Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Langham Hospitality Group Opened the First Cordis Resort in China

Cordis, Dongqian Lake, Ningbo officially welcomed its first guests on 28 May 2019.

Cordis, Dongqian Lake, Ningbo -opened on May 27 2019- claiming its mantle as the first Cordis resort by Langham Hospitality Group as well as the fifth property in the global Cordis portfolio.

Cordis, Dongqian Lake, Ningbo - Lobby.

Inspired by its proximity to the serene Dongqian Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Zhejiang province with over 1,200 years of history, this newest Cordis property provides panoramic views as it creates a luxurious, yet authentic resort experience.

"We are very proud to introduce our first Cordis resort at the beautiful and pristine Dongqian Lake. This picturesque location with its stately mountains and lake as well as its rich cultural heritage, is just a 40-minute drive to the thriving city of Ningbo, the economic centre of Zhejiang Province."- Stefan Leser, chief executive officer, Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Dongqian Lake, Ningbo - Ming Court.

"With the beautiful grounds, stunning villas and our signature heartfelt service, we believe that Cordis Dongqian Lake will be the perfect choice for family gatherings, romantic escapades, corporate team-building and incentive trips," adds Leser.

The 238 guest rooms and villas resort is designed by Allied Architects International whose inspiration was derived from local villages and the natural landscape to emphasize the resort's connection to the lakeside setting. The overall design of the resort reflects the traditional architecture of Zhejiang province and uses natural elements of wood, stone tiles and bamboo. Multi-tiered waterfalls, winding pathways, garden pavilions, and floral beds are keys to the design, with intricate steps taken to preserve an idyllic setting for the guests.

Cordis, Dongqian Lake, Ningbo - Guest Room.

The highlight of the resort is the 18 well-appointed villa complexes, all of which feature a landscaped courtyard, a two bedroom suite and four individual rooms; these may be booked in its entirety or individually, depending on the guests' needs. For the ultimate in luxury and comfort, the 1,000 sqm six-bedroom pool villa is ideal for large family gatherings or a corporate retreat.

All villas are equipped with sun terraces to take in the ethereal views of Dongqian Lake and the surrounding mountains. Floor heating ensures guests are kept warm and cozy during the cooler months. A blissful night's sleep is ensured with the famous Cordis signature "Dream Bed" and a specially curated pillow menu in every room.

With the brand's reputation for innovative food and beverage concepts, Cordis, Dongqian Lake offers five restaurants and bars: Ming Court, affiliated with its Michelin-starred namesake in Hong Kong, will serve refined Cantonese cuisine, the all-day dining Cordis Market will feature local favourites alongside international cuisines, and the very stylish Bar 29° and Lobby Lounge will serve cocktails, light bites, and afternoon tea paired with exclusive local teas from Ningbo. Guests who favour a relaxed, casual setting may partake in the authentic local dishes at Lake House.

Cordis, Dongqian Lake, Ningbo - Swimming Pool.

Elaborately designed with a sea of crystal chandeliers, the 805 square meter, pillar-less Cordis Ballroom with a lofty 7.5 meter ceiling is perfect for weddings, meetings, gala events and large-scale conferences. Complemented by additional function rooms and an outdoor terrace, the 1,200 square meters of meeting space is set to become the new social centre for Dongqian Lake and Ningbo, and the benchmark for events in the region.

Guests will also be able to enhance their well-being at Chuan Spa by Langham which features seven private rooms and treatments derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophies designed for different seasons. The spa has specially developed three personalized wellness retreat programmes; 'Tao of Detox', 'Weight Balance' and 'Pressure Relieve' which include not only tailored treatments but healthy meal plans for total rejuvenation and optimum results.

The Health Club is well equipped with a 26-meter indoor heated swimming pool, 13 hot and cold plunge pools, separate male and female sauna and steam rooms and dedicated relaxation areas to rejuvenate and revitalize the body and mind. Complemented by daily exercise classes, the resort's health centre is fully furnished with a yoga studio as well as the latest cardio and strength training equipment to meet every fitness need.

Families with young children will appreciate the Kids Centre which offers both indoor and outdoor activities. They can explore the resort's forest trail, discover the tree house slide and butterfly garden or enjoy art and pottery classes and exciting treasure hunts with Cordis' life-sized plush red panda mascot, Cody. All junior VIPs will also receive an exclusive personalized backpack with Cody themed gifts to keep them engaged throughout their stay.

Cordis Hotels & Resorts

Cordis is an approachable luxury hotel brand with a service style that is heartfelt and intuitively generous. Located in the heart of the local communities in the most stimulating destinations around the world, Cordis hotels deliver experiences that are authentic and family inclusive in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Auckland with more than 10 properties to open within five years. 

(Photos by Business Wire, Courtesy of Cordis.)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Global Luxe Collection by The Interior Designer

The Global Luxe collection effortlessly combines traditional pieces with modern lines, tactile surfaces and exotic global finds. 

Easy to build on, the color palette is primarily black, white and natural underpinned by fresh blue-grey neutrals and luxe antique gold accents. 

The Global Luxe Collection
Fill your space with classic good looks with the Global Luxe Collection.

Bahama Buffet Black
Four door solid oak buffet finished in a black painted finish, featuring a slatted design across the front and sides. Inside is in a black painted finish and includes one adjustable shelf per side. Doors operate on a magnetic closure system.

Aisha Stool Zebra
Black & White Zebra design square stool. Handcrafted in 100% cow hide in a zebra design. With elegant brushed gold stainless steel studs and round handles.

Eastern Temple Jar Large
White ceramic vase with black decorative pattern resembling waves. Lid has tapering finial.

Bedford Pendant
A group of glass covered pentagons, and hexagons make for an incredible statement pendant. A bold black steel frame with accents of antique gold add a soft subtle touch to the pendant.

Yasmine Table Lamp
Black and white marble cones connect with a brushed brass band. Tapered drum black shade.

The Interior Designer

"The Interior Designer" is Australia's newest online designer boutique which sells a curated collection of exquisite on-trend furniture, homewares and lighting to completely decorate and furnish your home. The Interior Designer offers a unique service of styling interiors with luxury home & furniture packages to complement any space in your home. Shop by room or style and choose the decor package you like and The Interior Designer will arrange delivery within weeks direct to your door throughout Australia. The Interior Designer is committed to offering the most luxurious high quality furnishings for your special space at excellent value with outstanding customer service.

All images courtesy of The Interior Designer.

Living It Up Introduce New Designs and Fabrics

Living it Up have added to their ever-growing range with brand new fabrics and designs to fit in with current interior trends. 

Living it Up pride themselves in offering on-trend furniture along with timeless classics. The variety of beds, sofas, chairs and footstools mean that there is always a perfect option for any homeowner looking to revamp their humble abode.

Drew Sofa 
This stylish and functional 2 seater sofa will be the perfect addition to any living space in your home. Also available as either a left or right hand corner sofa with chaise longue, Drew is designed suit the space you have, as well as helping to create a wonderful relaxing environment.

With botanical glam taking off in the interior world, Living it Up have introduced bold beds and sophisticated seats to match with the tropical trend. 

Emilio Bed in Lakeshore Teal
The Emilio Bed is a large upholstered bed that is sure to make an impressive statement in your bedroom. With detailed geometric panelling, the Emilio’s modern design is perfect for the contemporary home. The optional side panels slot into the headboard via two brackets and allow you to make an even more impressive piece of furniture.

Frances Armchair in Sedgwick Green
Frances is the perfect modern armchair, generous in this dimensions and with deep padded cushions this is the perfect armchair to unwind on. Clean and simple design is the inspiration of the Frances range. If you love classic design but want to give it a modern edge why not try the Frances in our Pink finish?

If botanicals are your vibe, opt for the Emilio Bed in Lakeshore Teal, the Frances Armchair in Sedgwick Green or the Drew Sofa. These stylish and functional options are bound to boost the botanical look in your home.

Alison Bed in Box in English Goldenrod
The Alison Bed in a Box is a beautiful idea for a guest bed. This product gives you the option of a sturdy spare bed that can then be folded away into a stylish upholstered box. With classic buttoned upholstery and a simple to use mechanism, the Alison will be a wonderful addition to any home.

Yellow hues have recently become a popular color due to summer approaching. Mix yellows with greys and wood to create a contemporary and earthy palette. The Alison Bed in a Box in English Goldenrod would work perfectly in a smaller space craving a modern look mixed with a traditional touch.

Cara Sofa in Gladstone Grey
Cara sofa is the perfect way to bring a design classic into the here and now. Instead of muted tones and predictable color combinations why not create a design feature by having the sofa hand made in our plum pink or spring green colour? If you do not fancy making a bold statement in your living room this sofa is perfect for adding some luxury to a dressing room, larger master suit or even a comfortable office or den. If you like the buttoned effect of this sofa but want a more modern shape, why not take a look at our Finn sofa.

Monochrome interiors have been an ideal choice for modern homes throughout the years. The Cara Sofa and Sofa Bed in Gladstone Grey would work in a calm and sophisticated environment. Pair this sofa with patterned pillows and mellow artwork for a laid back setting.

Harriet Sofa in Blush Pink
Unreservedly opulent our Harriet sofa cannot be ignored. Hand crafted to order and available in a range of colors this sofa would sit majestically in any home, combining classic style with sumptuous comfort. 

Vincent Bed in Blush Pink
The Vincent bed is a contemporary piece of furniture with a striking modern look. With geometric shapes that crisscross the deep foam padded headboard, the Vincent is as stylish as it is comfortable. The optional side panels give you the choice to create a grand statement in the bedroom. These impressive looking side panels will extend the headboard to create a wonderful centerpiece and they easily slot into the headboard via two brackets. 

Pastel pinks are always a great choice to create a modern and glamorous living space. Opt for the Vincent Bed in Blush Pink for a striking look. If it is your living room that needs a centerpiece, the Harriet Sofa in Blush Pink is a luxurious sofa that will provide both comfort and class.

Arthur Bed in Burnt OrangeArthur certainly packs a punch in his ability to grab your attention. Unreservedly bold and unmistakably stylish he is there to impress and be the centre of attention. Living It Up have ensured the finest level of craftsmanship has gone into creating this fantastic piece of furniture. With stunning headboard features winged sides and button detailing; the headboard is also padded to ensure comfort when unwinding and stealing some time for yourself with a good book. Arthur is really a great addition to any bedroom and comes in a range of colours to suit your tastes.

Burnt Orange homeware will create a warm and inviting atmosphere in any home. This colour is one to look out for in Autumn, as the heated colour will warm up your bedroom. The Arthur Bed in Burnt Orange would pair perfectly with neutral colors for a homely feel.

Memphis in Regency BlueThe Memphis Bed is a contemporary design for a comfortable upholstered bed. With over fifty colors available, the Memphis bed can be made to match any interior or look whilst keeping its contemporary edge. The eye-catching patterned headboard can be made to look even more impressive with the optional side panels. The side panels easily attach to the headboard via two brackets.

Create a focal point in your bedroom with an oversized headboard. This trend is coming back into the interior world and we expect to see it centre stage over the next year. Living it Up have a fantastic range of oversized headboards including the Vincent Bed in Blush Pink and the Memphis Bed in Regency Blue. These bold and beautiful headboards would be ideal in a larger bedroom with lots of living space.

Emilio Bed in Lakeshore Teal: £1650.00
Frances Armchair in Sedgwick Green: £599.00
Drew Sofa: £850.00
Alison Bed in Box in English Goldenrod: £529.00
Cara Sofa Bed in Gladstone Grey: £1080.00
Cara Sofa in Gladstone Grey: £1080.00
Vincent Bed in Blush Pink: £1600.00
Harriet Sofa in Blush Pink: £1050.00
Arthur Bed in Burnt Orange: £989.00

Living It Up

Since 2005, Living It Up has been creating made to order beds, sofas, chairs and footstools to name but a few. Living It Up always introduce the latest trends in interior design alongside the timeless classics that have been a part of their range since the beginning.

All images courtesy of Living It Up.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Return of a Design Icon - Artilleriet Resumes Production of Etcetera

Etcetera was designed in 1970 by Jan Ekselius and has since then become an icon for the design expression of the 70s. 

Etcetera is still today a sought after design object and the series is regularly represented among the world's premier auction houses. In an exclusive collaboration between Swedish design boutique Artilleriet and the designer Jan Ekselius, Artilleriet will resume the original production of the Etcetera series. The easy chair and its characteristic organic form is part of the Swedish design heritage and brings a higher level of design to any space. 

–We are extremely happy to collaborate with Jan Ekselius and bring a design icon as Etcetera into the future and we aim to relaunch the Etcetera series to the world. The easy chair has attained an iconic status especially in France and the States but has for years only been available on the second hand market. As with all sustainable and lasting design Etcetera feels as relevant today as when it was designed almost 50 years ago, its form and comfort is on a level of its own.

The knowledge and experience of the original production has been brought into the development of the new Etcetera. To achieve the highest level of quality and a sustainable product the assembling is completed together with craftsmen experienced from the original manufacturing at J.O. Carlsson and Forsbergs in Småland, Sweden. The manufacturing of Etcetera testifies of a genuine craftsmanship by seasoned professionals and their love for the furniture.

– It all began when I was attending the Royal College of Art in London and discovered how elegantly and naturally elastic materials formed when stretched over a convex shape. I made a prototype in the school's workshop of bent steel pipes and latex dipped jute fabric, the prototype ended up as one of my degree projects. When production started in 1972 at the J.O. Carlsson, we realised that the elastic fabric was difficult to use an I started to search for a replacing material. I eventually found a solution when Volvo invented their adjustable Pullmaflex back support. Now the concept and comfort have been even further developed with the help of elastic bands, says Jan Ekselius.

– I am very glad to collaborate with Artilleriet, they have an approach to design that very much correspond with my own and I really do look forward to the relaunch. 50 years ago I could never have had imagined that Etcetera would be this desired today, Jan Ekselius concludes.

Product information Etcetera | Design by Jan Ekselius

Material: Organic cotton velour, steel, elastic band.
The furniture series Etcetera consists of three parts: Armchair, Lounge chair and Stool, it is initially available in nine colors of organic velvet velour in 100% cotton. The Etcetera collection is produced and manufactured by hand in Sweden.

Foot Stool: W: 63 cm D: 50 cm H: 42 cm
Lounge Chair: W: 63 cm D: 107 cm H: 77 cm
Easy Chair: W: 63 cm D: 76 cm H: 68 cm

Colors: Canary Yellow, Chili Red, Chocolate Brown, Cream White, Grass Green, Klein Blue, Rubin Red, Sand Beige, Zink Grey. 

Price: Etcetera Foot Stool, from €575 / $595,
Etcetera Lounge Chair, from €1760 / $1810,
Etcetera Easy Chair, from €1695 / $1745 

Etcetera is sold exclusively at Artilleriet at their webshop or in the boutique at Magasingatan 19 in Gothenburg.

About Artilleriet
The interior design boutique Artilleriet stands for an eclectic collection of interior, furniture, and details with a range that consists of a proprietary blend of classics, vintage and modern products together with innovative design from around the world. They work with well-known brands with recognised high quality, and – equally important – the lesser-known up and coming with great potential. The boutique is located in the heart of Gothenburg at Magasinsgatan 19 but can also be found online at Artilleriet A. Journal

About Jan Ekselius 
Jan Ekselius is a Swedish designer born in 1946, he graduated from the Royal College of Art in London 1970 and is recognised for his design of the Etcetera chair from the 1970s. Jan Ekselius’ armchairs have been given an iconic status and are sold at leading auction houses around the world, they are also represented in ‘1000 Chairs’ - a selection of the best chairs between the 18th and 20th century. 

All images courtesy of Artilleriet.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Geode Style Murals at Wallsauce

Wallsauce's latest collection of geode wallpaper murals by GCC Artworks

Abstract fluid artist, Gemma Coates is the face behind GCC Artworks. 'Inspired by the beauty and intrigued by our natural world’, Gemma has a passion for creating art that is inspired by life.

Focussing on creations made with resin and ink with a hint of mixed media for texture, GCC Artworks presents fascinating geode and marble style designs that can now adorn your walls as made-to-measure wall murals.

The 8-piece collection features an abundance of mesmerising geode style in a choice of colour palettes and is available on a choice of wallpaper materials, including paste-the-wall wallpaper and a peel and stick wallpaper - which is great for rented accommodation! Prices are per square metre / per square foot depending on your location. 

Visit the wallpaper collection by GCC Artworks to see the full range of designs available at


Creators of made-to-measure wall murals, is one of the UK's leading murals company, shipping worldwide. prints its murals using the latest technology on a variety of high-quality wallpapers. Proud of its 'excellent' customer ratings, you're sure to be able to create stunning feature walls with