I have this thing with stairs

Forget about the wheel. More than 8.000 years ago, somebody came up with the great idea of bridging a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical ones. A new functional element to move in space was invented.

It’s staggering just how many iconic stairs provided value to spaces and rapidly evolved beyond aesthetic and engineering virtuosity into symbolism, power and religion references for maximum impact. From the Tower of Babel to the stairway to the Acropolis.

No matter where you are you find fascinating staircases that make your day more enjoyable. Here are some of the ones I have found during the last couple of years.

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7 reasons why you should be in Denmark for Christmas

Denmark is seriously reinventing its Christmas traditions, so If you have always wondered what it would be like to experience a refreshingly Nordic Christmas, now is the time. It only takes a few minutes to pick up your phone and call that Danish family you met on holidays or that business girl from the last business fair and get invited. A SAS or Norwegian seat is waiting with your name on it to a Scandinavian country that can offer new experiences fuelled by design. Continue reading

How Modernism Was Invented In The Japanese Middle Ages

Do you believe that modernist architecture is western culture’s gift to the world? If so, think again. Modernism has been less disruptively original as you might think. What lies behind many of the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, or the Eameses were actually invented in the Japanese middle ages. We have just copied and pasted them into European designs and almost no one has noticed. Continue reading

Mid-Century Houses for Mad Men

For you trying to escape reality, Mad Men is the right place. Millions have sought comfort in entertainment, namely from this award-winning show. Becoming one of the most influential shows in recent history, Mad Men has delivered some complex narratives and sharp descriptions of our commercial selves from the ‘40s through the ‘70s. This Emmy Award-winning show is now coming to an end. Continue reading

9 Ways Tyler Brûlé Has Changed Your Life

No worries if you have never heard of Tyler Brûlé, because many of us working with advertising, marketing, design, and media have. And much of what you have seen, liked and done in the last 15 years has been heavily influenced by Brûlé and the people behind Wallpaper* magazine. Wallpaper* was the must-read glossy, global living guide for future trends at the turn of the century. Continue reading

The Incredible Thing Is That The House In Ex Machina Is Real

Do not expect to meet Alicia Vikander, but do get ready to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and the mid-century modern interiors at the  Juvet Landscape Hotel in Northern Norway. We love great film locations in this blog and Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina deserves a post. This stylish movie about nature and artificial intelligence is a must-see at home. Continue reading

One Painful Truth About Your Dinner Tonight

Chances are you are wearing jeans, t-shirts or sweaters for dinner and you definitely should consider dressing up.

Get inspiration from a time when people were as glamorous at home as they are on the red carpet today. In 1958, Life Magazine provided a glimpse inside one of the most stylish American homes at the time, the Beattie residence. This solid piece of good design from the American architect Ulrich Franzen, well known for the mid century Modern aficionado. Continue reading

It was my first Airbnb booking and they nailed it

After booking a stay in Lisbon with their new app, it is quite clear to me why Airbnb is challenging the lodging industry like no other service has ever done. With more 800,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries, Airbnb provides a new travel experience: staying in another person’s home. I must say that Airbnb is in different league than the usual hotel chains. This is why: Continue reading

The good (Danish) life

Our family enjoys living in a housing project in Greater Copenhagen designed in the sixties by one of the most prominent architectural studios at that time, Fællestegnestuen. It is a high-density development with an inward-looking plan clearly inspired by kasbahs. The exterior walls are plain white facades without windows, but there are large windows facing the garden. The one-story atrium houses are built in a grid in which car and foot traffic are completely grade-separated. You can ride your bike many kilometers in the city without crossing a road.

Modern Home For A Modern Family

While working for the city council during the 1920’s, Ángel González produced some of the best romantic palaces and historicist buildings in the city of Cáceres, in Western Spain. Some might have originally expected him to continue on that trajectory during that prosperous period in Spain, but González shifted dramatically into Functionalism, designing the most modern housing in Cáceres at his time. Continue reading