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LUMIRA STAYS | CASTELLO DI RESCHIO, UMBRIA, ITALY

Almira Armstrong

The best accommodation performs a dual function: to transport us away from the reality of our everyday routine while still providing the creature comforts we’ve come to rely on. Achieving this fine balance usually calls for a superb location and an absolute commitment to luxury and detail. And, for us, it doesn’t come more superb or more luxurious than Castello di Reschio’s sprawling estate.

Almost 3 decades ago, Count Antonio Bolza discovered the dilapidated estate and saw in it the makings of a dream lifestyle and holiday home. Located in Umbria, where 500 farmhouses pepper the lush rolling hills, the 1,200-hectare Lisciano Niccone estate is vast and commanding. Under the watchful eyes of the Bolza family, six of the estate’s buildings have been transformed into luxury villa retreats available for rent. From an austere watchtower dating back to the 11th Century, to the newly-built sybaritic dream party house Palazzo, each of the six properties represent a different facet of our fantasy of escaping to the Italian countryside.

Though each have different characters, all six villas are linked by luxury amenities including infinity pools, pizza ovens, and wine cellars. It’s a no-holds-barred approach to luxury, with Managing Director Count Benedikt Bolza clearly appreciating that the guests of these villas are here to revel in la bella vita. Each property is a refined mix of old-world charm and modern luxury, with marble, terracotta tiles, and green oak mixing with steel and glass: industrial highlights contrast with ancient artefacts to create an irresistible energy of past meets present.

But perhaps, more than the endless views of the countryside and magnificent service, it’s the estate’s commitment to acting as an incubator for art and design that appeals to us most. Count Bolza has the eye of a curator and the spirit of an artist. His furniture designs are produced on site by a team of blacksmiths and carpenters before being put to use for guests to enjoy, and even purchase.Coffee tables, canopied beds, window seats, and lamps are all available to take home.

In July 2015, Bolza arranged for artist Nic Fiddian Green (famous for his gigantic horse heads) to hold an exhibition of his new bronze sculptures in the estate. Green’s work already dots the grounds - a fitting reflection of the area’s famous pure-bred Andalucian stallions which, incidentally, can be ridden around the grounds. In July 2017, an exhibition of photographic prints of Florence by artist Constantino Ruspoli came to the Tabaccaia di Reschio - the estate’s dedicated creative hub.

Castello di Reschio acts as its own idyllic community. From the enoteca selling fine wines to the osteria serving traditional Umbrian fare from a sunlight soaked courtyard, there are plenty of reasons to venture beyond the villas, but not much need to. In-house chefs are on hand to cook for you and even hold private cooking lessons. A wander to the nearby vineyards, olive groves, or charming bottega will help to work off all the hours spent lying by the pool digesting pasta and wine, and a visit to nearby Assisi or Siena will be a tranquil reminder that reality hasn’t completely evaporated from the earth.

If there’s a more heavenly way to live, we are yet to discover it.

reschio.com

Weekend Away / 48 Hours in London

Almira Armstrong

There is an undeniable familiarity to London that, even for the uninitiated, makes it feel less daunting to visitors than Paris or even New York City. The refined townhouses, eclectic markets, and imposing public architecture render it a place of elegant contrasts and fascinating history. The city has managed to retain its legacy of grand meets grit, of opulence and opportunity. In a city where the avant-garde and the traditional inform the city’s heartbeat in equal measure, it’s no surprise that it is the backdrop to some of the most luxurious and dynamic experiences a traveller can hope for. A weekend in London provides the chance to revel in the city’s opulent venues, hotels, and galleries. Don’t hold back.

STAY

The Laslett

If there is one thing that London does well, without debate, it’s luxury. But unlike the formality of some of London’s more iconic hotel institutions, The Laslett combines warmth with restraint through its 51 rooms to create an atmosphere more akin to our dream-home than that of a stiff and stuffy hotel. The familiarity of homely elements including locally-sourced artwork and ornaments  is met with luxury in all the right places - from plush beds and gleaming bathrooms. Located across five Grade II listed Victorian townhouses and just a stone’s throw from Notting Hill’s iconic Portobello Road, a visit to The Laslett will deliver a quintessentially London experience that will stay with you long after the luxury amenities have run out.

living-rooms.co.uk

The Laslett

The Laslett

The Laslett

The Laslett

The Laslett

The Laslett

The Laslett

The Laslett

EAT

St. John Bread and Wine

When travelling, we look for restaurants that are a well thought-out and true reflection of their location. St. John Bread and Wine has been through several stages of development, first opening as an answer to bakery operations across from Spitalfield market before evolving into a fully fledged restaurant that serves simple fare that places a strong focus on ingredient. The pared back facade of white-washed walls and bold, black graphic signage is a befitting contrast to the warmth of the bread-breaking that carries on within the dining room given the area’s many contrasts of urban grit and creative charm. When you’ve had enough caviar and champagne, this is the way to ease into the quotidian pleasures of London.

stjohngroup.uk.com

St. John Bread and Wine

St. John Bread and Wine

St. John Bread and Wine

St. John Bread and Wine

St. John Bread and Wine

St. John Bread and Wine

Sketch

It’s easy to imagine the debauchery of enjoying a long night spent at Sketch. The interiors - a bombastic explosion of millennial pink by interior designer India Mahdavi - are a study in bourgeois hedonism. Plush pink seating sits atop an Italianate marble floor, pink walls are adorned by provocative artwork by British artist David Shrigley, and a gleaming pink bar beckons with its rose-gold countertop and art deco inspired lamps. The food is as lush and considered as the atmosphere. A weekend in London just isn’t complete without a Saturday night spent here. At the very least, your Instagram followers will thank you.

sketch.london

Sketch

Sketch

SEE

The Wallace Collection

London is awash with museums, galleries, and private collections of art. It would take a year of dedication to see it all. But amidst the grandeur of the Tate Modern and the V&A, there are several smaller galleries that offer just the right scale of works that make them the perfect weekend-away activity. The Wallace Collection is housed in an historic London townhouse. 25 separate galleries display French 18th-century paintings, furniture, porcelain and Old Master paintings alongside a world class armoury. Balancing a lavish collection of works in an approachable manner stands The Wallace Collection apart from other galleries, allowing you to get an intimate look at some of the most sumptuous classical artwork in the world.

wallacecollection.org

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

DO

Dover Street Market

There are two stages of our lives as shoppers: before Dover Street Market, and after Dover Street Market. A visit to the London iteration of the now global empire will pale all previous physical retail experiences. Its sheer creative vision and impeccable selection of products render it a truly iconic retailer. From big hitters such as Balenciaga and The Row to emerging stars such as Gosha Rubchinskiy and Xiao Li, the real drawcard here is the absence of tradition. Gallery-like displays encourage a deep appreciation for the art of fashion and design. And like all excellent retailers, DSM is not price exclusive. Through clever collaborations with the likes of Comme Des Garcons and Converse, the five story flagship ensures that all visitors have the chance to take something home. You’ll be hooked. 

doverstreetmarket.com

Dover Street Market

Dover Street Market

Selfridges

Arguably the world’s greatest department store, Selfridges manages to appeal to a varied mix of customers. Discerning fashion lovers, humble tourists, high net-worth shoppers seeking out a $10,000 watch: all can find that they are treated with the same warmth and hospitality. The Oxford Street store offers shopping on a scale rarely seen. Set on one of the world’s busiest shopping strips, stepping inside Selfridges feels as though you’ve reached retail mecca. Browse the heavenly designer collections, where you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better brand offering: from Fendi to Gareth Pugh, Stella McCartney to Rosie Assoulin, the Selfridges buyers are renowned for their considered yet generous curation. And if the enormity of the experience becomes too much, stop at the newly opened bar The Fount. One of many internal bars, The Fount is conveniently located within the recently reopened Accessories Hall, so you can enjoy a martini while you contemplate: Altuzzara or Aquazzura?

selfridges.com

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

Liberty of London

Just off the hurried madness of Oxford St, Liberty of London stands as an icon of independent thought, dedication to unique design, and am emblem of London’s curious blend of energy and quiet elegance. The mock-Tudor building is instantly identifiable, but the interiors are equally dramatic for their rickety wooden staircases, ornate wooden balconies, and homely small rooms that create an intimate backdrop for the selection of products. Alongside in-house products, Liberty houses one of the best selection of vintage designer clothes as well as collections from Alexander McQueen, Faliero Sarti, Mansur Gavriel, and Vivienne Westwood. To put it simply and in the words of Oscar Wilde, “Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper”.

libertylondon.com

Liberty of London

Liberty of London

4 Luxe Co-Working Spaces

Almira Armstrong

As our lives become more and more mobile, our need for shared, nimble working environments has increased. Combine this with the rise of Instagram as a powerful marketing tool and self-branding juggernaut, and it’s not hard to see how beautiful communal workspaces have become somewhat commonplace. Here, we detail four of our favourite most irresistible shared working environments.

La Porte

It’s hard to define La Porte in strict terms. The space, in Sydney’s Rosebery, is a hybrid of event spaces, photographic studios, and private office spaces, held within an iconic Sydney landmark building. Combined with hotel-level attentive service and luxurious facilities including a wellness centre and cafe. But more than being a hub for like-minded innovators and creatives, it’s the dreamy interiors that have our full attention. Dark polished concrete floors and white walls provide an elegant and minimal backdrop for leafy green accents and steel-framed windows. A large courtyard carves a tranquil void within the dynamic surrounds, with Moroccan-themed tiles adding texture and an exotic warmth to the otherwise minimal interiors. Home to some of our favourite bloggers offices, some of the best of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week shows, and product launches from the likes of Mecca, La Porte is a powerhouse dressed as a serene holiday destination.

laportespace.com.au

The New Work Project

The New Work Project located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn occupies a converted foundry that was recently inhabited by Vice Media. But there is little left of the irreverent media company left - at least from a design sense. TNWP space is luxurious and bold, with black, marble and gold highlights lending the space the air of a sumptuous hotel lobby. Velvet couches and woven straw armchairs sit underneath warm round globe lighting and monochrome artwork. With three pricing structures on offer, there are open-plan communal spaces right through to large private studios. The hardest part will be tearing yourself away from a space so beautiful.

thenewworkproject.com

Canopy

If there is one place we’d like to bounce ideas around a communal working environment, it would be the idea incubus of the world - San Francisco. Canopy is a co-working space in Pacific Heights which blends elevated design with functional membership options. Located in a large brown stone building, the interiors feature rustic parquet floorboards and black support beams, steel-framed windows, and neutral soft furnishings. The real hero of the space is the solid black marble structural highlights that reference mid-century Italian design elements. With a focus on community, Canopy is opening two new spaces in Jackson Square and Venice Beach so we are, quite literally, watching this space.

canopy.space

Cloud Co-Working Space

Cloud Co-Working Space, by Mesura Architects, offers a sanctuary for the nomadic workers in the heart of Barcelona. The duality of the spaces on offer - large communal openings and private enclosed rooms - is reflected also in the design elements: futuristic glass doors contrast with mid-century furniture and playful plants. Concrete pillars and polished white floors blend each space together. The space has more than seventy work points, ten private offices, two meeting rooms, a common resting area. The result is an inspired and character-filled space, flooded with natural light to foster maximum creativity. If this is an example of an office of the future, we cannot wait to arrive.

archdaily.com