Between the bright neon lights, gritty artsy neighbourhoods in Seoul such as Itaewon and Seongdonggu, the outgoing and hospitable vibes from the local people - Seoul has quickly become one of the most inspiring creative capital cities globally. I wanted to highlight a few of game-changing creatives coming out of Seoul at the moment, locally grown lifestyle brands by young entrepreneurs and some of my favourite spots to check out when I am in town.
Ezra grew up in Tel Aviv to two hardworking parents perhaps poor in material wealth but rich in good taste in minimalistic design. He loves everything about sleek and simple Scandinavian forms but prefers when he can find them with a touch of unexpected color. Thanks to his success he is excited to finally spoil his lovable parents this year with a few Minimalistic design pieces.
Have a look at what this Israeli Minimalist hopes to get one of these 8 nights of Hannukah this year.
Marie-Alexandra was the hippest bourgeois Parisian babe you have ever met. Despite growing up quite wealthy, in a Hôtel Particulier in the 16th arrondissement - this true blue daydreamer threw it all to the wind to start her own company and spend weekends in Biarritz with her surfer boyfriend.
We're excited to see where the French tax payers money is going this year in this day dreamer, Marie-Alexandra's Holiday Wishlist.
Julieth del Castillo was a fourteenth generation Spanish 'Condesa' whose family emigrated to Colombia in the 1600's. A modern day Condesa, she preferred earning her money making business deals, from bed, on her smartphone to touching her inheritance.
Have a look at what this business savvy and luxurious Colombian Condesa wants for the Holidays this year...
Ólafur is a Michelin star chef with a restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland. I know what you're thinking - dried herring, hotdogs and cured shark ... doesn't make me want to hop on a flight to Reykjavik for dinner. For those who are still not convinced, there is something about Ólafur which is almost as impressive as his creativity in the kitchen - his taste in kitchenware.
Have a look at what is on this Michelin Star Chef's Holiday Wishlist this year...
Quentin and April are New York's coolest young power couple. They spend every spare moment traveling the globe, discovering the best up and coming artists to curate in their New York based shop. They only purchase limited edition items and have a huge collection of Fine Art Prints.
Have a look at what this New York Power Couple want to curate for their home this holiday.
Eve grew up outside of Vancouver to a Japanese father and a Canadian mother. Her parents owned an organic textiles manufacturer and raised her to appreciate high quality organic goods. They spent most weekends hiking and taking advantage of the inspiring and wild nature surrounding them.
See what eco friendly, high quality natural goods Eve has on her holiday list this year.
Ciarán is an architect and self proclaimed philosopher hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He has an obsession with DDR Germany, Bauhaus architecture and like most of his Irish comrades, the perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
This Christmas he has a few things he would love to add to his Georgian styled townhouse on Merrion Square this year.
Rae, a fine artist, is the opposite of a tortured painter. She grew up in an jovial and affluent African American family in New Orleans and has an sunny optimism not often associated with the stereotype of the struggling emerging artist.
She plans on hosting her annual 'Artists Secret Santa' this year and here are a few of the pieces of her friends she hopes to get her hands on.
Harlow and Jack own a Photo Production Company in Cape Town, South Africa. If you've ever met a photo producer then you know, you don't leave the office before 11pm and oftentimes find yourself on set at the crack of dawn to get the good light.
Have a look at some of the office goodies that Harlow and Jack plan to spoil themselves, I mean each other, with this year.
Avid print magazine devourer, 1970's brass, curves, bold colored velvet junkie and futuristic design advocate - Freja, Copenhagen's 'It-Girl' (although she would HATE to be called that) has perfect taste in everything.
Have a look at what this Danish Tastemaker put on her Holiday Wishlist this year!
This year I wanted to share and shed light on the plethora of design gems from the creative landscape of my adopted home of France. One of the most special events, places and projects in the contemporary creative landscape here in France is - Villa Noailles.
I did a roundup of a few of my favourite finds from this year's Villa Noailles Design Parade. Have a look at my top picks.
I've been hearing about Villa Lena's picturesque retreat and it's renown artist residency for quite some time now. I can only imagine the Italian sun on your back, a fresh wind in your hair, the smell of herbs and cypress trees being the perfect setting to get out of busy city life, take life a bit slower and develop on ideas and collaborative projects. Each year the Villa welcomes a number of selected artists to spend two months at Villa Lena developing their project of choice, where you can also join them for a weekend.
Looking to learn a second language in record breaking time? Search no further! I've found you a hardcore French language bootcamp on the French Riviera, which will have you ordering your café crème en Français and impressing clients in no time.
There is one spot in France which is famous for their all-star lineups of, the best of the best, who's who of the design world - giving workshops and that spot is the French Château of Domaine de Boisbuchet. They host a series of small hands-on workshops throughout each summer with some of the hottest contemporary designers. You'll get to have one on one time learning from today's most innovative and sought after talents.
So since 2016, Formafantasma has been the head of the design course MAN MADE/Design in Flux with a new University, Made Program, in Sicily, Italy and this summer they have organised 8 days of workshops and lectures around the theme of "Authentic-city".
Villa Noailles Design Parade is held in the South of France between the two picturesque cities of Toulon and Hyères... so not only do you get to see exhibitions from the best up and coming designers and interior designers from throughout France and Europe, but you are surrounded by rich and beautiful French culture and architecture.
The two strong passions that Samantha and Lotte have in common is for an undying thirst for adventure and technology. Lotte makes concessions for Samantha as long as camping turns into ‘Glamping’ and 8 hour hikes and excursions are followed up by a night under 800 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and morning facials at the spa.
See what these wild girls want to share and where they want to go for the holidays this season as we got a glimpse of their Holiday wish lists!