Weekly Inspiration #26

Grid Reference - Result of Sam Irons, a London based photographer, travelling in the UK, Continental Europe and the United States, this series of photographs is especially inspiring for the solitude and serenity that the images reflect. Adopting the geographic coordinates as names for the photographs, the Grid Reference series allows us to compare the reality of the site (via Google Maps) with the power of Irons perspective.

Collective Quarterly - Launched recently by Jesse Lenz, Seth Putnam and Jay Gullion, Collective Quarterly is a magazine dedicated to artists and artisans on a trip to the unseen hideaways that inspire them to craft uncommon goods. For the inaugural issue, the editors followed a group of makers to Marfa, Texas, where they came across the small desert town's icons (Donald Judd) and icons-in-the-making (the Prada store). Available at Kaufmann Mercantile.

Ecorkhotel - Designed by architect José Carlos Cruz, Ecorkhotel is an attractive hotel that uses cork outside the main building, making it one of the few buildings in the world to have this use and the first in the area of hospitality. Located near Évora and being surrounded by oaks, holm oaks and centenary olive trees, Ecorkhotel is perfect place to escape the city.