Shuffle Your Belongings in Society6’s Newly Launched Duffle Bags

Shuffle Your Belongings in Society6’s Newly Launched Duffle Bags

I’m all about traveling as light as possible and sometimes I don’t need a full suitcase for a quick weekend getaway. That’s why I prefer duffle bags because they’re light and malleable for fitting into small spaces, like a packed trunk or a full plane. (Have you ever boarded a plane last and slowly realized with fear that there’s no place to put your luggage? It’s annoying, isn’t it?) Society6 just launched new duffle bags so depending on whether you’re traveling across the town or across the country, keeping a duffle bag on hand ensures that you’ll have the right bag for your travels when the time comes. Here are 10 of our favorites!

Winter bears and trees duffle bag by CocoDes

map duffle bag by Mark Ashkenazi

Meltdown duffle bag by Roxanne G

Abstract Christmas ornament 4 duffle bag by PalitraArt

Birch Tree duffle bag by Rodrigomffonseca

Geometric Triangles duffle bag by Gary Andrew Clarke

Palms Pattern duffle bag by Nileshkikuuchise

Back to School duffle bag by Simplicity Of Life

Metallic Mountains duffle bag by SpaceFrogDesigns

Fill With Authentic Geo Blue duffle bag by Natalia DG

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Simon Legald’s Junto Series is Inspired by Traditional Spanish Water Containers

Simon Legald’s Junto Series is Inspired by Traditional Spanish Water Containers

A traditional Spanish botijo, a clay container used to hold water, is behind Simon Legald’s Junto series for Danish brand Normann Copenhagen. Made from terracotta, the slightly rustic carafe and matching cups combine smooth surfaces with a ridged texture, which aids in gripping when you go to pick it up. The earthy terracotta gives it a handmade feel while its clean lines swing toward a contemporary aesthetic.

Besides the look that the material gives it, just like original botijos, it’s used for its cooling abilities, perfect for water. And like the containers they reference, Junto’s carafe features two spouts, one that’s used to fill it and the other that’s used for pouring.

The complementary cups have the same look and feel, just with alternating surfaces – matte and glazed, ridged and smooth – from the carafe.

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Stem Minimalist Table Lamp by Minimalux

Stem Minimalist Table Lamp by Minimalux

Stem is a minimalist table light designed by London-based company Minimalux. The lamp maintains the brand’s quiet and formal simplicity that is consistent throughout their entire collection. In keeping with the use of premium materials, the lamp comes available in either brass, chrome, or black nickel.

The table lamp is composed of handblown opal glass, which surrounds the bulb, leaving only a small window that can be used to direct light. The globe is supported by a length of solid brass tubing along with a powder-coated steel base.

When turned off, the lamp has a sculptural quality to its balanced aesthetic, proving to have a striking appearance even when not in use. The two meter transparent cable houses the on/off switch, and has plugs made available for the U.S., Japan, and European markets.

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The Long Story Short: You’ll Never Want to Stay in Any Other Hostel Again

The Long Story Short: You’ll Never Want to Stay in Any Other Hostel Again

Hostels have come a very long way since their darker days (or since the thriller came out and thwarted travelers from booking a hostel ever again). These days, the standards travelers hold for hostels are much higher. Instead of having to question a hotel’s sketchiness or cleanliness, travelers are wondering if it’s designed nicely, has a story behind it, serves fresh food that’s local to the city or looks Instagrammable (okay, that might be just me). Cutting to chase, the brand new Long Story Short hostel and cafe in Olomouc, Czech Republic meets all these standards and beyond, making it clear that hostels can be comparable (and even preferable) to 4-star hotels.

The name of the hostel is derived from the rich history of the building as the hostel takes up the entire first floor of an actual fortress from the 17th century, known as Podkova. The project was initiated by Eva Dlabalová who pulled in interior designer Denisa Strmisková to essentially create the hostel from scratch and turn the floor into a contemporary suite of accommodations for modern travelers.

Strmisková worked on the hostel for two years and chose a soft pastel color palette accented by black details and lots of pure white negative space. A majority of the modern furnishings are all custom made. The beds, mirrors, lamps, shelves and bathroom equipment were all made to measure by local artisans including brands like Master & Master and RAV Slezák. Classic modernist designs of the previous century was chosen by Miroslav Miroslav Bednář from Prague’s Retroobjects shop. Bakelite switches by Berker, lamps by Marset, interior lighting by Bulb and Ewerel, and original artworks by Czech artists David Minařík can be found around the grounds of the hostel. Czech graphic designer Jan Košátko worked on the identity and visual style of the hostel (notice the playful long ‘O’ in the signage).

There are total of 56 beds belonging to a variety of dorm rooms, private rooms and even a wedding suite. Guests staying in the dorm rooms have access to well-equipped bathrooms while guests staying in the private rooms have their own private bathrooms.

The arched doorways look different from every perspective with the influx of natural light that comes through the hallways and guest rooms.

This central room acts as an all-in-one, serving as the reception, common room and cafe in the heart of the hostel. The hostel has a U-shaped layout (hence the name Podkova which means Horseshoe) which coils around the building’s central courtyard. As the hostel expands, more common areas will be extended to an outside terrace with an original kitchen island and cocktail bar under a pergola. Plans to add a cafe and restaurant are also in the works.

What: The Long Story Short Hostel
Where: Koželužská 945/31, 779 00 Olomouc, Czechia
How much? Prices start at just $16 per night!
Highlights: Not many can say that they stayed in a beautifully designed hostel, let alone one that belongs inside a 17th century fortress!
Design draw: While the hostel resides inside a historic building, the furnishings and fixtures are all contemporary designs created by local Czech artisans and artists.
Book it: Visit the Long Story Short Hostel’s website

Photos by Josef Kubicek.

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The Naqsh Collective Dazzles at Amman Design Week

The Naqsh Collective Dazzles at Amman Design Week

Navigating Amman Design Week presents the challenge of navigating an event spread across the sprawl of a riotous and rich metropolis, all complicated by the dense labyrinth of cobblestone, half-disintegrated walkways, and maniacally navigated motorways connecting the city’s numerous neighborhoods. Attendance requires comfortable shoes, the will to climb an endless gauntlet of stairways, and ideally, a local guide to untangle opportunities from deadends, for nothing in Amman is direct or straightforward.

A moment of solace and clarity was to be found in-between the 4th & 5th circle of the peaceful, tree-lined neighborhood of Jabal Amman, harbored within the shaded oasis of the Tiraz Centre.

The Tiraz Centre hosts a small but richly concentrated permanent collection of Palestinian, Jordanian and other Arab costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries, with over 2,000 costumes and weavings gracing the halls of its contemporary space. The center’s critical purpose is preservation, one represented by the Widad Kawar collection – a lifetime’s accumulation of costumes capturing the ethnographic textile language of Jordanian, Syrian, Bedouin and other Arab cultures captured in exquisite embroidered detail. Inside its walls the vibrant cultural heritage and Arab living traditions are illuminated to a blinding degree, just as it is fades in the growing shadow of modernity outside its walls.

Currently the Tiraz Centre hosts The Naqsh Collective’s “Thirst for Solidarity”, an exhibition of modern sculptural works by sisters Nisreen and Nermeen Abu-Dail awaiting contemplation and appreciation, symbolic of a region quietly deserving the attention of a world not always aware of its past, nor receptive of its present.

The Naqsh Collective’s exploration of contemporary manifestations of traditional Arabic aesthetics are represented richly through a tapestry of materials, technique, and landscape, intersecting the sisters’ historical wisdom with an acumen of modern technologies. The resulting forms are architectural, executed with jeweler’s precision: Palestinian embroidery patterns based upon traditional motifs of native flora engraved onto solid brass monoliths top Karak stone, embellished with brass shives – a miniature golden skyline at once evoking both pixel artwork of the digital age with the ancient ruins pockmarking the region. Sharing a space with the traditional embroidered garb nearby, comparisons across the ages is an integral part of the experience of the exhibition.

In the garden courtyard, a black floral motif of Palestinian embroidery sits atop a bed of sunlit brass filings.

Miles away at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts another piece emblematic of Nisreen and Nermeen Abu-Dail’s vision of modern Jordanian art and design sits, “All in the stitch chair” a crumbling memory of a seat constructed of local stone and brass – one of many amongst a pantheon of other traditional and contemporary seats included in the exhibit, “A Chair’s Tale”. Again, an intersection of modernity, memory, and material resonates Jordan’s geography in the hands of the Abu-Dail sisters.

“Design Moves Life Moves Design” – this was the slogan chosen by Amman Design Week to represent both the challenges and aspirations of a region constrained by both political and geographical borders. But even in our short and concentrated stay in Amman, The Naqsh Collective made a convincing argument Jordanian culture flourishes forward, awakening to its future, fully aware of the challenges looming where scarcity and creativity work both at odds and in collaboration.

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Vitsœ Finds New Offices for HQ and Production in Royal Leamington Spa

Vitsœ Finds New Offices for HQ and Production in Royal Leamington Spa

British furniture brand Vitsœ not only moved into a new home for their headquarters and production, they had a hand in both the design and construction of the new space in Royal Leamington Spa. The new facilities span 135 meters in length, 25 meters in width, and six meters in height, and are naturally ventilated and naturally lit thanks to its thoughtful design, which came together with Vitsœ’s in-house team along with yacht designer Martin Francis.

The new building is thought of much in the same way as the company’s iconic 606 Universal Shelving System, as it’s constructed like a kit of parts that can be adapted over time depending on their needs. The design focuses on natural materials, natural lighting, and natural ventilation as a way to create a connection between the employees and their surroundings, while also helping to keep energy consumption down.

Massive windows and skylights keep the interior well-lit during the daytime, while cross ventilation keeps the temperature comfortable. High ceilings allow the heat to escape during the warm summer months. The windows also allow the employees to enjoy the surrounding landscape and locals to get a glimpse of what’s going on inside as they pass by.

They chose the site due to its central location in the Vitsœ supply chain, ease of transportation, a rich industrial history, distance to two universities, and its local architecture.

The building marks the first time a wooden structure in the UK is constructed entirely out of the newly developed beech laminate-veneer lumber (LVL), a high-performance engineered hardwood that adds a layer of sophistication to a wooden building. The use of beech was a natural fit as that’s the wood used in their furniture since 1959. And since the building is made entirely of wood, it can easily be modified in the future should the company’s needs change.

Photos by © Vitsœ.

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