Driving through a stone archway, past an intricate wrought iron gate, you will find yourself in a handsome Edwardian courtyard, where dapper, uniformed doormen guide you into a Belle Epoque lobby. Here, tall, elegant bundles of single-hued flowers surge out of vases, and immaculate, marbled floors are accented with shimmering glass. A stone’s throw from Covent Garden, the Rosewood London is a quiet retreat, located in the midst of the city bustle. The true highlight of staying at Rosewood is the bathrooms. Marbled and generously mirrored, they...

Ken Stradling, the nonagenarian collector and a patron of modern design, has long believed that “learning to look can be as creative as making”. His own expertise developed from a natural curiosity in his surroundings, and an understanding of how important good design can be to everyday life. Stradling has spent most of his life working for the Bristol Guild of Applied Art. As its buyer and director, he filled it with innovative stock sourced from Europe and Scandinavia as well as Britain. Over the decades it expanded to sell furniture and t...

Soichiro Fukutake’s desire for change is so great, it has sent ripples from one side of a sea to the other. This story begins with a photo of two men standing in front of the sea in question. Both are middle aged, both wear suits, and both are bespectacled. They are framed by young pines, and long grass straggles over their polished shoes. One wears a pale suit, white shirt, and a striped tie. He holds an architectural plan. The other is older and wears a dark suit. He is pointing to something out of shot. It is 1985. The men are Chikatsugu Miy...

For all their external beauty, Parisian buildings often conceal even greater wonders within. Thankfully many have been preserved, just as generations before had intended them to be. This is certainly true of number 24, rue Faubourg Saint Honoré — the site of the Hermès flagship store since 1880. While the expansive lower floors are open to the public, offering an array of luxury items for clients to peruse and pursue, the upper floors tell another story. Up several flights of stairs, and through a maze of corridors, you’ll discover a breathtaki...

Calafate collaborates with Antonio García Cárceles, who have designed this great proposal for the city of Bilbao, Basque Country as part of our online work for one of our more beloved clients in Spain. - Samsa was a travelling salesman - and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look ou...

Introduction One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. "What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream. His room, a ...

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. "What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream. His room, a proper human ...

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. "What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream. His room, a proper human ...

  By very heedful management, when the ship drew nigh, the whale was transferred to her side, and was strongly secured there by the stiffest fluke-chains, for it was plain that unless artificially upheld, the body would at once sink to the bottom. Soon, while the crews were awaiting the arrival of the ship, the body showed symptoms of sinking with all its treasures unrifled. Immediately, by Starbuck's orders, lines were secured to it at different points, so that ere long every boat was a buoy; It so chanced that almost upon first cu...

Talents But humane Starbuck was too late. At the instant of the dart an ulcerous jet shot from this cruel wound, and goaded by it into more than sufferable anguish, the whale now spouting thick blood, with swift fury blindly darted at the craft, bespattering them and their glorying crews all over with showers of gore, capsizing Flask's boat and marring the bows. It was his death stroke. For, by this time, so spent was he by loss of blood, that he helplessly rolled away from the wreck he had made; lay panting on his side, impotently flapped with...