The Crystal VAYA Unique hotel is a unique gem at an altitude of 2,000 metres in the Tyrolean Ötztal. Two building complexes are connected here by a glass bridge, the radiance of which is multiplied by the sunlight. However, the true splendour of the hotel unfolds in its interior, where minimalist Alpine chic prevails. And of course, a little glitter is also a must.

If bags could talk, they would certainly tell us many stories. But what stories can someone tell us who has been designing bags herself – and has been doing so successfully for a long time? We asked designer Ina Kent for an interview and found out what her first bag looked like in the 1970s, what she thinks of gender-specific bags and that she regularly carries watermelons…

FLUID SHAPES, UNUSUAL MATERIALS AND COMBINATIONS OF MATERIALS, A COLOUR PALETTE THAT RANGES FROM RESTRAINED TO GAUDY – IT’S NOT EASY TO CATEGORISE THE STYLE OF CHRISTINA PETROU, A CYPRIOT ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER. EVEN SHE HERSELF FALTERS AT THE QUESTION. BUT THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO DETRACT FROM HER SUCCESS. WITH HER DESIGN STUDIO CHRISTINE KALIA, SHE CREATES FURNITURE, RENOVATES HOUSES AND RECENTLY FITTED OUT THE CHLOÉ STORES.

Schloss Hollenegg for Design is pleased to announce its ninth annual design exhibition: WOOD LAND. The exhibition focuses on the forest and its most important resource – wood. The show demonstrates various techniques for processing wood and imparts knowledge about different tree species and wood essences. Each object on display also provides an opportunity to discuss topics such as global warming, forest management and sustainable wood production.

The OLM-Nature Escape, embedded in the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, embodies not only an outstanding technological concept, but also an architectural masterpiece in line with the highest sustainability standards. The project meets all the criteria of the “Casa Clima A Nature” standard and stands out thanks to its unique combination of technology, architecture and environmental awareness. OLM also recently received the GSTC certificate (Global Sustainable Tourism Council Hotel Criteria).