Top 5 Destinations Design Lovers Must Visit

Dreaming of a summer vacation but don’t know where to go? Here’s your inspiration!

Set your sights on these top 5 destinations perfect for art, music, and design lovers. Here’s a recap of what you’re about to see. Paris for Maison & Objet. Cleveland will inaugurate an exciting new triennial of contemporary art, bringing new energy to the Rust Belt. A range of music and design events are coming to Santa Fe, including the city’s renowned opera season and the International Folk Art Market. Music lovers should book flights to Europe for the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz and the Ravello Festival on Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast.



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Paris Design Week is fast becoming the definitive cultural counterpoint that is raising the bar for design weeks across the world. Overlapping the M&O PARIS September show and uniting the French and an increasingly international design community, the PDW city becomes immersed in promenades, cocktails, exhibitions… culminating in the celebration of emerging talents at LE OFF.


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Could Cleveland be the next It city? Named one of America’s Next Design Destinations, this oft-overlooked Rust Belt city will host the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which kicks off on July 14 and runs through the end of September. The citywide event will bring exhibits, installations, murals, and performances to seven major art institutions and 30 unusual venues, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Public Library.

Santa Fé

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This Southwestern desert oasis will come alive in July with the Santa Fe Opera Season (June 29–August 25), the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (July 13-15), the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (July 15–August 20), and the Traditional Spanish Market and the Contemporary Spanish Market (both July 28–29). Design lovers looking to source handmade artisan goods should plan to go for the International Folk Art Market, which will showcase the work of more than 160 master artists from 53 countries around the world. The cutest design city!

St. Moritz

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Think the Swiss Alps are only a ski destination? Think again. This summer, St. Moritz will come alive with the sound of music during the annual Festival da Jazz at the legendary Dracula’s Club. This is actually one of the best places to travel! Other must-see acts include Norah Jones and a tribute to Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Stay at the historic Kulm Hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World with rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon.


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Another tourist spot music lovers should have on their radar is Ravello, the charming village perched high on a promontory overlooking Italy’s gorgeous Amalfi Coast. The town has a long and storied musical and artistic history, thanks in part to German composer Richard Wagner, who stayed at Villa Rufolo, which now hosts the annual Ravello Festival (June 30–August 25). M.C. Escher, J.M.W. Turner, Joan Mirò, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf are just some of the other luminaries who found inspiration in the town’s vertiginous cliffs and gardens.


We hope you are already planning your next trip! Let us know and leave a comment! If you are looking for more inspiration about interior design, the latest trends, and lighting designs, you can find it in the other articles on home design ideas!