Interior Design

Coffee With Seoul

Let's face it, many of us live our lives around our daily caffeine fix and our team is no exception (just ask any one of us before our first cup of coffee!). Whether it's a cold brew, cappuccino or iced soy latte, we're always on the hunt for our next cup of joe. In many cases, we find ourselves gravitating to brew-masters who have not only perfected their craft, but have infused that careful eye for detail in creating the perfectly designed environment. This seems to hold more true during our travels to new cities and destinations as we plan our itineraries around specialty cafes in our search for the best caffeinated and designed spot (yep, our customized Google map itineraries can vouch for that).

Recently, we took a trip to one of our favorite destinations, Seoul, Korea and it was apparent that coffee culture runs supreme. Every block was dotted with coffee shops--from mainstream brands to boutique independent retailers. 

Here's just a few of our favorite spots we visited who mastered the perfect blend of quality coffee and cool design. 


Caffe Cappuccino

Roaster: Anthracite
Neighborhood: Gangnam

A mix of industrial finishes create a bold environment to complement its urban surroundings.

A mix of industrial finishes create a bold environment to complement its urban surroundings.


Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Roaster: Intelligentsia
Neighborhood: Garosugil

The insta-worthy neon sign provides a sweet modern touch against the classic carrara marble and subway tile. 

The insta-worthy neon sign provides a sweet modern touch against the classic carrara marble and subway tile. 


Alegria

Roaster: Alegria
Neighborhood: Gwangjin-gu

Housed atop a shopping complex comprised of reused shipping containers, Alegria evokes a hip and cool environment perfect for style conscious guests. 

Housed atop a shopping complex comprised of reused shipping containers, Alegria evokes a hip and cool environment perfect for style conscious guests. 


Paul Bassett

Roaster: Paul Bassett
Neighborhood: Apgujeong-rodeo

Warm woods and powder-coated detailing create a cozy and masculine vibe.

Warm woods and powder-coated detailing create a cozy and masculine vibe.

Architecture with Aloha

Design may not be the first word that pops into your head when dreaming of sandy beaches and tropical cocktails. However, that's exactly the first impression we experienced at one of our favorite Hawaii resorts, The Andaz Maui. With summer upon us, it's the perfect time to reminisce on one of our recent travels that imparted the perfect blend of architecture and aloha.

Opened in 2013, this beautiful property sits across 15-acres along the edge of the blue waters of the Pacific. In fact, this property bestows a true immersive experience and delivers guests into a state of relaxation, luxury, and aloha. First impressions matter, and the Andaz Maui doesn't disappoint. The entryway is flanked by reflection pools and immediately draws guests into the open aired lobby. With soaring ceilings, an unobstructed view of the ocean, and a strategically placed sand-pit, the lobby is masterfully designed. Reminiscent of a zen garden, the sand-pit evokes a playful yet purposeful way to bring the essence of the beach closer to guests. 

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As fans of architecture and design, we were in sensory overload both from the natural beauty of the surroundings and the thoughtful elements of the building and decor. We fell in love with the tiered infinity pools, the floor to ceiling apothecary cabinets in the `Āwili Spa, and the farm-to-table dishes at Kaʻana Kitchen. Perhaps one of the impressive elements was the grand staircase, constructed of walnut and designed to mimic the soft curves of a canoe. It's these touches of craftsmanship and local storytelling that bring this property to life.

Mahalo to the Andaz team for another incredible stay and sharing your warm hospitality! 

 

Interior Design

Coffee With Seoul

Coffee With Seoul

Read about our favorite spots serving up awesome brew + cool environments.

Architecture with Aloha

Architecture with Aloha

Read about one of our favorite properties serving up a nice dose of architecture and aloha.

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