Resort Le Meridien Koh Samui: Water a Central Design Feature

Anyone passing through the entrance immediately leaves everyday stresses far behind; for the Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is located alongside the beautiful, powdery Lamai Beach of Koh Samui — Thailand’s third largest island — where guest embarks upon an inspirational and relaxing journey. The relaxing atmosphere is irresistible, formed by traditional Asian features, combined with simple modernity and supreme comfort.

The hotel architecture and interior design is created by an ensemble of 14 villas with 63 elegant suites, with typical Thai features plus many hints of a history bearing the mark of Chinese tradition and culture. The design is by Khun Jakarin of the well-known Begray Bankkok architectural and design practice. The resort draws inspiration from the typical layout of an Asian village with luxuriant vegetation, trees and flowers, based on Feng Shui principles. This places heavy emphasis on the use of natural materials such as wood, stone and also water, which according to Feng Shui principles, stimulates activity, good luck and wealth. The quadratic open air lobby is dominated by a large pool basin; inside the villas and suites water plays a prominent part with generously proportioned bathing and shower areas, small diving and paddling pools. Pool villas have direct access to the pool, while guests accommodated in the striking ocean front pool villas enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Thailand.

Water trickles gently down the natural stone, marble and granite walls in the generously proportioned health and spa area. Just one glance is enough to bring on a severe case of relaxation.

Because of the benevolent climate, guests spend most of their time in the open air, there is open transition between the pool villas and the outer areas. The covered sleeping areas are located behind large terraces equipped with outdoor sofas, tables and sunbeds.

One undoubted resort highlight is the 224 metre-long swimming dock linking the beach with the open sea. This is the preferred location for cocktail parties and on request, private candlelit dinners.

Monet’s Garden shown in New York

Monet’s Garden is an exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden from May 19 through October 21, 2012.

It examines the life and work of Claude Monet, the Impressionist master by highlighting his passion for gardening and the inspiration he drew from his living masterpiece, the garden on the grounds of his home in Giverny, France. Among the many attractions of the exhibition are two rarely seen paintings by Monet, one of which has never been displayed in the United States. Also on view is Monet’s own palette with colors on its surface similar to those visitors will see on his paintings hanging nearby, and rare photographs of him and his gardens, offering intimate insight into his world.

Monet’s Garden explores the legacy of the artist’s idyllic gardens in Giverny, transforming the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a seasonally changing floral masterpiece of diverse plants, bold colors, and dramatic design. A facade of Monet’s house offers a glimpse of the artist’s view of his garden and the flowers he grew and depicted in his paintings. Other set pieces include a re-creation of his iconic Japanese footbridge and his Grande Allee, draped with flowers.

During the summer, in the Conservatory Courtyard’s Hardy Pool, the Garden’s collection of water lilies offer visitors the perfect chance to see firsthand the plants that Monet collected for his water garden and painted in his famous Nympheas series.

The New York Botanical Garden is America’s premier urban garden. Its special exhibitions, seasonal programs, and engaging activities inspire visitors of every age and interest. The Botanical Garden is an ever-changing living museum, and a showplace of natural beauty and wonder. In the setting of the Garden, visitors will witness how nature inspired Claude Monet and how he developed his art through his passion for gardening.

For more information: nybg.org

Special exhibition: “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013″

From well-designed exterior luminaires and shallow swing garden furniture, to a helicopter and drawing pencils: In its special exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2012/2013”, the red dot design museum in Essen (Germany) presents contemporary product design from 3 till 29 July 2012.

Every exhibit has been evaluated by international design experts during a several days lasting process, before being awarded the sought-after red dot seal. They won over the jury panel of the “red dot award: product design 2012” with qualities such as ecological sustainability, outstanding functionality or their emotional and symbolic content. The innovations come from 49 countries and will be exhibited on two floors for the first time.

Further information: red-dot.de/museum-essen

Online exhibition

Manutti: Outdoor Furniture for the Smaller Design Fans

Outdoor living und play: the days are now gone when children have to be content with garish plastic chairs in the garden at home, hotels or restaurants. Belgian outdoor furniture manufacturer Manutti has decided that the youngsters deserve better, with the exclusive Kiddy Collection.

The collection is derived from the company’s adult armchair and chair designs, but adapted and optimised to the size and weight requirements of smaller children. The Kiddy Collection is built to the same high quality standard in weather-resistant materials; the seats not only withstand the worst that wind and weather can do, but also the punishment meted out by children romping on the terrace, in the garden or bedroom.

The range of comfortable children’s armchairs and chairs is derived from the Mood, Atlanta, San Diego and Orlando product lines, and available in up to eight different colours.

Further information: manutti.com