The Frozen Fountain Boutique

Opened by Cok de Rooy and Dick Dankers in 1992, Amsterdam boutique The Frozen Fountain showcases both Dutch and international talents. Interspersed among classic design pieces from well-known design companies such as Vitra and Foscarini, the store features pieces produced specifically for the store by locals and up-and-coming designers alike. (Click on images for enlarged view.) The space hosts exhibitions of new talents twice a …

Opposite House Hotel, Beijing

by Alex Pasternack In the wake of the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese capital doesn't hold too many surprises. But Opposite House—a glass-box boutique hotel in Sanlitun, a historically chaotic nightlife district—makes a welcome addition to the recent influx of upscale restaurants and luxury vehicles bombarding the neighborhood. Designed by the Japanese master of transparent buildings Kengo Kuma, a facade of pixelated emerald glass encases the …

Boscolo Exedra Milano Hotel

by Paolo Ferrarini of Future Concept Lab Despite Milan's de facto world design capital status, the city lacks design hotels. Boscolo Exedra, a new hotel opening very soon, will fill the gap. The former bank, after one year and €150 million in renovations, now hosts 154 rooms, nine thematic suites (including Cinema, Sport, Family, Romantic and Milano) and conference rooms with a stunning view looking …