Original artwork by Tatyana  Shashkina.

Casting the Mold: Tatyana Shashkina

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Tatyana Shashkina’s artwork speaks to us as travelers and innovators. Her city-inspired illustrations are beautifully colored collages featuring unusual compositions. We imagine her creative process beginning with riffling through a box of ticket stubs, souvenirs, and other travel mementos (If you want the real stories, visit her blog). The delicacy of her watercolor and pencil pieces convey a simple serenity without losing …

Photography by Jérôme Galland.

On Our Coffee Table: Interior Design

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We stumbled upon the Hotel Okko in Nantes, France in an article from the June issue of “Interior Design” and immediately added it on our French travel wish list. As TripAdvisor’s number three hotel in the city, The Hotel Okko is casting a new mold for the business hospitality market.   Location is convenient. Walking distance to the Château des Ducs de …

Azuma Makoto: Botanical Space Flight

Casting the Mold: Out of This World

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We recently read an article on the T Magazine blog that exploded our subconscious creative boundaries. Tokyo-based artist, Azuma Makoto, designed, arranged, and photographed a unique floral bouquet with 30 global varieties and an intricate, carefully selected bonsai tree – 91,800 feet above the earth. The results blew us away. The paradox of delicate, botanical life against the isolated, somewhat …

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Casting the Mold: #WeFollowYouToo

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Murad Osmann’s photography is always unique and vibrant, but his #FollowMeTo project on Instagram struck a chord. Not only is the world tour phenomenal, but Osmann captures the impatient, yet loving connection of a comfortable couple through familiar subjects: himself and his fiancée. We love that Osmann doesn’t force us to choose between the romance of his destination and that of …