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Timber Cove Resort
Further: The Expanding Artist

Berlin, July 23, 2019 – With the evolution of its traveling laboratory, Design Hotels’™ initiative Further, marks a momentous leap in its ongoing journey toward the frontiers of hospitality. In February, Further convened at Timber Cove Resort, transforming the reanimated lodge into a temporal, purpose driven hub of thematic exploration surrounding the concept of “The Expanding Artist”. Once a 1960s-era meditation center and artist colony, the residency represented a return to its cultural roots, bringing together a crop of against-the-grain California musicians for a week of creation and collaboration. www.designhotels.com/timber-cove-resort


Set on the craggy Sonoma Coast and designed by architect Richard Clements, the birth of Timber Cove Resort coincided with the explosive cultural revolution that disrupted the West Coast’s social, political, and creative landscape in the 1960s. Attracting the likes of Ansel Adams and sculptor Beniamino Bufano, whose Expanding Universe obelisk stands on the property today, Timber Cove emerged as an incubator and refuge for the growing community of artists and intellectuals that convoked in California. A 2016 redesign by The Novogratz retained the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and design elements, adding amenities evoking the California lifestyle such as Crosley LP vinyl record players and fireplaces in-room. It is this heritage and West Coast soul that sparked the genesis of Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist, which saw a group of emerging musicians coalesce at the hotel—reimagined by owners and Originals Jens von Gierke and Michael Barry. “It’s the place. It’s also being around other artists, learning from them, hearing their perspectives sharing the things we’re excited about, the things we’re scared about; it’s tremendously inspiring,” says Emmy-award-winning singer-songwriter Axel Mansoor of Further Timber Cove’s collaborative spirit.

The commune of co-creators at Further Timber Cove included Syrian indie-folk songwriter Azniv Korkejian aka Bedouine, Ghanaian singer-songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Jojo Abot, and Jamaican-American alternative R&B singer Jesse Boykins III. Together, they converted Timber Cove into a transient recording studio, resulting in a string of original compositions, visual art, and music videos. “It almost felt like a quest through a dreamscape,” says Abot of the ambitious visual concept of her EP inspired by the retreat, “like a return to self, a journey towards one's own freedom, starting in the woods and then ending up by the waters… like a pilgrimage towards one's own healing and liberation.” In addition to writing and recording sessions, the residency brought into focus a number of topics tied to the history of the destination, as well as wider conversations on the importance and emergence of “New Sanctuaries”.  

“It is our intention to retain Timber Cove’s cultural roots through the stay experience, as it continues to inspire creativity among our guests,” says owner Jens von Gierke. “Books featuring Ansel Adams’ photographs of the Pacific coastline, a Sonoma County-centric wine list and fresh seafood in Coast Kitchen, and guided nature hikes are just some of our offerings that showcase our roots. We are driven by the purpose of sharing the Timber Cove experience with so many others, with the hope it becomes the muse it has been for us.”

About Timber Cove Resort
Perched on a dramatic bluff above the ruggedly cinematic Californian coastline, Timber Cove Resort embodies an elemental refuge that owes its spiritual and visual concept to the structure’s 1960s roots. Surrounded by 25 acres of spectacular wild beauty, the 46-room hotel effortlessly combines unbridled nature with an innate sense of style. Modern pieces interact with retro furniture, worn leather, heritage-colored fabrics, and preppy plaids in the bright and open interiors, which also showcase strong wood accents and local artwork throughout. Inclusive yet intimate, the hotel’s social spaces are imbued with an artistic, authentic soul—from the Outdoor Living Room with its promise of fireside drinks and billiards, to the Coast Kitchen and its bitingly fresh seasonal fare set to a soundtrack of crashing waves.

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