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100 must-see places around the world for design lovers - Part 1

100 must-see places around the world for design lovers – Part 1

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Are you a design lover? Do you know where to travel but you don’t know where exactly to go? Best Design Guides got you covered and we can certainly help you narrow your wish list of destinations with this e-book: 100 must-see places around the world for design lovers!

So, where do you want to go next? You will have a complete list for more than a year of traveling right here in this amazing FREE E-book, places from the top cities that you, for sure, already thought about visiting sometime. Here it is, the full list of cities:
New York
Los Angeles

These top cities are always full of great events, Michelin star restaurants, and stunning design hotels that you don’t want to miss. Download now this incredible free e-book and get to know the 100 must-see places!

See Also: The most luxurious Paris hotels


With so many options, deciding what to do in Paris can be a challenge. Many of us, when visiting the city, look for an insider’s guide to Paris, featuring the city’s best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and things to do. Let’s prepare the agenda!

Top design Hotels

Best Design Guides gives you the top 3 hotels in Paris. If you are planning a trip to the city of lights, then these are the perfect and most luxurious hotels to stay in, for sure!

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Address: 10, avenue d’Iéna, Paris, 75116, France

The former palace of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, hugs the Seine in a quiet, tasteful corner of Paris. Rooms feature marble bathrooms, heated floors, rainfall showers, silk-threaded wallpaper, and gorgeous oversized windows (all the better to savor those views). Everything is so elegantly plush complimented by rich textured fabrics, velvets, beautiful orchids and breezy hues of celadon, ecru, and silver.

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The terrace of Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. What a perfect place to drink a wine and relax with the Eiffel tower in the horizon.


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For Best Design Guides swimming pools are always one first thing we look for when choosing a hotel. This one is perfect, it’s embedded in a space fulfilled with neutral and bright colors, perfect for your holidays or if you are in Paris for Maison et Objet furniture show.


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Some travel blogs, like boandbelle, call this hotel “ridiculously awesome”. Can you see why? Gorgeous views,  comfortable bed and breakfast on the terrace of your own hotel bedroom? This is a luxurious lifestyle!

Hotel CastelBrac

Address: 17. avenue George V 35800 Dinard

Hotel Castelbrac is set on a beautiful cliff top amongst the wild, dramatic coastline which characterizes Brittany, France’s northwesternmost region. Let us take you on a tour of this unique hotel inspired by the sea and the different eras which compose its extensive history.

The architectural backdrop is absolutely astonishing. It is said that when British Colonel Robert William Hamilton set eyes on it in 1872 he exclaimed, “What a bric-a-brac!” due to the architectural layout of the villa, a composition of several mismatched buildings.

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Really cozy bedroom design, one of the most relaxing rooms at CastelBrac Hotel. The view from outside is relaxing. A great getaway option if Paris is your destiny.


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We read on an interior designer’s Instagram that floor and wallpapers make a room. This room at CastelBrac hotel in Paris is a living proof of that. The herb-like wallpaper really enriches the ambiance of the room. This bedroom design is full of textures: on the walls, curtains, and the floors; it’s a warming and welcoming place.


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Hotel CastelBrac featuring BRABBU furniture. Here you can see the gorgeous KOI center table.

La Maison Favart

Address: 5, rue de Marivaux – 75002 Paris

Set in the 2nd arr., this storied hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Richelieu – Drouot metro station and a 10-minute walk from both the Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie and the Folies Bergère. Elegant rooms and suites offer 18th-century-style decor, with amazing design furniture pieces.

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Really comfortable bedroom at La Maison Favart Hotel. The Boca do Lobo’s golden mirror really complements the whole vibe of the room

Top restaurants

You can find the finest restaurants in the French capital, from haute-cuisine temples to all-day cafés, eccentric wine bars, vintage bistros and the new “bistronomiques” serving affordable modern cuisine in a casual setting. In fact, there’s a sheer variety of places to eat in Paris. Best Design Guides offers you 3 great options for designer restaurants in Paris.

Le Comptoir Relais

Address: 5 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris, France

Yves Camdeborde runs the bijou 17th-century Hôtel Le Relais Saint-Germain, whose art deco dining room, modestly dubbed Le Comptoir, serves brasserie fare from noon to 6pm and on weekend nights, and a five-course prix fixe feast on weekday evenings. The single dinner sitting lets the chef take real pleasure in his work. On the daily menu, you might find dishes like rolled saddle of lamb with vegetable-stuffed ‘Basque ravioli’. It is a really versatile place: part coffee shop, part concert hall, part restaurant.In two big greenhouse style rooms, with real plants that grow up to the ceiling, with colonial, shabby chic style this place is an homage to “ghetto culture” as they state on the website.

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The restaurant Le Comptoir in Paris seen from outside

Maison Blanche

Address: 15 avenue Montaigne • 75008 Paris

Above the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, on the prestigious avenue Montaigne in the 8th district, the Maison Blanche restaurant offers a fabulous view over the west area of Paris since its 2 terraces. It is in a setting designed by Imaad Rahmouni, with simple lines and sleek design restaurant that Maison Blanche expressed cuisine upscale character, largely inspired by the Languedoc terroir.In a modern and pure decor, the chef, Hervé Nepple, creates a highly ambitious inventive cuisine in collaboration with Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, multi-starred chefs at Jardin des Sens in Montpellier.

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Maison Blanche and its amazing view of Paris

Ciel de Paris

Address: Tour Maine Montparnasse, 56 ème étage 33, avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris

The Montparnasse Tower in Paris has always been a popular tourist destination because of its spectacular views of the well-known landmarks of the city. Now. however, after the redesigning and total refurbishment of the 56th floor by well known French designer, Noe Duchaufor Lawrance, the Ciel de Paris restaurant is in direct competition with the views from its expansive bay window.

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Top Design Galleries

Paris has always been an artistic place to be in. Let’s explore its top design galleries.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

The Pompidou was groundbreaking when it opened in 1977, both for Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’s colourful, hi-tech architecture and its multidisciplinary approach and I still find it one of the city’s most exciting buildings.

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Perimeter Art & Design Gallery

Address: 47 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France

Open since 2004 this gallery has developed and promoted furniture and object design with a unique insight based on a humanist approach to the design object and practice, and a critical stance towards volatility of taste and homogenization of the design process.

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Gosserez Gallery

Address: 3, rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris

Located in Haut-Marais exhibits the trends of contemporary design furniture in Europe, being the major destination for international customers who love beautiful design pieces.

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Top Design Events

One can either spend time soaking up the sunshine, sightseeing the city, or enjoy plenty indoor Paris events. This city is rich in design events all over the city.

Maison Et Objet Paris

September 2 to September 6, 2016

Address: Paris Nord Villepinte

Maison et Objet Paris is one of the biggest design fairs in the world. It happens in January and in September, in Paris. The furniture fair is always around a specific theme.

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Paris Design Week

Address: Paris

Paris Design Week is fast becoming the definitive cultural counterpoint that is raising the bar for design weeks across the world. Overlapping the M&O PARIS September show and uniting the French and an increasingly international design community, the PDW city becomes immersed in promenades, cocktails, exhibitions… culminating in the celebration of emerging talents at NOW! LE OFF.

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Now! Design à Vivre

Address: Paris

With ever-growing innovations, and experiments, discover new design concepts in the now! design à vivre section. Materials are transformed, subverted, combined, “eco-friendlied” to create beautiful objects as well as bold and functional furniture.

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New York

New York, the largest city in the U.S., is an architectural marvel with plenty of historic monuments, magnificent buildings, and countless dazzling skyscrapers. It is full of luxurious hotels, Michelin-star restaurants and artistic places to visit as well as top events that you should write in your agenda.

Top design Hotels

A visit to New York City always makes for an exciting trip, but today’s New York can do more. It can open your eyes to exciting design and experiences. Find our selection of boutique and luxury design hotels in New York City.

Paramount Hotel

Address: 235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

The bustle of the street disappears as you step inside Paramount Hotel. One of the best boutique hotels in New York, chic, two-story lobby, with its reflective fireplace, dramatic lighting with the Coltrane Suspension by DelightFULL, and rich textures, sets the stage for a hip, indulgent experience. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, Paramount Hotel makes a stylish, comfortable, and centrally located a home base for all of your adventures in New York City. Recently updated but retaining its historical charm, Paramount Hotel is the only hotel near Broadway NYC with genuine personality.

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The Quin

Address: 101 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, USA

The sleek and modern Quin boasts a variety of tech-friendly amenities, like the Evolve Guest Control system that acts as command central for everything from your TV to your lighting and music. The contemporary architecture is enhanced by flourishes of color in the furnishings and artwork, while the rooms and suites are beautifully appointed to create a serene, calm sanctuary from the bustling cityscape that rushes on outside the hotel’s walls. They also have a unique restaurant called The Wayfarer with a unique lighting designed by DelightFULLNeil Suspension.

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The St. Regis New York

Address: Two East 55th Street, at Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, United States

This iconic New York landmark epitomizes the city’s fashion and glamour, from the opulent gold and marble lobby to the specialty themed suites inspired by Dior (above), Tiffany & Co., and Bentley. The amenities at the St. Regis are also first-rate—guests can make use of the Bentley House Car and enjoy attentive hospitality from the hotel’s hallmark Butler Service.

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Top restaurants

New York is the city that never sleeps, you will experiment some fine and unique foods in the Big Apple city. Take a look at our selection of restaurants in New York.


Address: 120 e 28th st, new york, NY 10016

Boston’s best Japanese Restaurants now has a sister establishment on 28th Street. Tim and Nancy Cushman’s O Ya serves elegant omakase menus in a serene setting. No wonder it’s considered one of the Best New York Restaurants.

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Gabriel Kreuther

Address: 41 W. 42nd Street, New
York, NY 10036

For over a decade, Gabriel Kreuther has a lounge area offering cocktails and French-American bar bites, as well as a cushy dining room with a more formal menu.

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Creamy American caviar mousseline, which arrives under a glass cloche made by the chef Gabriel Kreuther

Little Park

Address: 85 West Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Little Park is a seasonal restaurant highlighting the best ingredients from Chef and owner Andrew Carmellini’s longtime partnerships with local farmers, anglers, vintners, ranchers, and foragers. His menu of small and mid-sized plates encourages a shared and variable dining experience that is meant to be comfortable and elegant. Peak ingredients like organic vegetables, free-range poultry, grass-fed meats, line-caught fish and heirloom grains are sourced for their level of quality, sustainability, and nutrition. Little Park also offers breakfast and lunch service daily and weekend brunch.

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Top Design Galleries

Amongst the towering skyscrapers of New York City, a vast cultural history emanates from sprawling warehouses and hidden spaces that have helped define this city as the epicenter of the art world.

David Zwirner

Address: 525 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

What does Best Design Guides recommend in Chelsea? There are more than 400 art venues here. They started moving into the area in the 1990s. David Zwirner, one of New York’s better-known galleries, is a massive space taking up the ground floor of several buildings of the block.

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New Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

The New Museum of contemporary art is not your out-of-the-way art space, but a museum important for its recent physical transformation and a gallery-like approach to curating. The simple “six boxes shifted off-axis” SANAA architecture is an attraction in itself. After the museum’s 2007 opening on the Bowery, better known for homeless soup centers, dozens of galleries and hipster hangouts followed.

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Christopher Henry Gallery

Address: 127 Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10013

Christopher Henry Gallery is in a renovated church. Its facade is kept entirely white, making it look quite sombre and conventional from the outside, with a cross over the entrance and a black and white information board on the side. Inside, two floors with tall, narrow windows reveal emerging contemporary art, including a lot of street art, often much less dignified than the building. From exhibitions connected by a theme, through Polaroid photography to the street art, it’s a space which likes to mix art, design, and music, so you might chance upon a musical performance or a fashion event if visiting in the evening.

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Top Design Events 

Design events are everywhere and all over the city, but Best Design Guides points out some of the most important and well-known design events that New York hosts every year.

Address: Visit their website

ICFF is a major north American design event that features what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors, and high-end furniture. It is truly a big deal at the north American design calendar.

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Address: visit the website

Boutique Design New York ( BDNY), presented by Boutique Design, is the leading trade fair for the hospitality & leisure design industry, held in New York City on an annual basis and serving the eastern United States, Canada, and Europe . Ranked as the fastest growing trade fair in the United States, BDNY brings together thought leaders from all sectors of the hospitality design community to explore what’s new and what’s next. Whether the latest FF&E or the most compelling conference topic, if it matters to the hospitality design world, it’s happening at BDNY.

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In this furniture and design fair, you can see the most luxurious design brands like Boca do Lobo, BRABBU, DelightFULL, Dedon, and so on!


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Hosted in New York City, NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.

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Miami is one of the most visited cities worldwide. Miami is also known as the cruise capital of the world with ships sailing from Port Miami (located in Biscayne Bay) to destinations around the world. It can also be considered a center for design, because of its artistic neighbourhoods like Wynwood Arts District.

Top design Hotels

Beachy hotels with amazing sea views are what you are going to find in Miami. Take a look at this selection!

AC Hotel by Marriott Miami Beach

Address: 2912 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA

A high-style, lower-price Spanish outfit recently acquired by Marriott, AC will make its American debut in April with this 150-room new-build property on Collins Avenue, just across from the beach.

Like Starwood’s Aloft, AC focuses on engaging communal spaces. In Miami, this means turning the AC Lounge into a hub of activity, with drinks and small plates created in collaboration with local vendors; bartenders, meanwhile, have been trained to act as concierge-style insider city guides.

Open to guests, visitors and Miami Beach residents alike, the eighth-floor rooftop pool will make a similar splash on the South Floridian social scene with its ocean views.

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Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

Address: 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Originally built in 1940 and updated in the ‘50s by the master of Miami Modern, Morris Lapidus, this Collins Avenue icon reopened in September following a $90 million, 14-month renovation and restoration. Reimagined by rising hospitality-design specialist Meg Sharpe and aesthetic arbiter Richard Mishaan, the 200-room property boasts a restaurant by sushi star Masaharu Morimoto; a spa with products from local skin-care guru Dr. Oscar Hevia; and an epically scaled pool, whose floating beach chairs, roving drinks cart and private cabanas are already seeing plenty of action.

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Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Address: 2445 Collins Avenue Miami Beach FL 33140

This 74-room stay opened in a 1930s art deco landmark in June, after a six-month soft opening. Its position at 24th Street, a bit north of South Beach’s bustle and buzz, gives the place — designed in soothing tones of mint green, pale gray and white by award-winning Milan architect Paola Navone — the feeling of a quiet retreat.

The vibe continues at its serene, guest-only beachside pool and its eighth-floor rooftop spa, where an al fresco hydrotherapy pool overlooking the ocean complements the four windowed treatment rooms. The hotel is the first US satellite of the ultraluxe, Singapore-based COMO resort group.

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Top restaurants

Best Design Guides shares with the best places where you can have a great dinner and a great design experience as well. Take a look at our Top 3 restaurants in Miami!


Address: 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

This chic, Mediterranean-inspired eatery located right on Collins Avenue features an eclectic menu filled with sophisticated dishes from the entire region. And make sure to wash your meal back with one of their tea cocktails, presented tableside in a silver teapot.

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The Matador Room

Address: 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA

The newest restaurant from mega chef Jean-Georges fuses the different flavors of Latin cuisine — think Spanish, Caribbean, and South America — into one distinctive menu. Housed in a large glamorous room reminiscent of 1950s Miami, the menu is packed with fresh seafood, pizzas, tacos, tapas and what some are calling the best paella in town.

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Il Mulino New York South Beach

Address: 840 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

In the Il Mulino New York tradition, classic Italian cuisine melds with Art Deco scenes on beautiful South Beach. Blending the sophistication of New York with elegance at the heart of the South of Fifth neighborhood, enjoy exquisite dishes paired with an extensive selection of wine.

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Top Design Galleries

Miami should be known as a design city, because of its amazing districts with art all around. We choose the top 3 galleries that we think you should visit while visiting Miami!

Miami Arts & Entertainment District
Address: Visit their website

The Arts & Entertainment District is an emerging, urban residential neighborhood connecting The Wynwood Arts District and Design District to Downtown Miami. Because of the recent explosive growth in these bordering districts, The Arts and Entertainment District has seen a renaissance in its residential, culinary, entertainment and nightlife offerings. Curious where the hip set of Miami ends up on a Saturday night? They’ll be just down the street, enjoying the best of Miami’s nightlife. There is no time like now to make your mark on Miami’s next great district.

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De La Cruz Collection
Address: 23 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137, USA

The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space houses works from the personal collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and serves as an extension of their home, which has been available for public viewing for the past fifteen years. The collection focuses on international contemporary art. This new three-story, 30,000 sq. ft. space designed by John Marquette, includes project rooms that will rotate throughout the year. One of the project rooms will provide a forum for local artists to display their works. Throughout the year the program and lecture series will concentrate on creating public awareness of art history and contemporary art practices.

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Locust Projects
Address: 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127

Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

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Top Design Events

Design Miami/Basel Miami are definitely the most important design events in Miami, but there are also some other events that are worth visiting and participating in, like ICFF Miami.

Design Miami/ Basel Miami
Address: Visit their website
Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating a collectible design.

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Miami Design District
Address: Visit their website

Miami Design District is not an event but a location where exciting design events happen throughout the year. It is one of the best design spots for design lovers in Miami.

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ICFF Miami

Address: Miami Beach Convention Center

North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features

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Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles holds many distinctions. LA is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 100 museums, and a paradise of good weather.

Top design Hotels

Check out Best Design Guides choices for the Top 3 Hotels in Los Angeles.

Hotel Bel-Air
Address: 701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA

Nestled in 12 acres of landscaped gardens, Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles is a beautiful hotel where some of the world’s most celebrated personalities go to relax and rejuvenate in style.

With 45 suites to choose from, including one-of-a-kind signature suites that offer grand residential style living, with large garden patios and fireplaces, this hotel has rooms to suit all tastes.

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The London West Hollywood
Address: 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA

Ideally located at the crossroads of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the incomparable all-suite accommodations of The London West Hollywood are a study in spacious, stylish sophistication and refined California cool. Elegantly appointed by the renowned David Collins Studio with a range of unparalleled amenities and awe-inspiring views, our sumptuous suites are the embodiment of modern luxury, perched at the gateway to one of the world’s most vibrant cities and designed for the most discerning guests.

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Mr. C Beverly Hills
Address: 1224 Beverwil Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA

The 137-room property features 12 Signature Suites and Classic Suites and C Suites, alongside spacious accommodations, all ranging from 365-800 square feet, each with a private balcony, and many with panoramic views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. The interior design is rich and welcoming, complete with dark hardwood floors, burgundy and grey color palettes, and crisp white accents. Vintage black and white film photography brings iconic and historic cultural moments to life on the walls, and well-appointed bathrooms feature teak flooring, marble accents, and signature amenities in this luxury Beverly Hills hotel.

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Top restaurants

For this category, you are going to find 3 similar restaurants, but Best Design Guides garantees the quality of this selection. Take a look!

Address: 212 S Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Visiting Los Angeles and Beverly Hills? Maude is the place where to eat. Maude is a tiny restaurant where celebrity chef Curtis Stone showcases one star ingredient across the menu each month.

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Trois Mec
Address: 716 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA

Trois Mec, which loosely translates to “three guys”, offers a constantly changing five-course tasting menu and operates on a special ticketing system.

Jonathan Gold, critic for the Los Angeles Times, named it one of his “Top 101 Restaurants” almost immediately after it opened. Since then Trois Mec has earned continuous praise and rave reviews including being named the #1 “Best New Restaurant” by Los Angeles Magazine, #1 Restaurant in Los Angeles of 2014 by LA Weekly, and garnering the #1 “Best Restaurant Dish” by Food & Wine in 2013.

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Address: 718 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA

Petit Trois is a combination of four-star precision and comforting cuisine on the planet. Owned and operated by the Trois Mec team — Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo — Petit Trois aims to offer Bar à la Carte, described as the traditional French bar experience.

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Chef de Cuisine Sydney C. Hunter III displays the chicken leg, which is strewn with bread crumbs, crisped in brown butter and topped with a handful of frisee salad. (credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Well, Los Angeles is not only about nightlife and casinos, it is also fulfilled with artsy places and cultural spots to visit.

Address: 300 South Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Maccarone is a contemporary art gallery that has two exhibition spaces in the West Village of New York City, along with a gallery space in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Maccarone gallery was created by the artist Michele Maccarone represents many artists, see their website to know more.

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Gusford Gallery
Address: 616 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

Gusfrod is a contemporary art gallery committed to representing emerging and mid-career international artists. Seeing that they only do solo artist presentations, Gusford became a platform where artists can be as creative and critical as they want.

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Address: 900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

Located on Los Angeles’ Museum Row, A+D continues to be the only museum in Los Angeles where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view.  A+D Museum celebrates and promotes an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs and public outreach.

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Top Design Events

Dwell on Design
Address: Visit their website

For a look at the latest design and architecture trends and products in the modern and mid-century market, this show is the place to be. One of the few international design week events that’s open to the public, the show is curated by the editors of Dwell magazine. More than 30,000 visitors attended last year.

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Milan is the biggest industrial city of Italy with many different industrial sectors. It is a magnetic point for designers, artists, photographers and models. Milan has an ancient city centre with high and interesting buildings and palazzos, which is why so many people from all over the world want to see the city of glamour.

Top design Hotels

Milan is a city of surprises that well rewards the curious, including many secret courtyards and gardens waiting to be explored around the boutique hotels in Milan that provide character amid all the excitement. Below find a list of 3 boutique and luxury hotels in Milan.

Bulgari Milan
Address: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano, Italy

The Bulgari Hotel garden, designed by landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise, offers several options that are ideal for meetings and private events, each with a capacity of 50 people and a truly unique exclusivity. Trees and hedges create a series of open-air ‘rooms’ that can be interconnected or partitioned off, with four slight shifts in elevation, three of which are planted with grass.

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Excelsior Gallia
Address: Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 9, 20124 Milano, Italy

With a panoramic view of Piazza Duca D’Aosta and Milano Centrale station and a menu from 3 Michelin star chefs, Excelsior Hotel Gallia, poised milan nightlife with the coolest rooftop bar! The restaurant and bar Terrazza Gallia at Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel is poised to become the fashion capital’s coolest hangout.

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Mandarin Oriental
Address: Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milano, Italy

To give life to this the project, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners Architecture, were call to duty! Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti collaborated closely on numerous interior design projects and together created several furniture pieces and this was an unique opportunity to give to hotel’s visitors a chance to see their own furniture designs to outfit the 1,076 square feet of interior space in each suite, Premier Suite sponsored by Gio Ponti and Milano suite by Piero Fornasetti.

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Top restaurants

Milan is an Italian city full of traditions. But, as a design lover you also want to see some great ambiances, that is why Best Design Guides selected the top 3 best design restaurants in Milan, see the list above.

Pacifico by Marsica Fossati
Address: Via San Marco angolo Via Moscova Milano

Located in Milan’s Brera Design District, Pacifico restaurant designed by Marsica Fossati, it is a round up through oceanic influences. This is a restaurant owned by international and Michelin star awarded Peruvian chef Jaime Pesaque.

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Mudec Restaurant
Address: Mudec, Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano, Italy

The restaurant is showered in a new minimal art-deco vibe.  Designed by Fabio Rotella, the principle in Milan based architectural firm Studio Rotella, the space features a slickly varnished briarwood panelled wall featuring geometric shapes and brass trims. The main room is divided by three screens crafted from flat brass chains hanging from the ceiling and features oak floors, brown linen curtains, caramel coloured leather chairs, and round walnut banquettes.

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Ristorante Berton
Address: Via Mike Bongiorno, 13, 20124 Milano, Italy

Each dish prepared by Chef Andrea Berton underscores the supreme quality of flavour, thanks to the use of avant-garde culinary techniques. The emphasis is on “modern dishes” that highlight several often unknown ingredients. The menu also offers a quicker, less expansive formula for lunch and a larger one for dinner, with two tasting menus.

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Top Design Galleries

Milan is known across the world as a centre for fashion and contemporary art, and abounds in experimental and avant-garde art galleries.

Visionnaire’s gallery
Address: Piazza Cavour 3 – 20121 Milan

It is more a flagship store than a gallery, but it is possible to call it a design gallery for the amazing and luxurious designs that it gathers.

The approximately 2,000 sq.m. Showroom spread over two floors is located in what was the Cavour cinema on the square of the same name. This Milan Design Gallery renovation, features a combination of different stylistic languages, all attributable to a single objective – to create an overall image of modern luxury and elegance. Its spaciousness and the striking organization of the spaces mean Visionnaire Milan is the place designated by the company to welcome and host international customers, events and art exhibitions.

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Giò Marconi
Address: Giò Marconi, Via Tadino 15, Milan, Italy

Giò Marconi gallery was established in 1990 after the initial success of of Studio Marconi 17, an experimental space for young artists managed by Giò Marconi himself. This gallery draws upon the experience and name of the Marconi family and offers an ever-changing programme of avant-garde contemporary exhibitions.

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Galleria Bianconi
Address: Galleria Bianconi, Via Lecco 20, Milan, Italy

Galleria Bianconi has been known for its meticulous research and curation ever since it’s opening. Founder and director Renata Bianconi has worked hard to rediscover some of those artists from the second half of the 20th century whose work has been unjustly overlooked, giving them a new voice through exhibitions and publications. Galleria Bianconi balances its programme between these newly rediscovered artists and the most interesting contemporary artists from the international art scene.

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Top Design Events

Salone Del Mobile
Address: Visit their website

It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. The exhibition showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. It is considered a leading venue for the display of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings. The show, also known as “Salone”, “Milano Salone” and “Milan Design Week,” is held every year, usually in April, in the FieraMilano complex in the Milan metropolitan area town of Rho

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Address: Visit their website

Fuorisalone is the the whole set of events and exhibitions that animate Milan in correspondence with the Salone del Mobile’s week.

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Homi Milano
Address: Milan – FIERA MILANO RHO

A new brand, a synthesis of style, business and excellence: in a word, HOMI. It’s an original concept for trade fairs with an international flare.  Many home dimensions, only one journey leading to ideas and solutions.

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