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7 travel destinations for design lovers

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1. Barcelona

One name: Gaudí. His work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre.

2. New York

One area: the meat packing district. Design-forward restaurants, bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and artists’ residences in a neighborhood formerly known for its meat warehouses.

3. Berlin

One place: The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design collects art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919–1933), one of the most influential schools of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century.

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4. Paris

One sight: the futuristic skyscraper business district known as La Défense.  Plans have been approved for the Hermitage Towers — a project designed by British architect Norman Foster. When finished, these twin towers will be the tallest skyscrapers in Europe.

5. Marrakech

One garden:  Jardin Marjorelle. The garden is named after its creator, Jacques Majorelle, a French born artist who settled in Marrakesh in 1919 to continue his career as a painter. Majorelle died in 1962 and the gardens remained unkept, until 1980, when the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the property and restored it.

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6. Milan:

One museum: the Triennale Design Museum. Opened in 2007, this is the first museum of Italian design. It offers the visitor the chance to discover the excellence of Italian design through unedited points of view. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares.

7. Porto:

One river: at the mouth of the Douro River, the medieval city of Porto, Portugal, is undergoing an architectural renaissance. Old world icons, such as the baroque Torre dos Clérigos bell tower , contrast with contemporary buildings by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

This post was inspired by AFAR Magazine.

14 Comments

  1. Spot on about Barcelona and New York, I’ve been there are they’re just amazing! The art deco buildings in NYC are phenomenal and I never cease to be bowled over by their minimilistic, yet so very chic design. Everyone loves the Chrysler and Rockefeller, and with good reason, but also grand is the slightly lesser celebrated 29 Broadway! (clearly, this is my hobby horse ;P) Off to Germany in ten days, so thank you for the Bauhaus tip… I have a Pinterest board dedicated to all things Bauhaus. Fab site, so glad our paths have crossed… x

    • Are you coming to Germany? Where exactly? Let us know and let’s see if we have some tips for you!
      We are looking forward to visiting Porto!

  2. Berlin is one of my favorite cities. I think there are many places where you can find examples of brilliant architecture and design :)

    • We really have a problem with Berlin, we just don’t seem to find its charms… I guess we have to come back and try harder!
      :)

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