Inside Circulo Mexicano, a Shaker-Inspired Retreat in the Middle of Mexico City

Mexico has no ties to the Shakers, the 18th-century New England–based Christian sect who were known for their minimalist and utilitarian furniture made from honest materials like local wood. And yet somehow, the Shaker-inspired interior at the new Circulo Mexicano hotel in Mexico City seems a perfect complement to what is perhaps the most colorful city in the world.
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Four New Design Hotels Across the Globe to Fuel Your Summer-Travel Fantasies

Travel took on a whole new meaning — and existential desperation — this summer, both for lockdown-weary regular people and for a travel industry that endured forced dormancy for the better part of a year. While not all of us have the privilege of much mobility over the next few months, we've put together another roundup of four recent design-hotel openings for both the doers and the dreamers among us: The Sunseeker, White Water, Maslina Resort, and Hotel Ami.
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Three New Design Hotels That Have Us Dreaming of Sightseeing in Paris, Surfing in New York, and Skiing in Georgia

While it still remains to be seen whether we'll be able to travel responsibly and safely in 2021 once we and many others are finally vaccinated, that hasn't stopped us from using summer travel fantasies as a crutch to get through our winter lockdown. Currently starring in those fantasies? Three new hotels with a serious design pedigree in three of our favorite places.
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Three New Design Hotels That Should Put Oaxaca on Your Post-COVID Travel List

Among the myriad reasons to visit the Mexican state of Oaxaca post-COVID — the mezcal, the pottery, the cultural diversity, the surfing, the fact that its fragile economy depends largely on tourism — are three new design hotels spanning the city to the beach: Grana B&B, Escondido Oaxaca, and Monte Uzulu. See all the pics after the jump.
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We’re Kicking Off Mexico City Week on Sight Unseen with Our Definitive Mexico City Travel Guide

Mexico City is a major cultural capital, with a thriving design, art, and culinary scene that’s home to some of the most exciting creative talents we know. Starting today — and thanks to the generous support of Tequila Don Julio — we’re devoting five full days to spotlighting them. Welcome to Mexico City Week, which we're kicking off with Sight Unseen’s official guide to our favorite design stores, restaurants, art galleries, flea markets, and more.
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These Colorful, Hand-Crafted Rugs Honor Mexico’s Lost Traditions

We keep coming back to these playful, colorful rug designs by the brand-new Barcelona-based company Rrres, which was started by Javier Reyes, a graphic designer from the Dominican Republic. The rugs are made with artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico, and are decorated with graphic, glyph-like symbols — although his more recent designs, which we're featuring here today, incorporate abstraction and curves.
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A Swedish Artist’s Gravity-Defying Stone Sculptures

Swedish artist Malou Palmqvist's wabi-sabi stacks of organic shapes are a studied interpretation of the scattered pieces of waste that wash ashore near her home in the Swedish archipelago. The textured forms — stoneware, wood carvings, and combinations of stone with plaster to create a marbled effect — are at once hefty and delicate, subtly clashing and full of whimsy.
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What Makes An Ideal Hotel Room? We Asked 9 Design Insiders

Looking back on my travels, I see that hotels are often the thing I get most wrong, either from pure laziness or a less-than-ideal budget. But what if I could consult with a panel of experts to make sure I never stayed at a dud again? As part of our recent partnership with Hotel Tonight — the app that offers booking deals on some of the world’s best design and boutique properties — we turned to some of our favorite design-world insiders to get the scoop on where to stay, what's trending in the world of travel, and how exactly those details can make or break your stay.
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A South African Showroom With a Perfect, Pink Tiled Facade

Little is known about the history of 99 Juta Street — an 80-odd year old multi-use development in Johannesburg that was recently brought back to life by designers Dokter and Misses in collaboration with architects Local Studio; the original plans were lost, and with them, any record of the building's original use or exact age. When work began, 99 Juta was in disrepair and concealed behind a fiber cement cladding; now it boasts a poppy, tiled, Art Deco facade in pink and emerald green, as well as four showrooms and office spaces for various design brands and two inner courtyards that create a through line of color and intrigue.
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Mexico City architecture tour with @CB

Touring Mexico City With One of Our Favorite Architectural Photographers

IRL, Mexico City really is a charming mishmash of architectural styles, a delicious spot for foodies, and a serious destination for anyone interested in design culture. That’s why, when we saw that one of our favorite photographers — Eric Petschek, the interior designer and architectural photographer behind the Instagram account @cb — was in Mexico City documenting his trip with iPhone and DSLR in hand, we immediately reached out to see if we might publish the results.
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