Travel plays a central role in Rachael Ruddick’s designs. Art, architecture, and nature from around the globe have inspired and informed many of the RR collections over the past seasons. Daydreaming of globetrotting from our New York office, it seems only fitting to cast a spotlight on founder Rachael’s hometown of Tasmania. Tasmania is Australia’s only island state and known for possessing some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world.
Some shots of this stunning locale:
“I have very fond memories of growing up in Tasmania. The natural beauty there is simply incredible. As a child, I itched to get away and see the world, but now I love it there and can’t wait to return for family visits.”
Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, is also home to a thriving art and culture scene. The city has produced a number of unique boutique hotels over the past decade.
Rachael’s pick is the Henry Jones Art Hotel, an intriguing boutique hotel space located on Hobart’s waterfront. Created from the remains of a large, antique jam factory, the Henry Jones is famous for its focus on art and acts a gallery space as well a luxury hotel. The hotel’s unique original architecture and industrial roots are incorporated into its modern design. Original paintings, sculptures and prints by emerging and established artists are featured throughout the hotel. The hotel also maintains a close relationship to the nearby Tasmanian School of Art, a mainstay of the local art community.
Another can’t-miss-it stop while in Tasmania is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The museum’s unique and unusual architecture and renowned art collections have gained it worldwide recognition.
All of us here on the RR team can’t wait for a chance to visit Tasmania!
1. Via Flickr, Flo Green
2. Via Flickr, Jomilo75
3. Via Flickr, James Bowden
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5. Simon Kenny
6 & 7. Via The Henry Jones Art Hotel
8, 9 & 10.: Via MONA