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*.
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*.

Latest from Giovanna Dunmall

Bicycle, high-speed rail, smart suitcase: Chinese design past, present and future on show

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.

7 Apr 2019 - 9:35PM

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.

Bicycle, high-speed rail, smart suitcase: Chinese design past, present and future on show
Helsinki’s new Hotel St George – a culinary and cultural destination featuring high concept design without the doormen

A 400-piece art collection featuring an Ai Weiwei dragon sculpture in the lobby is certain to draw the It crowd

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

A 400-piece art collection featuring an Ai Weiwei dragon sculpture in the lobby is certain to draw the It crowd

Helsinki’s new Hotel St George – a culinary and cultural destination featuring high concept design without the doormen
From Ai Weiwei to Zheng Lu: meet UAP, the dream builders bringing art to life on a grand scale
Hong Kong family part of dining revolution in Canadian prairies’ heart, where cultural diversity inspires young restaurateurs

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 

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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 

Hong Kong family part of dining revolution in Canadian prairies’ heart, where cultural diversity inspires young restaurateurs
How a Chinese-Italian chef hopes to foster a slow-food revolution in China

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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

How a Chinese-Italian chef hopes to foster a slow-food revolution in China
Tokyo exhibition presents a vision for the future of housing
Architect David Rockwell launches made-in-China furniture collection

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. 

4 Jun 2016 - 11:13PM

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. 

Architect David Rockwell launches made-in-China furniture collection
Asian designers star in exhibition of ‘pieces you don’t see every day’
Faena Hotel breathes new life into neglected Miami beach neighbourhood
The Beaumont: a weird, wonderful central London hotel

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

9 Jan 2016 - 11:15PM

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

The Beaumont: a weird, wonderful central London hotel
Interview: Benjamin Hubert of Layer design studio talks about his big break and plans for charity
Award-winning designer Christopher Jenner merges local culture and the heritage of a brand to create contemporary masterpieces
Designers from Shenzhen to Beijing make a splash in London

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.

30 Sep 2015 - 10:21AM

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.

Designers from Shenzhen to Beijing make a splash in London
How London's Battersea power station will become luxury living hub

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.

 

29 Jul 2015 - 5:50PM

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.

 

How London's Battersea power station will become luxury living hub
China pavilions shine at Milan World expo
Park Hyatt New York shines bright in midtown Manhattan

Park Hyatt's ultra-swanky flagship occupies the first 25 of the 90 floors in a new midtown Manhattan skyscraper.

7 Feb 2015 - 10:31PM

Park Hyatt's ultra-swanky flagship occupies the first 25 of the 90 floors in a new midtown Manhattan skyscraper.

Park Hyatt New York shines bright in midtown Manhattan
Wuhan unveils spectacular statement buildings
London's Mondrian Hotel is nautical, but nice
Asian brands bring fresh style and function to London Design Festival
Hot spots: Ham Yard Hotel London
Breakfast dining goes international in London

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.

1 Aug 2014 - 12:10AM

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.

Breakfast dining goes international in London
Hong Kong-born Chi Wing Lo makes a name for himself in Italy as designer

At this month's annual Milan furniture extravaganza, known as the Salone del Mobile, all roads seemed to lead to Chi Wing Lo.

16 Apr 2014 - 5:39AM

At this month's annual Milan furniture extravaganza, known as the Salone del Mobile, all roads seemed to lead to Chi Wing Lo.

Hong Kong-born Chi Wing Lo makes a name for himself in Italy as designer
Hot spots: Qbic Hotel London
22 Jan 2014 - 5:24PM
Hot spots: Qbic Hotel London
Andre Fu, purveyor of ‘New Asian’ design, offers a refuge from the hectic world

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

12 Apr 2017 - 12:04PM

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

Andre Fu, purveyor of ‘New Asian’ design, offers a refuge from the hectic world
Food critic Andy Hayler says local Michelin Guide gets it badly wrong

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.

6 Dec 2013 - 5:39AM

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.

Food critic Andy Hayler says local Michelin Guide gets it badly wrong
Italian firm Essentis breathes life into dying art with traditional farmhouses

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.

13 Nov 2013 - 5:54AM

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.

Italian firm Essentis breathes life into dying art with traditional farmhouses
Asian designers make a splash at London Design Festival
Estate in Cotswolds, UK, offers holiday homes with a difference

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.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:07AM

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.

Estate in Cotswolds, UK, offers holiday homes with a difference
Luxembourg: luxe for life
31 Dec 2012 - 6:05PM
Luxembourg: luxe for life
Asia's fusion furniture on show in Milan

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.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:19AM

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.

Asia's fusion furniture on show in Milan