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Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Designers: Moon/en/co and Van Helmond Architecten
On Offer: Part liveable design gallery, part exhibition space, the Kazerne hotel channels the spirit of its home in the Dutch design capital, Eindhoven. Inside a former military barracks and warehouse, eight suites are done up in natural woods and a monochrome palette, a neutral aesthetic that puts the spotlight on the custom furniture from local designers such as Maarten Baas, Studio Drift, and Studio Formafantasma. Every detail on the property is considered, right down to the coat racks and cutlery at the casual Italian Bistro/Bar and Benz, where Swedish Chef Rasmus Olande serves up a seasonal Nordic–inspired menu. Be sure to stop by the onsite boutique, which stocks special–edition items from Dutch designers, including woven blankets by Kiki van Eijk and Cor Unum ceramics.
Standout Feature: A 2,500 square-foot exhibition space hosts rotating art and design shows curated by big names. For instance, Isle Crawford and Oscar Peña whose current exhibition “HOPE” takes an optimistic look at how small changes can impact society through the lens of three categories: careful tech, local authority, and being well.