I love visiting new cities to be inspired by their architecture and design. Here are a few cities that are a must visit this year!
This famous city is likely on the list for most people to visit, and I agree that everyone should visit Paris. Sophisticated and luxurious, even the simplest rooms have beautiful details and finishes. I have been fortunate to visit this city a few times and each time the doors, window details and frankly every inch of every building inspires me.
Lake Como is at the center of this region, flanked by quaint little towns including what has been deemed the most romantic town in Italy, Bellagio. It is famous for the colorful homes, narrow streets and mountainous topography. It is accessible by car but best visited with a boat cruise which takes passengers to the various stops along the lake’s shores. The bright colors, the wisteria and bougainvillea that grow everywhere truly make this place magical and relaxing. It has a small town feeling with a serious dose of sophistication.
SAN FRANCISCO, USA
This is a very unique city with topography like no other. The architecture is unique and ranges from traditional to contemporary with a fresh, lighthearted undertone. With incredible views and turn of the century interiors, this city has tremendous inspiration whether it is the quaint hotel you stay at or the local department store. Though much of the city burned down in 1851, it was rebuilt to be one of the most recognizable and iconic places in the world.
This city buzzes with incredible style and sophistication rich in architectural details, history and culturally significant sites. Walking the streets in London and stepping into pubs, hotels and retail stores is one of my favorite things to do. The various neighborhoods are unique and full of their own personality. One of my best experiences was spending hours at the Victoria and Albert museum, walking for hours with my 35mm camera exploring, photo taking and enjoying my time alone in this fabulous city.
This is a beautiful city which has a rich history of architecture, politics, social change, art and design. Walking the city and taking time to look and absorb the details which have been there for centuries is a must. Mosaics, ceiling details, color combinations and wrought iron decorate every corner of this ancient city to give it personality.
This city is famous for the beach, but for me, I love the clean and fresh architecture. The bright colors, bold shapes and bountiful foliage always makes me feel alive. There is a bold expression of design which is all about making the body and mind feel good. Luxurious and decadent, Miami allows indulgence without guilt. The “light” is so fresh and bright that whites and pastels are perfectly suited for exteriors and interiors. The interiors tend to be clean and simple without clutter.