Canadian keynote speaker, business advisor, editor of TheCoolHunter.net
Working globally, focusing on customer experience, design, trends, branding, innovation, tourism and retail
Tuija Seipell (@tuijaseipell)
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Articles written by Tuija Seipell and posted initially at TheCoolHunter.net
Since 2005, Tuija Seipell has been the editor of TheCoolHunter.net, one of the world’s oldest and most-read culture and design blogs. Her insights and observations connect with millions of readers each month, and some of her Classic articles have earned more than 8 million views. The massive TCH newsletter subscriber list reads like the Who’s Who of the global media, fashion, communications, design, architecture and lifestyle sectors.
Black+Colour Wedding, Melbourne, Australia
In many cultures, weddings are colourful affairs with costume changes and other colour-adding traditions dating back hundreds of years. In the Westernized world, however, weddings usually bring up visions of a lacy white bride and a black-suited groom. Lots of white flowers, gauze and princessy embellishments. Read this article HERE.
Gandel Wing, Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
We wouldn’t wish illness on anyone, but if one must stay at a hospital, we wouldn’t mind if instead of the run-of-the-mill scary infirmary, we’d be treated at Gandel Wing, Cabrini Hospital, Malvern in Melbourne, Australia. Read this article HERE.
The Skyscape Rooftop House, Bangkok, Thailand
Urban development is under a microscope – as it should be. We are starting to learn, among other things, from the mistakes that the car-crazy plans have created including mindless urban sprawl, one-dimensional and boring sleeping communities, dead downtowns and cookie-cutter shopping malls. Read this article HERE.
DESIGN, INTERIORS, STORES
White’s Dry Cleaners, Montreal, Quebec
Inexplicably, some aspects of the street-front retail scene seem forever doomed. Dry cleaners and laundry services are a perfect example of this. Yes, we have seen attempts in the past few decades of creating new concepts around this service by combining laundry with hair salons or coffee shops or other services. But those attempts haven’t really changed the game. Read this article HERE.
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK
We will choose an exquisitely restored old building over a new one every time. With a restoration approach that does not interfere with the history of a building but enhances it, older structures gain a completely new level of interest and fascination. Read this article HERE.
KLOOF 119A: Private Residence, Cape Town, South Africa
Architect Greg Truen, director at the Cape Town-based SAOTA talked with The Cool Hunter about KLOOF 119A, a residence SAOTA designed for a client he knows well: Truen himself and his small family. There was no need to interpret the brief as it was very clear. Read this article HERE.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Tartuferia San Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
By combining truffles, minimalistic restaurant design and nature, architects Mariana Garcia Oliveira and Filipi Oliveira created a beautiful pop-up restaurant at CARACOR 2018 for Tartuferia San Paolo in Brazil. The temporary restaurant had all of the characteristics of considered, minimalist design. Read this article HERE.
Khromis Eye Wear, PoHo, Hong Kong
Khromis Eye Wear is located in PoHo, one of Hong Kong’s hip neighbourhoods-to-watch, a cul-de-sac of Po Hing Fong Street in Sheung Wan. The sleek yet inviting boutique is 812 square feet (75,5 sq. metres) in size, but seems much larger due to the clever use of mirrors and lighting. Read this article HERE.
De Waterhond, Sint-Truiden, Belgium
While many organizations have vacated their massive and expensive office towers, equally as many others have taken a creative approach to work space and reconsidered the role of the working environment in the productivity of their teams. Read this article HERE.
Damião de Góis Museum, Alenquer, Portugal
It is a rare pleasure to run into a design project that stuns in its intelligent simplicity. When the designers have had the wisdom, courage and tenacity to leave out everything that isn’t essential, everything that doesn’t belong. Read this article HERE.
Figueras Polo Club at El Yacaré, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina
In the 1990s, supermodels did not wake up for less than $10,000 per day. A few zeros have been added to that fee since, and the lifestyle of a supermodel has been upgraded by several notches. In the polo world, the supermodels are the horses and their luxury boutique hotels are the stables. Read this article HERE.