The London List Abroad: Ace Hotel open their doors in New Orleans with character match to their new Louisiana homeThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 7 Apr 2016



Branding away from their iconic minimalist style, Ace Hotel have embraced texture and character with their new New Orleans hotel. Sitting on the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the city’s Warehouse District, Ace welcome guests to their sleek and sophisticated rooms, dressed with a deep palette and Ace staple acoustic guitars and turntables. Also boasting a Stumptown cafe, Southern-inspired Italian restaurant Josephine Estelle, full music venue and two bars all in the building, New Orleans joins Pittsburgh in opening its doors, as the hotel company’s impressive expansion continues in 2016. Show the rest of this post…

Ace Hotel New Orleans, 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130







Vifa release their second portable bluetooth speaker, the minimal and gorgeous Oslo design

Posted in Design, Music, Technology
By Sam Bathe on 4 Apr 2016

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Taking the power of their debut Copenhagen line, and squeezing it into a shell half the size, Oslo is Danish manufacturer Vifa’s stunning new speaker system. Weighing just 2.4kg, the Oslo packs 2 x 50mm aluminium cone and neodymium magnet drive units, and dual 65 mm woofers mounted back-to-back. The gorgeous design is a work of art, with just the embroidered volume buttons on the front hinting its a portable speaker, connecting to your phone or laptop via Bluetooth, aux or NFC. The Oslo is available in six colourways for €499 from the Vifa online store:

Brooklyn designer Dana Haim teams up with a fifth generation Mexican weaver for her debut rug collection

Posted in Art, Design
By Sam Bathe on 29 Mar 2016



Designing wallpaper, jewelry, ceramics and pop-poms since graduating textile programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and Central Saint Martins, cross-disciplinary designer Dana Haim has turned her attention back to textiles. Teaming up with a fifth generation weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico, Haim’s debut collection of beautiful, naturally dyed rugs, boast geometric patterns that draw inspiration from classic kilim design. Available in four different designs with two colourways in each style, the rugs are available to buy from Haim’s personal website:

The London List Abroad: Boutique hotel Le Pigalle aptly captures the exhuberance of its surrounding neighbourhoodThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 15 Feb 2016



In Paris’ trendy Pigalle district, Le Pigalle is a new 40-room neighourhood hotel that “celebrates the area’s tawdry values, brazen spirit and musical energy.” Boasting a cafe, restaurant, vinyl library and bar that hosts regular parties, the hotel has the vibe of an upmarket and little more homely Ace Hotel. Show the rest of this post…

Mixing rough and ready mid-century design with more contemporary touches, the rooms are styled to look and feel like an authentic Parisian apartment, sourcing artwork and furniture from the local neighbourhood.

Le Pigalle, 9 rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France





Photographer Karl Hab takes air travel as an excuse to shoot the skies with series ‘Window Seat Please’

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 22 Jan 2016



While most passengers are cramming on in-flight movies at 10,000 ft, Karl Hab has his camera in hand to capture what’s down below. Putting his favourites from the last 10 years together for short-run zine, Window Seat Please, Hab shoots the cryptic skies with an sense of wonder, and the expectation of what awaits when you land. Show the rest of this post…









Check out more of Karl’s work on his site:

Designer Mads Sætter-Lassen’s sleek Buddy lamp offers light and storage with gorgeous Danish style

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 13 Jan 2016



Referred to by designer Mads Sætter-Lassen as “the little helper everyone needs”, the ingenious Buddy lamp won Northern Lighting’s Student Design Award last year. Launching later this month at the upcoming Maison & Objet Show in Paris, the Buddy will go into production in four softened colourways. Part-desk light, part-storage vessel, Sætter-Lassen’s sleek design is reminiscent of Greta Grossman’s iconic Grasshopper Floor Lamp, bringing a timeless elegance to your workstation. Keep your eyes peel to the Northern Lighting website for more information on the Buddy’s release date:

The Hill-Side launch their own range of urban-friendly home goods in collaboration with CB2

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 6 Jan 2016



Teaming up with retailer CB2, Brooklyn label, The Hill-Side, have launched an inaugural range of home goods to sit alongside their slick fashion line. Including chairs, rugs, bedding, hand towels, wallpaper and more, the range takes inspiration from the patterns and prints that adorn The Hill-Side’s clothing and accessories, the designs given a new lease of life on this grander scale. A match seemingly made in heaven, The Hill-Side co-founder, Emil Corsillo, has said of the relationship, “We see eye to eye on everything, and CB2′s attention to detail and appreciation for quality is right up there with our own,” so we can probably expect to see more from the duo in years to come. The CB2 + The Hill-Side collection is available now on CB2′s online store:

Casetify team up with Poketo for a sleek collection of design-led phone cases and Apple Watch straps

By Sam Bathe on 14 Dec 2015



Known for their completely customisable phone and tablet cases, Casetify have teamed up with hip LA store, Poketo, for a collection of bright and colourful designs. Available in Casetify’s new Standard Case for Apple iDevices, the Snap Case for pretty much everything else and three stunning Apple Watch straps, the Poketo collection is hand-designed and curated by their in-house design team to create a mix of both colourful and monochrome geometric patterns, brush strokes and shapes. The Poketo collection is available from the Casetify online store, starting at £24.99:

Oyyo’s second collection of cotton dhurrie rugs takes inspiration from Roger Anger’s geometric, utopian houses in Auroville

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 7 Dec 2015



Throwing themselves further into traditional Indian weaving techniques and textile production while fine-tuning their process of vegetable-dying yarn, Swedish duo Oyyo‘s second collection of cotton dhurrie rugs is even more breathtaking than the first. A collection of six colourful, geometric designs, handwoven by a community of craftspeople in the desert area of Rajasthan, India, N ̊2 integrates untreated linen warp into the construction, a nod to traditional Swedish flat weave. Aiming to create more of a contrast in their designs, Oyyo’s expanded palette includes richer and darker colors alongside muted pastel tones, and is all produced from natural pigments derived from local plants. The N ̊2 collection is available from €550-€2,590 depending on design and size through Oyyo’s beautiful online store:

British designer Naomi Paul creates unique pendant lampshades from colourful crochet wool

Posted in Design
By Sam Bathe on 27 Nov 2015



Using crochet wool to create unique, textile lampshades, Naomi Paul’s colourful, flowing designs are available in 13 different styles, all made-to-order. Based in a studio in East London, on the edge of Hackney Marshes, Paul uses wool because it’s naturally fire retardant, strong, robust and chunky enough to create the perfect crochet. The nature of the design means light spills out evenly from all sides, creating a warm, natural light in whatever your colourway, all available via Naomi’s online store:

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