Friday Five: Unique hotel designs


It’s one thing travelling and seeing incredible sights, but why not explore the world while sleeping in the most unique hotels? Here are a few of our suggestions:

1. Kenyan Manor Hotel

What better way to visit Kenya than to sleep in a hotel where you breakfast with your family and a very tall animal friend? Dining with giraffes is a key selling point of the Kenyan Manor Hotel.

2. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Sleep under the Northern Lights and live a luxurious life in Lapland; a perfect choice for the winter months. 

3. A vintage 1965 Boeing 727

Not many people can say they have slept in a fully refurbished grounded aeroplane in Costa Verde – a colourful option if you’re exploring the Americas.

4. No Man’s Fort

A fan of solitude? The No Man’s Fort hotel is off the Isle of Wight, so it certainly offers an interesting choice close to home. And yes, it really is a fort.

5. Magic Mountain Lodge

Become enchanted with a hotel in the heart of Patagonia. The Magic Mountain Lodge, known as the ‘Hobbit hotel’, comes complete with an incredible waterfall.

Tell us what unique hotels you would like to experience or have visited; got an idea for our Friday Five series? Tweet us @thinktanklondon.

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Clever multipurpose furniture


A new range of multipurpose furniture saves space with a sense of fun.

Designed by Gilles Belley, ‘ROOMS’ consists of various easy-assemble furniture systems, which inject a splash of colour and style into the smallest spaces.

The systems include ‘WALL’, ‘AREA’, and ‘BLOCK’ and can be adjusted, split in two, or even condensed for various functions – for instance, a wall partition can be transformed into a working desk.

Discover the genius of ‘ROOMS’ here and tell us if you would go modular.

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The first vertical cable car


Brighton will soon be home to ‘the world’s first vertical cable car’, which will be the highest observation point in the UK (outside of London).

Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 will reach 162 metres into the sky, overlooking the stunning Sussex coastline.

The tower was designed by the brains behind the London Eye, Marks Barfield Architects and Poma, and it’s expected to hold up to 200 people at a time.

Read more about the world first here and let us know if you’ll be visiting it.

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The world’s oldest brands


An interesting infographic explores the secrets behind the success of the oldest and most well-known brands in the world.

Unum’s clever chart delves into a variety of brands, such as Colgate and Barclays, revealing how they have survived and evolved over decades or even centuries.

For example, Twining’s, which was established in 1706 and even weathered tea rationing during World War II, puts its success down to ‘quality control’.

The overarching theme of these brands’ success seems to be one of trust and community, building consumer relationships that last..

Take a look at the infographic here and tell us what other brands you would include.

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Brilliant bus stop ads


As outdoor advertising becomes ever more innovative, what better way to catch our attention than while we wait for the bus?

Creative Guerrilla Marketing has put together 48 fun and interactive bus stop ads – our favourites include Absolut Vodka, with its brightly coloured ads promoting new flavours; or for a soft alternative, Coca-Cola’s bus stop turned fridge.

Others on the list include a PS2 ad cleverly covered in bubble wrap and a bus stop ad for the film Up, incorporating real balloons.

See all the ads here and tell us what interesting bus stop ads you’ve seen.

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Ornithology


Watch butterflies flutter and birds flap their wings with some mesmerising machine-operated flipbooks.

Artist Juan Fontanive’s ‘Ornithology’ collections are currently on show in New York’s Danese/Corey Art Gallery.

The beautifully detailed illustrations, which are printed on Bristol paper, are built into a motorised device.

Showcasing an incredible combination of striking colours and a stainless steel frame, the ‘Ornithology’ series seamlessly creates a story when played together.

Watch the animated flipbook below and let us know what you think of the stunning work.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/114375722

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Breathtaking photos of polar wildlife


Striking new images by Kyriakos Kaziras capture some of the wintry magic of the North and South Poles.

The photographer’s ‘White Dream Arctic’ and ‘White Dream Antarctic’ projects include candid shots of penguins and polar bears in their natural habitats.

Through a series of expeditions, Kaziras has revealed the unique personalities of the animals he has photographed, creating heartwarming and often hilarious pictures.

Take a closer look at the stunning photography here and tell us which image is your favourite.

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