Henri Bendel shopping in Washington DC

The shopping list: Washington DC

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Barcelona: the style guide

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Hang out with us: retro hotel ‘do not disturb’ signs are things of beauty

Just came across this wondrous collection of hotel door hangers posted by graphic designer Michael Lebowitz on his Big Spaceship blog and simply had to share.

Do No Disturb: Big Spaceship\'s hotel door-hanger collection Do No Disturb: Big Spaceship\'s hotel door-hanger collection

Not only do they form a truly beautiful retro graphic-design time capsule, they gave me a massive hit of nostalgia for ‘the old days’ of hotel travel (note, I didn’t say ‘good’ old days): I can almost smell the orange polyester-trimmed wool blankets, recall the cream and brown plastic packaging of the mini toiletries, and the job-lot watercolours of elephants, mediaeval castles or tropical hibiscus plants. Not like today’s stylish luxury boutique hotels, with their pillow menus, Starck-spangled bathrooms and LaChapelle-adorned walls.