Here Film Starring Agyness Deyn

Starwood’s Luxury Collection commissioned Waris Ahluwalia and director Luca Guadagnino (of the Golden Globe-nominated film I Am Love) to create a short film showcasing a few of America’s most iconic destinations.

The result was the film Here, starring model Agyness Deyn, as well as the Equinox in Vermont, the Phoenician in Arizona, and the Royal Hawaiian.

Watch the teaser above, then visit thefilmhere.com to watch the finished film.

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

While I was in Hong Kong with my family in March 2011, one of the several excursions we made was to see the Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha) on Lantau Island.

The figure is colossal. It’s bronze, 112 feet tall and can supposedly be seen from as far away as Macau. (I imagine that’s on days the pollution-induced haze isn’t as bad as usual?) It sits high on a hill near Po Lin Monastery, surrounded by temples and very green mountains. We rode a glass cable car into the mountains, and then climbed the 268 steps up the hill to the buddha.

Urnatur

A Swedish couple — forester Håkan Strotz and his wife, biologist and designer Ulrika Krynitz — designed and handbuilt a very special retreat in the forest near Ödeshög. A very peaceful and minimalistic wood hermitage, the place is called “Urnatur,” meaning “ancient nature” in Swedish.

Not just a tranquil hideaway, Urnatur also offers opportunities to learn more about nature, both through reflection and hands-on experiences; descriptions for summer 2012 courses include foraging wild herbs, the basics in timbering a hut, building traditional Swedish fences, and knife and fire basics. The wood hermitage is open April through October, and overnight accommodations — hut cots or treehouses — can be booked online, starting at 1,550 Euros per person.

[Hakan and Ulrika, with their dog Haily]

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In Search of Eustace

I love Anthropologie, and I think it’s so cool that they support such varied art through the section of their website called The Anthropologist.

The work of Scottish photographer and film director David Eustace frequently appears there, with one such contribution being this short film he made with his daughter, Rachel. For it, the pair took a 1,300-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Eustace, Texas, capturing some interesting Southwest scenery and landscapes.