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contents 15 Editorial
16 Laguna House by Shiny Bones
26 20 Linksway, Northwood, UK by Henley Homes
A UNIQUE DESIGN REQUIRES A UNIQUE APPROACH
34 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida by Meyer Davis
HOTELS | RESTAURANTS | YACHTS | AVIATION | RESIDENTIAL
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contents 52 Moondance, Sandbanks, Poole by David James Architects & Associates Ltd
60 Oxfordshire Master Bathroom, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom by Interior Desires
72 Hotel Awards News
76 Park Hyatt Cap Vermell, Mallorca, Spain by DSA Architects International
84 The Little Boltons, Chelsea, London by WOOLF Interior Architecture & Design
92 Caledon Cottage Renovation, Ontario Canada by Jennifer Brouwer Design
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A Passion for Excellence
In this issue we take a look at a variety of projects from around the world and also give you a sneak preview of some of the projects shortlisted for The International Hotel and Property Awards which will take place later this year. As always, the scope of design is broad and eclectic, reflecting differences in culture, climate and geographical location. For me hotel design is so much more than deciding upon the destination for your next holiday, or Monday morning day dreaming of warmer climates. Hotel design can inspire and excite us, in the same way in which travel in
broad and general terms does. Voting for The International Hotel & Property Awards 2016 opens on 17 August 2016 and as always the choice is yours, our very democratic process allows, you as design professional to view, vote and select you favourite scheme. Our focus reaches further than simply hotel schemes this month with a mix of eclectic projects, many of which have been shortlisted for this yearâ€™s International Design & Architecture Award . Is it really almost that time of year already? Before we can blink the school holidays will be over and we will be into the all important month of September, at least in the design world that is .For now, letâ€™s enjoy the summer, September can wait. Until next month Joanne
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Inspired by the movement of the ocean and the sensory pallet of the beach Laguna House by Shiny Bones
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Myca Loar was born to design. Her career began in the fashion industry, where she started working with Steve Madden in New York City. During this time, her fascination with design grew, probably feulled during her dilligent yearly visits to New York Fashion Week. When she returned to her hometown, of Denver, she began to pursue her life long infatuation with Interior Design: it was then that Shiny Bones was created. Myca explains, “I founded Shiny Bones to be an expressionistic form of design for the client and myself. I strive to make each creation a unique perspective” with design intruiging and modernistic, they appeal to forward thinking people, with creative souls. Laguna House, is the creation of interior designer Myca Loar of Shiny Bones and architect Mark Abel. It’s located on the west coast’s romantic Laguna Beach, California, is styled as a permanently docked worldclass yacht, even though it’s perched on dry land, on the edge of the majesty and overwhelming power of a cliff.
“ Aloof tones and deep texture are evocative of the sand and cliffs, welcoming the inhabitants into an intimate relationship with nature. ”
Laguna Beach is known for its mild yearround climate, scenic beaches, coves, artist community and the dedicated greenbelt and protected blue-belt that surround this historic village. With incomparable views and the soothing tranquillity of crashing waves, the beachfront property offers unmatched relaxation for both the mind and body. Located on Circle Drive, it remarkably has the best views within a quiet, luxury seaside enclave. A contemporary residence, it has four bedrooms and six bathrooms, all sitting above a sea cave with the cantilevered decks floating out from the bluff face 60 degrees above the beach below. Myca is inspired by the movement of the ocean and the sensory pallet of the beach; the interior design here reflects this. Organic textures, reflective surfaces and sleek lines inform the interior design of this three story home built on a precipice. The home transparently blends jagged and smooth lines drawn from the coast and is highlighted with beguiling and sensible innovations for modern living. On each of the three stories, the coastal side is lined with vanishing glass doors, manifesting as hanging panes that erase the traditional boundary between home and the elements. The open and airy nature of the estate, reflecting the sublime nature of the coast, is set off by globally sourced lighting that is the jewellery of the home, in addition to the pneumatic glass elevator connecting the different levels of the house, a reading room and a media room. State of the art 3D
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structural modelling was used to design a three level steel frame with cantilevered beams allowing full width views at all three levels. On each of these three stories, the coastal side is lined with a 33’ frameless glass door system which slides and stacks magnetically - vanishing glass doors, manifesting as hanging panes that erase the traditional boundary between home and the elements, providing epic 180 degree crystal clears water and Santa Catalina Island views. Design features such as the pivot front door, the beaded faucet in powder bath, the monolithic master sinks and tub (that fills from the ceiling and has an exterior slope to sit against to enjoy the view), the doors that extend in and out seamlessly, the floating ceilings, the wall treatments, the exposed concrete staircase, all combine to create a living space of luxury and harmony in keeping with one of nature’s gems, the beach. The contemporary furniture caresses the decor, offering comfort at the cost of minimal visual intrusion. Aloof tones and deep texture are evocative of the sand and cliffs, welcoming the inhabitants into an intimate relationship with nature. The natural finishes include marble, onyx, recycled glass, finished with unfinished concrete, polished stone, rustic wood, tile, walnut, steel, pine. Comfort and softness are not compromised, and creativity is personified in this opulent progressive home in Laguna Beach, an artist community that values the preservation of nature as much as the enjoyment of it. This home features state-of- the-art smart house technology with heating, lighting, security cameras, music, irrigation and window blinds all controlled on Ipad or remotely by smart phone. Interior Design has been a lifelong infatuation of interior designer Myca. Shiny Bones has built a presence on the beach, the desert, the suburbs, the mountains and in the city. She is inspired by nature’s texture and movement and aspires to emulate many cultural viewpoints in her work, incorporating her extensive travel experiences. Her work is specific and authentic to the space it inhabits and she celebrates the quirky nuances of each challenge, whilst creating balance, drama and intrigue with unparalleled functionality. Myca loves searching for once in a lifetime experiences across the globe. She believes, “travel and new experiences are a path to inspiration in my design.” This is definitley evident in Laguna House.
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Tranquil views out over sedum roofs: a ‘once in a lifetime’ home 20 Linksway, Northwood, UK by Henley Homes
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Since 1999, Henley Homes has earned a reputation for being efficient, progressive and design-led in the ranks of property development companies. They have steadfastly created outstanding and awardwinning homes, in and around London. Attention to quality and detail, as well as a focused approach to customer care, have become synonymous with this now household name in the world of property development. Abilities to innovate, again and again, have driven the company forward. Henley Homes pays utmost attention to detail and design, culminating in aspirational, multi award-winning homes, that never venture into self-indulgence, but maintain a level of balanced control in their luxury. The company features their own construction branch and an in-house architectural practice in their efforts to have complete control over every aspect of quality, design and delivery.
“ An aspirational home truly reflecting the soul of Henley, this stunning new build incorporates 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms home over 4 floors. Ultra modern, it features a gym, spa and pool as well as an entertainment room with a 6ft bar and beautiful living and dining spaces. ”
On this project, Henley worked with interior designer Kristina Prokšová of KP Interiors and architect Mark Wilmott of MRP Developments to create a streamlined modern home, permeated with calm. An aspirational home truly reflecting the soul of Henley, this stunning new build incorporates 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms home over 4 floors. Ultra modern, it features a gym, spa and pool as well as an entertainment room with a 6ft bar and beautiful living and dining spaces. It represents over 10 million pounds invested in modernity and luxury. The brief was to create a ‘once-in-alifetime’ home for the owners, who loved the location but needed a residence with more entertainment and living space. The original detached dwelling was taken down and an extensive basement was created to house the pool, gym, spa, games room and entertainment space, as well as the practicalities of associated technology. On the ground floor, an ambience of zen-like calm was sought by invoking minimalist styling that wouldn’t detract, from the welcome feeling of home. Therefore, alongside double-height spaces, full-height frameless glazing and striking modern lighting there is thoughtful planning of relaxation zones and cooking and dining areas. Here, the owners can live and work comfortably, fully inhabiting the space as a family, but can also throw open the doors and entertain on a grand scale. The flow of these spaces into one cohesive responsive area is to be remarked upon. The owners quest for lavish comfort, privacy and relaxation has been completed in spectacular style and functionality, informed by design elements from some of the best international boutique hotels.
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On the upper floors, generous bedrooms lead onto spacious and well-appointed bathroom suites. Tranquil views out over sedum roofs draw the eye towards an unmissable focal point: a 6 foot marble Buddha amidst landscaped gardens, exuding calm serenity over the whole scene. Relaxing in this space, it’s possibly to believe these surroundings are of some far off distant retreat, rather than the UK. Under the gaze of these calming guardians, the outdoor areas become meditative, thoughtful, as well as being so visually stunning that they practically beg for an audience to entertain. The entire colour palette features muted greys, lilacs and whites throughout the residence, giving the overall scheme a fluid continuity. This has a cooling effect on the interior, whereas the outside seems to simultaneously absorb and exude light. While muted, it maintains a richness, pointed with warm metallics and flashes of bold colour against the restrained modern shades and neutrals. Natural and industrial textures incite glamour with an exciting edge. Opengrained wood, polished concrete-style wall treatments, steel, glass and white walls - and everywhere the light floods in. On the first floor landing, a barely-there glass bannister divides the room and reflects the illuminated handrail opposite. The straight lines draw the eye down the landing, to a further minimalist staircase and huge bright windows. The spherical pendant chandeliers coupled with beams of warm light in every corner bring an atmosphere positive opulence. A key aspect of this project was the requirement for the house to be flexible, for its spaces to look beautiful and work perfectly for small or large groups, inside or out, day or night. This has been achieved by very careful space planning and enhanced by expanses of glazing and clever lighting. For example, the ground floor dining and relaxation space seamlessly connects to the gorgeous gardens, within which seating areas, pavilions and stairways are beautifully lit at night, enticing out and down to the bar, where the pool table and luxe seating areas beckon. Then, after the gregarious public spaces, the calm and peaceful bedrooms allow one to end the day in the lap of luxury. 20 Linksway is an exemplary modern design which is just waiting to become a delightful home for the modern London family. It could be considered that the design works so well as a result of a crystal clear brief followed by close involvement and cohesion of the architects and interior designers with the construction team. This holistic approach has enabled Henley Homes to achieve a truly original and beautiful home for its owners.
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Respecting and Celebrating Nature 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida by Meyer Davis
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Meyer Davis designs seamless physical experiences tailored to their client’s individuality, combining principles of great design with a clear vision for the experience they seek to create. The designers consider each new project an opportunity to bring a unique and powerful story to life. Playing with space, form, texture and light, they develop a visual experience that seeks to compel and inspire. They believe that great design works on multiple levels, weaving together bold design moves and striking details to ensure that once completed, each project makes an immediate and lasting impact. Occupying an entire city block on Collins Avenue from 23rd to 24th streets, 1 Hotel South Beach Miami sits directly on 600 feet of pristine beachfront.
“ Throughout the 426-room hotel, the celebration of elemental nature is evident, from the graceful twist of driftwood furnishings to the ever-present song of the ocean and the abundance of living, natural material that permeates the surrounding area. ”
The property offers unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Miami’s natural paradise Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami’s everexpanding skyline. Throughout the 426-room hotel, the celebration of elemental nature is evident, from the graceful twist of driftwood furnishings to the ever-present song of the ocean and the abundance of living, natural material that permeates the surrounding area. In a celebration of nature and the locales surrounding the properties, and indeed a respect for the conservation of it, this hotel brings the outside into the heart of the indoors. Living greenery breathes within the hotel throughout guest areas, from the instant they approach until the moment they enter their room. Guests are welcomed with 3,000 feet of living wall wrapped around its exterior, featuring 11,000 local tropical plant varieties. Playful natural art pieces such as interactive hanging terrariums also adorn the space. Materials for construction and furnishings are regional, reclaimed, or repurposed whenever possible, making this project literally a ‘green’ success. The designers even saved Colorado Beetle Kill pine to create headboards and Ipe wood from the property’s original boardwalk to cover the redesigned pool deck. The new property was designed from existing buildings that were overhauled to adhere to the brand’s standards for less energy consumption and more conservation. Every aspect has been updated, such as the
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installing state-of-the-art energy efficient heating and cooling systems, motion sensors and using LED illumination to reduce electrical demands and heat build-up from lighting. Low V.O.C. paints, adhesives, sealants and finishes were used and Triple Clear Water filters where installed in all taps, sinks and showers, while low-flow plumbing fixtures conserve water. The interior design team’s approach to selecting materials was one of the most important aspects of design. Each decision aimed to use materials in the most honest and natural way. Concrete looks and feels like concrete; wood looks and feels like wood; steel looks and feels like steel. These materials are carefully combined and thoughtfully contrasted through texture and color. The cooperation and tension found in material relations reflect how they are experienced in the natural world. Reflecting this narrative throughout the hotel creates an immediate and lasting impact. The environment of 1 Hotel South Beach is casual, easy, and warm. Immersion is instant: while it is an environment that is entirely new, it feels incredibly familiar and palatable. Earthy qualities in building materials are heightened, sharpened, and exaggerated to draw attention to them. For sustainability as well as a desired look and feel, finishes aren’t perfectly finished, finely sanded, or precisely mitered. Material decisions were made that preserved the scale of the existing space. The design team took time to determine which materials were appropriate to use at what dimension to strike the perfect balance architecturally. Each venue within the hotel is punctuated: from the reception’s modern jungle, to a beautiful jewel-like coral stone lobby bar, to an installation of unique woven vessels in a public seating area. Designed to every inch, this property was a labour of love from all angles, and a groundbreaking accomplishment in luxury hospitality. The property features four swimming pools, three outlets from James Beard, awardwinning chef Tom Colicchio, who made his Miami debut here, 57 cabanas and daybeds, an 18,000 square foot spa, wellness and fitness center, and over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.
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5 Minutes with Laura Marino Company Position within Company Website Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I studied Communication Design which is, in a nutshell, being traditionally trained in the arts, and then learning to apply the ideas and design knowledge to a strategic, marketing frame of mind. After college, worked freelance as an illustrator for local papers and magazines along side graphic design for many small companies. I got my first real “professional” job at a subsidiary for Grey Advertising then started Alchemi after 6 and a half years in the corporate world. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Ever changing. I feel that if you put in what you truly love, it will work no matter the context and will be always be timeless. I think I’m both bold and subtle with a strong emphasis on craftsmanship and details. I like strong forms, pattern, texture and colour, but heavily and thoughtfully edited. On a small scale it looks busy but step back a bit and it’s surprising how uncluttered and harmonious the design concepts are. I love a home to feel like a home. Where does your design inspiration come from? My family. My father’s family are so creative with innate good taste. My Aunt Patti would create stained glass mirrors, wood carved ornaments, papier mache lamps and other decorative items that are beautiful and that I still have now. My mother was always so creative growing up. We used to bake, she sewed and did amazing craft projects for every holiday! She always included me as her helper. As a result I always had a creative outlet from a very young age. She instilled everything I know and believe about what it means to pay attention to detail. She is painstaking in her diligence and thoroughness. She used to say, “If you’re going to do something, do it right.” I’ve yet to meet anyone as exacting. She puts most people to shame and she’s one of the most humble people I know. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Craftsmanship, colour, playing with pattern, mixing metals. I think the recession had a huge influence on what people are looking for now. People are looking for places that feel more like homes: more tangible, less overtly bling, less bland, more unique. Real estate is so expensive and the world is a much smaller and more fickle place, so places that stand out and make a person feel at home but which also has a voice of its own amongst the masses are highly coveted. Name a key theme to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond. Buy and invest in what resonates with you. Don’t be bothered by trends. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? I’m not sure I have advice, who am I to say what is and
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Alchemi Group Co-founder and Creative Director alchemigroup.com isn’t right? Trust your gut. Your intuition knows. When I don’t trust an idea, I’m very hard on myself because I know better. When you know better you do better. From a technical perspective, proportion and curation are extremely important factors in a room and good design stems from those basic concepts. What projects are you currently working on? Three show homes—one townhouse in our Leinster Square project, one apartment in our 55 Victoria Street project and I am finishing up another apartment in our Westbourne House project. We’re also going to be launching a separate design studio as a subsidiary to Alchemi: Studio L. Plus, the creation of our current developments in 5 Strand and in Nine Elms and a few others in Victoria. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To launch the new studio, sell our homes, create a cohesive, collaborative studio with a unique approach and improve upon our body of work. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself: Your most treasured possession? A 1950’s wind-up musical dancing Santa from my childhood that endlessly fascinated me growing up. Your favourite holiday destination? Oia in Santorini and Anguilla Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar? Hotel – for service Las Ventanas in Mexico and décor, The Greenwich Hotel in NYC, for everything – Gramercy Tavern in NYC and Bob Bob Ricard in London which makes me happy and feel indulgent. Bar – The Blind Pig in London, The Ear Inn in NYC Your favourite book / film / song? Book – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Use Me by Elissa Schappell Film – Children of Men, Donnie Darko and Dazed and Confused come to mind immediately. Song – There are too many!! 5 Years by Bowie, Woman by John Lennon and recently the Janet Jackson cover by Natalie Prass “Any time, Any place” Your favourite food and drink? Toss up between Pizza and french fries. Drink is a Hendricks and Tonic with cucumber. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Reading or being with good friends and family having a laugh. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I always wanted to be a rock star but if that didn’t pan out, a psychologist.
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Encapsulating the Flow of Time in the Heart of London Kenure House, Holland Park, London by Echlin
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“ Unique, this house now stands as a private pocket of tranquility, where history and the modern day meld seemlessly. ”
Echlin was founded by Sam McNally and Mark O’Callaghan in 2011. Today, the Echlin collective encompasses forward-thinking architecture, interior design, marketing and branding. It is paramount to stay ahead of lifestyle and market trends for success in the design world. This is also integral to Echlin’s process. Members of Echlin come from backgrounds in bespoke furnishings and design, property, development and global luxury fashion, Echlin was founded with an embedded understanding of cost, quality and design. They were also the first developer and architectural practice to be awarded membership to Walpole British Luxury. This development was originally three buildings: a large Victorian London residence and, directly behind it, a quaint pair of mews buildings. After receiving Echlin’s attentions, the house as it is now has retained the two original entrances: these are now a formal entry on the Victorian side, the Princedale Road entrance, and a private family access on Pottery Lane, at what is now the back of the house. Unique, this house now stands as a private pocket of tranquility, where history and the modern day meld seemlessly. At the start of this project, the charming Victorian Princedale Road elevation had fallen into a state of disrepair, and restoring it was of the utmost importance to the Echlin design team. On the Pottery Lane side, however, the two mews buildings were of entirely poor architectural quality. This provided an opportunity for the team to recreate the space, within the varied streetscape of mixed styles surrounding it. Drawing on the flow and contrast of various windows and rooflines along the street, Echlin developed a collection of facades for this property that each tell something a little different about the buildings history; like the Roman god Janus, one face looks to the future, one looks into the past. From the outside, the truly extensive proportions of the home are hidden, entwining the property with an intriguing essence of mystery. The brief for the project was set by Echlin’s development and design teams, drawing off experience designing for private clients. As the house sits in between the grand villas of Holland Park and the colourful townhouses of Notting Hill, it was felt it would most likely attract a resident sympathetic to the area’s culture and the history of the site. So, the house would need to blend the classic with the contemporary, with vibrance. The terraced section was connected to the mews element using a glazed link, and the two mews were rebuilt as one.
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Mark O’Callaghan, co-founder and business development director of Echlin said: “The project was actually a development, but the Echlin portfolio of residences includes development projects as well as commissions for private clients and corporate entities, including joint venture partnerships. One of the most challenging parts of the brief was undoubtedly the unification of the three original properties. They had been linked together by the previous owners, but very crudely and only through a small corridor on the ground floor.” Becoming known for their inventive attitude in architecture, Echlin saw this as an opportunity to create one generous family home that would bring the character of a traditional townhouse to the space and proportions of a contemporary new build. “In the Holland Park area, where the residence is located, the kind of lateral and open plan areas that Kenure House offers are only usually found in the grand villas around the park itself which command a significant premium,” Mark explains, “Eventually, we were awarded planning permission to restore the historic frontage, and redesign and rebuild everything behind. The final element of this challenge was tying the new dwelling (traditional and contemporary) together with a delicate interior design strategy that enhanced and balanced the juxtaposing architecture.” To accomplish this, Echlin have been wise to contemplate the eventual resident: How will they will enjoy the space? Ultimately, a thoughtful dwelling was created, sensitive to the mix of past and present, with the aim of enhancing the living experience from every angle. At the heart of the property resides a glazed link, joining the Mews to the Victorian house; a link through time. Around this, there is a courtyard with a lightwell and a two storey self-irrigating Living Wall, flooding the home with greenery, natural light and clean air, while also giving the home some much needed private and introspective space, desirable in any central London home. This element just happens to be Mark’s favourite aspect of the project. He explains: “Bringing as much greenery and light into our homes is an important element of our design ethos, particularly in our urban homes. We work hard on creating designs that genuinely enhance the areas in which they are located and improve the wellbeing of residents.” More exterior space comes from two further (and much sought after) roof terraces. One of these leads directly from an elegant reception on the first floor of the Princedale Road side. This reception spans the entire footprint of the rebuilt mews houses; a generous entertaining space. Dressed in shades of
ivory, green and burgundy, it features bespoke Echlin furniture alongside antiques and design classics. There is a bronze staircase, crafted in Britain with a slatted balustrade to allow light to filter through, leading to the roof terrace. Throughout the home there are flourishes of fun and technology: the black polished plaster bathroom, the hidden pull-out bar in the drawing room, and the sophisticated smart home system, which all take inspiration from the Victorian era’s ability to innovate and amuse. Where previously the three original buildings were only linked on the ground floor, the new house is connected across all three key levels. A broken-plan layout, allows a series of private and open zones. The effect is a residence that feels generous but comfortable, suitable for the 21st century, which can grow with a family or adapt to changing lifestyles. From Princedale Road, there is a formal reception space for receiving guests. A bespoke wooden composition houses a cloak cupboard, a slimline ribbon fire and a service riser. Following this is a generous dining space with direct connection out to the courtyard. At the rear is a large bespoke kitchen, finished in a rich grey oak with contrasting light oak breakfast table. Countertops are specified with a practical matt stone to complement the finish of the oversized porcelain floor tiles. There is direct access from the kitchen to a secure garage. On the traditional side of the house, there are two classically styled bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom suite is accessed via private stairs with a bespoke pivot door, elevating it above the rest of the home, giving at a status of majesty and seclusion. Dressed in rich tones in keeping with the period architectural style, the room feels suitably grand. A marble shower room and rosewood dressing room with bronze detailing are also situated on this floor. Above this, a completely private roof terrace and its own enclosed sky bath reclines beneath the heavens, with minimal framed glazing, allowing light to flood in and protected views out. The new lower ground floor was created with generous 2.8 metre ceiling heights to enhance the feeling of space. Flooded with natural light from two lightwells, this level houses a media room, study, games area, utility room and two bedroom suites. The home features a state of the art home automation and an air conditioning system, teamed with a natural ventilation strategy to ensure fresh air circulation. Finally, there is an advanced security system in place including CCTV and police monitoring.
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Positivity and Light Moondance, Sandbanks, Poole by David James Architects & Associates Ltd
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David James Architects & Associates are a premier design led architectural practice in Poole, Dorset, on the south coast of England. An award winning practice with experience in both contemporary and traditional styles, their projects cover a wide range of disciplines. Their extensive portfolio includes private houses, conversions and refurbishments, large apartment blocks and commercial developments, as well as alterations to Grade 1 & 2 listed buildings. An interior design team brimming with artistic expertise also offer their services. They are prided on their ability to achieve thoughtful, bespoke design solutions for each individual project, which while are built to surpass ideas of luxury, also facilitate practicality. They work with clients across the South of England, including national and local developers, housing authorities and private clients.
“ The picture perfect location is too sumptuous to be left outside, therefore the apartment is structured to blur the lines between interior and exterior, with indulgent use of glass in the ceiling and ceiling to floor windows. ”
The Moondance apartments swell with positivity and light, providing an exceptional living experience. Architecture and styling that manages to remain chicly subtle while pushing boundaries, creates opulent interiors which offer widescreen, high definition views of all the beauty of Poole. The picture perfect location is too sumptuous to be left outside, therefore the apartment is structured to blur the lines between interior and exterior, with indulgent use of glass in the ceiling and ceiling to floor windows. In this way, the expanse of sea and the stunningly picturesque harbour becomes a focal point of the entire project. Terraces facilitate the outdoor experience and oversized sliding glass doors open to provide further flow between the interior and exterior spaces. The design brief was to create a distinctive residential living environment within an apartment block. Internally, the apartments were to encompass feelings of an individual home; a bespoke house with an entirely personal ambience. Indeed, the external fabric of the building was specifically designed to represent a large house rather a traditional apartment block. In the penthouse, frameless glass feature walls are utilized internally, linking the double height space over the dining room. Each apartment has transcendent panoramic views over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island, the design embracing all available natural light and maximizing visuals across the water.
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In incorporating so much glass, the design team had the challenge of ensuring the apartments stayed comfortably warm and maintained a safe feeling of shelter. One of their solutions was to incorporate intelligent lighting, and audio/visual and thermostatic control in every room. Photovoltaic panels featured within the building reduce energy costs, making this address an environmentally and financially conscious one to live at. This, combined with high thermal performance and excellent insulation provides a comfortable, economical living environment. Moondance provides a bespoke, luxury environment, expertly designed for modern living in this beautiful, unique location. A kitchen with every amenity wished for beckons the attention of chefs and culinary masterminds, as well as fun, messy homebaking, with a pristine, white, wipe clean kitchen island. The kitchen opens up to a spacious dining area and lounge. Again, aquamarine views colour every visage. A large terrace is accessible via wide sliding glass doors at the edge of this space, which overlooks a manicured garden and idyllic houses along side private piers beyond. The perfect place to relax with a book, or let inspiration seep into the soul. By night, this terrace is bordered by ethereal glowing night-lights set into the beds of neatly pruned evergreens, which add softness to the very structured outside spaces surrounding the apartments. Representing David James Architects and Associates, Nina August said: “My favourite aspect of Moondance is the uniqueness of each apartment set within a sculpturally formed building envelope. The subtle design is set within the plot whilst making the most of the setting, orientation and views, all within a dynamic three-dimensional form.” “In an industry where it is often the developer who receives the accolades for a completed project, it is wonderful to have awards [ID&A Awards] where the individual or company that conceived and developed the design is recognised.” David James Architects and Associates achieved success in the International Design and Architecture Awards in 2014 and again in 2015. Moondance is their latest in a long line of acclaimed and celebrated achievements in design.
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A bathroom oasis within a neo-classical home Oxfordshire Master Bathroom, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom by Interior Desires
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Rebecca James has won numerous awards for her work, is a Member of the British Institute of Interior Design and a BIID Registered Interior Designer®. Listing these achievements, which are just the tip of the iceberg, Rebecca is what one would describe as a woman of many talents. This even extends to her foray as a ballerina and a decade long career as a globe trotting fashion model. But it was after enrolling at the prestigious Chelsea School of Art in London that she reinvented herself as an Interior designer. One of her childhood dreams, her interest in interior design started in her dormitory at the Elmhurst Ballet School, where she would reimagine and rearrange her surroundings. Rebecca is also a great admirer of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and she often paints in her spare time.
“ Redesigning this neo-classical Oxfordshire house meant upgrading the existing space and injecting luscious luxury in large amounts. ”
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Rebecca founded Interior Desires and has seen it grown into an award winning, multidisciplinary studio specialising in luxury interior design projects on a global scale. The company has cultivated it’s own holistic approach to design, ensuring that each project is unique and tailor made to fit their client’s desires and needs.
It was decided that Italian lilac marble slabs were perfect. The designers introduced panelled frames and adjacent shelve walls to give the room some depth and character. Alongside this, it was made sure all that the marble in the bathroom was book-matched-a challenging task taking into account the frames. The overall affect of this is that the wall feel largely 3 dimensional. As the marble is very bold and masculine, the rest of the elements in the room are balanced in simple, slightly more feminine styling. To bring a traditional element to the room as an ode to the country location was also important, therefore a stylised architectural bronze finish elaborates on the elements of traditional style to fit within the theme. This finish brings an understated elegance to the project and compliments the marble with touches of warmth as the light bounces off these juxtaposing surfaces.
Redesigning this neo-classical Oxfordshire house meant upgrading the existing space and injecting luscious luxury in large amounts. The design scheme as it was had been put in place by a developer and the new owners wanted an opulent update.
The vanity units feature a bronzed rack and feet underneath to store towels and toiletries. The lighting pendants over the basin were also designed by Interior Desires, in keeping with a slightly feminine and playful edge. Rebecca explains of the project: “The LED lit shelving units on the adjacent wall were quite challenging to make because of the length and weight of the marble.” Indeed, there were many challenges to overcome for this project: “Above the Catalano wall hung WC is a hidden drawer with a push mechanism for medicine storage out of the reach of young children.” she confides; an ingenious design element, ensuring the space is practical for day to day living as well as indulgently decadent. She continues: “The Sterlingham towel radiator was placed close to the entrance of the walk in shower for practical reasons and we purposely put the shower controls at the entrance of the shower so the clients don’t have to get wet before they turn it on.”
The existing bathroom had all fixtures and furniture running along the perimeter walls, which, given it’s relatively petite dimensions, made the space feel stark and rather soulless. The starting point was to source marble slabs that would complement the aubergine and bordeaux colour scheme, designed for the adjoining master bedroom.
Overall this bathroom showcases the intricate craftsmanship of the marble fabricators and displays the elegance of the design through clever use of space and elegant fixtures. Rebecca surmises: “This project gives recognition to outstanding work in the interior design and architecture industry.”
A meticulous attention to detail is lavished on each project to ensure a unique final outcome that the owners can take pride in. Fashion and art play an important role in each project, leading the work of Interior Desires to often be described as bold and thought provoking. Regardless of the nature of the project, the ultimate goal is to create refined, balanced and harmonious spaces.
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Hotel Awards News Chelsea Suite by Robert Angell Design International The Chelsea Suites are contemporary and luxurious. The palette features soft and surprisingly warm tones of pale blues and comforting yellows. The bedroom can be connected to the lounge by double sliding doors, opening up space and providing continuity between rooms. The bedrooms have stunningly modern and comfortable four poster beds with exquisitely considered grey eucalyptus veneered night stands with low level illumination. The wardrobes have leather lined drawers with shaped glass fronts. Each internal section was been considered to cater exactly for a stylish person’s needs. The lounge is decorated with a curved sofa which wraps around a circular dining table. In the study space, a beautifully crafted desk with an inlaid leather top silently begs for attention. The room exudes elegance and is exquisite in every detail, from the contrast piping on the desk chair, to the stitching on the headboards. There is a real sense of space and luxury within the suites. There are three main areas in the suite lounge where guests can work, rest or play. Large central coffee tables double as the perfect places for casual dining or laptops and briefcases, if the mood for diligent work strikes one in this luxury setting. The bathrooms have large walk-in showers, a Toto experience toilet and double-wash hand basins with enough space each side and on side shelves for guests products.
Secret Bay – Zabuco Honeymoon Villas Spread out over four acres of undulating land on rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the brief given to Fruto Vivas, renowned Venezuelan architect, was to create four individual villas set into an enhanced natural landscape. With privacy as the most important feature of these villas, they were conceived as luxury tree-houses to complement and enhance the surrounding natural environment, and to allow couples to enjoy the benefits of this unique atmosphere while reconnecting with each other and with nature. Inkeeping with the need for the design to grow around its natural surroundings, no heavy equipment was used in construction – everything was done by hand. The suites integrate into the natural landscape to the extent that trees were allowed to grow through balconies and decks. The main accommodation is of solid greenheart construction, raised one storey above ground level and set on a sculptural concrete base to take advantage of the panoramic views and cooling sea breezes. The perimeter enclosures at the upper level can open fully to give a floating sensation without barriers and without boundaries. Each villa has a large integrated balcony which can also be closed off with voile curtains for additional privacy. At ground level is an infinity pool set in a private garden and the area under the superstructure offers shade for play and relaxation.
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Sofitel Tamuda Bay by GM Architects Shortlisted in the Hotel Under 200 Rooms Category, the Sofitel Tamuda Bay is a luxury five star hotel, brimming with cultural references to traditional Moroccan majesty. This hotel is located in M’diq, a town on the northern coast of Morocco about 20 miles east of Tangier and a tourism gem which annually becomes home to more than 100,000 holidaymakers every year. The designers took the cultural references of northern Morocco and reinterpreted them in a contemporary language. These have been integrated into a final design invoking the well known and loved spirit of Tangier. Contrasting strokes of cobalt blue and white battling for influence in many rooms is a modern reminiscence of striking traditional Moroccan decor. GM Architects were in responsible for the Sofitel Tamuda Bay’s architecture and interiors. In this explosion of colourful culture, they have also blurred the boundaries of indoors and outdoors, with a view to creating a genuine experience of well-being for all guests to enjoy. Sky and sea blend into a beautiful palette of blues to offer a once-in-a-lifetime Mediterranean experience. The very essence of the project is the fusion of opposing shores along the Mediterranean: on one side the French Riviera’s world of contemporary art and glamour and on the other, Morocco’s charming traditional crafts and artistic lifestyle. The designers drew inspiration from twentieth century artists whose paintings were highly influenced by their stays in Morocco. The hotel’s internal spaces pay tribute to the influence of these artists in the choice of pigments, the rounded shapes reminiscent of Moroccan crafted objects, and even the blue birds of the Mediterranean Sea. In the hotel’s various spaces vivid colours contrast sharply with the bright white used in the marble chosen by GM Architects’ team. The very essence of the project is based on a subtle mix of modern French art de vivre and traditional Moroccan culture.
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ABOVE: Lanserhof, Lake Tegern by Ingenhoven Architects Nestled in one of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes, the Lanserhof Resort on the Tegernsee in Southern Bavaria offers 70 rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy preventative and regenerative treatments in this health resort. The Lanserhof combines luxury hotel facilities and state-of-the-art medical care under one roof. The architecture of the Lanserhof matches and supports the resorts philosophy of maintaining great health. Outside, the cubic building with clear lines integrates sublimely into the landscape, while internally, the floor plan follows a classic cloister concept, the wings of which surround a green and protected courtyard that offers ample space open to all guests. Large windows open to views of the bathhouse, a nearby golf course and the landscape. Sliding shutters with fine wooden lamellas provide visual privacy and solar shading for the loggias, and create open or semi-opaque spots. Like separate houses, the guest rooms reflect the principle that every guest should have his or her own place of refuge. Natural materials support the therapeutic effect of a stay at the resort and are part of an overall holistic approach towards a healing architecture. The health-promoting architecture symbolises the research ongoing in this building and ensures its compatibility with health goals. All choices were made in accordance with the criteria of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Mainly natural and untreated materials were used in the construction, such as larch from certified sustainable sources for the façades. Wooden surfaces in varying shades warmth create a contemplative ambiance in the treatment and social rooms. The light colours and the elegance of the interiors add to a peaceful and friendly atmosphere.
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RIGHT: Hotel Es Vive by Cochrane Design On Ibiza’s south side is Es Vive, a whitewashed Art Deco inspired 50-bedroom hotel resides. Es Vive is a true landmark of the White Isle: legendary for its style, level of service and fabulous pool parties. Originally built as a private residence in the 1940s, it is now one of the very few listed buildings on the Island. Es Vive’s clients are mainly a mix of fashion folk, designers and the clubs circuit’s high fliers. The owners were keen to offer their guests an experience that was more befitting the hotel’s Art Deco roots and so commissioned Cochrane Design to rework the restaurant and bar. Very little of the previous interior remained, so it was much in need of a complete overhaul. Sean Cochrane, creative director at Cochrane Design, has a reputation for balancing contemporary details with classic style and luxury. On first entering the restaurant, a striking symmetry draws diners toward the monolithic pearlescent bar with the bespoke floor acting as a cat walk through the centre of the room. This stunning floor was created using Ibiza Bianca marble inlaid with veined black marble in an Art Deco inspired pattern. Silver leaf and antiqued mirror elements add provenance to the interior. The chandeliers, hanging lights, mirrors and bar were all designed by Cochrane Design and were imported from Italy and London. Every element down to the studded leather chairs, polished chrome feet, back plates and marble table tops as well as the coved ceiling with the stepped detail cornice, has been carefully considered to inspire the feeling of 1930’s elegance with an Ibizan twist. Every room has been so carefully considered, that it’s difficult not to feel at home. Hotel Es Vive presents contemporary Art Deco which seamlessly reflects the Ibizan style. It is the epitome of timeless style, sophistication and luxury.
Al Hamidieh Restaurant by 4SPACE Interior Design Al Hamidieh Restaurant is a 4900 Square foot Syrian cuisine restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Dubai. The interior concept originates from Al Hamidieh Souk, the largest bazaar street in the old city of Damascus: the oldest continually inhabited capital in the world. The Design embraces the traditional atmosphere and melds it with a modern ambiance. The esteemed client wished for a space to echo the tactile nature of the old Damascus: alleyways and maze-like streets, full of charm and usualy where intrepid travellers find themselves in misadventure. Metal arches, Jupiter Temple columns and black basalt floors, were utilised to create this looks, as well as traditional exotic colour schemes, Brokar fabric and other rustic materials, encompassing different elements of the streets but with an overall modernity. The Arab-inspired patterned metal sheets used in the arches over the interior space act as an imitation of the original design of the old souk of al Hamidieh. Openings in the arches allow flow through the space and refer to the openings in the original arches that allowed the light to enter the Souk, thus imitating the style in a contemporary and functional way. For the floor finishes, the same black basalt floors were used as that in the ancient Bazaar.
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One & Only Ocean Club by Jeffrey Beers International A private paradise surrounded by turquoise waters, the One & Only Ocean Club consists of an estate that dominates the island. Surrounded by intricately landscaped gardens inspired by those at the Chateau de Versailles, the design is inspired by sublime European elements, along with additions made by Huntington Hartford II, heir to the great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company fortune and after whom the newly designed wing of the resort was named after. Combining classical architecture with romantic colonial elements, and elegant interiors, the new guestrooms renovated in the Hartford wing were developed to create the same sense of glamour, drama and sophistication found in the rest of the resort. which marries classical, romantic colonial architecture with elegant interiors. The new, enlarged rooms are decorated with all the colours which immediately conjure the essence of The Bahamas. White wood beams contrast with woodpanelled ceilings in tribute to the hotelâ€™s colonial roots, and off-set with splashes of turquoise against the ivories and creams. The perfect shades of Bahamian oceans and beaches are hard to escape; but why would anybody want to? The adjacent courtyard features dark limestone and light travertine form a graphic floor pattern that is complemented by neutral furnishings. To complete the look, flashes of persimmon accent the lush greenery and magenta bougainvillea trestles. The focal point is the central fountain: shimmering in iridescent blue and white mosaic tiles and ringed with lanterns. Although an extensive redevelopment, Jeffrey Beers has maintained the colonial flavour of the original site, and all of the charm that has kept guests returning year after year while simultaneously elevating the overall experience.
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Hotel Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by JOI-Design JOI-Design’s renovation of the Reichshof Hotel not only reinstates the impressive grandeur of the city’s beloved but worn landmark, it also launches the European debut of Curio - A Collection by Hilton. The designers aimed to highlight the hotel’s preserved Art Deco era details like its marble columns, timber panelling and copper detailing, restoring them as needed in a manner suitable for this listed building. At the same time, they have modernised the infrastructure to international standards by discreetly integrating the latest technologies so that the hotel is equipped for the future. The result is a new contemporary style that meshes harmoniously with the lobby’s stylish vintage features. . The hotel was to be Hilton’s first Curio in Europe, and as such the designers were guided by this relatively new brand’s premise of celebrating each property’s distinct identity and local charm. In creating the European flagship for Curio, JOI-Design has established the benchmark for the brand’s standards. Despite the massive impact upon construction and costs incurred by JOIDesign’s proposal to completely reconfigure the lobby of The Reichshof, a designated historical monument, the designers could ensure the project stayed within budget since they had been given an overall figure for the renovation of both public areas and guest rooms. Careful financial management meant the quality of lobby’s design was not compromised.
Aloft Dongguan Songshan Lake by RTKL International Aloft Dongguan is a 193 room hotel for truly next generation travellers. Situated along the tranquil Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China, RTKL’s design for Starwood’s super stylish hotel caters to the fashion-conscious guest, not least because of its digitally and socially connected facilities and offerings. Inspired by local culture and natural surroundings, the design successfully tackles the challenge of aligning with Aloft’s trendy, fashionable brand while making it’s home in between a high-tech industrial park on one side and stunning rolling landscape on the other. Sails floating on the nearby lake is a tranquil vision translated into the hotel’s façade, bordered with ethereal illumination. This lighting is especially effective amidst Dongguan’s infamous mist: the building is oriented such that guests benefit from breathtaking views of the light, vaporous rain that drapes the landscape, producing breathtaking rainbows. The hotel’s interiors are modern, fashion-forward and colorful, with urban- inspired guest rooms, state-of- the-art conference spaces and dynamic social and dining venues. The project stands out with its simple, energetic approach to design, which emphasizes social spaces. This aligns pretty perfectly with that hotel’s target audience’s preferences, which ensures a lively, bubbling atmosphere at all times. The carefully designed layout increases ease of mobility and circulation. The team also calculated the impact of the local monsoon season and chose to employ vertical greening and green roofs, helping to meet both environmental and ecological goals. Aloft Dongguan Songshan Lake is an integral part of this development, offering contemporary, comfortable meeting spaces and a unique guest experience. Since its grand opening in December 2014, the hotel has continued to receive rave reviews. A recent survey estimates that 52% of global travellers are likely to choose a hotel and destination based on its social or environmental impact in 2015. RTKL extensively took into consideration the environmental impact of all design decisions, including materials and resources, energy usage and heat reduction with this project.
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Kyoto Tokyo Hotel by ILYA Corporation ILYA Corporation have undertaken the complete renovation of this luxury Kyoto hotel– redesigning the all day dining areas, tea lounge and bar areas, alongside the banqueting spaces and the guestrooms. The spacious lobby area was designed with motifs of imperial architecture whilst the design of the luxurious suites uses modern and classical ideas which incorporate traditional Japanese crafts to represent the growth of the city. Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage of many Japanese histories. The designers at ILYA wanted to make sure this was emulated throughout the design of the Kyoto Hotel, providing complete authenticity for visitors. An extensive Japanese water garden at the centre of the hotel’s courtyard draws water straight from the local Kamo river. Kyoto is a historical city which has strong relationships with water, as it sits atop a large natural water table that provides the city with ample freshwater wells. The textures used within the spaces evoke the endless flow of the courtyard waterfall and symbolise the graceful passage of time, creating a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. The team focused on these features and employed the idea of “Miyabi” - one of the traditional Japanese aesthetic ideals which accentuate Japanese traditional beauty and grace. Teamed with “Omotenashi” -the Japanese unique approach to hospitality, The Kyoto Hotel exists as an honest, luxurious portrayal of Japanese culture and experience.
RIGHT: The Grand Hotel Stockholm’s Princess Lillian Hotel Suite by Eye Interior The Grand Hotel Stockholm has been home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants since 1874. Situated in the best waterfront location imaginable, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town.
Hilton Kings Ranch Resort and Spa by Bevis Design Associates Bevis Design Associates were appointed by the owning company and developer to provide a complete interior design service for this new luxury resort hotel and spa. The project required a unique and authentic design to be applied to the resort’s Lebanese themed restaurant. Incorporating elements of Arabic influence with particular attention to detailing such as intricate in-laid floor patterns, decorative wall niches, mosaics and mashrabiya patterns in the millwork, the design vividly depicts a sense of location in an interesting and unique way. The stunning show-kitchen with charcoal grills and open plan skills area allows the chef to entertain guests with stunning and exciting show of cooking in a perfect performance area. A mix of seating arrangements caters for a range of guests, from the intimate couple tables to traditional fours and group seating, ensuring the restaurant facilitates a range of requirements and dining desires. The open-walled terrace and shisha areas gives the restaurant several purposes, all catering to social, relaxing and carefree activities. The design provides a well planned restaurant with specialist attention to detail, promoting an invigorating ambiance for guests. The scene is unique, fun and expertly utilises a contemporary twist on traditional Arabic design. It meets all of the operator’s brand standards as well as achieving an authentic Lebanese feel: timeless and elegant, incorporating elements of modern, artistic style. Zaatar Restaurant is a relaxing environment to enjoy a delicious meal whilst the dramatic design and show kitchen provide elements of theatre. The overall design blends seamlessly with the rest of the King’s Ranch resort and the various elements of interior styling ensure the restaurant’s main purpose of providing memorable and enjoyable dining experiences is complimented by a decadent, stylish and inviting ambiance.
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The Princess Lillian suite is 330 square metres which makes it the largest hotel suite in Scandinavia. The suite features two bedrooms, library, large salon and dining room, it also includes a large spa-bathroom with a gym, cinema and kitchenette and of course a grand piano. With the hotel situated opposite to the royal-castle, the suite has probably one of Stockholm’s best views. As an homage to the late Princess Lillian, elegant and stylish, who was the inspiration for this suite, the colours and materials are chosen from the way she looked and dressed: dovegrey, crème and champagne feature prominently. Furniture for this project has been collected from all over the world. Materials are in cashmere wool, silk and mohair velvets. Client’s wish was to make the suite more international and elegant, a stunning suite for longterm guests. Another wish was to make most furniture custom made to keep the uniqueness and exclusivity of the hotel.
Caribar by Virserius Studio The Caribe Hotel is steeped in rich history. Conrad Hilton’s first hotel outside the continental US was the place to be during Hollywood’s Golden Age, enjoyed by celebrities, dignitaries and other people of note. It was also birthplace of the piña colada. Virserius Studio wanted to honour that glory by making it the place for hotel guests and the local community to interact. The design reflects Puerto Rico’s strong cultural roots, and blends American sensibility with Latin passion. In choosing materials the designers had to consider both the environment and the number of people frequenting the hotel. Striking a delicate balance between durability and honouring the design aesthetic, the designers goal was to make the bar area an outdoor living room, a true destination for guests, visitors, and the community to gather. To connect to its beautiful surroundings, the designers took part of the white façade and inserted operable doors to blur the lines between outdoor and indoor. It was also architecturally important to the designers to create depth and contrast. The layering effect was achieved by adding shutters to the windows made of treated aluminium, which ingeniously appear exactly like wooden shutters. Virserius Studio’s introduced sculptural elements above the bar with the cascading sculpture based on ripples of water. Gloss and semi-gloss finishes on powder-coated aluminium were used to create subtle transition. The designers also created an undulating wooden slatted ceiling to add scale and warmth, making the area even more inviting.
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Le Meridien Hotel by FBEYE International Pte Ltd. The design theme for Le Meridien at Dhaka, Bangladesh could be dubbed the embodiment of timeless chic. It takes inspiration from the brand elements of Culture and Coordinates, infusing traditional European elements with contemporary designs, within a refined sense of space. The main lobby is designed to be a sophisticated and elegant place to inspire guest, to provide a sumptuous space to mingle and a haven to be seen in. While dripping with monochromatic beauty, sparks of electrifying blue hues in the furniture and carpets add a pop of colour and set a tone of modern style within this up-market city hotel. This custom designed furniture is designed in line with sustaining the interest of a guest in mind: juxtaposition in shapes, sizes and colours make it a very visually stimulating place to spend time. Within this space there are three reception pods: the Latitude 23 Bar that serves as a deli in the day and a bar by night and the lobby lounge with a feature library and a dedicated communion table where interaction is encouraged. The featured artwork here is the topographical representation of the location ofÂ the hotel, and also a reflection of the immense opportunity the city of Dhaka has to offer for a guest to explore and discover. Complemented by cultural experience, his hotel environment is perfectly composed to inspire creative and curious minds, while providing a new perspective to the individuality ofÂ the destination.
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Exploring in Elegance Park Hyatt Cap Vermell, Mallorca, Spain by DSA Architects International
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A luxury 5 star hotel resort, reflecting the style of a traditional Mallorcan hilltop village with touches of local art and cultural heritage for every discerning guest to immerse themselves in. DSA Europe have been lead architects on this project since 2007, while the landscape design is by AECOM. This is the first Hyatt Hotel in Mallorca, Spain and even the first in Europe, perfectly depicting an intimate haven within a vibrant, charming and culturally rich island. It’s situated on the east coast of Mallorca, overlooking the majestic Canyamel valley and offering transcendent views of the Balearic Sea and the town of Canyamel. It’s also conveniently situated only one hour’s drive from Palma International Airport.
“ The village is a place that visitors might well want to come and see, to eat, to drink, to meet friends, and enjoy the atmosphere of a journey into the island culture they have come on holiday to enjoy. ”
This design, breathtaking in it’s romantic setting, is based on an authentic Mallorcan village, with a mixture of informal and formal composition. Dreams of exotic travellers tales invade the senses on beholding the hotel by night, as it’s illuminated amidst its rural, mountainous setting. By day, the sense of adventure that permeates this mini- city is palpable. Water gently meanders its way down the site and cascades into the lake-like pool beneath an old fashioned romantic clock tower, that practically whispers of all the covert meetings that many have taken place there at twilight. There are in fact 2 pools within the hotel’s grounds, and the addition of a kids pool, all surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and terraces. The village is a place that visitors might well want to come and see, to eat, to drink, to meet friends, and enjoy the atmosphere of a journey into the island culture they have come on holiday to enjoy. Carefully chosen materials and a pale colour palate off set the design against the verdant landscape, the surrounding countryside and the impressively blue Mediterranean sky. The Park Hyatt Cap Vermell is rooted to the legend of the Balearic Genius Loci: in classical Roman religion, a ‘genius loci’ was a protective spirit of a place. This sprightly figure was often depicted in religious iconography as a figure bearing attributes such as a cornucopia, or snake. Many Roman
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altars which can still be found throughout the Western Roman Empire are dedicated to a particular genius loci. The numbers, size and complexity of the project are impressive, built on 50,000 square metres of green field site. The overall plan consists of 30,000 square metres of buildings, 20,000 of that being above ground. The hotel presents 126 spacious and luxuriously appointed guest rooms, 16 uniquely designed suites and sumptuous presidential suite. The hotel also offers a dining experience of European sophistication, centered around traditional village square and presenting a range of authentic cuisines which cater to all tastes. There are five fully fledged food and beverage outlets in 3000 square metres of restaurant and reception buildings and 2000 square meters of function spaces including a ballroom fit for any cinema screen. A blend of finesse, upscale residential comfort and timeless regional accents imbue the ambience in these social spaces. A spa of over 2000 square metres is sure to bring relaxation and grace back to any guest enjoying their stay here. There is also a gym, bicycle centre and an all important kids club, as well as a dedicated beach club within 6 minutes of the hotel. For those in search of the perfect event space, the Park Hyatt Mallorca comprises a selection of spaces inspired by the comforts and qualities of indulgent residential designs. Each of the meeting spaces surrounds the hotel’s beautiful Mallorcan courtyard, perfectly designed for coffee breaks and social drinks throughout the day and night. To complete the fairytale, April to November sees the Park Hyatt Mallorca enjoy 230 days of sun and fantastically warm temperatures, perfect for guests to savour the wide range of recreational facilities encouraging motivation, wellness, and exhilaration. Even the environmentally conscious can enjoy this island delight: the hotel’s energy strategy can be summarised as long life, low energy, low maintenance, heavyweight and well insulated with biofuel heating. The design was carefully considered to meet and exceed both local regulations and the designers own expectations together with those of the client and the operator.
A chic, elegant hideaway in the heart of London The Little Boltons, Chelsea, London by WOOLF Interior Architecture & Design
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WOOLF Interior Architecture & Design was founded in 2005 by Senior Designer Verity Woolf. The studio is based in Portobello, Notting Hill in West London and boasts an impressive portfolio of high-end residential and commercial projects. An elegantly eccentric timelessness imbue these projects, evolving from a broad, dynamic approach to design and a combination of the team’s varied abilities. The WOOLF design team have applied their specialisms and diverse expertise with versatility to the growing and demanding world of interiors, allowing them to collaborate with several eminent architects and a number of notable clients.
“ The palette is consistent throughout and most spaces are illuminated using natural light: a modern glass extension towards the back of the property is striking to behold as it’s futuristic boldness starkly contrasts the surrounding Victorian structures. ”
Verity originally worked as an art director and production designer in the film industry for eight years and developed a reputation for creating otherworldly spaces on television and film productions. She gained recognition for her talent in creating vision from characterisation and narrative. This is an approach she continues to adopt with her clients. Whilst working in architectural practice, she worked in tandem with teams of architects on demanding, complex and detailed schemes towards a common design objective. Since establishing WOOLF, Verity has designed interiors for an intriguing collection of clients. Verity approaches designing interiors as a curator, her spaces exhibit the client’s interior landscape. Verity’s philosophy is to create solidity in timelessness interiors. Her work spans interior architecture, furniture design, art exhibitions, garden design and branding. She has a strong reputation among her clients and peers as a highly creative multi-faceted designer. The Little Boltons is a chic, elegant refurbishment and extension of a Victorian terrace residence in Chelsea, London. If a home owner ever was looking for a comfortable, safe, elegant little hideaway in the heart of all the hustle of London but perfectly secluded to allow the mind to relax and forget, then this was the place. Wide sweeping spaces are not this house’s style. But this is not synonymous with smallness; long galley spaces are imbued with an atmosphere of coziness - in the most elegant way. The depth of this home is surprising and ceiling heights are comfortably airy. Neutral colour palettes are used throughout with elements of cooling blues and warming browns juxtaposing over the property’s three floors. This achieves an overall atmosphere of cool city chic; a perfect pocket of respite for the stylish London couple. Woolf Interior and MWAI collaborated on this refurbishment. The original Victorian terrace family house was extended considerably to make the house into the size it currently is. The project included the reconfiguration of the existing rear elevation and garden. A new lower-ground floor and rear glass extension,
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as well as a subterranean basement were added to form the 3,900 square foot design. With an emphasis on bespoke joinery, the streamlined modern kitchen exudes a certain powerful masculinity with a monolithic white marble island floating in the centre. Wooden kitchen cabinetry, inset with matching marble, dominates the facing wall, supplied with state-of-the-art appliances and accessories. Opposite this, a bright white staircase cascades from the upper floors like steps to a little slice of heaven. An elegant bathroom, again marble cladded, gleams with warm golden light as lowlights beam from the edges of cabinets, along the floors and up the sides of steps, bathing the space in positivity. Luxurious textiles and bespoke modern and antique furniture embellish the house, which is largely open plan. ‘Rooms’ are, for the most part, subjective, melting into one and other, to form friendly, social areas, ideal for entertaining and hosting parties. Via the synthesis of textured joinery, inlayed metals, and the layering of fabrics and accessories, the tailored design reflects the Anglo-American heritage and sophisticated style of the owners. The project has thus become very much a blend of Los Angeles cool and Chelsea chic. Subtle international twists in all of the space planning, fabrics, lighting and furniture choices are extremely interesting and are sure to provoke intrigue amongst guests. The palette is consistent throughout and most spaces are illuminated using natural light: a modern glass extension towards the back of the property is striking to behold as it’s futuristic boldness starkly contrasts the surrounding Victorian structures. Skylights and multiple uses of strip lights and spot lights within the project ensure the entire home maintains a bright, airy ambience-- an achievement within a traditional Victorian property. This project represents a classic prime central London townhouse, whilst still reflecting the innate style of the client. It’s located in the Boltons Conservation Area, Chelsea. This is one of the most attractive conservation areas in London stretching from Old Brompton Road south to Fulham Road and from Roland Way west to Finborough and Ifield Roads. A prestigious location, it is characterised by distinctive architecture and a notably pleasant environment. WOOLF Interior Architecture and Design carefully consider their clients unique lifestyles and ensure their individual aesthetic gains expression in their space. They see the design process as an emotional and symbiotic journey with their clients and their process becomes a collaborative journey, built upon a concept of the client’s ideal. In the course of a design program WOOLF draw upon on a variety of influences and unexpected visual cues. Their richly layered, luxurious interiors are individual, beautifully tailored and timeless.
Home Away From Home Caledon Cottage Renovation, Ontario Canada by Jennifer Brouwer Design
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This rustic cottage was an extensive renovation project, devised to make a city home feel more like a countryside cottage, with the addition of wheelchair accessibility installations. The owner is a busy CEO who enjoys spending time here with his family as a ‘home away from home.’ His daughter is a wheelchair user, but is a highly independent woman and did not want special treatment and or accommodations, therefore these where made as discrete as possible. Indeed, the overall feeling which emanates from this project is one of relaxing, homely comfort, with a warm, positive ambiance.
“ As well as stylish and inviting, this country home in the heart of the city is designed to envoke a rustic air usually only found in the depths of rural countryside. ”
The at-home escape that was created is a fully equipped entertainment and seasonal hub with all of the amenities of home, but which feels completely different from the family’s usual dwelling. By focusing on achieving the ‘feeling’ of the design more so that the eventual visual, Jennifer Brouwer’s talented design team were able to achieve great things within the comforts of home: the family’s own private holiday resort, that doesn’t require endless hours of travel or fuss to get to and from, which is also fully functional. The property includes a full walk out basement with a completely equipped kitchen, large family room, formal dining room, a games area, luxury living space, divine guest room, sumptuous bathroom and a sauna for all the health benefits that come with thoroughly unwinding. Jennifer Brouwer told design et al: “My favourite aspects of this project was creating an entirely different space so close to the family’s home, and creating it so that you wouldn’t know about it. I focused on creating an atmosphere of happiness. There are the thousands of intertwined details; too many to count, all coming together to make up a beautiful mosaic of style and positivity that I have fallen in love with.” She added: “It’s my opinion that the design works so well because of the level of customization and attention that made the family’s dream home feel both like a home
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and a retreat at the same time – while being fully wheelchair accessible.” While living in a traditional cottage often comes hand in hand with hundreds of little steps up and down quirky levels within, this was not an option for the owners. The only solution was to customize the existing space with all of the necessary amenities, and make sure all floor level where entirely smooth. As well as stylish and inviting, this country home in the heart of the city is designed to envoke a rustic air usually only found in the depths of rural countryside. The décor has been filled with holistic materials and earthy tones with a palette of creamy neutrals, autumn reds and the warming hue of natural wood. Clean lines compliment the layered details to manage the little nuances that aim to delight the observing guest, such as the cow hide ottomans and the copper bathtub that doubles as storage for throws and blankets. Accessories were carefully chosen with the design brief always in mind, to create unique, organic fingerprints of the classic countryside home. While the owners desired a cottage feel at home in, they also hoped this would be a perfect place to entertain guests. Listening to this, the design team have made entertaining easy with an open plan structure that allows light, and people, to flow right through, from the walk-in wine cellar to the barn-door inspired television unit that hides unnecessary distractions from social occasions. The kitchen island defines the space, painted in farmhouse red and topped with a solid wood counter it contrasts against the backdrop of kitchen units in traditional whites and the tiled splashback in a soft heather grey. Light and airy without losing the cosiness every country kitchen should have, the island is lined with three wooden stools, capped with studded white cushions to invite comfort and conversation with plenty of room for all to partake. Over the kitchen island hangs and iron wrought chandelier as a beautiful floating centrepiece, providing an intimate glow over the organic heart of the home.
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