There is no better cure to a freezing cold winter than rugging up on the couch, in front of a fire, in the comfort of your own home. But if you aren’t at home, you can at least feel like you are.
Winter away from home has been made surprisingly attractive with Eight Hotels Australia offering a ‘Winter Warmer Deal’ in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra.
At any one of their 8 design-oriented boutique hotels, you’ll be treated to a late checkout at 12pm, as well as being pampered with a free upgrade and welcome gift of ‘winter proof’ lip balm and body scrub from Australian skincare brand, Romy.
Whether you are overlooking the scenic Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, or just a hip swing away from Sydney’s nightclub strip, each hotel offers you the warmth and charm of a home away from home - with the added pizzazz of living it up in extreme style for the night.
To take advantage of this offer, quote ‘Winter Warmer Deal’ when booking at any one of the Eight Hotel Australia boutiques.
Eight Hotels Australia
From bottle openers disguised as colourful parrots, to kitchen paper holders dressed up as carrots, Alessi has made it their mission to bring mundane everyday objects to life.
This time round it’s watches. Collaborating with a troop of architects, industrial designers and artists, Alessi presents their signature quirky flair in the form of timepieces - putting the fun back into functionality.
If you’re the flamboyant type, you’ll have the ‘time’ of your life with the Luna range by Alessandro Mendini. Bold, bright slabs of colour dominate, from large white spots set on a red background to Mondrian-style blocks of black and yellow.
'Luna' by Alessandro Mendini
Karim Rashid has put his usual playful (and brutally colourful) touch on the, 100% Rashid, 'Kaj' collection.
'Kaj' by Rashid
If you’re not looking for a Show-pony kind of watch, the 'out_time' collection by architect/designer Andrea Branzi has the funky but modernist appeal of Alessi without an overdose of kitsch.
With digital watches making a big comeback, Alessi’s answer to the latest trend is the daytimer collection, which is available in block colours of either black, red, green, purple or white, all with a black dial - its asymmetry making it more of a wearable mini cubist sculpture than a watch.
With these new playful and upbeat designs, time really is on your side!
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The first days of the British Raj were an extravagant time. Aristocracy was spreading throughout South Asia, bringing majestic English culture to Eastern civilisation.
A time of lords and ladies, high society and hobnobbery, the mid-1800s was also a time of polo – the horseback sport born out of India and formalised and popularised by the British.
So when Christchurch restaurateurs Louis and Lynda Vieceli and their creative team set out to revitalise the southern New Zealand city’s dining strip, it was the opulence of British India and the elegance of the game of polo that struck a chord.
Top Kiwi designer Tom Skyring and brand-building agency AMG devised the concept of the ‘Bangalore Polo Club’, an affiliate clubroom circa 1859 grown from a culture of superiority set by four founding members: The Count, Brigadier Grimshaw, The Maharaja and Raja Singh.
“We wanted a concept that was steeped in history, something that captured an era of fantasy,” says Vieceli. “We also wanted something fun; something not to be taken too seriously, but delivering quality.”
200-year-old Chinese suitcase façades line the bar, and zebra skin rugs drape the walls. Scoreboards and players’ jerseys hang between white marble fireplaces, and Florence Broadhurst botanical wallpapers focalise the inset ceilings.
“We chose fittings that represented the theme, but were also timeless and ‘transportable’,” Vieceli explains.
“If we maintain it well, [the fitout] will still look good in 8-10 years, and it could easily be redone in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney or Melbourne. It’s easy to do a modern bar, but this is a commitment to something unique.”
Bangalore Polo Club