New places to go, new styles to see – on the road with Costas Voyatzis

Style blogger Costas Voyatzis spends his year traveling the world. Here, he draws our attention to new places, exhibitions and buildings that are worth a visit.

More than a hairdresser’s: the Vine Hair Salon in Kobe, Japan

Imagined as a location where patrons can “connect”, the Vine Hair Salon in Kobe, Japan, offers more than just a stylish environment in which to have your hair cut. These abundantly proportioned premises can also be used as a meeting place and event venue. Osaka-based design studio SIDES CORE has conceived Vine Hair as an open space that will develop its true identity only with time and the unwitting influence of its customers and visitors. The woven twists of cables overhead bring to mind vine canopies on garden structures that create cooling shade on hot summer’s days – a clever metaphor for our expanding networks and human relationships.

Vine Hair Salon
2-6-16 2F, Tsukimiya Honmachi, Sumaku, Kobe, Japan

The life’s work of a legendary photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Considered the “father of photojournalism” and one of the great artists of the 20th century, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) remains to this day an important source of inspiration for photographers around the world. Now, a far-reaching retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris provides an overview of this brilliant photographer’s work. The exhibition contains over 500 pictures, drawings, paintings, films and other ephemera – including some pieces unearthed only recently by the Cartier-Bresson Foundation. That alone makes the exhibit essential viewing for even the most experienced of Bresson connoisseurs.

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Luxurious relaxation: Quinta de Lemos winery in Silgueiros, Portugal

Set in the heart of Portugal’s Dão valley – amidst the scent of olive trees and the buzzing of bees – is the Quinta de Lemos wine-growing estate owned by Portuguese textiles purveyor Caleso de Lemos. The new guesthouse, designed by the avant-garde architects at Carvalho Araújo, slips seamlessly into this dry and sparsely populated landscape, its angular concrete nestling snugly against a hillside. The trio of luxury suites, two pools and restaurant serving local wine are alone reason enough to visit the picturesque Dão region.

Quinta de Lemos Passos do Silgueiros, Silgueiros, Portugal

Lean to attention: furniture “in motion” by XYZ, based in Tbilisi, Georgia

The XYZ Integrated Architecture design studio has dreamt up the ideal furniture for people with a fondness for speed. The chairs and tables in their “60” series are tilted at an angle of 60 degrees, creating a dynamic form that makes the furniture appear to be constantly in motion. Over and above their practical everyday functionality, the pieces toy with our perception of balance and perspective. The texture of the furniture is, needless to say, also of high quality: all the items in the series are handmade using painted steel, mahogany and leather.

Try this for size: the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion in London, England

The Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world’s largest in the field of decorative art and design, recently opened a wing allowing visitors to catalogue and explore its vast collection of fashion. The Clothworkers’ Centre is said to house around 104,000 garments and textiles in total – from ancient Egyptian fragments to the latest Christian Dior haute couture. Entry is free but by appointment only. Guided tours take place on the last Friday of the month.

Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion – Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London, England

Smart street art: work with an underlying message by the artist SpY in Madrid, Spain

Spanish street artist SpY has earned notoriety for his artistic interventions in the public arena, with barbed political commentary normally lurking somewhere beneath the surface. For his latest installation, Cameras (2013), he fixed 150 fake security cameras to a wall in a residential area of Madrid as his contribution to the debate over personal privacy versus security surveillance. The irony of all these cameras poking out along a barely used side street in a sleepy area of the city lends the project a simmering humour.

Paseo de la Dirección, Madrid, Spain

Temple of art: Duddell’s is Hong Kong’s new creative centre

If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, take the time to stop by Duddell’s. Set up in 2013 as a hub of the booming local art scene, it hosts a permanent collection of Chinese art and also acts as a forum for temporary exhibitions, performances and presentations. Plus, there’s great food to enjoy at the in-house Cantonese eatery. The interior is the work of the Studioilse practice run by talented London-based designer Ilse Crawford. The juxtaposition of modernistic furniture, simple stone surfaces and traditional rugs represents an outstanding example of contemporary interior design.

1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

Costas Voyatzis

was born in Athens in 1980 and has been the force behind design website since 2007. Each month, Voyatzis reports on his myriad international discoveries for BMW Magazine.

Photo: Dimitra Spiropoulou