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January 15 2014

08:25

Head South

There are a few different dates in January that have been labelled the most depressing day of the year. The pseudo-scientific findings are usually marketing ploys aimed at making you spend money in some way, but whether it’s actually the 6th or the 24th or some other day that needs a boost to its retail performance, I think we can all reasonably agree that January as a whole sucks arse in a major way.

That given, we’d like to help our readers in some small way by introducing them to Zash Country Boutique Hotel in Riposto, Sicily. T-shirt weather might be an optimistic description at this time of year, but the southerly location provides enough sunshine to lift the winter blues, and Riposto has the kind of countryside that makes visitors want to get out for some fresh air. Architect Antonio Iraci knew a good thing when he saw it, and made sure the hotel guests could see it too, adding in glass walls and widened windows to the 1930s manor house to reveal the fragrant citrus groves at this former winery. There are views of the nearby Ionian Sea and of Mount Etna, whose influence has extended inside Zash in the form of volcanic stone cladding. Other natural materials such as oak floorboards and chestnut windows strengthen the interior’s link to the great outdoors.

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Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily
Zash Country Boutique Hotel — Sicily

Photography courtesy, Design Hotels

The post Head South appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

January 04 2014

14:00

White Space orthodontic clinic with Corian walls by Bureauhub

Almost everything is pristinely white inside this dental clinic in Sicily by architecture studio Bureauhub, from the walls and floors to furniture, equipment and staff uniforms (photos by Roland Halbe + slideshow). (more...)

August 12 2013

15:27

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

Built in 1608, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte is a 142-step staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily made from thousands of ceramic tiles, one design per step, as a fitting tribute to a city known for its design and production of ceramics and terra-cotta sculptures. For centuries the stairs have been used as a backdrop for various festivals for which images of patron saints and other local themes are illustrated using thousands of flowers or candles. You can learn more about the La Scala Flower Festival over on My Modern Met, or the light festival called the Scala Illuminata. Photos by Andrea Annaloro. (via My Modern Met)

August 08 2013

09:20
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