Sun Shady

We have a positive outlook here at Resource – and while the ash and rain clouds may be overhead, we’re hoping we can find use for this rather handsome sunshade this summer. Viteo, one of our favourite design consortiums, has teamed up with Structurelab to create this new series of outdoor umbrellas, to offer you cooling shade when the sun is hot. Its clever and rather beautiful shape means that by simply twisting the shade, it alters the size and shape of the shadow – and by placing the shade to the side of the table and chairs, it means that one person isn’t left roasting in the midday sun.
Other beautiful and quirky accessories for your garden by the Austrian design group include an outdoor shower with its bizarre-yet-brilliant ascending spray and a rolling outdoor wireless speaker designed by Ron Arad and F Pellisari. Clever, functional and aesthetically very pleasing indeed.
VITEO Design Möbel GmbH
Murecker Straße 27, 8472 Strass/Stmk./ Austria

Building Block Party

Designed by starchitects Herzog & De Meuron, Vitra’s new showroom, the VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein in Germany, is a geometric addition to Vitra’s portfolio of buildings and follies at the company’s sprawling HQ. Joining a Museum designed by Frank Gehry, a bus shelter designed by Jasper Morrison and even a fire station (due to a major fire in 1981) by Resource favourite Zaha Hadid (pictured below), Herzog & De Meuron’s creation houses works by the likes of Charles & Ray Eames, Jean Prouvé, Verner Panton and Antonio Citterio. Built to inspire, the building’s interior showcases Vitra’s Home Collection laid out in variety of living models – which you can size up and buy in-situ – as well as housing exhibitions from the Vitra Design Museum’s collection. It’s also home to a great little café serving locally-sourced produce, meaning you can eat, drink, learn and buy all under one beautifully designed roof.
Visit Vitra online.

Hix Marks The Spot

Our review of the excellent Hix Soho is now live. It’s where we’d be right now if we were lunching or dining in the Capital – beautifully executed classic British food washed down with a couple of coupe glasses of Champagne, naturally. Go here to read the full write-up.

The Crosby Show


New York gets its first taste of quintessential British style thanks to the opening of Firmdale Hotels‘ new Crosby Street Hotel. With behemoths of the boutique hotel movement such as Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel and Haymarket Hotel in London under their rather stylish belts, it was only a matter of time before Firmdale made the NY-LON connection. Situated in the heart of SoHo, arguably one of NYC’s most stylish ‘hoods, whilst the bustle is just feet from your door, the hotel itself sits on the pretty, quiet cobbled Crosby Street, just off Prince.
With 86 bedrooms and suites over 11 floors, as one would expect from design supremo Kit Kemp (co-owner of Firmdale with her husband) the interiors are exquisite and decidedly non-prescriptive. With flashes of beautiful printed textiles, swathes of wallpaper, quirky pieces of antique furniture and perfect lighting, the rooms are the perfect mix of contemporary and classic – all helped by the entire space being flooded with light, whether that be neon or natural, from the floor-to-ceiling windows. As well as the beautiful guest rooms, the hotel’s bar will no doubt become the perfect mid-shopping-trip stop-off for NYC’s most beautiful and best-dressed, while the leafy courtyard will be a perfect respite from the heat of Manhattan’s summer, where you can sip long cocktails and rest your weary feet.
Other cheeky extras include a 99-seat screening room (now de rigueur in the best boutique boltholes), a gym with Technogym equipment, as well as private rooms for meetings and events and unique pieces of commissioned art, right down to the railings sitting out front by metalwork designer James Garvey.
Better still are the hotel’s green credentials, making it one of the most environmentally responsible hotel builds in the US. Certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Firmdale have gone to great lengths to assure that during every stage of its design and construction have met stringent criteria.
Reservations open on 29 September 2009. To reserve a room call:
+1 212 226 6400 or email:


Best In Show


Show us beautifully designed pieces of furniture, and we’ll show you our black Amex. So much so that the Resource offices are beginning to resemble a museum dedicated to the world’s most beautiful chairs. The latest in our collection is one of the pieces that we spotted at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Vitra‘s technically intricate, plant-like Vegetal chair’s function is two-fold: not only is it an inspiring piece of design, created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, but due its construction and design it is doubted it will ever be copied. Available in six colours – ours s the mauve grey – and due its construction, suitable for both interior and exterior use, you can buy it now from Utility Design and they’ll throw in an adorable miniature version. Just over £200 for a modern-day classic.

Utah Saint


It’s not often that we’re floored by the sight of a new hotel opening. Even in the current market we’re bombarded on a daily basis with invitations to visit new properties around the world: from five-star grande-dame hotels given the modern makeover, to quirky boutique bolt-holes with award-winning spas.
However, the latest property from the lauded Amanresorts group, Amangiri, stopped us in our tracks. It wasn’t just the awe-inspiring setting that caught our breath, but also the incredible design and architecture which manages effortlessly to bring the stunning, expansive 200 million-year-old desert backdrop into each of its stunning suites.
Sitting where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet, Amangiri is ideally located for daytrips out to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Colorado River. We doubt, however, that even a Wonder of the World could drag us from our luxuriously-appointed suite or, indeed, from the 2322-square-metre Aman Spa with its treatment ‘venues’. Nor will the Dining Room’s locally-sourced, seasonal menu and cellar of 900 wines do much to lure you away from Amangari; and with its dramatic views, the Pavilion – the centerpiece of the hotel – is the ideal place to while away even more hours, with a beautifully-mixed drink in hand, eyes skyward as you try to spot an endangered California condor swooping overhead. The pool area, too, acts as the perfect distraction from the outside world, as it wraps itself around a giant rocky outcrop and beckons you to its hot tub. The most gorgeous hotel opening we’ve seen this year, and the ultimate oasis escape.

By plane: Amangari is a 25-minute drive from Page Municipal Airport, Arizona. Great Lakes Airways operate direct flights from Denver and Phoenix. The airport has full service facilities for private aircraft.
By car: four-hour drive from Phoenix, five hours from Las Vegas, six hours from Salt Lake City.
Prices start from £372 per night, which includes complimentary transfers
For more information contact:


High Speed Drive


We featured Terrufugia‘s car-plane hybrid years ago, when it was being touted by its mad professor creators as the world’s first ‘transition’ vehicle. The concept was simple: land your car-plane at your neighbourhood airstrip, fold up the wings, drive it home and park it in your garage. We thought the idea, ahem, would never get off the ground, but we love to be proved wrong when it comes to feats of engineering. So now, Terrafugia proudly present The Transition: a street-legal airplane. While our intrepid team of travellers would rather fly to far-flung shores in the ample luxury of an Airbus A380, thank you very much, this little beauty will be ideal for the high-end commuter. In terms of design, it looks a little more Thunderbirds than a glimpse at the future, but we’d rather have function over style when it comes to getting us home safely. For order enquiries, contact Terrafugia’s sales team directly:

Keys, Money, Passport…


… credit card, itinerary, e-ticket, boarding cards, names of hotel’s marketing team? Check. We’re still putting together our essential packing feature – it’s taken rather a while, much like our packing, to pare it down to the absolute minimum. In the meantime, if you’re jetting off to warmer climes then the ultimate in luxe luggage comes in this rather compact and beautifully designed form: Smythson, yet again, win the travel must-have crown for their wonderful, sumptuous Coral Travel Clutch (£395) with handy removable dividers so that you can take out its innards and use it as a rather gorgeous clutch when you’re popping down to the hotel bar for a late-night Martini. Señor Ronaldo could even get away with calling it a ‘man bag’, such are its handsome lines. And we all know he can work the colour orange.

Giddy Up!

Cheltenham Festival

We never need an excuse to quaff Champagne and wear a fabulous outfit, but this week’s Cheltenham Festival certainly gives us a good reason. We hope you’ve already booked your room at Hotel du Vin, as this year’s four-day event will see the town expecting nearly a quarter of a million visitors who will be betting over £500 million on the 25 races taking place. No longer just about the horses or high stakes, the Cotswolds’ most elegant and affluent will be out in force. Expect a sea of glamour for Thursday’s Ladies Day, as the well-groomed compete for a very different kind of cup, with the Best Dressed Lady walking away with a four-star Ryanair European weekend away, £300 to spend in the Regent Arcade, and £300 of Molton Brown vouchers.
The event culminates in the world-renowned Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday (which is sold out), with Kauto Star hoping to make the grade of this Blue Riband event. Call the box office for ticket availability: 01242 226 226.

Glorious Gloucestershire

Cotswold country

The Resource editorial team is finally back on home soil, after some serious road-tripping through France and Spain in the comfort of a fabulous extras-stacked Land Rover Discovery (a full review of the vehicle and our Grand Tour will be online soon).
The plan, admittedly, was to post news stories every couple of days, but with infrequent access to free Wi-Fi (we’re sorry, but we absolutely refuse to pay for a service which is relatively inexpensive to install for hoteliers, especially the five-star big boys) we decided to take a much-needed break instead.
Highlights of our trip included a dazzling, slightly drunken eight-course dinner at Le Cinq in Paris’s deliciously decadent George V hotel; lunch sat on a windswept beach in Biarritz (we’re thinking we should invest in satellite offices in the upmarket town, with its Galeries-Lafeyette outpost and year-round populace of beautiful surfers); driving down the terrifyingly narrow streets of the ancient city of Segovia (and having to pull in our wing mirrors as our parking sensors went beserk); touring past the beautiful chateaux of south-western France; and eating roast lamb falling off the bone in Benahavis.
We’re feeling fully rested and raring to go, despite a few issues with email servers and having to move our editorial office upon our return (our head office address stays the same for now, if you’re planning on sending us gorgeous things to review!). We’ve had thousands of hits since our soft launch, and we’re hoping to dramatically increase that over the coming months, in the run-up to the first issue of Resource being available to Gloucestershire’s and The Cotswolds’ most affluent residents and visitors.
Please feel free to send us through any news items that you’d like us to consider, and if you need any more information about Resource, please do drop us a line.

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