Why great design is not just beautiful, but functional too

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My recent visit to the Hotel Clarion Sign in Stockholm inspired me to write about the best design hotels in the world. The result was published in Guardian Travel earlier this week. As well as the elegantly furnished Sign, I looked at several “design hotels” across the world, ranging from a William Morris inspired guesthouse in Wales to Geoffrey Bawa‘s gloriously overgrown Kandalama in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The point being that these hotels are better places to appreciate good furniture design than design museums.