High on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Chez Georges is a showcase of transcontinental modernism housed in an impressive work of Brazilian Brutalism by the renowned architect Wladimir Alves de Souza. The property comprises a private, seven-suite villa and a separate two-bedroom studio, with views to Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, Santa Teresa, and the bay beyond. Set on the edge of a protected forest and featuring a state-of-the-art music production room, Chez Georges was an ideal setting for , co-curated by Atrium Creative Retreats, the music collective behind the experiential music and arts festival, FORM Arcosanti. An intimate writing camp brought together the indigenous musician Matsipaya Waura Txucarramãe with a group of celebrated artists, including experimental cellist Kelsey Lu, drummer Zach Tretcault of Hundred Waters, Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring, LA-based electronic auteur Empress Of, and folk singer Julie Byrne.
Wildly enveloped by the pastoral verdure of Ibiza’s heartland, La Granja is a secluded 10-hectare farmstead featuring 20 tiered acres of pine and citrus forests and fertile gardens overseen by master farmer Andy Szymanowicz. Together with kitchen master José Catrimán, he helps transform a gorgeous variety of biodynamic, homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs and other artisanal, small-batch products into healthy, hearty, farm-fresh organic meals. Anchored around a centuries-old stone farmhouse, La Granja hosts an enlightened program of rituals, from communal farming and slow-food workshops to lectures on diverse topics related to farming, sustainability, and urbanism. In collaboration with the Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF), La Granja aims to preserve the natural beauty of the island through local initiatives and programs supporting organic farming. Here, among the heady scents of ficus and figs, fertile soil is sown for the free-flowing exchange of energy, ideas, and restorative growth.
Founded in 2011 by Joshua Abram, Alan Murray, and James O'Reilly, NeueHouse is a cultural and collaborative space for creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs located in New York City and Los Angeles. Devised as a home for new ideas, people, conversations, and experiences, NeueHouse offers coworking spaces to small businesses and individual entrepreneurs operating in the film, fashion, design, publishing and arts sectors, as well as cultural programming, from talks and parties to artistic performances. One of the first Further events took place at NeueHouse New York in 2017, while NeueHouse Los Angeles was the site of Further Los Angeles: New Sanctuaries in the beginning of 2019.
Situated on one of the most scenic areas of Mykonos, San Giorgio is a testament to holistic design and bohemian-inflected luxury situated on one of the most scenic areas of Mykonos between Paradise and Paranga beaches. Light and air dominate within the 32 guestrooms, shimmering over polished cement counters in the open-plan kitchen and throughout the alfresco lounge and deck that look straight out to the ice-blue Aegean. With a spotlight on origin and craftsmanship, only a few carefully chosen accessories—raw wood chairs, traditional Greek woven-top stools, cotton matelassé quilts—give the right warmth to an otherwise open space. Not just a hotel but an experiment in leisure, San Giorgio was begun as a pop-up, designed to bring like-minded, creative individuals together. A 10-minute walk away, sister property Scorpios was built around a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Greek agora, a gathering place meant to galvanize the artistic, spiritual, and social life of its community.
Perched 1,800 meters above sea level amid a spectacular terrain of alpine meadows and forests, gorges, ridges, and snow-covered slopes, RoomsHotel Kazbegi is a singular retreat set among the Caucasus Mountains. Once a Soviet-era workers’ resort, the Brutalist glass-and-wood structure is located in the village of Stepantsminda, where traditional Georgian life goes on as it has for centuries, along the old Georgian Military Road, a historic routes tretching from Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz, Russia. Designed by Adjara Arch, who worked with two Tbilisi-based architects, Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, the meticulously restored Rooms Hotel features an open-plan lobby was recast with raw timber, antique Georgian rugs, iron chandeliers, and deep leather armchairs, offset by vintage Soviet posters and teeming bookshelves—all dwarfed by the jaw-dropping view through floor-to-ceiling windows: Mount Kazbek and the towering peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.
Built around a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Greek agora, Scorpios is a gathering place meant to galvanize the artistic, spiritual, and social life of its community. Its diverse creative community includes healers, movement and meditation teachers, visuals artists, as well as renowned DJs and experimental musicians. Situated on a sun-drenched southern tip of Mykonos, a whitewashed stone house leads to custom-built stages for daily sunset rituals and ample open-air terraces spilling onto the Cycladic coastline. A few dozen wooden cabanas and sunbeds, elegant in their simplicity, blend discreetly with their natural surroundings, while horizons of blue mix with yellows, golds, and pinks at one of the very rare beach locations on Mykonos offering uninterrupted views across the open sea.
Set along a raw stretch of Sonoma Coastline, Timber Cove is a 1960s-era meditation lodge and artist colony reborn as a unique contemporary retreat for today’s West Coast creatives. Architect Richard Clements Jr. took inspiration from the organic designs of Frank Lloyd Wright in designing the towering A-frame structure, optimizing it for views of the Pacific Ocean and using materials, like dark wood, natural stone, and glass, that help integrate it with the stunning natural surroundings. Born of the utopian spirit of the time, it became an incubator and retreat for the growing creative scene that coalesced in California on the heels of the sexual revolution and anti-war movement. After its heyday, Timber Cove fell into decline—until 2015, when developers Michael Barry and Jens von Gierke bought the property and hired design firm Gensler and LA duo The Novogratz to rework it, removing outdated 60s décor and adding expansive landscaping. Timber Cove reopened in late 2016 with 46 rooms and suites and the Coast Kitchen restaurant, serving locally-sourced California cuisine.
Situated on 45 secluded acres in the bucolic hamlet of Amenia, New York, Troutbeck is a reactivated country estate and boutique accommodation in the Hudson River Valley that once served as an important creative retreat and literary salon, welcoming Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, among others. The property was originally settled in the mid-18th century by the Benton family, whose cadre of friends included numerous prominent poets, naturalists, and artists of the era. In the early 20th century, it was purchased by Joel Spingarn, an influential publisher and activist considered one of the architects of the NAACP, and his wife, Amy. The Spingarns welcomed major civil rights leaders and members of the Harlem Renaissance to the estate, from W. E. B. Du Bois to Langston Hughes. In 2016, Troutbeck was bought by Anthony Champalimaud, a Montreal-born artist and developer, and his wife, Charlie, who set out to revive the property’s pioneering spirit, transforming it into a modern-day country retreat for today’s New York creatives.