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After the shops inspired by the surfboard universe, the new concept store to visit in LA is infused by custom motorbikes: Deus Ex Machina. With a bike custom workshop at the back of the store, the Deux Ex Machina is one-of-a-kind store: it sells bikes, cycles, shirts, jeans, books and accessories. The atmosphere is quite comfortable with carpets, wood and rough materials (cement, hard wood …) in a variety of gray colours…. Lire la Suite

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Is it the sun or the great air ? There is not only senior people rejuvenation in Palm Springs, but also economy hotels rejuvenation all around. The three last remarkable hotel renovations in the city are full rejuvenation. Old hotels have been given a second youth through design innovation, trendiness or brand integration. The most advertised hotel in Palm Springs lately for its innovative visual transformation, the Saguaro Hotel is a former… Lire la Suite

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This trend Trip to Las Vegas has been a great occasion to understand how entertainment has evolved  in this city. After being through several hotels, casinos, restaurants and clubs, it seems to me that Las Vegas has experienced three different ages, establishing now a fourth age in the entertainment business. First age – Desert Casinos hideaways Las Vegas started at the beginning of the 20th century, with a petrol station along the… Lire la Suite

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A magnificent demonstration of the change created by the transformation of a place: Gatorade has volunteered to transform secretly the locker room of an American basketball junior team. The room had never changed since 1962 and they transformed it, exactly, in a NBA locker room. And how did the teens feel? amazed, considered, and much more motivated. The impact of the experience on humans … Une magnifique démonstration du changement que provoque… Lire la Suite

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If a star manages to become a brand, it is also because they know how to bring their name to life in different environments. The Madonna image transforming into fitness club seems a logical fit, especially now that she has aged and seems to be able to dance like 20 years ago (a new Jane Fonda, in a way). But the places are a bit disappointing as they feel quite normal, apart… Lire la Suite

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Setting a museum in a cave, why not; but not any cave. A rounded design cave in a square building. The opposition between inside and outside is just extraordinary and the sensation of coming into a soft cave, almost a womb surely creates a disturbing, yet comforting feeling. But will it be the best place to present art, this is another question. Placer un musée dans une grotte, pourquoi pas, mais pas… Lire la Suite

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In hip Santa Monica, there is an alternative to modern, trendy, busy hotels: the Palihouse. The Palihouse is nicely situated two blocks from the Third Street promenade, in a spanish-inspired century old building. Entering the grounds, you feel welcome thanks to great taste furniture and materials. Comfortable seating, nice terrace, bright decoration create a strong personality that you can also experiment in the rooms. Large spacious rooms are in the same atmosphere…. Lire la Suite

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To end 2013, we propose you enjoy some of the beautiful lights and views of Las Vegas. Enjoy the Diaporama – Pictures by Olivier Mordacq A summary presentation of all the trends is available on Slideshare. Just click. Let’s meet next year … Pour finir 2013, nous vous proposons de profiter des magnifiques lumières et des vues incroyables de Las Vegas. Bon diaporama – Photos d’Olivier Mordacq. Une présentation synthétique des tendances… Lire la Suite

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When tourist guides indicated « Conservatory & Botanical Gardens » at the Bellagio, we definitely needed to see it. The desert around Las Vegas is a living natural space and there is a lot for people to discover, if properly presented. We had high hopes as the Bellagio is one of the classier, most sophisticated offer in Vegas. Well, don’t be fooled by the name as there are no conservation and no botanic around…. Lire la Suite

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France is known all over the world for the quality of its food and patisserie. So no surprise to see a french patisserie in the Bellagio, with a french « best pâtissier »operating there. And after tasting several options, we can confirm that french quality is there. What makes the place a bit awkward is the american adaptation of french savoir-faire through decor and cakes. Enjoy the Grinch and the chocolate fountain (highest fall… Lire la Suite

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