Design Inspiration From Our Travels
2017 has been a great year for us and whether for business or pleasure, we've been lucky enough to travel to some incredible places around the world, making sure that we checked out what the locals were up to every step of the way. Here's a little round up of Design Inspiration and other things that sparked our interest throughout the year.
Ministry of New, Mumbai
Ed has been making monthly trips to Mumbai this year as part of an ongoing contract with celebrated local restaurateur AD Singh and Ministry of New provides welcome calm and solace from the busy, bustling streets of the city. This co-working "Professional Oasis" was designed by Dutch Art Director and Co-founder Marlies Bloemendaal, and is the perfect place for a productive day's work, networking, collaboration and taking time out over a good book.
We adore the Library for it's tranquility and design with Marlies' eye for detail creating an evolving, ever-interesting space, whilst the Gallery is a hushed, bright and serene environment for focusing on the day's task list and getting things done.
The Pulitzer, Amsterdam
As far as boutique hotels go, The Pulitzer is up there at the top of our list. Spanning a block between the Prinsengracht and Keisersgracht and comprising no less than 25 original canal-side houses, the hotel is a rabbit warren of understated, elegant and considered design encompassing stunning courtyards, restaurants, bars and common spaces.
The property felt warm and cosy on the grey December afternoon of our visit, but we can’t wait to go back in the summer and soak up some sun on one of those courtyards.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This striking property sites at the very tip of Baja California Sur, where the sea of Cortez meets the Pacific. Whilst we weren’t blown away by dinner at their signature restaurant, Manta, we were wowed by the ground floor lobby, lounge and bar which bears the full weight of the property above whilst being open to the elements, and therefore uninterrupted views of the sea and the Land’s End promontory which makes for an incredible back drop to one of the finest sunsets we’ve ever seen.
25 Hours Hotel, Vienna
Our projects with Marriott hotels in both Europe and the US have meant that we’ve been keeping a close eye on the mid-market hotel sector this year. Along with stays at the new-ish Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam and Citizen M Tower of London, a night at Vienna’s 25 Hours Hotel gave us real insight in to the sector and how operators are creating original experiences through in room quirks, heavily millennial-focused branding and solid food & beverage outlets patronised by non-residents as much as hotel guests themselves.
25 Hours ticks all the relevant trend boxes as well as features such as free bicycle hire, Minis to test drive, balcony bath tubs, curated retail, in-your-face instagrammable branding and uber trendy staff.
Koinonia Coffee Roasters, Mumbai
Great coffee has traditionally been hard to find in India, and whilst the country has grown coffee commercially since the 1600’s, the industry has been slow to react to industry changes elsewhere on the globe. With homegrown chains such as Café Coffee Day dominating the market alongside Starbucks, the sector has been flooded with mediocrity and pedestrian high street offerings.
We were hugely relieved when Koinonia opened their roastery and café a stone’s throw from our client’s office in Mumbai and, ever since we’ve been making daily visits for their perfect flat whites, cold brew and their ‘Affogato menu’, the latter being their way of introducing a market used to sweet, syrupy coffees, to black coffee and more refined flavours.
Anglo, Clerkenwell, London
And so to wrap things up, we’ve racked our brains and debated heavily the subject of best meal of the year. Contenders included Mumbai’s Masque and Stoke Newington’s Perilla, we finally settled on the absolutely flawless Anglo just off Leather Lane in Clerkenwell.
We struggled to find fault in a single element of a single dish, as we made our way through what is probably the best value tasting menu in London, washed down by some fabulous natural Czech wines from Ota Ševčík, whom we’d been introduced to at Moravia’s Autentikfest the week before.
From everyone at Rebel, have a very Merry Christmas and our best wishes for a delicious and beautiful 2018.