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As you are aware at design et al we focus on all elements of interior design and take inspiration accordingly. This means we feature not only residential /domestic design schemes but also look closely at hotel and commercial projects. With The International Hotel & Property Awards in just a couple of weeks time, we thought this would be the perfect time to take a closer look at some of this year’s shortlisted projects. Next issue we shall be focusing on some of the winning design schemes in more detail. Take inspiration too this month from the key components that the designers recommend as design et al recommends

makes a welcome return; these are the design essentials, new collections and recommendations of shortlisted, eminent design professionals, they are the pieces, collections and innovations that they are currently using. As alway our key features and projects are selected on a global level, our aim being to focus on the best in design, from a cultural diverse perspective. We do you hope you enjoy the collection of projects we have put together for you. Until next month Joanne

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Nestled between the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the antiquity of the Houses of Parliament lies the restored Queen Anne’s Gate townhouse in the heart of Westminster. Overlooking St James’s Park, the grand grade 1 listed, five-bedroom period property has been brought graciously into the 21st century. With the vision of restoring this exclusive and traditional townhouse, Rachel Winham Interior Design endeavoured to combine the classic with the contemporary in this period property. The prestigious location meant fastidious restoration was paramount to the overall design vision. The client for this project, a developer, worked closely with Rachel and her team to redesign the property whilst paying tribute to its many heritage features. The ground floor of the property comprises of a grand entrance hall with a stunning Queen Anne’s style staircase, a cloakroom, formal dining room and cigar room. On the lower ground floor, the spacious informal living dining room is adjoined to the kitchen by a summer courtyard, with staff quarters at the front of property. The first floor of the property features a striking drawing room, with a separate games area and gentleman’s library. The remaining floors consists of a stunning master suite taking over an entire floor of the property with his and hers bathrooms and a further 4 generous sized bedrooms. The team at RWID were keen to continue the high level of craftsmanship and design along with bespoke joinery and luxurious furnishings throughout the bedrooms, least not in the master. The master bedroom suite is swathed in delicately soft hues of blue, offset against warm bronze tones and a floor to ceiling cream headboard, creating a soothing, almost ethereal feel to the space. A beautiful chandelier above the bed helps

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combine the old with the new. The bespoke wardrobes are cladded with liquid metal finished panels, delicately imprinted with leaves alluding to the lush view of the park through the large sash windows. Leading off the bedroom is an equally meticulously designed dressing room. The smart monochrome palette of this generous sized dressing room blends neutral tones with hand-crafted specialist joinery, clad in the softest of leather and framed with a stunning bronze inlay detail. The adjacent his and hers bathrooms are enveloped by walls and flooring of the most luxurious marble and intricately designed vanity units and joinery. The use of specialist joinery and exquisitely designed and manufactured case goods throughout the property cleverly creates key design features and maximises storage as well as creating stunning continuity between the different living areas.

“ Fastidious restoration was paramount to the overall design vision.”

The finished design enhances the exquisite natural features of the 18th century architecture, which encompasses the property, through bespoke furniture, feature lighting and luxurious fabrics and finishes. As always with this project, and with all her previous projects, Rachel maintains the notion that all decisions made from conception through to completion have been meticulous in creating a space which is both relaxed and functional without compromising on luxury; Queen Anne’s Gate most definitely meets all three.


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This project involved a pool that would fulfil many objectives - to look beautiful in the garden, be a serious fitness training resource and provide fun and relaxation for the whole family.

hiding of separate covers for the pool and the spa which disappear from view when the pool is not in use, which also saves energy by keeping heat within the pool water.

Exclusively designed by Thompson + Baroni Architects, this impressive project has been shortlisted in the International Design & Architecture Awards 2017 for the Residential Swimming Pool Award. The brief required a heated swimming pool that was 20 metres long to enable proper swimming fitness training and also had a separate but connected spa area for fun and relaxation. A further requirement was to ensure that the pool would blend in harmoniously with the landscaping design of the garden. The inspirations for the garden design are found in the landscaping of two important villas in Tuscany. Both have very rigidly layered hedges enclosing the outer perimeters of the gardens and dramatic sight lines within the enclosed space formed by tapered and composed hedges defining pathways and lawned areas. The pool design integrates into the wider environment as it emphasises the length of the garden by its linearity and its location close to the boundary and allows the beautiful nature of the planting to almost enter the pool. It creates in a suburban setting the sensation of swimming in nature. The client needed a low maintenance garden, which wouldn’t shed its leaves too much as the pool would have had to be perpetually cleaned. Although the plants are predominantly evergreen, the leaves do change colour throughout the seasons and provide a subtle contrast between the layers of the different species.

The brief for the pool within the landscape was unique in so far as the design was consciously encouraged and allowed to be unashamedly modern. Ray Thompson, Founding Partner of Thompson + Baroni, said “There’s often a tendency in English garden design to err towards the quaint and picturesque. This was absolutely not wanted in this garden. The clients wanted the pool to provide a beautiful yet dramatic visual feature. We were allowed to be as willful and dramatic as possible in the siting of the pool and its seamless connection with the interior of the house and the garden. The owners had lived in LA and wanted to have their own slice of that dynamic and liberated modernist spirit hidden within the leafy suburban enclave of SW London”. There were many specialist skills needed for the delivery of this project including the skill of the pool company in locating all of the plant underground. The quality and precision of the marble feature and its installation. The subtle

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The bright blue tiles of the pool reflect and enhance the light in the sky and even on a dull, grey day, the water in the pool appears warm and inviting. The solid slab of Italian marble with an illuminated polished stainless waterfall provides an exciting but refined focus for the garden from afar and has the beautiful rich colours and textures in the stone when viewed from the pool at close range. It effortlessly combines all of the client’s requirements and blends in the house and garden materials and finishes giving the appearance of an extension of the living space of the house. The Italian marble water feature was Thompson + Baroni Architect’s favourite aspect of the project. The cantilevered stone slab with light washing out from underneath as the day draws to a close, steam rising from the blue tiled pool, the lighting and the planting of the boundary edge and the trees in the background subtly evoke a true sense of place in the garden. These constituent parts successfully encapsulate the essential elements of the architecture of the project, simple unadorned architecture creating a powerful impression within the surrounding nature. Describing their approach to design, Ray Thompson said “We mix disciplines and tastes from the UK and Italy. We are contemporary architects who create thoughtful environments influenced by minimal, poetic, light-filled spaces and calming homes. With English and Italian architects respectively at the helm our projects combine clarity and warmth”.

At the helm our projects combine clarity and warmth.” Ray continued to explain where inspiration for their projects is found “We are often in Italy, especially Florence, as it is ideal to travel the country, seek inspiration and charge up our “taste batteries”. We often visit quarries within the areas we travel to source stones for our projects. We are involved and possibly obsessed by the construction details and how the materials relate to each other”. “Our studio works very closely with our clients to create a deep trust and understanding between us both helping us understand the client’s priorities; quality, cost and individuality”.

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Introducing the Bibana BY ANNA HAYMAN DESIGNS A velvet design suitably used as a furnishing fabric. The design has been produced from an original linocut, in keeping with all Anna Hayman’s prints. The Bibana design work particularly well for velvet, as the design was originally printed in gold on black. As the velvet has a slight shimmer, it digitally replicated the metallic look to good effect. The fabric is of a medium weight and ideal for a number of interior projects, including lampshades, curtaining, light upholstery and luxury cushions.

The distinctive Parlare chair BY SEBASTIAN BLAKELEY DESIGN The Parlare chair is a distinctive design that sets itself apart from most other chair designs by the fact that; it does not adhere to any traditional form of construction, it uses three apparently unsupported elements that gain their strength through use of a common central point of gravity and that the combination and choice of materials is unusual and rare. The ‘Parlare’ translates from the Italian ‘talking’, the idea being that this chair allows you to comfortably sit at a table and talk for hours, sharing in comfort. The Parlare was inspired by the fascination of counter balance and the challenge of designing a chair in a different way. As an object that is used every day, chairs are so often just a remix of a remix, generally adhering to a rectangular or quad geometry. The challenge was to design a chair that cannot be tilted backwards, that encourages a good posture and does not break its joints through misuse. The main metallic element creates a dynamic line but is also the skeletal strength.

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Introducing the Cube tile BY YURTBAY SERAMIK Yurtbay Seramik introduce the Cube tile design, suitable for a multitude of purposes within different interior spaces. The Cube design is a 30 x 90 cm rectified moulded tile designed as a wallcovering. Available in four colours; black, hakhi, pearl and plantin white, the Cube wallcovering is versatile for both residential and commercial areas.

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The Percalo sofa BY COCO WOLF The Percalo sofa draws its inspiration from the luxe style of the Art Deco movement. A classic design combined with a lavish fabric to add opulence to your outdoor space. An all-weather Chesterfield style sofa complete in outdoor velvet. Coco Wolf defines the new benchmark in outdoor luxury furniture. In execution, design, and production, the designers have created a truly revolutionary product – upholstered outdoor furniture. In essence, combining the coveted comfort of the indoors with a new standard in style and durability for the outdoors. Years of research and development, innovative use of materials such as sustainable marine grade timbers, ‘invisible’ drainage systems and galvanised springs are just some of the secrets that make Coco Wolf products engineered to defy the whims of the British weather.

The Kiss chair LOUIS HENRI LTD The Kiss Chair is a chair that Louis designed to capture the feeling you get when you first see ‘the one’ from across the room. With the use of a golden ball to encapsulate that precious moment. The Kiss Chair is the first part of a diptych of chairs, the second one which is currently being designed and made is a chaise called ‘Madonna and Child’. The frame is entirely handmade in solid oak by Louis’ brother, Balthaser. Upholstered in London with contrast upholstery. The fabrics offset and compliment the warmth of the golden oak and golden ball. The fabrics are a mix of golden embossed and etched shagreen style fabric made from little round white dots with velvet piping and textured cream combination. Standing at 810 mm in height and 850 mm in diameter. Louis’ designs are always playful with a formality that comes from repetition in the design, bringing back a subtle formal edge to the overall look.

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The Oculaire collection ARTE INTERNATIONAL LTD A luxury wallcovering made from hand-woven sisal fibres, rigorously carved out and processed according to a refined traditional inlay technique. Arte International’s Oculaire collection, adds something very special to a home as the sisal is woven by hand. It is a very pure end-product because the wallcovering is based on sisal, a natural material. design et al 33


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Located in charming Walton Street in residential Kensington, this stunning 5 bed property was converted from two adjoining Georgian terrace houses. The client had purchased the two adjoining houses, both in poor condition, one previously used as a garage, with the vision of converting these into a well-appointed single family residence to include a fully integrated and automated BMS (Building Management System), wellness area and pool, all bedrooms en-suite, parking space and separate formal and family entertainment areas. KIMA Architecture & Interiors were tasked with a three-storey basement extension incorporating various reception areas, 5 bedroom suites, cinema, pool, spa and gym, large kitchen with dining area, garden and outdoor entertainment area into the design. Upon entry guests are welcomed and dazzled by a marble clad entry hall and staircase, winding around a 16-metre Venetian glass bespoke chandelier made of Murano glass, leading to a large reception room. The main reception room features a contemporary fireplace, framed in a rare blue granite. Natural stone was the main inspiration on this project. The project features fifteen different types of marble, granite, quartzite and onyx. Every stone was selected to give a specific character to each room, but not forgetting practicality and durability. The abundance of natural stone on the project was a great opportunity for KIMA to showcase its flair and expertise with the material. Specialist stone installers Cemar, from Italy, were responsible for the marble installation on the stairs, landings, bathrooms, kitchen, pool, and the rest of the wellness area. Their decades of experience merge with high technology and expertise resulting in excellent quality standards and extensive production range. A variety of stone was used on the floors and walls including

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White Sivec, White Onyx and Azul Imperial. All stone floors were polished on site for a seamless finish. KIMA’s favourite aspect of the project is the wellness area. The entire second and third level basement extensions (third level for services only) dedicated to wellness. Nestled in the lowest of the triple basement levels, the 5 x 8 metre pool is built with a unique system that allows the floor to adjust to different heights. The floor can also be raised completely so that the space can be transformed into a large entertainment area, bedecked in marble with a cutting-edge audio system. The pool also has a jet stream and waterfall feature at one end. In addition to the pool, there is also a gym, sauna, steam room and changing rooms. The master bathroom has a spectacular floor of blue granite from Brazil, laid in a book-match composition, with a freestanding cast iron bath placed on top. In the master bedroom there is a 3 metre long skylight above the bed. The ‘intelligent glass’ can be turned opaque at the touch of the button, for privacy when the roof terrace is being used. Guests who stay over will have the luxury of their own suite, of which each bathroom is clad in a different marble, to lend a distinct character. From the exterior, the property has the appearance of two beautifully restored Georgian terraced houses that makes a positive contribution to the street scene. In terms of client requirements, despite being a relatively small property above ground and many restrictions KIMA Architecture & Interiors managed to create a five-bedroom family residence with generous living, wellness and entertainment areas. The completed project makes the most of its location, in central London and Knightsbridge specifically. For the

occupants, natural light and ventilation was provided to all rooms at basement one level, despite the property being in a highly builtup environment and in a conservation area with restrictions. The basement extension was extremely complex and challenging in terms of engineering and construction and required the services of specialist engineers and contractors. The design and installation of mechanical services and home automation was justly complex. The project entailed the merging of two period properties and the excavation of a triple basement underneath. It is one of the deepest residential retro-fit basements in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

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for life today and for many generations to come.”

This project is one of the biggest in KIMA’s portfolio and their involvement stretched over a considerable period for the design, specification, installation and completion of the exterior and interior architecture. KIMA Architecture & Interiors take responsibility for projects from the beginning until the photo shoot in the end. Their architectural and design team maintains maximum control to ensure the best end result possible for their clients. Total client satisfaction is the only acceptable result at KIMA, and their entire team works passionately toward achieving that goal. Their philosophy is that durability is central to architecture and interior design that is superior, and relevant for life today and for many generations to come. They believe in buildings and designs that outlast trends and that are made of quality materials that will endure the test of time.


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DESIGNER PROFILE Iona Newton FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF OAKEVE Oakeve is a high-end, luxury property development company and Oakeve Interiors, its sister company, is an award-winning Interior Architectural practice. My passion for design and creativity is long-standing, but being able to realise it through establishing my own company 13 years ago, rather than working in a large corporate environment, has enabled me to be bold and inspirational with private clients and developers. Our schemes are holistic and elegant, derived from my corporate background, but luxurious, tactile and opulent as I exert my own creative preferences. How would you describe your personal interior design style?

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future:

My style, in essence, is contemporary elegance with a touch of glamour. I love to use calming colours and tactile, natural materials, such as Murano and sand casted glass to add that touch of luxury to the scheme, providing an overall sophisticated and timeless design. I also love symmetry, where schemes are balanced and holistic.

One: Integration of innovative technological solutions, such as home automation, lighting design, multi-room AV, home cinema and entertainment rooms, intelligent heating and ventilation and future proofing a home Two: Connectivity and integrated spatial design of interior spaces for future occupants Three: Employing an exemplary design scheme with budgetary and deadline responsibility Four: Functionality and longevity of the interior and architectural design Five: Sustainability and environmentally conscious design

Where does your design inspiration come from? Everywhere ! I take inspiration from reading professional articles, literature and magazines, visiting historical buildings and travelling to foreign climes, but really my inspiration just comes from living life and working alongside a truly passionate and creative team. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Working within the high-end, luxury property sector, I continually see a trend for personalised finishes with the inclusion of quality, bespoke key pieces of tactile and comfortable furniture, as well as intelligent and innovative home technological solutions. All of these elements, presented within an elegant and timeless design scheme, combine to create a truly personal, unique interiors scheme tailored to the client’s personality.

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Whilst developing furniture and bespoke cabinetry, we always ensure that form and functionality are considered in equal measure. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Our team at Oakeve, were absolutely delighted to be presented with the International Design & Architectural Award for the category of Residential Property £2.5M to £5M in 2016, as we believe it is a very prestigious and revered

accolade. It acknowledges the passion, commitment and hard work of our creative team, attaining recognition and respect from our peers and within the interior and architectural industry as a whole. What projects are you currently working on? We have some incredible projects that we are working on at present: Hurlingham, which is a 9,850 sq ft ‘Manor House’, Heathcote, which is a 10,250 sq ft ‘Lutyen’s’ style Arts & Crafts country mansion and Ellwood Grange, which is a 8,750 sq ft Georgian style country home alongside various other private client projects including a contemporary lakeside country retreat, a commuter townhouse in the Home Counties and a stylish, very modern family home in Sandbanks. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Our goals and ambitions for this coming year are to grow our interior design business, to continue to exceed ours and our client’s expectations and to develop further our own branded furniture collection and bespoke cabinetry under our MacKenzie Sinclair brand.

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Serene, Functional and Stylish ESRA KAZMIRCI – ALMOND HILL

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This duplex apartment, located in Istanbul, was carefully planned and designed to provide the client with a stylish family home.

The TV unit with marble and bronze details was custom-made to include an ethanol gas fireplace as there was no infrastructure for the this initially. The coffee tables with marble tops and bronze legs were also custom-made. The fireplace and woven aged carpet creates a cosy atmosphere for this space.

Esra Kazmirci Interiors created an exciting and cosy yet elegant interior space taking into consideration the owners demands along with their personal style. Functionality and aesthetics were important criteria in the design process in order satisfy the owner’s lifestyle and their priorities.

Esra Kazmirci, Owner of Esra Kazmirci Interiors, explained “We tried to make suitable choices by considering the unique characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the material. It is necessary for the location and the material to be in holistic harmony. Therefore, we used wooden paneling and marble where bronze details were prominent”. This turned out to be a favourite element of the design for Esra.

The roof duplex, which has a 330 m2 interior area, has a living room, kitchen, master bedroom, two children’s bedrooms and a bathroom at the lower floor. The roof floor has a children’s play area, laundry room, guest bedroom and an entertainment room. There are three bathrooms in total in the apartment. The property has been re-planned to meet the requirements of the family by breaking down all the inner walls. The roof floor has been designed as a comfortable space whereas the lower floor was decorated to be a more stylish and chic place to welcome guests. Grey has been used as the base colour throughout the apartment with accent colours integrated by using different accessories. Orange and purple accessories were preferred for the living room, different tones of blue in the bathroom and grey and yellow combinations on the upper floor. The entrance to the property is sleek and stylish with grey painted lacquered wall paneling and bronze bar details. The floor is covered with grey Yurtbay Ceramics products. The mirror-coated vestiary and custom-made console with bronze detail along with chic wall lights from Tom Dixon Studio set the tone in the hall. In the open plan living area, oak paneling with bronze details was used on the wall facing the dinner table to create a harmony with the paneling of the hall. Neolith material was used for the dining table which has also bronze legs. The chairs with leather details are designed by Tom Dixon and the bronze suspension lamp over the dining table is from Delightful.

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In the kitchen, the custom-made cupboards have grey silk opaque lacquered doors. The bespoke kitchen island with solid wooden tabletop and stainless steel legs is illuminated by three simple and stylish drop lights suspended above it, both designed by Foscarini Diesel.

Before I start a project, I like to examine the architecture, the feeling, light and get to know the owner of the house.” The master bedroom was planned in order to include a dressing room and a master bathroom, all in the same space. The floor of the master bedroom is covered with oak

parquet. Tom Dixon Fin suspended lights over the head of the bed attract attention. A floor to ceiling mirror is used between the two sliding doors, to make the room appear wider. There are black-coated surface mounted spotlights on the ceilings. All the furniture is custom-made. The bathroom cupboards are grey oak and the counter is black painted glass. A staircase has been included to allow passage to the attic. The roof windows were incorporated to create more light and leaving the iron beams exposed has preserved the height of the ceiling. Where the ceiling height was low, cupboards were built in to maximise the space and provide storage. The room, where mainly shades of grey reside, has been coloured with the use of different textiles and accessories. A combination of grey and yellow stands out in this space. The attic designed as the family’s entertainment area is definitely one of their favourite rooms. Esra explained her criteria when designing “the space must grasp you, make you feel at home, give you joy and serenity, embodied by a colour harmony, and the project must include some contrast as well as a balance with the use of accessories. This apartment is extremely serene, functional as well as stylish”. She continued “Before I start a project, I like to examine the architecture, the feeling, light and get to know the owner of the house. I generally create an ambiance by adding small things to the material at hand or by making some changes. We created a mutual space, in this project, in line with the request of the customer by also adding my taste. We paid attention to use functionality and the aesthetic criteria together according to the priorities and the lifestyle of the customer. You can use creativity in different areas and immediately see the result. The most enjoyable part of it is providing details that add to the life quality of the customers. In my opinion, whatever the personal tastes, if that space welcomes you as soon as you step into it and if you feel at home, you have made the right choice”.

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The dreamy golf resort Schlosshotel Fleesensee is located between Berlin and Hamburg in the heart of Mecklenburg Lake Plateau. The elaborate renovation of the former palace built in 1842, in a Baroque style, was carried out by Kitzig Interior Design. The venerable case of the modern golf and sport resort houses spectacular design that creates a stunning contrast to the old building and chimes together with the noble elements. Opulent design elements breathed new life into the hotel using selected materials. The landmarked rooms of the Schlosshotel radiate a great charm alone due to their size and historical building details. When entering the spacious entrance hall, visitors are already impressed by the high ceiling, an original and preserved wooden work of art. To contrast this, there are floating custom-made ceiling lamps. Their ease produces a harmonious symbiosis with the old. This harmony of design extends over the entire property and creates a personal atmosphere for guests. It seems playful, but nevertheless conveys elegance and stylishness. A luxurious spa area, two restaurants – one of which is led by the starred chef Johann Lafer and a charming bar complete the concept of the hotel. The entrance to the spa area has its own stunning impact; high ceilings and an extraordinary interior design harmonise with the large window front, which have been preserved from the old building. These allow for a wealth of natural light and are reminiscent of the centuries-old history of the building. The discreet colours in different natural shades allow the guests to unwind from the everyday hustle and bustle. The four elements are playfully blended into the scene, among other, with an open fireplace in the middle of the room, as well as the views of the countryside. Asian-themed daybeds complete the room concept.

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In the Orangery Restaurant, the furniture matches the colours of the custom-made wallpaper; a remarkable detail in the design. The wallpaper is an illustration of an old rose family cultured by the gardener of the castle for decades. The light reflects the ceiling height and high-hanging cantilevered lampshades add break lines and stylish accents. Another highlight is the open fireplace that is integrated into a custom-made veneer case, creating a pleasant ambiance. The designers placed great importance on the integration of the history and details which are only known to insiders such as the wallpaper in the Orangery. The idea was to create a design concept which fits perfectly to the history of the building and inspires the curiosity of guests to discover its fascinating details.

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elements breathed new life into the hotel.” Blüchers Restaurant which is led by the starred chef Johann Lafer stands out for its unique lighting concept. Despite the impressive size of the restaurant, opulent light objects were installed to add an optical focus. These disproportionately huge lights are placed sculpture-like in the middle of the room. With a total of 179 high-class rooms and suites, the accommodation provides modern comfort and plenty of elegance in various categories. Standard rooms are situated on the first and second floors in the Schloss wings and are equipped with timeless, highgrade furnishings in a classic design. Ceilinghigh windows provide abundant daylight and offer an impressive view of the courtyard or the surrounding countryside.

The magnificent, elegant and elaborately renovated tower suite is situated on the first floor of the main building and has separate living and bedroom areas. The private patio with its own sauna offers a fascinating view of the Schlosspark. Its outstanding location in the historic Schloss tower with its numerous windows is entirely unique. The circular living room is furnished with a comfortable round sofa, a dining table with seating for up to four people, a fireplace that can be viewed on two sides, and also a private bar with Chambrair climate cabinet. The main bathroom is equipped with two washbasins, a rainshower system and a free-standing bathtub. Kitzig Interior Design was founded in 1998 by Olaf Kitzig and specialises in the creation of extraordinary projects for the Hospitality and Catering Industries. They have recently celebrated shortlisting success in the International Hotel and Property Awards 2017 for the Hotel Under 200 Rooms category with this impressive transformation. Olaf Kitzig, Managing Director of Kitzig interior Design said “The International Hotel and Property Awards are important to us because it is a reputable award in the design scene. We are keen to be present on different social media and platforms of the industry, so the online representation of the awards is also very important to us.” A favourite aspect of the project for the designers is the perfect symbiosis of modern elements and the heritageprotected building from 1842. Kitzig said “We really appreciated the whole project. It is always something special to work with an old heritage-protected building, it is always a thrilling challenge. Despite the short time for renovating the whole castle, we were always very optimistic and stuck to the time-schedule.” Schloss Fleesensee is a jewel in the Mecklenburg Lake District and a beautiful hotel in Germany.

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Complex textures with calming neutrality RYAN HUGHES DESIGN BUILD – BIG TIME OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

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The Big Time Outdoor design from Ryan Hughes Design Build transformed a South Florida home’s outdoor space into something not only beyond expectations; but beyond imagination. A seemingly floating circular fire-side lounge grew into a creatively complex yet cohesive outdoor design. Architectural elements with fire and water features, custom textures and state of the art audio visual and kitchen were included in the Big Time Outdoor Living Space project. Ryan Hughes Design Build are celebrating shortlisting success with this project in the Residential Swimming Pool category at the International Design and Architecture Awards 2017. From an initial request for a seemingly floating circular fire-side lounge, designer, Ryan Hughes, drafted a creatively complex, yet calmly cohesive outdoor design. Incorporating architectural elements with fanciful fire and water features or custom textures with state of the art audio visual. A functional flow was achieved by the Ryan Hughes Team within the project’s nearly 5,000 square feet of outdoor space. The path into the pool surrounded circular fire pit provides the perfect vantage point for taking in all the well-appointed areas and outdoor rooms. Well appointed, but unconfined, the outdoor rooms included at the epicentre beckons guests from the moment they enter the home’s front door. A dining area and bar with modern seating and a stainless outdoor kitchen is surrounded by textural elements as well as natural Ipe hardwood. Natural plantings are utilised to soften the hardscapes and add colourful interest throughout the project.

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The dramatic outdoor entertainment lounge was designed with custom sight and sound built within the wall covered with four 50 inch televisions. This audio-visual wall, cladded with Norstone stone veneer and glass tile, flows into an adjacent hearth area. Additional lounging and deck areas, a spa and natural plantings accomplish a complete outdoor story. No area within this Ryan Hughes designed outdoor space is without interest elements including the walkway to the spa. In this space, water and fire, tile and stone, light and sound come together and create a haven for relaxation. And that is before one enters the spa. Along the architectural wall, three Grand Effect fire Chandeliers and three stainless steel scuppers are placed within tiled niches featuring 4 inch precast concrete moulding, each one a work of art. The 9.5 foot square spa is surrounded by a 12 foot raised perimeter overflow cladded with light stream glass tile.

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glisten and shine with creative lighting.”

Warming waters are further enjoyed with an open window element that brings the home’s beautifully landscaped exterior into closer view. Situated below towering palms on a tumbled travertine paver deck is a beautiful pool-side lounging area. Whether enjoyed by day or night, the area’s appointments include multiple contemporary chaise lounges against a textural Norstone stone wall. Following the overall project’s circular theme, a 4 foot diameter round window opening within the lounge area wall offers a view into an outdoor hearth and sculpture hide away.

Every great outdoor design begins with a focus on the needs of the client and their lifestyle. Elements for relaxation and gathering are incorporated then through efficient space and use planning. Specific elements may include water and fire features from resort-style pools and spas to water walls or fire pits to torches. Landscaping and lighting as well as seating, outdoor kitchens or the latest in technology are all addressed within a successful outdoor design. Within this project, as well as within all their projects, it is not one singular element; but through a complexity of elements, the ability to design exactly the space envisioned by the client. Here, the use of monochromatic black, grey and white surfaces created impact through a complexity of textures; but with calming neutrality. But, when the sun goes down, the wow can be turned up via iridescent tiles that glisten and shine with creative lighting. In creating the “wow” that is found in this project, the homeowner asked for a soothing and neutral colour palette that would exist in harmony with its natural setting. Ryan Hughes Design Build accomplished this by simultaneously using impactful architectural elements dressed in creative natural surface materials and textures while allowing landscape elements to enhance each ‘room’. As founder and creative director for Ryan Hughes Design Build, Ryan Hughes has become a much sought-after expert for his imaginative and innovative designs and over-the-top integration of materials and methods for luxurious outdoor living. Media concerns in the US and internationally look to Ryan as a voice and influencer for the industry and an artist in defining the “wow” for exterior designs.


“From the initial inspiration to the final high tech functionality, our pool and outdoor living designs are proof of our commitment to lasting luxury built to be enjoyed for generations.” Ryan Hughes, Founder/Creative Director, Ryan Hughes Design Build



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Victorian Grandeur with a Contemporary Twist PARK GROVE DESIGN – VICTORIAN TERRACE AT THE GRAND

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The Grand Brighton was an English Heritage Victorian masterpiece in need of an aesthetic uplift with operational criteria. The Victorian Terrace, Lounge and Bar situated in the iconic seafront hotel has been refurbished with a unique blend of contemporary furnishings in a dynamic Victorian palette. A completely new concept design for this period hotel.

Continuing with these changes the flooring has been re-laid, and stained and polished to a neutral driftwood colour. A flow-over area carries the furnishings through to a nearby lounge space where fabric-embedded glass screens allow natural daylight to penetrate further into the hotel while creating privacy for diners.

The project has been shortlisted for the Restaurant Within a Hotel Award at the International Hotel and Property Awards 2017.

An elegant large-scale wallpaper balances the hotel’s ornate ceiling mouldings. For additional interest a custom-designed display cabinet in a bronze finish houses an everchanging display of objects from Brighton’s vibrant artistic community, an initiative linking the location with its local surroundings and history. Contemporary furnishings including bespoke upholstered pieces and hand blown light fittings have been realised in a strong Victorian palette appropriate to the architecture, but offering a twist.

Brighton based award-winning interior designers, Park Grove, created a new theme for the unique and iconic destination hotel based on The Grand’s original 19th century architecture, while adding a contemporary feel. The design brief placed emphasis on the spaces relating in some way to the location and history while maintaining a contemporary yet ‘Grand’ look. Throughout the refurbishment, the design team worked closely with the hotel’s Project Manager, Facilities Manager and the local Conservation Officer. Park Grove’s research revealed that the pre-cursor to the Crystal Palace, the world’s most famous conservatory, was built on the adjacent seafront when The Grand was also under construction. Using this theme for the new Victorian Terrace tearooms, a botanical mural depicting a Victorian landscaped garden provides a focal point and creates a backdrop for elegant dining even when the sea view is obscured by weather.

A unique blend of contemporary furnishings in a dynamic Victorian palette.” The conservatory theme carries into the Grand Lobby which can be seen through glazed joinery and where a full height preserved tree has been installed. Preserved quality plantings are dotted throughout the space, many of which have been embedded into large shells to carry the seaside conservatory theme throughout the space. This work was timed to coincide with new air-conditioning installations and new joinery under the windows hides this equipment.

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Park Grove commissioned Curiousa & Curiousa for the lighting. Their lights are bespoke free-blown glass, and as such they were able to enlarge their stemmed pendant to twice the original size, giving Park Grove the impact they desired. The extensive colour options also allowed the designers to work with the interiors palette, contrasting with the plush green and gold velvets of the Victorian Terrace. The refurbishment has allowed the hotel to double the number of covers in the Victorian Terrace due to increased dining space, while the entire layout can be moved and changed to suit a variety of designs and guest booking requirements. Since completion the hotel’s teas, in particular, have risen from one to three fully-booked seatings a day. The mural elicits positive comments and guests enquire into buying the comfortable and stain-proof velvet chairs from the hotel. This design works because it bridges contemporary requirements for comfort and flexibility in seating arrangements with historical references. Park Grove believe that great interior design has the ability to enhance the quality of people’s lives. With no prescriptive style, it is through the interpretation of the property’s architecture, location and setting that the designers create high-quality, memorable interiors and exceed their client aspirations. Through a truly unique and timeless design, Park Grove have left their mark on The Grand Brighton with an interior that will be relevant for many years to come and will give enjoyment to guests and staff alike.


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Taylor Interiors TAYLOR INTERIORS This project involved the interior design package and fit-out of a private residential apartment in central London, excluding bathrooms and kitchen. The brief given to Taylor Interiors was to create a complete fit-out and furnishing package for the entrance hall, living & dining room, master bedroom, guest bedroom and study, of the existing apartment shell.

Introducing the Ares floor tile design BY YURTBAY SERAMIK Yurtbay Seramik introduce the Ares floor tile design, suitable for contemporary interior spaces. The Ares design is a 80 x 80 cm glazed porcelain tile designed as for hard flooring. Available in two colours; grey and black. The objective and desired effect of this design was to create a concrete textured glazed porcelain tile for contemporary designs in neutral colours.

The new ‘Dapper’ fabric with the Dragonfly colourway BY TD FABRICS PTE. LTD. TD Fabrics and Perennials introduce the ‘Dapper’ fabric with the Dragonfly colourway. The Dragonfly colourway is one of the latest additions Perennials have introduced within their ‘Suit Yourself’ Collection. The vibrant teal primary tone with the darker blue hue has been deemed unique and elegant by designers. Suit Yourself is a collection, designed by Perennials, made up of 42 luxury performance fabrics with a tailored aesthetic that has 100% elegance and 100% solution dyed acrylic. 84 design et al

Introducing the Beaded Sofa BY AURUM HOME With shark tooth back seating with shrinking bubble legs forms a classic juxtaposing timeless tufting with a psychedelic twist. The grey suede sofa with brass beaded legs and tufted high back was designed for placement in any corner of one’s home. The designers wanted it to have a classical feel with tufting and thick sprung padding for extra comfort, however, the suede upholstery makes it a less plush looking option, that is not limited to more casual surroundings.

Classic country kitchen meets 21st century elegance BY KON-STRUX DEVELOPMENTS

The brief required the project to reflect the unique heritage and landscape of this gracious acreage in rural southern Alberta. The client wanted a tricky hybrid: a classic country kitchen mixed with the elegant sophistication of modern design. The owner gravitated toward fixtures and design details that demonstrated a sense of history and a flavour of age and use. The home was to be opened up aesthetically and have more usable space, to achieve an open and airy feel, and to maximize the country views of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

Introducing the Twist Sofa BY MILANI HOME AND CANTORI Using a pale gold frame and dove-grey leather strips to create a distinctly unique design. Bellagio velvet seats and cushions compliment in an oyster colour. The shaped iron frame has a continuous wire feed which has been welded, hand-rubbed and hand-polished to create a stable design. Milani Home London are luxury interiors and bespoke furniture supplier. Every article is made to their customer’s specifications. Production strictly takes place in Italy as a guarantee of quality and durability. design et al 85


Aqua Platinum AQUA PLATINUM PROJECTS Working with prestigious developers Mclaren Construction and renowned architects Squire and Partners, Aqua Platinum Projects have designed a luxury wellness scheme inclusive of a swimming pool, steam room and sauna, within a new development in the heart of England’s capital. Aqua Platinum were appointed to design and build a bespoke freeboard swimming pool including a vitality area as part of the luxury basement development in Central London.

The Panel Company THE PANEL COMPANY The RMD Wall Panels provide a beautiful, relaxing and yet stimulating space in what would otherwise be a simple walk through whilst creating an outstanding space. The panels deliver a lasting high quality natural wood finish over a curved surface that will continue to look perfect for years in a high usage environment without the need for further maintenance. The installation has to be cost effective, ruling out wood itself, and installed quickly and efficiently. A difficult brief. The RMD panel is therefore the only solution that can deliver to the specification.

David Chang Design Associates International Ltd DAVID CHANG DESIGN ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL LTD David Chang Design Associates (DCDA) drew inspiration of the Grasse Town S2 project from a town named Grasse in southern France. The town is considered the capital of perfume. The project is located along the bank of Wenyu River in Beijing surrounded with 300 acres of forest and wed land, and home to rare species of bird. A new concept of French suburban classical villa living style is developed. 86 design et al

Meyer Davis MEYER DAVIS Meyer Davis re imagined the key public areas of Four Seasons Houston structurally and aesthetically for a dramatic renovation. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, Four Seasons Houston is a global travel magnet, social hub, and an urban vacation hotel. The Four Seasons Houston needed a drastic update since its last renovation thirty years ago.

Kitzig Interior Design KITZIG INTERIOR DESIGN The dreamy golf resort Schlosshotel Fleesensee is located between Berlin and Hamburg in the heart of Mecklenburg Lake Plateu. The castle, built in 1842 in Baroque style has been renovated elaborately and is now the venerable case of the modern golf and sport resort. It houses spectacular design that creates a stunning contrast to the old building and chimes together with the noble elements.

KAZE Vietnam KAZE VIETNAM KAZE Vietnam were given the design brief of ‘Wanderlust’, creating a memento of discovery and wonder within the Viet Kitchen, a restaurant based in the heart of Saigon, Vietnam within the Renaissance Hotel. Since KAZE finished the project, it has become the talk of the town with tourists and local people alike visiting the restaurant to see the historical and bold design features which KAZE implemented.

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The Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, located in the city’s Garment District has been completely redesigned by locally based hospitality design firm Jeffrey Beers International, providing the hotel chain with a ‘fresh new design concept that embodied the objectives of surprise, delight and discovery’ as part of its rebranding package for the New York City-sited flagship hotel. Jeffrey Beers are celebrating shortlisting success in the International Hotel and Property Awards 2017 which will take place in Ravello, Italy in June. The design scheme draws inspiration from the intoxicating energy of midtown Manhattan and the exciting flavours of the artistic industries that surround it.

The design scheme draws inspiration from the intoxicating energy of midtown Manhattan Guests entering the hotel from either 34th or 35th Streets will notice interactive digital displays projected along the lobby corridor, which spans the length of the block and forms a ‘living wall’, showcasing the many unique experiences the neighbourhood has to offer. The wall responds to human motion through subtle, organic movements, with graphic patterns interacting with guests as they move through the entrance hall. Visitors can explore points of interests with just the point of a finger or tap of the foot. Looking past the spectacular display the design scheme features a mix of luxury and industrial – a theme that continues throughout the hotel. The entrance features a finely figured Paldao wood portal, inset with glass-covered fabric panels, with directional linear grains in both the wood and Eramosa marble flooring aligned to form a seamless ribbon of pattern. This rich smoothness is contrasted by the rough texture of the bare concrete wall at the far end of the space, flowing into a Kenya black marble floor.

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Leslie Ann Wigon, experienced artist in hospitality, corporate and residential markets, were commissioned to create a bespoke print on a metal panel and showcased inside the guest lift. The male and female figures printed in black and white provide a stunning contrast to the white marble walls as the lift doors open. Arriving at the sixth-floor reception area, guests are greeted by a front desk flanked by vibrant photographic collages projected onto exposed concrete and depicting various New York City scenes. Blackened-metal lift doors contrast with white marble; concrete walls sit flush against figured walnut and polished Hermosa marble floors, all drawing inspiration from the grit and glamour nature of the city. Adjoining the lobby are a Library Lounge, lobby bar, a hidden DJ booth, and a club lounge with contemporary furnishings and décor that re-interpret traditional fashion industry components, such as push pins and high heels, into complex wall art. Jeffrey Beers, designer and founder of Jeffrey Beers International explains “This space had to serve so many purposes – we wanted it to be a workspace, a lounge, a bar, and an event venue – so making sure it could accommodate all of those different activities, while still maintaining an open floor plan required careful consideration”. Areas are defined by millwork, including the front desk and the lobby bar opposite, which helped to overcome some of the issues faced by the design team. Ceiling panels are overlaid with a graphically styled walnut framework and the same bold geometric pattern is mirrored in the twotone wood flooring in the bar. The bar itself, made of a solid slab of Calcutta marble, accommodates guests on upholstered bar stools and a small adjacent balcony offers additional seating that looks out over an expansive fifth-floor terrace. An open bookcase separates additional seating in the Library Lounge, with the divider creating a more focused, productive work environment for guests, while also not completely cutting them off from social areas. A twisting, tree-like sculpture

appearing to grow through the bookcase brings in a more sinuous, organic component to offset the straight lines and right-angles of the shelving. On the seventh floor a long corridor, covered in an oversize map of Manhattan, leads to a flexible 4,500 square feet meeting space that can accommodate up to 250 guests. Divisible via glass air walls, the space can be converted into multiple, separate conference rooms. A menswear-inspired theme features subdued colours and pinstriped carpeting. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer city views, while stylised inspirational quotes from fashion industry notables are painted onto the raw concrete back wall, all nod to the area’s fashion heritage. Accommodation comprises of 348 guestrooms with seven Executive suites, one Celebrity suite, and terrace suites with outdoor space. Rooms feature floor-toceiling windows, a juxtaposition of concrete and wood elements and a palette of neutral colours is accented with a tone of aubergine in the bedding and a touch of bright yellow in the entryway artwork. Each of the rooms has a wood vestibule at the entrance, which creates a homely feel. A gradient-frosted glass shower wall distinguishes the rooms’ sleeping area from a white Italian marble ensuite bathroom. “For the guest rooms, the challenge was to make relatively small footprint feel airy and spacious,’ says Beers. ‘We succeeded in doing that by using pale finishes, maximising natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows, and adhering to an uncluttered aesthetic.” These minimalist rooms feel more spacious than their footprints would indicate. ‘Having grown up in New York, I thrive on the fast-paced rhythm of the lifestyle here,’ says Beers. ‘I really wanted the design of this hotel to capture the vibrancy and creative energy of the city and to immerse visitors in the real New York.” An elegant yet edgy look in both the public spaces and the guest rooms has been created through the successful marriage of luxe and industrial elements.


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