Our most popular stories of 2021

As we close 2021, we’ve picked out a handful of our most clicked features this year, which took us to international designer houses or shared tips on how to improve our own spaces.

International borders opened and closed, as the pandemic moved in waves across the world. Yet we have been able to experience a new generation of safari escapes and see the increasing price of staycation architecture on domestic shores.

Finally, we entered the wacky and wonderful world of Wes Anderson with his immersive London show celebrating The French Dispatch.

Credit: Singita Sabora

Some of us were lucky enough to travel this year, while others were content with the urge to travel digitally. The reinvention of the tent safari breathes new life into this nostalgic mode of travel, with design-driven camps that seamlessly combine contemporary comfort with all the magic of a close to earth adventure. Writer Julia Freemantle explored the intersection of architecture and adventure in this feature of tented safari camps in Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya.

Photography: Candida Wohlgemuth

We put our series of home visits on hold for much of 2020 due to the pandemic, but when the restrictions were lifted in the summer of 2021, we headed straight to Los Angeles to meet with the founders of Working Holiday Studio. Carlos Naude and Whitney Brown in their new ranch-style home from the 1960s. The couple bought their home during the pandemic and transformed it into a Zen space that embodies their values.

Photography: Rosella Degori

The French dispatch was the 10th release of the Wes Anderson film and was a bright spot in the 2021 cinematic landscape. Our visual editor Rosella Degori spoke with the film’s artistic director, Kevin Timon Hill, who explained to us French The sets of Dispatch – and how he created his actual bistro inside 180 The Strand. Take a look at the bistro and read the interview for the feature film.

Frey II House

Photography: Rosella Degori

We launched our Pinterest mood board series this year as a quick visual reference tool. Organized and themed, moodboards cover everything from Modernist kitchens to maximalist living rooms, but the most popular painting of 2021 was mid-century living rooms. See the change and follow us on Pinterest.

Photography: James Brittain

The twins Byron and Dexter Peart promote ethical and sustainable slow design with their brand GOODE. The brothers invited writer and photographer James Brittain inside their Habitat 67 homes in Montreal to see how they put what they preach into practice.

Credit: A’stric

While London’s usually cacophonous art scene was quiet last year, the summer has seen it resurface more ambitious than ever. Among a bumper crop of exhibitions that opened, LUX was on a whole different scale. The immersive group show, with pieces like Es Devlin, Julian Knxx, Carsten Nicolai and more, took over 180 The Strand, blurring the line between physical and imaginary space.

Photography: Mariell Lind Hansen

Studio Duggan is the eponymous practice of one of our favorite designers, Tiffany Duggan, who shared with us her top interior tips on how to mix the old and the new. Duggan’s practice rejects “trends” in favor of timeless, personality-infused design staples. Find out how to get her look.

beach huts

Photography: Karen Arnold

The humble beach hut has become the UK’s hottest product and is priced to match. Clare Dowdy explained how this rudimentary wooden shelter became very expensive during the pandemic and why “stays” could be there for the long haul.

Photography: Francisco Noguiera

In January, Mariella Agapiou spoke with coworking pioneers across the world to see what the future holds for the shared workspace movement and how they plan to remain relevant in a post-pandemic world. Did their predictions ring true, or are we still too far from the “post-pandemic” finish line to tell? Recap and see where we are.

Photography: Nenna Okore

Many of us have taken on new habits, hobbies and side activities throughout the pandemic, and traditional crafts and textile arts have seen huge adoption in practice. But far from being “new”, the textile arts have grown steadily in popularity and profile over the past decades. Writer Marcia Veiga portrayed professional women artists who use fibers and textiles to transform space.

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