It’s not often that a small neighborhood hotel can become a trending tourist destination. Safari-themed Mustang Nero is the boutique hotel in Phra Khanong, Bangkok, that has transformed into a place that travelers want to visit, even just for a photograph.
Located just steps from the Phra Khanong BTS station, The Mustang Nero hotel is a buried treasure in the Phra Khanong soi or precinct. It’s not hard to spot this boutique hotel, with its three-floor building painted in black.
Even so, the simplistic exterior does not match up with the interior, which charms its guest upon the entrance. Vintage appliances, large tropical plants, and odd choices of decorations add a peculiar, yet mystic atmosphere to the cozy lobby space. The shaded lobby is a literal jungle, enveloped with giant plants and animal taxidermy.
The hotel consists of ten rooms, each overflowing with native plants along the building’s original scored wood paneling. The doors of each room are marked by a sign that indicates the animal spirit inside including, the Dragon, the Zebra, the Flamingo, and the Wolf.
The décor is kept minimal, blending the design with vintage furniture to create a raw and industrial aesthetic. Plants and chairs are used to fill the bedrooms, which keep the overall hotel design coherent. Other bedrooms donned pink and navy walls besides green velvet chairs. The hotel is like a museum, meticulously designed and staged with an intermix of colors and vintage ornaments.
Breakfasts feature homemade jams, organic vegetables, and artisan ingredients, prepared by Khun Joy, former set designer turned owner and chef at Mustang Nero.
Although nestled quite far from the Bangkok city center at Pathum Wan, there is plenty to see and do in the neighborhood, including the ‘Soho’ of Bangkok, Hof Art Space, the Naiipa Art Complex and the EM shopping malls.
Mustang Nero is Bangkok’s version of a mystic artist loft, tailored for creative professionals and those who have the urge to live among unique things.
The opulent homes in the village of Kings Point served as inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby—and this one reportedly inspired the set design for the 2013 film. Diehard fans who long to throw legendary parties of their own will want to snap up The Estate at Kings Point, an eight-acre waterfront property about 45 minutes from New York City. Built in 1928, the glitzy, glamorous establishment would have made Jay Gatsby himself proud.
The immaculately manicured grounds showcase century-old trees, sculptured shrubs, and inlaid stone driveways. Fountains and statues (including a full-size replica of Michelangelo’s David) add old-world charm to the eye-popping estate. In the backyard, tennis courts and a stunning swimming pool outfitted with a cabana and swim-up bar are silhouetted by the water. A large dock that can accommodate a 200-foot yacht extends over Long Island Sound.
The estate features 18 bedrooms and 32 bathrooms, which are spread across the original mansion and two smaller mansions that function as guest homes. Bedecked with marble, malachite, lapis lazuli, gold leaf, and agate, the extravagant interiors were designed to wow. The main Estate House—which has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and three half baths—is outfitted with everything from a 10-car garage to a 3,000-bottle wine cellar. Water-like marble inlaid with fish, floor-to-ceiling aquariums, and a sea medallion in the entry foyer create a sea theme, and a formal living room and dining room can effortlessly host a soiree or dinner party. The home is further equipped with a spa, sauna, hair salon, gym, racquetball court, wine vault, and lounge—all perfectly suited for Gatsby-style parties.
Showcasing five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and three half baths, the Carriage House offers an equally indulgent stay. A casino room, pool, Moroccan spa, two-lane bowling alley, and theater solidify the home’s standing as a bona fide party zone. The Rodney House (equipped with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and two half baths) includes a great room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and a den. The estate is currently on the market for $85 million—a small price to pay for an estate this epic.
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This international team of eclectic architects and designers turn architecture into art and give clients, ideal movie style homes, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.
They think out of the box, bring new meaning to the word ‘wow” and have developed a luxury name on a par with any super yacht designer. It could be a minimalist house in England, a tropical villa in the West Indies or a modern luxury super home in California. If you seek the best, then Asetti are the designers to provide it.
‘They bring new meaning to the word “wow”.’
Founded by international luxury designer Chris Clayton, Asetti has a wonderful new addition, with a new partner and senior architect in the way of legend Arthur Dyson. One of the only architects to have been under the tutelage of legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, gaining further recognition with 200 architectural awards including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Presidential Award (2006) and The Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). With Arthur’s unsurpassed experience and Chris’s exceptional creative abilities, Asetti are the perfect dream team.
International luxury designer Chris Clayton
Partner and senior architect in the way of legend Arthur Dyson
They share a common goal and that is to create stylish homes of worldwide significance, genuine beauty and timeless luxury. To bestow upon the client a unique work of art and a beautiful home, they love to live in; a luxury home that was created with loving care and dedication to perfection. The clients see it, they feel it and they know it. It is an Asetti design and a design that only Asetti can create. This is the ethos of Asetti.
Here are just a few of their spectacular new designs. You can see more at their web site www.asetti.com
Atlantis by Asetti
Recent super house designs include the amazing ‘Atlantis’. An incredible 5,000 sqm (53,819.55 sq.ft) luxury super home. Briana James in the Premier Luxury Lifestyle Magazine ‘Dolce Vita Diamond’, called it the most beautiful house design in the world today. It comes with 10 Presidential suites, a boat dock under the home and a whole myriad of luxury features. Simply overflows with the ‘wow’ factor.
Luna by Asetti
‘Luna’ is one of their most recent and available as a design for the discerning client looking for that extra something special. Originally conceived, as a hill top home overlooking Los Angeles. Striking, modern and extremely cool this home is the ideal pad for those who seek a fashionable lifestyle and a fabulous place to call home.
Utopia by Asetti – The James Bond House, as it has fondly referred to by many.
What makes Asetti’s designs so fascinating is the depth to which they research and craft the end result. The passion and imagination that goes into each one is mind blowing. You are not only getting a unique architectural design, but one that pushes the levels to whole new artistic heights. They literally have, taken home design, turned the industry on its head and created a whole new level of luxury lifestyle. By doing this, they have turned architecture into art and invented the super home.
Eden by Asetti – Inspired by a tropical paradise location and the fabulous home seen in the 1960’s TV show, Thunderbirds.
Arthur’s Stunning ‘Hilton Residence’ in Florida, is one of the truly great examples of organic design in the world today. Photographs courtesy of David Swann.
Eclipse by Asetti
The Lake House by Asetti
If you fancy living a unique luxury lifestyle or would like a dream home to match the yacht, then you can contact Asetti via their website www.asetti.com
Source: Luxury News Online
Japanese automaker Lexus is diving into the boating sector with a new sporting yacht concept, alluding to a future in new lifestyle markets.
Manufacturers are branching out into new areas that cater to overlapping audiences, and that is what Lexus is referring to with its new yacht. The automaker’s metaphorical jump into boating starts with a sport yacht design with high-performance twin engines, not intended to be put into production.
“This allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime idea,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, vice president of Lexus International.
Lexus yacht Lexus’ one-off design project was created by The Toyota Marine Department, inspired by its latest fleet of premium Ponam yachts launching in Japan. Marquis-Carver Yacht Group was selected to design the project.
The idea was to build a recreational sporting yacht with twin high-performance Lexus V8 engines that accommodates six to eight people.
Side view of Lexus’ yacht
Hoping to inspire creative thinking and ideas for the future, Lexus’ idea will not be put into production and is just a concept design.
The mockup makes it clear that the yacht is indeed a Lexus, with a gold accent exterior. The upper deck and outer hull are designed with hand-laid Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic, which is used in race cars.
Lexus’ sport yacht is fitted with twin 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines, featured in the Lexus RC F coupe, GS F sport saloon and the new LC 500 luxury coupe. The boat will be able to reach up to 43 knots or 49 mph.
A touchscreen panel will give the captain control over the boat with features such as GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems.
Back view of Lexus
The passenger cabin is also highly indicative of a Lexus vehicle with a leather finish, wood accents and glass details. The yacht is fitted with a two-burner stove, sink, under-counter refrigerator and shower as well as audio and video entertainment system featuring 4G, WiFi and WAN.
Lexus innovation Toyota Corp.’s Lexus recently debuted its most innovative design yet at Paris Motor Show, inviting at-home fans to see with an online live stream.
The luxury automotive brand crafted its new crossover vehicle with its iconic look in mind, but with a focus on digital innovation to appeal to the modern urban driver. Lexus revealed its new UX Concept model at Paris, along with a quality live stream that heightened anticipation for the new vehicle.
Lexus also revealed its fifth-generation LS flagship sedan, which was designed to embody Japanese culture and the new generation of the automotive industry.
The new longer and lower vehicle design was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 9. With a coupe-like silhouette, Lexus hopes to convey a rebirth of its flagship as if it is re-launching its entire brand.
“For the Lexus Design Centre this project has been very exciting,” Mr. Sawa said. “The effort is valuable to us as it stirs our creative energies and pushes our imagination to design and lifestyle possibilities outside of the automotive realm we know so well.”