Posts Tagged ‘hospitality design’
November 26th, 2013 - The new Cheval Blanc Randheli represents a contemporary vision of the Maldives. Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived uniquely designed spaces skillfully combining local traditions with the finest materials to create a stunning modern and graphical structure that is in complete harmony with its pristine and natural surroundings.
Guests of the hotel arrive by Cheval Blanc’s seaplane that carries the travelers for 40 minutes from the Male International Airport to the resort.
The tropical establishment consists of 45 residential-scale, open-plan villas with 23-foot-high ceilings. All accommodations feature infinity-edge pools and spacious indoor and outdoor living areas. Walls slide open for unobstructed ocean views. The resort has a poolside bar, four restaurants, a private dining space, and in-room dining.
45 residential-scale, open-plan villas with 23-foot-high ceilings. All accommodations feature infinity-edge pools and spacious indoor and outdoor living areas. Walls slide open for unobstructed ocean views. The resort has a poolside bar, four restaurants, a private dining space, and in-room dining.
Guests can swim in their vast private villa swimming pool, sunbathe on their private white sand beach, enjoy a live-cooked dinner in the garden, relaxing on a daybed on their pontoon right over the lagoon all in the intimacy of their villa.
Around the hotel is the discovery of 46 sculptural color spots, an exclusive art exhibition by French artist Vincent Beaurin, titled Couronne. Beaurin’s artwork explores the richness of a wide spectrum of color tones, creating a stimulating and inspiring collection of artwork. Made from a blend of marble and quartz sands, each spot is unique and will soon unveil its vibrant colors in one of the Maison’s villas.
Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Noonu atoll, Randheli Island is a true haven for lush vegetation. Majestic palm trees shelter the delicate ephemeral flowers creating a luxuriantly decor that changes with every season to provide a renewed sense of discovery with each visit!
Photography by Stefano Candito Photography
September 23rd, 2013 – Employing the idea of jewelry boxes, Madrid-based architecture studio OHLAB created five eye-catching gold boxes within Port Adriano’s new jewelry boutique, Relojeria Alemana. Principal architects Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver outfitted the boutique with sculptural and abstract volumes that reflect a golden and slightly deformed nautical environment surrounding the shop – dissolving visual barriers between the interior and exterior.
The design of the boutique called for OHLAB to build five “Precious Boxes”, VIP area, temporary art installations, outdoor lounge, back office area, and the signage – leaving the space in between the volumes as an exhibition gallery. Covered in golden stainless steel plates with mirror finish, three of the reflective boxes are located inside the store, while the other two are outdoors, extending the exhibition gallery to the terraces.
The assembly of the plates is made with a deformed set of joints deliberately curved in order to create small deformations on the surface of the boxes. These deformations create a mind-melting array of distorted images reflected on the boxes.
The interior space, defined only by three glazed facades, features an intense and homogeneous lighting thanks to a matte white backlit textile ceiling that avoids reflections on the golden boxes while emphasizing the distortions.
Every box includes, in one of its corners, an eye-level horizontal reveal that creates a corner display: one side is by the glass facade working as a shop window while the other side opens to the interior of the store as an interior display. In the terrace, by the sea, there are two more boxes of different sizes. One is a lounge bed with an incorporated display and the other one features the only signage of the store. The VIP area is located inside one of the golden boxes, where Hernaiz and Oliver created an upholstered cave covered in fine emerald suede.
The project questions and reflects on the concept of luxury proposing a game of make-up and appearances –where things are not what they seem. Therefore, simple and orthogonal boxes that appear as undulated and distorted while the environment of the marina and the mega-yachts is reflected as glowing, complex and sublime.
September 16th, 2013 – Ian Schrager rose to fame by co-founding the most legendary disco of the 20th century – Studio 54, and has since triggered a boutique hotel revolution with his groundbreaking designs and attention to service. The Hotelier’s recent collaboration with Marriott has led to the much awaited debut of The London EDITION hotel, which opened its doors for the first time last night with a glitzy soiree in respects to London Fashion Week. The opening of the sophisticated establishment will mark Schrager’s third EDITION hotel, which is located in a historic building in Fitzrovia, a leafy neighborhood that occupies central London.
The décor is a collaborative effort of the Ian Schrager design team and respected design studio Yabu Pushelberg. Opulent but not overbearing, the design of the hotel blends the building’s ornate architecture with modern design elements, and creating a unique atmosphere that’s both sophisticated and welcoming.
The 173-suite hotel brings together the integrity and character of a historic building with a simple, sophisticated design sensibility to create a seamless blend of charisma and ease. In the lobby, two large bronze chandeliers, inspired by New York’s Grand Central Station, scale down the lofty ceilings to make the space more intimate. Here, a curated series of photographic portraits, landscapes and still lifes adorn the walls and add a personalized touch.
Berners Tavern, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is equally inspired by the American contemporary artist. Made from blackened steel, the eatery sits in front of four back lit and antique mirror silver leaf arches. The setting of this rather stunning 140-seat restaurant is inspired by the muted colors of Johannes Vermeer and Donald Judd paintings. The walls are dipped in a sensual taupe shade, and tub chairs in the front of the space create a café-like setting.
Up top, the suites are outfitted with oak floors that are paired with wood-panelled walls in dark walnut or light oak, creating a cosy, cabin-like feel. Here, modern walnut desks and tables are cantilevered off the walls, comfy lounge chairs, linen-and-silk drapery, silk area rugs, and an original, baroque-framed work by belgian photographer Hendrik Kerstens. The suites and lofts have additional living areas with George Smith sofas, and a number of rooms have private terraces that come with sweeping views of London town.
Perhaps the most impressive spaces in The London EDITION will be the massive 2,000 sq. ft. custom-furnished penthouse with an expansive wraparound landscaped terrace and, obviously, the most stunning views the hotel can offer. This pad comes with its own private dining room, full kitchen and living room. There’s an abundance of walnut wood paneling, custom furniture and hardwood floors. The penthouses are furnished with a mix of unique pieces and iconic British and European design: Donald Jud-inspired sofas in pale green velvet, leather wingback chairs, an over sized and tufted leather khaki sofa, black metal furniture and lighting by Christian Liaigre, an antique billiard table; and mustard velvet slipper chairs.
Photography Courtesy of The London EDITION
September 9th, 2013 – Westerners have an undeniable desire to reach a respectable comprehension of Eastern culture. We do so through observing their customs, and through observation, hopefully, comes understanding. Some say, that the best way to engulf oneself in another culture is through food. Enter, the Matsuri Boetie restaurant in Paris, France. Designed by Moreau Kusunoki Architects, this Japanese food-bar concept appears simple, albeit beautiful, at first glance. However, once you begin a bit of introspective examination, you may notice a few unsuspected happenings.
The designers have given thought to this space that will possibly go unnoticed to the reluctant observer. For instance, we all know that wood can provide a certain acoustic ambience, but by using softly worked rough wood, assigned in a harmoniously vertical pattern, you’re able to create a wonderful sense of calmness and serenity.
In keeping with the theme of tranquility, Matsuri Boetie also houses several black fiber panels, which assist in the absorption of noise. It’s with these simple, yet highly technical design methods that the architects were able to create such a conscious space in the heart of Paris.
From the furniture, to the lighting, the firm of Moreau Kusunoki has managed to keep traditional Japanese sensibilities as the central theme. This can surely be appreciated from a Western standpoint. Through allowing customers to experience a feeling of intimacy while they eat, the aim is to bring forth a better understanding of the Japanese culture itself.
Look for Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Matsuri Boetie) as they compete for Best European Restaurant in the 2013 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards on September 12th in London. Writing by Jordan Bailey.
Photography Courtesy of Moreau Kusunoki Architectes
August 28th 2013 - Taking it back to old-school bartending, The Collins is a dynamic new cocktail lounge in the heart of Victoria Square in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The creative powerhouse behind the sultry yet contemporary design of The Collins is none other than Woods Bagot, a global design force with founding roots that run deep in the land down under.
Inspired by the classic form of a well tailored suit, the cocktail joint exhibits a fine blend of precious materials such as brass and marble juxtaposed with wire brushed, stained timber and saddle leather that will age and wear beautifully over time – paralleling the timeless cocktails served at the contemporary joint.
Located in an important venue on the ground floor of Adelaide’s Hilton Hotel, the architects at Woods Bagot were faced with a key site challenge of how to properly open the corner of the historic building to add some visibility for the new bar. Respecting both old and new, the architects implemented lift-up glazed doors, installed to open up the bar to the street and welcome passing patrons.
The space is divided into two distinct areas: a bright active daytime venue or front bar that provides a sense of theatre, and a secluded cocktail lounge room that can be locked down for private functions.
Leaving no spot untouched, the designers carried the concept through the entire space that boasts patterned flooring, vertical wood wall partitions, warm-toned plush and textured fabrics for group seating areas, and robust light fixtures to help set the time-honored mood.
Photography by Peter Clarke Photography
August 22nd, 2013 – Two towering condominium buildings, King Blue, are the latest addition to Toronto’s growing skyline. Setting up shop in the epicenter of Toronto’s King Street West neighborhood, the 48 and 44 story buildings deliver the ultimate in style, sophistication, luxury, and amenities, all within an exquisite urban environment. The design of the high-end establishments are oozing with intoxicating swagger, thanks to Sai Leung design director of award winning interior design firm Munge Leung. Leung is well known for his meticulous work and uncompromising standards, which made his skills a perfect fit to design the trendy new condominiums that feature 807 luxurious suites with gourmet kitchens and spa-like bathrooms, two private lobby’s, two rooftop terraces, a pool bar, theater, fitness center, and a yoga room.
Designed for animation and activity for residents and their guests, behaving as an extension of the King Street West lifestyle. The street-level facades on King Street, Blue Jays Way and Mercer Street will be lined with restaurants and retail that embody the vibrancy of Toronto’s Entertainment District. “Our goal with king blue’s design is to promote human interaction and conversation.” says Alessandro Munge, Munge Leung’s managing partner. “Success would be to see people in the elevators not looking at their smart-phones, but engaging with each other because there is familiarity and comfort.”
“The courtyard will be King Blue’s cornerstone, with the two tower lobbies connecting to it,” says Alessandro Munge, Managing Partner at Munge Leung. “It will be like a village well from long ago, the gathering spot of the development for residents, guests and the public. The design aspires to integrate the energy and activity reflected by the surrounding spaces, with the courtyard acting as the perfect meeting place with the two towers soaring above it.”
“We studied the pace and pulse of King Street West and its distinct feel,” continues Munge. “And we designed the common spaces within King Blue to reflect the confidence and self-assured ebullience that comes from the area itself.” With both residential towers playing off the rooftop terrace, Munge Leung envisioned an interactive and sophisticated community setting, stimulated by the hub of energy emanating from King Blue’s common areas.
Amongst the most engaging social elements for residents will be a rooftop terrace atop the Canadian Westinghouse Building. Featuring an exclusive pool and bar, landscaped terrace with waterfall feature, sculptured trellis, adjacent party room and multi-media room, full catering facilities and kitchen, outdoor fire pits, private lounges and dining areas, the rooftop terrace will be a gathering spot for social interaction, entertaining and stimulating conversations.
July 30th, 2013 – Scattered among a grove of cork and olive trees, the 56 private suites that make up Évora’s new Ecorkhotel give travelers the opportunity to experience a contemporary and eco-minded lifestyle. Designed by architect José Carlos Cruz, the architecture is a refreshing reminder of Portugal’s traditional whitewashed plaster structures re-worked with a purist twist by balancing elements of simple form with nature. To relate the building to it’s surroundings, Cruz outfitted the entire exterior of the main building with recycled cork cladding, a 100% natural product harvested by hand from the native cork oak – making the Ecork the first and only hotel in the world with this feature.
The town of Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its rich history and well-preserved old town center. Évora is still mostly enclosed by ancient medieval walls, and houses a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple. As the world has deemed this nearby land universally important, the realization of the Ecorkhotel was created with respect for the local history and consideration for nature.
The hotel was designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind, using geothermal and solar energy to heat and cool 56 villa suites. In addition to the geothermal and solar technology, eco-minded materials such as cork wrap the exterior of the main building, working as a thermic and acoustic isolator.
To mimic the twelve acres of rolling hills that the hotel is situated on, the architect designed large rolling curves that hang over the hallway that leads in and out of the main building.
A gridded pathway of yellow bricks directs hotel guests through rows of connected boxy white villas, each with a small kitchen and private terrace, flat screen television, and eco-friendly linens.
The walls of the hotel’s courtyard and the villa terrace partitions have rows of cut-out shapes that cause interesting shadows throughout the day, and double as a glowing lantern in an ancient forest at night.
The Ecorkspa has five treatment rooms, four being for private purposes and another room for couples treatments, the indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, and a sauna. The spa also features a relaxation room with a Chromotherapy device, where trained chromotherapists claim to be able to use light in the form of color to balance “energy” wherever a person’s body be lacking, whether it be on physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental levels.
July 8th, 2013 – Four Lau and Sam Sum, founding designers of Hong Kong-based creative firm AS Design, actualized a dynamic restaurant outfitted with contrastingly layered hives to appeal to the swarm of youngsters in Guangzhou City, China. ‘Rice Home’ is a newly launched premium casual dining brand that pursues superior rice quality with an emphasis on unique and contemporary recipes.
The 1,300 square foot restaurant creatively blends modern and innovative rice-based meals with diversification to meet the young and trendy customers – all in an elegant and clean dining environment.
Lau and Sum explained that their clients wanted to “pursue new stimulus from their dishes to interior design with style, highlighting and showing the charm of cosmopolitan in new era.” The team of designers achieved this request by creating visually stimulating space using an grid of three dimensional hexagons, bright colors, and contrasting materials.
“We distributed this natural beehive structure in every corner, representing a dynamic “Home / Living space” with the meaning of being hard working to delve into new food products.” The designers noted. The inclusion of the irregular hexagons in the space was not only meant to represent the idea of home and hard work, but also to enhance spatial layering of the space and add visual depth.
Yellow bowl-shaped sculptures are secured the curved wood wall to create visual sense of food aroma and to arouse ones appetite. Instead of traditional food board menus, the designers opted for e-menus which are displayed on a series of TV’s at the entrance.
Photography Captured by Sing Studio By Sum Sing
February 12th, 2013 – James & Mau Arquitectura Created a contemporary tapas restaurant called Estado Puro across from the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. The architects were given the challenge of using a small space to create a Spanish style eatery without making it too folky or kitsch. Chef Paco Roncero influence of “typical Spanish” was the starting point in the creation of architectural concept “pure state”. It is redefining the Spanish imaginary giving a twist to “traditional” to achieve a chic and sophisticated aesthetic.
James & Mau dressed the rectangular space with a series of white laser cut elements that have “teeth” which allow them to connect together to create a ceiling feature. The shape of the unique white elements are inspired by a crown-like hair piece on the head of a Spanish girl, which is visible on imagery on the focal wall. In the evenings, the connecting feature is back lit with bright yellow lighting to add interest to the space and grab the attention of people passing by. The architects used primary colors in the flooring, walls, and seats, to really zero in on a Spanish vibe. The space is a true culinary creative renewal of traditional tapas bar, which is a reinterpretation of the most traditional Spanish cuisine from an avant-garde kitchen.
January 31st, 2013 – Architects Alexey Goryainov and Mikhail Crimea of Moscow-based firm Arch Group, took the industry by surprise a few years back when they built the first Sleepbox Pods, affordable white sleeping quarters for travelers to have a quick rest, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The resting pods helped reshape the traveling experience for people going in and out of Moscow, in a positive way. Because of its success, Arch Group has teamed up with businessman leonid chernikov to open the first SleepBox Hotel near the Belorussky Railway Station, in Moscow.
The Sleepbox Hotel consists of 46 double-unit wooden pods, and 10 single-unit pods constructed from aluminum and plastic. Arch Group designed a spacecraft-like environment for the interiors, with white panels, bending up from the wall to the ceiling and contrasting black accent pieces. The pods sit side-by-side and are spread out over four floors, each of the small rooms has a TV, bed, mirror, and storage space – the necessities. The restrooms and showers are located in a central area where they are to be shared amongst the guests, five on each floor. The hotel also features a community laundry area, and a smoking lounge.
The investor of the hotel, Leonid Chernikov, began to investigate the hostels in central Moscow, but there were not enough and most of them were not pleasant places to stay. Chernikov saw a need for an affordable and clean hotel which led him to Arch-group. The architects explained that it took nearly a year to find the perfect location. “For about a year it has taken to find a suitable space near one of the stations, where people come Aeroexpress. Their proximity is important because capsule hotel is designed mainly for people in the tourist sector of Moscow.”
On the ground floor there is the reception area, boxes for visitors and huge information booth – where tourist can find a map of the city subway and schedule Aeroexpresses. The reception also has three iPads, for hotel guests to go online and find interesting information. On the second and third floors are arranged wooden sleepboxes for two. Inside each of them – two beds, a shelf, dresser, mirror and wall outlet. Some of the sleepboxes have windows, but any of them can be closed curtain.
June 4th, 2012 – This isn’t the first time Brazil’s most sought after architect collaborated with one of Brazil’s most affluent hoteliers – and we’re guessing it won’t be the last! Architect Isay Weinfeld, and restauranteur/hotelier Rogerio Fasano (who recently collaborated on the making of Fasano Las Piedras) have just put the final touches on the latest addition to the Fasano hotel collection – Boa Vista.
The hotel is a stunning complement to the 100 plus acres of native forests in São Paulo, which include 15 lakes, an Arnold Palmer golf course, groves, and carefully manicured gardens. This Fasano property is a perfect marriage of Weinfeld’s signature style, and the excellence and sophistication of the Fasano brand.
Here, a fantastic old-world authenticity exists with the incorporation of the hotel natural surroundings, which is the overall aesthetic of the establishment. The two-level building is shaped like a half moon, where the public areas such as the lobby, restaurant, and bar, and centrally located, while the suites sprawl out on the outer curves of the building.
The space is mainly outfitted with wood, stone, and glass, with the addition of some supremely cool accent pieces; many chosen from local antique shops or hand-crafted by local artisans. A variation of unique mid-century furniture pieces flood the lobby with massive wood ceiling beams that cross overhead and lead to large windows where guests can look out over the lake.
Weinfeld’s sensual design of the suites have a subtle calming effect with their creamy walls, warm wood flooring, and wicker wrapped lighting fixtures. Each suite has a private wood deck that faces the farms an endless rural landscape. Our favorite part of the hotel has to be it’s on site equestrian center with 29 pickets and 230 stalls, giving guests the opportunity to venture into nature on horseback!
Photography By Boa Vista
Over in Lisbon, cool new restaurants seem to be sprouting up in the dozens! Most recently is SushiCafé Avenida, designed by Miguel Saraiva & Associados. The architects explained that “the restaurant transmits a modern and distinguishing concept” with it’s pure white color palette, undulating walls, and innovative lighting strategy. The entrance of the space appears to be small from the street, in order to give people passing a glimpse of the stunning sushi bar. After the sushi bar, the restaurant opens up into a large lounge and dining area where an elevated DJ booth is built into the curved wall, designed to be unobtrusive and discreet. In coordination with the beats that the DJ is throwing down, the walls are back lit with innovative LED technology which allows colorful light to pump through the restaurant along with the tunes!
(Photography: FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura | architectural photography)
You’re heading to the dentist, your nerves kick in bringing you to full sweats in an instant. You barely muster up the gumption to crack open the door when you are greeted with a sweet surprise….your dental office looks like Tenjune! The glittery and glossy black tiles and moody up lighting are reminiscent of the nightclub you were in last night – immediately, your sweats are gone, and you are preparing yourself for a new dental experience. This was the idea behind Luis Pedra Silva‘s most recent project, Clinica T, a new dental office in Lisbon, Portugal. The space is separated into two sides – the waiting area, and the medical area. The waiting area has dark stone flooring, small glossy black tiles, and modern furniture. While the medical area is stark white with glass partitions and white lights. We love seeing the medical industry taking design more serious. Hats off to the design team at Luis Pedra Silva for re imagining design in this health care environment.
Maybe you have, or maybe you haven’t seen this little family of bubble rooms – but now, after the recent opening of two hotels in France, you can make one of these translucent huts yours for the night! Attrap’Rêves in Bouches-du-Rhone (near Marseille) and Sky River outside of Loir-et-Cher are the two hotels that let you sleep under the stars. The concept came from French designer Pierre Stéphane, who wanted to create a Eco-friendly space, in that once the bubble is folded up, nature remains the intact.
The bubbles are small and cozy, about 13 feet in diameter. Some are fully transparent, while others allow a little more privacy and are half opaque. Now, let’s be straight with one another, if you are looking to be pampered at the Ritz, these bubbles might not be for you. But if you want to live an unforgettable adventurous experience, immersed in nature, get to France! Who knows, you might wake up from that alarming dream with a bear staring you straight in the face….lets just all cross our fingers that this plastic bubble withstands bear claws.
As hotels on the Eastern Coast of Mauritius are building up, nothing quite fits the atmosphere, amenities, and aesthetics of the new Long Beach Hotel. The credit of the stunning look of the lodge goes to Keith Interior Design, a seasoned vet when it comes to hospitality design, with the help of their partners at M2K Architecture.
The hotel lobby is massive in size, with ceiling heights reaching nearly 27 feet high! Tall wooden blinds open up, which allows for an abundant amount of fresh air to roll through the arriving space. The entrance even has a honed wood bridge with a matching door that opens and doubles as an awning. Be sure to spread out with your luggage upon arrival in the elongated lobby and enjoy the six-foot custom metal and gem light fixtures that dangle from the ceiling.
The arrangement of the 255 room hotel is designed on a crescent, so each room has a full view of the ocean! The chic contemporary designs of the rooms blend together open-air and indoor living as woods, whites, corals, and green tones are used to create a refreshing, easy-on-the-eye suite; a place easy to relax. The Long Beach Hotel is truly a one of a kind breathtaking luxury resort that you must see for yourself!
Each public space has its own styling and mood; the different languages were created by using different pieces of furniture. The teen center is modern and chic with bubble chairs, and minimalistic design elements. Dining in the family restaurant is like snacking on a rustic beach, while the fine-dining restaurant goes for a warm contemporary feel.
Although each public space is designed to give a unique experience, the architect noted that they “kept a strong link between the different areas by using dominant neutral tones, natural stones, raw timber and crisply finished aluminum.”
The design of the Long Beach Hotel is what makes it a successful luxury resort-meets-family vacations type property, but it’s the inviting architecture and refreshing vibe of the lobby that ‘had us at hello.’ Oh – and let’s not forget to mention the infinity pool over looking the white sanded beach, but I don’t think we need to explain the awesome factor in that!
(Photographs: Sun Resort Hotels)
As the old saying goes: out with the old, and in with the new. What was once Manhattan’s Hotel Thirty Thirty, in Midtown, is now the home of the savvy and stylish LOLA Hotel. A multi-million dollar renovation has been orchestrated by Highgate Hotel, with the design help of famed photographer Matthew Rolston. We caught up with Rolston in Hollywood last spring for a walk through of his newest hotel of the time, The Redbury. Rolston expressed his desire to make his designs “appeal to a young, creative crowd and for the design experience to feel ‘theatrical’, a little bit like actually being in one of my photographs or music videos.”
While constructing the design, Rolston worked closely with Highgate’s go-to designer Susan Jaques. Conceptually, Jaques “embraces a design aesthetic that is inspired by old Hollywood glamour and iconic femme fatales,” an idea which manifests itself into the sultry and moody design of the Lobby, which she spearheaded.
The property, originally built in 1903, carried a unique history. ” A respectable women’s residence, the property known as the Martha Washington played host to screen starlets Louise Brooks and Veronica Lake among other fashion forward women ahead of their time, each eager to take Manhattan by storm. The property’s unique history informed the redesign of LOLA.”
“My vision for the hotel lobby marries its storied history with a glamorous design aesthetic evocative of the modern day femme fatale,” expressed designer Susan Jaques. “LOLA, a playful and provocative character that I created to embody the property’s personality, served as inspiration for the redesign that Matthew and I worked together to achieve.”
Employing a bold amethyst color palette with smoky charcoal hues, eye-catching fabrics and strong, statement pieces, Jaques designed the captivating lobby lounge appointed with one-of-a-kind velvet-mohair chairs, leather half-moon shaped sofas and an oversized marble topped coffee table. Renowned for his innovative use of light, Rolston chose a striking Jason Miller chandelier for the hotel’s vestibule and created a spectacular “Icon” chandelier installation for the lobby lounge using over eighty individual Tom Dixon globe fixtures.
(Photographs: Courtesy of Hotel Lola)
Looking part shipwreck and part Robinson Crusoe beach shack the Bar Bouni is awash in driftwood and warm sandy hues. Crafted by K-Studio, the relaxed, salt-stained bar sits in Costa Navarino, Greece with the azure sea lapping up mere feet away a backdrop. The restaurant is situated on an elevated wooden platform, allowing for waves to break underneath it (swoon!) Huge wood columns jut out like the mast of a ship, suspended awnings retract like sails and light fixtures reflect a woven lattice of rope and wood, suspended like oversized baskets. Bar Bouni is the perfect mix of naturally occurring elements that mesh harmoniously into the landscape, creating an ideal retreat.
(Photography: Yiorgos Kordakis)
Who’d have thought that the inspiration for the color palette of The Saguaro hotel in Scottsdale was prompted by the local indigenous wildflowers?! The bold fuchsia that graces the outdoor fire pit is nestled between two tangerine loungers that provide the perfect citrus hues to set the stage for some bronzing. Architects Stamberg Aferiat are famous for their bold use of color in architecture and their concepts about color theory in design. Scottsdale also influenced the furniture choices for the interior of the hotel, which features traditional designs with Latin/Southwestern influences juxtaposed with simple pieces. The colorful destination was developed by Sydell, the same group who owns the ACE Palm Springs and New York and are who famous for creating interesting cross-pollinations of collaborators. The Saguaro definitely follows suit.
(Images Courtesy: The Saguro)
Is it just us, or can wine connoisseurs be a little, what’s the word, …snooty? With the smelling of the cork, the swirling of the glass and the examining of the “legs,” it can all be a bit much. Well, instead of heading to your nearest convenience store for a box of vino, check out Studio Sklim’s Wine Bistro. There’s not a dash of pretentiousness in the space, but rather it’s carefully curated with approachably modern and minimalistic elements from concrete screed flooring, to exposed ceiling vents and industrial touches. Wine Bistro sits in Singapore’s Business District, Marina Square, and boasts a wine cellar as well as French/Italian bistro cusine. The vision is fresh, the atmosphere comfortably sophisticated, and the prices affordable. Perhaps it’s time to say sayonara to Trader Joe’s “two buck chuck?!”
(Photography: Jeremy San Courtesy of Studio Sklim)
Nestled into the Santorini mountainside, along the main thoroughfare of central Oia, sits Katikies Hotel. The luxury boutique hotel, which has been one of the hottest places to vacation in the village, has recently been renovated. The new contemporary decor mixed with the preserved Aegean architecture gives Katikie visitors the best of both worlds. The hotel blends fantastical landscape with endless stairs and a jaw dropping infinity pool which is tucked into the white mountain. Stark-white rooms arranged from hulled-caves nestled in the mountainside become the quintessential place for relaxation and escape! Furnishings in the suites mix local antiques with updated beds and loungers upholstered in bright stripes and bold colors. Many of the suites have Jacuzzi tubs, huge living rooms, and dining rooms for entertaining small parties. Curious hotel residents eventually find their way to the hotel’s in-house library and candlelit restaurant with cozy balcony home to evening dinners and breath taking views!
(Images By: Katikies Hotels)
Fasano’s first foray outside of his native Brazil comes in the form of an exotic, picturesque escape nestled into the countryside of Punta del Este, Uruguay. Fasano Las Piedras has become a destination for Brazilian celebs and supermodels and boasts a polo field, private villas, and a beach club among other amenities. Expedia.com.br has many wonderful deals on this hotel and others like it!
Set inland among a rural landscape dotted with pine trees, grassy dunes and fleeting ocean views, the luxury hotel is a marriage of country and sea. Designed by Isay Weinfeld the lobby features huge slabs of exposed granite and reclaimed ceiling beams set against a backdrop of modern mission style décor and lux Italian furnishings. The twenty bungalows and twelve suites offer a calming, neutral palette of earth tone walls, wood paneling and supple, leather touches. It’s the perfect oasis for a chic, active crowd that fancies melding sport with glamour. They’ve got their pick from polo grounds, horizon pool, spa, equestrian center and boathouse. What’s not to like?
(Photography Credits: FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura)
The most striking feature when entering the Numero Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil has to be the façade. Stretching two floors is a patchwork of numbers composed from what looks like old letterpress printing blocks. The hodgepodge of letters brings us back to a bygone time before the digital age, echoing an era of hand set type and giving viewers a tangibly palpable experience. Isay Weinfeld designed the tropical oasis that was built on an extremely narrow and long strip of land and dotted it with recessed mirrors, sunken, chestnut brown banquettes, and protruding, angular light fixtures. Expansive windows let the lush tropical flora to creep into the space, providing Numero a rich backdrop of greenery and the perfect place to knock back a caipirinha!
Purple has always been a haut color, originally associated with royalty and nobility when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elite classes. House Of Purple continues the tradition, providing a lavish home-away-from home in Seoul’s affluent gangnam-gu neighborhood for the purple card holders of South Korea’s leading credit card company, Hyundai Card.
Designed by …staat, an international creative agency based in Amsterdam, the exclusive space breathes elegance and luxury, while simultaneously maintaining an intentionally homey vibe. “Everything in House of the Purple is personally curated. Every object is a work of art. Designed to evoke the senses. Stimulate the curious mind. And instill a sense of taste. Discerning taste. Because less is more.”
The shell of the spacious 300 sqm hotel is a minimalistic concrete structure, the perfect backdrop for a lavish interior. Pull back the plush velour curtains at the entrance of the ‘members only’ hotel and you’ll be greeted by glossy, black, wood floors and an expansive living room dotted with vintage furniture pieces and chic antique trophies that leads out to a secluded terrace with a lush vertical garden. We have to admit, we’re green purple with envy.
(Images Provided by House Of Purple)