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CONTENTS 7 Introduction 8 Designer Profile - Mark Zeff, President, MARKZEFF 10 Designer Profile - Kenneth Ussenko Principal & Lead Designer, Kenneth Ussenko Design 12

Designer Profile - Gary Marshall Founder/ MD, Tonik Associates

14 Designer Profile - Robert Angell Founder/ CEO, Robert Angell Design International 16 Designer Profile - Filipe Jacinto Nunes Creative Director – Principal, Filipao Nunes Arquitectos 18

Designer Profile - Malcolm Crow Managing Partner, Peter Silling & Associates Hotel Interior Design Limited

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Global Categories Hotel Under 50 Rooms - Global Hotel Under 200 Rooms - Global Hotel Over 200 Rooms - Global Beach Hotel - Global Spa/ Spa Hotel - Global Hotel Suite - Global Bar/ Club/ Lounge - Global Restaurant - Global

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Europe Categories Hotel Under 50 Rooms - Europe Hotel Under 200 Rooms - Europe Hotel Over 200 Rooms - Europe Hotel Suite - Europe Restaurant - Europe Bar/ Club/ Lounge Europe

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Asia Pacific Categories Hotel Under 200 Rooms - Asia Pacific Hotel Over 200 Rooms - Asia Pacific Hotel Suite- Asia Pacific Lobby/ Public Areas - Asia Pacific

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The Americas Categories Hotel Under 50 Rooms - The Americas Hotel Under 200 Rooms - The Americas Hotel Over 200 Rooms - The Americas Hotel Suite - The Americas Restaurant - The Americas

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Middle East & Africas Categories Hotel Design- Middle East & Africas Hotel Suite- Middle East & Africas Restaurant - Middle East & Africas

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INTRODUCTION Following an extremely difficult period for the design industry as a whole, we are delighted to present the shortlisted projects for The International Hotel & Property Awards and look forward to bringing the design community together and announcing the winners in Capri on 3rd September for what promises to be a spectacular event. As always, I am amazed by both the breadth and scope of the design schemes here. They range from classically beautiful and highly sophisticated city hotels, to private islands and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, work that I can only describe as almost Avant-

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Mark Zeff President, MARKZEFF www.markzeff.com Where were you boarn/ where did you grow up? Cape Town - South Africa. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Inspiration is all around us all the time - I get most of mine from nature, old cities - Paris being my favorite city experience as well as the medina in Fez. Traveling is at the top of the list and another top inspiration are old movies. Since the onset of Covid I have moved to my country retreat in east Hampton,closer to nature and this has been a very inspirational year . How do you relax and find your work/ life balance? Fishing out in Montauk and taking care of our garden are the two ways i can connect easily with nature. Traveling to places that are off the grid, yet luxurious in terms of setting or design, is a huge way to relax and unwind. Being with my family is also a healthy respite and to be honest working in my field is so much fun most of the time. What areas of the design sector do you work in for the most part? I like the space I am currently working in interiors, branding and architecture - I like the idea of going back to more design for single family custom homes - especially in the Hamptons - as it’s a very special location and I now live full time in east Hampton. Please describe the project you are most proud of to date, with reasons why this was a success? I am most proud of two projects... one is my home that I designed and built

in east Hampton which we fondly named BLACKBARN and this home became the inspiration for a restaurant, retail store and lots of custom BLACKBARN products sourced and manufactured all over the world. This lifestyle has almost become permanent in my life now as I live with my family in this house which started off as a weekend retreat. The second project that I am very proud of is the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin Texas - this was so irreverent for its time and the clients gave us a design runway that enabled us to be innovative in several ways - in terms of materials and design attitude. This always pays off and this project has been a breakthrough project for my firm and my career and has been revered in the industry and continues to be a source of new clients and projects for us, to this day. How would you describe your work/design style /ethos? My career has always been about innovation trying new ideas and always challenging my own design boundaries. I think my work at its best is when I can meld the organic natural inspirations with luxury in a way that is comfortable to all the users senses whilst being super impactful. I love history, so am always looking back for ideas and inspiration - it’s always a good trick to pay homage to the past. How has the pandemic changed your outlook on work/ life? I feel that this last year the world has changed a great deal - its made us stay home which was a huge adjustment that i took on very easily and has allowed me as person to pay attention to the people closest to me. I feel proud for having done this well and and run my company from a distance which has been very interesting. I think it’s the best thing that has happened to

the industry... why? it’s slowed the process down a little, so that we can actually pay attention to each other and to the process itself. What are your thoughts on the future of design? We need look further than our small community and all work together - the world is in trouble and designers, inventors and patrons should cause more change - this bravery will need to happen and design will become even more important to society. Please tell us your aims for the next twelve months and beyond? I want to collaborate more - work with other of like-mind to be innovative and find new solutions and develop ideas that are going to help our world. Which direction are you moving in from a design perspective? I am working with an interesting architect in Mexico and we have decided that water is the next design frontier so we are making a point to incorporate black water solutions within our design ideas and start to push our clients this way - they, for the most part, embrace this and so as a design direction I think there are other concepts like this that i want to incorporate going forward. How is your work evolving? I am passionate about what I do, so this life-long design experience is always evolving and so I think the next 10-20 years might be the most interesting years for me. I have learnt to balance this passion with the other important aspects of my life and this feels like harmony for the first time.


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Tell us a little about your background in design. I started my design exploration in the film business over 20 years ago. Then I transitioned into interiors and conceptual design for environments. I started Kenneth Ussenko Design in the early 2000s when creating theme park concepts for the Galadari family in Dubai. From there I was fortunate to be a part of dozens of innovative design projects and fortunately continue to do so today. How would you describe your personal interior design style? My personal design style is a marriage of color and texture; old and new; feminine and masculine. If possible I try to build a canvas from structures of a classical foundation accented by contemporary outlines and finishes. Where does your design inspiration come from? My travels since childhood. All the shapes, textures and colors from my journeys across the globe. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

Your favourite holiday destination?

It is truly a positive journey to see and be a part of this society. It really opens the world to see and recognize the trends and talents from the global community of developers, architects and designers. Very inspiring and absolutely rewarding!

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?

What was your favourite project to work on and why? Morongo Casino Resort and Spa because it allowed me to push my creativity to new boundaries. My firm was given a very large canvas to work with and opportunities to create wonderful concepts and environments all under one roof. What was your most challenging project to work on and why? The most challenging project was when working on the royal family palace in Qatar. Challenging because of cultural differences and abilities to access labour and materials within the country.

I feel design continues to evolve with technology within its environments but collectively it also embraces the fundamentals of classical movements and colors, always bringing back a bit of yesterday into tomorrow.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Less is not always more, so be brave and let your imagination go.

Good millwork craftsmen and wall finishers. Plus great lighting!!!

Your most treasured possession? Home in Sansepolcro, Italy.

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The Carlyle Hotel, NY Moloko Restaurant, Moscow Buddha Bar, Moscow Your favourite book, film & song? Book: Book: The Hobbit Film: The Mission Song: Tennessee whiskey by Chris Stapleton Your favourite food and drink? Pastries & Fresh Lemonade Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? On a road trip, exploring. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A builder or chef Anything else interesting? Writing of films was my other past. It is something I’m still working on now. The other creative side of my mind, story telling.


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Gary Marshall Founder/ MD, Tonik Associates www.tonikassociates.com Where were you born/ where did you grow up? I was born in the industrial North of England near Leeds, and moved to the Midlands when I was 12. I studied at Loughborough college of Art then Nottingham, before moving to London after passing my Degree in Interior Design.

How did achieving this make you feel? On both levels this is why I come to work and love what I do. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Inspiration is all around us and is complex and varied, which it needs to be as there is no madeto-measure solution for creative problem solving.

Please explain your relevant training/ work experience?

How do you relax and find your work/ life balance?

After completing a BA (hons) Interior design, I worked for a number of large design groups including Fitch before setting up my own business in 1990 aged 27, which I sold to a large construction company two years later and was retained as MD. Four years later, I was head hunted by Harrods and sat on the board at the age of 34. I started Tonik Associates in 2002.

I have 4 children and live by the Sea, which means fresh air and walks with the Family. I spend around 60% of my time working in London or travelling and 40% at home - I need the balance of the 2.

Please describe the highlight of your career to date.

I work across all sectors and believe the sectors are merging and learning from one another which means we are well place for providing amazing creative solutions across the boardin the future

Daily highlights involve the mentoring of young creatives and I have been lucky enough to work with, and develop, a large number of creative talents that are themselves now running their own creative businesses and making a mark. From a specific project perspective, I have just completed a large residence for a client which was both a labour of love and a complex puzzle due the diverse nature of the family. The project was a fantastic end result of which I am really proud

What area(s) of the design sector do you work in for the most part?

How would you describe your work/ design style/ ethos? Pragmatic surprise, I love to delight through the unexpected: material, texture, shape, form, colour, etc... I make sure that we think strategically outside the box.. But everything we do is underpinned by relevance.

How has the pandemic changed your outlook on work/ life? I think there are some really exciting challenges out there around how we want to live our lives and these challenges fuel my inspiration for design. How do you predict the pandemic will change the global design sector? Hopefully design will be asked to lead the way and innovate and challenge. I think designers can have a real impact on how we live our lives. Design needs to be taken more seriously as a tool for growth and improvement across all sectors. Please tell us your aims for the next twelve months and beyond? I want to make sure the bigger picture projects come to fruition so that we can make a bigger impact on the customer/guest for our clients. Which direction are you moving in from a design perspective? We are not hamstrung by a specific design direction and make sure that every project is special. Final thoughts The future is both challenging and exciting, and as designers we are well-placed to have make a real impact on the repurposing of society as a whole across all sectors.....


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Robert Angell Founder/ CEO, Robert Angell Design International www.robertangelldesigninternational.com Tell us a little about your background in design I Have always been passionate about design and made objects. I find stimulus from visual and beautiful objects that surround our everyday lives, whether it’s a stunning architecturally inspiring house to an amazing piece of furniture each has a way of engaging my senses and I get real pleasure from that. I studied a Honours Interior Design Degree at Nottingham in the UK. Working with architects and designers creating beautiful marina residences to glamorous hospitality event spaces for air and yacht shows. I then embarked on an incredible fifteen year stint with David Collins Studio. Here I really cut my teeth on Luxury Design with David where everything was designed with the utmost attention to detail and that’s something that I still carry forward today. ‘God is in the details’ as Mies van der Rohe once said and its so true that everything has to be considered to create a beautiful object or interior. How would you describe your personal interior design style? This is a difficult question, because there is not one simple answer and that’s because its something that grows and evolves with time and has so many other influences that shape my everyday life. Whether its fashion or paintings. I know I like clean, uncluttered spaces with beautiful art and furniture that evoke an almost gallery like vibe, yet not stark. Colour is always important to me as it surrounds us and really sets off objet and furniture evoking a sense of calm and timelessness Where does your design inspiration come from? Inspiration comes from my travels around the globe. I am like a sponge soaking up culture, fashion, art, people and place, seeing how people interact with there everyday surroundings and then improving how this is done with a sense of a beautiful aesthetic is important to me.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Research what you are going to create something in a way that really brings about an individual style and vibe for your client. How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The awards epitomise the very best designers in the world through an awards ceremony which is unparalleled and they understand the effort and dedication that designers across the world strive for in a way that makes us as designers really proud of what we all create for our amazing clients. What was your favourite project to work on and why? They are all my favourites because they all involve different experiences and challenges that allow us to create wonderful spaces for diners and guests to enjoy and create their own memories. What was your most challenging project to work on and why? I relish challenges and I think that it’s a part of the design process that we almost create them ourselves to really search for the best solution for our clients. When we are designing bespoke finishes and furniture the challenge is to always create something beautiful and one that fulfils the brief.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue to grow the business with my amazing team here in London and to perhaps explore some new territories where we can learn new skills and enhance the world for our clients and ultimately the people who experience the incredible spaces we create. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My Library of design books which are invaluable to what we seek to create and can learn from what has been designed through the past generations Your favourite holiday destination? South of France where the food, architecture and beaches are just a great place to fully relax Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel Coste in Paris as it just evokes an instant emotion when you enter. The Cliff in Barbados which oozes excitement, simplicity and elegance. American Bar at the Savoy, not because we designed it but because of its just the best and most original cocktail bar in London. Your favourite book, film & song? Les Artistes Décorateurs 1900-1942 by Brunhammer, Yvonne & Suzanne Tise. The Italian Job, because it just makes me smile. Joy Division, Love will tear us apart, who went on to create New Order. Your favourite food and drink? I really enjoy Thai food with an ice cold beer.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Going to look around galleries and antique shops and finishing off relaxing in my garden enjoying the nature.

Sketching is key to let the creative juices flow so having a great set of pens and pencils are still key to getting ideas down on paper.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I have always been very creative so something connected to the arts, architecture or Fashion.


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Filipe Jacinto Nunes Creative Director – Principal, Filipao Nunes Arquitectos www.filipaonunes.com How would you describe your work/design style/ethos? My work reflects my experiences through time, the experiences through design and the space being my canvas. My style is eclectic; I mix different art disciplines with different artistic trends. What led you to this career path? My deep interest for space and the sensations that this may give, where this made me feel deeply in love for interior design. As an interior architect my intention is that my spaces always have proportional scale, colour and texture. Please describe the project you are most proud of to date, with reasons why this was a success? I always say that my best project is the last one, because it let us evolve, correct, and get better in process. The feeling once accomplished with the client satisfaction, leaves us with the sensation of learning something new. These things are the ones that feed our creative process, in the next projects. Please describe a highlight of your career to date. June 2019, at Capri. Winning my first global prize with Porfirio’s Guadalajara.

How did achieving this make you feel?

How will it change the global design sector?

It filled me with joy, longing, and thankfulness. Joy; because it was a dream. Longing; because there are a lot of people that I wish could see how I have been evolving as a professional and as a man. Thankfulness; first of all for my family for all the unconditional support, my team for the commitment, talent, dedication, and who believe in me, and last but not least, those first clients, the ones that take off on a rollercoaster of emotions, whom honour us with their preference.

My thought about this new normal is that the entertainment and dining industry will have some radical changes in all the process, that will be using for now and forever. Talking about design; the most important thing is about the number of people that can be in a space and how you can protect everyone by a good design

What motivates you? My wife, my son, and the ones and I can call a second family; my dream team. Has the recent global pandemic changed the way in which you work? This global pandemic leaves us with a huge learning, to adapt ourselves really fast, and bring the best of us and the best of the resources we have near to us. My office divides itself in 20 different points around the city, we haven’t seen ourselves physically since March and we have the chance to keep working and give the best in our projects, by zoom, digital meetings. We have been making it possible even to supervise some of our projects that were in construction. Has it changed your outlook? Definitely. We prioritize what is really important for our lives.

Please tell us your aims for the next twelve months and beyond. I hope that this shut down in the world wakes up in us the value of our actions day by day, and appraise our work spaces, the relationships between our co-workers and our clients. I hope we continue doing a great architecture work, surpassing ourselves each day. What would be your key piece of advice for emerging designers right now? Be patient, be creative, be authentic. Be insatiable of good architecture. What are your thoughts on the future of design? I’m very positive about the design in the future, it will be more about the function and the human being.


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Malcolm Crow Managing Partner, Peter Silling & Associates Hotel Interior Design Limited www.hotelinteriordesign.com.hk Where were you born/ where did you grow up? I was born, grew up, and raised in Hong Kong. Please explain your relevant training/ work experience? Since I graduated from the HK University with a MSc in construction management, I was focusing more on the building construction side. From 2000 onwards, ever since I joined Peter Silling & Associates, I was fortunate to work closely with Peter Silling and excel my design skills under his guidance. In 2006 I became the managing partner of the company and am mainly responsible for all projects in Asia and America. Please describe the highlight of your career to date. With over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality design sector, I have been fortunate to work on many luxury hotels worldwide and successfully delivered numerous turn-key design projects such as the Capella Washington DC, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, the Grand Hyatt Kochi & Conventions in India, the Waldhaus Films Wellness Resort Switzerland and the Four Seasons Grand Suites Macau. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Ideas and inspiration come from everywhere: travel, books, architecture, and dialogue with people of different cultures and backgrounds. And communication is important too. We always work closely with our clients because their thoughts give us inspiration. Being a good listener is the most important aspect of my work. What area(s) of the design sector do you work in for the most part? Hospitality design has always been my main focus. From resort hotels, boutique hotels to business hotels with big convention spaces, I've been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on many wonderful projects.

Please describe the project you are most proud of to date, with reasons why this was a success? Waldhaus Films Wellness Resort Switzerland, Autograph Collection. It’s the complexity of the project that makes it so much fun and rewarding when it’s completed. The Project involved renovation of several historical buildings, there were a lot of challenges and restrictions imposed by the local authority. It’s a miracle that we managed to complete the total services from space planning, design, construction and purchasing management all within 12-month time. How would you describe your work/design style /ethos? Our design always carries a “sense of place”. Every design should have a strong design narrative, it’s always about delivering a design that tells a good story. How has the pandemic changed your outlook on work/ life? I used to travel a lot. At least 50% of my work time was out of office for site visits, factory inspections and clients’ meetings etc. The pandemic has changed the way we coordinate our design. Clear communication and good project management are the keys to ensure the design quality when in-person interaction is not allowed. I now would spend a lot more time communicating with my team, setting clear goals and sharing expectations and feedbacks. How do you predict the pandemic will change the global design sector? The hospitality industry is moving toward creating grounding, holistic experiences for guests, providing them with mindfulness and elements of self-care. Integrated technology will be another big one with less physical contact more emphasis places on the self-check-in experience.

What are your thoughts on the future of design? Regarding hotels, I believe they will start breaking away from trends and forging their paths in terms of their style and design with a focus on communities and the stories they want to tell. The environment is definitely top of everyone’s mind; every stakeholder of the industry should pay more attention to protect our planet. Eco-friendly will become key, in terms of materials, I believe clients and designers will embrace more natural materials. Please tell us your aims for the next twelve months and beyond? I plan to join some design courses and forums to keep my design thinking “up-to-date”. I think it’s a good thing to stay in education because the world is changing and we should change with it. I believe design is more and more about curating experiences and we need to keep up our understanding of what our audiences’ needs are to create the best design solutions. Which direction are you moving in from a design perspective? I don’t have a particular direction that I am moving in. I believe every design should be “experiential”. Experiential design relies on an imaginative narrative and leads the people through the spaces like chapters unfolding in a book with signature details. I want to ensure each of my project will create people with a unique experience. How is your work evolving? Interior design is not just about delivering a physical design solution to a space anymore. Our approach is multi-discipline. To ensure a strong sense of place, we often explore in art, lighting, accessories and any details that would resonate and reinforce our design narrative, bringing the story we want to create in life.


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Hotel Now by Michael Azoulay Design Studio Location: Eilat, Israel Interior Designer: Michael Azoulay Now is a luxury hotel in Eilat, a major tourist destination, on the shores of the Red Sea at the most southern point in Israel. It is an exciting and enjoyable island, filled with fun and happiness – one where guests find themselves not wanting to leave. The designers wanted to translate living in the ‘now’ with this hotel; an experience that you taste from the local heritage, culture and values of the modern day. Shifting the focus on the now allows us to appreciate the journey that we take. The 20 room boutique hotel has been designed by Michael Azoulay Design Studio with one goal in mind – to ensure each guest has the perfect holiday experience. The design works so well because of the atmosphere and the community that has developed around it, the community of Now. Over the years the designers have gained experience in the field of hospitality, but this project has its own uniqueness. It is designed to be beautiful and cosy, welcoming the guests with good vibes that continue all day long, and Michael Azoulay Design Studio take great pride in it. All the materials that were used in the project are natural. Michael Azoulay Design Studio also tried hard to use recycled wood, fabrics and paper products wherever possible. In order for the interior design to match the uniqueness of the hotel, the designers had to employ artisan skills and bespoke pieces throughout. A large part of the items in this specific project were made in very delicate crafts, which included the sheds, rugs, bedspreads and some of the carpentry work.

Camp Sarika by Amangiri by Luxury Frontiers Location: Utah Interior Designer: Luxury Frontiers Hotel Group/Developer: Aman Resorts and Canyon Equity Canyon Equity, the owner of the iconic Amangiri, charged Luxury Frontiers with designing North America’s first all-weather, year-round tented camp, at a level of luxury unprecedented in the West. The result: 10 beautifully appointed one- or two-bedroom tented pavilions—bespoke architectural statements which offer discerning guests the ultimate luxury Amangiri is known for and adventurous back-to-nature experiences in Utah’s desert landscape. Luxury Frontiers’ architectural and interior design is a contextual tribute. It captivates the senses with thoughtfully positioned tents which bow toward monumental sandstone formations, while welcoming guests inside with the soft intimacy of a natural canvas tent. Clean lines, natural colour schemes and canvas work, distinguished by stitching and fixing details, cultivate a refined camp feel. While the camp offers curated vistas of rocky outcrops and flat-topped mesas, each element of the tented pavilion is to host an experience for the senses. Indoors, each tent boasts a living area, dining area, wet and dry bar, and a soaking bathtub with desert views. The tented roof extends the indoors to outdoor living areas, marked by a private oversized terrace, fire pit, and heated plunge pool. Given the site conditions of sun, snow, and extreme temperatures, no detail was too small in designing the tented pavilions to thrive on both an aesthetic and performance level.

The brief for Michael Azoulay Design Studio was to create a space where the journey becomes the new destination with a new appreciation for the current moment. For them, our journey starts now.

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Port Hotel by Imraan Ismail Interiors Location: West Sussex United Kingdom Architect: Jorges Salman Interior Designer: Imraan Ismail Interiors Hotel Group/ Developer: Port Hotels The brief was to help create a unique British coastal town hotel experience through innovative design and within a limited budget. Importantly, they were asked to create a clean and contemporary space that would not date, would remain practical to maintain in the long term, yet always be considered as a front runner in affordable British coastal town design. Imraan Ismail Interiors took cognisance of the surrounding environment and as briefed, looked to work in natural costal tones and materials to create warmth - materials that would wear well and would stay ahead of interior trends without great cost. It was asked that the designer was to use the Port Hotel icon in playful and surprising ways to engage the audience and hotel guests through our interior design. Designing the bar/lounge/communal/ restaurant area the aim of the design was to create something inviting and memorable in the space whilst also keeping within the brief of a contemporary space that would not date. The design is unique for British coastal towns. It’s fresh, edgy and unexpected. The exterior of the hotel is painted in charcoal black referencing the clapboard boathouses of Norfolk and the stark dark colours of industrial ports. The Port interior is in direct contrast to the deliberately dark exterior. When you step inside you are soothed by a calm, natural, coastal colour palette. Organic curves, arched doorways and port hole windows are used throughout as are natural materials such as cork, stone and wood.

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River House at Odette’s at Balongue Design Location: New Hope, PA Interior Designer: Balongue Design Architect: Stokes Architecture + Design Hotel Group/Developer: Refined Hospitality Construction Company: Pancoast & Clifford Situated along the Delaware River, the hotel is the cornerstone of the hospitality revival in the artistic town of New Hope. The hotel features an edgy, yet elegant design; inspired by the site’s previous life as actress-musician Odette Myrtil’s cabaret, Chez Odette, a social hub for over two decades. The interior boasts a romantic soul with delicate, airy colours and dreamlike sophistication. It is soft and indulgent; simultaneously minimalistic and luxurious. The design elements are deeply rooted in its heritage yet evoke a universal appeal. This upscale venue pays a modern homage to Odette’s entertaining, big, bold personality. The River House captures and exudes the essence of its historically significant location and the quirky village personality of the New Hope artist colony it now lives in. The exterior encapsulates the stone clad former Odette’s Bed and Breakfast with a brick façade emulating the local areas plethora of textile mills. Odette’s romantic vivacious spirit is showcased throughout the interior; Plush textiles, Leather Sofas and vintage lighting speak to her French flair and the boisterous cabarets she hosted in the location for decades prior. Today’s visitor is drawn an edgy, yet elegant, urban inspired environment. A brilliant kaleidoscope of rich colour and finish materials coupled with vintage reclaimed architectural features and bold fixtures offers an unparalleled riverfront experience. An antique wrought iron light fixture from the original Odette’s Tavern was salvaged and used to fabricate a three-dimensional sculpture that hangs above the fireplace in the piano lobby.


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Silkpath Grand Hue Hotel & Spa by YC Interior Design & Consultant Company Location: District 9, HCMC, Vietnam Architect: NKB company Interior Designer: YC Interior Design & Consultant Company Hotel Group / Developer: Silk Path Group Construction Company: ICMC company The most important part of this project is that YC used a unique mosaic method to combine the art of Temple of Khai Dinh by art photo with the combination of technology and hands to create a striking highlight in the Main Hall, Extra Hall, and European Restaurant. The concept was developed by the stories about the history and culture of the country, people and life, yet still maintain style with maximum functionality. The spirit of culture and approach between the current development and the past is evident throughout the layout of the property ranging from the material to the detailed manner for each product whether it is fabric or desks, chairs or more. You will see the traditional and modern features interact with each other through the materials used to express the Vietnamese handmade hands when doing this work through grinding stone, wash stone, mosaic, tile, cotton, fine art products, tables, chests. When using handmade products, YC always carefully researches to find suitable solutions when put into application as well as related to maintenance to Hotel ‘s operation. This is very important for any designer when making a 5 star hotel according to international standards. From function to technical solutions, it is always clear that when designing from the beginning, it has been carefully calculated for the construction solution, rather than focusing on aesthetics without regard to technical solutions.

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The Guardsman Hotel by Tonik Associates Location: London Architect: Dexter Moren Interior Designer: Tonik Associates Hotel Group/ Developer: Shiva Hotels Construction Company: Henry Construction The design brief was to create a luxury club style hotel in tune with its surroundings offering sumptuous public and private areas with a focus on luxury with “purpose’. This hotel offers the guest the total private club experience, the public areas are intimate and bespoke. Art pieces and furniture were curated to reflect the intimate nature of the clubs mantra and attention to detail in material, furniture and artifact choice was a key driver for the interior team. The ground floor lounge and lower ground floor bar and restaurant act as one space to reflect the club ambience. The ground floor snug area maintains the quality of the public space and provides an enclosed area for privacy. Due to the tightness of the site the bedrooms on each of five floors are irregular in size and shape, to accentuate the bespoke nature of the offer 3 themes were introduced into the design of the private spaces. The themes were reflections of the hotel’s neighbourhood and history. This meant that all the rooms have an individual look and feel whilst maintaining the hotels DNA of luxury and understated elegance. The upper floors of the hotel are dedicated to spacious residences, with bespoke kitchens and lounge areas some with external terraces add an extra dimension to the properties offer and accentuate the club feel encouraging a longer stay. The hotel has been designed holistically, because of the hotels intimate nature all the public and private spaces flow and reflect the DNA of the property.


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Kedma Hotel by Ruth Arad Design Location: Sde Boker Interior Designer: Ruth Arad Design Architect: Lea Robanenco Hotel Group: Isrotel Hotels Developer: Neot Boker Construction: Cassuto The Kedma Hotel was designed as a Nabataean khan at Sde Boker on the Spice Route, which was one of the most important trading routs in ancient times and along which spices, essential and luxury goods were transported between the East and Europe. To honour this history, the brief called for the design of a khan. As one approaches the seemingly unadorned inward-looking structure and steps through its hefty doors into the intimate courtyard with its abundant vegetation and swimming pool, the story becomes clear – this is a khan that brings to life the treasures of the past in a modern idiom. The lobby, in which the outside and the inside worlds meet, sets the mood. Its main features include an 8-meter-high log branched ceiling with inset twinkling ‘stars’, from which glass light-reflecting balls are invisibly suspended and appear to float and perhaps most dominant of all, a rock-hewn reception desk which looks as if it has always been there. The lounge can be seen as a huge space for welcoming tired travellers or as a Bedouin tent in which a desert meal is about to be served thanks to a combination of low and varied seating, with a bar as a centrepiece. Falling rope fronds give the illusion of a tent to create privacy without losing the sense that you are participating in a larger event. The pool is the main oasis of the building and is surrounded by trees and greenery and built-in plaster seating areas. The recurring motif of low seating, almost at ground level, induces relaxation and a connection to the base elements of life water, earth, root.

The J Hotel, Shanghai Tower, China by R & O Design Limited / Bilkey Llinas Design Location: Shanghai Interior Designer: R & O Design Limited / Bilkey Llinas Design Architect: Gensler/Marshall Strabala & Jun Xia Hotel Group/Developer: Jin Jiang International Hotels Construction Company: Yeti Construction and Development Photographer: Mr. Sui Si Cong - Shanghai Mingshi Photography Studio The 178 room J Hotel sits atop the world’s second tallest high-rise occupying levels 84 through 120 of the mix use luxury landmark Shanghai Tower. The client requested a hotel design unlike any other in the world that would complement the iconic structure of the Shanghai Tower. However, traditional Chinese elements had to be implemented in the overall design. The most challenging and fulfilling part of the project was the conceptualisation of the 2 different guestroom designs. One concept was to develop a fully transparent glass room where bedroom, bathroom and closet were viewed as a single open space. In contrast, the second concept incorporated a traditional Chinese guestroom layout with leather wall detailing and custom built-in cabinetry. The design works well because the team were able to integrate glass, metal, marble and other non-flammable materials with the architectural structure of the existing tower. The Shanghai Tower was designed to complement the other 2 iconic buildings located on the site as the future vision of the new Shanghai Pudong.

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Rosewood Hong Kong by Rosewood Hong Kong Location: Hong Kong Hotel Group: Rosewood Hotel Group Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects Interior Designer: Tony Chi – tonychi Studio Construction Company: New World Development An ultra-luxury, residential-style property at the harbourfront Victoria Dockside district, Rosewood Hong Kong is distinguished by its rigorous approach to art and design. The ultra-luxury hotel occupies 43 floors of the multi-use Rosewood Tower, a new landmark on the world-famous skyline. The project, the flagship for Rosewood Hotel Group, was eight years in the making, courtesy of global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and visionary hospitality designer Tony Chi of New York studio tonychi. The brief was to create a property that tapped into the historical importance of the location and reflect the legacy of the owning Cheng family, in particular the Cheng family’s founding patriarch, Dr. Cheng Yu tung and his son Henry Cheng, who, in the 1980s, established New World Centre as a major mixed-use shopping and residential destination on the site. Fundamental to Rosewood’s guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy, the hotel is a nuanced reflection of the destination with a distinctive vision of authentic cultural immersion and site-specific design, along with an air of home-like intimacy throughout. The interior design juxtaposes materials such as dark timber, tiles, metal, glass, and leather. Combined with crafted details and exceptional art, the refined layering of textures and stories references family history, local heritage, and a sense of place.

The Sinclair, Autograph Collection by ForrestPerkins Location: Texas Interior Designer: ForrestPerkins Architect: Merriman Architects Hotel Group/Developer: Sinclair Holdings Construction Company: BYRNE CONSTRUCTION Sinclair Oil Holdings 1929 iconic building in Ft. Worth Texas is now home to The Sinclair, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel. Opened in January 2020 this 164room hotel boasts magnificent historic features well preserved over the past 90 years. Built to serve as Sinclair Oil Holdings headquarters the building was occupied as an office building until the time of the renovation. Challenges arose as a result of adapting the building to something it wasn’t originally designed for. The building’s design had to be approved by Texas Historic Commission, new building codes adapted for the new use, and the addition of MEP systems suited for a hotel. Interior design draws on Ft. Worth swagger yet is elevated for a luxurious modern experience. Drawing inspiration from the glamour of the Art Deco period the material palette includes rich walnut, velvet, sleek marbles, and rich gold metals. Cowhide and leather are juxtaposed against the elegant finish palette and create a distinctly Ft. Worth experience. Art provides a surprising twist in the elegant property show casing pop-culture icons and iconic Texas characters in cartoon. Guestrooms provide a modern, sleek aesthetic with Italian made casegoods, marble and polished stainlesssteel vanities, and wood flooring. The design honours the buildings history which was a functioning office building up to the date the owner stared construction to convert it to a hotel. Although the renovation flipped the building to a hotel use, guests still sense the roots of this building.

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The QUBE Hotel Ningbo North by Mantu Interior Architects Design Location: Ningbo, China Interior designer: Tan Jingxing, Chao Jun Hotel Group/ Developer: Greenland Group As a typical canal town and seaport city in the south of the Yangtze River, Ningbo sits in the estuary at the southern end of the Grand Canal. It is the eastern port of departure of the Maritime Silk Road. Therefore, the hotel integrates the local characteristic culture and, with the theme of “setting sail from the port to the world”, ideally melts the modern fashion with the traditional culture for artistic expression. The lobby space, based on the design concept of Ningbo’s colourful port culture, looks high, open and imposing in some parts, interspersed with mass texture materials in the container fashion. The container concept bookshelf towers aloft in the lobby, like an art ladder, dividing the space while furnishing visitors a dreamy visual expansion. The ship-form bar of the lobby matches the carpet of the wave concept, as if stirring up rhythmic waves when sailing into the sea. Interesting artistic devices are introduced in the space letting people filled with infinite reverie to the journey of ocean exploration. The all-day restaurant brings in the harbour concept clue. The annular island serves as the centre of the spatial vision, creating a warm harbour for rest, allowing visitors to experience the unique warm, charming, tranquil harbour culture. The guest rooms are spacious and inclusive, adopting a high-grade grey tone, calm and elegant. The mini-bar designed with the concept of ancient hamper, looks simple and fashionable. The bedside background, embellished with art gradient pattern glass, creates a delicate and stylish space atmosphere of distinctive cultural story, so that guests returning from business travel may relieve fatigue, and enjoy new inspiration for life and career. The hotel integrates the local characteristic culture and, with the theme of “setting sail from the port to the world”.


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The Grand Suites at Four Seasons, Macau by Sands Corporation Location: Macau Architect: Aedas Interior Designer: Peter Silling & Associates Hotel Interior Design Limited Hotel Group/ Developer: Cotai Strip Lot 2 Apart Hotel (Macau) Limited The 289-keys Grand Suites at Four Seasons opened its doors for guests to experience the next-generation of luxury in this forever vibrant and glamorous city, Macau. Blending elements of indulgence, grandeur and timelessness, the design aesthetic creates a beautiful balance between a sophisticated and modern interior - a dedicated reflection of the Macau heritage. The lobby, departing from the conventional layout arrangement, is split into two elements; a main entrance on the ground floor with a dedicated reception area where art and architecture are harmoniously integrated. Stepping inside, guests are greeted with the sculpted bespoke chandelier: that captures “A Moment of Stillness”. Each of the Grand Suites at Four Seasons rooms embody a bold, yet residential approach to design boasting innovative and thoughtfully selected finishes. Every piece of furniture is bespoke and each piece of artwork is carefully curated. The tea ceremony corner, featured at the heart of each suite, links Chinese tradition to its core. With a fully equipped kitchen providing a unique culinary experience, offering legendary Michelin-starred chef prepared meals en-suite. The grand bathroom is wrapped with Italian Calcutta Gold marble - a striking statement to the entire ‘classic apartment’ experience. Designed as a contemporary urban penthouse, the dramatic 11 Sky View Villas at 372 SM each, offer a private pool, generous outdoor terrace and a stunning 360-degree views.

W Hotel Melbourne by Hachem Architecture Location: Melbourne Victoria Architect: Hachem Architecture Developer: Diasho Developments & Cbus Property Construction Company: Multiplex W Hotel brand standards dictate that a hotel reflect its host city, aesthetically and culturally. To ensure this goal was authentically met, Hachem challenged significant aspects of the design brief with a view to integrating the design solution under the headline theme of ‘reveal to revel’. What followed was a single-minded dedication to that core idea. A major goal of the revised brief was to ensure nothing was homogeneous or expected. From the moment a guest arrives, they are transported through a kaleidoscope of experiences that arouse the five senses. The porte-cochère is dark and moody, lit by a brilliant sculpture that seems to magically transform from the letter ‘W’ (W Hotel) to the letter ‘M’ (Melbourne) as it is circled. The lobby symbolises a classic Melbourne laneway, complete with soaring lenticular wall art that presents as a classy timber face to the corporate entrance and gradually reveals its full grandeur as you walk towards the hotel’s Flinders Lane entrance. The ground level bar is playful and intriguing as guests experience a marvellous journey through a wooden cocoon that feels like the entrance to a new dimension. The top level, originally planned as a typical residential pool, was converted into a profitable wet-deck function space with a bar that fits brilliantly with the W’s maverick attitude. The interior design solutions at W Melbourne are unconstrained and beyond compare. This is thought-provoking, innovative and intelligent design on a scale that is anomalous for large hotels. Hachem designs to a holistic strategy that considers the guest experience from all angles. In this case, the goal was to authentically capture the essence of the hotel’s host city, Melbourne.

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Midlands Hotel Manchester by Garuda Design Location: Manchester Hotel Group/ Developer: Fattal Group Construction Company: Edgewater Garuda Design embarked on a complete £14 million refurbishment of existing Grand Hotel, including all bedrooms, Ensuites, corridors, Reception area, Bar, Restaurant, Tea rooms, Fine Dining Restaurant and Mount St. Bar and Restaurant. The brief was to try and capture the grandeur of the original Edwardian Railway Hotel, but add some luxury and flamboyance to this Grand Dame. This was achieved through keeping the original main features but adding clever design elements that bring the project to life. The key aspect and highlight of the hotel is the expansive open plan reception bar and seating area with its glazed rooflight, which was the original winter-garden. This has been transformed and helps to create the feel of grandeur that the clients wanted to achieve. The designers tried to capture the original concept of the Palm winter-garden, to create the feel of this as it had been lost through the years. This was achieved with the use of clever design concepts and the introduction of fabrics and furnishings. The designer feels that the interior spaces now reflect the language of the Architecture and the historical importance of the building. The grandness of the exterior of the Hotel is now matched by the interior. This was previously lost over time but has been restored through the refurbishment. Garuda Design used a talented mural artist Julien Gaultier to paint a trompe L’oeil sky in the Rotunda, and had specialist painters to stone block and paint faux marble on the large columns. It was a pleasure to breathe new life into this Grand Dame of a hotel, an important landmark that has been given a new lease of life for another 100 years or so!


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St. Regis Toronto by Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Location: Toronto Interior Designer: Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Hotel Group/Developer: InnVest Chapi Chapo Design redesigned all 258 of The St. Regis Toronto’s luxury guest rooms and suites, the new bright and airy interiors are a tribute to the rich Toronto landscape with elegantly modern textures and patterns inspired by the beauty of Lake Ontario. Sitting on the north shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is bound to the west and east by the Humber and Rouge Rivers, with the Don River separating the city between east and west. As these rivers were strong factors for indigenous peoples settling here, Lake Ontario allowed the city to become an influential trading post. Each custom-designed element speaks of quiet excellence, while abstractly paying homage to a myriad of inspirations including geology, mapping, railway ties, wooden and leather snowshoes, birch bark canoes, urban architecture including Victorian brick facades and modernist office buildings. The hotel’s stunning new luxury guest rooms and suites are inspired by the glimmering reflections within the water, translated through reflective surfaces mixed with more subdued finishes. The new design emulates the warm welcoming Canadian spirt by including sophisticated yet unpretentious material and warm woods. Exquisitely tailored details mixed with natural textures combined to make a luxurious yet comfortable space and a place to entertain – which the St. Regis founding family, The Astors, were notorious for in the early 1900s. The hotel’s design was intended to be a place where people of all walks of life can come together and connect and the textures and patterns honour the land in which Toronto stands.

The Londoner Hotel by Sands Corporation Location: Macau S.A.R Architect: Aedas (Macau Lda Interior Designer: Steve Leung Design Group Hotel Group / Developer: Venetian Orient Limited

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa by Bond Design Studio Location: Japan Interior Designer: Bond Design Studio; Mr. Ryoichi Niwata, Mr. Yasuhiro Ishikawa and Mr. Shintaro Ishizaka

The journey begins with an immediate sense of European architectural taste embodied in the refined layered mouldings featured throughout the white ceiling and walls of the living area, further enhanced by a colourful selection of eye-catching paintings and photographs to complement the overall neutral colour palette. The challenge was to create a modern interpretation of a London hotel – as if you walked off a busy street into the cosy warmth of this London-inspired hotel. The pleasant luminosity of the ambience is tastefully highlighted by the elegant simplicity of a chesterfield sofa in velvety grey and a cosy high-back armchair wrapped in smooth tan leather. The bedroom features a knitted chevron-patterned headboard to gracefully frame candid marble nightstands; light coloured artworks on the wall complimented by a customized carpet in stylized houndstooth pattern. Fluted sliding doors embellished with gleaming metal handles slowly unfold the fluent transitioning towards the secluded master bathroom. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Savile Row in Mayfair where for over two hundred years the time-honored tradition of dressmaking bonded generations of talented tailors to create the finest bespoke suites, each space is a tasteful combination of design details and refined materials. The Londoner Hotel sits comfortably within The Londoner Macao destination Integrated Resort.

The designer wanted to make this project more than just a beautiful space rather a space that passively accepts visitors and is humane. Using the space as a social device to build a human and emotional relationship between visitors and space design/ arts, and be “a way to lead to various wonderful local discoveries”. Kanazawa is a historical city rich with national treasures found in their arts, crafts, and people, who are constantly challenged to live up to the city’s expectation of “inheriting legacy”. They started the design process by breaking traditional boundaries and provided an open and welcoming space. One of which, a sculptural table was used to fulfil the role of a check-in lobby counter, veering away from conventional island or built-in ones. This created a friendly gesture between guests and hotel staff, standing side-byside, as if having a casual conversation. In addition, they explored the local craftsmen’s workshops and factories to collect tools found there. The footprints of 250 rooms were done by the son’s creator one by one. For the fun and entertaining area of the hotel, which is the restaurant, they conceptualized it as Chaya district where traditional feast and entertainment happen. The designer envisioned the space to be a nostalgic rainy local street with dynamic light reflections from the lamp posts to wet cobblestone road – a re-imagined play of light and shadow. The favourite aspect of this project is the outpouring kanazawa art which the designer collaborated with 50 artists to create over 100 pieces of art, some of whom are “living national treasure” titleholders. Additional to that, 200 artifacts and antiques are collected, all redefined to be integrated as one in the hotel interior.

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SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop

Hilton Santa Monica by Avenue Interior Design

Location: Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Architect: Aedas Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Construction: Günal Construction Associated: Wow Red

Location: Santa Monica, LA Interior Designer: Avenue Interior Design Architect: Houston / Tyner Hotel Group/Developer: Westmont Hospitality Group Construction Company: Driver SPG (Public Areas) / Excel and Associates (Guestrooms)

SLS Dubai is a unique cabinet of curiosities that never ceases to delight. Born out of Los Angeles and Miami respectively, SLS Hotels announced a much-anticipated debut in one of the most desirable global destinations. The driving sentiments and design ideology around creating this Middle Eastern evolution for the brand called out for a fusion of Dubai’s naturally intoxicating character coupled with the undeniable style of the eminent SLS label. Rooms, suites, and public areas within this new hotel were to hold their own distinctive character yet remain visually connected in the creation of an entity that exudes ultimate luxury and class whilst always respectful of functional aspirations. From the onset a strong philosophy became clear between Bishop Design by Paul Bishop and the brand, to create a playful, tongue-in-cheek and somewhat provocative design that held all the sentiments of SLS Hotels, combined with our own individual impulses. As an established international brand, SLS Hotels invite their guests to enjoy an irresistible combination of style, luxury, service, creativity and community. It was paramount that Bishop Design by Paul Bishop respected the brands philosophies whilst evolving its characteristics to satisfy the needs and requirements of Dubai’s hospitality market. The Downtown Dubai edition sits as part of their internationally developing portfolio. Entertaining an absolutely unrivalled view, this naturally became an inherent part of the design.

Avenue Interior Design was tasked with infusing a boutique hotel experience to this 200,000 square feet property boasting an eight-floor atrium lobby. Formerly a DoubleTree Hotel, these 286 rooms feature some of the largest suites in Santa Monica. AVE ID has interwoven elements of the rich legacy with subtle nods to the surrounding natural elements all the while incorporating Hilton’s brand pillars, creating an elevated, one-of-a-kind guest experience at this iconic Hilton Santa Monica property. The guest reception has been fully updated for seamless check-in with greater activation and high impact design that instantly communicates a sense of place with a custom, hand painted mural by local Los Angeles based artist collective, Hattas. Airy and bright, the newly renovated lobby lounge situated in the centre of the atrium is the heart of the hotel. The new design includes a focal wall with integrated, upholstered seating with side tables and accompanying lounge chairs surrounded by streamlined millwork with illuminated fluted glass panels. With the addition of this feature, Avenue was able to designate a proper pre-function area with its own identity while also providing a distinct persona for the lobby lounge. To offset the height of the atrium, smaller scaled architectural elements were utilized including the use of natural, golden oak slats marching along the expansive corridor railings. The overall buzz of the venue is decidedly low key but polished and has been designed to transition from a peaceful morning dining experience to a chic afternoon hot spot.

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Nobu Hotel London Portman Square by David Collins Studio Ltd Location: London , UK Architect: Make Architects Interior designer: David Collins Studio Ltd Hotel Group/ Developer: Nobu Hospitality David Collins Studio was tasked with designing the ground floor communal areas, restaurant and bar at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square. It was a unique opportunity to create a new Nobu flagship property. The hotel marks a relocation of the original Nobu Berkeley Street restaurant, also designed by David Collins Studio. The Nobu team were keen that the new restaurant retained the vibe that David Collins Studio created for Berkeley Street. The design concept focused on the guests’ journey through the hotel spaces. A new double height Lobby provided the perfect opportunity for a memorable arrival experience. David Collins Studio commissioned British sculptor Ivan Black to create a 7-metre-tall kinetic sculpture, which is suspended in the centre of the room. The location, beautifully positioned overlooking Portman Square, was a source of inspiration for the designer. They referenced the outside greenery a lot - with upholstery fabric colours and custom green circle veneer table tops in the Lobby Lounge. London Plane Trees in the outside seating area sit at eye level for restaurant guests on the First Floor, creating a canopy of greenery as you look out. The atmosphere shifts as you move through the Lounge into the Nobu Bar and Restaurant. Finishes become darker, richer and more intense. David Collins Studio commissioned and collaborated with some amazing artists on this project. The favourite must be the huge Ivan Black sculpture, which was commissioned for the Lobby. The designers have always been huge fans of his work. It was a bit of a risk, but a huge space to fill and is so special because it is never static or predictable.


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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives by Eco-id Architects Pte Ltd Location: Akasdhoo South, Maldives Architect: Eco-id Architects Pte Ltd Interior Designer: Eco-id Architects Pte Ltd Hotel Group/ Developer: Hard Rock International (Hotel Group) | Crossroads Maldives / Singha Estate (Developer) Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is part of the multi-islands concept Crossroads Maldives, a man-made miracle of reclaimed islands only 15 minutes boat-ride from Male Airport. The design is truly holistic from the shaping of the reclaimed island to master planning, architecture and interior design. The island shape maximises beach frontages and addresses coastal wave concerns. Coral preservation areas are respected with the island reclamation skirting outside the fringes of the coral zones. Hard Rock Hotel’s brand DNA celebrates music and what it stands for. Translated to design, the resort strives to achieve a non static spontaneous experience. The All Day Dining is at the beach level with a wide frontage, split in parts as a climate controlled room and a covered dining deck area. Overlooking the main beach, splashes of colour are integrated with resort textures as a vibrant outlet. Accommodations are varied from suites to villas, as 2 storey guestrooms to private single storey villas. Culminating in a fully decked out presidential Rock Star Suite. Whilst the use of colours and shapes in the interior reflects the energy of the brand’s DNA, material selection takes care of wear and stress from the tropical climate. As part of the nine islands archipelago, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has its own unique identity whilst still being part of a whole. This makes island hopping more accessible in the Maldivian hospitality market when previously visitors to the country are usually just limited to the island resort of their booking.

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Ellery Beach House by ESS Group Location: Stockholm Architect: ESS Group Interior Designer: ESS Group Hotel Group/Developer: ESS Group Ellery Beach House is new kind of spa resort located in the archipelago outside Stockholm at the far end of Lidingö. It has been designed with a love for the 60’s and 70’s, noticeable in the use of pastel colours, contrasting elements and wooden textures for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. ESS Group describe Ellery as their crown jewel, bringing all their experience into this project. Externally, the building is integrated with the many trees and water that surrounds it. ESS Group worked with the brown tones on the outside to embrace the environment but these tones are also used with a stronger impression on the interior. Lidingö is an island where the trees and the water come as close as they can. The three spacious outdoor pools are specially designed to integrate with the other environments and buildings -all of these have a view of the Stockholm archipelago. ESS Group’s key aspects for Ellery was the strong entrance, detail in design, and their courage dared to believe in their concept. The expansive entrance welcomes guests, and the boules court, open fire and two paddle courts strengthen the vision of a new kind of destination. A large lobby bar replaces the reception. The design for Ellery’s bars and restaurants is intended to create strong impressions and a lot of Instagram moments. Bally Bar replaces reception and is centred around the open fire. Palmers is the restaurant that welcomes guests first. Soft and comfortable with the highest class of materials, this space still has a strong presence. Down in the club “Coco”, the power is stronger and the expression more sensual and wilder. Corridors are dark and create curiosity, with the rooms offering views of water, pine and spruce.


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Eclipse at Half Moon by Hart Howerton Location: Jamaica Interior Designer: Hart Howerton Nestled between the lush, rolling hills of Montego Bay and the pristine, blue waters of the Caribbean, Eclipse at Half Moon offers guests an exclusive experience – one that is both authentic to the Jamaican culture and resonant of the beauty and ecosystems that surround the resort. The Great House is at the heart of the new destination and is inspired by the island’s distinctive culture. The transitional style of the Great House, along with its sun filled interiors, feel reminiscent of travellers visiting the islands in the late 19th century with a modern twist. Custom murals greet guests in the reception area, the paintings capture the spirit of Caribbean life in the style of Michael Lester, a famous Jamaican artist with connections to the legacy of the property. Airy spaces are thoughtfully adorned with light fabrics and modern silhouettes and custom textiles inspired by the local flora and fauna.

Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa by Scott|Edwards Architecture Location: Pacific City, OR Architect: Scott|Edwards Architecture Interior Designer: EDG Designs Hotel Group/Developer: Nestucca Ridge Development Inc. Construction Company: O’Brien Construction Civil: HHPR, Structural: Stricker Engineering Photographer: Peter Eckert, Geotech: GeoTech Solutions Resting along the beautiful Oregon coastline, the Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa practically dips its toes into the Pacific Ocean. Sited next to the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, the seaboard structure is nestled into a steep hillside and features breath-taking views of the adjacent beach, Haystack Rock, and the Pacific Ocean. The hotel is carefully set on a narrow natural bench between the beach and the cape. The road, parking lot, and building itself all curve around to rest on this bench. Cedar and steel beams frame views of the ocean and Haystack Rock from nearly every room in the luxury hotel— including each of the 33 guest rooms; the intimate, ocean-view bar and restaurant; various serene and fire-lit nooks; and the luxurious day spa. Cedar shingles on the building’s exterior have weathered to a silvery-grey, akin to the cool rocks, trees, and sand that are meant to endure in the harsh coastal climate which can include winds of up to 140 miles per hour. The third story is tucked up into the gables in an effort to reduce the visual size of the building. In contrast, the interior is warm and inviting, providing respite for guests to relax and recharge in preparation for their next adventure. The design works so well due to the clarity of the main lodge mass being simple and timeless and nestling into the hillside gracefully. The low roof gable sets into the hillside and creates a cascading roof form that takes on the shape of the hillside behind the resort integrating the design into its wider environment.

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Terme Di Saturnia Hotel Spa & Golf Resort by THDP Location: Tuscany Architect: THDP Interior Designer: THDP Hotel Group: Feidos – Starhotels Construction Company: Feidos – Starhotels The resort, founded in 1919, has just turned 100 years old, and is located to the nearby Gorello Water Falls, both forming one of the most unique spa complexes in the world, for the spectacular geological dynamic conformation of the waters, which flow from the crater and end up in gentle waterfalls with shallow natural shallow pools. The THDP studio, based in London and Turin and with an international background, carried out the interior project, with architect Manuela Mannino, Nicholas Hickson and the collaboration of Architect Francesca Benedetti, during two years of renovations. The direction and co-ordination of this team was entrusted to the engineer Patrizia Scafati, who followed the technical coordination of Terme di Saturnia. The 132 guest rooms have undergone an intensive renovation program, bringing the interiors up to an international quality equivalent to a 5 star brand. An important intervention of the project was the amalgamation of some rooms to create spacious suites with bedroom and living room, connected by a sliding double door. The colour palette for the rooms is inspired by the colours of the seascape: the room appears in a fresh and innovative style, while remaining the connotations of a recognizable Tuscan style, giving rise to a timeless design.

Ellery Beach House by ESS Group Location: Stockholm Architect: ESS Group Interior Designer: ESS Group Hotel Group/Developer: ESS Group This is a new kind of Spa Resort, where the key aspects of the project are the strong entrance, and the combination of pools with Food & Beverage for a truly calm yet carefree experience. Here, ESS Group have dared to design this place so “nonScandinavian”. The expansive entrance welcomes guests, and the boules court, open fire and two paddle courts strengthen the vision of a new kind of destination. A large lobby bar replaces the reception. Shuffleboards, table tennis and billiards are mixed with large sofas and beautiful art on the walls. Wood is combined with metal and soft materials with bold colours for a strong yet warm ambience, and the room is filled with furniture and detail. The design for Ellery’s bars and restaurants is intended to create strong impressions and a lot of Instagram moments. Palmers is the restaurant you set your eyes on first. Soft but with attitude and highest class on all materials. In Bally Bar, which is the reception, the open fire is central to the concept. Down in the club “Coco”, the power is stronger and the expression more sensual. Corridors are dark and create curiosity for the rooms offer views of water, pine and spruce. The design works so well because ESS Group did not hold back on their vision; crossing Miami and Florida with the best of Scandinavia, whilst keeping their beloved design aspects and key themes in mind.

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St. Regis Hotel SPA by Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Location: Toronto Interior Designer: Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Hotel Group/Developer: Innvest Hotels Construction Company: Shurway Contracting Ltd. The key design aspect of the project is the atmosphere of subtlety and refinement, transcending the ordinary. Icicle inspired details, layering of materials, combination of glossy and soft, shimmery textures throughout the SPA truly connect to the design narrative. Chapi Chapo used specialist artisan skills in this project, they paid a lot of attention to special connections of materials (coloured mirror connection with wood), elegantly crafted details (rounded reflected metal work for the decorative lighting), stone curved details for reception desk. Chapi Chapo’s design for the SPA works so well as it reflects not only unique design but also comfort through a residential feel that it is very important for a relaxing feeling of the SPA. The guest flow through the SPA was very well planned throughout the space considering the existing conditions. The design integrates well into the wider environment as the importance and extraordinary aspect of the design is for it to reach all people. Chapi Chapo believe their design is elegant enough to be luxury for the seasoned spa goer, but comfortable enough for the occasional guest. The design simultaneously reflects a feeling of both luxury and comfort.

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Ciel Spa by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: SLS Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, United Arab Emirates Architect: Aedas Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Construction Company: Günal Construction Associated: WOW Red Photography: Marko Zirdum / Alex Jeffries Serenity and exclusivity were to come hand in hand at Ciel, the spa offering on the 69th floor of SLS Hotel & Residences in Dubai. The concept itself was an inherent part of SLS properties across the world, however it was up to Bishop Design by Paul Bishop to enhance the offering. Still respecting the previous designs, but evolving the Ciel brand as a refreshed and new identity. Bishop Design by Paul Bishop conceptualized the narrative to focus on the view, and the notion of being high up in the clouds. This would lead them to orientate the space to capture the exterior perspectives, and that fascinating Dubai skyline. Traditional ideologies of a spa have been abandoned, where functional expectations remain but are orchestrated in new forms using natural materials in modern manners which gives this offering a unique edge, whilst never forgetting the most crucial of factors; serenity. The design approach has been heavily focused on introducing natural materials yet integrating them in a way to appeal to a contemporary new age, reflective of the SLS brand. Bishop Design by Paul Bishop’s methodology of tone-ontone applications, with teases of pink and references to the sky, elevate an immersive getaway experience. Light palettes mix with darker shades, greenery, and plenty of light to create a feeling of openness; allowing guests to fully surrender to tranquillity.


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David Beckham Suites by Sands Corporation Location: Macau S.A.R Architect: Aedas (Macau) Lda Interior designer: David Collins Studio Hotel Group/ Developer: Venetian Orient Limited Embodying a residential feel, Londonbased David Collins Studio crafted spaces peppered with subtle references to David Beckham’s renowned football career and his personal life. The use of traditional British tailoring fabrics patterns, such as houndstooth, Prince of Wales check, and pinstripe are a nod to London’s infamous Savile Row and Jermyn Street. Leather broguing details also reference his love of quintessentially British heritage brand Church’s Shoes. Gone are those typical endless corridor views. In their place eccentrically, fabriclined foyers to enclose each suite’s entrance. Individuality, intrigue and exclusivity mark the space. You find your suite with ease. No need for room numbers – a unique coat of arms, inspired by London boroughs, adorns the door. And such a door. London lacquered, umbrella propped, newspaper rolled. Subtly lit with the warm glow of a London street of old. Whether blue or green, deep rich colours transport you through the lacquer lined, plaster crowned portal into your ultimate dream of residential luxury. Bedrooms are calm, luxurious and individual. Each one sporting unexpected moments of whimsy, character and charm. Warmth and comfort, with hints of glamour to capture the heart of the London homestead. To the delight of David Beckham, subtle footballing references appear throughout, including hexagonal embossing to Master. In the largest Beckham suite, a secret door leads the guest into a small replica of the Connaught bar – David’s favourite bar in London, also designed by David Collins Studio.

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Gordonia Private Hotel Exclusive Suite by Ran and Morris Architecture & Design Location: Maale Ha’Hamisha Interior Designer: Ran & Morris Architecture & Design Hotel Group/Developer: Gordonia Group Photographer Credit: 181 Degrees - Gideon Levin The design process for the Exclusive Suite at The Gordonia Private Hotel in Maale Ha’Hamisha was based around established principles that Ran & Morris Architecture & Design developed when working on the original suites at the hotel, 5 years earlier. Perched on a peak in the Judean Mountains The Gordonia Private Hotel rises like a micro-climatic paradise in the former communal grounds of Kibbutz Ma’ale Hachamisha. It is a serene oasis where each of the hotel’s twenty-one luxury suites contains, complements and completes the natural surroundings. Perfected by the majestic and endless views of Jerusalem’s peaceful outskirts, each room is grounded within the location. Tones and textures are taken from it’s pastoral setting for a calm ambience and respect for the views that are offered. The Exclusive Suite carries the essence of Ran & Morris Architecture & Design’s concept, continuing the comfort of the other rooms with further luxuries for the most impactful experience. It is a spacious suite with private pool and balcony, as well as a hot tub and double sauna which overlooks the spectacular view of the Jerusalem hills. For Ran & Morris Architecture & Design it is the harmonious atmosphere that is the main reason why the design is so successful. The interior design does not compete with the mountainous landscape, but rather makes an attempt to complete it and thus creates a tranquil atmosphere for the guests.


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Gilpin Hotel Spa Suites by Nielsen House Location: Windermere Lake District Architect: Ben Cunliffe Architects Ltd Interior Designer: Nielsen House Hotel Group: Gilpin Hotel Construction Company: Retreat Homes The brief was to create a biophilic space using the Lakeland surroundings to inspire the design. The Hotel who are known for their distinct rooms wanted there to be an underlying consistency across the suites but for the soft furnishings to tell a different story across each suite. They each have their own names, named from the fells and mountains around them, so each suite must have their own identity. Gilpin are committed to providing their guests with an elegant, relaxing escape to luxury and the designers were required to use their creativity to help them create something exceptionally unexpected and unique. The favourite aspect of the design is how through specialist wallcoverings the designers were truly able to bring the outdoors in. By using natural materials such as bark, silver birch, stone veneers, cork and even concrete, these textures help to create such a fun and unique finish to the space. The design works well as the designers were able to meet the clients brief fully, the creativity that they were granted by the Gilpin from the relationship that was built over 20 years allowed them to produce these breath-taking designs. Through this partnership, we can use unique finishes creating such an interesting design not just for us but for their guests. This design integrates well because of its surroundings and the proximity to the nature in which it is inspired. As you drive up to the suite, the roads a lined with trees, with fells as the backdrop and then as you enter the suite its self the sense of the outdoors greets you. They also look at using local suppliers where possible to limit the environmental impact to our environment.

The Harrods Suite, Cala di Volpe Hotel by Harrods Interior Design Location: Sardinia, Italy Architect: Harrods Interior Design Hotel Group/ Developer: Smeralda Holding Construction Company: Fresi Costruzioni This was a special opportunity to amalgamate two iconic brands, combining Hotel Cala Di Volpe’s Sardinian Indigenous luxury with Harrods’ excellence. The design brief centred around creating luxury experiences that can be had in the Suite, from enjoying a glass of wine fresh from the cellar in intimate nooks to hosting candlelit dinner parties on the private rooftop. Each design feature reinterprets ideas of comfort and grandeur; the soft curving edges of the walls combine with the atmospheric hidden lighting design, simultaneously luxurious materials, such as bronze textured glass and burnished finishes, create depth and warmth. Interior highlights include the marble herringbone flooring paired with hand cut mosaic tiling for the en-suites, a striking fluted limestone feature wall reminiscent of interior columns in Harrods, sculptural bespoke pieces, and glass artworks throughout. The three-bedroom suite includes a vaulted wine cellar hosting a selection of desirable wines and spirits, a cigar humidor, an elegant marble cocktail bar and private rooftop complete with an infinity pool & al fresco dining area. The private roof terrace features a raised infinity swimming pool, a sunbathing deck, fitness area and an al fresco dining pergola. Designed with entertaining in mind, the terrace also includes a kitchen service area in the form of an organic Marmo di Orosei stone bar, complete with backlit onyx champagne basin. Hotel chefs are on hand to provide truly memorable dining experiences.

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Deseo by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop

Harry’s Cancun by Filipao Nunes Arquitectos

Location: ME by Melia at the Opus by Zaha Hadid, Dubai, UAE Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Architect: Zaha Hadid Hotel Group/Developer: Omniyat

Location: Cancun Architect: Filipao Nunes Arquitectos Interior Designer: Alejandro Magaña Developer: Grupo Anderson Photographer: Aldo Garcia

Emerging from the ME by Melia Hotel, as part of the Opus Building created by the late and honorable Zaha Hadid, resides a garden paradise that goes by the name of Deseo. It’s easy to get the impression that the venue, with its chilled-out vibes and mystical feel, was an effortless addition to the property. However, the reality was all too different. Bishop Design were urgently brought in by the hotel team and General Manager Sebastien M. Noat to reinvent their pool deck just days before the rapidly upcoming opening date. Whilst surrounded by an incredibly memorizing landscape of Dubai’s Business Bay, the lack of soul and utter anti-climax meant that the pool deck sadly had no relationship with its habitat. It was Bishop Design’s job to create a versatile spatial dynamic which could operate as both a day and night setting. Predominately taking inspirations from Tulum in Mexico; fabrics, texture and colour became paramount in the conceptualization, much like the way that the space would morph throughout the day. This was not just a matter of creating a pool deck, moreover a sense of place that would be a desirable destination and something that would complement the legacy left behind by the great Hadid. This project therefore represents two great design minds and is a rare treat for the region. An ordered architectural environment is broken with powerful punches of colour, where a beautiful juxtaposition of a manmade city with a more natural sporadic interior unveils itself at Deseo. Bishop Design have successful instituted a jawdropping destination that allures guests into an immersive viridescent retreat which looks through a soft lit environment and spirited atmosphere..

Harry’s is a restaurant which is considered one of the pioneers of haute cuisine in Mexico, specialising in offering unique culinary experiences that involve all the senses, thanks to a haute cuisine proposal that balances the highest quality ingredients with a unique architectural environment. Inspired by the environment, obsessed with the aesthetics of the mangroves, and with deep respect for its history, Filipao Nunes Arquitectos developed a Caribbean steakhouse that is defined as a place with prime quality, but with the flavour and vibe of the Caribbean. In this project, what the team like the most is the structure design used that was developed along the terrace, giving it that French-style aspect that stands out. Reminiscent of the Beaux Arts stage, which highlights the beauty of the structure, the shades in green helped the team to create the same space and little by little unify with the tones of the lagoon in which completes the project. The design works well as it casually integrates with the rest of the family of Filipao Nunes Arquitectos restaurants that surrounds it (Porfirios, Vicenta), without losing its own style, transporting us to a different place. Likewise, the design is integrated in a natural way to the environment, confirmed by the lagoon and the existing vegetation. The design develops a boardwalk that seems to extend over the lagoon and creating a kind of walkway in which you can appreciate the beautiful view.

Balcón Tokyo by Glamorous Location: Japan Hotel Group/ Developer: Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Premier The place is filled with pleasant light in the morning, and from the evening through the night, a relaxing time flows, and you can enjoy a sense of place there. The Balcon Tokyo is the place where such a special experience can be had. The newly born All-day restaurant is an urban oasis with elegance and liveliness and it will be loved as a new landmark in Tokyo where intelligent and sophisticated adults gather, timelessly. Balcon is the only restaurant in the hotel. That’s why Glamorous designed the All-Day Restaurant Lounge, which offers comfortable and special time all day, not only for breakfast, but also for lunch, dinner and late-night bar. A semi-private room where you can enjoy a wonderful view privately, an area where you can enjoy meals regardless of the number of people, and a VIP room where you can enter from the secret entrance create various scenes with a sense of unity. All areas, and guests and owners It has become a special restaurant that can always offer surprises to meet your needs. A new space is created in which the environment and design are fused. The wall surface is finished with a special off-white plastering material, and more than 10,000 brass-colored metal joints are passed through vertically and horizontally to make it a simple yet bright and highquality material. As a result, it is possible to produce various scenes of the day, and the healthy expression when wrapped in the morning sun and the expression illuminated by the chic lighting at night coexist.

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The Harbour Park by HWCD Location: Zhejiang,China Interior Designer: HWCD The place is filled with pleasant light in the morning, and from the evening through the night, a relaxing time flows, and you can enjoy a sense of place there. The Balcon Tokyo is the place where such a special experience can be had. The newly born All-day restaurant is an urban oasis with elegance and liveliness and it will be loved as a new landmark in Tokyo where intelligent and sophisticated adults gather, timelessly. Balcon is the only restaurant in the hotel. That’s why Glamorous designed the All-Day Restaurant Lounge, which offers comfortable and special time all day, not only for breakfast, but also for lunch, dinner and late-night bar. A semi-private room where you can enjoy a wonderful view privately, an area where you can enjoy meals regardless of the number of people, and a VIP room where you can enter from the secret entrance create various scenes with a sense of unity. All areas, and guests and owners It has become a special restaurant that can always offer surprises to meet your needs. A new space is created in which the environment and design are fused. The wall surface is finished with a special off-white plastering material, and more than 10,000 brass-colored metal joints are passed through vertically and horizontally to make it a simple yet bright and highquality material. As a result, it is possible to produce various scenes of the day, and the healthy expression when wrapped in the morning sun and the expression illuminated by the chic lighting at night coexist.

Marquee/Avenue Singapore by ICRAVE

Arcane/Xango by Liberty Entertainment Group

Location: Singapore Interior Designer: ICRAVE Architect: F Architects Hotel Group/Developer: TAO Group Entertainment Construction Company: ISO Team

Location: Toronto Interior Designer: Nadia Di Donato, NDD Design Construction Company: Liberty Entertainment Group

The intent was to create a Nocturnal Carnival, a ‘playground for adults’. The blend of technology and design and the collection of different unique venues (both Marquee and Avenue in one location), allow the space to morph over the night, and change from season to season, offering a truly unique experience every single visit. Marquee is set up as a series of follies on three different floors that the guests get to explore and discover. There are multiple bars each with their own design twist, and while Marquee has the best table service in all of Asia, the space is playful for all guests with actual amusement rides guaranteeing a great time. A full sized 8-armed, 40’ diameter Ferris Wheel anchors the space offering unrivalled views of the club; and twin spiralling slides allow guests psychedelic LED light experiences as they race to the bottom for drinks at the ‘Wonderland Bar’. Avenue sits below the ‘stage’ of Marquee and is a hidden gem, full of fun and luxury. The core of the space is a beautiful residential inspired wood-panelled room glowing with gilded metal mesh and silk shaded lamps where you can dance the night away. Grab a cocktail at the bar, or if you are a true baller the bartender can pour from your own private stash in the VIP liquor cabinets. Or test your skill with the fully automated bowling-alley, plush billiards room, or the gilded, fully private VIP karaoke den Fool’s Gold. Marquee is an all immersive experience that allows for the guest to relinquish their inhibitions, let loose and act like a kid again.

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Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Arcane fuses sophisticated Baroque undertones with modern design and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and visual effects. Juxtaposed yet balanced in both design and atmosphere, Arcane can only be understood by few. The 8,000 square foot space contains an elegance that has permeated throughout Liberty Group’s illustrious portfolio. A bohemian-inspired lounge provides an unimposing chill upon entry, while the nightclub area accommodates a more upbeat vibe. Arcane also features a secluded 2,000 square foot patio that will serve as an oasis in the heart of the city. Like the food, the space itself is both bold and vibrant and an eclectic mix of cultures. The restaurant boasts several uniquely designed spaces: the main dining room which seats 70, the lounge which seats 40, and the private dining room which seats 18. The main dining room features expansive colourful artwork and custom lighting fixtures. Xango fuses natural raw materials such as wood beams and exposed brick walls with contemporary art inspired by urban culture. The space is designed to evoke a sense of playfulness for a truly unique dining experience. The design works so well as each space/ area within the venue is unique and feels very inviting, while there is an overall design aesthetic and cohesiveness to the design.


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The Guardsman Hotel by Tonik Associates Location: London Architect: Dexter Moren Interior Designer: Tonik Associates Hotel Group/ Developer: Shiva Hotels Construction Company: Henry Construction The design brief was to create a luxury club style hotel in tune with its surroundings offering sumptuous public and private areas with a focus on luxury with “purpose’. This hotel offers the guest the total private club experience, the public areas are intimate and bespoke. Art pieces and furniture were curated to reflect the intimate nature of the clubs mantra and attention to detail in material, furniture and artifact choice was a key driver for the interior team. The ground floor lounge and lower ground floor bar and restaurant act as one space to reflect the club ambience. The raised ceiling height in the bar restaurant and abundance of natural light flow into this intimate space adding to the connectivity. The ground floor snug area maintains the quality of the public space and provides an enclosed area for privacy. Due to the tightness of the site the bedrooms on each of five floors are irregular in size and shape, to accentuate the bespoke nature of the offer 3 themes were introduced into the design of the private spaces. The themes were reflections of the hotel’s neighbourhood and history. This meant that all the rooms have an individual look and feel whilst maintaining the hotels DNA of Luxury and understated elegance. Bespoke bathroom design and fittings and natural finishes compliment the sumptuous material choice adding to the bespoke nature of the space. The upper floors of the hotel are dedicated to spacious residences, with bespoke kitchens and lounge areas some with external terraces add an extra dimension to the properties offer and accentuate the club feel encouraging a longer stay.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square by David Collins Studio Location: London Architect: Make Architects Interior designer: David Collins Studio Ltd Hotel Group/ Developer: Nobu Hospitality David Collins Studio was tasked with designing the ground floor communal areas, restaurant and bar at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square. It was a unique opportunity to create a new Nobu flagship property. The hotel marks a relocation of the original Nobu Berkeley Street restaurant, also designed by David Collins Studio. The location, beautifully positioned overlooking Portman Square, was a source of inspiration for the designer. They referenced the outside greenery a lot - with upholstery fabric colours and custom green circle veneer table tops in the Lobby Lounge. London Plane Trees in the outside seating area sit at eye level for restaurant guests on the First Floor, creating a canopy of greenery as you look out. The atmosphere shifts as you move through the Lounge into the Nobu Bar and Restaurant. Finishes become darker, richer and more intense. The bar is a more dramatic blue palette, with custom coloured raku tiles in a traditional Japanese indigo. Lounge spaces either side of the main bar providing intimate seating are subtly lit with cone shaped table lamps. Largescale canvases by London-based artist Juliana Loveday hang at the arrival and back bar. Ascending the stairs to the first floor, guests are greeted by an expansive, openplan and colourful restaurant space, with sushi counter and Private Dining Room. David Collins Studio commissioned and collaborated with some amazing artists on this project. The favourite must be the huge Ivan Black sculpture, which was commissioned for the Lobby. The designers have always been huge fans of his work. It was a bit of a risk, but a huge space to fill and is so special because it is never static or predictable. The International Hotel & Property Awards 2021 45


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Lavo Singapore by ICRAVE Location: Singapore Interior Designer: ICRAVE Architect: OFF Architects Hotel Group/Developer: TAO Group Entertainment Construction Company: ISO Team Lavo Singapore is a modern take on a classic Italian bistro perched on top of the roof of Marina Bay Sands. Stepping into LAVO Singapore is like stepping into a century’s old classic Italian Bistro with exposed brick and tobacco stained plaster but perched atop the modern, architectural marvel that is Marina Bay sands. The space is anchored with two bars, one inside and one outside, which allows for cocktails and views through-out the space. The warm enveloping space seamlessly changes from lunch, to sultry dinner, to a full-on energetic nightlife lounge. With the restaurant being perched 57 stories up on a rooftop that looks just like a spaceship, the challenge was how to make the space feel like it had the richness of a bistro that had been there for 100 years, but didn’t feel out of place in a location that was so modern. Another challenge was to design a beautiful restaurant that could switch to a vibrant nightlife lounge at the flick of a switch. The key design aspect of the project was to frame the amazing view of Singapore inside the classic Italian bistro. The design works so well because of this juxtaposition. The beauty of this design is that it does not fit into the wider environment. There really isn’t any ‘wider environment’ as this is perched on the floating spaceship that is the Marina Bay Sands rooftop. Specialist artisan skills were used throughout the project, with a custom ‘Instagram moment’ sculpture done by Ryan Hatch and ICRAVE, as well as custom painted/aged light fixtures, ceiling and walls.

Ilios Cancun by Filipao Nunes Arquitectos Location: Cancun Architect: Filipao Nunes Arquitectos Interior Designer: Alejandro Magaña Photographer: Aldo Garcia Ilios is a Greek restaurant which arises in the Nichupté lagoon, in Cancun. The fusion between both cultures creates a magical ambience for guests, that they are in a beautiful place surrounded by history. This project allowed Filipao Nunes Arquitectos to design a fascinating place, a meeting space in which each visit can be different and of which the word spreads inviting those who are always in search of new recreational adventures. Respecting scale and proportion, with the openings of the structure at the same distance, the strings simulating the Greek columns, the beams, and the capitals, this is the team’s minimalist and dematerialized reinterpretation of classical Greek architecture. Just as it is inspired by the mix between the elements of the architecture of the Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini with the Mayan ruins like Zama, Coba and Xel-Há. One of Filipao Nunes Arquitectos favourite aspects of this project is the use of the tree as a centrepiece on the terrace, as well as the centrepiece of the structure, making this the focal point, from which a design of hanging fabrics and accessories arises. The design works so well as it works in both a structural and interior distribution way thanks to its functionality, making it a place for the whole family, also in this restaurant different entertainment shows are developed. The design is integrated between the interior and the exterior with the use of materials and lights, from its entrance it welcomes you to a new place, giving you beautiful surprises in every corner.

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The Bowl One by DesignSmith Location: Dubai, UAE Architect: Mihir Sanganee Interior Designer: Designsmith Interiors Construction Company: Excel Engineering & Contracting Co LLC Wanting the space to be an extension of her energy and entrepreneurial spirit, Designsmith joined the project to create interiors for The Bowl One that were contemporary yet enduring, with modern details for an edge. The Bowl One restaurant in Dubai International Finance Centre offers healthy food from organic produce and sustainable processes, and it is this that formed the seed for the design concept, with timeless design and local artists. All the seating was custom made tailored for the Bowl One which is unique yet comfortable, and to leverage the impact of social media and embed something truly characteristic of the client’s persona, the designers incorporated circular swing seating as an ‘Instagram nook’ which, along with the graphics and the lighting in the background, truly captures the culinary aesthetic and design ideology of the restaurant. Custom steel finished counter spaces were also designed and produced in-house to complement the rustic nature of the space. The design is dominated by clean lines intercepted with subtle curves to guide the circulation of the space. The barrier between the outdoor and indoor seating is blurred by the implementation of bi-fold doors, creating an inviting atmosphere and the capability of extending the dining space to accommodate larger groups and occasions if needed. With the location of The Bowl One being recognized as the leading financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, this restaurant provides the DIFC with the perfect place to dine in and gather with their connections.Al Halabi worked closely with the designers to develop the space planning and details for the kitchen.

Casa do Lago Location: Algarve, Portugal Architect: Essencia Architects Hotel Group/ Developer: Quinta do Lago Casa do Lago’s new modern feel preserves the original restaurant’s spirit whilst also generating a relaxed, simple and elegant atmosphere. Boasting 1,300 square metres in total with 600 square metres of internal space and 700 square metres of outdoor terraces, the seafood restaurant can welcome large numbers of guests for both lunch and dinner. The internal bar has also been relocated towards the entrance to invite guests to sit and relax upon arrival, whilst also enhancing a natural flow between the hallway and bar – which provides stunning lake views and a gentle lighting. The smaller dining room now features long mirrors on the ceiling to create an additional sense of space, which has also been filled with simple and classy artefacts and pieces of furniture. The main dining room boasts new wooden panelling to create a cleaner feel and plays hosts to two large fish tanks and seafood display units. Dining at Casa do Lago is a breath of fresh air. The elegant menu boasts fresh fish, seafood and seasonal ingredients to make delightful, tasty dishes. Lift your eyes from the plate and you’ll be mesmerised by the stunning surroundings that sit right outside. Sipping a cocktail by the lake with the freshest flavours on your fork, Casa do Lago is the coastal restaurant that invites you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The new renovation enables guests to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Quinta do Lago, situated in the heart of the Algarve. The true genius behind the design is the way it lends itself perfectly to all groups: wedding parties, families, friends, couples - younger and older.

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Carna by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: SLS Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, United Arab Emirates Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Architect: Aedas Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Construction: Günal Construction Associated: WOW Red Photography: Marko Zirdum At Carna, the butcher is King, and we are his humble visitors. Let the feast commence. The brief for Carna was simple, yet the result is breath-taking. Discovered on the 74th floor SLS Hotel & Residences, Carna was to be a contemporary steakhouse and immersive meat experience. Meat is art, from the preparation through to the first taste, and it is this story Bishop Design by Paul Bishop aimed to capture through the interior. As one steps through, grandeur and opulence take centre stage. The first thing that many will notice is the vastness of the environment in which they find themselves. On the left resides a theatrical bar where seductive red provides a colour bomb to an architectural wardrobe otherwise dressed in shades of green and brown. It is here where guests are invited to indulge in a pre-dinner cocktail crafted by the finest of mixologists. Whiskey is on the menu, as the restaurant offers the largest range of its kind throughout the UAE. The drinks may well be Old Fashioned, but the interiors are very much contemporary. This venue brings something utterly unprecedented to Dubai, with no other steakhouse competing in this calibre. The dedication and emphasis Bishop Design by Paul Bishop have placed on the core element, meat, is ironically what other regional concepts are missing. Conjuring up memories of food markets, where the style is inherently very NYC, the space is almost instantly familiar and has an innate sense of authenticity.


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Costa Kitchen & Bar by Beleco Location: California Interior Designer: Beleco Architect: Andrulaitis + Mixon Hotel Group/Developer: KHP Capital Partners Construction Company: Young Construction Costa Kitchen & Bar is located on the beautiful coast of Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera. The setting inspired the menu of the restaurant, which in part informed the design direction. Inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast, home of the world’s best limoncello, the design for the restaurant brings a taste of the Mediterranean to the California coast. The restaurant occupies a historic space that originated as a dining room in the 1930s. Over time, the space was expanded and reconfigured, creating a disjointed experience for the guests. The space was reorganised to create different dining zones and opened up to connect the different areas. Part of the interior was transformed into a patio to connect the restaurant to the views of the Pacific Ocean. The beams and posts in the bar and lounge are part of the original structure. It used to be the end of the building before it was swallowed up by the multiple expansions. Now, it beautifully defines the bar experience. A large wine room was included to celebrate the many great wines from the Santa Barbara region. The dining room was intentionally kept intimate and rustic. The wire brushed ceiling panelling, white-washed brick walls and dark hardwood floor add texture and depth. A welcoming place for frequent visits or a special date night. The heavy architecture is balanced with the playfully scalloped, vibrant custom yellow chairs. It’s the relationship between all elements that make the space successful, embracing the old, adding layers of textured materials and playful furniture. The moment you enter you know you’re in a place that serves Mediterranean food whilst being next to the beach.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives by Eco-id Architects Pte Ltd Location: Akasdhoo South, Maldives Architect: Eco-id Architects Pte Ltd Interior Designer: Eco-id Architects Pte Ltd Hotel Group/ Developer: Hard Rock International (Hotel Group) | Crossroads Maldives / Singha Estate (Developer) Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is part of the multi-islands concept Crossroads Maldives, a man-made miracle of reclaimed islands only 15 minutes boatride from Male Airport. The design is truly holistic from the shaping of the reclaimed island to master planning, architecture and interior design. The island shape maximises beach frontages and addresses coastal wave concerns. Coral preservation areas are respected with the island reclamation skirting outside the fringes of the coral zones. Hard Rock Hotel’s brand DNA celebrates music and what it stands for. Translated to design, the resort strives to achieve a non static spontaneous experience. The resort centre and reception appears to sit atop of a hill, looking like a single storey structure with a storey below as the resort’s main restaurant and pool at beach level. For the playful and adventurous, a slide connects these two levels. The beaded ceiling in butterfly motif at the pool bar of The Elephant and Butterfly. Hung under the roof of an open pavilion at the pool bar, a colourful beaded ceiling making up motif of butterflies moves and sways, truly bringing to life the flight of butterflies visually as well as acoustically. As part of the nine islands archipelago, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has its own unique identity whilst still being part of a whole. This makes island hopping more accessible in the Maldivian hospitality market when previously visitors to the country are usually just limited to the island resort of their booking.

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Silkpath Grand Hue Hotel & Spa by YC Interior Design & Consultant Company Location: District 9, HCMC, Vietnam Architect: NKB company Interior Designer: YC Interior Design & Consultant Company Hotel Group / Developer: Silk Path Group Construction Company: ICMC company The most important part of this project is that YC used a unique mosaic method to combine the art of Temple of Khai Dinh by art photo with the combination of technology and hands to create a striking highlight in the Main Hall, Extra Hall, and European Restaurant. The concept was developed by the stories about the history and culture of the country, people and life, but still maintain the style contribute to the maximum functionality. The Style of the design is a mix of East and West as well as always giving customers value. The spirit of culture and approach between the current development and the past is evident throughout the layout of the property ranging from the material to the detailed manner for each product whether it is fabric or desks, chairs or more 1 highlights that small corner store on one of the products. When using handmade products, YC always carefully researches to find suitable solutions to put into application as well as related to maintenance to Hotel ‘s operation. This is very important for any designer when making a 5 star hotel according to international standards. From function to technical solutions, it is always clear that when designing from the beginning, it has been carefully calculated for the construction solution, rather than focusing on aesthetics without regard to technical solutions. The strength of YC is using the latest materials and high technical solutions and always avoiding the latent defects in the previous ones that have been acquired. YC’s design is application design, not design on stage.

Morozoff by Roito Inc Location: Kobe-shi, Hyogo Interior Designer: Roito Inc. Construction Company: Space Co Ltd The designer had two themes in mind when designing the Morozoff flagship store. The first theme is designing the store that is still beloved by existing customers. The second one is creating a design that gives inspiration to the future of the brand. The product logo of “Arcadia”, one of the represented product lines from Morozoff has a familiar graphic design acknowledged by the public and it means utopia in the ancient Greek language. Roito Inc incorporated the logo’s overall impression to the façade design, such as a brass and black oxide coated steel on the wall represents the black and gold pattern of the product package, which gives both a delicate and luxurious atmosphere to space. Also, ceiling décor with leaf-shaped ornaments express the organic curved line of the paisley pattern. The shape of the leaf is a laser-cut aluminium panel shaped identical to “Feuillage”, another popular product of Morozoff. The leaf ornaments are coloured in the company colours of gold and green, creating a glittering reflection in the space giving otherworldly atmosphere and inspiration. On contrary, the cafe area in the back has the classic cafe feel compared to the front of the store which is a more contemporary side. The two areas are divided by moulded glass partitions consisting of three different materials with different colours and each art ornaments and pendant lights irregularly reflect on the glass creating chandelier-esque lights. The most important thing is the balance of density and the amount of the art leaves that hang from the ceiling. After hanging it once, it was necessary to cut and thin out the leaves at the site and make adjustments.

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WAGYU Steakhouse by NAO Taniyama & Associates Location: Phuket, Thailand Interior Designer: NAO Taniyama & Associates Phuket is one of Asia’s most famous resort destinations. Naturally, it is home to a variety of steakhouses. Restaurants in resorts often try to limit the construction cost by utilizing inexpensive materials to maximize profitability. In other words, these restaurants are targeted for tourists who only visit the resort once or twice a year. Meanwhile, WAGYU is made not only for tourists, but also for locals of various nationalities. To aim for a “Locally loved store”, it is necessary to create delicate stores which are difficult to achieve in resorts. The restaurant has a small bar and lounge at the arrival floor - a social gathering venue for people living in the neighbourhood. The dining venue below is connected to the lounge through the seamless double height void space. The restaurant below starts with an open dining space, a simple & hygienic kitchen equipped with a grill, a custom showcase where guests directly choose the part of the meat they fancy, and exclusive dining seats at the back which is versatile to convert into a PDR. It was a challenge to pursue high-quality products in an environment where inexpensive materials are commonly used and technical skills are not demanded. It can be said that this is a challenge for the current resort industry. The most important result of this restaurant is that we were able to create a new look on how restaurants should be in resorts. Alternatively said, we were able to provide new form of affluence to locals from various backgrounds who live in Phuket. The lives of these locals exists in this resort and the richness in life should be that of a kind that nestles closely to their daily lives.


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Grau Roig by Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados Location: Andorra Interior Designer: Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados Hotel Group/Developer: Grau Roig Andorra Boutique Hotel & Spa Surrounded by mountainous vistas, and at the core of the famous ski station, the Grau Roig restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel. Designed by Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados, the restaurant’s interiors correspond to the views that it offers by balancing modern luxury with the simplicity of comfort. The designers’ commitment to their client was to provide a cosy and exclusive space, where diners could enjoy a well-deserved rest after their day of skiing. The project began with the organisation of the space, in which Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados looked to provide private spaces, and an atmosphere that was adapted to the different moments of the day and the varied gastronomic offer. In this sense, the restaurant was divided in the: The Vaqueria, the Formagerie and the Marmita, named after the different menus of each space. Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados’s chosen palette takes on noble and natural materials to favour a warm and comfortable environment. The brass used in the walls and furniture lends a touch of sophistication and high-end quality that is in tune with the values of the hotel and the gastronomic offer. Though the focus is on soft earth colours, the studio takes a playful approach to layering textures, resulting in a welcoming yet simple depth to the space. The synergy of brass and wood provides luminosity alongside a handmade texture. The selected furniture pieces consist of Scandinavian design in oak wood and natural leather, with many pieces being custom designed by the Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados studio. The overarching style is one which combines rustic warm, simple elegance, and contemporary luxury.

Balcon Tokyo by Glamorous Location: Tokyo Japan Hotel Group/ Developer: itsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Premier Flooded with pleasant natural light throughout the day, the ambience within the space remains relaxing from morning to evening. There is a sense of place to be enjoyed at any time. The Balcon Tokyo is the place where such a special experience can be had. The newly born All-day restaurant is an urban oasis with elegance and liveliness and it will be loved as a new landmark in Tokyo where intelligent and sophisticated adults gather, timelessly. Balcon is the only restaurant in the hotel. That’s why Glamorous designed the All-Day Restaurant Lounge, which offers comfortable and special time all day, not only for breakfast, but also for lunch, dinner and late-night bar. A semi-private room where you can enjoy a wonderful view privately, an area where you can enjoy meals regardless of the number of people, and a VIP room where you can enter from the secret entrance create various scenes with a sense of unity. With the choice of areas, it has become a special restaurant to both guests and owners that can always offer surprises and meet your needs. A new space is created in which the environment and design are fused. The wall surface is finished with a special off-white plastering material, and more than 10,000 brass-colored metal joints are passed through vertically and horizontally to make it a simple yet bright and highquality material. As a result, it is possible to produce various scenes of the day, and the healthy expression when wrapped in the morning sun and the expression illuminated by the chic lighting at night coexist.

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Rundle Bar by FRANK Architecture & Interiors with ACCOR Design & Technical Services Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada Architect: Frank Architecture & Interiors Interior Designer: Frank Architecture & Interiors Developer: Fairmont & Oxford Properties Group Construction Company: EllisDon Others Involved: ACCOR Design & Technical Services The exclusive location required a design that contributed to the prestige and grandeur of the hotel. FRANK Architecture & Interiors worked with ACCOR Design & Technical Services to balance the historic features of the space with fresh and innovative touches. The timeless design results in a luxurious and enchanting space, with a show-stopping central bar where guests can relax and socialise, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Each element of the design is considered, deliberate and thoughtfully selected. The result is a transformative space that is honest and true to the design narrative, where guests are immersed in a richly layered environment that merges the past with the present. Custom designed furniture clad in rich jewel tone mohair and leather upholstery combined with bespoke lighting composed of bronze and glass detailing create luxurious layers that complement the building’s heritage and quality. Often deemed the living room or heart of the hotel, this enchanting space is both current and timeless whilst paying homage to the hotel’s rich history. It was paramount for FRANK Architecture & Interiors and ACCOR Design & Technical Services to respect and preserve many of the existing architectural elements. This included maintaining the historic Rundle stone which was quarried from the base of Mount Rundle mountain above. There is an exuding sense of luxury and elegance, whilst offering an approachable and comfortable atmosphere for guests to socialize and relax.


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Intercontinental Maldives Maanmunagau Resort by Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd Location: Maldives Architect: Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd Interior Designer: Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd and Avalon Collective Interior Design Studio Hotel Group/ Developer: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts (Operator) | Leisure Horizons Pvt Ltd (Developer) Situated on the southernmost tip of the Raa Atoll, this is InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first property in the Maldives. A typical Maldivian resort would utilize the inner portion of the island as the backof-house (BOH), main service zone for the resort. This resort however, shifted the entire BOH to a corner of the island. This shift made efficiencies to the daily incoming and outgoing boat services to be away from guest’s private areas, while being at a central position that oversees the entire stretch of resort including the long Water Villa jetty. This in turn creates a new offering for a Maldivian resort, where the real estate is then given back to the guest as private garden extensions for each Land Villa. Reclamation studies, from programming, environmental, marine and cost had been done to form the extension of the main island, creating a new inner lagoon and another villa product type that offers both the magic of an over water villa and the charms of a beach by the doorstep. This inner lagoon created a cocooned executive area, a separate facility of lounge and pool overlooking the lagoon axis, accessed only to the “Club Intercontinental” tier. Throughout the resort architecture, pareddown, localised elements are the essence. Off-form and subtly textured concrete finishes paired with timber log columns. Modern Nako louvres introduced as a response for natural light and ventilation control. For this resort the designer sought to not let luxury be defined by opulence and glitter but with honesty and authenticity for a timeless resort property.

Chateau Elan Winery and Resort – Versaille Restaurant by BLUR Workshop Location: Georgia Interior Designer and Architect: BLUR Workshop Hotel Group/Developer: Wheelock Street Capital Construction Company: Nix Unger Construction Versailles Restaurant & Bar is the new concept for the three-meal restaurant at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. The resort is located north of Atlanta, at the start of Georgia’s wine country in Braselton, and is owned by Wheelock Street Capitol of Greenwich, CT. The primary project challenge was how to create a fine dining restaurant within the volume of a 3-story glass atrium that met all the Owner’s objectives. The scale of the atrium was brought down by the introduction of a large chandelier that glorifies the glass space by creating a crystal palace like setting during the day. Sunlight plays off the custom glass installation, made up of over 1,400 pieces of hand-blown crystal and in the evening, it creates the feeling of a starry North Georgia night. The design team worked very closely with Formations Studio out of Atlanta to create the wood sculpture that rises 30’ from the back of the bar. It is an interpretation of the area’s topography, as the property is located at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. The appearance of the sculpture changes as guests move around it and during different times of the day, giving the space its own energy and activation. This design is an extension of the overall hotel yet maintains its own personality, it complements the architecture while creating its own signature design moments through the bar sculpture and chandelier yet remain a part of the overall design of the hotel.

F’ilia by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: SLS Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, United Arab Emirates Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Architect: Aedas Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Construction: Günal Construction Associated: Wow Red Mamma’s kitchen evokes memories of a magical haven. Sweet aromas floating down the hall, the blazing fire from the pizza oven and mamma herself catering to a table full of hungry patrons. Everyone is welcome, and no one leaves unsatisfied. These are the sentiments that fed Bishop Design by Paul Bishop’s inspiration for Fi’lia; the Italian offering set on the 70th floor of SLS Hotel & Residences. Operationally speaking, this was to be considered as the hotels all day dining venue, however it has been treated as a signature restaurant would. Italy and the dining traditions of this beautiful culture were to be the foundations for the design, where both internal and external spaces were to be creatively considered. Nevertheless, there is a refinement that brings the venue together. Rose gold speaks volumes, and its beauty is instantly eye-catching. Natural greenery is introduced through vegetated forms which is coupled with the green velvet cushions that tease their grey counterparts. Up above the ceilings are stamp printed with subtle citrus references, never overly thematic but just the right amount of emphasis that guests can smile at the playful hint. Italian tradition meets contemporary chic, where mamma is always there to greet you with open arms. Rustic refinement promises a pleasing sensory journey, accompanied by irresistible dishes lovingly prepared in the kitchen. Fi’lia is a place for residents and travellers to create their memories, just like families would around the table. A place filled with love, laughter and beauty.

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Café Lido by Beleco Location: California Interior Designer: Beleco Architect: Andrulaitis+Mixon Hotel Group/Developer: KHP Capital Partners Construction Company: Young Construction The Café Lido is part of the Hotel Mar Monte renovation project in Santa Barbara, California. The café is a Mediterranean-style bar and restaurant situated across the beautiful beach front and next to the hotel’s pool deck. The hotel was built in 1932 as a luxury hotel for the rich and famous from Los Angeles. Over time it went through many expansions and changes, losing some of its charm and character. The Café Lido is located within the original breezeway of what used to be the hotel’s main entrance and the arches and ceiling are part of the original architecture, stripped down to expose the building’s history and showing off its significance. The Mediterranean inspired menu also informed some of the material selections, such as the Moroccan zellige tile at the bar and the base of the arches. The pendant lights and hanging plants emphasize the sense of being in a warm, southern climate and its proximity to the water. To keep the one room space visually interesting the design has been layered, the eye keeps discovering new angles and details as the patrons move through the place. Custom hand-painted murals, depicting local flora and fauna, and “pencil sketch” floor tile help transform the space into a bucolic setting reminiscent of a former artist’s studio. The perfect place to eat, drink and enjoy life at the beach. The design works so well as it embraces all aspects of the building and location, through the rustic and historic architecture with the more playful and refined build-out.

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River House at Odette’s at Balongue Design Location: New Hope, PA Interior Designer: Balongue Design Architect: Stokes Architecture + Design Hotel Group/Developer: Refined Hospitality Construction Company: Pancoast & Clifford Situated along the Delaware River, the hotel is the cornerstone of the hospitality revival in the artistic town of New Hope. The hotel features an edgy, yet elegant design; inspired by the site’s previous life as actress-musician Odette Myrtil’s cabaret, Chez Odette, a social hub for over two decades. The interior boasts a romantic soul with delicate, airy colours and dreamlike sophistication. It is soft and indulgent; simultaneously minimalistic and luxurious. The design elements are deeply rooted in its heritage yet evoke a universal appeal. This upscale venue pays a modern homage to Odette’s entertaining, big, bold personality. Odette’s romantic vivacious spirit is showcased throughout the interior; Plush textiles, Leather Sofas and vintage lighting speak to her French flair and the boisterous cabarets she hosted in the location for decades prior. Today’s visitor is drawn an edgy, yet elegant, urban inspired environment. A brilliant kaleidoscope of rich colour and finish materials coupled with vintage reclaimed architectural features and bold fixtures offers an unparalleled riverfront experience. The goal of the design was to celebrate art sourced from the local community and region. Vintage sepia photographs of Odette Myrtil grace the ballroom area. New Hope’s Lorenzo Bianca penned and painted the Chez Odette Love letters and musical score that became the ballroom wallcovering.


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Life Sukhumvit 62 by Vair Design Studio Location: Bangkok Interior Design: Vair Design Studio Developer: AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited This project is composed of 4 areas as follow. First, to create a sense of wonder from the beginning of the journey, the reception area welcomes visitor with high ceiling hall covered on 3 sides with intricate pattern made of interwoven stainless steel and leather inspired by display of sunlight through tunnel of trees. At the end of the glistering tunnel is the tree framed with illuminated onyx stone representing the main concept of the project. The curved build-in seat is made of black forest marble inspired by beautiful stone slab one might use as a seat while exploring the nature. In contrast with the overwhelming visual effects of the reception lounge, the second area is the causal lounge which is decorated in more minimalistic style to create a space for relaxation and a feeling of being at home. The fourth area is a 2-storey multifunction lounge designed to be a free style activity room for the residence with a large working table, a concealed LDE screen, and a spacious lounge area. In the middle of the lounge, the design team creates a double volume hole that penetrate through the ceiling to connect the space with another room upstairs. The journey continues at the fifth area, the sky lounge, which comprises of 2 areas equipped with multimedia equipment for entertainment purposes. At the star gazing room, a large build-in black forest marble seat is situate below star-studded ceiling. The green wall and reed glass wall represent the water that fall through rock and plants into the river surrounding the feature stone seat.

TechnipFMC Office - Technical Space For An Engineer by The Design Group Location: Krakow, Poland Architect: The Design Group (Konrad Krusiewicz) Interior Designer: The Design Group (Konrad Krusiewicz, Marta Konarska, Martyna Bosek) Developer: Podium Park When considering the design of this space, The Design Group didn’t want to treat it as being strictly an office. Their goal was to create a space with character, providing appropriate working conditions, but also an inspiring, unique place on the map of Krakow. The design is user-focussed, providing a functional and intuitive space that supports the integration of employees and connects the space to the client’s industry. The client wanted the design to be a balance of other headquarters in the industry, and one which stands out. The Design Group decided to take reference from TechnipFMC’s underwater-based work, with each of the four floors being dedicated to both a design theme and working function. The first floor is the underwater level, an area designed for collaborative work. The lobby is a high-ceilinged area which spans the upper three floors and viewable from the first floor via the glass floor. Each element of the office and lobby area is in the spirit of the work environment of the client’s industry. The third and fourth floors are decks of watercrafts used in marine operations. Here you will find mainly open spaces with designated collaborative sections. These allow for brainstorming projects in smaller teams, such as such as the octagonal booths in the middle of the open space. For The Design Group, the key to this project was to find a connection between design and the client’s industry.

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The Address Siam-Ratchathewi By That Is Ith Interior Location: Bangkok Architect: Palmer & Turner Interior Designer: That Is Ith Interior Hotel Group/ Developer: AP Thai Construction Company: Con Dec Home The concept was derived from the district name “Ratchewi” which means The Royal Mistress and a Thai Belief of cycle of reincarnation – the old soul reborn in the new body. That is ITH created the overlapping of sheer layers of time from past to present to create a design that stands out. A mixture of new and old traditions and the modern elements that would remind of nostalgic moments. This sales gallery was created as a royal reception pavilion in the inner court of the palace gated with 2 layers of green belt surrounded with a water feature and the oversized peacock sculpture made in stainless steel – a symbol of a royal creature in Thai culture. The designer’s favourite and key feature of the project is the oversized peacock sculpture made in polished stainless steel as this is an iconic symbol that is extremely important to Thai culture, so it has great importance in creating an element of grandeur to the project – a talking point to be proud of. The Thai-Tiered umbrella like chandelier in the lobby area also helps to create grandeur as it is modern yet reflecting the ambience of traditional culture in a subtle way. It creates the right feeling for the space as it is not too overwhelming but elegant. Special artisan skills were needed for two main elements within the project which are the customed peacock sculpture and a local handcrafted gold-leaf Thai traditional way at the reception counter. The designer hopes that this project which has been developed from local culture in modern language is a design that can easily tell as story about its roots without speaking.


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Morongo Casino Resort & Spa by Kenneth Ussenko Design Location: CA Interior Designer: Kenneth Ussenko Design Architect: Bergman Walls & Associates Hotel Group/Developer: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Construction Company: Yates Moorefield Morongo Casino Resort & Spa located in Cabazon, California is a 17,000-metre square project with amazing artisan skills and craftsmanship throughout which helped to facilitate finishes that blanketed the interiors of the resort. The casino was a three-year long project which covered a large area of resort lobby, common/public spaces including casino floor and new expansion. The design team worked closely with architects and engineers to deliver this large-scale project as fast as possible, meanwhile phasing the construction into 18 zones because the facility was still in operation during the two years of the construction buildout. Kenneth Ussenko’s design focus for this project was to create energy with colour and lighting focusing emphasis on lots of movement in the ceilings and floors of the interiors. Kenneth wanted to capture people’s attention throughout all the spaces with undulating patterns that seen to flow onwards forever. The colours and textures integrate into all the existing and new spaces because the team remodelled all areas of the resort to flow with the new construction creating balance and synergy. Many specialist artisan skills were used throughout the project, there was a key focus on the ceilings and custom fixtures which blanketed all the environments. Also, over 350 custom chandelier and ceiling fixtures were created for this project.

Weiyang Impression by Harmony World Consultant & Design Location: Shanghai China Interior Designer: Harmony World Consultant & Design The designer takes nature, art, light and shadow as elements to create a dialogue between human settlements and cities. The project is located in Xi ‘an, China, a city with a history of more than 3,500 years. The designer combines the city’s cultural heritage with the surrounding natural environment to create a contemporary art space. This is something that must be carefully considered as it is difficult to create a space that is fully functioning with all these elements however HWCD have managed to do this as they all tie together. Good buildings, like works of art, are timeless and full of the emotions of their occupants and users. In the design concept of the project, the delicate relationship between nature, architecture, people and the heart is integrated to see the big from the small, meet the eyes of the world, and stand in the beautiful scenery. With the original intention of integrating nature and life, The project is also inspired by the environment and location in which it is situated. Every delicate detail is both functional and ornamental and walking through it is like entering the painting landscape. Let the aesthetic feeling of nature endow the living space with endless vitality.

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St. Regis Toronto Residences Lobby by Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Location: Toronto Interior Designer: Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Hotel Group/Developer: JCF Construction Company: ROSSCLAIR Contractors Inc. Working with a sophisticated and eclectic art and furniture collection, Chapi Chapo Design created a refined and elegant environment, without being ostentatious, fusing together the old attitude of British aristocracy with the new Canadian modern. Like every individual who calls Toronto home is unique, the details are also unique and filled with colour and personality, reflecting the mosaic of the people. Rising from what once was a crude land, modern skyscrapers clad with gold seem to touch the sky. Chapi Chapo Design called it architectural watermarks. Definite and sometimes austere, these structures are built around, and sometimes above their smaller, softer older ancestors who have their own story to tell. Softer and rounder architectural details of Toronto have given way to harder and straighter lines. It is through the juxtaposition of old and new, hard and soft that textural elements and combination of materials that Chapi Chapo Design brought insight to create unexpected and refined detailing throughout the Lobby where welcoming a homeowner of the St. Regis Residences. The key design aspect of the project is the sophisticated and modern approach to traditional elements, exquisite details and a recognizable portrait of Canadian exclusivity. It was a successful transformation from a black and white space to a luxurious setting with rich colours and soft textures to not only welcome a homeowner, but their guests as well. The shelves/screen partitions create a very comfortable atmosphere and act like see through dividers between two functions of the space.

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The Sky Lobby by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: SLS Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, United Arab Emirates Architect: Aedas Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Associated: WOW Red SLS Hotels are renowned for breaking stereotypical moulds, in sophisticated fashion, and the Sky Lobby at the Dubai destination is no exception. Envisioned to stand as the main point of arrival for all guests as they check-in, it was paramount that the space epitomizes the spirit of the brand and sets the tone for the entire guest experience. Found on the 71st floor of the 75-story hotel, the lobby was also to play host to a Caviar Bar and a cocktail lounge. The brief itself was to create a world of true luxury, something that would leave guests overwhelmed with awe. Exposed to Dubai’s glistening panorama of skyscrapers, it was essential that the design could give way to uninterrupted views across the entire space. Bishop Design by Paul Bishop were not to steal the spotlight of the surrounding city, but highlight and complement it through simplistic aesthetics. Naturally the location of the lobby should give way to feelings of excitement, glory, power and tranquility; life in the clouds. The Sky Lobby captures the soul of the entire property. Staying true to the meaning of SLS; Style, Luxury Service which sweeps guests off their feet, allowing them to relax and indulge in a multitude of unique, intimate experiences. Thoughtful space planning has allowed the operator to provide services which exceed expectations of a traditional hotel lobby. From high-end dining at the Caviar Bar, aptly named 12 Chairs, given the seating offering it provides, to cocktail quenching at S Bar, the Sky Lobby will always remain memorable to all those that experience it.


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Nobu Hotel London Portman Square by David Collins Studio Ltd Location: London Architect: Make Architects Interior designer: David Collins Studio Ltd Hotel Group/ Developer: Nobu Hospitality David Collins Studio was tasked with designing the ground floor communal areas, restaurant and bar at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square. It was a unique opportunity to create a new Nobu flagship property. The hotel marks a relocation of the original Nobu Berkeley Street restaurant, also designed by David Collins Studio. The Nobu team were keen that the new restaurant retained the vibe that David Collins Studio created for Berkeley Street. The design concept focused on the guests’ journey through the hotel spaces. The former property had no active use at ground level or street presence, so a large part of the brief was to provide a new presence to the entrance. A new double height Lobby provided the perfect opportunity for a memorable arrival experience. David Collins Studio commissioned British sculptor Ivan Black to create a 7-metre-tall kinetic sculpture, which is suspended in the centre of the room. Utilising the daylight that streams through the glass façade, the rotating aluminium fins cast shadow across the room. Clean lines and geometric shapes used in the Lobby’s interior architecture of columns and colonnades creates a calm environment for guests. The location, beautifully positioned overlooking Portman Square, was a source of inspiration for the designer. They referenced the outside greenery a lot with upholstery fabric colours and custom green circle veneer table tops in the Lobby Lounge. London Plane Trees in the outside seating area sit at eye level for restaurant guests on the First Floor, creating a canopy of greenery as you look out.

Ellery Beach House by ESS Group Location: Stockholm Architect: ESS Group Interior Designer: ESS Group Hotel Group/Developer: ESS Group Ellery Beach House is new kind of spa resort located in the archipelago outside Stockholm. Designed with a love for the 60’s and 70’s. ESS Group has been creating spas and hotel resorts for almost 15 years. Ellery is their crown jewel, bringing all their experience into this project. Lidingö is an island where the trees and the water come as close as they can. Ellery Beach House is located at the far end of Lidingö, with pastel colours, wood textures, and design features inspired by the 60s and 70s. The details provide a common thread, and the daring to design the resort so “nonScandinavian”. The expansive entrance welcomes guests, and the boules court, open fire and two paddle courts strengthen the vision of a new kind of destination. A large lobby bar replaces the reception. Shuffleboards, table tennis and billiards are mixed with large sofas and beautiful art on the walls. Wood is combined with metal and soft materials with bold colours for a strong yet warm ambience, and the room is filled with furniture and detail. The three outdoor pools all have a view of the Stockholm archipelago. The main pool boasts a bar that is lowered up and down from the ground once every day. The spacious pool areas are specially designed and integrated with other environments and buildings. In terms of design, ESS Group combined Miami and Florida with all the best from Scandinavia. ESS Group’s key aspects for Ellery was the strong entrance, detail in design, and their courage dared to believe in their concept. The design works so well because they did not hold back on their vision, where calmness and recreation are combined with partying and a lot of love.

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The Whittling House by Ampersand Interiors Location: Northumberland UK Interior Designer: Ampersand Interiors Hotel Group: Richard Sim and Tom Leslie Everyone is welcome at the Whittling house, the designers want people to feel comfortable whether they are in their flips flops after a day at the beach or dressed up to celebrate a special occasion. Sometimes in the biggest hotels it is the smallest things which are important, and which set one design apart from another, it’s the little details that people remember. The favourite part of the project is achieving the balance between relaxed rural and luxury that also sits within the hotel’s surroundings. The design of the panelling detailing throughout gives impact to the rooms as well as clever storage solutions within awkward spaces. The design works so well as it is based on a palate and fabrics which successfully conjure up a traditional vibe, but which are having a bit of a moment therefore ensuring that the overall feel is also current. Details such as crittal windows in the showers also ensure that guests are in a modern and on-trend environment, while the upholstery fabric and curtains on the public areas add the right amount of indulgence to make the rooms that bit more special. In terms of the palette the designer took cues from the surrounding nature: The blues of the horizon where the sea meets the sky; the greens of the fields, the soft tones of sand and bracken, there is a nod to the coastal location in the accessorising while avoiding beach-inspired cliches. This is a small hotel in a rural location, privately backed but with real ambition to be a beacon for the best for Northumberland food and drink producers where people can eat, drink and sleep in style. With design by a small established interior company The Whittling House proves that small can be beautiful and that local can be inspiring in a world often dominated by the big and the brash.

Port Hotel by Imraan Ismail Interiors Location: West Sussex United Kingdom Architect: Jorges Salman Interior Designer: Imraan Ismail Interiors Hotel Group/ Developer: Port Hotels The brief was to help create a unique British coastal town hotel experience through innovative design and within a limited budget. The designers were asked to work with affordable, practical and long lasting materials that would complement and contrast with each other to create a warm, welcoming and new luxury costal hotel experience. Importantly, they were asked to create a clean and contemporary space that would not date, would remain practical to maintain in the long term, yet always be considered as a front runner in affordable British coastal town design. Imraan Ismail Interiors took cognisance of the surrounding environment and as briefed, looked to work in natural costal tones and materials to create warmth - materials that would wear well and would stay ahead of interior trends without great cost. It was asked that the designer was to use the Port Hotel icon in playful and surprising ways to engage the audience and hotel guests through our interior design. The exterior of the hotel is painted in charcoal black referencing the clapboard boathouses of Norfolk and the stark dark colours of industrial ports. The Port interior is in direct contrast to the deliberately dark exterior. When you step inside you are soothed by a calm, natural, coastal colour palette. Organic curves, arched doorways and port hole windows are used throughout as are natural materials such as cork, stone and wood. We were working to a tight budget so engaged many local artisans to assist with fitting out the hotel. All the joinery and woodwork for example, from the bar counter to bedroom headboards were bespoke and made by local joiners.

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Parador de León 5* Gran Lujo by Merry Design Studio Location: León, Spain Interior Designer: Merry Design Studio Architect: Mina Briggs Hotel Group: Paradores Hoteles y Restaurantes 1928 This project involved comprehensive reform of the buildings, demolition and remodelling of most of the spaces, except those with historical significance that were preserved in their essence. More than 600 pieces of furniture have been recovered and more than 500 works of art. Merry Design Studio have opted for the luxury of simplicity without fanfare but instead with the quality materials through original Spanish designs, which are respectful to the environment and that value the good work and innovation of Spanish suppliers. The designers tried to integrate a project that connects with the city of León - for the people who will enjoy it the most. In the hotel rooms a more neutral colour palette has been chosen, but in the common areas Merry Design Studio have included more prominence with the blue tones. Another prominent place is the terrace, in which all green hues have been chosen to align it with the nearby grove and riverbank. The main staircase and lobby are the largest spaces in the Parador, with white walls, valued ceilings and an impressive staircase. The colours are cleverly contrasted between mustard and blue and the spaces even include some pieces that were recovered from the original building.

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Caravia Beach Junior Suites & Restaurant by Mastrominas Architecture Location: Greece Interior Designer: Mastrominas Architecture Architect: Mastrominas Architecture Developer: Medi Tours SA Construction Company: Medi Tours SA Caravia Beach Junior Suites & Restaurant designed by Mastrominas Architecture is situated in a Mediterranean setting surrounded by palms. It unfolds around a communal pool which underlines the 5 bungalows and the restaurant and connects with all the structured environment via a network of decks and platforms, creating channels that surround the individual spaces. Each bungalow building is organized in two levels, ground floor and first floor, with the first providing direct access to the pool through the rooms’ private courtyards. Next to the covered terrace of the restaurant is the island seating area. Behind an islet of palm trees that existed on the plot, in the centre of the communal swimming pool and complex, seats are arranged around an open fireplace, while the daybeds are arranged around the island. The outdoor seating area filters the sights of the rooms, creating a sense of privacy for the guests. Mastrominas Architecture designed white cubic room buildings are a reference to traditional Greek architecture. Rough natural materials, cement mortar surfaces and soft colours enhance the sense of simplicity, naturality and create a relaxing atmosphere. All the ground-floor suites have direct access to the pool. The plot constitutes part of the wider hotel Caravia Beach property and had been planted by its owner who adored plants, several decades ago, with Mediterranean species, mainly palm and gum trees. Our main preoccupation was to preserve as many trees as we could by integrating them into our design.


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The Alexander, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan by Alexander James Interiors Location: Yerevan, Armenia Interior Designer: Sarah Brooker Hotel Group: Marriott, Starwood Collection Hotel The brief was to create the first luxury hotel in Yerevan, strong visual reference was to be made to the location, however, AJI were given the freedom to determine where these influences would be used within the design. The designer chose to be guided by the richness of Armenian history, the hotels proximity to Mount Ararat, according to Christianity the resting place of Noah’s Ark, along with the sun worshipping practices of ancient Armenians formed the starting point for the design concept. A particular requirement of the hotel was a Cigar Lounge which is designed to resemble a gentleman’s club with the overtones of a classic library. A dramatic ceiling feature was designed for the Pre-Function Room, this is part light fitting part sculpture, the polished shapes reflect the custom designed carpet which, as most with of the other bespoke carpets within the hotel, is influenced by traditional Armenian carpet patterns. The Client felt that the desire to bring the history of Yerevan and Armenia into the hotel was very successfully achieved by Alexander James International. The warm and inviting reception area with the artwork and pattern influences running throughout the hotel bringing the whole interior together in a cohesive way. The artwork and pattern elements repeated throughout the hotel are taken from the rich Armenian culture, this helps to give both a strong sense of place whilst at the same time creating a coherent experience for the hotel guest, there is interest at local references at every turn. Yerevan is described as a “pink city” due to many of the buildings being made from the local, naturally coloured volcanic stone, this sense of beauty and warmth is reflected in the interior of the hotel.

The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel by Atelier Nini Andrade Silva Location: Vila Nova de Gaia Architect: ARQ2525 Arquitetos, Lda Interior Designer: Pluris Investments Construction Company: A Mota-Engil SGPS Others Involved: N116 Photographer Credit: José da Cunha The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel is born from a unique spirit with an aura of timelessness that defines it as an exclusive design project. Atelier Nini Andrade Silva’s interior design provides a real connection with the territory and genuine experiences, and combines design with tradition. Located in the historic heart of Vila Nova de Gaia near the Port wine lodges, The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel is a project that combines engaging design with context of the location. The design reflects the architectural versatility of its building as well as its geographical, historical, and territorial context offering genuine and distinguishing elements to the project. The designers focused on reading the space as a whole and walking through the hotel, experiencing the grand spaces and exclusive design notes that catch the eye. The analogy to the wine universe is often used throughout the hotel, creating constant allusions to the history of the Douro Region. An example of using the spaces and design to draw this connection is the scenic environment created in the hotel’s main entrance. Atelier Nini Andrade Silva developed a concept totally inspired in Douro Region and it’s specific culture and heritage for The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel. Artisan skills were integrated within the design of the hotel so that guests can feel a genuine connection to the location and history of the hotel, particularly in the case of the dimensions and scope of the entrance design. Ancient artifacts were translated into the interiors to expand on it’s link to the Douro Region.

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Ellery Beach House by ESS Group Location: Stockholm Architect: ESS Group Interior Designer: ESS Group Hotel Group/Developer: ESS Group After almost 15 years of creating spa and hotel resorts, ESS Group did not hold back on their design vision for Ellery Beach Hotel. Crossing Miami and Florida design with the best elements of Scandinavia, this resort combines, sports, relaxation, recreation, partying and a lot of love. Ellery Beach House is new kind of spa resort located in the archipelago outside Stockholm at the far end of Lidingö. It has been designed with a love for the 60’s and 70’s, noticeable in the use of pastel colours, contrasting elements and wooden textures for a warm and welcoming atmosphere. ESS Group describe Ellery as their crown jewel, bringing all their experience into this project. ESS Group’s key aspects for Ellery was the strong entrance, detail in design, and their courage dared to believe in their concept. The expansive entrance welcomes guests, and the boules court, open fire and two paddle courts strengthen the vision of a new kind of destination. A large lobby bar replaces the reception. Shuffleboards, table tennis and billiards are mixed with large sofas and beautiful art on the walls. Wood is combined with metal and soft materials with bold colours for a strong yet warm ambience, and the room is filled with furniture and detail. The expansive entrance welcomes guests, and the boules court, open fire and two paddle courts strengthen the vision of a new kind of destination. A large lobby bar replaces the reception. Shuffleboards, table tennis and billiards are mixed with large sofas and beautiful art on the walls. Wood is combined with metal and soft materials with bold colours for a strong yet warm ambience, and the room is filled with furniture and detail.


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Ibis Styles Sarajevo by Mixd Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Interior Designer: Piotr Kalinowski, Katarzyna Majer-Hola, Joanna Mazurek, Paweł Panek, Agnieszka Kaczara, Agata Motyka Hotel Group/ Developer: Accor Group/ Statera Advising The ibis Styles Sarajevo hotel by Mixd is a tale inspired by the 1984 Winter Olympics about a city that could not be overcome by a cruel war and impresses with its joy of life. The hotel guests find themselves in a place where cultures meet, where amazing traditional crafts coexist with modern life, where they can enjoy delicious cuisine, excellent coffee and winter sports. This is a city hotel design with strong local flavour, embracing the history, culture and lifestyle of Sarajevo. As the main theme of the project, Mixd chose the 1984 winter Olympics - an event that residents of Sarajevo remember with a great nostalgia. The designers wanted to use as many elements as possible that refer to the spirit of Sarajevo: its architecture, history and local craft. Their goal was to preserve the unique atmosphere of the city, where Islam, Catholicism, Judaism and Orthodoxy meet; where traces of wartime destruction can be still found in the streets; where oriental cafes and craftsmen’s workshops exists next to trendy boutiques and clubs. In the selection of materials and colours, the exposed installations and raw concrete walls in the corridors and the hotel lobby were combined with wooden panelling in warm tones and locally woven wool carpets of rich colours and patterns. Mixd’s design for the hotel blends contemporary design with local craft and reused items, whilst referencing the area and their inspirations. It is a modern interpretation of the places that work in Sarajevo like local cafes, restaurants, ruin bars, and celebrates the work of many local Bosnian artisans.

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CPH Hotel by Spacon & X Location: Copenhagen Architect: Spacon & X Interior Designer: Spacon & X Hotel Group/Developer: DGI Construction Company: Third.space

Location: Birmingham, UK Architects: Synergy Architects Interior Designer: Robert Angell Design International Hotel Group/ Developer: Starwood Construction Company: Grahams The brief was to create a new luxury hotel with 180 Bedrooms including a new reception, Bar, Lounge and Restaurant, Grand Ballroom and Terrace Bar About Birmingham. Robert Angell set out to create a glamorous and unique hotel that will serve as a hub for the successful, creative and new age clientele. They listened to the existing architecture of the building, recapturing & celebrating its beauty with acute attention to detail, embracing the unique city of Birmingham and its powerful Heritage. Robert Angell International wanted to encapsulate the identity of both Birmingham & the architecture of the building in a never before seen concept that speaks to the discerning customers of today & sits effortlessly within contemporary culture, A truly unique, timeless interior. The Lounge Bar is perhaps one of the best places to take in the vibe of the hotel, with its rediscovered floral mosaics around the windows and refurbished moulded ceilings. This room as much of the hotel was completely gutted apart from some ceilings and window details and the Grand Stairs and Ballroom as it was just too far gone into a state of disrepair over the last decade it as stood empty. The hotel is both vast & powerful, a beautiful piece of engineering & architecture yet it is also delicate & intricate in its renaissance style, teeming with botanical detail. Industry & invention is & has always been prevalent from whichever angle you look at the city, from its revolutionary history & pioneering future.

Spacon & X presents a new CPH Hotel; a renovation embracing activity-based spatial identity and interior design. The transformation of the hotel was initiated to open the space to its surroundings and be more useable for its diverse mix of guests. The new design is consistent and holistic, embracing an activity-based spatial identity from its welcoming and playful foyer, to the characteristic rooms and lively colour palette. The brief was to refresh and renew the experience of DGI as a social rallying point. To meet this, Spacon & X researched DGIs core values and asked themselves how the design and solutions could both reflect and reproduce these. The project has therefore been rooted in an ambition to create multifunctional spaces. The foyer takes on an informal and welcoming atmosphere combining the existing yellow bricks with a forest of plants, large skylights, and a mirrored steel ceiling. Reflecting the guests’ movements, the ceiling makes the guests an active part of the interior, as well as mirroring the playful water effect of the pool areas. Spacon & X architecturally renovated this building with the focus of opening it up and adding a higher level of experience, flexibility and human-centred approach. Spacon & X has created an adaptable design, that welcomes guests through high spatial experiences and a strong spatial identity. The design is playful and active, and opens the possibility for guests to adapt the scenery according to use through flexible interior solutions and multifunctional zones.

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The Middle Eight Hotel by Tonik Associates Location: London Architect: Ray Hole Associates Interior Designer: Tonik Associates Hotel Group/ Developer: Shiva Hotels Construction Company: Ellmers The design brief was to totally reposition and rebrand the hotel to attract a new and vibrant “lifestyle” audience. Focusing on “Luxury with purpose” mantra and using a natural materials pallet throughout. The use of unique showstopper features in each of the key areas to delight the guest and provoke interest in the hotel as part of Covent Garden’s vibrant and upbeat community. In the main welcome space there was total reconfiguration of the zone by removing the old Porte cochere to increase useable front of house space by 300m2. The lobby also had a complete reconfiguration of the double height lobby space so all key areas could be orientated and accessed by guests on arrival. Inclusion of a bespoke centrepiece welcome desk as an artwork upon arrival. Increase mezzanine area (originally B.O.H space and public wcs, to create and intimate residents Library lounge as a peaceful oasis amidst the vibrant space. Accessed via a bespoke illuminated “stairway to heaven” as a nod to the hotels musical heritage. The designer want to create a feel of a destination Bar/Restaurant that linked the ethos of the Hotel with the essence of the neighbourhood. Introducing a unique and special leaf ceiling formed with 2500 copper sycamore leaves floating above the bare as an intro to the Sycamore cucina restaurant below. The realisation of a destination live event venue in the basement (formally hotel plant area and offices) a space designed to extend Covent Garden’s live events space from the Piazza indoors. The design concept is based around the rediscovery of this space (as if its always been there) the juxtaposition of brutal urban basement space punctured with beautiful bespoke pieces, bars and screens. 68 The International Hotel & Property Awards 2021

Ibis Styles Boleslawiec by Tremend Location: Boleslawiec, Poland Architect: Tremend Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. Interior Designer: Tremend Sp. z o.o. Sp. k Hotel Group/Developer: Accor Hotels Tremend Studio is well known for its unique custom designed and made furniture and graphics. In Ibis Styles Bolesławiec, Tremend introduces a new direction to a unique leitmotif - Bolesław ceramics. The interior design combines a traditional approach with modern trends and innovative solutions. It interacts in a way of attraction and intrigues guests to find out more about the place, hotel, and history. Boleslawiec is a city known in Poland for it’s pottery and ceramics, not only in Poland but worldwide. Tremend’s interior designers took the opportunity to understand the process of creating these ceramics - from how the paint and its colours are made, through creating shapes, to the final product. All this knowledge led to the transformation of Ibis Styles Boleslawiec, where the design has subtle hints to the city’s history and craftsmenship, allowing guests to better connect with the essence of Bolesławiec. Colorful, saturated spaces full of fanciful solutions of this hotel. From the very beginning, Tremend combined a traditional design approach with their unique custom elements and the integration of local ceramics. When entering the hotel, guests follow the path of discovering the history and the local craftsmanship. The design challenge was how to make a ceramics-inspired interior not overbearing: surprising, and attractive to the visitors. Bolesławiec is a charming city, inextricably associated with ceramics, its cobalt color, and unique patterns. It is no wonder then that these traditional dishes have become Tremend’s main inspiration, embedding the familiar colours and shapes within the hotel design.


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NYX Hotel Holborn, Leonardo Hotels by Garuda Design

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Location: Holborn London Architect: Consarc Interior designer: Garuda Design Hotel Group/ Developer: Fattal Group Construction Company: Edgewater Construction

Location: Paris, France Interior Designer: Conran + Partners Hotel Group/ Developer: Crowne Plaza

The NYX Brand is modern, exciting and very unique! The philosophy of the brand has certain elements that it must encapsulate and to be given a brief like this is a dream for any designer. It is super fashion orientated, funky, sassy, urban, cool, Rock and Roll, Classy and Hipster. NYX was the Goddess of the night, and this reflects the Party and night time vibe of the hotel. Add to that the themes of Urban Jungle, night animals such as the Black Panther, Music and Art and you have some idea of the direction! In creating the NYX in Holborn the designers were very aware of the surrounding area, the Art college across the road, Which, The British Museum, Bloomsbury, the Hoxton close by, the other luxury brand hotels in the area. The space had to feel contemporary but with a sense of the building itself. The main flooring that was used was an oversized, multi coloured terrazzo tile which added a scale and colour to the space, brighter pink tones in the Dining area and moving to greys and blacks in the bar and Reception area. Pattern, colour and texture were all important elements to create the funky atmosphere. Coloured led lighting, coloured neon artworks, vibrant multi coloured upholstery fabrics, mixed with acrylic printed table tops all sit within the pace in a riot of colour and pattern, grounded by the oversized terrazzo floor and held in place with the dramatically dark ceiling. themselves are playful, cool and colourful.

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Crowne Plaza collaborated with design studio Conran + Partners to create more innovative and inspiring practical spaces that better suit the needs of today’s modern business traveller and the Crowne Plaza Paris Republique was the first hotel in Europe to feature these re-imagined, flexible public spaces. The brief was a hotel designed with the modern business traveller in mind, with an emphasis on multi-purpose working environments that flow fluidly into social and entertainment spaces. The hotel’s design blueprint centres around four core inspirations which have helped keep the design in line creating multiple uses spaces that will fit the needs of all its customers. For Conran + Partners, one of the biggest challenges was introducing this new, modern design concept in harmony with the building’s existing nineteenthcentury architectural features. The result is something that is simultaneously quintessentially Parisian and effortlessly global; innately traditional yet refreshingly new.


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Crowne Plaza Warsaw HUB by Tremend & Ghelamco Poland Location: Warsaw, Poland Architect: AMC - Andrzej M. Chołdzynski Sp. z. o.o. Interior Designer: Tremend Sp. z o.o. Sp. k Hotel Group/Developer: IHG Hotels Limited Other Companies: Ghelamco Poland Sp. z o.o. The Crowne Plaza Hotel for the Warsaw HUB building in the Wola district of Warsaw is a hotel that reflects the vibrant and bustling city. The common areas are lively, full of colour, and eclectic. The interior design choices feature a motif throughout the hotel that is based on the Vistula River, a symbol of life, energy, and the power and strength of eternity. When working on this project, Tremend wanted to create a place that would be strongly connected with Warsaw. Respect for the environment is manifested by references to nature and a conscious choice of finishing materials. Their main inspiration was the Vistula River with its wild nature, but were also inspired by the vibrant city centre itself. The design of Crowne Plaza embodies the bustling city life. The interiors are diverse and colourful, characterised by a wealth of finishing materials and exceptional attention to detail. The project is a multifunctional complex of two skyscrapers joined together by a bridge. On the ground floor is the hotel’s entrance area, including a lobby and lounge with a central bar. The bar serves as the focal point, a meeting place for people. To emphasise its importance, Tremend uses a hanging copper structure over the bar counter, with greenery vines and lighting fixtures hanging down. The uniqueness of the bar attracts the attention of passers-by in the street. The wall of live greenery here gives the space a relaxed feel, harmonising with nature.

Hilton Frankfurt City Centre by THDP Location: Frankfurt Architect: THDP Interior Designer: THDP Hotel Group/Developer: Hilton Construction Company: Hagenauer Group (Georg Lienbacher) The Hotel is nestled in an amazing location in Frankfurt’s city centre and the Hilton open park benefits the hotel with beautiful views from guest rooms and the terrace. The lobby, check-in and lobby bar have all undergone a combination of hard/soft refurbishment.The new Hudson Yards Bar, resembles a typical New York bar, with brass gantry shelving, custom counter lights, brass foot stops and front facing custom coloured Rancilio Barista Machine. The perfect place to kick back in the day or evening to enjoy a beverage, snack or dine in style. The overall style has a sense of heritage, with a focus on natural leathers, elegant veneers, Verde Alpi Marble, and brass. The new rooms are distinct by their soft rich colours featuring warm rich oak timber flooring, rich rugs creating an inviting atmosphere, imbuing a familiar feeling of being at home but with smart and business touches suitable to its city location. The guest rooms have a particular focus on the hotels surrounding area, with window seats being an early choice by the designer to allow guests to sit and enjoy the fantastic ‘Mini Manhattan’ skyline view. The soft furnishings of the room are modern yet derive their design cues from an urban point of view, looking more like found objects or furnishings that have been re-purposed. Material choices are warm, rich and express a sense of luxury–with oak-wood flooring, walnut furnishings, manmade green marble and faux leathers and wool felts and area rugs.

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The Middle Eight Hotel by Tonik Associates Location: London Architect: Ray Hole Associates Interior Designer: Tonik Associates Hotel Group/ Developer: Shiva Hotels Construction Company: Ellmers The design brief was to totally reposition and rebrand the hotel to attract a new and vibrant “lifestyle” audience. Focusing on “Luxury with purpose” mantra and using a natural materials pallet throughout. The use of unique showstopper features in each of the key areas to delight the guest and provoke interest in the hotel as part of Covent Garden’s vibrant and upbeat community. The use of natural sustainable materials deliver a relevant and contemporary material solution to match todays environmental expectations. The hotel is very aware of the history of its specific location (music theatre) and the wider Covent Garden locality ethos. The wider design cues provide drama and theatre in line with these values. Artisan and Bespoke elements are evident in every major space within the hotel Bespoke useable art installations were a key language used. In the reception there is a bespoke desk crafted from felled and replaced sage oak and a unique tree route centrepiece as a welcome feature. The Bar ceiling is fashioned as a one off installation of 2500 copper sycamore leaves. Hand painted feature illuminated walls wrapping the bar space one off staircase to heaven feature hand crafted in oak and brass. Bespoke petrified moss walls to the interior of the suite gardens bringing greenery inside.

The Harrods Suite, Cala di Volpe Hotel by Harrods Interior Design Location: Sardinia, Italy Architect: Harrods Interior Design Hotel Group/ Developer: Smeralda Holding Construction Company: Fresi Costruzioni This was a special opportunity to amalgamate two iconic brands, combining Hotel Cala Di Volpe’s Sardinian Indigenous luxury with Harrods excellence. The design brief centred around creating luxury experiences that can be had in the Suite, from enjoying a glass of wine fresh from the cellar in intimate nooks to hosting candlelit dinner parties on the private rooftop. Very special but also offering all the comforts of a second home. The three-bedroom suite includes a vaulted wine cellar hosting a selection of desirable wines and spirits, a cigar humidor, an elegant marble cocktail bar and private rooftop complete with an infinity pool & al fresco dining area. The private roof terrace features a raised infinity swimming pool, a sunbathing deck, fitness area and an al fresco dining pergola. Designed with entertaining in mind, the terrace also includes a kitchen service area in the form of an organic Marmo di Orosei stone bar, complete with backlit onyx champagne basin. Hotel chefs are on hand to provide truly memorable dining experiences. Lighting design is a key feature in the suite easily overlooked but essential in the creation of a striking atmosphere. The lights in the suite are mostly invisible in order to keep the ceilings and walls unmarked. Both adding to the overall organic design and benefitting of the environments inherent natural magic. Coffer lighting, floor lighting or lighting incorporated into artworks such as bespoke glass piece adorning the walls, all work in balance to create a warm ambience.

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The Park Suite at the Stafford Hotel by Rosendale Design Location: London Interior Designer: Rosendale Design Hotel Group/ Developer: The Stafford Collection Construction Company: Interiors UK The Park Suite retains the quintessential British roots the Stafford are known for and Rosendale Design employed British brands to help root the new design. Due to the hotel’s close proximity to St. James Park and Green Park, a floral concept was employed. The design brief was to reimagine the main house rooms at the hotel, taking into the next chapter of the hotel’s fabled history. The client team were keen to see how they could better utilise smaller rooms without losing too many ‘keys’. The fact that this was originally 2 small rooms and were only intended to be redecorated until Rosendale Design carried out an architectural survey and found the possibility to take 2 smaller rooms and turn them into a statement suite, was a great surprise to the client team. This coupled with the fact that one of the rooms overlooked a sprawling unutilised mansard roof, Rosendale proposed to make structural changes to allow the roof top become a terrace with unparalleled views across the London skyline towards the London Eye. The design concept is based upon the royal parks that sit adjacent to the hotel, so the new suite really celebrates its setting. The hotel originally built as a townhouse, it inherently, will always have a historic characteristic that embodies what the hotel uses as an ethos, a home away from home’. All the coffee tables, sideboard units, the feature tub chairs and fitted joinery were built bespoke by British Craftsmen. The pendant in the lounge was again built bespoke by a local artisan.

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Gilpin Hotel Spa Suites by Nielsen House Location: Windermere Lake District Architect: Ben Cunliffe Architects Ltd Interior Designer: Nielsen House Hotel Group: Gilpin Hotel Construction Company: Retreat Homes The brief was to create a biophilic space using the Lakeland surroundings to inspire the design. The Hotel who are known for their distinct rooms wanted there to be an underlying consistency across the suites but for the soft furnishings to tell a different story across each suite. They each have their own names, named from the fells and mountains around them, so each suite must have their own identity. Gilpin are committed to providing their guests with an elegant, relaxing escape to luxury and the designers were required to use their creativity to help them create something exceptionally unexpected and unique. The favourite aspect of the design is how through specialist wall coverings the designers were truly able to bring the outdoors in. By using natural materials such as bark, silver birch, stone veneers, cork and even concrete, these textures help to create such a fun and unique finish to the space. The design works well as the designers were able to meet the clients brief fully, the creativity that they were granted by the Gilpin from the relationship that was built over 20 years allowed them to produce these breath-taking designs. Through this partnership, we can use unique finishes creating such an interesting design not just for us but for their guests. This design integrates well because of its surroundings and the proximity to the nature in which it is inspired. As you drive up to the suite, the roads a lined with trees, with fells as the backdrop and then as you enter the suite its self the sense of the outdoors greets you. They also look at using local suppliers where possible to limit the environmental impact to our environment.


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Casa do Lago by Casa do Lago Location: Algarve, Portugal Architect: Essencia Architects Hotel Group/ Developer: Quinta do Lago Casa do Lago’s new modern feel preserves the original restaurant’s spirit whilst also generating a relaxed, simple and elegant atmosphere. Boasting 1,300 square metres in total with 600 square metres of internal space and 700 square metres of outdoor terraces, the seafood restaurant can welcome large numbers of guests for both lunch and dinner. The existing natural feel remains along with existing palm trees which have now been joined by additional exotic plants and foliage to divide areas and frame the terraces. The main entrance has been enhanced with a larger doorway and wooden decking which runs throughout the whole venue. This evokes a welcoming feel whilst playing on the nautical theme that has always characterised Casa do Lago. The internal bar has also been relocated towards the entrance to invite guests to sit and relax upon arrival, whilst also enhancing a natural flow between the hallway and bar – which provides stunning lake views and a gentle lighting. The smaller dining room now features long mirrors on the ceiling to create an additional sense of space, which has also been filled with simple and classy artefacts and pieces of furniture. The main dining room boasts new wooden panelling to create a cleaner feel and plays hosts to two large fish tanks and seafood display units. Dining at Casa do Lago is a breath of fresh air. The elegant menu boasts fresh fish, seafood and seasonal ingredients to make delightful, tasty dishes. Lift your eyes from the plate and you’ll be mesmerised by the stunning surroundings that sit right outside.

Sidechick by Day Studio London Location: London Interior Designer: Lisa Helmanis Construction Company: Mark Rhodes Day Studio London wanted to create a homely, soothing environment, informal but still special. To create a space that captures the inclusive, warm and friendly spirit of the Sidechick offering allowing both the food and customers to shine. As ever with the Day Studio approach the final element of this design is the team and customers that light up that space when in it. The overarching theme is a warm, informal sense of occasion. Polished walnut wall panelling nestles up against soft cream gloss ceiling with mid century chairs and formica tables in a faded orange, a subtle contemporary take on those relatives homes built for comfort, the backdrop of many happy memories. Harmonious without being overly matching, it creates a comforting backdrop to the zinging, vivid hues of the super fresh dishes that cover the tables. Staying within this tonal frame yellow and terracotta checkerboard floor tiling and brushed stainless steel surfaces provide a sensory layering, uniting the separate zones within the space (kitchen, service, bar) and adding to the sense of flow. A mix of the everyday and special. Downstairs the mood gets seriously playful, Rattan, hessian and a heavy velvet curtain reveal extra deep orange cord seating that invites diners to settle in for the duration. Key to the success of the scheme is a subtle lighting plan that freshens overcast lunches and sets the mood for late night lounging. Day Studio carefully considered the offerings around and ensured they offered a different type of dining experience, with a clear and appealing design. It is easily recognisable as the ‘Sidechick’ vernacular which the client plans to roll out in subsequent venues.

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Ellery Beach House by ESS Group Location: Stockholm Architect: ESS Group Interior Designer: ESS Group Hotel Group/Developer: ESS Group Ellery Beach House is new kind of spa resort located in the archipelago outside Stockholm. Designed with a love for the 60’s and 70’s. ESS Group has been creating spas and hotel resorts for almost 15 years. Ellery is their crown jewel, bringing all their experience into this project. The design for Ellery’s bars and restaurants is intended to create strong impressions and a lot of Instagram moments. The natural textures, depth in layers and calming colours create a reassuring palette for guests as well as one which remains photogenic for capturing memories. Palmers is the restaurant you set your eyes on first. Soft, but with attitude and highest class on all materials. This space still has a strong presence, but one of comfort and warmth. The tones and shapes that build the restaurant tie it’s roots to the 60s and 70s inspiration, and the materials embrace both the resort’s surroundings and the vision of combining calmness with fun. ESS Group’s key aspects for Ellery was the strong entrance, detail in design, and their courage dared to believe in their concept. The design works so well because they did not hold back on their vision, where calmness and recreation are combined with partying and a lot of love.


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Giannino Mayfair London by Spagnulo & Partners Location: London, UK Architect: Spagnulo&Partners Interior Designer: Spagnulo&Partners Restaurant Group/Developer: Giannino Construction Company: Paolo Castelli

The Middle Eight Hotel by Tonik Associates Location: London Architect: Ray Hole Associates Interior Designer: Tonik Associates Hotel Group/ Developer: Shiva Hotels Construction Company: Ellmers

The restaurant Giannino in London marks the advent of a key name in the Milanese restaurant industry to the British capital city. An important 360° renovation project was carried out with attention to the finest detail by Spagnulo&Partners, which involved a radical revision of the space, giving back to the restaurant, just as in the Milan-based project, the importance of its roots and tradition.

The design brief was to totally reposition and rebrand the hotel to attract a new and vibrant “lifestyle” audience. Focusing on “luxury with purpose” mantra and using a natural materials pallet throughout. The use of unique showstopper features in each of the key areas to delight the guest and provoke interest in the hotel as part of Covent Garden’s vibrant and upbeat community.

The classic Amazakoue wood wainscoting is modernised thanks to the polished use of frames and geometric reliefs in which brushed brass profiles are intertwined. The wallpaper takes inspiration from the geometric styles of the beginning of the century, mixed and modernised thanks to the wall partitions that follow the geometries of the De Stijl neoplastic architecture tradition. The wall lights and chandeliers, all designed by the Spagnulo&Partners studio, communicate through their brass and glass material, the heavenly lightness and the musical abstraction of space typical of Fausto Melotti’s sculptures.

The designer wanted to create a feel of a destination Bar/Restaurant that linked the ethos of the Hotel with the essence of the neighbourhood. Introducing a unique and special leaf ceiling formed with 2500 copper sycamore leaves floating above the bare as an intro to the Sycamore cucina restaurant below. The realisation of a destination live event venue in the basement (formally hotel plant area and offices) a space designed to extend Covent Garden’s live events space from the Piazza indoors. The design concept is based around the rediscovery of this space (as if its always been there) the juxtaposition of brutal urban basement space punctured with beautiful bespoke pieces, bars and screens. The use of natural sustainable materials deliver a relevant and contemporary material solution to match todays environmental expectations.

Spagnulo&Partners’ design works so well as it is a complex yet refined experience that restores value to the idea of origin, making it a building block for a new and contemporary project. The intimate relationship with history forged the studio’s approach to design, sparked by the traditional icons of the high-end restaurant business, and defining a modern and contemporary environment intimately linked to the city in which it has become a symbol of hospitality over the years. A stylistic path, as it were, between places and significant eras.

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Nobu Hotel London Portman Square by David Collins Studio Ltd Location: London Architect: Make Architects Interior designer: David Collins Studio Ltd Hotel Group/ Developer: Nobu Hospitality David Collins Studio was tasked with designing the ground floor communal areas, restaurant and bar at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square. It was a unique opportunity to create a new Nobu flagship property. The hotel marks a relocation of the original Nobu Berkeley Street restaurant, also designed by David Collins Studio. The Nobu team were keen that the new restaurant retained the vibe that we created for Berkeley Street. The design concept focused on the guests’ journey through the hotel spaces. The former property had no active use at ground level or street presence, so a large part of the brief was to provide a new presence to the entrance. The atmosphere shifts as you move through the Lounge into the Nobu Bar and Restaurant. Finishes become darker, richer and more intense. The bar is a more dramatic blue palette, with custom coloured raku tiles in a traditional Japanese indigo. Lounge spaces either side of the main bar providing intimate seating are subtly lit with cone shaped table lamps. Largescale canvases by London-based artist Juliana Loveday hang at the arrival and back bar. Ascending the stairs to the first floor, guests are greeted by an expansive, openplan and colourful restaurant space, with sushi counter and Private Dining Room. David Collins Studio commissioned and collaborated with some amazing artists on this project. The favourite must be the huge Ivan Black sculpture, which was commissioned for the Lobby. The designers have always been huge fans of his work. It was a bit of a risk, but a huge space to fill and is so special because it is never static or predictable.

Ragdale Hall Spa by Concorde BGW Group Location: Leicestershire Architect: Concorde BGW Group Interior Designer: S ophie Oldfield - Concorde BGW Group Hotel Group/ Developer: Ragdale Hall Spa Construction Company: Concorde BGW Group The brief was to create an elegant cocktail lounge to replace the unused Mind Gym, as well as transforming the adjoining garden with a beautiful design that radiates tranquillity. The lounge needed to sit comfortably with the Ragdale brand but also move the spa forward with some innovation, and most importantly it needed to be a space that impressed. The glamours decade of the 1920’s which brought with it its famous art deco style is expressed in every element of the Twilight Lounge’s design. Angular furniture in dark green hues along with exotic touches of tropical plants, colourful House of Hackney wallpaper and a rich colour pallet of fabrics makes its design both glamourous and exotic. The Sunburst-style chandelier hanging centrally to the room adds a fun, playful accent and a dash of 1920’s glam without being too old-fashioned. No detail was spared when forming the sweeping, art deco inspired bar. Before the back bar was fitted with its stylish brass bottle displays and gantry’s, the entire wall was tiled with a mosaic pattern in cool white and blush pink. Mirrors behind the bottle displays really add to its art deco style.

ABC Buildings by Allied London Location: Manchester, UK Architect: Levitt Bernstein Interior Designer: HART Developer: Allied London Construction: McLaren The ABC Buildings are a unique Heritage 1960s building, repurposed for the modern media industry. The bar area ‘Metronome’ is a beautifully designed space which reflects the 1960s spirit of its original era. The architectural practice, Leach Rhodes Walker, originally designed and built ABC in three stages beginning in 1959 until 1965. The redevelopment began in 2017 and was completed in 2020. The aim for this project was to refurbish and extend this Manchester landmark to make it suitable for desirable workplaces. The brief was to retain the spirit of the Sixties era, using retro geometric shapes and psychedelic palettes throughout the entire building. They key aspect of this project, according to Allied London, is the heritage Terrazo flooring, feature lighting and the bar itself. Working in tandem with the architect and the interior designer, Allied London were able to reinterpret the retro style into a contemporary design, creating a unique workspace location. The design is holistically conceived to reflect the 1960s spirit, and this sentiment echoes the design of the whole building.

It’s a relaxed yet stylish lounge with comfortable seating and luxurious fixtures and fittings. It provides a new space to unwind in total peace and tranquillity with fantastic surroundings. The garden has been restored and has plenty of places to hideaway. The new landscaping, including the addition of a bespoke water feature and seating makes it a real special place to be.

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Grand Hotel Birmingham by Robert Angell Design International Location: Birmingham, UK Architects: Synergy Architects Interior Designer: Robert Angell Design International Hotel Group/ Developer: Starwood Construction Company: Grahams The brief was to create a new luxury hotel with 180 Bedrooms including a new reception, Bar, Lounge and Restaurant, Grand Ballroom and Terrace Bar About Birmingham. Robert Angell set out to create a glamorous and unique hotel that will serve as a hub for the successful, creative and new age clientele. They listened to the existing architecture of the building, recapturing & celebrating its beauty with acute attention to detail, embracing the unique city of Birmingham and its powerful Heritage. Robert Angell International wanted to encapsulate the identity of both Birmingham & the architecture of the building in a never before seen concept that speaks to the discerning customers of today & sits effortlessly within contemporary culture, A truly unique, timeless interior. The Lounge Bar is perhaps one of the best places to take in the vibe of the hotel, with its rediscovered floral mosaics around the windows and refurbished moulded ceilings. This room as much of the hotel was completely gutted apart from some ceilings and window details and the Grand Stairs and Ballroom as it was just too far gone into a state of disrepair over the last decade it as stood empty. The hotel is both vast & powerful, a beautiful piece of engineering & architecture yet it is also delicate & intricate in its renaissance style, teeming with botanical detail. Industry & invention is & has always been prevalent from whichever angle you look at the city, from its revolutionary history & pioneering future. 80 The International Hotel & Property Awards 2021

The Middle Eight Hotel by Tonik Associates Location: London Architect: Ray Hole Associates Interior Designer: Tonik Associates Hotel Group/ Developer: Shiva Hotels Construction Company: Ellmers The design brief was to totally reposition and rebrand the hotel to attract a new and vibrant “lifestyle” audience. Focusing on “Luxury with purpose” mantra and using a natural materials pallet throughout. The use of unique showstopper features in each of the key areas to delight the guest and provoke interest in the hotel as part of Covent Garden’s vibrant and upbeat community. The designer want to create a feel of a destination Bar/Restaurant that linked the ethos of the Hotel with the essence of the neighbourhood. Introducing a unique and special leaf ceiling formed with 2500 copper sycamore leaves floating above the bare as an intro to the Sycamore cucina restaurant below. The realisation of a destination live event venue in the basement (formally hotel plant area and offices) a space designed to extend Covent Garden’s live events space from the Piazza indoors. The design concept is based around the rediscovery of this space (as if its always been there) the juxtaposition of brutal urban basement space punctured with beautiful bespoke pieces, bars and screens. The Bar ceiling is fashioned as a one off installation of 2500 copper sycamore leaves. Hand painted feature illuminated walls wrapping the bar space one off staircase to heaven feature hand crafted in oak and brass. Bespoke petrified moss walls to the interior of the suite gardens bringing greenery inside.


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Intercontinental Maldives Maanmunagau Resort by Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd Location: Maldives Architect: Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd Interior Designer: Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd and Avalon Collective Interior Design Studio Hotel Group/ Developer: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts (Operator) | Leisure Horizons Pvt Ltd (Developer) Situated on the southernmost tip of the Raa Atoll, this is InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first property in the Maldives. The context of the island and its lagoon is a given, starting with the macro planning of the master plan to lay out the blueprint of experience zones and building massing. Analysis of views, guest privacies, throughout-the-stay experience relationships of various areas, intertwined with the back-end operational efficiencies were studied and implemented. Reclamation studies, from programming, environmental, marine and cost had been done to form the extension of the main island, creating a new inner lagoon and another villa product type that offers both the magic of an over water villa and the charms of a beach by the doorstep. This inner lagoon created a cocooned executive area, a separate facility of lounge and pool overlooking the lagoon axis, accessed only to the “Club Intercontinental” tier. Throughout the resort architecture, pareddown, localised elements are the essence. Off-form and subtly textured concrete finishes paired with timber log columns. Modern Nako louvres introduced as a response for natural light and ventilation control. For this resort the designer sought to not let luxury be defined by opulence and glitter but with honesty and authenticity for a timeless resort property.

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Banyan Tree Krabi by PIA Interior Company Limited

Location: Shanghai Interior designer: Ding Yue, Chao Jun Hotel Group/ Developer: Greenland Group Jiangqiao is an intersection of sea and land transport in the Chinese history. The hotel takes “Jiangqiao memory” as the thematic concept, and integrates the unique Jiangqiao cultural charm with the modern fashion art, to give customers an unprecedented experience. “Bridge” is the main conceptual clue of the hotel lobby. The bridge-structured columns, large scale empty space, and water texture changes reflected from the ground to simulate the water surface, have fully embodied the prosperous life culture scene of Jiangqiao in the ancient times. In the centre, an ancient gingko tree serves as the focus of the line of sight, while the local handicraft Gu embroidery and tea culture are integrated in the space enclosed by the courtyard, to offer an interesting dining experience. The grand banquet hall looks simple but stunning. The crystal lamps extending from the corridor to the banquet hall brings a sense of luxury and grandeur. The rooms and suites are luxurious and comfortable. The Malu bamboo weaving handicraft has been taken as the design language mainly for the bedside art background and carpet, echoing the local decorations. The plain black, white and grey are taken as the main colours, with some parts embellished with the fashionable and tensile orange colour. The details are exquisite and unique ubiquitously. This hotel has a unique geographical advantage as it is close to the Hongqiao Transportation Hub and connected to the Airport Economic Park. The designers took full advantage of this, making the hotel close to the local style of Shanghai and at the same time convenient for customers to come and go.

Location: Krabi Thailand Architect: Architrave Design & Planning Interior Designer: PIA Interior Company Limited Hotel Gorup/ Developer: Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Construction Company: Pathom Interior Contract Company Limited Banyan Tree Krabi - a locally infused resort in Southern Thailand offering an oasis of opportunities to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Boasting extensive views over a pristine sandy beach and the sapphire waters of the Andaman Sea, the newly opened Banyan Tree Krabi is nestled among landscaped gardens with a backdrop of lush forests. Facilities at Banyan Tree Krabi include two restaurants and a beach bar, a fitness centre, a meeting centre, and in keeping with Banyan Tree’s global wellbeing branding — a rainforest-themed spa. The centrepiece of the resort, as guests walk through the naga legend-inspired entrance, is a circular water feature in the lobby that cascades into a cavernous meeting room area below. With a backdrop of emerald sea and karsts, the awe-inspiring spectacle is shaping up as one of the resort’s signature images. The centre piece of the resort, as guests walk through the naga legend-inspired entrance, is a circular water feature in the lobby that cascades into a cavernous meeting room area below. With a backdrop of emerald sea and karsts, the aweinspiring spectacle is shaping up as one of the resort’s signature images. The resort footprint is built with respect to create the least impact on the surrounding natural environment : blending with nature mindset. The serene natural beauty can be seen throughout the site and from nearby community seamlessly.

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Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour by AUSBAO Location: Sydney Australia Architect: Smart Design Studio, Team 2 Architects Interior Designer: Stack Studio, A+ Design Group, Team 2, WMK Hotel Group: IHG/AUSBAO PTY LTD Construction Company: Parkview Constructions Pty Limited Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour is a newly built precinct competitively situated within Sydney’s Central Business District. A constantly bustling location, the owner and hotel operator’s vision for the hotel was to create a city oasis well-suited to business travellers and families alike. Aligning with the ever-changing landscape of the city and its various events and celebrations across the years, flexibility in functionality was also an important design component across all areas. The lobby and lobby cafe were designed to create a strong connection with the surrounding CBD area with flexible layouts catering to various scenarios. Aside from the outdoor pool, all guestrooms are reasonably sized, with each guestroom containing a feature architecturally framed view toward the various angles of the Sydney CBD, allowing guests a spectator’s view into the cityscape in the comfort of their rooms. With the various design elements and considered integration into the wider precinct, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour is poised to be the city oasis it has envisioned for itself. Nestled nicely between Sydney CBD’s various cultural hubs such as Chinatown and the city’s primary shopping precinct, the new Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour integrates into the location through it’s considered master-planning, and inclusion of facilities that allow the enriching of various charms from Sydney to combine and explore new heights.

Curation Hotel, MomoyamaGaen by BABID Location: Atami, Shizuoka, Japan Architect: Naoshi Wakabayashi Interior Designer: Noriko Sawayama (Design Producer/Interior Designer) Hotel Group: Curation Hotel Association, The curations Construction Company: Wakai Construction (Traditional Carpentry and Decoration works) Along with its special location, Atami has a colourful history of art, literature and the traditional Japanese performing art of “Nou”. The design concept for this third Curation Hotel comes from these two unique aspects - the dramatic location and geography of Atami City - mountains, coastline, and sea – combined with the cultural history of the area. The interior design refers to these motifs throughout and, where possible, has been made by craftspeople using traditional skills and local sustainably sourced materials. “Curation Hotel” is the trademark of Noriko Sawayama, the interior design producer of the project. Momoyama-Gaen is the third hotel to join this family – all located in the Atami City area - and in March 2021 these three hotels will be launched as the first group of curation hotels in Japan. The concept of Curation Hotels is to create a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where guests can learn about the traditional Japanese architecture, decoration, and art they are immersed in and appreciate how contemporary design and art can complement the traditional making methods and materials. This approach combined with the consistent use of two clear design motifs – the integration of elements that reflect the geography of the location, and the extensive use of timber details and elements – create a harmony and rhythm that is consistent throughout the hotel. Where possible materials are from local suppliers – especially the timber.

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The J Hotel, Shanghai Tower, China by R & O Design Limited / Bilkey Llinas Design Location: Shanghai Interior Designer: R & O Design Limited / Bilkey Llinas Design Architect: Gensler/Marshall Strabala & Jun Xia Hotel Group/Developer: Jin Jiang International Hotels Construction Company: Yeti Construction and Development Photographer: Mr. Sui Si Cong Shanghai Mingshi Photography Studio The 178 room J Hotel sits atop the world’s second tallest high-rise occupying levels 84 through 120 of the mix use luxury landmark Shanghai Tower. Traditional Chinese elements had to be implemented in the overall design. The most challenging and fulfilling part of the project was the conceptualisation of the 2 different guestroom designs. One concept was to develop a fully transparent glass room where bedroom, bathroom and closet were viewed as a single open space. In contrast, the second concept incorporated a traditional Chinese guestroom layout with leather wall detailing and custom built-in cabinetry. The design works well because the team were able to integrate glass, metal, marble and other non-flammable materials with the architectural structure of the existing tower. A Thailand based artist/engineer was commissioned to produce the glass entrance columns, the Shanghai Gate and the 3 crystal reception desks. A renowned French sculptress created the metal mesh ballerina sculptures in the reception area. At level 101 an Italian artist was commissioned to produce the classical metal mesh pavilion structures. Local artisans manufactured the suspended crystal dragon at level 103, the Japanese glass fan sculptures at level 104, and the chandelier at the level 120 specialty restaurant.


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Rosewood Hong Kong by Rosewood Hong Kong Location: Hong Kong Hotel Group: Rosewood Hotel Group Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects Interior Designer: Tony Chi – tonychi Studio Construction Company: New World Development An ultra-luxury, residential-style property at the harbourfront Victoria Dockside district, Rosewood Hong Kong is distinguished by its rigorous approach to art and design. The 413-room hotel is located at a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and is at the epicentre of the new Victoria Dockside cultural district, with direct access to the new luxury art mall K11 Musea. The ultra-luxury hotel occupies 43 floors of the multi-use Rosewood Tower, a new landmark on the world-famous skyline. The project, the flagship for Rosewood Hotel Group, was eight years in the making, courtesy of global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and visionary hospitality designer Tony Chi of New York studio tonychi. The brief was to create a property that tapped into the historical importance of the location and reflect the legacy of the owning Cheng family, in particular the Cheng family’s founding patriarch, Dr. Cheng Yu tung and his son Henry Cheng, who, in the 1980s, established New World Centre as a major mixed-use shopping and residential destination on the site. Fundamental to Rosewood’s guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy, the hotel is a nuanced reflection of the destination with a distinctive vision of authentic cultural immersion and site-specific design, along with an air of home-like intimacy throughout. The interior design juxtaposes materials such as dark timber, tiles, metal, glass, and leather. Combined with crafted details and exceptional art, the refined layering of textures and stories references family history, local heritage, and a sense of place.

JW Marriott Hotel Nara by The G.A Group Location: Nara Japan Architect: TASEI Interior Designer: G.A Group Hotel Group/ Developer: JW Marriott (Operator) / Mori Trust Co Ltd (Developer/Owner) Construction Company: TASEI The brief was to provide interior design for a luxury new-build hotel, in a contemporary but timeless style, which subliminally immerses the guest in the wonders of the area and is unique to the setting and culture of Nara. In line with the company philosophy – Restless Curiosity – our first step in developing the design scheme for this project was to explore the location: Nara. By doing this, the designers gained a deeper understanding of the cultural landscape. This allowed them to get a feel for the iconic elements of the city and, in turn, to appreciate what makes it so important as a worldwide destination, famous for its ancient temples, dramatic landscape, historical buildings and, of course, the Nara deer. The aim was for the guests at the JW Marriott Hotel Nara to receive a warm sense of arrival. The reception and lobby design is purposely not overly formal but instead more relaxed, and welcoming, rather like that of a Grand Residence. Although the structure of the building is steel, they wanted to bring timber beams into the lobby space, a feature so distinctive to the Temples and ancient houses of Nara. Traditional influences reimagined in a contemporary style can be seen throughout the entirety of the hotel, but most prominently in the Guestrooms.

Silkpath Grand Hue Hotel & Spa by YC Interior Design & Consultant Company Location: District 9, HCMC, Vietnam Architect: NKB company Interior Designer: YC Interior Design & Consultant Company Hotel Group / Developer: Silk Path Group Construction Company: ICMC company The most important part of this project is that YC used a unique mosaic method to combine the art of Temple of Khai Dinh by art photo with the combination of technology and hands to create a striking highlight in the Main Hall, Extra Hall, and European Restaurant. The concept was developed by the stories about the history and culture of the country, people and life, yet still maintain the style and contribute to maximum functionality. The style of the design is a mix of East and West.The spirit of culture and approach between the current development and the past is evident throughout the layout of the property ranging from the material to the detailed manner for each product whether it is fabric or desks, chairs or more 1 highlights that small corner store on one of the products. You will see the traditional and modern features interact with each other through the materials used to express the Vietnamese handmade hands when doing this work through grinding stone, wash stone, mosaic, tile, cotton, fine art products, tables, chests.

All these carefully crafted elements combine to create JW Marriott Hotel Nara: a Grand House, reimagined in a distinctly Japanese style.

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The Marriott Hotel Xuzhou by Bilkey Llinas Design Location: China Interior Designer: Bilkey Llinas Design Architect: AEDAS Hotel Group/Developer: The Marriott Hotel Group Construction Company: Gold Mantis The Marriott Xuzhou features a total area of 53,000m2 with a wide range of Public Areas including several F&B outlets, large meeting and convention facilities, a luxury Spa and a total of 286 guestrooms and suites. The overall design theme develops through a contemporary approach to forms and details that pay homage to Xuzhou’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. The lake front location at the base of beautiful mountains provided the initial inspiration for the hotel’s interiors. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed through a double height main lobby and reception which is developed with straight on axis to the majestic lake. Accentuating this focal point, a lobby fountain is also leading towards the lakeview and provide a central organizing element of the main lobby. The guestrooms and suites develop around the concept of a flexible open bathroom arrangement which can make the bathroom completely open towards the bedroom and views or a completely private arrangement through the use of multiple glass panels that can retract and close with great ease. The Marriott Xuzhou embraces the contemporary planning aspects key to the satisfaction of today’s sophisticated business and leisure travellers, whilst providing a comfortable and relaxed sense of luxury. The privileged geographical location of the hotel is key to the overall design concept and guest experience. The site, located on the lakeside shore and nestled at the base of lush mountains, provides a stunning canvas for this newest addition to Xuzhou’s luxury hospitality offerings.

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa by Bond Design Studio

W Hotel Melbourne by Hachem Architecture

Location: Japan Interior Designer: Bond Design Studio; Mr. Ryoichi Niwata, Mr. Yasuhiro Ishikawa and Mr. Shintaro Ishizaka The designer wanted to make this project more than just a beautiful space rather a space that passively accepts visitors and is humane. Using the space as a social device to build a human and emotional relationship between visitors and space design/arts, and be “a way to lead to various wonderful local discoveries”. Kanazawa is a historical city rich with national treasures found in their arts, crafts, and people, who are constantly challenged to live up to the city’s expectation of “inheriting legacy”. They started the design process by breaking traditional boundaries and provided an open and welcoming space. One of which, a sculptural table was used to fulfil the role of a check-in lobby counter, veering away from conventional island or built-in ones. This created a friendly gesture between guests and hotel staff, standing side-by-side, as if having a casual conversation. In addition, they explored the local craftsmen’s workshops and factories to collect tools found there. The favourite aspect of this project is the outpouring kanazawa art which the designer collaborated with 50 artists to create over 100 pieces of art, some of whom are “living national treasure” titleholders. Additional to that, 200 artifacts and antiques are collected, all redefined to be integrated as one in the hotel interior.

Location: Melbourne Victoria Architect: Hachem Architecture Developer: Diasho Developments & Cbus Property Construction Company: Multiplex W Hotel brand standards dictate that a hotel reflect its host city, aesthetically and culturally. To ensure this goal was authentically met, Hachem challenged significant aspects of the design brief with a view to integrating the design solution under the headline theme of ‘reveal to revel’. What followed was a single-minded dedication to that core idea. A major goal of the revised brief was to ensure nothing was homogeneous or expected. From the moment a guest arrives, they are transported through a kaleidoscope of experiences that arouse the five senses. The lobby symbolises a classic Melbourne laneway, complete with soaring lenticular wall art that presents as a classy timber face to the corporate entrance and gradually reveals its full grandeur as you walk towards the hotel’s Flinders Lane entrance. Rooms appropriate Melbourne’s distinctive metal-covered street kiosks as signature wardrobe installations, and walls incorporate a novel pull-back lighting feature. The interior design solutions at W Melbourne are unconstrained and beyond compare. This is thought-provoking, innovative and intelligent design on a scale that is anomalous for large hotels. When Hachem was appointed to conceive the interior solutions for W Melbourne, the building was already in progress. Hachem designs to a holistic strategy that considers the guest experience from all angles. In this case, the goal was to authentically capture the essence of the hotel’s host city, Melbourne. The theme plays out in delightful and unexpected ways across the entire hotel; the more a guest explores, the more the hotel reveals of itself.

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The Londoner Hotel by Sands Corporation Location: Macau S.A.R Architect: Aedas (Macau Lda Interior Designer: Steve Leung Design Group Hotel Group / Developer: Venetian Orient Limited The journey begins with an immediate sense of European architectural taste embodied in the refined layered mouldings featured throughout the white ceiling and walls of the living area, further enhanced by a colourful selection of eye-catching paintings and photographs to complement the overall neutral colour palette. The challenge was to create a modern interpretation of a London hotel – as if you walked off a busy street into the cosy warmth of this London-inspired hotel. The pleasant luminosity of the ambience is tastefully highlighted by the elegant simplicity of a chesterfield sofa in velvety grey and a cosy high-back armchair wrapped in smooth tan leather. The bedroom features a knitted chevronpatterned headboard to gracefully frame candid marble nightstands; light coloured artworks on the wall complimented by a customized carpet in stylized houndstooth pattern. Fluted sliding doors embellished with gleaming metal handles slowly unfold the fluent transitioning towards the secluded master bathroom. With a charming dash of wit and whimsy, clean black lines accentuate the immaculate profile of a splendid Victorian-style bathtub. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Savile Row in Mayfair where for over two hundred years the time-honored tradition of dressmaking bonded generations of talented tailors to create the finest bespoke suites, each space is a tasteful combination of design details and refined materials. The Londoner Hotel sits comfortably within The Londoner Macao destination Integrated Resort.

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The Grand Suites at Four Seasons, Macau by Sands Corporation Location: Macau Architect: Aedas Interior Designer: Peter Silling & Associates Hotel Interior Design Limited Hotel Group/ Developer: Cotai Strip Lot 2 Apart Hotel (Macau) Limited The 289-keys Grand Suites at Four Seasons opened its doors for guests to experience the next-generation of luxury in this forever vibrant and glamorous city, Macau. Blending elements of indulgence, grandeur and timelessness, the design aesthetic creates a beautiful balance between a sophisticated and modern interior - a dedicated reflection of the Macau heritage. The restaurant inspiration a ‘Grand Manor’, was designed to cater for different occasions and dining styles and captures spectacular natural sunlight and a magnificent view of the Cotai strip. Each of the Grand Suites at Four Seasons rooms embody a bold, yet residential approach to design boasting innovative and thoughtfully selected finishes. Every piece of furniture is bespoke and each piece of artwork is carefully curated. Enter the warm, sophisticated main living room adjoining an open dining area. Each master bedroom has an impressive walk-in closet, dry vanity and expansive windows with plenty of natural sunlight. The grand bathroom is wrapped with Italian Calcutta Gold marble - a striking statement to the entire ‘classic apartment’ experience. Designed as a contemporary urban penthouse, the dramatic 11 Sky View Villas at 372 SM each, offer a private pool, generous outdoor terrace and a stunning 360-degree views.


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David Beckham Suites by Sands Corporation Location: Macau S.A.R Architect: Aedas (Macau) Lda Interior designer: David Collins Studio Hotel Group/ Developer: Venetian Orient Limited Embodying a residential feel, Londonbased David Collins Studio crafted spaces peppered with subtle references to David Beckham’s renowned football career and his personal life. The use of traditional British tailoring fabrics patterns, such as houndstooth, Prince of Wales check, and pinstripe are a nod to London’s infamous Savile Row and Jermyn Street. Leather broguing details also reference his love of quintessentially British heritage brand Church’s Shoes. Regency timber-work lines the arrival hall, scattered with iconic pieces and beautifully lit images. A black and white chequer floor evokes the spirit of arrival – the instant backdrop to a million posts. Throughout the suites a clever mix of materials is adopted, to reference British patterns and textures, updated and restyled to create unique juxtapositions. High gloss coloured lacquer lines the walls, with screens and panels inspired by great British cabinet makers, to create moments of intimacy. Bespoke drinks cabinets and coat closets add to the residential feel. To the delight of David Beckham, subtle footballing references appear throughout, including hexagonal embossing to Master Bedroom furniture, chevron patterned textured glass in the bathrooms and custom football-inspired pendant lights. Bathrooms are wrapped in marble, with custom dark bronze sanitaryware by Hansgrohe. In the largest Beckham suite, a secret door leads the guest into a small replica of the Connaught bar – David’s favourite bar in London, also designed by David Collins Studio.

Le Royal Meridien Hotel Interior by Stack Studio Location: Shanghai Interior Designer: Stack Studio Hotel Group: Shimao This refurbishment has lived up to expectations, integrating the concept of connecting Chinese and Western, where the architectural base and the furniture provides a modern look and the soft furnishings and artwork enrich the space with colour, textures and cultural remarks. The concept revolves around Mulan wearing military uniform, exuding the glory of the Qianlong period, In the bedroom, a large-scale art painting ‘The Qianlong Emperor Chasing a Deer on a Hunting Trip’ (by Giuseppe Castiglione, Qing Dynasty, period) stands near the window. The suites were designed to provide a comfortable yet luxurious experience for the business and leisure traveller, with an oversized desk, comfortable living space, a generous walk in wardrobe and a feature bathroom with a unique design. To take advantage of the project’s prime location, the layout was designed so that guests would be able to take in and enjoy the incredible views of Shanghai from every room of the suites without any obstacles, either lying in bed or in the chaise lounge, while relaxing in the bathtub, or while working in the living area. The layout has been thoroughly considered to ensure effective circulation of the suites and that the design is both spacious and functional. To tie each area of the scope intricate details have been carried throughout the suites, corridor and lift lobby. The use of a variety of special artistic metals on the walls and furniture restores Qianlong’s armor in an abstract way. Coupled with the looming light of silk satin upholster, the designer tells the story of the balance between strength and femininity.

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Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort by IHG

Velaa Private Island, C/O Velaa Island Maldives Pvt Ltd

Location: Maldives Interior Designer: Avalon Collective Interior Design Studio Pte. Ltd

Location: Noonu Atoll, Maldives Architect: ADR s.r.o., Head architect Petr Kolar, Czech rep., Olazabal Design with Troon Golf course Interior designer: MIMOLIMIT s.r.o., Barbora Skorpilova, Czech Republic

The InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort consist of Overwater Villas and Residences overlooking the beach and lagoons. Each Villa or Residence have been infused with distinct Maldivian design; featuring several separate bedrooms, a lounge with an en suite complemented by a spacious terrace overlooking the ocean or lagoon with a private pool. While the design should be aesthetically pleasing adhering to the “travellers” concept, it should also be operationally environmentally friendly and promote stainability. The design concept is that of a traveller and the fluidity was to embrace the changing environment. Being in Maldives, the design celebrates the beautiful environment and naturally integrates into the wider environment. The furnishing and layout on the property can be moved around to suit the guest preference. Most importantly, stainability is the forefront of the design, this allows amenities and furniture to be environmentally friendly.

The aim was to design a private island which would stand apart from the common hotel resorts in the area. Velaa Private Island is not a regular hotel, albeit with all the luxury and amenities one could think of time they are not likely to forget, it’s just as you would imagine it to be. The design, architecture, interiors and materials chosen, serve the purpose of instilling peace and relaxation. Using largely traditional materials and technologies, tastefully and functionally alongside modern elements. There’s a striking balance between privacy and ‘feast for the eyes’ through humble, yet meticulously executed architecture, combining tradition and modernity. The key aspects of the island are tranquillity, privacy and nature, alongside a fine-tuned design with that ‘home feeling’. Combining contemporary architecture with Maldivian touch, fine dining experience and a carefree feeling for the guests. With the credit to the tasteful architectural, design and landscaping skills of our Czech team. The luxury design is present in all aspects on the island, but not in an offensive and visible way but in a way of comfort that everyone appreciates. The island is a place for select clientele, to come by invitation only, and spend ‘Private Moments’.

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The J Hotel, Shanghai Tower, China by R & O Design Limited / Bilkey Llinas Design Location: Shanghai Interior Designer: R & O Design Limited / Bilkey Llinas Design Architect: G ensler/Marshall Strabala & Jun Xia Hotel Group/Developer: Jin Jiang International Hotels Construction Company: Yeti Construction and Development Photographer: Mr. Sui Si Cong Shanghai Mingshi Photography Studio The 178 room J Hotel sits atop the world’s second tallest high-rise occupying levels 84 through 120 of the mix use luxury landmark Shanghai Tower. The client requested a hotel design unlike any other in the world that would complement the iconic structure of the Shanghai Tower. However, traditional Chinese elements had to be implemented in the overall design. The design works well because the team were able to integrate glass, metal, marble and other non-flammable materials with the architectural structure of the existing tower. The Shanghai Tower was designed to complement the other 2 iconic buildings located on the site as the future vision of the new Shanghai Pudong. A Thailand based artist/engineer was commissioned to produce the glass entrance columns, the Shanghai Gate and the 3 crystal reception desks. A renowned French sculptress created the metal mesh ballerina sculptures in the reception area. At level 101 an Italian artist was commissioned to produce the classical metal mesh pavilion structures. Local artisans manufactured the suspended crystal dragon at level 103, the Japanese glass fan sculptures at level 104, and the chandelier at the level 120 specialty restaurant.

Lotus Mansion by HWCD

The Address Siam-Ratchathewi by That is Ith Interior

Location: Zhejiang,China Architect: HWCD Interior Designer: HWCD Developer: CIRE The designer combines Oriental aesthetics with contemporary aesthetics in order the create a space that works for the property style and location. The design helps to shape the space with an eternal and elegant style for an area that works for various function and has a grandeur about it. Located in Zhoushan city, Zhejiang Province, China, the project is blessed with a unique natural environment and a thriving economy. What designers are seeking is not only a trend-leading aesthetic of The Times, but also a way of life beyond The Times. The ultra-flat aesthetic style and oversized Windows greatly increase the scale and broaden the horizon horizontally, bringing light and natural views into the interior. The more light and transparent architecture and space form brings a more textured life experience. The interior Spaces are linked together by large areas of transparent glass this is able to create and illusion of feeling as though the inside is outside giving the feeling of endless space within the main areas. At the same time, many local cultural elements are also used in the project, which not only has a unique aesthetic feeling setting it apart and giving a sense of life, but also is in harmony with the whole of the project. This makes the space feel welcoming as well as vast in size.

Location: Bangkok Architect: Palmer & Turner Interior Designer: THAT IS ITH INTERIOR Hotel Group/ Developer: AP THAI Construction Company: CON DEC HOME The concept was derived from the district name “Ratchewi” which means The Royal Mistress and a Thai Belief of cycle of reincarnation – the old soul reborn in the new body. That is ITH created the overlapping of sheer layers of time from past to present to create a design that stands out. A mixture of new and old traditions and the modern elements that would remind of nostalgic moments. This sales gallery was created as a royal reception pavilion in the inner court of the palace gated with 2 layers of green belt surrounded with a water feature and the oversized peacock sculpture made in stainless steel – a symbol of a royal creature in Thai culture. The designer’s favourite and key feature of the project is the oversized peacock sculpture made in polished stainless steel as this is an iconic symbol that is extremely important to Thai culture, so it has great importance in creating an element of grandeur to the project – a talking point to be proud of. The Thai-Tiered umbrella like chandelier in the lobby area also helps to create grandeur as it is modern yet reflecting the ambience of traditional culture in a subtle way. It creates the right feeling for the space as it is not too overwhelming but elegant. Special artisan skills were needed for two main elements within the project which are the customed peacock sculpture and a local hand-crafted gold-leaf Thai traditional way at the reception counter. The designer hopes that this project which has been developed from local culture in modern language is a design that can easily tell as story about its roots without speaking.

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JW Marriott Hotel Nara by The G.A Group Location: Nara Japan Architect: TASEI Interior Designer: G.A Group Hotel Group/ Developer: JW Marriott (Operator) / Mori Trust Co Ltd (Developer/Owner) Construction Company: TASEI The brief was to provide interior design for a luxury new-build hotel, in a contemporary but timeless style, which subliminally immerses the guest in the wonders of the area and is unique to the setting and culture of Nara. In line with the company philosophy – Restless Curiosity – our first step in developing the design scheme for this project was to explore the location: Nara. By doing this, the designers gained a deeper understanding of the cultural landscape. This allowed them to get a feel for the iconic elements of the city and, in turn, to appreciate what makes it so important as a worldwide destination, famous for its ancient temples, dramatic landscape, historical buildings and, of course, the Nara deer. The aim was for the guests at the JW Marriott Hotel Nara to receive a warm sense of arrival. The reception and lobby design is purposely not overly formal but instead more relaxed, and welcoming, rather like that of a Grand Residence. Although the structure of the building is steel, they wanted to bring timber beams into the lobby space, a feature so distinctive to the Temples and ancient houses of Nara. Traditional influences reimagined in a contemporary style can be seen throughout the entirety of the hotel, but most prominently in the Guestrooms. All these carefully crafted elements combine to create JW Marriott Hotel Nara: a Grand House, reimagined in a distinctly Japanese style.

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Life Sukhumvit 62 by Vair Design Studio Location: Bangkok Interior Design: Vair Design Studio Developer: AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited This project is composed of four areas as follow. First, to create a sense of wonder from the beginning of the journey, the reception area welcomes visitor with high ceiling hall covered on 3 sides with intricate pattern made of interwoven stainless steel and leather inspired by display of sunlight through tunnel of trees. At the end of the glistering tunnel is the tree framed with illuminated onyx stone representing the main concept of the project. The curved build-in seat is made of black forest marble inspired by beautiful stone slab one might use as a seat while exploring the nature. In contrast with the overwhelming visual effects of the reception lounge, the second area is the causal lounge which is decorated in more minimalistic style to create a space for relaxation and a feeling of being at home. The wall of the feature staircase is cladded in overlapping layers of black forest marble and stone textured wallpaper inspired by rock formation of a waterfall. Walking further inside, the third area is an open meeting area that surprise visitors with trees and sunlight. The 3-sided glass wall with a clear acrylic shelf and 2 giant walls of greenery make if feel like being in a terrarium surrounded by nature. The fourth area is a 2-storey multifunction lounge designed to be a free style activity room for the residence with a large working table, a concealed LDE screen, and a spacious lounge area. In the middle of the lounge, the design team creates a double volume hole that penetrate through the ceiling to connect the space with another room upstairs.


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Inn at Saratoga by Atwater Inc Studio Location: Saratoga Interior Designer: Stina Funch - Atwater Inc Studio Architect: Gordon Wong GKW Architects Hotel Group/Developer: Tapestry Collection by Hilton - Oceanic Capitol (Developer) Construction Company: RKG & Associates The Inn at Saratoga, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (the first Tapestry Collection property in Silicon Valley) opened in January 2020 in the heart of charming downtown Saratoga, California, after an extensive renovation. Overlooking Wildwood Park and Saratoga Creek, the 47-room boutique hotel is a quiet haven surrounded by lush landscaping and a babbling brook. With its close proximity to some of the world’s most innovative companies, and easy access to the region’s best wineries, golf courses, and hiking, the hotel had to appeal to wine connoisseurs and techies alike while reflecting the quaint location. To capture the spirit of place, the project team reimagined the guest rooms and suites as a serene, timeless design that effortlessly blends crisp coastal detailing with country-cottage chic decor. Drawing inspiration from the site and Neo-Victorian architecture, through the use of natural light, modern lines, and layered tones, the beautifully appointed rooms evoke a breezy yet sophisticated West Coast feel. To make a welcoming statement, luxe and laidback elements are mixed with a soft colour palette punctuated by caramel colours and textured fabrics. Rooms feature linencoloured walls and casual elegant drapery, and either wood-patterned tiled floor or Rorschach ink-blot carpeting in hues of toffee, cream and slate. Architectural moulding frames the dropped ceilings which are cleverly backlit to create ambient lighting.

River House at Odette’s at Balongue Design Location: New Hope, PA Interior Designer: Balongue Design Architect: Stokes Architecture + Design Hotel Group/Developer: Refined Hospitality Construction Company: Pancoast & Clifford Situated along the Delaware River, the hotel is the cornerstone of the hospitality revival in the artistic town of New Hope. The hotel features an edgy, yet elegant design; inspired by the site’s previous life as actress-musician Odette Myrtil’s cabaret, Chez Odette, a social hub for over two decades. The interior boasts a romantic soul with delicate, airy colours and dreamlike sophistication. It is soft and indulgent; simultaneously minimalistic and luxurious. The design elements are deeply rooted in its heritage yet evoke a universal appeal. This upscale venue pays a modern homage to Odette’s entertaining, big, bold personality. The River House captures and exudes the essence of its historically significant location and the quirky village personality of the New Hope artist colony it now lives in. A brilliant kaleidoscope of rich colour and finish materials coupled with vintage reclaimed architectural features and bold fixtures offers an unparalleled riverfront experience. The goal of the design was to celebrate art sourced from the local community and region.

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Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa by Scott|Edwards Architecture

Nayara Tented Camp by Luxury Frontiers

Location: Pacific City, OR Architect: Scott|Edwards Architecture Interior Designer: EDG Designs Hotel Group/Developer: Nestucca Ridge Development Inc. Construction Company: O’Brien Construction Civil: HHPR, Structural: Stricker Engineering Photographer: Peter Eckert Geotech: GeoTech Solutions

Location: Costa Rica Interior Designer: Luxury Frontiers Hotel Group/Developer: Nayara Resort

Resting along the beautiful Oregon coastline, the Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa practically dips its toes into the Pacific Ocean. Sited next to the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, the seaboard structure is nestled into a steep hillside and features breath-taking views of the adjacent beach, Haystack Rock, and the Pacific Ocean. Cedar and steel beams frame views of the ocean and Haystack Rock from nearly every room in the luxury hotel— including each of the 33 guest rooms; the intimate, ocean-view bar and restaurant; various serene and fire-lit nooks; and the luxurious day spa. Cedar shingles on the building’s exterior have weathered to a silvery-grey, akin to the cool rocks, trees, and sand that are meant to endure in the harsh coastal climate which can include winds of up to 140 miles per hour. The third story is tucked up into the gables in an effort to reduce the visual size of the building. In contrast, the interior is warm and inviting, providing respite for guests to relax and recharge in preparation for their next adventure. The design works so well due to the clarity of the main lodge mass being simple and timeless and nestling into the hillside gracefully. The low roof gable sets into the hillside and creates a cascading roof form that takes on the shape of the hillside behind the resort integrating the design into its wider environment.

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Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, the year-round Nayara Tented Camp is one of the first luxury camps in Central America and boasts an environmentally low-impact yet high-touch design which fully immerses guests in the majestic rainforest. The 25 air-conditioned accommodations, each generously sized at 1,496 square feet, have been built at a higher altitude on the undulating hillsides to invite in unobstructed views of the spectacular volcano. The client’s brief was to create a luxury tented experience within a Costa Rican context to optimize a genuine sense of place as well as foster a sense of adventure. Luxury evident in every detail, Nayara Resorts and Luxury Frontiers collaborated for three years to design a light-on-earth floating structure, achieving the highest level of luxury and experiential accommodation. Efforts included the reforesting of the surrounding area to further nurture Nayara’s own sloth sanctuary, rearming Nayara Tented Camp’s leadership in the ever-growing experiential travel movement and elevating Costa Rica’s adventure and nature-based hospitality landscape. While the concept of the tented camp is not native to Costa Rica, a number of contextual palettes celebrate its colours found in both its natural environment and its cultural context. All 8,000 meters of canvas used for the accommodation tents have been custom coloured, including canvas used for the exterior, inspired by tree bark colours to seamlessly blend the tents in with the surrounding forest. General colour hues around the interior were taken from the beautiful rainbow eucalyptus tree and the ox wagon wheel was used to inform the stylistic and artistic lines of the carved details.


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Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, an Autograph Hotel by AO Location: California Architect: AO Interior Designer: Kay Lang & Associates Hotel Group/Developer: Marriott / Mission Commercial Property Construction Company: R.D. Olson Construction

HooDoo Moab by Atwater Inc Studio Location: Moab Utah Interior Designer: Atwater Inc Studio Architect: Ae Urbia & Bynum Design Build Llc Hotel Group: Curio by Hilton, Hospitality Management Services and Western States Construction Company: RKG & Associates

Located in picturesque coastal town of San Juan Capistrano, The Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano overlooks the historic 240-year old Mission San Juan Capistrano and represents the cultural destination through carefully curated architecture, timeless design and storytelling. Fully embracing its context and community, this four-star Autograph Collection Hotel delivers understated elegance while showcasing the history of the land and significance of the adjacent Mission.

Inspired by the Colorado River and the majestic red rocks of Arches National Park, the design of the HooDoo Moab tells the stories of explorers discovering and celebrating the dramatic and remarkable nature. A rich, warm colour palette, infused with accents of terracotta and effervescent earth minerals, sets the tone. Artfully incorporated elements, such as petrified woods, rustic metals and soothing sandstone, create a unique sense of place throughout the hotel décor.

The key design and planning concepts behind the hotel were aimed at elevating and preserving the unique history and sense of place - a magic that can only be appreciated through experience. The resulting architecture is expressed through California Mission and Monterey styles. Inspired by San Juan Capistrano’s charming patchwork of architectural design, the main hotel building features stucco detailing, adobe-inspired bricks, and clay roof tiles in the Mission vernacular, while the spa and ballroom building showcases wood detailing, a double-sloped roof, balconies and exterior overhangs giving the sense that the buildings grew organically over time.

Hoodoo Moab’s elegant, yet rustic atmosphere is on full display as you enter the hotel. The towering lobby is filled with sophisticated details and embellishments that put the region’s natural aesthetics on display. The rusty Corten steel columns are reminiscent of the rich mountain region and the curvaceous grand staircase, with driftwood railing, leads the eye towards the sky bridge that connects the guest rooms with the ballroom arena. The views and windows are designed to take full advantage of the mountain region and spectacular La Sal Mountains.

The design takes advantage of the coastal California climate with large operable windows and expanding doorways that highlight the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The property features a series of meandering courtyards and lush landscaping inspired by Old California haciendas.

Surrounded by a sea of red cliffs and striking, striated desert skies, the design team imagined the guest rooms to complement the nearby natural wonders. Designed to be in dialogue with its environs, the horseshoe-shaped building hugs a central courtyard with each room oriented towards panoramas of sandstone buttes. The new, three-story, 130,000-sf HooDoo gives visitors an opportunity to balance the rugged outdoors with a pampered luxurious experience.

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The Hotel Zena by Dawson Design Associates Location: Washington D.C. Interior Designer: Dawson Design Associates Hotel Group/Developer: Viceroy Hotel Group / Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Construction Company: PS: Humphrey Rich Construction Group / GR: Digney York Hotel Zena celebrates female empowerment and accomplishments through provocative art and design. For the public spaces of this hotel DDA designed a salon style environment that is both social and provocative with every curving line leading to another moment of discovery. The goal was to create a haven for the liberated forward thinker where an atmosphere of strength and femininity live in harmony. DDA conceptualized the experience by designing all the interior architecture, interior design and curating the 60-piece art collection that was commissioned from global feminist artist. DDA also conceptualized and designed the three major art installations including the light serpent sculpture and the protest wall made up of 12,000 protest buttons as sequins. A personal and intimate celebration of a woman in the most female of mediums, the essence of childbirth. A tribute to the tiny woman who paved the way legally for other women in the United States to succeed. As an artist and a woman, the pleasure of being given the freedom and funding to experiment in creating a space that captures the characteristics and elements that make powerful females unique; soft and nurturing, fierce and protective yet engaging and social. The arts powerful and compelling message of unity that fills the spaces with an amazing energy. Stylish, inviting and interactive but with a deeper meaning and presence in layers that goes deeper than the superficial.


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The Somerset Hills Tapestry Collection by Hilton by Flick Mars Location: Warren, NJ Interior Designer: Flick Mars Architect: Dietz Partnership Developer: Valor Hospitality Construction Company: National Custom Inc. The Somerset Hills Tapestry hotel is nestled within the affluent community of Warren Township; this quaint bedroom community is a suburb of New York’s bustling metropolitan area providing both proximity and a respite from the noisy city. The building exterior embodies the colonial era aesthetic of the township which Flick Mars worked into the storied history of local manor house stables. Upon entering the hotel, you can see where rugged authenticity meets elegant functionality in the onyx stone clad registration desk honouring the rich mining industry of the area. With this inspiration the design creates an enduring, tailored aesthetic based on classic elements with wood panelled walls in the lobby and guestrooms. The guestrooms are such a wonderful embodiment of the area’s equestrian vibe. The nostalgic charm of an iconic property brought back to life by incorporating details such as saddle stitched leather upholstery and limestone cinder roadway inspired corridor carpet to play homage to the “Sport of Kings”. The Somerset Hills Tapestry hotel provides elegant spaces for weddings/private events, while also connecting to a more intimate food and beverage experience making it the perfect secluded get away. The overall aesthetic, both interior and exterior, flow with the general character of the surrounding township.

The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park by ForrestPerkins Location: Texas Interior Designer: ForrestPerkins Architect: Cooper Carry Hotel Group/Developer: Franklin Mountain Management Construction Company: Jordan Foster Construction Conrad Hilton’s first high rise hotel, complete in 1930, is now home to El Paso’s most authentic experience, The Plaza Pioneer Park Hotel. Business tycoon and Owner Paul Foster of Franklin Mountain Management purchased the abandoned hotel with the goal to restore the original beauty. Now 130-rooms and Suites the hotel features the fully restored historic ballroom, historic atrium, and historic meeting rooms with a modern border vibe. Sitting empty for over twenty years, the goal of the project was to restore the historic hotel and bring it into modernity. The renovated hotel features modern day F&B amenities, luxurious guestrooms & suites, and public spaces that cater to El Paso’s focus on social gathering, foodcentric culture, and the border’s craft tequila scene. Pueblo Deco influence carries through the hotel reception, lobby and library spaces creating luxury balanced with West Texas artistry. Honouring Hilton’s original vision; a collection of historic resources a palette of rich walnut wood, mohair fabrics, warm brass metals and hand-tooled leather. Designed to be an extension of El Pasoans’ living rooms, the lobby & library spaces have an artisanal quality with a stately fireplace framed by rich tan leather and mohair seating. The design honours the history of this iconic building while partnering with artisans from both Mexican and El Pasoan communities.

The Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla by HBA International – San Francisco Location: Cancun Interior Designer: HBA International – San Francisco (Brooke Copani - Senior Associate, Brittany Spinner - Senior Project Designer, Shan Sun - Designer, Mehran Mokhtarimosavi – Designer) Architect: AOMA Hotel Group/Developer: Hilton Hotels & Resorts Construction Company: Parks, LLC Situated in Cancun’s lively hotel zone overlooking the natural beauty of Nichupté Bay, the Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is an urban oasis, striking a delicate balance between “playful” and “refined” through art-infused elements integrated into every space of the hotel. True to the Canopy by Hilton brand, the energy and colourful culture of Cancun is reflected in the property’s thoughtfully local experiences through architecture, design, culinary, and neighbourhood-based programming. Upon entry, a striking lattice-work ceiling weaves its way over the lobby and into the Café, suggesting the handmade ladders and layered root systems that descend into a cenote. Honest natural textures of stone and wood combine with vibrant patterns to create a distinctive introduction. Seating groups take on a relaxed, playful attitude amidst the grandeur and elegance of the lobby volume. Sitting prominently above the Canopy Central bar, a signature mural tells an imaginative story of a fox in search of nourishment in the desert; upon discovering and drinking from an oasis of magical agaves, stays forever in that enchanting place where all fear is lost. Artful storytelling continues in the guestrooms where detailed murals portray scenes of cenote-inspired scenes, symbolic of the guests’ adventures.

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Emeline by Rockbridge Location: South Carolina Hotel Group/Developer: Makeready/Rockbridge Architect: DLR Group Interior Designer: SWOON, the Studio Construction Company: RBHD Hotel & Development Emeline, a 212-room luxury hotel located in Charleston, SC, opened July 1, 2020. Columbus, OH based Rockbridge, developer and designer, in collaboration with Makeready partnered with SWOON, the studio for interior design and DLR Group for architecture to reimagine the historic Circa 1852 building. Inspired by Charleston’s rich culture, an assemblage of colours, textures and patterns reflecting the locale’s flora, fauna, natural landscape and port city roots adorn its interiors. The goal was to create a space with a sense of warmth and soulfulness that evokes the modern South embracing authenticity and character. Led by the spirit of the hotel’s “muse” Emeline, a portrait of true southern hospitality– every design touchpoint was considered through her viewpoint. Emeline’s guest rooms and suites embody thoughtful luxury imbued with a sense of surprise and delight with an undercurrent of cool. Architectural elements like picture rails and detailed millwork nod to the neighbourhood’s history, while handsome menswear-inspired custom carpeting grounds the space. Its design is marked by an artisanal, timeless sensibility, featuring airy spaces filled with honest materials, statement lighting, custom furnishings and vintage pieces that create layers of experience, thoughtful surprises and a sense of place.

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The Canopy Hotel Grand Rapids by Valerio Dewalt Train / Anderson/Miller, Ltd. Location: MI, USA Architect: Valerio Dewalt Train Interior Designer: Anderson/Miller, Ltd. Hotel Group/Developer: Lodgco Hospitality Construction Company: Pioneer Construction The design story of the Hilton Canopy Grand Rapids, is also the story of Michigan, the often overlooked true birthplace of American Mid-Century design and home to three iconic furniture brands including Herman Miller. In pulling from this rich history, the design team highlighted Mid-Century aesthetics in the planning, detailing and specifying of modern materials such as breeze block, wood slats, natural stone, terrazzo flooring, pilaster finishes and iconic furniture pieces and then blended them with more contemporary elements to create a fresh and current new modernism. The Canopy brand is highly targeted toward ‘room-centrics,’ or rather, a guest that’s less focused on hotel amenities and more appreciative of a room’s comfort and functionality. The hotel’s living quarters are characterised by ‘uncloseted’ open racks for storage, full-length mirrors and a window chaise, for enjoying sunlight and views of the exterior. The mezzanine is accessed by a spiral staircase of powder coated steel next to the reception desk. This prominent architectural feature is grounded by a curving brown leather banquette and accompanied by two rare and discontinued furniture pieces left on display—the Grasshopper Chair and Kangaroo Chair. The Canopy brand is tailored to young professionals and cultured vacationers that appreciate high-end touches and easy access to local culture, art, museums and historic tourism. The hotel is a modern, yet timeless interpretation of the mid-century modernist movement that brought about a prosperous era to the city of Grand Rapids.


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Hilton Santa Monica by Avenue Interior Design Location: Santa Monica, LA Interior Designer: Avenue Interior Design Architect: Houston / Tyner Hotel Group/Developer: Westmont Hospitality Group Construction Company: Driver SPG (Public Areas) / Excel and Associates (Guestrooms) Avenue Interior Design was tasked with infusing a boutique hotel experience to this 200,000 square feet property boasting an eight-floor atrium lobby. Formerly a DoubleTree Hotel, these 286 rooms feature some of the largest suites in Santa Monica. AVE ID has interwoven elements of the rich legacy with subtle nods to the surrounding natural elements all the while incorporating Hilton’s brand pillars, creating an elevated, one-of-a-kind guest experience at this iconic Hilton Santa Monica property. Airy and bright, the newly renovated lobby lounge situated in the centre of the atrium is the heart of the hotel. The new design includes a focal wall with integrated, upholstered seating with side tables and accompanying lounge chairs surrounded by streamlined millwork with illuminated fluted glass panels. With the addition of this feature, Avenue was able to designate a proper pre-function area with its own identity while also providing a distinct persona for the lobby lounge. To offset the height of the atrium, smaller scaled architectural elements were utilized including the use of natural, golden oak slats marching along the expansive corridor railings. A newly relocated bar, and fully renovated restaurant activates and ignites the lobby lounge social scene accommodating guests looking to grab a casual drink or to stay and dine on site. The restaurant, which includes an expansive outdoor patio, is now a destination in itself. The overall buzz of the venue is decidedly low key but polished and has been designed to transition from a peaceful morning dining experience to a chic afternoon hot spot.

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Chateau Elan Winery and Resort by BLUR Workshop Location: Georgia Interior Designer and Architect: BLUR Workshop Hotel Group/Developer: Wheelock Street Capital Construction Company: Nix Unger Construction In 1985 Chateau Elan Winery and Resort was created in Braselton, Georgia, becoming the first winery in the region since prohibition. Wheelock saw the potential in this 3,500-acre resort, which proved out when the newly renovated Chateau Elan opened in 2020. The lobby was redesigned to make it more comfortable and intuitive to guests. Guests enter to a living room setting with a café that opens to the exterior at one end, with the front desk reception at the other end, while maintaining views to the atrium beyond. The space was reimagined with wood panelling painted in white, limestone floors, gold leafed ceilings, a new fireplace with custom furnishings as well a large commission by well-known local artist Tom Swanston. Planning was key in the design’s success. BLUR Workshop worked hard to understand the owner’s goals, the operators needs to perform and the chef’s culinary aspirations to guide the guest experience. They crafted a design narrative which became the new story of the hotel which informed all design decisions. His narrative created a new luxury hotel, one that is distinctly Southern drawing on the on the local and regional with an understated sophistication. The design of this hotel was not just one of repositioning but also reintroducing it as a pilar in the community, where the adjacent neighbourhoods and surrounding community were just as important as visiting guests.


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Virgin Hotels Nashville by MARKZEFF Location: Nashville Interior Designer: Mark Zeff, MARKZEFF Principle; Stacie Meador, Interior Design Architect: Hastings Architecture & BLUR Workshop Hotel Group/Developer: The Buccini/ Pollin Group/Developer & Virgin Group Operator Construction Company: Yates Construction Photographer: Eric Laignel Virgin Nashville is a 262 key boutique hotel in downtown Nashville Tennessee. The project interior design is influenced by Nashville’s famed local music row. With a natural authentic material palette, refined furniture, and playful details it strikes the right balance between the Virgin brand and local authenticity. The rooms are a calm serene oasis with large built-in seating at the large-scale windows & the signature virgin upholstered bed with custom red plumbing fixtures in the showers. The public areas have an open F&B integrated layout where guests can mingle all day and into the night. This integration of F&B throughout the space was part of the space planning and overall design. The idea is to have the public areas activated all day and night. There are a central monumental stair and focal point chandelier in the commons club that serves as the piazza of the public areas. The integration of exterior space with interior space also plays a key role in space planning. The two-story commons club bar completely opens to the exterior lounge creating an inside/outside feeling to the main commons club lounge. The pillars of the interior design were authenticity to the location, comfortable social space planning and giving the space that sense of irreverence so associated with the virgin brand. Artwork, tactile fabrics, charcoal brick and roughhewn wood finishes all add an authenticity to the space that feels both welcoming and genuine to Nashville.

St. Regis Toronto by Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Location: Toronto Interior Designer: Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Hotel Group/Developer: InnVest Chapi Chapo Design redesigned all 258 of The St. Regis Toronto’s luxury guest rooms and suites, the new bright and airy interiors are a tribute to the rich Toronto landscape with elegantly modern textures and patterns inspired by the beauty of Lake Ontario. Each custom-designed element speaks of quiet excellence, while abstractly paying homage to a myriad of inspirations including geology, mapping, railway ties, wooden and leather snowshoes, birch bark canoes, urban architecture including Victorian brick facades and modernist office buildings. The hotel’s stunning new luxury guest rooms and suites are inspired by the glimmering reflections within the water, translated through reflective surfaces mixed with more subdued finishes. Typography patterns on the wall mounted bedroom headboard and carpet represent the natural beauty of frozen Lake Ontario. Toronto’s unique strength is its diversity - The warm welcoming people that are Canadians allows for an ever-expanding Canadian multi-cultural tapestry. The Canadian rhetoric is one of inclusion, it is unpretentious with a natural tendency towards hospitality and thriving community. The new design emulates the warm welcoming Canadian spirt by including sophisticated yet unpretentious material and warm woods. Exquisitely tailored details mixed with natural textures combined to make a luxurious yet comfortable space and a place to entertain – which the St. Regis founding family, The Astors, were notorious for in the early 1900s. The hotel’s design was intended to be a place where people of all walks of life can come together and connect and the textures and patterns honour the land in which Toronto stands.

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St. Regis San Francisco Guestroom by Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Location: San Francisco Interior Designer: Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Hotel Group/Developer: Qatar Investment Authority Construction Company: Continental contractors San Francisco is a city that has gone through many transformations. Its architecture is a conversation of what was, what is and what could be; a multitude of contrasting styles, which layered together, create a single identifiable whole that is uniquely San Francisco. In contrast to its architecture, it also lies on soft curves of the nearby hills and of course its namesake bay. With these understandings, Chapi Chapo set out to layer old with new, natural with synthetic, old world with high tech. Discerning details designed to make a mark and live up to the refined layers that compose this ever-changing city. The forms of the topographic reliefs and contours are also explored, design elements will play with the soft rolling forms of the hills and shores, as well the voids created by peaks and valleys. Taking a note from the latest tech releases, the design strives to be integrated, streamlined and intuitive, while maintaining contemporary minimal forms. The key design aspect of the project was the layering of forms and deriving the design language from the view out of the guestroom window. Chapi Chapo Design Inc were so successful in their design because every aspect really reflected the city and its uniqueness. The subtle curves of the hills to the combination of materials, all intertwining together to create a timeless and understated luxury. The guestroom integrates well into the wider environment through its understated luxury, which in turn makes it approachable on many levels. Great design doesn’t need to be overtly present, it can be subtle and refined, with the simplest of details executed perfectly.

The Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla by HBA International – San Francisco Location: Cancun Interior Designer: HBA International – San Francisco (Brooke Copani - Senior Associate, Brittany Spinner - Senior Project Designer, Shan Sun - Designer, Mehran Mokhtarimosavi – Designer) Architect: AOMA Hotel Group/Developer: Hilton Hotels & Resorts Construction Company: Parks, LLC Situated in Cancun’s lively hotel zone overlooking the natural beauty of Nichupté Bay, the Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla is an urban oasis, striking a delicate balance between “playful” and “refined” through art-infused elements integrated into every space of the hotel. True to the Canopy by Hilton brand, the energy and colourful culture of Cancun is reflected in the property’s thoughtfully local experiences through architecture, design, culinary, and neighbourhood-based programming. Upon entry, a striking lattice-work ceiling weaves its way over the lobby and into the Café, suggesting the handmade ladders and layered root systems that descend into a cenote. Honest natural textures of stone and wood combine with vibrant patterns to create a distinctive introduction. Seating groups take on a relaxed, playful attitude amidst the grandeur and elegance of the lobby volume. Sitting prominently above the Canopy Central bar, a signature mural tells an imaginative story of a fox in search of nourishment in the desert; upon discovering and drinking from an oasis of magical agaves, stays forever in that enchanting place where all fear is lost. Artful storytelling continues in the guestrooms where detailed murals portray scenes of cenote-inspired scenes, symbolic of the guests’ adventures.

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Hilton Ft Lauderdale Marina by HBA – Santa Monica Location: Florida Interior Designer: HBA Architect: Adache Hotel Group/Developer: Brookfield Construction Company: Digney York Located at the hub of the annual Fort Lauderdale (the yachting capital of the world) International Boat Show the Hilton Ft Lauderdale Marina is the perfect setting to relax, book a tour and plan your holiday. Situated within reach of perfect, sugarsand beaches, an affluent collection of excellent restaurants and shops, and an impressive art scene, the property is great for an array of tourist needs. An idyllic jumping off point to the famous everglades and nearby cruise ship port, Ft. Lauderdale is the ultimate coastal experience. Inspired by the refinement of luxury yachts, the team look to sleek, bespoke ship interiors for an indulgent yet simple sophistication that can be transformed into authentic and innovative hotel design. Playful, soothing and full of joyful possibilities, the ocean provides a limitless source of inspiration. The design goal is also to provide a sophisticated, crisp and bright room that enables guests to relish in the fresh ocean breeze, the scent of salt water and the sounds of the marina. Maritime-inspired materials and finishes are used in curiously, creative ways; playful, residential, natural, deeper marine colours. Vibrant, lush colours inspired by the surrounding natural richness are incorporated into the design to captivate and welcome guests. The goal is to provide the most comfortable and refreshing stay for all guests while enhancing the marine allure experienced at every turn within and just beyond the hotel walls. The design is both warm and cool. Warm woods and cools blues balance each other and reflect the natural influences of ocean and land in a sophisticated modern interpretation.

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Riggs Washington DC by Jacu Strauss & Lore Group Location: Washington Interior Designer: Lore Group The hotel sits in the former home of Washington, D.C.’s Riggs National Bank. Built in 1891, the landmarked building holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the last few Richardsonian Romanesque Revival-style builds still standing in the city. In conceptualizing and designing the hotel, Creative Director Jacu Strauss invoked the spirit of the former bank while preserving and restoring much of the property’s original design features and highlights, including the pillars, ceilings, brass detailing, bank vault, and former bank doors. The design is timeless, classic and embraces its storied walls, the local neighbourhood, while incorporating modern touches to support today’s world. The design brings a bright and airy approach with colourful and unique custom furniture pieces, artworks, and mirrors amongst the property’s historic features, of stone and neutrals.


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Costa Kitchen & Bar by Beleco Location: California Interior Designer: Beleco Architect: Andrulaitis + Mixon Hotel Group/Developer: KHP Capital Partners Construction Company: Young Construction Costa Kitchen & Bar is located on the beautiful coast of Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera. The setting inspired the menu of the restaurant, which in part informed the design direction. Inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast, home of the world’s best limoncello, the design for the restaurant brings a taste of the Mediterranean to the California coast. The restaurant occupies a historic space that originated as a dining room in the 1930s. Over time, the space was expanded and reconfigured, creating a disjointed experience for the guests. The space was reorganised to create different dining zones and opened up to connect the different areas. Part of the interior was transformed into a patio to connect the restaurant to the views of the Pacific Ocean. The beams and posts in the bar and lounge are part of the original structure. It used to be the end of the building before it was swallowed up by the multiple expansions. Now, it beautifully defines the bar experience. A large wine room was included to celebrate the many great wines from the Santa Barbara region. It’s the relationship between all elements that make the space successful, embracing the old, adding layers of textured materials and playful furniture. The moment you enter you know you’re in a place that serves Mediterranean food whilst being next to the beach.

Madison Park Sushi by BLANK Design Location: New York Interior Designer: BLANK Design Architect: LB Architects Construction Company: JRM Construction Management, LLC Madison Park Sushi, where Japanese style, sophistication, rhythm, and fun coalesce. The sushi bar is on the 28th floor of a famous Japanese company’s US headquarters. The grand building overlooks Madison Square Park, where quintessential New York City bustle, afternoon strolls, and vibrant tourism collide. The restaurant has 55 seats available for employees, and there is also a 6-seat private sushi counter to accommodate executives and high-profile individuals. The 3,000 sq. foot space was formerly an Italian restaurant. However, since the majority of visitors to the US headquarters are not Japanese, BLANK Design wanted a space where international engineers, creators, and musicians could gather from around the globe and feel both the past nostalgia and future prospects of Japan. With creations such as the WALKMAN and a series of widely used home video game consoles, this is a company that has continuously launched innovations from Japan to the rest of the world, particularly in the field of electronics. Upon brainstorming designs, the team focused on the sophistication and playfulness of this company and how they could reflect that in the space. “Sophistication” and “playfulness” are key elements of the project, which come from the brand concept of the client’s company. BLANK Design took advantage of details of authentic Japanese architecture to express sophistication. Unique approaches with geometry of wood lattice and elegantly installed lighting boxes imply playfulness.

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Chateau Elan Winery and Resort – Versaille Restaurant by BLUR Workshop Location: Georgia Interior Designer and Architect: BLUR Workshop Hotel Group/Developer: Wheelock Street Capital Construction Company: Nix Unger Construction Versailles Restaurant & Bar is the new concept for the three-meal restaurant at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. The resort is located north of Atlanta, at the start of Georgia’s wine country in Braselton, and is owned by Wheelock Street Capitol of Greenwich, CT. The renovation of this 7000-sf restaurant was complete in March of 2020 and seats 179 guests. The primary project challenge was how to create a fine dining restaurant within the volume of a 3-story glass atrium that met all the Owner’s objectives. The restaurant needed to feel permanent and upscale to not only draw hotel guests, but to become a destination for the surrounding affluent community. It needed to feel appropriately scaled to the large volume of the atrium, but also have a more intimate scale for fine dining. The design team worked very closely with Formations Studio out of Atlanta to create the wood sculpture that rises 30’ from the back of the bar. It is an interpretation of the area’s topography, as the property is located at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. The appearance of the sculpture changes as guests move around it and during different times of the day, giving the space its own energy and activation. This design is an extension of the overall hotel yet maintains its own personality, it complements the architecture while creating its own signature design moments through the bar sculpture and chandelier yet remain a part of the overall design of the hotel.


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Ilios Tulum by Filipao Nunes Arquitectos Location: Nichupte, Cancun Interior Designer: Filipao Nunes Arquitectos Architect: Filipao Nunes Arquitectos Hotel Group/Developer: Grupo Anderson’s Ilios Tulum is a Greek restaurant that arises in the middle of Tulum, inspired by the mixture between the elements of the architecture of the Greek islands such as Athens, Mykonos and Santorini with the Mayan ruins such as Zama, Coba and Xel-Há. The fusion between both cultures makes you feel that you are in a magical place, full of history. The texture of the chukum coating that is of Mayan origin is a natural material that is typical of Mexican architecture and the texture is visually warm, with pigments ranging from sand tones to light pinks. It can be applied both indoors and outdoors and when combining it, for example with wood and stone, the spaces obtain a mixture of almost ancestral and modern air at the same time. This is part of the design due to a Greek stylisation for its architectural elements while the volumetric forms of the facade are inspired by the Tulum ruins. Something the team love about the project is the chance they had to mix two ancient cultures and present them in a very special and magical way, where you can have a cosey moment or a party, as the proposal is very dynamic. The design works well as the materials, colours, and textures blend so well with each other, not only this but the place it is located in helped the team to use natural materials throughout the project. In a wider environment, Ilios is located in a big project development of restaurants, clubs and entertainment, which are lost in the existing vegetation.

Rundle Bar by FRANK Architecture & Interiors Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada Architect: Frank Architecture & Interiors Developer: Fairmont & Oxford Properties Group Construction Company: EllisDon Others Involved: ACCOR Design & Technical Services Rundle Bar is a luxurious and enchanting space with a show-stopping central bar where guests can relax and socialise, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Working within the constraints of the Banff Springs Hotel’s notable status, FRANK Architecture & Interiors’ timeless design for the space balances historic features with fresh and innovative touches. Situated within the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs, Rundle Bar is an enchanting space often deemed the living room or heart of the hotel. The design draws inspiration from the notion of the living room with bespoke furniture groupings and intimate lighting pockets, while honouring the rich history. It emulates a sense of luxury and elegance, while offering an approachable and comfortable atmosphere where guests can socialize and relax. Careful consideration was given to respect and preserve many of the existing architectural elements within the space, including maintaining the historic Rundle stone which was quarried from the base of Mount Rundle mountain above. FRANK Architecture & Interiors have achieved a design that is both current and timeless, successfully paying homage to the hotel’s story while delivering a design that transcended the client’s technical, functional, and aesthetic goals.

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Dhamaka by Wid Chapman Architects

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Location: NYC Architect & Interior Designer: Wid Chapman Architects Construction Company: Torres Construction

Location: Ottawa, Canada Interior Designer: Henrietta Southam Hotel Group/Developer: E18hteen Hospitality Group Photographer: Marc Fowler at Metropolis Studio

Dhamaka celebrates Indian street-inspired cuisine with a chaotic, colourful palette of shapes, textures and iconography. “Dhamaka” means a “bang” or “blast” in Hindi. With this in mind, Wid Chapman Architects were keen to celebrate the Indian notion of “Jugaad”, that there is art and use in broken things and that the nonconventional can be useful and valuable, a nod to the resourceful and innovative spirit of humanity. The restaurant is located in the new Essex Street market on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It occupies a prime street-front location on Delancey street and, while it has its own entrance, it is also open to the vast, bustling indoor marketplace. It integrates the restaurant into a larger urban setting and in that respect, it is reminiscent of an outdoor food vendor. As you approach the restaurant from either the street entrance or the market you are met with a vibrant bar. The custom made, illuminated bottle holder above the bar feels like it could be made from a leftover truck wheel or oil drum. The hand-painted Hindi graphics on bottles suggest a collection of bootleg elixirs. The irregular wooden geometry of the back bar screen and bottle storage feels like an urban grill floating over the graffiti mural behind it. In the dining area you are met with two walls composed of irregular sculptural panels. These forms provide a “shattered” canvas, shards of objects that hint at a whole, but one that cannot be re-created. A controlled chaos. Backlighting animates the negative space between them. It is a very fitting interior-urban setting, in the heart of Manhattan’s lively and gritty Lower East Side.

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The Clarendon’s design was inspired by the owner’s wishes to bring an upscale snug pub to a hip and savvy crowd in the historical heart of Ottawa. Green was quickly chosen as the lead colour inspired from the turn-of-the-century French butcher shop tiles, a nod to the past echoed in the tapestry wallpaper more often seen in upscale Parisian boudoirs. The concept was cheekily called “The Libertine Librarian” and is accessorised accordingly with library lights reminiscent of all-nighters pulled in said sacred spaces across the world. The youthful twist and most adored pieces are the candy-like vintage lamps, with beautifully designed parchment tiered shades out of Oregon. Bringing in moss green velvets and felts. The design birth of The Clarendon was at the heart of Henrietta’s “Restaurateurs and Relationships” story in Luxe Ottawa’s Magazine Winter 2018 Edition. The design is pulled from the most vivid memories Henrietta’s life. The Clarendon’s eponymous green and black tiles hark back to her Parisian childhood memories of the corner butcher. The white, oak panels a lighter version of her University cafeteria walls, and the distressed floor tiles bringing back her visit to Lisboa. The wallpaper from Cole & Son is a nod to a 19th-century carpetbagger; The man who would knock on doors to sell an array of ingenious wares held in a large bag made from a recycled wool kilim. Sprinkle in industrial school chairs, oxblood leather banquettes, moss green velvet booths, with lobster-trap wicker lights and you get approachable, recognizable, affordable design that lends itself toward calm, comfort and companionship within its hallowed walls.


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Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel by Ran and Morris Architecture & Design Location: 1 Yair St. Zichron Yaakov Interior Designer: Ran & Morris Architecture & Design Architect: Ranni Ziss + Rechter Architects Hotel Group/Developer: Gordonia Group Elma is a hotel and arts complex that uniquely combines luxurious hotel accommodation with the best in international music, plastic and performing arts. Ran & Morris Architecture & Design, as part of their work on the interior project strived to bring the purpose of the building into the hotel rooms for the guests to embrace. Creating a story within the interior design of a project can be a very interesting and imaginative task, but for these designers, the most principled way of doing so is to discover the existing story. This is especially relevant when a place is surrounded in history and uniqueness, as the story exists and is just waiting to be discovered. In Elma Hotel, the story and the scenic surroundings already existed. These are the aspects that set the vision for the design, and helped rewrite the design language of the rooms and the suite. As designers and story-catchers, Ran & Morris Architecture & Design ensured that they remained loyal to the existing story of the building and its environment. In doing so, they were able to create a design that conveys to the guest the authentic experience of the hotel and the arts centre.

Dar Jasmine by Kai Interiors Location: Morocco Interior Designer: Kai Interiors Hotel Group/ Developer: Yasmina Markouch Kai Interiors wanted to create an authentic, welcoming boutique hotel with each room being individual in style. Taking inspiration from Moroccan style and utilizing local craftspeople to produce every item and finish. A combination of quirky and contemporary elements with traditional Moroccan techniques were used. Rich green planting and Jasmine flowers feature throughout, allowing the natural light and view to shine as part of the interior and integrating the inside with natural surroundings was a must. The exterior of the hotel is painted in a very pale blue so it was in keeping with the theme of the city. The design is colourful and rich yet calming and inviting. It feels elegant and luxurious but still feels rustic and sympathetic to the local area and surroundings. As a hotel the aesthetic sets the tone but it is imperative that everything is practical too.

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Nuzul Al Salam by Ammar Basheir Creative Studio Location: Muharraq, Bahrain Architect: Ammar Basheir Interior Designer: Ammar Basheir Hotel Group/Developer: Shaikh Ebrahim Center Construction Company: GCT Ammar Basheir Creative Studio was tasked with the restoration of a traditional Bahraini house to a 6 suite luxury boutique hotel. Situated in the old streets of Muharraq, the hotel is largely inspired by the mythical epic of Gilgamesh’s The Flower of Eternity. Though the designer wanted to give the hotel a contemporary feel, Ammar Basheir felt it was crucial to stay respectful and keep the essence of the traditional home intact. Preserving the bones of the house, architectural elements like the doors and the breeze blocks which are quintessential to the design of that era were maintained, as well as the layout of rooms and courtyard. Each suite is named after a theme from its poetic muse. Light has pale lavender walls evoking an airy feel with subtle hints of velvet purple and sage green drapery. Vision, a pale green room with wood and woven cane bench and chair. Flower of Eternity, painted in coral walls and gold toned drapery with custom wood furniture. Sea is painted with light blue walls with contrasting dark blue drapery. The central courtyard has been transformed with wood and woven cane armchairs nestled amongst lemon and orange trees. The tiles are custom made with a blue and green bird motif reminiscent of old colonial tiles, as well custom terrazzo in the bedrooms and bathrooms. The majlis has been transformed into a chic reception sitting area with furniture from Bellavista Collection and Munna Design, and sheer curtains from Dedar which contrast the vintage accessories and bespoke tapestry with a Gilgamesh motif.

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SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Architect: Aedas Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Construction: Günal Construction Associated: Wow Red SLS Dubai is a unique cabinet of curiosities that never ceases to delight.Born out of Los Angeles and Miami respectively, SLS Hotels announced a much-anticipated debut in one of the most desirable global destinations. The driving sentiments and design ideology around creating this Middle Eastern evolution for the brand called out for a fusion of Dubai’s naturally intoxicating character coupled with the undeniable style of the eminent SLS label. Rooms, suites, and public areas within this new hotel were to hold their own distinctive character yet remain visually connected in the creation of an entity that exudes ultimate luxury and class whilst always respectful of functional aspirations. As an established international brand, SLS Hotels invite their guests to enjoy an irresistible combination of style, luxury, service, creativity and community. Operated by lifestyle chain sbe, the sheer personality of SLS is one of playful mischief, witty surprise and touches of sophisticated sexiness which create unrivalled experiences across the globe. It was paramount that Bishop Design by Paul Bishop respected the brands philosophies whilst evolving its characteristics to satisfy the needs and requirements of Dubai’s hospitality market. The Downtown Dubai edition sits as part of their internationally developing portfolio. Entertaining an absolutely unrivalled view, this naturally became an inherent part of the design. Respective of their roots from Bahamas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas & Miami, Bishop Design by Paul Bishop maintained loyalty to brand DNA, yet have explored their own curiosities in creating an image evolved for Dubai.


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Gordonia Private Hotel Exclusive Suite by Ran and Morris Architecture & Design Location: Maale Ha’Hamisha Interior Designer: Ran & Morris Architecture & Design Hotel Group/Developer: Gordonia Group Photographer Credit: 181 Degrees - Gideon Levin

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge by Muza Lab Location: Chobe National Park, Botswana Architect: Luxury Frontiers Interior Designer: Muza Lab Hotel Group/ Developer: Belmond Construction Company: Botswana Lodge Builders

Perched on a peak in the Judean Mountains is the serene oasis of The Gordonia Private Hotel. Designed by Ran & Morris Architecture & Design, it rises like a microclimatic paradise in the former communal grounds of Kibbutz Ma’ale Hachamisha.

The redesigned and partially reconstructed lodge celebrates the African wilderness. It has become a tented retreat infused with the romance of a bush camp where guests can discover and connect with the natural world.

The design process was based around the principles that were developed when Ran & Morris Architecture & Design worked on the original suites at the hotel, 5 years earlier. For the exclusive suite, the designers did not deviate from these principles, but incorporated more intense colours and sophisticated furniture. The lighting fixtures and art are sources from leading local companies, and are placed alongside unique complementary items.

To bring new soul to the lodge by drawing on location, culture and heritage and to provide a luxury escape with design that honours provenance, embraces all the senses and is sustainable. Belmond’s brand principles of timeless, understated, inspiring and genuine, layered with quirkiness, drama, comfort and craftsmanship, were the basis of the design brief.

Each of the hotel’s twenty-one luxury suites contains, complements and completes the natural surroundings, perfected by the majestic and endless views of Jerusalem’s peaceful outskirts. For Ran & Morris Architecture & Design it is this harmonious atmosphere that is the main reason why the design is so successful. The interior design does not compete with the mountainous landscape, but rather makes an attempt to complete it and thus creates a very pleasant and serene atmosphere for the guests. The Exclusive Suite at The Gordonia Private Hotel also has a thin, yet spacious balcony. Here guests can enjoy a private pool, hot tub and double sauna which overlooks the spectacular view of the Jerusalem hills.

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Working on this project has been a real passion, an honour and a huge responsibility. The design weaves in and out of its natural landscape and the rooms are full of old objects repurposed into things with new meaning, as well as curiosities from nature. Simple places offer the luxury of gathering with family and fellow travellers in conviviality, or of relaxing in quiet contemplation. The design is all about integration with the environment so that guests can completely engage with the wilderness around them. Views are carefully framed, materials are local, fabrics are natural and the colour palette belongs to tones of the landscape as well as the hues of locally produced items.


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Dar Jasmine by Kai Interiors Location: Morocco Interior Designer: Kai Interiors Hotel Group/ Developer: Yasmina Markouch Kai Interiors wanted to create an authentic, welcoming boutique hotel with each room being individual in style. Taking inspiration from Moroccan style and utilizing local craftspeople to produce every item and finish. A combination of quirky and contemporary elements with traditional Moroccan techniques were used. Rich green planting and Jasmine flowers feature throughout, allowing the natural light and view to shine as part of the interior and integrating the inside with natural surroundings was a must. The exterior of the hotel is painted in a very pale blue so it was in keeping with the theme of the city. The design is colourful and rich yet calming and inviting. It feels elegant and luxurious but still feels rustic and sympathetic to the local area and surroundings. As a hotel the aesthetic sets the tone but it is imperative that everything is practical too.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum by Leisure Park Development Location: Nairobi Architect: Ezra Architects & Rakhee Kantaria Interior Design: Kristina Zanic Consultants & Rakhee Kantaria Developer: Radisson Hotels / Leisurepark Development Construction Company: Dmanji Construction Located behind The Arboretum Park, business travellers can escape from the bustle of Nairobi to a sanctuary of soothing and subtle luxury. Every space in the property has an allusion to nature; the sound of a bird or water, a glimpse of trees in the park, hanging ferns from a planter or the landscaped boundary wall. The hotel ensures guests a sense of wellness throughout the property and a connection to nature which puts the property in context to The Arboretum Park. The design is a very subtle but bold insertion into the landscape. The designers selected muted shades of brown and green for the external colours of the building to blend into the environs, and to remain subtle in the landscape, rather than building vertically the hotel is a leaf shape horizontally across the site. This hotel had to have a contemporary style whilst paying homage to the surroundings.

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Carna by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: SLS Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, United Arab Emirates Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Architect: Aedas Hotel Group/Developer: sbe/Accor Construction: Günal Construction Associated: WOW Red Photography: Marko Zirdum At Carna, the butcher is King, and we are his humble visitors. Let the feast commence. The brief for Carna was simple, yet the result is breath-taking. Discovered on the 74th floor SLS Hotel & Residences, Carna was to be a contemporary steakhouse and immersive meat experience. Bishop Design by Paul Bishop were given the freedom to explore their own interpretations of what this space should be, from the navigation and functionality through to the very finite details. Meat is art, from the preparation through to the first taste, and it is this story Bishop Design by Paul Bishop aimed to capture through the interior. Starting the journey at the very beginning, you appreciate the butcher to be a respectable symbol of society; a community monarch. Their ancient trait is passed down through generations, and it’s this authentic craftsmanship that seethes through every crevice within Carna. Dario Cecchini, the chef at the helm, is a prime example of this famed tradition. He absorbed his father’s business in 1976 and since then has led a pursuit to promote the artistic ritual of meat, all whilst promoting sustainability. This venue brings something utterly unprecedented to Dubai, with no other steakhouse competing in this calibre. The dedication and emphasis Bishop Design by Paul Bishop have placed on the core element, meat, is ironically what other regional concepts are missing. Conjuring up memories of food markets, where the style is inherently very NYC, the space is almost instantly familiar and has an innate sense of authenticity.

The Bowl One by DesignSmith Location: Dubai, UAE Architect: Mihir Sanganee Interior Designer: Designsmith Interiors Construction Company: Excel Engineering & Contracting Co LLC The Bowl One restaurant in Dubai International Finance Centre offers healthy food from organic produce and sustainable processes, and it is this that formed the seed for the design concept. The client also wanted the space to be an extension of her spunky, entrepreneurial spirit. And so Designsmith stepped in to create interiors that were contemporary yet timeless with modern details. The design is dominated by clean lines intercepted with subtle curves to guide the circulation of the space. Most of the materials used are natural finishes in subdued colour palates, allowing the wall graphics and decorative lighting to pop. One of the central design features, developed by Designsmith, was the hanging system above the counter with a halo-like glow, which also doubles up as storage for the client’s homegrown pickling and marinating process, helping the jars settle and give that fresh organic vibe. Other design elements, such as the sliding panels on the back wall cabinets that double up as menu boards, the entrance library staircase, and all of the seating and custom steel finished counter spaces were also designed and produced in-house to complement the rustic nature of the space. All the seating was custom made tailored for the Bowl One which is unique yet comfortable, and to leverage the impact of social media and embed something truly characteristic of the client’s persona, the designers incorporated circular swing seating as an ‘Instagram nook’ which, along with the graphics and the lighting in the background, truly captures the culinary aesthetic and design ideology of the restaurant.

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The Grey by XO Atelier Location: Dubai, Al Wasl Road Interior Designer: XO Atelier The Grey Cafe and Restaurant is an elegant, light-filled space that invites both introspection and interaction. It was conceived as a contemporary cafe and is housed on the ground floor of a leading regional investment company. The space was to serve not just their executives and guests but exclusive local clientele. As such, the cafe and lounge had to reflect the context of the building as well as lend itself to informal social exchange. The objective was to create a destination that would strike a chord with the city’s tastemakers, who are typically eager to patronise stylish new neighbourhood venues with a distinctive visual identity. The space had to be elegant and luxurious, reflecting the contemporary taste of the city’s high net worth residents. Modern, clean and geometric are hallmarks of XO Atelier’s design and this was very much the remit of the brief: to play with light and dark, art and sculpture, textures and transitions. A sophisticated mood and intuitive flow is established from the entrance, through to the various seating options. Integrating high-end furniture and lighting solutions, bespoke furniture and artwork, and XO Atelier’s characteristic attention to detail products the necessary refinement and exclusivity for The Grey’s culinary expertise. The monochromatic palette was expressed Creativity is continually referenced: An art installation that functions as seating, sculptural and modular furniture pieces, handcrafted pieces from artisanal workshops in the UAE and Asia. Reflection is a key motif throughout the scheme, referencing The Grey’s locality and serving to throw light back into the interior.

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F’ilia by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Location: SLS Dubai Hotel, Business Bay, United Arab Emirates Interior Designer: Bishop Design by Paul Bishop Architect: Aedas Hotel Group/Developer sbe/Accor Construction: Günal Construction Associated: Wow Red These are the sentiments that fed Bishop Design by Paul Bishop’s inspiration for Fi’lia; the Italian offering set on the 70th floor of SLS Hotel & Residences. Operationally speaking, this was to be considered as the hotels all day dining venue, however it has been treated as a signature restaurant would. Italy and the dining traditions of this beautiful culture were to be the foundations for the design, where both internal and external spaces were to be creatively considered. Sat in a prime location facing the world’s tallest building, this was to be a destination frequented by both residents and tourists. The design therefore had to accommodate for these high expectations and become a talking point across the city, where everyone would be queuing up for a seat at mamma’s table. Nevertheless, there is a refinement that brings the venue together. Rose gold speaks volumes, and its beauty is instantly eye-catching. Natural greenery is introduced through vegetated forms which is coupled with the green velvet cushions that tease their grey counterparts. Up above the ceilings are stamp printed with subtle citrus references, never overly thematic but just the right amount of emphasis that guests can smile at the playful hint. Italian tradition meets contemporary chic, where mamma is always there to greet you with open arms. Rustic refinement promises a pleasing sensory journey, accompanied by irresistible dishes lovingly prepared in the kitchen. Fi’lia is a place for residents and travellers to create their memories, just like families would around the table. A place filled with love, laughter and beauty.


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Private Residence In The Mountains by Mimolimit Location: Czech Republic Interior Designer: Mr. A. Barbora Škorpilová The task that was given to Mimolimit was to create a private apartment in the middle of a beautiful mountain landscape, which retains the atmosphere of a mountain cottage, but also offers the comfort of modern living. Mimolimit’s focus for Private Residence In The Mountains was to devise a solution which would provide a generous living area with kitchen, fireplace and workroom. A key aspect to this project is that it is a joining of two small apartments – the result this then provided was a complete space of the attic apartment and a terrace area. The roof structure was reinforced with steel elements and allowed to create open space over two floors. For the residence to correspond with its locale, Mimolimit designed the interiors to reflect the mountains and surrounds. The mountain atmosphere is created mainly by using materials such as cracked planks, coarse metals with patina, and also handmade large formats of ceramics with relief surface. The grey bricks and lava glazed stone were also chosen to resemble the raw materials of the landscape.

Sundy International Sunshine— One Array by HWCD Location: Shanghai, China Interior Designer: H-W-C-D The Sundy One Array project is located in the core of Hangzhou Qiantang River. With an aim to create a luxury riverside lifestyle, with design styles blending the eastern elements into a classical western style. Using screen printing techniques, calligraphy and various colour tones, the design creates a new definition of elite urban life. The rectangular room divider creates partition, whilst allowing a clear flow throughout the rooms. The plush sofa fabric is screen printed and customized by the eastern ink resin material collocation. Breaking the hard and heavy atmosphere, the space is filled with contemporary art, bringing a sense of high-end luxury fashion, whist the use of leather and deep tones throughout create a more masculine feel to the space Every small touch and detail has been well thought out and well executed, to ensure the highest quality of finishes.

Almost all the interior elements were made atypically which adds a unique quality to the residence. Many features such as the staircase, doors, windows, and kitchen were custom made. Mimolimit experimented with design to both maximise the space and embed the mountain environment, and so distinctive elements like the planked cabinets or linen surface, and the footbridge with a fireplace gives Private Residence In The Mountains it’s individual characteristics.

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Greentown Gemdale - Walking In The Air by HWCD Location: Shanghai, China Interior Designer: H-W-C-D Greentown Gemdale project is located in Shanghai, it bears the profound historical and cultural heritage of Songjiang. With the concept of “elegance and simplicity” throughout the design, it tells a story to create a blend of history, culture and an urban life art space. The B2 show flat is an ultimate pursuit of classic western London style, showcasing the smallest details. Designers used a mixture of gorgeous classical and modern simple integration, with a modern and elegant temperament, to create an extremely artistic and romantic scene. Sparing no effort to in showcasing the Greentown Gemdale in its rich historical cultural connotation. The concept is revolved around “elegant and simple”, the whole design is embedded with art, described as “a storytelling book”. In the design of both living and dining room, the noble temperament is in advanced ash with a quiet green union occupying the whole space.

Wellesley Residence by Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada Interior Designer: Chapi Chapo Design Inc. Construction Company: Ripple Projects Wellesley luxury residence is located in the heart of Toronto, Canada. The property is a renovated Victorian style home with 3 bedrooms, a gym and outdoor space. The house was designed for a successful entrepreneur in Toronto with German heritage who has a passion for exclusive design furniture. “I wanted something urban and tailored that had a rich and moody atmosphere,” told the owner of the house. Chapi Chapo Design created a unique design concept that blended history and modernity together with sleek details and appreciation of the eclectic and comfortable furniture elements. The kitchen became a sculptural element of the first floor, it is a combination of warm minimalism, featuring custom oak cabinetry with teal-coloured interiors and large slabs of leathered marble from Obumex. Wellesley Residence is an amazing transformation from an old traditional Victorian house to a modern, sleek and at the same time comfortable, timeless home. The property is also now equipped with professional and multifunctional spaces for the client. The kitchen was successfully designed as the focal point of entertaining, with clean lines and a modern approach for the resident that prefers to go out rather than cook at home. The office space has everything for running a successful business from home. Chapi Chapo Design Inc. think that any space, no matter how big or small can become someone’s castle. Creating unexpected surprises, or purchasing that one-of-a-kind element, can be part of the design regardless of budget.

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Wandsworth House by Rosendale Design Location: London Interior Designer: Rosendale Design Construction Company: Interiors UK The brief for the house, was to make them their dream home. The family had been waiting to move into their dream home for some time but wanted to wait until they could achieve their dreams. Due to Rosendale design’s long-standing relationship with the clients, they were confident the designers would realise their vision. The key aspects that really are important are on the ground floor. Here, the spaces were all broken up and boxed in. The space needed opening up as the family entertains a lot and opening the spaces up onto each other would improve the flow dramatically. They also extended the living room and installed a fully glazed facade to flood the space with natural light. The client, being a celebrity Chef, wanted a special kitchen to be proud of. He did not only want to have a statement kitchen but to create an area that would become a gathering space for the whole family, which is so important to him. Secondly, he always assumed that he would do filming in the kitchen, so he wanted it to be a show kitchen that reflected him, this also made light and lighting so important. The design works so well because the house reflects the clients’ personalities and interests. Not only does it reflect the family, but it has given them a space where the family can thrive and stay connected instead of being segregated.

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Minthis Resort by Pafilia Property Developers Location: Cyprus Interior Designer: Pafilia Property Developers Minthis is situated among five million square metres of breathtakingly beautiful protected Cypriot landscape. From awardwinning luxury residences, to golf, fine dining, wellness, nature and adventure, this authentic residential retreat redefines holistic living. Situated on a protected Natura 2000 site, Minthis homes have been designed to respect and sit lightly on the landscape. Striking stone facades blend seamlessly with indigenous Mediterranean planting, large windows reflect the endless sky and frame incomparable views, and an abundance of outdoor spaces encourage life al fresco. Inside, the open-plan interiors are flooded with natural sunlight and sliding doors open to let in the fresh perfumed mountain air. Warm and neutral tones with the latest high-quality fixtures and fittings subtly embellish and enhance life, conveying understated luxury that lets the freeflowing spaces speak for themselves.


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Burj Khalifa Apartment-107 floor by CK Architecture Interiors L.L.C Location: Dubai Architect: Cem Kapancioglu (CK Architecture Interiors L.L.C) Interior Design: Cem Kapancioglu (CK Architecture Interiors L.L.C) Hotel Group / Developer: EMAARa Construction Company: Bahr Al Ibdaa Decor L.L.C This project by CK Architecture is in a prime location of Dubai, being on the 107th Floor of the Burj Khalifa building. Balancing luxury and comfort to match the ambience of the Burj Khalifa, CK Architecture used a combination of textures, colours and fabrics to ensure that the property holds depth and elegance, yet remains a comfortable space. For a calming tone across the living spaces, the designers chose clean, neutral colours. A light palette with black accents creates an affluent area for residents to relax. When considering lighting, CK Architecture felt that it was important to address the purpose of the space, and so used pin hole antiglare spotlights to create a hotel-like feel. The existing round column in the living area has been transformed into a focal point through the use of caviar-like material, crafted by artisans, which in turn leads your eye to the wide perspective view.

A Fragrant Breeze From The East by Dubai Design Group Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Architects: Lora Bergiy Interior Design: Lora Bergiy Developer: Nakheel Properties Construction Company: Dubai Design Group A Fragrant Breeze From The East is a luxury 5 bedroom villa with views of the Dubai Eye and Atlantis, designed by Dubai Design Group by Lora Bergiy. Located on the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeriah, the villa seamlessly blends oriental and modern style, mirroring the client’s personality though his home. The concept for this property was inspired from the owner, a passionate collector of Eastern masterpieces, purchasing a unique antique door at auction. The exquisite geometry of the door and the antique turquoise was reminiscent of the gates at the East Palace from the 1001 nights Scheherazade fairy tale. Though this became an intensive source of inspiration for Dubai Design Group by Lora Bergiy, the focus for the family home was a modern Arabic style, with a motif of light and shadow. The owner of the house wished to have a home which represented a precious treasure box, where Eastern knitting, Arabesque and complicated lace would be present everywhere. The custom-made items to achieve this decadence were created by artisan companies such as artists of 24karat gold leaves applications, and Moroccan specialists of Gypsum, and were all supervised by Dubai Design Group. A Fragrant Breeze From The East has been renovated and upgraded by Dubai Design Group by Lora Bergiy to the very highest standard using only the finest materials and workmanship.

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