Cool Hunting 2009

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Lebanese-born Rabih Hage studied architecture in Paris in the early '90s before moving to London, where he opened his own studio and a gallery that showcases emerging artists.
Courtesy Rabih Hage
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The recent Hussein Chalayan exhibit at the Design Museum.
Luke Hayes
This year, the Serpentine Gallery's annual pavilion in Kensington Gardens is by noted Japanese firm SANAA.
Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2008
Hage's Rough Luxe Hotel demonstrates his old-meets-new philosophy.
Marcus Peel
Born to a West Texas ranching family, Liz Lambert is the visionary behind Bunkhouse Management, a hotel development team that has defined its own breezy brand of cool.
Allison V. Smith/courtesy Bunkhouse Management
An Airstream trailer at the funky campground-style El Cosmico hotel in Marfa, Tex.
Allison V. Smith
"This place feels like the house of an uncle who has traveled the world throughout his life and collected random beautiful object along the way," says Lambert of Houston's Menil Collection.
Courtesy The Menil Collection
At the Marburger Farm Antique Show, vendors set up their booths in barns and fields that stretch for miles, and you can find anything from French stone gargoyles to Turkish rugs to taxidermy.
Courtesy Marburger Farm Antique Show
In 1999, using the skills he honed as the head of record label Sweet Mother, Alex Calderwood and friends launched the Ace Hotel Group, combining two BT-friendly goals: stylishness and affordability.
Courtesy Ace Hotel Group
"It's one of those unique places that you have to go out and discover to understand," says Calderwood of Project No. 8.
Courtesy Project No. 8
Ace New York transformed the turn-of-the-century Hotel Breslin into a contemporary refuge, with ebonized wood, shiny subway tiles, and retro-looking Smeg fridges.
Allyson Keenan/Budget Travel
A quintessential SoHo building.
Joshua Paul
Tom Rixton and Patricia O'Shea are lifelong collectors (mid-century modern furniture, vintage wallpapers), and the interiors they create are eclectic reflections of those passions.
Courtesy Home Hotel
The pool at Home Hotel, opened in 2005 by O'Shea and Rixton.
Courtesy Home Hotel
Street artist Nerf and his work, featured on a Graffitimundo tour. "An urban art scene rivaling New York's or Berlin's has sprung up," says Rixton.
Nerf/courtesy Graffitimundo
Traditional Argentine objects and iconography are given a new face at Nobrand. "They reimagine these classic items in a totally modern way," says O'Shea.
Courtesy Nobrand
Carlos Couturier and his partners, the Micha brothers, burst onto the hotel scene in 2000 when they opened Mexico City's Hotel Habita, a 36-room lodge built in a gutted 1950s apartment building that was enclosed with a box of sandblasted aquamarine glass.
Courtesy Grupo Habita
According to Couturier, no visit is complete with seeing the private house of iconic architect Luis Barragán. "It's the perfect example of a balanced space and displays the best of Mexico.
Janet Jarman/The New York Times/Redux
Grupo Habita's Distrito Capital hotel has a black-and-white lobby and furniture by Carl Hansen.
Courtesy Adrien Dirand
The colonial Metropolitan Cathedral.
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