Direct from Puerto Plata

In between the over 2500 meters above sea level mountains carved with mysterious caves and the wide span beaches quiet in the sun, up on the north shore of the Dominican lies a story of lifestyle incomprehensible to most western civilization.

Look again – National Art Gallery

We often find ourselves dismissive toward the familiar. The quest for novelty is socially promoted as a virtue, a higher aspiration; to the detriment of the well-known that is often associated with the banal, the boring. And we don’t want that. And yet the power of archetypes and clichés is indisputable. It’s almost like a…

Kitchens then and now – Victorian vs Contemporary

The middle of a room lends itself best to tasks that are social while its perimeter, to individual tasks. Oftentimes in the Victorian era meal preparation was a shared experience; multiple staff would prepare a single meal. It is only natural that they liked working in the centre of the kitchen where their primary work…

Dochia renovates UNESCO Building in Transylvania

We’re excited at the unique opportunity to renovate and design the interior of the future Inn! The five-apartment Inn is part of the UNESCO Heritage center of the beautiful city of Sibiu, located in Transylvania, Romania. View of downtown: Panorama: The project as is: Views of Sibiu:   For more information on UNESCO Sites click here.  Wait for it it on airbnb to book your…

Interior Design Trends, 2016

2016 will be all about personalization in the context of streamlining and minimizing uselessness: lighter wood coloured floors brighter colour choices a no-nonsense, fluff-free approach to design healthy products wellness and ease of use while individualized choices and customization will continue.

The art of travel

The fascination of travel has charmed the wondrous mind from Marco Polo and beyond. In his time, one traveled to learn and explore and to bring home a new way of doing things, a new way of life. Novelty had a different kind of value than from what we load it with now. It used to be a journey….

Grand Staircases of Chicago – then and now

Daniel Burnham’s 1925 Union Station, is one of the last Beaux Art buildings in Chicago. It’s Grand Hall with the Tennessee marble staircase  was immortalized on film in the famous baby carriage scene from The Untouchables. .. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Michigan Avenue Apple Store: All about Glass. I love its elegance and sophisticated simplicity. At the art gallery, complementing the outstanding…