Architecture & Design

If You Like Singapore… Try Dubai and Kuala Lumpur

A blog post for HomeAway, November 2017
"Singapore is a shining example of a chic city that combines eye-catching modern design with well-preserved historical sites. Here are two other cities that tick a few of the same boxes..."

If You Like Tokyo… Try Osaka and Seoul

A blog post for HomeAway, September 2017
"If you’ve travelled to the Japanese capital and fell hook, line and sinker for its intoxicating charms, but are now searching for the next great city to explore, we've some suggestions..."

If You Like Bali… Try Sri Lanka and Thailand

A blog post for HomeAway, July 2017
"Magical as Bali may be, it is just one of many fantastic destinations in Southeast Asia. If you're looking for a brand new adventure, consider exploring one of these alternative destinations..."

Busan City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, March 2017
"Busan's vibrant inner-city is populated with chic restaurants, bars and boutiques, yet it is the nearby mountains, beaches and hot springs that give this busy coastal city its hybrid appeal..."

Moscow City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, February 2017
"The epicentre of Russia’s political and cultural legacy, Moscow is also a city of contradictions, where Byzantine splendour and Soviet-era architecture combine to recall a complex history..."

Shooting For the Moon with the Google XPRIZE

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2017
"A new space race is underway as the Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline draws closer. The prize was launched in 2007 as a source of inspiration for ambitious, space tech-loving innovators...."

Taichung City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, January 2017
"Taichung is like the smaller, hotter and more soulful younger brother to Taipei; it has the same blend of modern high rises and traditional Taiwanese architecture, but without the crowds..."

Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World

A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."

Osaka Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, November 2016
"Ascend the Umeda Sky Building to see one of the oldest shrines in Japan and an ancient Shogunate palace standing right beside glowing neon lights and ultra-modern architecture..."

Eran Chen: Changing New York City’s Streetscape

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2016
"Among the more humdrum apartment blocks and complexes of NYC, Eran Chen's residential structures stand out, challenging the idea that city living means compromising quality of life..."

Kuala Lumpur Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, October 2016
"Step back to Kuala Lumpur's ancient past in the labyrinth of streets that comprise Chinatown. This district pulses all night long with bright lights, thronging shoppers and great street food..."

Seoul Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, September 2016
"Surrounded on all sides by towering ‘guardian mountains’, this vibrant, pulsing city fizzes with life and energy, its deeply traditional roots contrasting with its spectacular modern designs..."

Sydney Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, August 2016
"Venture beyond the iconic harbour to find a city bursting with an active artistic community, a mouth-watering foodie scene and outer limits lined with sandy beaches and stylish suburbs..."

Who Would Live In a Place Like This?

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2016
"When we bring iconic buildings to mind, we will often think of office-filled skyscrapers, lavish palaces and grand structures. But there are many great works of residential architecture too..."

Tokyo Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, August 2016
"Dive into Tokyo by pounding the pavements of skyscraper-smothered Shinjuku and fashion-obsessed Harajuku, or by taking in all the sounds and smells of manic Tsukiji Fish Market..."

Phuket Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, July 2016
"Before you head for the beach, take time to explore Phuket City, the province's capital. Most tourists rush to their resorts, but this colourful town offers real insight into authentic Thai life..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Wales

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, June 2016
"Wales has its own unique culture, its own distinct language and its own stunning landscapes. The fiercely proud people are also fiercely welcoming, greeting you with a smile and a pint..."

Dubai Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, May 2016
"While the city's sizeable network of deluxe hotels, golf courses and resorts are a playground for the rich and famous, Dubai's equally popular with families and shoestring holidaymakers..."

Hong Kong Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, April 2016
"Hong Kong is a land of wonderful paradoxes: a place in which cutting-edge modernity meets centuries of tradition; where high skyscrapers give way to rolling mountains and green isles..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Cotswolds, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, April 2016
"Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, spectacular architecture and monuments and some particularly charming villages made for day trippers..."

Cities Aglow: Light Festivals Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2016
"Holographic creatures racing around urban streets, drab gray buildings rendered in glorious Technicolor and skyscrapers as canvases for international art - the world loves light festivals..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Scotland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2016
"The Scots are fiercely proud of their nation - and rightly so. This compact country has two of the UK’s most exciting cities and one of Europe's last remaining patches of true wilderness..."

Singapore Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, March 2016
"From polluted colonial port to pristine consumerist hub, Singapore has changed at a dizzying rate over the past century. Scratch the surface to reveal a modern and multidimensional city..."

Immersive Accommodation for Adventure Travelers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Leave your comfort zone and high-thread-count sheets behind to experience an Amazonian lodge, a real Bedouin hut or another of these culturally-immersive accommodation options..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Algarve, Portugal

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, February 2016
"Away from those high-rise resorts is a natural, unspoiled coastline; wide sandy stretches and rocky coves, edged by clear-as-glass sea one side and distinctive red-hued cliffs the other..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Languedoc, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With its cultural idiosyncrasies and independent identity, Languedoc has long marched to the beat of its own drum. Yet, from Romans to Moors to Cathars, it wears its long history proudly..."

Run in the Dark: Exploring Edinburgh at Night

A blog post for Samsung Live, January 2016
"Since starting in 2012, the Run in the Dark event has expanded from its initial five locations to take place in over 50 cities globally. And Edinburgh is one of the UK's most popular venues..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Dordogne, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2015
"This sunny, serene and languorous corner of the country is dotted with pretty chateaux and imposing bastides - entering the Dordogne is like yielding to a pleasant, drifting daydream..."

Open House: Unlocking London

A blog post for Samsung Live, November 2015
"Curiosity is part of the human condition. So it's little surprise that Open House, during which hundreds of private buildings in London fling open their doors to the public, has been a hit..."

Open House: Inside Architectural Treasures

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Open House, which allows the public into buildings that are usually closed, began in London in 1992 and has since spread to more than 30 cities globally - from Tel Aviv to Thessaloniki..."

Hidden Puglia: A Cultural Journey

A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, July 2015
"Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a visual and culinary feast, a place to sooth your soul while discovering a new and delightful area of Italy. At every turn there’s another sight to behold..."

Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."

Búzios in Brazil is Where Beaches Beckon

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"When urban-weary cariocas need a breather from Rio’s inexhaustible energy, Buzios is their go-to destination. The peninsula’s seductive shoreline has Rio de Janeiro refugees smitten..."

Infinity and Beyond: Pools With Views

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"Nothing beats a pool with a view. Whether you're looking out at a spectacular jungle scene, a deserted beach or a pretty cityscape, here are five pool panoramas that make a real splash...."

Urban Artists Salute Their Cities’ Architecture

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2015
"In big cities, the little details often get lost in the bustle. But for the searching eye of an artist, compelling architectural flourishes prove difficult to ignore. In fact, they're being celebrated..."

Alfredo Paramico: Collecting Time

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"For Alfredo, a great watch is more than simply a tool for measuring time; it is a accessory, a symbol of status, an artifact of history, a potential investment and even, perhaps, a legacy..."

Discovering the Mandarin Oriental, New York

An article for Private Air New York (Winter Issue), December 2014
"A weekend of decadence begins at the 35th floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental. On order: Ambiance that is breathtaking, sumptuous, stylish and relaxing; and spectacular city views..."

London’s Best Theatres (Outside the West End)

A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"Hidden away down an East End alley, the incredible Wiltons Music Hall began its life as an 18th-century alehouse, before it was converted into a stunning theater in the 19th century..."

Introducing Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2014
"Brand new villas in this joyously secluded private community by Belmont Resorts are ready for purchase and offer guaranteed rental returns with an authentic flavor of Caribbean life..."

Century Spires: Thriller in Manilla

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The eighth tower in the shimmering glass high-rise development that is 'Century City', this is the first building in the Philippines to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind..."

Like a Phoenix: Baku’s Flame Towers

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The spirit of newness in Baku, Azerbaijan, is best seen in the capital’s landmark architectural achievement, the Flame Towers; three giant flame-shaped columns that loom over the city..."

How to Invest in Classic Cars

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Appealing curves, sparkling chrome trimmings, wheels that scream out to be spun: there is a common denominator in the cars Peter Haynes exhibits. They're all masterpiece sculptures..."

A Luxury Weekend in Cambridge

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"The historic UK city of Cambridge’s riches are understated - more 'old money' than ‘nouveau riche’ - but if you know where to delve, you can have a sumptuously refined weekend here..."

A Home By the Sea: Sorrento House, Co. Dublin

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"At the southeastern tip of County Dublin, a small peninsula juts out precipitously into the Irish sea. Atop a cliff at the land’s end sits a row of eight spectacular four-story Victorian houses..."

Adventure and Luxury in Kohanaiki, Hawaii

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"Hawaii is world-renowned as a beautiful and idyllic place to live. But the Big Island’s newest private residential community offers more than the standard breathtaking views. Much more..."

Luxe and Serenity: A First-Class Trump Pairing

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"It is hardly inconspicuous. The Trump International Tower is the tallest residential building in Las Vegas, and is encased in 24-carat gold glass. But there's more to it than a flashy facade..."

Masterpiece London 2014: A Preview

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"This June and July, one of Britain’s most prominent art, antiques, and design fairs will return. Global exhibitors shall converge on Masterpiece London 2014, in Royal Hospital Chelsea..."

Rome City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s divine capital. Rome's many residents are happy to talk about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team..."

Battersea Power Station, Regenerated

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"30 years on from its closure, the iconic Battersea Power Station is being given a new lease of life, as it's regenerated into luxurious apartments, boutique shops and public amenities..."

The Quest for Quieter Cabins

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Private jets have long been adorned with luxurious features, from king-sized beds to crystal chandeliers. Yet for all these fancy features, one consistent irritant is sky-high noise levels..."

The World’s Finest Residences… in Miami

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Miami in Florida has countless new construction projects underway. There is one residential project which has (quite literally) hit new heights in luxury living. The Mansions at Acqualina..."

Be King of Your Own Castle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Like the thought of investing in a majestic Irish property, preserving a piece of British history, or living a romantic life in rural France? A European castle should be on your shopping list..."

Bilbao City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"Bilbao, in northern Spain, was once an industrial center, but today is known for its thriving arts scene. Come for world-class museums, sophisticated restaurants and stunning countryside..."

Heading South: Investing Down Under

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"From stately farms to vivacious vineyards to sparkling sea and sunshine, the Australian and New Zealand real estate markets offer a diverse and luxurious range of investment homes..."

A Unique Decorative Arts Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Collectors of Art Nouveau and Art Deco masterpieces are in for an uncommon treat, as the entire contents of Félix and Noelle Marcilhacs’ private collection will soon be put on sale..."

St Moritz: Switzerland’s Winter Wonderland

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"It all began with a wager. In September 1864, the St Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet four guests that if they returned to the town in winter, they'd enjoy it even more than in summer..."

Prague’s TV Tower Airs Luxury Makeover

An article for Brummell Magazine, October 2013
"Since its completion in the early 1990s, Zizkov Television Tower has been perhaps Prague’s most conspicuous and contentious work of architecture. But now it has been reimagined...."

Creativity Takes Flight

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Designers specializing in this growing market are finding new ways to merge sophistication and comfort with functionality and safety, for beautiful environments 40,000 feet in the air..."

NYC Pre-War Buildings Transformed

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The Upper East Side is booming with spacious new condominiums tailor made for families and empty nesters. And the 150 East 72nd Street and 737 Park Avenue buildings are two..."

Star Design at Beverley Hills Interiors

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Ron Dayan, Director of Design, is one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, with the great, the good and the famous clamoring for him to redesign and refurbish their priceless homes..."

Fine Design at The Augustine in Prague

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The moment the door swings open, guests are reassured they are in for a treat. Beyond the threshold lies a luxurious living room, with an iron staircase spiraling up through the ceiling..."

Splendor at Sea: A Cruise on the MS Europa 2

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The stunning suite around me is remarkably roomy, with a generous floor space of 28 square meters split between a large bedroom-slash-living room and a rather substantial bathroom..."

Tour Odéon: Dazzling New Heights in Monaco

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Home to towering casinos and yacht-filled marinas, this tiny but picturesque principality is squeezed into under 500 acres, yet it has a strong standing in the global property market..."

Thoughtful Luxury with Oliver Burns

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The London-based interior design and architectural firm Oliver Burns has only been around for a decade, yet the high-end company's already been captivating audiences worldwide..."

Ultimate Bachelor Pads Around the World

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"There are many varied elements that go into making the ultimate bachelor pad, from interior design to the gadgets and gizmos. However, the top of the list should always be location..."

Amsterdam Waterway Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Take a seat on one of the benches directly opposite Anne Frank's House, and let me tell you a little about this brave young girl, whose thoughtful writings captured the world’s attention…”

Repurposing London with Edo Mapelli Mozzi

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"In London, real estate comes at a premium, so repurposing old buildings is a commonplace solution. Property developer Mapelli Mozzi is transforming a club into an ultra-luxury home..."

35XV: Sharp and Sleek High-Rise Living

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"35XV is a sexy, new 55-unit condominium building that promises to become not a landmark, but a ‘skymark,’ with an angular construction reminiscent of a fashion model’s cheekbones..."

Prague Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Charles actually started building St. Vitus cathedral at the behest of his father John, who had, by this point, gone blind. If you think John had a peaceful death, however, you'd be wrong…”

Collectible Cars At The Salon Privé

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“As the summer draws to a close, many of the world’s most valuable vintage vehicles shall be making their way to London for the Salon Privé motor show, running from 4 to 6 September…”

Finding the Perfect Trophy Home

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"Whether it’s a private mansion encompassing miles of shoreline, a historic manor surrounded by emerald lawns and green forests, or an ultra-chic metropolitan pad at the heart of things..."

Bruges Medieval City Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
“Burg Square symbolises the alliance of religious and civic authorities within Bruges, and it is one of the earliest-inhabited areas of the city, dating back to the second and third centuries…”

Blending In: Thailand’s Luxury Hotel Designs

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"The sun skirts the ocean's edge. The lingering light dances upon the water's surface, from infinite sea to infinity pool, until it eventually sinks, exhausted, beyond the crystal horizon..."

The World’s Most Secluded Island Retreats

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Sometimes luxury can seem so much more divine when you are hundreds of thousands of kilometres from everyday life, secreted among one of the planet’s most secluded islands..."

Where Luxury Meets the Barrier Reef

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Queensland's Whitsunday Islands have long been known for their lush tropical gardens and dynamic coral life. The 74 islands dot the warm tropical waters along the northeastern coast..."

The World’s Best Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
"For the majority of the 20th century, airport terminals were built for function - safe, efficient and uninspiring buildings made to deliver people from road to runway. But that's changed..."

A Cut Above at London’s Shard

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It has been gradually slicing its way up London’s skyline for more than three years now, and The Shard - Renzo Piano's jagged glass monolith - finally welcomes its first tenants in 2013…”

The Circle: A New Form of Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
"Architect Riken Yamamoto believes airports should not merely be transport hubs, but multi-purpose centers for the world to share. And he's showing the way with The Circle in Zurich..."

Britain’s Exclusive Beach Hut Boom

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It seems like a bargain: £245,000 for a historic home that offers unrivaled views of the Devon coast. Yet this property measures just 23 by six feet. It's Britain's most expensive beach hut..."