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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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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‘Living moments’ captured as GIFs


What better way to showcase beautiful photography but by presenting each image as a living moment?

Photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg specialise in producing high end cinemagraphs, which are still photographs that contain subtle aspects of motion.

Their mesmerising work of everyday situations includes a cookie dripping milk into a glass and a flickering fire; you’ll find it hard to tear your eyes from the slow repetition of movement each GIF contains.

Take a look at the intriguing collection here and let us know what you think.

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Klementinum Library


MyModernMet has drawn attention to one of the most striking Baroque libraries in the world: Klementinum Library in Prague.

Home to over 20,000 books, the breathtaking library is a fantastic example Baroque architecture, dating from 1722.

From the intricate globes that sit on the floor tiles to Jan Hiebl’s Renaissance-style ceiling murals, Klementinum Library is a magical setting for so many ancient and rare books.

Discover the library in more detail here and tell us if you’d like to explore it.

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