HEADED TO TEFAF? HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF MAASTRICHT

When you consider that Maastricht is among the oldest cities in the Netherlands, dating back to the time of the Romans, it’s of little wonder that it was picked as the headquarters for TEFAF, the annual fine arts show which touts more than 7,000 years of art history. Populated with historical buildings and bisected by a series underground tunnels dating to Napoleonic times, Maastricht is a city that wears its history on its sleeve. Which isn’t to say that it submits to its past, either. In contrast to its cobblestone bridges and spire-topped cathedrals, Maastricht is a city with a burgeoning culinary scene, innovative design, and forward-thinking redevelopment.

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TOUR SF’S HOTTEST, NEW DESIGN DESTINATION

San Francisco may not be cashing in its title as tech titan yet, but its rising status as a design hub may be giving the former a run for its money. Among the tell-tale signs that The City by the Bay is in metamorphosis is Ken Fulk’s newly launched arts society, St. Joseph’s. Located in San Francisco’s rapidly transforming SoMa neighborhood, St. Joseph’s inhabits a once-blighted Catholic church that for years perplexed re-developers with its myriad of structural challenges. With the support of his adopted city, Fulk purchased St. Joseph’s with the intent of turning it into an event space that would both preserve and promote San Francisco’s arts community. If the stunning outcome is any indication, SF’s design crusaders have received a critical ally in Fulk’s St. Joseph’s.

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DESIGN LOVERS, HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO IN NYC NOW

When it comes to cutting-edge design, there’s no place like New York City. Good design permeates virtually every restaurant, shop, and dive. To see what newly-opened NYC spots are worth dipping into for a little design ogling, we asked DECASO trade director (and resident New Yorker), Marisa Marcantonio to give us the insider scoop. Whether you’re looking for an IRL inspiration session, or you’re just looking for a lively escape from the winter doldrums, these design-centric locales will have you completely transfixed.

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EVERYWHERE TO ANTIQUE IN WEST PALM BEACH

Winter’s sub zero temps and ashen skies call for indulgences. Chief among them? A week passed poolside in a thermal locale, accompanied by plenty of guilt-free shopping. For Easterners, West Palm Beach offers up just the right mix of both extracurriculars. In fact, from November to April, West Palm Beach enters what is officially known to insiders as “The Season.” The six-month period marks the half a year in which bone-chilled New Englanders flock to West Palm like a migrating gaggle, bringing their tastes for the high life with them.

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