The trend is evolving from isolated desks in cubicle offices to innovative spaces that encourage collaboration and feature communal perks like coffee rooms, glass walled meeting rooms, cafes, lounges, and games rooms (really). Modern offices reflect the cultural shift from 9-5 clock in-clock out mentality to a fluid 24/7 work-life blend. Some of the world’s most incredible offices push design as well innovative concepts toward productivity.
Getting back to nature doesn't have to mean getting back to sub-par accommodations. The Treehotel offers seven unique treehouses, each built with an eye on sustainability. They include a mirrored cube, a UFO-shaped room, and a bright red building strangely named The Blue Cone. The latest addition is the aptly-named 7th Room, designed by Snohetta and featuring multiple rooms centered around a netted terrace, furthering the treehouse feel. Apart from the modern interior designs, the hotel also offers a tree-based sauna and hottub, various outdoor activities, and easy access to the restaurant in nearby Harads, Sweden.
What was your last city trip?
1 month ago, I visited Antwerp with 6 good friends for a weekend full of shopping, drinks and good food.
What are your best-kept secrets for smart traveling?
Make a list of necessary items that you don’t want to forget! There are always items I forget, if I won’t write them down. The moment you think of packing something essential, pack it immediately or write it down. If you wait, you will forget.
Favorite beach destination?
I really enjoyed the beach life in Valencia, Spain, because of the smooth transition from the urban environment into the relaxed stretched out Beach Boulevard.
Favorite cold weather destination?
Definitely Norway, because of the breathtaking fjords and the endless natural beauty.
How do you get through a long haul flight?
Prepare yourself with lots of magazines and be sure to book a flight where you are able to watch cheesy blockbusters continuously. And never forget your headphones!
Which product can you not go without during your travels?
A thin cotton scarf is one of the most useful travel accessories. You can use it as a blanket during your flight, or as a pillow on a long bus trip. It’s also functional for sun protection on long walks in the heat, or as shoulder coverage when you are visiting religious places and you need to be dressed properly.
What is your favorite Travelteq product?
The leather tech pouch is my ultimate favorite, because I am always struggling with my charger cable and headphones. Now I’m able to neatly organize my tech accessories and carefully carry them with me.
Favorite restaurant in Amsterdam?
Louie Louie on Linaeusstraat in the East. The mixture of tasty Mexican tapas and good cocktails makes you want to spent the whole night there...
Working out with a personal trainer to guide you is generally better than going it alone. The Vi Artificial Intelligence Personal Trainer gives you the same benefits as a real trainer in a device that fits around your neck. Using sensors in the neckband, attached earphones, and your smartphone, it knows your elevation, heart rate, cadence, speed, and location, and gives you voice feedback as you workout. It also responds to your voice commands, and since the earbuds were developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, they sound great, too.
Why buy clothes off the rack when you can have them custom made for the same price? And why pay what most others are for custom when you can get it at an even lower price? Beau, based out of a retail space on the ground floor of NYC's SoHo Grand Hotel, offers something other custom clothiers don’t—membership and unbeatable prices. Companies make their money on the mark up of each item you buy, but Beau decided to try something different by creating a custom clothing company for members. They earn money on the membership fees instead of marking up every item. $290 a year buys you unlimited manufacturing pricing on custom made suits, shirts, jackets, even tuxedos, many of which are made withHolland & Sherry fabrics. From a day at work to a wedding or black tie event, you can look your best for less than off the rack.
“My grandfather told me never to sell the land,” says Paul Canarelli, of the 6,000 acres he inherited on Corsica where sea, maquis (shrublands) and mountains meet, and where he now runs villa resort La Domaine de Murtoli with his wife Valérie. This summer, new traditions are being forged on the family land as Canarelli has invited the young and talented Mathieu Pacaud to take over the kitchens of Murtoli’s La Table de la Ferme restaurant and create candlelit dining experiences in the extraordinary granite-cavern setting – running from Monday July 4 to Friday September 2 and for which booking is now open.
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Google showed off their Project Ara, a modular phone concept, to the masses about a year ago. Then we waited and kinda forgot about it. Now, after much tinkering, the phone that allows you to swap out components is here. Almost. Shown off in what should be close to its final form, Ara is set to ship to developers this fall. The frame of the unique, Mondrian-looking smartphone contains six flexible slots so users can swap in the items they need. Going to be away from a charge for a while? Pop in a bigger battery. Out shooting pictures? Add a high-res camera to your rig. It’s the phone you can customize on the fly. Google is aiming to have this phone in your hand by next year, so stay tuned.
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It sounds like science fiction: the ability to converse with someone speaking a different language without needing to know it. Yet that's exactly the future Pilot Translating Earphones promise. The world's first smart earpiece to translate between people speaking different languages in real time, it comes with a second earpiece for listening to music, uses a companion app to toggle between languages, and most importantly can function offline, so you're not at the mercy of your Internet connection. European-based Romantic and Germanic languages will receive support first, with other world languages following, and adding new ones is as simple as downloading a song.
You want to take your music everywhere, but most bluetooth speakers either look like garbage or don't sound any better than streaming directly from your phone. Addressing both of those common problems is the Beoplay A1 Speaker from Bang & Olufsen. B&O always take design seriously, and the A1 is no exception. It's built to last with a beautiful rounded aluminum grill and double-molded polymer base. It also packs great sound dispersion wherever you take it and is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. It has a battery life that lasts up to 24 hours, and even has a built-in microphone for making calls, giving you the freedom to pull off a conference call poolside.
For most of us, the frame of reference about space we have is limited to movies and TV. But with What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There, we have an opportunity to gain access to some specific facts about space from dozens of international astronauts. The stories range from hilarious to inspirational and each one comes with a fun illustration as well. Hear from astronauts about quirky things like backwards dreams, the tricks of sleeping in zero gravity, and how in space no one can hear you burp. Great conversation fodder for space junkies that should help satisfy some of our many curiosities.