“It slowed me down. It made me realize so many beautiful things around me. I paid more attention. I paid more attention to what the fire crackling sounded like, to the chipmunks outside, the snow falling around me.”
We’re in great company with Emily Padan and Mauricio Padilla, Co-Founders and Owners of hinter, where they design innovative spaces hidden in nature with minimalist design and a climate positive business approach for guests to experience the world like never before, starting in Quebec, Canada.
hinter is a collaborative project - crafting spaces with like minded architects, concepting interiors with soulful designers, curating partnerships with local artisans - all with the intention to create destinations where guests can leave behind their baggage and find themselves in nature.
In this episode, Emily and Mauricio share how they are inspired to build a space where their community can be inspired, and how recently this inspiration has led them to grow their sense of place naturally, digitally, and internationally.
[1:40] How they took the leap into a new relationship and new business together - Mauricio from a career in the software industry, and Emily from a career as an elementary school teacher.
[3:35] From growing up with the backdrop of the Andes in Ecuador, to seeking out hikes across Canada, to falling in love with the Nordics during international travels - Mauricio got lost in the beauty of the natural world, finding his way home with hinter.
[11:45] As they look back on their 1 year wedding anniversary, Emily shares why having a “third thing” is healthy in any relationship.
[16:50] How “hinter,” German for “behind” or “hidden” came to be - from being hidden in the woods to leaving behind your baggage to be present with yourself.
[21:30] hinter is much more than just a space to stay, they are spaces to inspire - “livable showrooms” filled with unique work by local artists to be experienced and purchased directly.
[25:40] Sustainability is ingrained in every inch of Hinter spaces, so much so that Emily and Mauricio have made it their mission to give back more than they take.
[30:30] Wanting to have more impact beyond the physical property itself, “the hinter planet” is building a community and conversation in the digital world around design, culture, sustainability, wellness and more.
[37:40] Coming Soon - the hinter outpost, a landscape hotel and hidden gem nestled in the nature of Vermont, reimagining what hospitality can be when you learn from the past and build towards the future.
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