Zurich first. It was gorgeous, and full of cute young Swiss bankers, but too busy for our goals. It had a spirit of "work, work, get it done, money, money"--not unlike NYC and I kept having the urge to check my bberry for work emails while we were there. But as soon as we got on the train to Zug--a really beautiful small town--I never wanted to look at my phone again. Next to Lucerne. We stayed at the Jean Nouvel designed hotel: The Hotel Lucerne. Totally 90's kind of amazing design--lots of chrome details, prints of Luis Buñuel's Objects of Desire on the room ceiling, wood floor, minimal furniture, black walls...just sexy. Next day--we bought tickets for the Lucerne Philharmonic in the morning (also designed by Jean Nouvel) and went on a trip up Pilatus mountain. The mountain was spectacular and with timing on our side--we just made it back to the hotel to change and run to the Symphony. We ended up sitting directly behind the orchestra--facing the majority of the audience and the conductor. The piece was Bruckner's 8th symphony (Go Germania) which was a bit intense for me, but the (very serious and super fancy) Swiss were barely containing themselves from jumping up in ecstasy at the ending. Next stop--Schwyz to have lunch with a friend and his family in their home on the side of the mountain. We had a beautiful risotto with fresh mushrooms picked in the forest up the mountain. When anyone mentions "quality of life" now, I think of this visit. The rest of the story to follow in a post on Vals… Photos by: Liubasha Rose
Mission San Francisco de Asis or more commonly known, Mission Dolores was a massive highlight of a recent trip to San Fran for me. Even though the church and grounds are a touristy stop, it feels lingering and mysterious inside. Like some kind of amazing time warp that allows the place to unfold as a discovery--just like the etherial scene in the graveyard in Hitchcock's Vertigo (a movie I was obsessed with in college). And the Hitch-meets-Lynch, chevron beam ceiling in the main chapel-----is incredible. Photos by: Liubasha Rose
I've been meaning to go to the New York Botanical Gardens for years. Any dedicated 'land-of-plants' is always on my short list of places to visit in a new city, so I was excited to finally make it. The theme for this year was Key West and the flowers were gorgeous. I've never embraced orchids before, but I have been won over. The sheer variety of them was wonderful. Red, yellow, brown, blue, purple...even ones that look like pansies.
April 10-May 10, 2014 @ Johannes Vogt Gallery
A street style feature in my very favorite Grey Magazine's Citizen Grey section.
Jacques Garcia is the incredible design force behind Hotel Costes, Paris & The Nomad, NYC. An inspiration. Todd Selby shot his apartment in Paris.