure. But what we do know is that bike design is seriously hot right now, and nothing has gotten us as excited about strapping on a hair-do squashing cycle helmet as the Dutch designed Vanmoof. Starting at 398 Euros – which we think is a steal for a piece of functional, beautiful design – Vanmoof’s stripped back city bike is our ride of choice.
+DETAILS
http://www.vanmoof.com/

5. These Shoes Are The Business

Quite possibly the most eclectic collection of accessories and clothing that we ever had the pleasure of spending our hard-earned on, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shows off its owners’ collective eye for the beautiful and exquisite. Designers such as Awareness and Consciousness, Confettisystem, Phillip Low, Lindsey Thornburg and Three As Four are showcased at this Lower East Side boutique. Show-stoppers for us came in the form of Dieppa Restrepo’s ambiguous, asexual footwear, so beautifully crafted that they’re almost too good for the sidewalks of Manhattan. Other accessory and clothing heaven high points include Haltbar’s mohair cardigans, knotted necklaces by Confettisystem, a steel coloured wrap tanktop by Ohne Titel and handmade wooden arrows by Fredericks and Mae. Although we’re not entirely sure what we’re meant to do with them.
+DETAILS
Shoes pictured, L>R: Light Grey Oxford (Elephant) $225; White On White Coca/Cao Oxford $259; Navy On Grey Coca/Cao Oxford $259
123 Norfolk Street, New York
Tel: +1 212 673 6405
http://maryamnassirzadeh.com/DieppaRestrepo.html

6. The Rug Of Love

We’re in the market for some fashion for our flooring. We’ve always been keen followers of The Rug Company’s ever-growing collection of work by some of the art and design world’s most important folk, and we applaud the arrival of Tom Dixon into their talented fold. Bold and graphic – we’d expect nothing less from Mr Dixon – the four-piece collection was launched at last year’s London Design Festival and was inspired by the iconic TV test card.
Office pooch Henry is going to have to find somewhere else to sleep as his derrière will not be allowed near this beauty.
+DETAILS
http://www.therugcompany.info

Design For Life

MarioC

100% Design is up there on our calendar of must-attend events, whether that be the event in London or Tokyo. With the London event now over, we’re looking forward to Tokyo’s turn at the end of this month. One of this year’s excellent spin-offs in London was the opening of design workshops and pop-up stores around the UK capital for the Icon Design Trail. We spent an entire afternoon, after a quick couple of glasses of Champagne on Boundary’s roof terrace, pounding the streets of Shoreditch. Offices and studios normally with their doors closed to passing punters had thrown their shutters wide, so we could go in for a good old nose: from architecture firms to design offices, from pop-up galleries, to renowned stores opening their doors to their Stateside pals. We’re petitioning to make sure that the canary yellow signs are kept permanently in place.
Tokyo’s 100% Design event takes place between 30 October and 3 November and exhibitors include Taschen Japan, Italian eco-flooring specialists Tribalia, quirky modular furniture designers Peli Design, Florence-based glassmakers Mario Cioni & C (their beautiful Harry glasses are pictured above). The event takes place, handily, at Jingu Gaien-mae in the heart of Tokyo
Tickets are available here.

Wish List #2

People, places, shiny things, tasty things. Here are just a few gorgeous bits of stuff that we’d love to eat/own/be near/drink right now. Please.

1. Deer Damask wallpaper by Barneby Gates

Deer-damask

Forget Cole & Son and Osbourne & Little: this new range of quirky, beautiful wallpaper by Vogue’s Living Editor Vanessa Barneby and artist and illustrator Alice Gates is one of our favourite new interiors finds of the year. Quintessentially English – in other words, super-stylish, but with a witty, whimsical edge – other designs include an old school crest design, called Carpe Noctem, which, when you look closer, reveals ladies showing more than you’d expect on a roll of wallpaper, and a delicate butterfly and insect print. Prices start from £65 per roll.

2. An 80s-style Timex watch

Timex
We spent far, far, far too long mooching in The Bluebird shop on King’s Road the other day. It doesn’t help that their staff are so bloody charming and helpful. What was meant to be a quick visit after a cup of coffee in the sunshine turned into an epic shopping trip. Like sweeties at the counter, there was a technicolour array of Timex digital watches just where we were paying for our haul of goodies, so we grabbed a handful to match several outfits. Not that the Hublot Big Bang will be gathering dust, but sometimes a splash of colour works beautifully. Priced around £45, depending on the model.
*HOT OFF THE PRESS: look out for pieces by ceramacist supremo Jonathan Adler in The Shop at Bluebird’s new pop-up concession.
+DETAILS
The Shop At Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, London
SW3 5UU
Tel: 020 7351 3873

3. A Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

Nikon

We’re over-the-moon with our new office camera, the Nikon D90, but for those of us in the team who want to travel light, then we think the addition of the new S1000pj will be perfect for those instantaneous snaps. With a more-than-decent 12.1 megapixels, it is, however, the sleek camera’s built-in projector that has got us very excited indeed. Cue slideshow presentations and impromptu Powerpoint-style shows about our travels wherever a white wall can be found. You lucky people.

4. A trip to Tahoe

Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton’s latest opening sees Lake Tahoe, near San Francisco, at last getting some five star treatment – until now, the only decent place to stay, if you didn’t have friends with lakeside houses, was the excellent Plumpjack Resort in North Lake Tahoe (we’re big fans of the brand here at Resource – some of the best service we’ve ever experienced in a restaurant was at the Plumpjack Café in San Fran).
The 170-room Ritz-Carlton Highlands will offer luxury accommodation all year round, and will boast the must-have alpine service: ski-in, ski-out, as well as ski valet services – basically, lovely gents who help squeeze your feet into your pre-warmed boots, point you down-piste and push you gently off. After a hard day on the piste, be sure to make the most of the hotel’s spa where you’ll have your aching muscles expertly soothed.
The must-book rooms are on the hotel’s Club Level: on a separate floor, you’ll benefit from a relaxed lounge area which serves excellent quality food and drink all day and includes its own concierge.
Opens 9 December 2009
+DETAILS
www.ritzcarlton.com

5. A swim in the pool at The Joule

joule

You can’t beat a show-stopping hotel pool, and whilst infinity pools dropping away to the sea offer a sense of calm, we’re rather partial to an open-air pool in the middle of a bustling city – especially when it’s high above the frenetic pace of the metropolis below. Our knees shook a little when we first saw shots of The Joule’s out-there pool. The newly-refurbished hotel  in the heart of Dallas, Texas now comes complete with must-be-seen-at rooftop pool, which drops frighteningly away to the streets below. Hold your breath and press your face up against the glass for an interesting view on Dallas’s cityscape. And when things get a little too hot, recline on a lounger and let one of the pool’s attendants spritz you with a cooling lavender spray. Now that’s what we call service.

A Very English Summer

deckchair

While key members of our team may have jetted off to California (short straws were most certainly pulled), there are still English summer stalwarts left in the office, including Resource pooch Henry who drags us out into our garden whenever he can. When the sun does manage to glimpse out from behind the gathering storm clouds, we rush out, an expertly-mixed Pimms No.1 Cup in hand, to make the most of our rather fine garden with even finer al fresco furniture. Our favourite – and most English of all – are these rather wonderful, beautifully-designed deck chairs by Thornback & Peel. We’re drawn, for some reason, to the jelly and pigeon motif – we’re not sure what it means or says about us, but it certainly screams ‘English country garden’. Priced just £114.50, they’ll add character and eccentricity to even the most tiny of city gardens.

pigeon-jelly

Totally Wired

stag

We’re a green-fingered bunch here at Resource. Our new veg plot and ornamental herb garden are flourishing, and rather than obsessing about the décor of our interiors, we’re feeling rather fanciful about all things outdoors – despite this so-called summer. We love these life-size wire sculptures by Lincolnshire-based company Honey & McAlpine and think they would sit beautifully at the bottom of our garden. As well as beasts resident of this fair isle, there are also sculptures of more exotic horned creatures including impala, antelope and kudu. The stag is priced at £1495.

Hotel Inspectors

Tresanton

We’ve been busy travelling extensively around the UK over the last couple of months, staying in some of the UK’s best hotels and discovering some hidden gems – we could use the word “staycation”, but we’d rather not! Click on our Travel Reviews on the right to read about Hotel Endsleigh’s wow factor (pictured above), the Hotel du Vin chain’s new unlikely location in Poole in Dorset, and see what our Editor Lisa Richards thought about Olga Polizzi’s Cornish outpost, Hotel Tresanton.

A Novel Idea

penguins-old

We’re huge fans of Penguin’s iconic orange novels – design classics, we collect them by the box full on ebay. However, recent new takes on the series by various designers have seen our affections shifting somewhat. Bill Amberg‘s six favourite novels were lovingly bound in the most sumptuous calves’ leather, meaning that the more you handle and read the books, the more beautiful they become. His chosen six were The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), A Room With A View (E M Forster), The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald), The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler), Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh) and Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Truman Capote).

penguin-amberg

Another of our favourite interpretations were those created a couple of years back for Penguin Classics’ Diamond Anniversary: iconic designers and architects were asked to redesign and repackage their favourite Penguin Classic. Ron Arad, Sam Taylor-Wood, Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith and design partnership Fuel created a sold-out collection of unique tomes, each limited to just 1000 editions – evoking the spirit of each book, while making design statements. We continually search ebay in the hope of finding them.

Taylor Wood

All That Jazz!

Barely has Cheltenham recovered from the excesses of the Gold Cup and along comes another event in the town’s glittering calendar. And what better place to rest your weary head during the proceedings of this year’s star-packed Budvar Cheltenham Jazz Festival than at the gorgeous Cowley Manor? Taking place from 27 April, both new talent and old (jazz) hands will be taking to the stage, while gig-goers will be washing down the performances with some expertly-mixed cocktails back at the hotel’s sleek bar. The only way to do a festival, in our humble opinion, is from the comfort of a five-star hotel.
Cowley Manor, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NL
Tel: 01242 870 900
http://www.cowleymanor.com
For more information about the Festival, go to: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

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