Happy Sunday! Here’s this week’s Sunday Seven in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel.
I love reading about the future of design. Technology and they way we are living are changing the world’s leading innovations in transportation, travel, cities, homes, and workplaces. This link is all about how top thinkers are working to enhance our lives in the years ahead. Pictured: Svart—the World’s first energy positive hotel concept by the Arctic, with a 360 degree view! The future is closer than you think.
In more design news, NYC’s iconic Fifth Avenue Glass Apple Cube reopens across from the Plaza Hotel. I remember when this store was first built in 2006, and how revolutionary it was for its time. In this latest evolution, how Apple is using a new form of skylight known as “Skylenses” and smart design to provide the best experience possible to its customers.
You all know that mid-century modern is one of my favorite styles! Whether vintage pieces or the contemporary designs they inspire, the sleek silhouettes are what draws me in. Here, LA-based designer Michael Berman gives his tips on sourcing vintage furniture, how to spot authenticity, making it personal, and discovering lesser-known designers.
If you are one of those people that thinks Riesling is a sticky sweet, easy-drinking wine without much character, you aren’t alone. And while there are plenty of bottles of Riesling (and every other type of wine) out there that match this description, there are also the good ones! When it’s good, Riesling is vibrant with a highly sought after acidic, fruity-floral flavor profile. This link debunks the top five misconceptions about Riesling. Ready to give it another shot?
In it’s 16th year, San Francisco’s Architecture + the City Festival explores how cultural diversity and connectivity inspire and inform the built environment. With more than 30 programs throughout the month including the acclaimed San Francisco Living: Home Tours, there’s something for everyone. A sneak peek inside 5 compelling modern and contemporary homes on the tour showcasing a range of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and types of residences.
To mark the release of the Downton Abbey movie, the owners of Highclere Castle have listed their home on Airbnb at a rate of £150 (approx. $187). In a one-night-only listing, Earl and Lady Carnarvon are inviting a lucky couple to live like royalty at their 100,000-square-foot, 300-room estate. The chosen pair will be invited to share dinner with the Earl and Countess in the state dining room, followed by coffee in the library and a good night’s sleep.
Jay-Z owns Champagne Armand de Brignac, a brand run by the Cattier family, who’s been growing Champagne grapes since 1763. The house produces only limited releases, and each one is unique, with the signature “Ace of Spades” pewter label applied by hand. The latest cuvée from the brand hits the top end of extravagant. Pictured: the Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Three (A3), which retails for $1,000 per bottle. Scheduled to launch September 5.
Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing rest of your weekend!