A few months ago, we found ridiculously cheap plane tickets for Boston and off we went. It was our first visit to the city and, believe it or not, Stockholm in February was more pleasant than Boston in March. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that we arrived completely unprepared. That I, in my converse and thin jacket, did not end up with pneumonia is honestly not even fair.
Generally, trips to Paris conjure up thoughts of strolls along the Seine, fresh-baked croissants, and many a glass of vin rouge at corner brasseries, but if you’re one of the many people heading there for Maison & Objet—the city’s biannual lifestyle tradeshow—all you have on your mind is design, design, design.
To help you plot out your precious time away from M&O, we’ve rounded up fifteen of the newest and most notable design-centric spots that you’ll want to add to your trip’s must-check-out list, including a stunning right-bank hotel designed by the show’s Designer of the Year Dorothée Meilichzon, fashion label Maison Kitsuné’s just-opened Café at Filles du Calvaire, and artist Anish Kapoor’s impressive exhibit at the Versailles gardens.
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It has a new structure, applied across the whole system, that brings clarity to the entire experience. The interface is purposely unobtrusive. Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. And in taking away design elements that don’t add value, suddenly there’s greater focus on what matters most: your content.
Not sure where to look while walking through world-famous Times Square? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. With massive digital billboards whose bright lights make midnight look like mid-afternoon; star-studded Broadway and Off-Broadway shows (and reduced – price tickets to see them available from the TKTS Discount Booth); people peddling art and jewelry on the street; and, of course, the Naked Cowboy — who plays guitar in his tighty-whities — the expansive stretch of Midtown is a feast for all five senses.