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Archive for September, 2008

Great hotel bathrooms #2

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Soak in the tub or splash under the rainfall shower? Whether you prefer roll-top romance or hi-tech tap trickery, we’ve got a bathing beauty that’s right for you. LUCY FENNINGS guides you round some of the world’s best hotel bathrooms…

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Smith Ski: What’s hot on the slopes

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The other day Pip McCormac at The Sunday Times asked me my thoughts on ski chic for this article: We put our heads together here at Smith HQ and here are our thoughts: Of course style is essential and practicality is paramount, but comfort is a priority if you’re as crash prone as me. […]

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Top 10: Boutique Hotel Designers

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Most people know good boutique hotel design and when they see it – but not everyone can identify the people behind the polish – the ones who pick the flooring, paper the walls and hang the blinds. LUCY FENNINGS brings you a Who’s Who of hotel design with a top-ten list of the most influential […]

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Mr & Mrs Smith in Cookie Mag

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Tamara’s done one or two pieces for the Going Places blog, over at stylish Stateside parenting mag, Cookie (this month she’s covered child-friendly London cafés), but we’re delighted to see that the the nice folk on the print magazine have chosen to do a little feature on us too. You can’t buy a copy here […]

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Lara Dunston is the brains behind the Cool Travel Guide blog and has written or contributed to 40 travel guidebooks (for DK, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Footprint, Insight, AA Guides and Thomas Cook) and writes for magazines and newspapers all over the world, including National Geographic Traveler, Wanderlust, Get Lost, Lifestyle+Travel, Paperplane, The Independent and […]

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Sleep Awards 2008: Nominations

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

This year I’m a judge in the Sleep European Hotel Design Awards. The winners will be announced at the Sleep Awards 2008 ceremony is on 6 November at Sofitel, terminal 5, Heathrow. The awards recognise the work of architects, designers, and developers across 18 different categories. They are judged by a panel of leading hotel […]

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When it comes to reporting on cutting-edge arts, culture and design, New-York based Coolhunting is on the vanguard. And few hotels are more worthy of being celebrated on this finger-on-the-pulse website than Thierry Teyssier’s Romaneira. At Smith we always appreciate great-looking hotels, and there’s nothing we love more than sharing our experiences at fabulous hideaways, […]

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A quick Q&A with Graham & Green

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

JAMIE GRAHAM Creative Director, Graham & Green If there’s one homewares shop that lets customers get a little boutique-hotel chic to go, it’s Graham & Green in Notting Hill. And now they have an outpost in Reading too. I grabbed a minute with one of its owners to ask him how he gets his travel […]

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Top 10: the best hotel bathrooms

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Wow-inducing bathrooms have become as important as seductive boudoirs at the hotels Mr & Mrs Smith visit, and they’re a great opportunity to showcase imaginative design. Double sinks, or even double baths create a glamorous boutique-hotel feel, glass-enclosed wet-room-style showers and baths with a view add drama. Beautiful materials and different textures, from stone tiling […]

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After Tamara’s lunch with property guru, Starck-partner and Caprice-dater John Hitchcox a few weeks back, the busiest man in property development agreed to have a chat with us about what his company, Yoo, is up to, what it’s like working with Philippe, and where he hangs out in New York – when he’s not building […]

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