We knew New York as the centre of the fashion world long before Carrie Bradshaw and her stylish girlfriends gave us a glimpse inside of the glamorous life. But from the Parsons The New School for Design to the Pratt Institute, the Big Apple is also where you go to study envelope-pushing interior design and then bring it to life. The industry is spurred on by one of the richest populations in the country, ensuring that a new crop of millionaires and billionaires with penthouses in and around the city will always have a variety of the best designers to choose from.
Known for far more than rainy days and double-decker buses, London is a trend-setter of Western design culture in more ways than one. Because of its rich historical background, designers look to this city for inspiration from centuries ago. Its mix of low-rise buildings and sparse skyscrapers gives the cityscape a unique profile, and influences from every major artistic period since the late 1600s await designers hungry for an awakening.
If there is one destination where you will find everything is built to please the eye, it is Las Vegas. An urban oasis in the Nevada desert, Sin City was built to draw tourists ready to gamble away their cash. However, in the process of developing into a major metropolitan area, it became an ostentatious architectural playground for casino billionaires like Donald Trump. If you’re ever in the area, must-sees include the bright lights of Fremont Street as well as Paris Las Vegas, which boasts a replica of the Eiffel Tower at one-third the size. Though the cityscape is always transforming, the city still has a touch of history, like the Railroad cottages from the pre-WWI era still line the historic district.
As the popular saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The architecture of Hong Kong is the perfect example of how great wonders come to be from limited means. In this case, the limits are spacial, with Hong Kong squeezed between a coastline and the mountains. The only option for this bustling city of seven million is to grow up. As a result, the city is home to more than a third of the tallest apartment buildings in the world. And although Hong Kong has long been criticised as being a jungle of concrete, a closer look will reveal some of the most awe-inspiring buildings, made from glass and steel and pure modern ingenuity.
Of course, when speaking of design, Milan never goes unnoticed. Considered by many to be the design epicentre of the world, this Italian city (the country’s second most populated) is a juggernaut in all things aesthetically appealing. From interior design to fashion and photography, if you want the very best, you’re destined to go to Milan. Renovated warehouses turned studios, such as SuperStudio on Via Forcella and Spazio Forma on Piazza Tito Lucrezo Caro, are just as quintessential in this European destination as lattes with extra foam.
Emily Peck is Chief Editor at Achica.