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Issue No. 14 // December 2011
Christmas and the New Year is one of the most anticipated and fraught times of the year for everyone, especially if you are a busy designer or architect securing deals before the end of the year and planning for 2012.

With this in mind we asked notable figures from the interior and design world to share their plans for Christmas the New Year ahead.
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RADISSON BLU AQUA HOTEL CHICAGO
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago opened in November unveiling the first look at the design vision for the upper-upscale Radisson Blu brand in the United States. The flagship hotel is located on the first 18 floors of the 81-storey Aqua Tower, recently named 'Skyscraper of the Year' by Emporis.

MacArthur Genius design award honouree Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects designed the architecturally acclaimed Chicago icon.
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BBC NORTH AT MEDIACITYUK, SALFORD, UK BY ID:SR
Taking the lead from the vibrancy of shared spaces and amenities found in cities, BBC North has been designed to capture this vibrancy, offering more choice in less space. Amenity-centric rather than desk-centric, the workplace supports agile working across a variety of desirable work settings tailored to a range of activities, whether holding a team meeting, making a phone call, editing content, having an informal catch up, tweeting or blogging.
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MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON, BY FOSTER & PARTNERS
The fifty-three galleries in the new Art of the Americas Wing are arranged chronologically over four levels, rising from Native American and seventeenth-century works to modern art on the top floor. From the outset, the design of the gallery spaces allowed for flexibility: services could be moved to accommodate large objects; or a glazed panel in the facade aligned with the window of a period room installation.

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PKO BANK POLSKI BY ROBERT MAJKUT DESIGN STUDIO
Robert Majkut Design studio, in cooperation with PKO Bank Polski, have developed a project for private banking, offered to a selected group of the Bank's clients.

The designer's task was to create a concept of interior design corresponding to the prestigious offer of the Bank as well as being consistent with previously elaborated visual identification of PKO Bank Polski Private Banking.

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THE CHATEAU HAUTEVILLE BY JORGE CAÑETE
Walking through the gate of this castle located close to Vevey feels like going back in time and entering somewhere straight out of a fairy tale.

The castle, built in 1760 in the purest style of the 18th century with its horse shoe shaped structure and 'trompe-l'oeil' facades, could not fail to fascinate Jorge Cañete, an interior designer celebrated for his signature style situated between memory and modernity and his liking for contrast.
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LA BIRRERIA BY TPG ARCHITECTURE
New York, NY (July 2011) Another successful collaboration between TPG Architecture and the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, La Birreria is a wildly popular addition to New York's food and drink scene. La Birreria is a craft brewery and restaurant that covers 6,000 square feet on the 14th and 15th floors of the historic Toy Building.
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WELCOME TO INSIDE!

Welcome to the Christmas issue of INSIDE.

And we are positively bursting with festive cheer!

Giselle Mannering from dehasse interior design, shows us last minute Christmas decoration ideas, Amy Knight interviews Paul Symes about his absolutely fabulous windows for Fortnum and Mason, and notable figures from the world of interior design share their plans for Christmas and the New Year.

We've had a great year at WAN Interiors + Design, with over 300 entries to our awards and stunning interior and design projects from around the world.

To thank our award jurors for their support, we invited forty-four judges to join the WAN Team for dinner at the OXO Tower, located on the South Bank of the Thames in London. We had a great evening exchanging tales of heated debates over award shortlists, and shared stories about winning projects that have led to unexpected opportunities for many of our architects and designers.

On behalf of the WAN Interiors + Design team, that just leaves me to wish you all a very happy Christmas and successful 2012.

See you next year.

Ophelia
Send your projects to rachel.cruz@wantoday.com
CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST
Simple but glamorous Christmas decorations with a twist, have been created to inject some sophistication and a dash of style for the festive season.

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SNAPSHOT:
SHOWTIME AT FORTNUM & MASON
Over the past few weeks, Fortnum & Mason's creative director Paul Symes has been beavering away from dusk 'til dawn on the formation of this year's show-stopping Christmas window display - and somehow still found time to join the WAN Retail Interiors jury panel.

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COMMENT:
HOTELS RIDE OUT RECESSION
The Boutique Hotel phenomenon - and its growing sub-category of budget boutique properties - is helping to cushion the travel and hospitality sector from the worst effects of the worldwide recession, according to acclaimed architecture and design practice Conran and Partners.

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