Designer Oscar Viñals Imagines the Future of Flight

A wildly ambitious visual and technical exploration, Barcelona-based designer Oscar Viñals (whose background is graphic design for competitive motor racing teams) has proposed a series of concept aircraft for the future. Perhaps surprisingly, his lack of formal education in aerospace engineering grants unfettered imagination. And beyond the triple-decker structures or blended wings that simply don’t exist yet, he’s also touched upon everything from portable nuclear …

W Hotels “Wake Up Call” Music Festival Official Playlist

A teaser from the forthcoming series traveling from Hollywood to Barcelona and Bali

Back in 2016, W Hotels threw the inaugural Wake Up Call music festival on the grounds of the W Scottsdale. It was the first music festival to take place entirely on hotel grounds, and it made use of every amenity the location could offer. This fall the Wake Up Call festival will return in a new three-part iteration, starting at the W Hollywood (1-3 September) …

Barcelona Design Week 2018: Highlights

Exploring the pragmatic and esoteric by reconsidering various approaches to design

Design form Catalonia has an identity rooted both in regional tradition and contemporary icons. Javier Mariscals objects and characters (like Cobi, the 1992 Summer Olympics mascot), Jorge Pensi’s Toledo Stacking Chair, and Rafael Marquina’s Marquina Oil Cruet (apparently one of the most copied design objects in the history of Spanish design) are all of note. These familiar names, along with the future of Catalan design …

Mobile World Congress 2018: The Camera Capabilities of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+

From dual-aperture shooting to super-slow motion and augmented reality developments

Once again the world of smartphone cameras gets a major push toward the future. This time the news comes from Samsung, who unveiled their forthcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones at an “Unpacked” keynote address during Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. These advanced devices have plenty on offer outside of the camera—a superb heart rate monitor, advanced fingerprint scanner beneath the rear camera, Micro SD slot, …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Some of our favorite spots in Spain's exhilarating seaside city

by Andrew Maness Nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s second largest city impresses with its approachability. In Barcelona there’s no shortage of elevated spaces with public access, seemingly every hotel has a rooftop with a bar and a pool. However, while these are useful for gaining a different perspective in a particular neighborhood, they don’t give you a look at the big picture. For …