Upon entering your hotel room, you usually have more than your luggage to unpack. Since the revolving doors which led into the lobby, getting dispatched from the reception desk through elevators and corridors in search of a number — your number — you have been assimilating a new environment, both oddly familiar yet strangely mysterious. Sounds of vacuum cleaners, conversations muffled through anonymous doors, patterns and mirrors, all populating these spaces and surfaces enough to blend familiarity into the unknown. By the time you get to your door, each threshold has taken you deeper into an altered state of comfort and detachment.

Just as sleep allows our bodies to recover from daily stimuli, hotels can provide a therapeutic change of environment, a relief from the small worries and behaviors which anchor our day-to-day experience of reality.

After settling down, you return to the lobby. You are surrounded by strangers forming a cast of unlikely characters. Shifty businessmen from abroad, confused families, stylish ladies — all protagonists from different lives you could be living. In this hub of lifestyles performing in transit, an airport of dreams, you share this moment collectively as your trajectories briefly intersect. A precedent to — and likely evolution of — an online existence, the hotel is a place in which you are simultaneously immersed in a stream of interconnected social activity and feel the most alone. Devoid of personal points of reference, you become the detective, trying to make sense of it all. But there are always more rooms, more suspects to consider…

Savinien Caracostea, Editor in Chief

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Upon entering your hotel room, you usually have more than your luggage to unpack. Since the revolving doors which led into the lobby, getting dispatched from the reception desk through elevators and corridors in search of a number — your number — you have been assimilating a new environment, both oddly familiar yet strangely mysterious. Sounds of vacuum cleaners, conversations muffled through anonymous doors, patterns and mirrors, all populating these spaces and surfaces enough to blend familiarity into the unknown. By the time you get to your door, each threshold has taken you deeper into an altered state of comfort and detachment.

Just as sleep allows our bodies to recover from daily stimuli, hotels can provide a therapeutic change of environment, a relief from the small worries and behaviors which anchor our day-to-day experience of reality.

After settling down, you return to the lobby. You are surrounded by strangers forming a cast of unlikely characters. Shifty businessmen from abroad, confused families, stylish ladies — all protagonists from different lives you could be living. In this hub of lifestyles performing in transit, an airport of dreams, you share this moment collectively as your trajectories briefly intersect. A precedent to — and likely evolution of — an online existence, the hotel is a place in which you are simultaneously immersed in a stream of interconnected social activity and feel the most alone. Devoid of personal points of reference, you become the detective, trying to make sense of it all. But there are always more rooms, more suspects to consider…

Savinien Caracostea, Editor in Chief