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Some design principles are so uncomplicated and understated that they can be found in different iterations, in different corners of the world. The value placed on craftsmanship is one of these; so is the use of natural materials that not only can last a lifetime, but also get more handsome with each passing year.read more
Giorgos and Alexandra Alexiou are simply two of the nicest people you can meet, a creative couple that fuse you with their beautiful Greekness. Meet the creative owners behind the fabulous Aenaon Villas on the Cycladic island of Santorini - they found a perch right on the edge of the Caldera.read more
Established as an affluent town since the days of the Counts of Venosta, Meran / Merano is a poignantly interesting melange of Habsburg-era boulevards, Jugendstil art nouveau villas and medieval heartlands.read more
Dating back to the 13th century, Merano’s botanical gardens at Trauttmansdorff Castle explore the Mediterranean and Alpine garden, including a Sun Garden with olive groves (including a 700-year-old Sardinian specimen), fig trees, citrus trees and a semi-desert cacti garden.read more
Homeland culture is at the heart of this South Tyrolean fashion label, who creatively rethink statement pieces of traditional alpine garments - like the iconic 'Blue Apron'.read more
South Tyrol in Northern Italy offers you a panoramic winter wonderland - if Tom Ford did skiing locations, this would be it. Its diverse and impressive landscape makes it the perfect winter getaway; offering hikes, snowboarding and skiing, to let’s face it, some serious spa time in our gorgeous hotels.read more
For the aficionados of easy, slow wear, Muchache is an ethical brand of soul and purpose, designed for those unfussed with gender rules, 'wear what pleases you'.read more
For intuitive international fashion designer Sina Thomaseth, founder of Thomaseth Teamfashion, it is always at her roots where she finds the best inspo.read more
Food is high on this region's agenda, also known as the Garden of the Alps - the cuisine is a menagerie of hearty Laden Alpine dishes, Italian classics and lightness from the Mediterranean. It is not Italian nor Austrian; it is an epicurean marriage that occasionally dips into Hungary.read more
A true chameleon stylist, Stephanie dips into a creative plethora of design heritage, whereby not one specific touchpoint defines her touch; refreshingly alive; it's edgy, clever, disruptive, and often, but not always, popped with sorbet colours.read more
With the Norse god of ski giving his namesake to the hotel, Ullr is a signifier of winter sports and ski which seems appropriate here. The son of Sefi and stepson of Thor, he was also known as a skilled hunter - imagery depicts him on skis with a bow, the Northern Lights spraying out in his wake.read more
Conceiving of noa* as an ever-changing network of architects, interior designers, graphic talent to even psychologists and much more, noa* is able to incorporate a multitude of ideas and styles into its hotel projects.read more