DESTINATIONSFOOD & DRINKPLAYSTAYWONDERONE SQUARE METERSpectacular abandoned castles around the worldFrancesca Street, CNN • Updated 24th August 2017FacebookTwitterEmail(CNN) — An abandoned castle always cuts an impressive figure — a blast from the past submerged behind ruined walls.Says author Kieron Connolly, whose new book “Abandoned Castles” explores the world’s most spectacular forgotten fortresses, they’re also windows on long gone civilizations.”Societies are like a body: centuries go by and the body decays,” he tells CNN Travel.”The castle’s like the skull or like the teeth, in fact they even look a bit like teeth, sticking out, out of the ground. They give us some clues, some entries into the past.”Connolly’s book features castles from around the world and across the ages — including 19th century military forts in the French Alps, 13th century castles in the Scottish Highlands and a medieval fortress in Syria.

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In Bangkok, The Bookshop bar confounds laws of gravity with its upside-down, every-which-way bookcases and “floating” books.Across town, Tawandang German Microbrewery is housed within a giant, cavernous beer barrel.In CentralWorld’s trendy Groove wing, Tales of Gold Mine mimics a turn-of-the-last-century gold mine in the U.S wild, wild west.Of course, design concepts need not be outrageous to be beautiful.From a classic Parisian-style boozer to a sky-high stunner, here are nine of the Thai capital’s most aesthetically pleasing places to go bottoms up.

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When it comes to extravagant light displays, few would dispute that Japan’s the world leader.Every winter, towns and cities across the country glow with impressive festivals featuring millions of colorful bulbs.Best of all, these festivals keep going long after holiday cheer has passed, some carrying on well into spring.

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Humanity is increasingly moving into cities, but the Earth isn’t getting any bigger.That means our apartments are getting smaller, and our living arrangements denser.Some people get roommates to avoid living in such small spaces. Others, due to poverty or personal obligations, have no choice but to accept their crowded circumstances.We don’t know how they do it, but somehow they make it work.

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Always fertile ground for invention, we look forward each year to seeing what our designers of the future might do to our everyday kitchen tools and table accessories. A graduate of the masters course in ceramic design at Budapest’s Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Lili Almássy has designed an inspired set of terracotta kitchen pots, called ‘Portion’, which feature multi-functioning vessels and lids that will squeeze you a lemon, drizzle honey, hold an egg and keep tea warm.To find the perfect building blocks of a kitchen bar breakfast, we delved into the graduate design pot and uncovered a brush to sweep up crumbs from ÉCAL graduate Hyunjee Jung, a glass designed as part of a table setting for enjoying fermented foods and drinks by Laura Görs of Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, and a snug water pourer, with two spout sizes, for keeping herbs hydrated, by Anna Csenge Berkes, also of Moholy-Nagy.

Source: Budapest introduces new kitchenware from rising designers | Wallpaper*

Marketers spend a lot of time trying to nail down abstract concepts. They’re tasked with turning brainstorming sessions and comments sourced during focus groups into campaigns that sum up everything about a brand’s identity in a neat, tidy, and most importantly, interesting way.But what if a consumer could walk into a room and fully experience your brand with all their senses? Pop-up events offer just that — the chance for consumers to get up close and personal with their favorite companies in a truly immersive setting.

Source: 15 Creative Examples of Branded Pop-Up Shops