Giovanna Dunmall
Giovanna Dunmall
Giovanna Dunmall is based in London and writes about architecture, design, travel and culture for publications such as the South China Morning Post, 1843, Guardian, Frame, Azure, Sleeper, Metropolis and Wallpaper*.

From the ‘not always beautiful’ objects of post-war years to modern consumers’ demand for quality and uniqueness, exhibition at biennial in France shows Chinese design’s advance, and suggests what’s to come.

Maple-glazed, cherry-wood-smoked bacon fried rice with Chinese barbecue pork is just one of the inventive dishes created by chefs using local produce from Manitoba and Saskatchewan 


Wild tea from Yunnan, sweet rice biscuits from Hebei, donkey jerky – food from dozens of Chinese artisanal producers was on show at a recent festival in Italy; soon Ling Kuang Sung and allies will give them a similar showcase in China

With two hotels in China, for W and Langham, due in 2017 and his first furniture collection, for China's Stellar Works, out now, the American founder of Rockwell Group compares public and private design. 

You can sleep in an immersive, womb-like cubist sculpture for HK$16,000 a night, or take your pick from 72 art deco rooms. There's a louche cocktail bar and a classic grill restaurant popular with A-listers, writes  Giovanna Dunmall

Chinese design has moved on from traditional elements to embrace abstract concepts and functionality, and London Design Festival showcased designers familiar with international tastes but confident in their own roots.

The iconic building and its grounds will be transformed into homes, retail and office space, a cinema, cafes, and restaurants with soaring, glass-roofed atriums; the project involves architects Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, among others.  

One of the best food trends to make its way across the Atlantic to London is the resurgence of breakfast. Restaurants open earlier and menus are a panoply of eggs, granola and porridges.

Purveyor of 'New Asian' design offers privacy and refuge from the world that allows hotel guests to feel at home, writes Giovanna Dunmall.

Food critic Andy Hayler has eaten at every top Michelin restaurant in the world. He tells Giovanna Dunmall how the Hong Kong and Macau guide has got it horribly wrong.

The typical star- and barrel-shaped vaulted stone ceilings of traditional Apulian architecture are a sight to behold. Each piece of the pale and soft local pietra leccese and tufo (limestone and sandstone respectively) required to make it are cut by hand and placed so the ceilings can stay in place without the use of mortar.

Bennetts Associates is a London-based architecture practice known for its highly sustainable approach to construction and a portfolio that includes theatres, offices, universities, hotels and historic conservation.

It felt like the quietest Milan furniture fair in years. Press previews were half-empty, previously impenetrable design districts were a breeze to walk through and many cocktail parties were shockingly under-patronised.

When designer Maggie Keswick Jencks found out that her cancer had spread to her bones, liver and bone marrow, she was sitting in a harshly lit room with her husband, landscape architect and writer Charles Jencks. 

Owners fear break-ins or burst pipes in winter, and if you don't have a friendly relative or neighbour prepared to check on your home from time to time, you can feel compelled to go and stay even when it's not convenient.

With hundreds of university college buildings dating as far back as the 13th century, walking around Oxford can feel like stepping back in time. "Oxford is one of the most beautiful historic cities in the world, with some of the best-maintained buildings," says Clare Wright, founding partner at London-based architects Wright & Wright.

Treatments good enough to eat are on the menu at new spa Château de Cîteaux in France's Burgundy region. Giovanna Dunmall samples the goods.