go west: trances country market, malibu

I can’t remember ever being excited about the prospect of visiting a shopping mall, no matter how large or small it might have been. Looking forward to a shopping spree, yes, being interested in a mall’s architecture, possibly, but that’s about it. These days, when giving a choice, I try to avoid busy places with too many people,…

mindful vacation: juvet hotel, norway

In light of my husband’s imminent move to Copenhagen, I can’t help but increasingly glance at Denmark and its Nordic neighbours for…well, everything really: food, design, shopping, restaurants, jobs, real estate, kids activities, museums, schools…you name it, I have checked it out. During one of those, let’s call them “research sessions”, I was looking for…

flagstone . berlin

I am currently spending a few days in my all-time favourite German city, Berlin. I studied here in the 90s and have, since then, visited once a year…until we had children, and from then on I deeply neglected this love of mine on the river Spree. I was here last summer, with our then eight year old daughter, but…

milan retrospective: villa necchi campiglio

There is one more thing about Milan I need to write about: Villa Necchi Campiglio. We visited this beautiful residence of the middle-class industrialists Gigina Necchi, her husband Angelo Campiglio, and her sister Nedda on our first day. The villa was built between 1932 and 1935 by the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi, and is a real treasure of Rationalism…

expo milano 2015

I am currently in Milan with our daughter for a (we think) well-deserved girls-only weekend. We started this tradition two years ago with Paris, then Berlin last year and now it is the Italian capital of fashion and design. I couldn’t make the Salone del Mobile 2015, which I regret, but Milan remained on my…