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Textiles of Indonesia’s Flores and Sumba

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BANGKOK: YA DONG, TRADITIONAL THAI MOONSHINE

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Textiles of Guizhou, China

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Bali has a lot of spectacular villas, but the one recently completed by French architect Maximilian Jencquel is particularly extraordinary. It all started when a Polish woman knocked insistently on his front door. ‘She moved to Bali and was looking for a house when she stumbled on mine on the internet,’ he says. Designed in …

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A tropical archipelago made up of over 17.500 islands – of which 6.000 are inhabited – Indonesia is extremely diverse, both naturally and culturally. Predominantly Muslim, the country also has a strong Hindu and Buddhist heritage, vividly reflected in its culture, architecture and artistic traditions. Imagine yourself in Ubud with its vital traditions, on the …

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‘As an interior designer and a working mom, I know first-hand that what we need from a family home is more than just a functional space; it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing,’ Tjioe explains. The design brief emphasised the need to consider and accommodate the clients’ two young children, so Tjioe took that as …

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A boy selling steaming tea, eggs and Indian Vogue at a station. He hands it in through the window and the train slowly climbs into the Himalayas. An open-air barbershop in a crowded street next to a holy cow. People everywhere. A road trip through Rajasthan to cities that colors the night. And a bicycle …

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The first sight on descent into Luang Prabang is the range of hills in which it nestles. If you go in the wet season you’ll see the higher ones, lush with the summer rains, peeking through a fine mist. Welcome to the most forested country in Asia. The second sight is the mighty Mekong, the …

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Blue whales at close encounter. Crispy green tea plantations as far as the eye can see. Rainforest trees spreading their purple and red flowers shadowing a remote mountain road. The smell of burned firewood in Ella before the sun wakes up and giant sea turtles laying their eggs at beaches loved by sun bleached surfers. …

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Moving down river to where the Tonle Sap meets the Mekong as it runs seaward, the final and somewhat more cosmopolitan experience awaits; in fact, those who haven’t visited Phnom Penh in several years may find it difficult to recognise the gleaming skyline – and the various pieces of infrastructure built by a gaggle of …

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The mighty Mekong brings life to Laos. Flow with her to Luang Prabang for a colonial touch, her crisp and fine cuisine, her slowness and mostly quiet breath. Sit by the river and see the sun set. Jump on a local bus to a remote village. Hang out and meet the monks in the early …

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A new hotel in the Da’an District of Taipei offers guests an immersive experience in the local design scene. By maintaining a 90 per cent quota of locally designed products, Home Hotel aims to introduce guests to the local creative scene, while also supporting emerging talent by not only purchasing products,but also commissioning custom designs …

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‘Natural’, ‘calm’ and ‘comfortable’ are all words Japanese designer Keiichi Ito tries out before landing on one that perfectly sums up the essence of his latest venture: ‘Kinobi ­­– which means functional beauty.’ Ito is describing Japan’s first MUJI Hotel, which opened its doors last week in Tokyo’s upmarket shopping district Ginza. MUJI Hotel Ginza …

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