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10 Bucket List Destinations for Great Design

Sarah C
Written by Sarah C

Take one trip and you’ll quickly learn that inspiration can be found in every corner of the world—which makes traveling and design the perfect combo. With everything from boutique hotels to swanky restaurants and iconic residences out there to uncover, it’s easy for the design aficionado to come down with a never-ending case of wanderlust. Here are 10 places on my own bucket list.

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Farnsworth House
Plano, IL
Expressive of international style architecture, this once-private residence was designed by famous German-American architect Mies van der Rohe in 1951 as a way to reconcile nature with modern living. (Images via)

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The Gamble House
Pasadena, CA
Designed in 1908 by Greene and Greene, this residence typifies the sophisticated rustic aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century. This style celebrated handcrafted details, built-in furnishings, natural materials and organically inspired architecture. (Images via)

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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Copenhagen, Denmark
Finished in 1960, every detail of this hotel was designed by famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen—even the furniture and flatware! Emblematic of Danish modern and Scandinavian design, the only room left fully in tact from that era is room 606, which you can still book to this day. The room features the iconic Egg Chair and the original Drop chair in bright turquoise. (Images via)

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Generator Hostel
Copenhagen, Denmark
Only a few metro stops away from the Radisson, this boutique hostel is a bright and eclectic (also more cost-effective) accommodation in exciting downtown Copenhagen. Stemming from a project once headed by Philippe Starck, this hostel is part of a European chain all with the same design-oriented theme. Its sister hostel in London has a similar personality with distinctive rooms that encourage creativity and social interaction (you can see the Egg chair again paired with dramatic lighting pieces above). (Images via)

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Old Tom & English Restaurant
London, England
Located in the historical red light district of Soho, this restaurant—entirely designed by Lee Broom—is a dimly lit and intimate space that pays homage to the colorful past of the neighborhood. Filled with Broom’s lighting and furniture creations, his marble designs are heavily featured in each room, creating a comfortable atmosphere for a cocktail or fine dining experience. (Image via)

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Hotel Hotel
Canberra, Australia
Blending art installation and hospitality, Hotel Hotel’s unique foyer was recently constructed by March Studio in Australia. Drastically linear, thousands of timber planks seem to float and add infinite space to this luxury hotel. (Images via)

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Kameha Grand Hotel
Zurich, Switzerland
For the Moooi enthusiast, this luxurious interior space was fully carried out by Marcel Wanders. Each room was carefully designed with diverse themes; from Princess themed rooms to masculine lounges and dining areas, this hotel should be at the top of your list. The dramatic stature of this Giant Anglepoise lamp fits perfectly in Wanders’ design scheme as well. (Images via)

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Savannah, Georgia
Well, more specifically, the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD). This small town in the deep South is surprisingly a huge hub for art and design. The school inhabits many of the historical buildings downtown with the exception of a few modern additions. As with the foyer of Poetter Hall above, artful pops of color contrasting aesthetics can be found all throughout the city. (Images via)

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And if you need some natural inspiration, take a stroll through the many parks and streets lined with old oak trees and Spanish moss. (Image via)

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Fontevraud L’Hôtel, Fontevraud Abbey
Loire Valley, France
Located in a 12th century cathedral, this hotel is a historical attraction and accommodation all in one. Featuring a muted color palette inspired by the white stones of the vaulted ceilings, the bare bones of the original structure are enhanced with lavish furniture and lighting. (Images via)

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Ziba Glass Experience Museum
Prague, Czech Republic
Strolling along the streets of Prague will bring you to this late 19th century palace that now houses a museum dedicated to the art of glass, technology and design. The museum will feature installations, sculptures and lighting (like the Glass Experience by Lasvit, shown above) that focus on the rich heritage of glassmaking in the Czech Republic. (Images via)

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