Wellness Watch

  • QC Terme Italian Day Resort on NYC’s Governors Island

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    Image of Manhattan views from QC Terme's Thermal Resort on NYC's Governors Island

    Just minutes from the bustle of Manhattan and Brooklyn via ferry, QC NY, a 74,000 sq ft Italian day resort is set to debut this September on New York’s picturesque Governors Island. The project is a $50m investment and required seven years of planning, building, and restoration.

     

    Robert Henry Architects has been working with QC Terme on the project, designed to bring the brand’s signature Milan wellness experience to the US.
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  • Residential Wellness Design 1.0

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    Historically, many architects have experimented on their own homes, pushing boundaries, or testing new ideas that set the stage for their career.  20 years ago, my wife Nancy and I set out to design our loft accommodating our newborn son Bo. The 800sf space located within the Hotel des Artistes on Central Park West is where we incorporated the maximum natural daylight and ventilation possible. We added biophilia, designed dual-use spaces, and incorporated a home office, thereby integrating early “wellness practices.”  This toolbox of healthy-home criteria soon developed into our signature design style.
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  • HOTel & Spa in Paris 2019

    HOTel & Spa Forum 2019
    HOTel & Spa Forum in Paris 2019

     

    Forum HOTel & SPA in Paris

    12th Edition held May 23rd 2019

     

    Robert D. Henry will be the Keynote speaker discussing “Wellness Design.”

     

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  • 4 Reasons Design Matters

    Sale of this apartment garnered the highest price per square foot in the building.

    Sale of this apartment garnered the highest price per square foot in the building.

    Whether you are contemplating  a renovation to your personal residence, your business, or hospitality venue – hotel, restaurant, spa – it’s very important to hire an architect and an interior designer with experience in that area. (more…)

  • Design the Ultimate Romantic Interlude for Valentine’s Day

    Design the Ultimate Romantic Interlude for Valentine’s Day {Time to Read: 3 1/2 minutes}  Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other?  Why not create a Spa Experience and try being a “spa butler” within your own home by designing a love-infused bath? Setting up a luxurious bathing experience can become a romantic interlude for you and your love.  It’s easy and affordable, and more importantly, it is one of the most thoughtful gifts for Valentine’s Day.

     

    With just a little effort, you can put a personalized spa package together for the special person in your life, that just transforms the bathing experience into something romantic or even create this sensuous experience for the two of you, as a couple. Here is how.

     

    What You Will Need

     

      • ❤  Purchase 3 or 4 candles ideally with your significant other’s favorite scent. Arrange them around the bath and create a romantic setting.
      • ❤  Get Kniepp herbal bath essential oil – lavender for balancing or muscle soothing juniper, or a bathing ball – a fast dissolving orb – rose petal is a favorite.  These items are available at bathing stores such as: Sabon,  Bed, Bath and Beyond, Bath and Body Works, The Body Works,  Frontier Coop.  Your local Walgreens, WalMart, or CVS will also carry a line a aromatherapy salts for the bath.  At a minimum, some inexpensive Epsom salts will work just fine and only cost about $4.00.
      • ❤  Try some aromatherapy and select a preferred scent.
      • ❤  Pick up a loofah brush or sponge for exfoliation.  Also, works as a body massager in the bath.
      • ❤  Gather their favorite lush towels, in their favorite color and arrange artfully within the room.
      • ❤  Depending on your budget, you may decide to purchase a luxurious new robe and/or slippers for after the bath

     

     Spa Butler Duties

        • ❤  Display his/her robe in a convenient place.

    Design the Ultimate Romantic Interlude for Valentine’s Day

    • ❤  Have their favorite music playing softly in the background
    • ❤  Draw and prepare the bath, fill the tub deep enough to submerge up to their shoulders
    • ❤  Add some of the bathing oils and/or salts. Lavender or rose blossom are nice, or chamomile if you want to really relax.
    • ❤  Light all the candles that have been strategically placed.
    • ❤  Spray some aromatherapy into the air, if the candles are not aromatic.
    • ❤  Offer to scrub his/her back or give a massage.
    • ❤  Apply oils after the bath that replenish the skin and/or again offer a massage.

     

     

    This is really the perfect gift for that special person in your life, exhibiting thoughtfulness in terms of choosing their favorite scent and type of soothing bathing mixture.  It is also affordable and can provide a really transformative experience right at home. It’s the ultimate gift for Valentines Day!

     

    ❤  Robert Henry
    roberthenry@rdh-architects.com
    www.rdh-architects.com
    212.533.4145