The Prestige hotel, mixing Victorian architecture and tropical style

Tropical style is not often associated with Victorian architecture, yet Penang in Malaysia and its sunny capital George Town are home to The Prestige hotel, a magical and modern interpretation of traditional Victorian design. Located alongside sumptuous 19th-century English colonial buildings, all listed as a UNESCO heritage site, the 162-room hotel is reminiscent of a revisited Victorian tropical Eden.

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Heytea’s zen store in China

The Heytea concept is currently taking China’s tea lovers by storm. Like its competitor Starbucks, Heytea offers take-away teas with an incomparable flavour. Served by the chain in large tumblers, ‘cheese teas’ are teas covered in a layer of fromage frais. To welcome its many customers and uphold to its high-quality brand image, Heytea creates unique design boutiques that are as zen as they are fun. In Xiamen, Heytea has just opened a new store inspired by ‘shanshui’, traditional Chinese paintings.

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A new futuristic and fun concept store for children’s book publisher, Rubio

In Valencia, Spain, Masquespacio creative consultancy has unveiled a brand new concept store for the famous publisher of educational books, Rubio. In a fun, futuristic style evoked by the “Quirky Wonderland” concept – the LOUD theme of the SS21 Design Digital Study, the store offers the opportunity for young and old alike to discover books in a new way, thanks to new technologies.

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Yakafu, the DIY bakery

The Chinese design studio KCA has created a brand new bakery concept in Shanghai where the customer can buy their bread at the same time as learning how to cook in a graphic, colourful and highly Instagrammable decor. This project falls within a general trend for innovation in China, which is looking to become an opinion leader in the design sector.

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Between dream and reality: Alexis Christodoulou’s 3D architecture

Alexis Christodoulou is a self-taught artist living in South Africa, who creates imaginary architectural spaces using 3D software, which he then posts on his successful Instagram account @teaaalexis. Fascinated by the world of video games and 3D graphics, this former advertising copywriter lamented these images’ lack of aesthetics. His work creates a subtle blend between digital art and his phantasmagorical obsessions.

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Virgil Abloh revisits Vitra’s classics

It’s far from Virgil Abloh’s first collaboration. After Nike, Supreme, Ikea and many others, Virgil Abloh, the star designer of the moment and Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director, has joined forces with the iconic furniture designer and manufacturer Vitra. Together they are presenting the Twentythirtyfive installation reflecting Virgil Abloh’s thinking in Zaha Hadid’s fire station at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein.

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