'Love is a wildflower,
not a seed you can plant'
Sakhi Copenhagen is the unique melt of Scandinavian and Persian Roots where thousand-year-old transmitted traditions meet with the holistic lifestyle values of modern Scandinavia. Founder Farah Sakhi has united her research within dermatology and nutrition from her medicine studies, her heritage from the Persian wisdom tradition transmitted through more than a thousand years with her love for the skin that goes along with a youthful, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
The series revolves around the Nigella Sativa Superseed, also known as Nigella, Kalonji or just Blackseed. In Arabic it is also referred to as the Blessed Seed, and the Nigella seed really hides an astonishing secret: it is the only place in the known Universe where one finds a unique combination of Nigellone and a phytochemical compound known as Thymoquinone. Thymoquinone is scientifically proven to possess extraordinarily potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
The product line consists of a Face Oil, Hair Potion, Hand Cream and Skin balm, all beautifully packaged in a clean, minimalistic design, that resonates with modern times. And yet when you open the little medicine bottles, you find, that not only is this truly skin therapy, but also soul therapy, with scents so unique, they make you wander across continents, blessing you with age old Persian wisdom and a richness with healing properties on its own.
Encyclopedia of Flowers
Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma—encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs, Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay.
In a contemporary manner, Encyclopedia of Flowers immerses the reader in a universe of extraordinary beauty while at the same time addressing dichotomies such as durability and vanity, artificiality and nature, hybrid culture and environmental change. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.
Design: Kenya Hara
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American Trade Hotel
Occupying a former department store built in the 1917, the American Trade Hotel brings a West Coast spirit to the 340-year-old historic Casco Viejo district, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, and has truly joined the ranks of the world’s hippest neighborhoods
It offers a neocolonial atmosphere in it's 50 rooms, jazz bar(under the direction of Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Pérez) and organic restaurant, all with a spare décor to accentuate the generous volumes. Rather than simply roll back the clock, the hotel has been created with a fictional backstory — that of a family-owned hotel that’s been in place for centuries.
A sweet spot for a vibrant yet intimate mood, American Trade is as much a social gathering place as it is a boutique hotel. There’s Cafe Unido, a craft roaster bakery where the Chemexes brew Panamanian cultivars; at The Dining Room, chef Clara Icaza cooks a meat- and fish-focused menu inspired by her Latin American roots and northern California experience; in the Lobby Cafe and Bar, you can snack on empanadas and drink mojitos made with seasonal fruit.
In the same way that the buildings were combined, different styles were brought together in a mix of different time periods and cultures. From the mid-century weathered wood, antique, retro coloursand throwback-style tiled bathroom to newer designs and leather pieces, they’re a perfect mix of old and new with the effect is as if you are just in a family home.
A characteristic and unique marriage of cultures and styles and time periods that makes the hotel feel impeccably Panamanian with the cutting edge of Panama’s culinary, music and art scenes.
CHARME D'ORIENT PARIS
Possibly the best Hammam in Paris. Family owned spa with reasonably priced treatments. Meet the Oriental Soul of Paris through Beauty Rituals, bringing the inner Cleopatra or King Solomon out of the tired tourist.
Words: Sidsel Solmer Eriksen
Photo: Perú Moda 2015
Metodika Knitwear is a Lima based brand dedicated to the fabrication of knitted garments in Peruvian Cotton. At Perú Moda 2015, they surprised the catwalk audience with a beautifully balanced collection with a minimal rustic expression that fully lived up to this young brand's vision: to reengage Peruvian knitting techniques for the new generation. Que hermosa!
Luxury BOUTIQUE Hotel for
Hotel B is a 17-bedroom boutique hotel located just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean Coast in the bohemian Barranco district surrounded by galleries, restaurants and bars.
The House a "casona", or colonial mansion, is a pristine example of the 1920’s Belle Époque, originally built as a summer seaside retreat for President Augusto Leguía when Peru was celebrating 100 years of independence and Lima had been transformed for the occasion.Read More
AWAKEN YOUR SENSES
REPORT FROM A VISIT TO GRASSE
- THE CAPITAL OF PERFUME
CÔTE D'AZUR, FRANCE
Words: Sidsel Solmer Eriksen
We arrived in Grasse the last day of April in a breath-taking landskape with jasmin-infused mountain air. The city which is known as the 'Capital of Perfume' due to the area's bountiful fauna rich in flowers, is a one-hour drive from Nice Airport, and it feels like a different world altogether. The small city center of Grasse feels like a re-encounter with the holiday world of your childhood, a maze-like alley-city small enough to walk through in half an house and big enough to explore a new corner every time of the day.Read More