A fashion museum in Milan, Paris’ coolest design store, or an unconventional grand hotel in Stockholm: Wherever she goes, Barbara Benz discovers exceptional places. She compiled a collection of some of her most-exciting discoveries.
On the occasion of the 40th birthday of his fashion label, Giorgio Armani realised a long-held dream: He opened his fashion museum, the Armani Silos. On 4,500 square metres, the creative master exhibits legendary designs and spectacular collections spanning four decades, a total of 600 outfits and 200 accessories. The tour of the four floors of the former grain silo simultaneously offers a journey through the history of cinema, for movie stars such as Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Tom Cruise are among the best Armani customers on and off the screen.
Elegant, comfortable, and very sophisticated: The architectural office of Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel, and Partners realised a true gem with the first Bulgari Hotel, opened in 2005 in Milan. The furnishings are still state of the art, with black marble from Zimbabwe, cream-coloured linen wallpaper, and furniture designs by Flexform and B&B Italia.
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Mascarpone, Fiordilatte, and Cioccolato fondente all’arancia – the names of these ice cream creations alone sound like a symphony. The absolute specialty of the ambitious Milanese ice cream parlour is the deep-green Pistacchio di Bronte, lightly roasted and salted. Delicious!
Classic, relaxed, and without the typical stiffness of other five-star hotels. Guests can simply relax at the Lydmar in Stockholm. What makes this grand hotel one of the most beloved venues for travellers from all over the world? The great location overlooking the sea, the first-class restaurant with a sun terrace, and of course the eclectic mix of old and new.
Chandeliers by Lindsey Adelman, luminaires by Apparatus, and sculptural nesting tables by Anna Karlin: Jacques Barret primarily specialises in furniture and lamps of American designers. He tastefully arranges the hand-picked selection of designs by frequently unknown designers in his exclusive boutique on the Rue Jacob in Paris.
Alpine salmon in white asparagus, young artichokes with cauliflower, served with a bread trolley with more than 30 types of bread: Steirereck belongs to the top-15 restaurants of the world and still puts on a modest face.
Delight and relaxation at one of Vienna’s most beautiful locations– the municipal park.
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