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t the magazine, our own ambitions remain deliberately unchanged, season after season. As ever, we strive to bring you the most compelling content out there with respect to exceptional hospitality and retail projects in and around Asia. Now and then, we’ll try something new, in the hopes that the endeavour will bring our readers that much deeper into the fascinating world of premium interiors. In this edition, it’s our pleasure to enlist the participation of a handful of up and coming studios that make hospitality interior design and refurbishments their chief impetus. Unflappably iconic, featured projects from HBA, JOI-Design, MKV, Muza Lab and Studio Proof are the primary reason why H+R’s pages are looking particularly dapper this time around. Additional acknowledgements: I’d like to thank Alicia Sheber from ESP Business Development for her assistance in sourcing the stunning European projects that also make up this edition. A warm note of welcome goes out to Kettal, which makes its glittering debut in the magazine. For brands interested in future collaborations, I encourage you to get in touch. Lastly, a bit of housekeeping: kindly be informed that the 2018 publication of H+R has been rescheduled for the months of April, August and December. Happy reading…and a Happy New Year! Kenneth Khu firstname.lastname@example.org
AMAMI SOFA by Lorenza Bozzoli MOOOI
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mélange | product
COMING FULL CIRCLE
ALL SPRUCED UP
ELEGANTLY AT EASE
Trust Marcel Wanders to dream up a seat that is at once iconic and sensibly comfortable. Rocking rhythmically back and forth, the Dutch designer’s O-shaped chair was created to soothe the user while stimulating his or her imagination. Yet, more than just a run-of-the-mill rocker, O makes a serious style statement owing to its larger-than-life proportions and elegant colour palette. Its subtly cushioned interior is a cosy nook that functions a frame as well as shelter.
Evocative of Patricia Urquiola’s famous Crinoline collection, the newly revamped Canasta ’13 seating collection is a B&B Italia Outdoor highlight for good reason. Wrapped with a new polyethylene fibre that blends perfectly into the external environment, the characteristic framework of the collection’s outdoor sofas and armchairs are maintained in Urquiola’s recently updated design. Featuring natural shades of dove grey mélange, the woven material lets light through, proffering a feeling of translucency.
Star architect Bjark Ingels is known for challenging conventions with his envelope-pushing designs. Collaborating with design group KiBiSi, Ingels’ penchant for devising purposeful, eye-catching shapes comes through with the VIA57 lounge chair. Perched on rounded oak legs, the robustly upholstered seat was created specifically for the VIA 57 WEST building in New York City. Exuding personality and charm, this unforgettable piece adds a chic touch to grand and informal spaces alike.
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GETTING INTO SHAPE
A standout pick from Giorgetti, the limited edition Progetti Pure chair delivers quite a visual impact. Designed by long-time Giorgetti collaborator Umberto Asnago, this unique piece raises the style stakes by doubling as a sculptural artwork. Hovering seductively above the beech framework, the draped saddle leather comes into its own as a nearly autonomous element. Its aesthetic placement also refocuses the gaze on the chair’s sensuous structure, drawing attention to the flawless craftsmanship.
For such a simple piece, the Rolf Benz 964 has a lot going for it. Made of solid wood, this pared-down dining table by industrial designer and master craftsman Joannes Steinbauer incorporates a visible metal craquelure that gives the tabletop the appearance of floating above the table frame. The warmth of the wood and the table’s organic edges delightfully juxtapose this future-forward feature, creating a bridge between modern technology and tradition.
Showcasing Doshi Levien’s intuitive feeling for form and colour, the two main rug designs from Kettal’s Geometrics fabric collection celebrate refreshed takes on familiar motifs, including diagonal lines and geometric shapes. Named Block and Line, the designs feature an elaborate interplay of different geometries. Whether it’s lines laid over solid colours, culminating in a spatial and layered effect, or a visual mélange conjured out of coordinating blocks of colour, Doshi Levien’s abstracted creations will always be in vogue.
mélange | product
TIME AFTER TIME
Destined to become your favourite new lounge option, the Erica looks as good as it feels. Antonio Citterio’s sumptuous armchair design for B&B Italia ticks all the right boxes as an everyday chaise of choice, thanks to its versatility and emphasis on ergonomics. Perfectly suited for outdoor and indoor settings, the weather repellent seat and back cushions, supported by a sturdy woven frame, ensure maximum comfort while channeling ample style.
The deliberately nuanced nature of Rolf Benz’s products continues to set the German furniture brand apart from its counterparts. Despite its understated appearance, the RONDO sofa’s subtle complexities make it a standout living room addition. Bolstered by soft ‘Lounge Deluxe’ cushions, RONDO’s high narrow backrest provides fantastic support where one needs it most. Streamlined though laid-back, creative possibilities are endless with this elegant modular piece. Available in a range of colours and materials.
Sleek, utilitarian and classic…these are terms that come to mind upon laying eyes on the LC4 lounge chair. Famously conceived by Le Corbusier, the LC4’s chic silhouette, still a hallowed presence in homes and museums the world over, continues to excite design connoisseurs. Newly fitted with modern accessories, such as a mattress and headrest in removable fabric with leather straps, Cassina’s recent reinterpretation breathes new life into this iconic design.
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Designed by Luca Nichetto for Moooi, the soon-to-be launched Canal chair is perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated pieces of the coming year. How can one not be curious about a chair that takes its inspiration from a historical ship associated with exotic trade routes and exciting new discoveries? Set on a variety of diverse bases, the Canal comes available in proud, contemporary shades that do justice to its maritime muse.
Embodying Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola’s fascination with icebergs, the inventive geometries of the 552 Floe Insel sofa by Cassina call forth romantic arctic landscapes defined by crystal-like ice formations. Comprising a three-system sofa and a matching footrest, Urquiola’s sculptural design strikes a seamless balance between comfort and aesthetics. Constructed for maximum flexibility, cushion thickness and ease, the foam structure takes nothing away from the sofa’s asymmetrical features, keeping the design stunningly dynamic.
Putting a new spin on the all-too-serious executive desk, Tenet represents a stark departure from conventional workplace furniture. Featuring a smooth plywood frame luxuriously veneered in maple, its future-forward structure is enhanced by the inclusion of bronze metal details, a saddle leather-clad desktop and drawers. Despite its flamboyant appeal, functionality remains at the heart of this customisable Giorgetti design. A functional leg houses a document holder in addition to storage compartments-cumshelves for natty neat freaks.
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LIKE A DREAM
Lorenza Bozzoli loves to inject a healthy dose of fun into her designs. One look at the Italian designer’s whimsical Amani sofa confirms this. A sublime new offering under Dutch design house Moooi, this resplendent velvet clad sofa is all about good times, making it the ideal piece for friendly get-togethers and the like. Bedecked with floor-sweeping fringes playfully lightened around the edges, Amani conveys a feeling of ethereal lightness and fantasy.
Created by Carlo Colombo for Italian furniture purveyor Flexform, this premium bed design is simply fantastico. A recent addition to the brand’s beloved Isabel collection, this finely crafted piece attests to Colombo’s great love of details and exclusive materials. Beautifully linear in its composition, its neatly defined lines make this design all the more impactful. Entirely covered in cowhide, its sophisticated base and headboard give off an air of extravagance without being ostentatious.
Antonio Citterio’s unique talent for pairing forms with textural materials continues to inspire awe. The seasoned designer’s Ginestra chair for B&B Italia, which pays homage to northern trends, is one of his many triumphs. Rendered in natural teakwood and intricately braided with polypropylene fibre, its distinctive frame is evocative of sun-drenched afternoons spent lolling about outdoors. Firm water repellant cushions cap off this laidback design with aplomb, allowing for a sumptuous sit-down.
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CABINET OF WONDERS
A REAL KNOCKOUT
Showcasing two delectable dark green shades, this sprawling leather-clad seating system by Poltrona Frau takes a few design cues from its more traditionally inclined predecessor, the Capitonné. But while subtle elements such as spiraled armrests and feature stitch details allude to the association, the Chester Line exudes an undeniably modern feel in comparison. Teamed with Fidelio side tables and a matching lamp, this system truly brings together the best of the past and present.
Evolving living environments are fueling the need for flexible furnishings that lend themselves to a wide range of spaces. The Century storage system by Flexform fulfills this purpose wonderfully by offering aesthetic as well as practical new solutions for the living room and bedroom. Composed of aluminum, the freestanding Century features modular pieces in varying heights that allow for limitless configuration possibilities and the creation of dividers at a certain height for added utility.
Unexpectedly lustrous to the touch, the Alias punching bag’s luxurious exterior almost makes one forget what it has been designed for. Decadently wrapped in exquisite yet resilient aniline-dyed leather, this hefty 70-pound bag by Giorgetti is tough enough to withstand extended periods of boxing action while bringing a luxe touch to any personal gym. Available in ice white, warm brown or black, Alias also makes a statement in living areas.
mélange | lighting
NET VALUE The Meshmatics Chandelier appears, at first glance, to be made of some mysterious, otherworldly material. Fashioned out of wire netting, its humble yet exacting composition comes as a surprise to most. Created for Moooi, Meshmatics underscores designer Rick Tegelaar’s love of beautiful forms and engineering. Featuring three robust yet delicately wrought layers that do justice to the light of the integrated LED, this shapely and elegant piece shimmers with futuristic poise.
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mélange | community furniture
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TALK SHOW HEEDING THE EVOLVING NEEDS OF A COMMUNITYFOCUSED WORK CULTURE, THE TOKU COLLECTION INJECTS NEW LIFE INTO WORKPLACE DYNAMICS BY WAY OF INCLUSIVE ALTERNATIVE SPACES.
THIS PICTURE: Inspired by the Japanese word for ‘Talk’, the aptly named Toku Collection instills a sense of community through the creation of accessible spaces within the workplace.
“TOKU INSPIRES PEOPLE TO CONNECT, TO CONVERSE, AND TO COLLABORATE. EVOKING A SENSE OF ‘COMMUNITY’, THE TOKU COLLECTION ACTIVELY SHAPES PERCEPTIONS OF PLACE FROM ‘ME’ TO ‘WE’ AND PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE SPACES WITHIN THE WORKPLACE FOR TEAMS, CLIENTS AND FRIENDS TO COME TOGETHER.”
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TOP: An aesthetically pleasing selection of geometric furniture pieces sets the stage for productive work collaborations.
BOTTOM LEFT: Paired with partitions and complementary tables, ottomans in varying sizes function as the core of the collection.
far cry from the humdrum box-standard offices of yesterday, the truly modern workplace prioritises balance and harmony, keeping the overall well being of its staffers in mind. Recent research has shown that, as Millennials gradually make up a larger component of the workforce in the coming decade, the line between personal and work lives will become increasingly blurred owing to heightened social media interactions, thus drastically altering the notion of a ‘work-life balance’. With the view of promoting collaborative interactions in and around the workplace, the design experts at Schiavello aspired to create a series of furniture pieces that would give rise to more flexibility and diversity, bestowing staffers the autonomy to work where they want. The result is the brand’s well-received Toku Collection. Featuring purpose-driven pieces that also enable one to feel perfectly at home, Toku brings together a variety of familiar furnishings that facilitate focus, communication and group work. Brandishing an upbeat colour palette conceived by Schiavello’s very own ColourLab, key pieces include geometrically formed ottomans in single, double or four-seat varieties, a backrest equipped four-seater bench, accompanying tables finished in warm Walnut Biancato as well as Toku mesh screen partitions that come upholstered in a wide range of textural finishes. Portable and lightweight, this collection is easy to maneuver while affording users a visually pleasing environment that oozes style and comfort.
TOP: Solo work is also a viable option, thanks to the possibility to mix and match Toku pieces.
BOTTOM: An assortment of textural finishes as well as a comfy ottoman backrest add-on allows for easy customisation, functioning beautifully alongside Toku’s upholstered screen partitions and sleekly finished tables.
mélange | lighting architecture
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THEATRICAL ILLUMINATION ILLUMINATE LIGHTING DESIGN EXPLORES RHYTHM, VISUAL ENGAGEMENT AND EMOTIONAL ALIGNMENT FOR JW MARRIOTT MACAU, A LUXURY HOSPITALITY PROJECT LOCATED ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST SPECTACULAR SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATIONS. THIS PICTURE: This grand triple volume reception is filled with indirect lighting that creates an inviting space.
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THIS PICTURE: Downlights are positioned in pairs within a set of rhythm to give direction and set the pace of place.
Text: Illuminate Lighting Design
ocated in a city known for its glamour and opulence, the JW Marriott brand is a natural fit for the Galaxy Entertainment Complex. Boasting over 1,200 rooms, the client engaged Illuminate Lighting Design to stage the hotel theatrically with bold and whimsical approach that responded to the dramatic spaces. RHYTHM INTEGRATION For the hotel, the lighting designers create rhythm within the visual arrangement, which challenges the conventional thinking of ‘rhythm’ within a musical set. They did this none more so than the simple positioning of downlights, which dictate a flow and direction to the pace of place. When you first enter the hotel from the porte cochere, the interior presents large corridors that lead to many directions. These are important spaces that control the flow to ballroom or to guestroom. As a response, lighting had to ensure these areas deliver the brightness, lit effect and also the visual rhythm. When considering the emotional effect of light, the designers had to balance the visual elements. Not only that the downlight positions had to relate to the subjects, the arrangement must as well create a pulse. The rhythm is kept by ensuring grouping, alignment and integration respond to a visual hierarchy. In effect, the lighting installation stays respectful to the architectural arrangement.
TOP: In the ballroom, the alabaster feature wall is backlit and complemented by colour changing RGB light to suit various events and scenes.
“WE WANTED THE DOWNLIGHTS TO ALSO DELIVER VISUAL GUIDANCE NOT ONLY IN EFFECT BUT ALSO ARRANGEMENT. THEY ARE POSITIONED IN PAIRS AND ALIGNED TO CREATE AN ARCHED WAVE WHICH TURN DELIVERS A CARPET OF LIGHT TO THE FLOOR VISUALLY PULLING THE GUEST TO THE GUESTROOMS OR FUNCTION SPACES.” SIMON BERRY, PARTNER, ILLUMINATE LIGHTING DESIGN
“We wanted the downlights to also deliver visual guidance not only in effect but also arrangement. They are positioned in pairs and aligned to create an arched wave which turn delivers a carpet of light to the floor visually pulling the guest to the guestrooms or function spaces.” says Simon Berry, Partner of Illuminate Lighting Design. VISUAL ENGAGEMENT In the lobby atrium, indirect lighting integrates seamlessly into the interior architecture. This emboldens the dynamic movement of the undulating surfaces. In a poetic manner, the visual line is drawn into a cascading tour of dichroic glass. This sculptural artwork is illuminated with light projectors that carry playful
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TOP: A dynamic lightwave wall behind the reception counters bring motion and liveliness to the lobby space.
ripples of reflection and refraction onto the vertical surfaces of the interior at night. The lit effect and the interplay of surface and light fill the triple volume space. Behind the reception counter, lighting is integrated into the wall and leads guests towards the service area. Dynamic lighting control creates a subtle ‘wave’ effect which animates the wall with whimsy. Onyx reception counters glow with evenness that radiates warmth. Indirect lighting beneath the stairs and various backlit stones reinforces the sense of integrity of this dramatic and dynamic vision. EMOTIONAL ALIGNMENT The biggest challenge was to keep a global and uni-
BOTTOM: Light follows the direction of the petal flowers in the decorative feature wall with soft wash from various light fixtures that are set with different beam angles.
THIS PICTURE: The lounge features chandeliers and series of downlights arranged to wrap around the curvature of the ceiling.
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THIS PICTURE: The minimal lighting in the lift lobby creates high contrast that complements the interior.
“IN LAYERS, WE COMPOSE THE FOCAL GLOW AND HIGHLIGHTS TO ENHANCE THE BUILDING ENVELOP, ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS AND MATERIALITY; WHILST WARM WHITE AMBIENT SOFTLY BATHES THE SPACES CONSISTENTLY TO MAINTAIN THE LIGHTING NARRATIVE.” SIMON BERRY, PARTNER, ILLUMINATE LIGHTING DESIGN
form quality of light. In the various areas of the hotel, the lighting temperature is kept to a calming and relaxing tone of 2,700K which also serves to enrich the material textures and colours. “We want the guests to feel comfortable without compromising visually on how dramatic some of these spaces are. In layers, we compose the focal glow and highlights to enhance the building envelop, architectural details and materiality; whilst warm white ambient softly bathes the spaces consistently to maintain the lighting narrative,” Simon Berry says. Playing with light and shadow creates a composition of layers and contrast to keep a sense of intrigue in the various areas within the hotel. Wall stones, which are prevalently used in many of the spaces, are complimented and backlit to an effect that allow for the rich natural veins to stand out. These backlit onyx walls also frame some of the most prominent entrances, such as the ballroom doors, with a warm atmosphere.
TOP: Prefunction area with backlit onyx framing the entrances. Here, integrated functional lights are arranged around the length and flow of the chandelier.
mélange | timeless furniture
A BASQUE MASTERPIECE DESIGNED BY MARTA URTASUN AND PEDRO RICA OF MADRID-BASED ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO MECANISMO, AKELARRE IS A LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL THAT STANDS OUT AS A STUNNING PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE FEATURING CONTEMPORARY COMMUNAL SPACES AND 22 GUESTROOMS WHERE FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOWS AND TERRACES MAKE THE MOST OF PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE BASQUE COAST IN SPAIN.
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THIS PICTURE: The sunken outdoor pits are filled with Kettal’s Bitta collection by Rodolfo Dordoni and Park Life club armchairs by Jasper Morrison.
THE MINDS BEHIND MECANISMO Mecanismo is the result of the combining a profound interest in materials and the careful execution of ideas with the singlemindedness of developing new concepts. Established in 2012 and directed by Marta Urtasun and Pedro Rica, Madrid-based Mecanismo is an architecture studio staffed by specialist professionals in the design, development and execution of projects, systems and products of architecture. Focused on the enhancement and design of diverse architectural projects, Mecanismo participates actively in all the fields of design and culture, as well as in the arena of education. In developing its projects, Mecanismo understands the complete process, from the conceptualization of the design idea to the execution of the project, with the end result being coherent, harmonious and functional architecture.
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TOP: Guest room terraces are furnished with Kettal’s Park Life club armchairs by Jasper Morrison.
BOTTOM: The creative minds behind the Akelarre: Marta Urtasun and Pedro Rica of Madrid-based architectural studio Mecanismo.
“SLIGHTLY SUNKEN INTO THE ROOFTOP DECK OF THE STONE CUBICLES ARE SIX OUTDOOR PITS. THE TERRACES, CARVED IN STONE, ARE CONNECTED BY A SERIES OF PLANKED DECKING AND GARDENS, ALL ENJOYING SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE HORIZON.”
TOP: In the ballroom, the alabaster feature wall is backlit and complemented by colour changing RGB light to suit various events and scenes.
BOTTOM: In the ballroom, the alabaster feature wall is backlit and complemented by colour changing RGB light to suit various events and scenes.
AKELARRE’S ALLURE Akelarre is the result of more than forty years of identity development – a convergence of tradition and time with a focus on exploration and innovation. It is precisely this symbiosis of context and innovation that defines the spirit of Hotel Akelarre. With this spirit in mind, Mecanismo set out to design the hotel. The careful selection of materials and furniture and the detailed execution have, in particular, set apart the Akelarre. The use of natural materials, which are traditional but timeless, such as stone, wood, metal and linen, serves as the focal point between concept, form and function. The designers while respecting the inner nature and properties of these noble materials, have not, however, rejected new techniques in design in executing the project. The hotel, which is located a few kilometers away from the center of San Sebastián, on the north side of Mount Igueldo facing the Cantabrian Sea, enwraps an old building that houses a three-Michelin-star restaurant run by Pedro Subijana. Five stone cubicles emerge from the hillside facing the sea, harbouring within their interiors a total of 22 tastefully-appointed rooms on two floors. All the
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TOP: Park Life, a complete family of outdoor furniture from Spanish furniture maker Kettal, has a clean cut profile, is lightweight yet extremely durable.
MIDDLE LEFT: The terraces are designed to flow seamlessly between the restaurant and other communal spaces.
“THE LOUNGE IS IMBUED BY THE WARMTH OF WOOD PANELLING AND AMBIENT LIGHTING, AND IS FURNISHED WITH PIECES DESIGNED BY MECANISMO FOR THE SPANISH FURNITURE MAKER KETTAL.”
TOP: Kettal’s Bitta two-seater sofas and club armchairs by Rodolfo Dordoni and Park Life club armchairs by Jasper Morrison furnish the outdoor terrace.
BOTTOM: Draped in pristine white snow, Kettal’s Bitta and Park Life outdoor furniture makes for an exquisite display of sculptural pieces.
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TOP: The hotel’s interiors are striking for their clean and contemporary decor and the notable use of natural materials.
BOTTOM: The wellness hub also features three treatment rooms where spa therapies by Sisley are offered.
“A WELLNESS HUB IS PARTITIONED INTO TWO ZONES BY A CURVED GLASS ENCLOSURE: A WET ZONE INCORPORATING A STONE SWIMMING POOL, SAUNA, AND TURKISH BATH.”
rooms are oriented to the sea regardless of their floor size or category. Slightly sunken into the rooftop deck of the stone cubicles are six outdoor pits. The terraces, carved in stone, are connected by a series of planked decking and gardens, all enjoying spectacular views of the horizon, and are designed to flow seamlessly between the restaurant and other communal spaces. The Oteiza snack bar has a distinct design style from the restaurant, exuding a relaxed dining ambience and offering picturesque views of the Basque coastline. The lounge is imbued by the warmth of wood panelling and ambient lighting, and is furnished with pieces designed by Mecanismo for the Spanish furniture maker Kettal. Having direct access to the deck and terraces, it also enjoys panoramic views, largely due to the location of the hotel on the hillside of Mount Igueldo. On the same floor is the wine cellar where wine tastings and private events are hosted at a communal table, and is also where the hotel’s exclusive wine collection takes pride of place. A wellness hub is partitioned into two zones by a curved glass enclosure: a wet zone incorporating a stone swimming pool, sauna, and Turkish bath, while the other is dedicated to three treatment rooms offering spa therapies.
MIDDLE: Kettal’s Cala club chair by Doshi Levien, is a high-backed armchair that boasts a regal spatial presence with transparent and light surfaces.
BOTTOM: Kettal’s Bitta deckchairs in the wellness hub feature aluminium frames and comfortable cushions in natural colours.
sharing | royal thai - portrait
A RIGHT ROYAL WEAVER THE ACQUISITION OF A COMMERCIAL CARPET BUSINESS FROM TAI PING CARPETS INTERNATIONAL LTD IN SEPTEMBER 2017 IS PAVING THE WAY FOR TCM CORPORATION PLC TO BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING CARPET MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS UNDER THE ROYAL THAI BRAND. THE BRAND CONSISTS OF AXMINSTER AND AXMINSTER TILE FOR SALE TO BIG PROJECTS SUCH AS HOTELS, CASINOS, CONVENTION CENTRES, AUDITORIUMS AND CRUISE LINERS, AS WELL AS HAND TUFTED CARPET FOR ROYAL PALACE, WHICH ARE DESIGNED AND CUSTOMIZED TO THE UNIQUE VISION OF ITS CLIENTELE. 44
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AND WHILE TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AND THOUGHTFUL DESIGN ARE CORNERSTONES OF THE BUSINESS, THE BRAND’S LONG-TERM SUCCESS ALSO DEPENDS ON CONTINUAL REVITALIZATION AND REINVENTION. BILL JAMES PALMER AND MARK JOHNSON, CO-CEOS FOR FLOORING BUSINESS TALK ABOUT THE BRAND’S FUTURE GROWTH, ITS PLACE IN THE GLOBAL CARPET INDUSTRY, AND EFFORTS TO KEEP UP WITH A CHANGING MARKET WHILE MAINTAINING TRADITIONAL COMPANY VALUES.
TOP: Renaissance Indian Wells By Marriott, Palm Springs.
Mark Johnson Co-CEO Royal Thai
Pimol Srivikorn Chairman TCM Corporation PLC
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE FLOORING INDUSTRY? Bill: Since 1986. Mark: I’ve been in this industry since 1980. WHY HAVE YOU CHANGED THE NAME FROM 1956 BY TAI PING TO ROYAL THAI? Bill: Part of the contract that was signed with Tai Ping was to give the name, Tai Ping, back to them. And as we already traded outside Thailand as Royal Thai we decided to use this in Thailand. WHO IS TCM CORPORATION? Bill: They are our largest shareholder. They own several other business in the furniture industry and automotive too. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO YOUR CUSTOMERS AFTER THE ACQUISITION? DO THEY STILL RECEIVE THE SAME LEVEL OF QUALITY AND SERVICE? Mark: A couple of key benefits are that we are the largest supplier of Axminster in the hospitality industry. By combining both factories we have a lot of added capacity that we can direct towards even better lead time and delivery schedule for our customers. This deal involves commercial grade
Bill Palmer Co-CEO Royal Thai
products. Our focus is in the commercial industry and we want to be the best in this industry! The only thing that will change is that we will get better, quicker and stronger!!! And our customers will like us that much more. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ROYAL THAI IN THE FLOORING BUSINESS? Bill: Simply, floor covering with confidence. We are the go-to company when you need high-end floor coverings for your hospitality projects. IN TERM OF COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT, DO YOU STILL HAVE DESIGN COLLABORATIONS WITH A VARIETY OF ARTISTS? Bill: Yes, this is something we started in the hospitality industry and will carry over to Royal Thai. We will continue to push the envelope on design and not use the same people for ideas. We have found that by using people from different industries we get a much more innovative look that our customers love. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD HOSPITALITY MARKET? WHAT ARE YOUR CORE BUSINESS COMPETENCIES? Bill: This is simple; Design Design Design. We are always going to be focused on design in everything
“THE TRENDS ALL SEEM TO BE MOVING TO BIGGER SCALE DESIGNS. MORE MUTED COLOURS FOR BALLROOMS AND NEEDING IDEAS FAST. AT ROYAL THAI WE HAVE CREATED LOOK BOOKS AND CAPSULE COLLECTIONS THAT DESIGNERS CAN GO ONLINE AND REVIEW. WE TAKE THE LATEST IN FASHION, DESIGN AND PUT TOGETHER PRODUCTS WE HAVE THAT COORDINATE.” BILL PALMER, CO-CEO ROYAL THAI
we do!! This could be in photography of projects, new apps for phones, or carpet designs created outside the “industry”. Our goal is to be different from our competition and have our customers always want to see what Royal Thai is doing with design. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROJECT OR THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROJECT THAT ROYAL THAI IS PROUD OF? ANY DIFFICULTIES OR CHALLENGES? Bill: We were recently awarded the Hong Kong airport for over 80,000 sq meters. We are very proud of this as it is not our typical hotel. Mark: The Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok started operations in 1997 after the handover of Hong Kong from the British government back to China. When it was first built most of the materials were specified under foreign products under the British Standards. After 10 years with repeat orders to most British companies, the authority has decided to open up for the local Hong Kong, China, and overseas companies to join the tender. Bill: For the 2017 carpet tender for Terminal 1 (85,000 sq.m.), we differentiate ourselves by using our Thailand manufacturing facilities with faster lead-time than European manufacturers, and higher quality standards compared to China manufacturers. Moreover, with our strong history and local support in Hong Kong, we are perceived as a company with quality products and services. Recently we have also supplied the carpets and services to many prestige hospitality projects such as Peninsula Bangkok Hotel 2.18 million USD and Marriott Marquis Hotel 0.75 million USD. HAS ROYAL THAI ALWAYS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABILITY? WHAT ARE YOUR SUCCESS STORIES IN TERM OF GREEN ACHIEVEMENT? Mark: Royal Thai carpets are certified under NSF/ ANSI 140. It is the industry-leading standard for sustainability evaluation and certification of carpet products across their entire life cycle. The standard provides a market-based definition for a path to sustainable carpet, through performance requirements for public health and environment and to address the triple bottom line, economic-environmental-social,
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throughout the supply chain. We remain one of very few carpet companies (currently 10 manufacturers only) to have been certified by NSF. Over the past 20 years, we have been awarded several green certificates and quality marks, including IMO, Green Label Plus, NSF sustainability, CE, and Carbon Footprint. In addition, we have obtained ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO50001 for Energy Management System. We operate a green procurement policy and comply with all relevant regulatory requirements, including REACH, OEKOTEX and EPEAT. ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR TRENDS OR MARKET NEED THAT YOU SEE IS EMERGING IN THE FLOORING BUSINESS? HOW IS ROYAL THAI REACTING TO MEET THOSE EXPECTATIONS FROM THE ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER COMMUNITY? Bill: The trends all seem to be moving to bigger scale designs. More muted colours for ballrooms and needing ideas fast. At Royal Thai we have created Look Books and Capsule collections that designers can go online and review. We take the latest in fashion, design and put together products we have that coordinate. This system is helping the designer by choosing a starting point, in design, for their projects faster. Once we have a starting point, we are off and running to service them with our over 50 designers worldwide! HOW HAVE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION HELPED THE COMPANY’S HOSPITALITY BUSINESS AND BENEFITED THE CUSTOMERS? Bill: To most designers and owners, time is money. What we have been able to do is provide our customers a must faster way to see their carpets in their actual floor plans, to scale, so that a decision on pattern and colour is made that much faster. They are actually seeing their carpet in their plans to scale so they have a good idea of what the finished product is going to look like in their building. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHALLENGES WORKING WITH A MULTI-CULTURAL TEAM FROM EAST TO WEST? Bill: Our teams are the best communicators in the
industry. In today’s world, we have so many projects that are designed in the West and purchased in the East or vice versa. We learned long ago that we have to be the best communicators in order to assure customer expectations for custom carpet are met. I am proud to say that our teams have met this challenge and succeeded.
“ROYAL THAI CARPETS ARE CERTIFIED UNDER NSF/ANSI 140. IT IS THE INDUSTRY-LEADING STANDARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY EVALUATION AND CERTIFICATION OF CARPET PRODUCTS ACROSS THEIR ENTIRE LIFE CYCLE. WE REMAIN ONE OF VERY FEW CARPET COMPANIES (CURRENTLY 10 MANUFACTURERS ONLY) TO HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY NSF.”
WHAT DO YOU WANT ROYAL THAI TO ACCOMPLISH IN IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? HOW WOULD IT BE NEXT UNDER THE CO-CEO? Bill: We want to continue to grow our business and our brand. Our goal is to have Royal Thai as the best brand in the hospitality industry, not just flooring! We want all of our customers to want to use Royal Thai because of our service, design and manufacturing! If we do these things correct we will grow our business.
MARK JOHNSON, CO-CEO ROYAL THAI
ANY INVESTMENT PLAN OR IMPROVEMENT IN THE FUTURE? Mark: We have a lot of investment plans and improvements, but we aren’t going to tell you and give our competition any insight to our future!!!
TOP: Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam.
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showcase | hba london
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HILTON AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL
RAISING THE BAR IN AIRPORT HOTEL DESIGN
IMAGE CREDIT: > Hufton + Crow > Will Pryce
HBA LONDON REDEFINED THE AIRPORT HOTEL AS NOT ONLY A BUSINESS DESTINATION, BUT ALSO A PLACE DESIGNED FOR FUN AND RELAXATION THAT BALANCES INTERNATIONAL POLISH WITH LOCAL CHARACTER.
BA London, the London-based design practice synonymous with inspired and unique hotel interiors, has once again shown its exceptional flair, wit and joy of detail in Hilton’s new landmark airport hotel at the Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport, a development and investment by Schiphol Real Estate. The hotel is within an iconic cubic building designed by Mecanoo architecten, with at its heart, an atrium that soars through 42 metres to a glazed roof above. The interiors are every bit a match for the structure, working with the articulation of the building while also bringing human scale to the experience. THE CONCEPT: A DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT AIRPORT HOTEL The thinking behind the interior design concept was to create a ‘Dutch touch’, taking recognisable Dutch design icons, history and traditions, as well as the characteristics of the polder land and its people today, and translating these into a contemporary world-class hotel. The Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has Dutch soul, as harmoniously bold and playful, irreverent and coherent, organised and comfortable as the national character. Guests staying for the night or just visiting for a meeting, can be in no doubt that they are in the gateway hotel to the Netherlands.
LEFT: At the heart of the iconic cubic building designed by Mecanoo architecten is a soaring, 42-metre-high atrium.
BOTTOM: Faceted glass chandeliers wrapped and suspended from rope allude to the Netherlands’ maritime history in the spa reception area.
The designers’ aim was also to create a ‘home away from home’, a temporary refuge from a location that is all about moving on. Furniture, lighting, fabrics and floor coverings were carefully selected to evoke the sense of ‘home’ and the narrative of lace embroidery and crochet – traditional art forms in domestic Dutch life – threads through the design, from carpet design and leather stitching details to laser cut panels in the meetings rooms and doilies printed onto bedroom coffee tables. Furnishings also reflect the eclectic design vernaculars of the Netherlands today with Marcel Wanders’ one-armed chairs, plush sofas from Linteloo, coffee tables by Roderick Vos, vibrant upholstery from Kvadrat and funky embroidery from Hella Jongerius. ADDING HUMAN SCALE TO THE GRANDEUR OF THE ATRIUM HBA London has enriched the level of comfort in the atrium by creating “islands”, each providing a distinct experience within the Axis Lobby: reception, lounge library, tech lounge and cocktail bar. Each area is defined by a carpet with a design inspired by the sediment-laden islands and waterways between coastal dunes on the southern coast of the Netherlands. Warm honey-toned leather armchairs create bold punches of colour, and laser-cut screens, modelled after the maps of the canal systems, further help to punctuate the space and achieve cosy areas. In between the “islands”, the sand-coloured limestone of the floor becomes pathways flowing like waterways through the space. The Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the first to showcase Hilton’s brand new lobby concept where each area supports a different function within an open-plan setting. The library with its double-sided work desk, features bespoke orange mesh and resin task lights by Frandsen Project, who created all the public area lighting in collaboration with HBA London. Signature “Tulipani” chairs from Dutch brand, Linteloo, make a joyful addition to another communal meeting table nearby. A perforated steel wall which charts the course of the entire ground floor is variously functional and a piece of art; it weaves through quiet and busy areas, helping to define spaces and providing degrees of privacy. Its fluid shape is inspired by the maps that trace the trade routes of ships whose global journeys began and finished in Amsterdam. The wall creates a flowing patina and a narrative of travel, while its inky black tones recall the palette of the Dutch School of painters.
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TOP: The interiors work with the articulation of the building whilst also bringing human scale to the experience.
MIDDLE: The lobby’s reception, lounge library, tech lounge and cocktail bar (shown) are designed as “islands” that provide distinct experiences.
“THE HILTON AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL HAS DUTCH SOUL, AS HARMONIOUSLY BOLD AND PLAYFUL, IRREVERENT AND COHERENT, ORGANISED AND COMFORTABLE AS THE NATIONAL CHARACTER. GUESTS STAYING FOR THE NIGHT OR JUST VISITING FOR A MEETING, CAN BE IN NO DOUBT THAT THEY ARE IN THE GATEWAY HOTEL TO THE NETHERLANDS.”
THIS PICTURE: The perforated steel wall around the lobby perimeter was inspired by ships’ global trade route maps.
“THE GENEROUS PROPORTIONS OF THE SITE MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ROTATE THE ELEMENTS AND CREATE ELBOW ROOM BETWEEN THIS PROJECT AND ITS NEIGHBOURS.” BEN DUCKWORTH, HASSELL PRINCIPAL
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THIS PICTURE: Carpet inspired by the Netherlands’ coastal dunes and laser-cut screens modelled after canal maps create cosy lobby seating nooks.
“HBA LONDON HAS ENRICHED THE LEVEL OF COMFORT IN THE ATRIUM BY CREATING “ISLANDS”, EACH PROVIDING A DISTINCT EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE AXIS LOBBY: RECEPTION, LOUNGE LIBRARY, TECH LOUNGE AND COCKTAIL BAR. EACH AREA IS DEFINED BY A CARPET WITH A DESIGN INSPIRED BY THE SEDIMENT-LADEN ISLANDS AND WATERWAYS BETWEEN COASTAL DUNES ON THE SOUTHERN COAST OF THE NETHERLANDS.”
SCHIPHOL AIRPORT’S NEW DINING DESTINATION The Bowery Restaurant is located on the ground floor along the façade, drawing passers-by inside with its upbeat yet elegant design. Here, depictions of travel include cheerful illustrations of holiday travel picked out in painted tiles specially commissioned from the Delft-based artist, Isreal Páez, and three lively cooking stations feature full-height murals in a modern take on traditional Delft ceramics. Quirky furniture, such as tables shaped like giant chess pieces and banquette backs fashioned like the much-loved Dutch specula cookies, catch the eye and raise a smile. Fluid patterning and a palette of the sea are both relaxing and a gentle reminder of Holland’s symbiosis with the sea. Floorto-ceiling black metal and textured glass panels break up the space and are designed to screen parts of the restaurant during quiet times in the day. In the busy hotel hub that is the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the designers have emphasised the contrasting exclusivity of a private dining room, the Vine Room, by way of a discretely disguised entrance – a floor-to-ceiling mirrored panel within an entirely mirror-clad wall. Modern Dutch chandeliers by Moooi, an original Armando masterpiece from Schiphol Group’s art collection and a bespoke wine display wall help to make this room a truly exceptional example of an airport hospitality space. THE LARGEST MEETING AND EVENT FACILITY AT SCHIPHOL AIRPORT The Hilton conference centre comprises a grand total of 23 boardrooms and meeting rooms located over the first and second floors of the hotel. Travellers coming from the airport terminal can access the conference centre directly via the Traverse, the covered walkway which connects airport and hotel. The concept for the areas was founded on “making connections”. The boardrooms, in particular, are distinguished by floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the atrium and providing a sense of connection with the buzz of the lobby below. Copper pendant lights hanging in clusters above the conference tables create a dramatic impression. The larger meeting rooms, which vary in size from 84 to 220 sq metres, look out towards the airport and are flooded with natural light, diffused by sheer curtains, and benefit from movable partitions that allow flexible configurations. Acoustics are softened by plush orange and grey
MIDDLE: Floor-to-ceiling black metal and textured glass panels screen parts of Bowery Restaurant during quiet times.
BOTTOM: Copper pendant lights hung in clusters above the conference tables create a dramatic impression.
“GUEST ROOMS OFFER VIEWS OVER THE ATRIUM, WHILST DELUXE ROOMS PROVIDE AIRPORT VIEWS THROUGH THE SIGNATURE DIAMOND-SHAPED WINDOWS.”
upholstered furnishings and wool carpets with patterns that reflect the building’s diamond-shaped windows. All break-out spaces are connected to the atrium. The hotel also includes a ballroom. Here, delightful stylised needlework motifs feature in the customdesigned carpet while, overhead, tiny bulbs twinkle, tucked into small bas-relief sculptures within the ceiling. Next door, the pre-function area glows under a vast array of contemporary glass pendants warmly welcoming people as they arrive via the Traverse. ELEGANT EXECUTIVE FLOORS Three floors of executive bedrooms crown the hotel with a large Executive Lounge on the 10th level offering panoramic views of the airport and the city of Amsterdam beyond. Its interior is an elegant balance of the contemporary and classical. A marble buffet counter serves as the place for a quick meeting, a library area with high-backed leather armchairs offers a retreat and numerous comfortable seating arrangements provide options for conversation and working. ESCAPE INTO A LUXURY SPA With a concept inspired by Schiphol Airport’s position four metres below sea level, eforea spa, located on the first floor of the hotel, is designed to evoke the feeling of pure relaxation and a sense of underwater tranquillity. In reception, faceted glass chandeliers cast an ethereal glow; wrapped and suspended from rope, they give a nod to the maritime history of the country. The spa journey then takes guests to the changing areas and, from there, along a corridor guided by a procession of delicate leaves of papers, to the treatment rooms. Here, white walls textured like rippling water, soft lighting and whitewashed oak floors create a haven that is far removed from the stresses of the outside world. The wet areas take guests further into the underwater depths with their darkly clad walls, metallic tile mosaics and shimmering clusters of bespoke wire pendants. BEDROOMS THAT COMBINE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND DISTINCTIVE ‘DUTCH TOUCHES’ All 433 rooms are contemporary in style and elegantly streamlined. Both the Guest Rooms, with a view over the atrium, and the Deluxe Rooms, with airport views through the signature diamond-shaped windows, have been designed with a crisp white and grey backdrop to highlight the golden tones of the abstract, diamond patterned headboards, the lace-inspired carpet design and the soft turquoise lounge chair and ottoman. The artwork above the headboards, depicting the skylines of the Netherlands from south to north, was created in collaboration with Isreal Páez. Collections of wall-mounted prints and playful accessories are an
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MIDDLE: With panoramic airport and city views, the large, 10 th-storey Executive Lounge offers a comfortable retreat for conversation and working.
BOTTOM: The bedrooms’ crisp white and grey palette is highlighted by golden, diamond-patterned headboards, lace-inspired carpet and soft turquoise seating.
THIS PICTURE: Inspired by Schiphol Airport’s position four metres below sea level, eforea spa’s design evokes the sense of underwater tranquillity.
showcase | hassell - hospitality
evocative expression of the Dutch character as well as a homely touch. Bathrooms offer either a bathtub and shower or a generously sized walk-in shower. Luxurious yet simple, the soft sculptural lines of the vanity counter, white tiles and gold rippled glass panels bring a dash of glamour. THE DIAMOND SUITE – A MODERN DUTCH MASTERPIECE The Diamond Suite on the top, 11th floor of the hotel combines bedroom, lounge, dining room and kitchen and can be connected to the adjacent room. There is a striking M.C. Escher-style polygon woodcut floor in both the living and dining rooms, fabrics are rich and tactile, and chic contemporary furniture is combined with idiosyncratic pieces to take the design to the next level of luxury. Dark timber panelling and playful influences in the accessories and artwork infuse the spaces with a sense of authentic soul. The rooms take in one curve of the building and through the large windows the ever-moving theatre of airport and motorway is a dramatic vista comfortably observed from the exclusive retreat of the Diamond Suite. ORIGINAL DUTCH ART Original contemporary Dutch masterpieces are located throughout the hotel. Loaned by Schiphol Group, the airport operator, they include work by
IMAGE CREDIT: > EK Yap
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TOP: The 11th-floor Diamond Suite combines bedroom, lounge, dining room and kitchen and features a striking, M.C. Escher-style polygon woodcut floor.
such internationally renowned painters as Corneille, Anton Heyboer, Armando, Ger can Elk, Jan Cremer and Rene Daniels. MODERN TECHNOLOGY ACHIEVING A HOLISTIC LIGHTING SOLUTION HBA London worked with lighting consultancy, DPA Lighting. The resulting scheme utilises 95% LED technology while maintaining a cosy ambiance. All lighting is dimmable, transitioning through day and night by way of a control system which employs an astronomical time clock tracking sun rise and sun set as they change through the year. “The Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is set to challenge traditional expectations of airport hotels. From its dramatic architectural form through to its numerous, locally sourced accessories, old and new, the design has a major part to play,” says Constantina Tsoutsikou, Creative Director at HBA London and Lead Designer on the project. “I think the team’s achievement has been to combine visionary design with human scale. This is a very large business hotel that also feels as if it’s designed for fun and relaxation, and it balances international polish with local character in a way that will engage international guests and attract people living and working nearby”.
BOTTOM: Assorted colourful wall tiles in the public bathrooms add to the “Dutch touch” of the hotel interiors.
“THE HILTON AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL IS SET TO CHALLENGE TRADITIONAL EXPECTATIONS OF AIRPORT HOTELS. FROM ITS DRAMATIC ARCHITECTURAL FORM THROUGH TO ITS NUMEROUS, LOCALLY SOURCED ACCESSORIES, OLD AND NEW, THE DESIGN HAS A MAJOR PART TO PLAY.” CONSTANTINA TSOUTSIKOU, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, HBA LONDON
About HBA London HBA London is a highly acclaimed interior design studio specialising in exceptional, award-winning hotel, resort, spa and residential projects around the globe. Drawn from many parts of the world, the dynamic, Londonbased team of Hirsch Bedner Associates has been selected for the imagination, energy and multifaceted talents it brings to the creative process. The studio’s designers are distinguished by their passion and flair for crafting bespoke concepts that interpret each locale’s unique heritage and aesthetics for modernday lifestyles. Ingenuity, cultural curiosity and a deep under-
standing of what it takes to create a memorable experience are the hallmarks of HBA London’s luxury hospitality work. Informed by decades of knowledge matched by extensive global resources, the team creates sophisticated, brand-defining designs that fuse the classical with the contemporary, and the refined with the natural, to set new standards for luxury and comfort. HBA London’s residential work is similarly characterised by an original spirit that creates homes for bespoke living, shaping residences to meet the aspirations of owners, express the values of a luxury brand, or simply be a gorgeous vacation retreat.
TOP: The conference pre-function area glows under assorted contemporary glass pendants that warmly welcome guests arriving via the airport’s traverse.
showcase | joi-design
ON-TREND JOI-DESIGN EXPLORES HIGH-TOUCH, HIGH-TECH HYGGE AT THE RADISSON BLU FRANKFURT. IMAGE CREDIT: > Simone Ahlers for JOI-Design
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THIS PICTURE: The Modern Serenity suite is awash with powdery shades of pastel blue and antique pink.
RADISSON BLU FRANKFURT
THIS PICTURE: The Classic Monochrome suite has a handsome feel suggestive of a well-appointed haberdashery within an urban loft.
“A PLUSH SOFA AND WINGBACK CHAIR BECKON GUESTS TO SNUGGLE UNDER A BLANKET WITH A BOOK OR SOAK UP THE BREATHTAKING THRILL OF THE FRANKFURT SKYLINE THROUGH FULL-HEIGHT GLAZING. FLOODED WITH NATURAL LIGHT, THE SUITE IS AN IDEAL NOOK FOR WORKING FROM WINDOW SEATS STRETCHING THE WIDTH OF THE ROOMS.”
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TOP: A plush sofa and wingback chair beckon guests to soak up the Frankfurt skyline through full-height glazing.
BOTTOM: The side table’s cordless charging points ensures guests can perch with digital devices for hours “on top of the world”.
ollowing their previous success creating two signature suites for the Radisson Blu Cologne, JOI-Design was again commissioned to partner on another exclusive design project, the creation of two high-style companion suites for the brand’s hotel in Frankfurt. Both 80 sqm suites have a contemporary, residential feel and an elegant flair conceived to show how two utterly different “on-trend” design directions, one more feminine and the other more masculine, can indulge guests in high-touch, high-tech hygge. Modern Serenity The Modern Serenity suite is awash with powdery shades of pastel blue and antique pink. Soft forms and contemporary Nordic-style furnishings calm the mind and soothe the soul. A plush sofa and wingback chair beckon guests to snuggle under a blanket with a book or soak up the breathtaking thrill of the Frankfurt skyline through fullheight glazing. Flooded with natural light, the suite is an ideal nook for working from window seats stretching the width of the rooms. A side table cleverly integrated with charging points ensures guests can perch with their digital devices for hours “on top of the world”; its ingenious cordless functionality means it can be moved anywhere within the suite. Angular forms balance the gentle palette, as seen for example in the geometric artwork and the desk with its faux fur-lined chair. “Hidden” tech makes life easier for sleepy guests, with buttons to control the window blinds installed into the headboard, whilst the low-tech dressing
TOP: Angular forms balance the gentle palette, as seen in the geometric artwork and the desk with its faux fur-lined chair.
BOTTOM: Flooded with natural light, the suite is ideal for working from window seats stretching the width of the rooms.
space offers clever solutions for clothes storage. With the glamorous sophistication of its rose gold fixtures, sleek digital radio and polished black tub and vanity, the bathroom offers a sexy contrast to the other spaces’ muted tones. Classic Monochrome The Classic Monochrome suite has a handsome feel suggestive of a well-appointed haberdashery within an urban loft. Architectural forms and beautifully grained timber combine in furnishings such as the writing desk and its moulded chair. As an expression of precision tailoring in its finest form, carefully proportioned patterns like plaid, houndstooth, herringbone and woven linen adorn the chaise longue, sofa, headboard, rug and floor. Faux fur fabrics and a curvaceous pendant light above the dining table offer a counterpoint that softens the serious, “suit fabric” palette of tobacco, cognac, navy and charcoal. Creative spaceplanning sees the bed relocated from its typical placement against the wall. Instead, a freestanding partition wall separates the bedroom and bathroom. Backed with open shelves, it increases spatial flow whilst creating a dressing area.
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TOP: Carefully proportioned plaid, houndstooth, herringbone and woven linen patterns express the concept of precision tailoring.
BOTTOM: Furnishings use beautifully grained timber in architectural forms.
“FAUX FUR FABRICS AND A CURVACEOUS PENDANT LIGHT ABOVE THE DINING TABLE OFFER A COUNTERPOINT THAT SOFTENS THE SERIOUS, “SUIT FABRIC” PALETTE OF TOBACCO, COGNAC, NAVY AND CHARCOAL.”
THIS PICTURE: Faux fur cushions and a curvaceous pendant light soften the Classic Monochrome suite’s serious, “suit fabric” palette.
“DESIGNING THE MODERN SERENITY AND CLASSIC MONOCHROME SUITES SPARKED OUR CURIOSITY TO EXPLORE VERY DIFFERENT, YET EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL, WAYS OF CREATING COMFORT AND WELLBEING.” CORINNA KRETSCHMAR-JOEHNK, CO-MANAGING DIRECTOR, JOI-DESIGN
THE PROOF FLAT ANSWERS THE CHALLENGE NOW FACING BRICK AND MORTAR RETAILING – CREATING A UNIQUE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE THAT ONE-DIMENSIONAL ONLINE RETAILING CAN’T MATCH.
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TOP: Rose gold fixtures add glamorous sophistication in the Modern Serenity bathroom.
Clever tech again eases guests’ lives, with a digital charging station within the closet, motionsensitive nightlights and an adjustable television that lowers into the footboard to reveal Frankfurt’s skyline. Clean and crisp, the black and white bathroom marries Chanel-like couture with industrial touches. Classic houndstooth wallcovering and clever art frames for hanging clothes are complemented with bare-bulb pendant lights, black iron fixtures and a digital radio. “Designing the Modern Serenity and Classic Monochrome suites sparked our curiosity to explore very different, yet equally successful, ways of creating comfort and wellbeing,” explains Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, co-managing director of JOI-Design. “We considered how textures, illumination, palettes and spatial use affect the senses and elevate the guest experience. With architecture by John Seifert and interiors elsewhere by Adam Tihany and Matteo Thun, our team at JOI-Design found it inspiring to partner on a hotel project that so clearly values topquality design.”
BOTTOM: A polished black tub and vanity offer a sexy contrast to the other spaces’ muted pastel tones.
About JOI-Design JOI-Design truly believes there’s never been a more exciting time to be a hospitality designer. One of Europe’s leading design studios, their clever interior, architecture, engineering, graphic and product experts have focused on the development of exclusive, design-oriented concepts for international hotels since 1984. From bijou, privately-owned boutique properties to trendsetting destinations for communityminded guests to glamourous landmarks for the world’s most celebrated luxury brands, they know how to design the hospitality spaces people love and return to time after time. More recently, the practice has designed serviced apartments and high-concept office spaces, and through Products by JOI-Design, their talented creatives partner with respected, highquality furniture, lighting and equipment makers to offer the wider marketplace contemporary pieces developed for their projects. Highly regarded thought-leaders and sought-after consultants, JOI-Design benefits and shapes the future of the design industry by sharing their deep insider knowledge and enthusiasm with fellow professionals. Their designers embrace the motivations and goals of clients so that as partners, they realise the optimal and sustainable solutions that make every project special. Keen observers of the world, JOI-Design understands how spaces affect people’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing, which empowers them to reflect the modern-day zeitgeist through unique designs that elevate the human experience.
TOP: A freestanding partition wall separates the Classic Monochrome suite’s bedroom and bathroom, creating spatial flow and a dressing area.
BOTTOM: Clean and crisp, the black and white bathroom marries Chanel-like couture with industrial touches.
showcase | studio proof
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NH COLLECTION GRAND HOTEL KRASNAPOLSKY
GLAMOUR REDEFINED STUDIO PROOF REDESIGNS THE PUBLIC AREAS, RESTAURANTS & BAR IN AMSTERDAM’S GRAND HOTEL KRASNAPOLSKY. IMAGE CREDIT: > Alan Jensen
THIS PICTURE: Grand Café at NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.
“THE LOUNGE AREA IS DEFINED BY A LARGE CIRCULAR LIGHT INSET INTO THE CEILING ABOVE A CIRCULAR RUG; FOUR ROUNDED COLUMNS SERVE TO HOLD THE AREA TOGETHER AND SPECIALLY DESIGNED SOFAS IN BETWEEN COMPLETE THE CURVE OF THE SPACE.”
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THIS PICTURE: Reception area.
BOTTOM: The newly created Executive Lounge.
tudio Proof’s redesign of the public areas and restaurants, as well as a newly designed bar, for the legendary Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in the centre of Amsterdam has been received with global acclaim. A MIPIM Awards 2017 finalist in the category of Best Hotel & Tourism Resort, winner of Best New Bar at the Red & Grey Best Hotel Bar Awards 2017 and shortlisted in the Hospitality Design Awards 2017 Restaurant (casual) category, the property, now part of the NH Collection of five-star hotels across Europe, was a complete transformation with newly rationalised spaces and a design that combines cosmopolitan style with gentle references to a heyday for the hotel – the glamorous 1920s. The Lobby Lounge The new design places the lobby lounge at the heart of the plan. At a glance, arriving guests can now see the elegant reception area to one side and the glazed entrance to the Grand Café on the other; ahead, glimpsed through full-height glazed doors, is the Tailor Bar. The previous profusion of columns – a legacy from the time before this area was opened up - have been rationalised; non-structural columns have been removed and others added in a planned manner, all uniformly clad in smoked mirror and dark stained oak, to create an avenue that guides guests through the lobby. An inset patterning to the large format porcelain tiled floor likewise helps in way-finding. The previous reception desk has been replaced by two custom-designed reception desks and concierge, relocated into a discrete area watched over by a portrait of the man himself, Wilhelm Adolf Krasnapolsky, who established the original hotel in 1855. Constructed from dark stained oak bases with magnificent white carrara marble and bronze counters, the desks are both imposing and practical, designed on the recep-
tionists’ side with numerous drawers of various sizes for hotel stationery as well as radiators to keep staff warm on winter days. Behind the desks and elsewhere in the lobby, red leather-style shutters to the old Dutch windows are an elegant and fitting addition. In 1927, James Joyce stayed at the hotel and went on later to “invent” the colour “Krasnapolsky red” in his novel Finnegan’s Wake. The brand colour of NH Collection is also red. Although slightly different in tone, this red appears harmoniously in pops of colour in the lounge. The Lounge The lounge area is defined by a large circular light inset into the ceiling above a circular rug; four rounded columns serve to hold the area together and specially designed sofas in between complete the curve of the space. The columns are wrapped with bronzed steel fins and adorned with dozens of inset micro-LED spotlights which together articulate the space with striking effect; the neutral colour palette is enlivened by high-backed armchairs in vibrant red leather upholstery. The effect is cosy and intimate; here it is entirely possible to forget that the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is one of the largest conference hotels in the Netherlands. Executive Lounge Thoughtful space planning has converted what might otherwise have been redundant area into a delightful Executive Lounge overlooking Amsterdam’s Dam Square. Accessed from the entrance lobby via a signature full-height glazed door with integrated 1920s style signage, the lounge is a very comfortable retreat for VIP guests to work or meet while staying connected with the city buzz through the large window.
TOP: The Lobby Lounge.
“IN BETWEEN THE TWO AREAS, THE CAFÉ BRANCHES OUT INTO A LONG ARM ACCOMMODATING A FABULOUS U-SHAPED SEAFOOD AND HORS D’OEUVRE BAR DRESSED WITH A MARBLE TOP AND POWDER FINISH METAL TRIMS AND OFFERING SEATING FOR 25 DINERS. A NEW FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOW FACING THE BAR FRAMES THE VIEW.”
Grand Café Krasnapolsky If the lobby lounge is at the heart of the new design, the redesigned Grand Café is the soul, elegant and contemporary but also clearly within the tradition of noble European cafés. An all-day dining destination, the Grand Café extends the length of 36 metres along a façade with large windows offering views onto Dam Square. During the day, the space is suffused with natural light; in the evening, modern chandeliers create an effect that is dramatic and intriguingly geometric. The new café is the result of visionary thinking and bold structural interventions. The previous café was just one-third the size but by relocating the bar, removing a mezzanine level occupied by offices and extending the room further along the building at street level, Studio Proof achieved a café with generous space and volume, rising to an impressive five metre ceiling height. The new café is truly worthy of its name “Grand”. The café has been designed to lend itself to different occasions. Towards one end, a tall glazed pantry forms the patisserie and chocolate display, on show to guests in the hotel lobby as well as café visitors taking a break in one of the compact booths, perfect for a quick coffee and pastry. A custom-made oversize illuminated bronze clock presides over diners in this end; at the other end, there is a floor-to-ceiling display of the finest speciality teas and sharing tables for small groups. In between the two areas, the café branches out into a long arm accommodating a fabulous u-shaped seafood and hors d’oeuvre bar dressed with a marble top and powder finish metal trims and offering seating for 25 diners. A new floorto-ceiling window facing the bar frames the view. Flooring in the Grande Café is oak, laid in hexagonal fashion, apart from in the bar area where a custompoured terrazzo floor is inset with polished lettering announcing the name of the venue with a gloriously crafted flourish. Artwork, curated by Studio Proof, is a playful take on the old masterpieces. The palette maybe straight out of the Dutch School of painters and the subjects dressed in full 17th Century regalia, but these sitters are variously on an iPhone, sporting golf clubs or vaping an e-cigarette.
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MIDDLE: The glazed patisserie display and informal booth dining area in the Grand Café.
BOTTOM: Seafood & Champagne counter in the centre of the Grand Café.
THIS PICTURE: Studio Proof’s bespoke SNAP pendant chandeliers illuminate the Grand Café.
“LIGHTING TO THE BAR AREA IS WARM AND WELCOMING, HIGHLIGHTING THE NATURAL VARIATIONS OF THE BRICK WALL BEHIND THE BAR WHILE 60 VINTAGE FILAMENT GLASS BULBS ARE SUSPENDED “RANDOMLY” FROM DARK TIMBER AND POLISHED BRASS FRAMEWORKS.”
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THIS PICTURE: Tailor Bar.
Tailor Bar The Tailor Bar, already garlanded as the ‘Best New Hotel Bar of Amsterdam’, has fun with the story of Wilhelm Krasnapolsky, an émigré who began his working life as a tailor before marriage and an entrepreneurial spirit led him to take over a coffee shop which he went on to expand and reinvent as The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. There is a specially designed rug depicting a tailor’s cutting pattern, the bar counter is edged by a brass ruler and tailors’ dummies accessorise the space. The ambience is vintage chic – huge antiqued leather sofas combined with rich blue velvet armchairs and a snug at one end with dark, deep-buttoned padded walls. Illumination is key. Lighting to the bar area is warm and welcoming, highlighting the natural variations of the brick wall behind the bar while 60 vintage filament glass bulbs are suspended “randomly” from dark timber and polished brass frameworks. For summer evenings, the Tailor Bar opens onto a part-covered cigar courtyard with contemporary outdoor furniture. The cocktail menu is under the guidance of Tess Posthumus, the celebrated Dutch mixologist who was named ‘Best Female Bartender Worldwide’ in 2015.
TOP: Brass measuring tape bar counter detail.
BOTTOM: Art Deco-inspired brass signage.
“THE DESIGN IS A FUSION OF 21ST CENTURY SENSIBILITIES WITH GENTLE HISTORIC REFERENCES COMBINED WITH BRAND AWARENESS AND THOUGHTFUL MASTERPLANNING.” DAVID MORRIS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, STUDIO PROOF
The White Room by Jacob Jan Boerma The refurbishment of The White Room required an especially sensitive touch. This is the oldest restaurant building in Amsterdam with many monumental features that date back to the time it originally opened. However, the restaurant, previously called ‘Reflet’, had become very tired, interiors were dark and the heritage elements faded. In translating this into ‘The White Room’ for acclaimed Dutch chef, Jacob Jan Boerma, Studio Proof has created a visual jewel. The simple white of the refurbished envelope and the ivory and fawn tones of the new furniture serve to elevate the restored gold and yellow hues of the original elements and the restored 19th Century oil painted wall frescos. Guest comfort is paramount, and both the crescent shaped sofas and the armchairs are generous in proportions. A slatted door of polished brass sections separates diners from the street entrance lobby; an entrance on the other side of the restaurant leads to the hotel lobby. Craftmanship Studio Proof created several bespoke collections for the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, now available as part of the company’s growing portfolio of hospitalityfocused, made-to-order pieces. These included: Snap Pendant - Inspired by the work of Irish sculpture, Niamh Barry, these large lights were designed for the Grand Café, their precise geometric bronzed sections containing lengths of diffused LED light, all
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TOP: Sensitive refurbishment meets modern furnishings in The White Room.
requiring craftsmanship of the highest order. Krasnapolsky Collection - A collection of quietly luxurious pieces designed for the lobby lounge. Soft forms and elegant modern proportions mark out the seating whilst simple yet elegantly proportioned metalwork frames the side tables and lighting. Grande Café Stool - These solid and generously proportioned stools grace the seafood & hors d’oeuvre bar. They feature solid hardwood sections, generous and comfortable leather upholstery, and nickel details to footrest and feet. Studio Proof also worked with the Eindhoven-based metalworker, Snep Trappen, in the design and crafting of wall-lights, 1920s style integrated signage to the glass doors and a number of other features and finishes. “The design is a fusion of 21st Century sensibilities with gentle historic references combined with brand awareness and thoughtful masterplanning” says David Morris, Creative Director of Studio Proof. “It was quite a difficult brief. Our work was part of the first total refurbishment of the hotel for over half a century but our programme was short and there were so many structural unknowns due to the 50 plus individual buildings that over the years had been absorbed into the hotel. Now, both operator and owner have a hotel of real distinction serving international visitors and local communities with an offering that is firstin-class for this area of Amsterdam.”
BOTTOM: Geometric antiqued copper Maitre ‘D desk in The White Room.
About Studio Proof Based in London, Studio Proof is an interior design, branding and product design company specialising in the international hospitality sector. Its ethos is to offer an original aesthetic without gimmicks or ‘house’ style - work that shows how design can stimulate the way people travel, work and live. Previously known as Proof Consultancy, the practice’s portfolio of high-end projects includes: the Royal Lancaster, The Landmark and The Pullman St Pancras as well as a number of luxury residential projects in London. The company is led by Creative Director, David Morris, and Design Director, Chris Holmes, whose previous work includes One Aldwych, The Wellesley, the Athenaeum Hotel and Le Grey hotels in Beirut and Carlisle Bay.
TOP: Contemporary fawn and ivory crescent-shaped sofas and armchairs, surrounded by restored 19 th century oil painted frescos.
BOTTOM: The White Room.
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A PARADISE FOR FREE SPIRITS MUZA LAB DESIGNS FOR THE GYP.SET AT KANUHURA MALDIVES
THIS PICTURE: The terrace of a Shell House, complete with a hammock suspended over the ocean.
nge Moore and her London-based Muza Lab design team of Caitlin Miller and Nathan Hutchins have reimagined Kanuhura as a unique island retreat in the atolls of the Maldives. They have redesigned every existing area and introduced new spaces, working from the big picture through to every detail, from creating larger guestrooms and reimagining the F&B outlets to amenities such as crockery and picnic baskets and even uniform collections for the staff. In their ambition to create a truly different destination for this part of the world, the designers took as their starting point the word “GYP.set“ N \‘jip-set\, a lifestyle that combines the unconventionality of the gypsy fused with the sophistication and speed of the jet set. Familiar with the best things in life, gypsetters are free in spirit and roam the world, finding places to escape. They have an intuitive understanding of modern sophistication and international tastes, and they seek to be emotionally and creatively connected with wherever they land. Kanuhura has become a place full of this bohemian spirit - unconventional, chic and enticingly laid-back.
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TOP: The open and stylish Boduberu Lounge welcomes guests to Kanuhura.
“We found inspiration in the legends, culture and natural world of the islands - their stories, colours and sculptural forms,” explains Inge. “By bringing these influences into the experience of Kanuhura, we have created a sense of free-spirited timelessness and wellbeing where guests can escape from their normal lives and find a place to create their own special memories with family and friends.” Arrival The inspiration of this space is the black and white sarong of the local Boduberu performers, who showcase tales of heroism, satire and romance. Its monochromatic palette contrasts beautifully with the soft colours of sea and sand. Upon landing in Male, even before taking the sea plane to Kanuhura, guests enjoy a private lounge at the airport where they can unwind at the small bar with a welcome cocktail or lounge on the black and white striped sofas while reading from the curated collection of books on display. The Boduberu Lounge, situated on a jetty built over the water, is filled with organic forms and natural materials, playful elements, creature comforts and,
“THE BODUBERU LOUNGE, SITUATED ON A JETTY BUILT OVER THE WATER, IS FILLED WITH ORGANIC FORMS AND NATURAL MATERIALS, PLAYFUL ELEMENTS, CREATURE COMFORTS AND, OF COURSE, VIEWS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.”
of course, views of the Indian Ocean. The previous lounge was a dark structure. Rather than replace it, the designers have lime washed the timber beams and timber floors, making the space not only lighter and contemporary in feel but highlighting the lovely local thatching to the roof. The existing walls were removed and replaced with simple rope handrails and soft sarong inspired drapery. Oversized wicker armchairs, poufs, black and white textured upholstery and feature beaded lights that look like large jelly fish fill the spaces. The custom-designed kitchen counter allows guests to enjoy delicious welcome drinks such as cocktails served in fresh coconuts. The bespoke staff uniforms pick up on the sarongs of the Boduberu with casual black striped kaftanstyle shirts, white linen tunic tops, striped sarongs with leather belts and cropped trousers. All the table top has been carefully collected to match the spirit of the lounge. The ‘Heart’ of Kanuhura Shaded under large palm trees and other local vegetation, the centre of the resort is a social lawn for lazing and also serves as the perfect place for events. Surrounding this lawn is the heart of the village where you get the basics: easy eats, pampering or play. The cluster of buildings includes a coffee and ice cream shop with essential sundries, beauty salon with private bridal suite, a playroom for grown-ups and teens, a boutique offering chic collections of island fashion and the dive and marine biology centre. The Deli is a grab-and-go, where a coffee or ice cream can be enjoyed while lounging on the nearby lawn. The colour palette is inspired by the soft shades of ice creams; there are café tables and chairs in a turquoise-toned weave and a delightful collection of variously shaped beaded pendant lights, carefully handcrafted. The beauty salon is elegant, natural and refreshing in tones of mint green and white accented by the highpitched thatch room and collection of rattan mirrors. Comfortable furniture is artfully combined with the technical seating and kit required by the therapists. Nestled inside is the bridal suite, a delicately detailed
TOP: The elegant and relaxing beauty salon.
MIDDLE: Aerial view of Kanuhura’s Cowry Club and pool.
BOTTOM: The Deli where guests can enjoy a coffee and a quick bite.
“A BEADED CEILING CANOPY AND BEADED LAMPSHADES CAST ENCHANTING SHADOWS AT NIGHT, POUFS PICK UP ON THE COLOURS OF THE COWRY SHELL AND SOFT WHITE SHEERS DRESS THE COLUMNS AND SOFTEN THEIR APPEARANCE. THE BAR COMES RIGHT TO THE EDGE OF THE POOL, SO GUESTS CAN EASILY PLACE THEIR FEET IN THE WATER WHILE SWINGING ON THE FEATURE SWINGS.”
jewel box where filigree leaf lights twinkle and motherof-pearl encrusted side tables add a particularly feminine air. The suite is a perfect backdrop for wedding memories. The décor of the playroom is joyful and fun. Cushions in bold prints and eye-catching clusters of bright coloured woven lampshades made of recycled soda bottles contrast with the simplicity of the white painted wood walls. Table tennis, table football, screens for gaming and a wide variety of board games are on offer along with a large pull-down projection screen for viewing big sports games. This poolside area comprises A Mano island kitchen, Bottega Italian restaurant, The Cowry Club bar and Kokaa Spa. A Mano A Mano translates as “touched by the hand”, an ethos that is celebrated throughout every aspect of the island kitchen. All produce is local, free range, seasonal and mainly from small growers and producers – a celebration of traditional home cooking found on the trade routes. The design embraces all that is handmade and natural, with lime washed timbers, local stones, and woven fabrics. Table settings are eclectic handmade ceramics. Home cooking kitchen counters and an air-conditioned, glazed cold kitchen allow guests to interact with the chefs and feel as if they are inside a personal kitchen. A separate coffee bar produces a wide range of coffees and provides a perfect location to read the newspaper over a cappuccino. Waiters and waitresses wear bohemian multi-patterned and vividly coloured outfits. The building is now a light-filled, open-plan space inviting guests to walk in off the beach and hang out while the chefs are cooking. The thatch eaves have been raised to provide better views, low walls have been removed to allow guest to wander in and out of the space, and enlarged cut outs in the roof let in light over central arbours. Seating spills out from inside to under the palm trees close to the water. At night, the outdoor seating transforms into beach barbeque and fire pit stations under the stars, fully embracing the gypset spirit. Bottega The Bottega Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar rejoices in vivacious colour – fiery reds and corals mingle with sandy pinks, yellows and bright blues - the colours of the Indian Ocean. Every detail has been considered for the table top, including modern glassware and brightly printed crockery, as well as the waitresses’ glamorous multi-colour dresses that contrast with the waiters’ simple white tunics embroidered with a dark ochre stripe. An herb wall freshly scents the air
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MIDDLE: A Mano restaurant embraces the handmade and the natural in both the decor and the cuisine..
BOTTOM: The terrace of the boldly coloured Bottega restaurant.
and provides delicious flavours for the cuisine, while an air-conditioned wine room creates the perfect venue for small group private dining. Cowry Club The existing, inward facing pool bar has been demolished and replaced with The Cowry Club, an organically shaped venue built with 360-degree views of the sea, pool, or back towards the lushly landscaped Heart of Kanuhura. Named after the local cream and black cowry shell that was once used as currency between regional traders, the bar celebrates the natural beauty of local materials and their colour palette. A beaded ceiling canopy and beaded lampshades cast enchanting shadows at night, poufs pick up on the colours of the cowry shell and soft white sheers dress the columns and soften their appearance. The
bar comes right to the edge of the pool, so guests can easily place their feet in the water while swinging on the feature swings. Bright green punches of colour in the cushions catch the luscious tone of the fronds of the palm trees, which the pool is built around. Limewashed teak floors reflect the hue of the trees’ bark. Here, as throughout the resort, solution-dyed acrylic fabrics are used on all outdoor pieces to resist weather and sunlight. Kokaa Spa Named after the all-white local butterfly, Kokaa in Maldivian, the spa has been re-created as a space full of grace and elegance, where one can emerge feeling refreshed and new. As elsewhere, the existing wood structure and floor have been lime washed to create a light, fresh feeling instead of the previous
TOP: The Cowry Club with its 360-degree views of the ocean and pool is the heart of Kanuhura.
BOTTOM: The design of the Kokaa Spa feels fresh and pure.
dark, heavy structure. The soothing palette of whites, soft lilac, silvers and aged gold is seen in the furniture, upholstery and fittings. The therapists’ dress continues this narrative with linen sarongs in muted colours. Sporadic displays of delicate butterflies are a delightful sight in this peaceful retreat. For little gypsetters The kids club is designed with much the same values as the rest of Kanuhura, but for young adventurers. Vibrant colours and patterns begin with the encaustic tile floor and continue through the patterned drapes, rugs, and play areas. Fun and unexpected furniture mix with a unique outdoor activity area. Veli Restaurant Located towards the furthest point of the island, this restaurant takes its name from the Maldivian word for “sand”. This “end-of-the-island” restaurant offers numerous intimate seating areas, all with unique features. From the yakiniku grill tables on raised platforms, where guests can grill fish they caught earlier in the day, to the curved sofa and stool seating in the gardens under umbrellas, to the private, beachfront dining nooks located in the sand under palm trees, there is a place for everyone. The colour palette draws on the natural world, layering greens, pale browns and white in a way that makes each area seem to nest in its tropical surroundings.
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Masleggihurra with all the accoutrements for a very civilised picnic on the beach. Iru Beach Lounge The new beach bar is the epitome of design for the free spirited, sophisticated and creative souls of gypsets. With a colour palette of sea and sand and patterned accents in tones inspired by the sea, from a bright green turquoise to a bold deep blue, the Iru Beach Lounge is full of barefoot chic style. Rough wooden picnic benches, hand-carved tables and feature tents with hanging pendants and bohemian seating cushions create the perfectly edited collection of furnishings. The bar structure, a traditionally thatched hut with beaded swings, allows a perfect escape from the sun. Iru is the ultimate place to surrender to a laid-back day.
A Picnic Adventure The team has also designed woven picnic baskets and leather-clad storage trunks to ensure guests can visit neighbouring private islands Jenuhura and
Palm Houses The bedrooms on the beach, the Palm Houses, have all benefitted from an extension to the entrance lobby giving uninterrupted views towards the ocean and from a colour palette inspired by the palms. The bedrooms flow onto the garden terrace outside with the bed centred on this outdoor view. The crisp white bed linen, white painted walls and lime-washed teak are juxtaposed with a rattan textured feature wall and vividly coloured upholstery on the poufs and cushions. An oversized abstract painting adds further colour, and there are locally crafted furniture and objects. Most of the villas have been upgraded with private pools including private sun loungers and an outdoor dining area. The bathroom flows from the inside vanity area
LEFT: The bright and vivacious interior of a Palm House guestroom.
BOTTOM: Destination restaurant Veli at one end of the island offers diverse seating options for guests to enjoy.
“LUXURY IS NOW ABOUT WHAT YOU GET TO FEEL INSIDE RATHER THAN WHAT YOU HAVE TO SHOW OFF. SO WITH KANUHURA, WE LOVED TRANSLATING THE VALUES THAT BRING HAPPINESS TO SOPHISTICATED, WELL-TRAVELLED GYPSETTERS INTO EXPERIENCES DESIGNED TO ELEVATE THEIR SOPHISTICATED, FREE-SPIRITED SOULS.” INGE MOORE, MUZA LAB
with stone composite bathtub to an outdoor feature shower in the courtyard garden. The double vanity counter is in natural stone. Below, custom-designed storage trunks are made of teak inspired with nautical details. Simple and elegant, these rooms offer all the design details that make for a luxurious holiday stay. Shell Houses Raised over the Indian Ocean, the Shell Houses are truly for the sophisticated castaway. Similar in their interior details to the Palm Houses, their additional width means space for larger bedrooms and a separate social library area. Their bathrooms have indoor showers next to a floor opening, allowing guests to shower while watching the fish below. In the outdoor courtyard, a feature bath creates the perfect place to bathe under the stars. The Shell Houses have large terraces outside the bedroom with ocean views all the way to the far horizon and nets with large, fluffy cushions over the ocean. Coral colours are the accent.
TOP: Shell Houses over the Indian Ocean.
BOTTOM: A view of the unbroken horizon from the terrace of a Shell House.
Suites The one, two and three-bedroom suites have additional features to the typical villas. The Grand Water Pool Villas have infinity pools directly over the sea, while the Grand Beach Pool and Retreat Family Beach Pool Villas have large, shared living quarters and extended-sized pools. Turquoise and blues provide a vibrant accent. “The concept of luxury is changing,” reveals Inge. “Luxury is now about what you get to feel inside rather than what you have to show off. As designers, this means it’s our thought process that sparks these feelings, and that really excites me. So with Kanuhura, we loved translating the values that bring happiness to sophisticated, well-travelled Gypsetters into experiences designed to elevate their sophisticated, free-spirited souls.”
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CREATING JOURNEYS MUZA LAB DESIGNS INTERIORS OF SOUTH AMERICA’S FIRST LUXURY SLEEPER TRAIN IN PERU. IMAGE CREDIT: > Richard James Taylor for Belmond Andean Explorer
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BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER
THIS PICTURE: Twin bed sleeper cabin.
“EACH SLEEPER CAR, WHETHER WITH DOUBLE, TWIN OR BUNK BEDS, IS A SANCTUARY UNIQUELY DESIGNED AS A SPACIOUS SUITE. TIMBER WALL PANELS HAVE BEEN PAINTED IN PARCHMENT TONES AND JOINERY DETAILS RENEWED; LINEN-LOOK WALLCOVERING GIVES THE CEILINGS A TAILORED LOOK, AND SEATING HAS BEEN COVERED IN FABRIC AND LEATHER.”
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THIS PICTURE: Double bed sleeper cabin.
uza Lab has exquisitely re-imagined the slow travel experience through their interior design of South America’s first luxury sleeper train, Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru, which launched on the rails early May 2017. Working closely with Belmond to complement the brand’s heritage for properties that sit at one with nature, the studio has harmoniously woven cultural connections with inspirations from the idyllic surroundings, creating a detailed backdrop for the breathtaking spectacle of the Peruvian Andes. “We design journeys,” explains Inge Moore, founder of Muza Lab, “and with Belmond Andean Explorer, we have distilled the romance, nostalgia and freedom of the train voyage. The train is a place of transition where time seems to slow down between the departure and the arrival. Our vision was to design somewhere to ponder and dream, a space where the beauty of the land can infuse the soul.”
shades of linen. Muza was also involved in the exterior palette, with the carriages’ original colouration of maroon and ivory updated to glossy blue livery in a nod to Belmond’s 50/50 partnership with PeruRail, whose day train locomotives are also vibrant blue.
A New Train Experience Soft, neutral tones create an open, airy feel that allows the amazing vistas to take centre stage. Drawing upon the palettes and textures of the majestic terrain, as well as Peruvian crafts and artistry, Muza has developed an understated concept of timeless luxury. Select nostalgic elements of the original train, Great South Pacific Express, have been restored or added as emblems of the golden age of train travel. Now, the 16 carriages have been contemporised with a refined, pared-back aesthetic suited to the preferences of today’s travellers. Beautifully crafted furnishings reflect Peru’s heritage and natural bounty to form a welcoming spirit that feels real and honest, from timber floors to linen roman blinds and colourful woven textiles, nearly everything has been locally sourced. Timber wall panels have been painted in muted
Sleeper Cabins Carrying up to 48 passengers, Belmond Andean Explorer has been designed with all the sumptuous amenities guests expect from a luxury travel experience. With each cabin named after Peruvian flora and fauna, four configurations of private, en-suite sleeper cars, along with the observation, piano, spa and two dining cars, all offer passengers the best of the best. Each sleeper car, whether with double, twin or bunk beds, is a sanctuary uniquely designed as a spacious suite. Timber wall panels have been painted in parchment tones and joinery details renewed; linen-look wallcovering gives the ceilings a tailored look, and seating has been covered in fabric and leather. New, beautifully-designed neutral carpet has been introduced and lighting and plug-in points have been fully modernised. In the double-bed configuration, a full-height tufted leather headboard exudes a modern, confident style while two blue lounge chairs are ideal for a private breakfast or quiet contemplation. In the twin and bunk cabins, the beds covert to sofas for daytime flexibility. Muza considered every last detail to make each sleeper car special and unique, from the flower vases to the timeless brass room keys forged into the shape of the Chakana Cross, one of the most enduring shamanic symbols of Incan civilisation and the train’s official crest. Vibrant tapestries cover a pouf in each sleeping car, while baby alpaca accent blankets keep guests warm in chilly altitudes.
TOP: The sleeper cabins’ beds convert into sofas for flexible use during the day.
MIDDLE: Sleeper cabin keys have been designed to include a brass Chakana Cross.
BOTTOM: Locally-sourced Peruvian textiles create a sense of authenticity.
The Observation Car Passengers are offered an up-close immersion in the vibrant landscape from the outdoor deck of the Observation Car, named Ichu after the tall grasses dotted across the plains. Either leaning against the scrolled balcony rails or relaxing in the round seat covered in fabrics from traditional dresses sourced by Muza at a Cusco market, guests can enjoy nearly 360-degree views. The sensory thrill of the brisk wind rushing by as the train climbs 4,900 metres into the clouds makes for an unforgettable experience. Inside, guests can enjoy a tipple from the bar and unwind on cosy sofas to soak up the view. Decorative cushions upholstered in assorted tapestry patterns woven in different regions of Peru are offset by the deep teal colour of ceramic table lamps. Embossed leather chairs with nail heads affixed to chunky timber frames inject the spirit of traditional craft and a casual, laid-back style. The Piano Bar Car The train’s “indoor” social hub, the elegant Piano Bar Car named after the herb Maca, offers a different, more formal ambience where guests gather ‘round the glossy black grand piano and the bar to trade stories about their Peruvian adventures. Here, a sophisticated palette of refined grey tweed on the sofas and lounge chairs comes to life with splashes of cornflower blue and golden yellow in the cushion fringe, lampshades and delicate paintings reminiscent of patterns seen in butterfly wings. Smartly detailed roman blinds complete the clean, streamlined look. Picaflor Spa With treatments devised especially for the Belmond Andean Explorer from local Peruvian herbs, the Picaflor Cars, named after the local hummingbird, are home to the spa’s three treatment tooms. “Our spa design encourages deep relaxation by tapping into the train journey’s dreamlike sense of suspended time,” Inge reveals. A soothing shade of white on the streamlined car panels helps create a moment of stillness as the colourful landscape whirs by, inspiring guests to internalise the beauty outside as the therapists work their magic. The design is both poetic and practical, with treatment beds securely affixed to the floor due to the train’s movements. Small, locally-made sunburst mirrors bring sparkle as passengers emerge refreshed and energised.
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TOP LEFT: The outdoor deck of the Observation Car at the rear of the train.
MIDDLE LEFT: The Piano Bar Car
“PASSENGERS ARE OFFERED AN UP-CLOSE IMMERSION IN THE VIBRANT LANDSCAPE FROM THE OUTDOOR DECK OF THE OBSERVATION CAR, NAMED ICHU AFTER THE TALL GRASSES DOTTED ACROSS THE PLAINS. EITHER LEANING AGAINST THE SCROLLED BALCONY RAILS OR RELAXING IN THE ROUND SEAT COVERED IN FABRICS FROM TRADITIONAL DRESSES SOURCED BY MUZA AT A CUSCO MARKET, GUESTS CAN ENJOY NEARLY 360-DEGREE VIEWS.” BOTTOM LEFT: Picaflor Spa.
THIS PICTURE: The Observation Car features its own bar.
“WE DESIGN SPACES THAT ENCOURAGE MOMENTS OF MAGIC TO COME TO LIFE. BY ELEVATING WHAT IS ALREADY AN INCREDIBLE, AWE-INSPIRING JOURNEY INTO A ONE-OF-A-KIND IMMERSION INTO PERU’S CULTURE, LANDSCAPE AND CRAFTS, PASSENGERS HAVE A NEW, CONTEMPORARY WAY TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF SLOW TRAVEL AND CREATE MEMORIES THEY WILL CHERISH FOREVER.” INGE MOORE, MUZA LAB
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THIS PICTURE: An elegant dining car.
The Dining Cars The Llama, an animal central to the Incan way of life, and Muña, a native mint-like herb, inspired the titles of the two Dining Cars. The atmosphere transitions from the more casual feel of the breakfast service into a refined, fine-dining ambiance for the evening meal. Pale shades of taupe and cream enhance the cars’ open spaciousness, while divider screens between seating groups are refreshed with white macramé that replaced inset timber panels. Rich, cognac-toned leather chairs bring a substantial feel that is complemented by the fine leather trim added to the millwork. The Llama carriage also features a library for guests’ perusal as well as a boutique shop with original, handcrafted items from each destination. Andean artistry Muza curated a boutique collection encompassing a rich spectrum of Peruvian artistry, from bold, contemporary graphics to detailed, hand-drawn antique maps to creatively composed, heartfelt photos of Peruvians and regional animals. Individually-framed, these pieces are arranged in collages alongside butterfly and insect images selected to embrace the exquisite wildlife of the Andes. “For me, bringing to life Belmond Andean Explorer was one of my most memorable projects, a truly unique chance to design South America’s first luxury train in one of Earth’s most beautiful countries,” explains Inge. “We design spaces that encourage moments of magic to come to life. By elevating what is already an incredible, awe-inspiring journey into a one-ofa-kind immersion into Peru’s culture, landscape and crafts, passengers have a new, contemporary way to enjoy the beauty of slow travel and create memories they will cherish forever.”
TOP: The Belmond Andean Explorer winding through the Peruvian Andes.
About MUZA Lab MUZA Lab is the highly-specialised studio founded by Inge Moore and Nathan Hutchins to create exceptional, unparalleled interior designs inspired by their heartfelt passion for discovering the legends, culture, colour and crafts that make every location special. With a focus dedicated exclusively to one-of-a-kind luxury projects around the globe, the team infuses each concept with thoughtful consideration and deep creativity to create moving designs that evoke memorable magic.
BOTTOM: An example of the diverse array of Peruvian artwork curated by Muza Lab.
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DESIGNING FOR ‘GRAND’ MKV DESIGN COMPLETES TRANSFORMATION OF THE NEWLY DESIGNATED SHERATON GRAND LONDON PARK LANE. IMAGE CREDIT: > Sheraton Grand London Park Lane and Will Pryce
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SHERATON GRAND LONDON PARK LANE
THIS PICTURE: MKV Design reorganised the layout to create an open and welcoming reception lobby.
“PERIOD DETAILS FOUND IN THE HERITAGE PARTS HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO NEW FEATURES IN THE PALM COURT SUCH AS THE STRIKING CARPET MOTIF, JAPONAISERIE-STYLE WALLCOVERING AND POLISHED HERRINGBONE TRAVERTINE FLOOR. A BACKGROUND PALETTE OF WARM NEUTRAL TONES AND BURNISHED METALLIC FINISHES EXUDE A SOFT GLAMOUR, OFFSET BY PLUSH SEATING UPHOLSTERED IN RICH SHADES OF AUBERGINE AND TANGERINE VELVET.” 94
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THIS PICTURE: The Palm Court, full of Art Deco glamour and sophistication.
KV Design has completed a three-year, multi-million pound restoration and redesign of the Sheraton Park Lane, elevating its glamorous Art Deco heritage and combining this with sophisticated, yet inclusive, new interiors that reflect the lifestyles of guests 90 years on from the hotel’s original opening. The ground floor plan has been re-aligned, there are an entirely new street level bar and restaurant, heritage parts have been exquisitely restored and the guestroom floors have been entirely reconfigured and newly designed. The result is a hotel that has emerged from its recent anonymity to become a Sheraton Grand, a brand distinguished around the world for its interior design, impressive amenities and highest standards of service. The Palm Court Central to the design achievement in the ground floor areas, was a thoughtful re-planning to make better sense of the spaces, help guests find their way and create connection between the main entrance to the “rear” of the building and the elevation for which the hotel is best known, on Piccadilly looking towards Green Park. The Palm Court sits at the heart of the revised plan, both literally and emotionally. It has become a space full of Art Deco glamour while also representing the next chapter of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, a unique symphony of original and completely new features. It has also become the place from which all the other public spaces gravitate and an enticing jewel that can be glimpsed immediately on arrival in the main reception.
The Palm Court now flows through a sequence of subtly zoned areas from the champagne and cocktail bar to a long sharing table equipped with connectivity and a collection of lounge chairs with side tables that can be flexibly arranged. The main lounge is the next space in the enfilade and then a snug area around a new glass fireplace. The fireplace is located where previously there was the entrance door. By replacing this and introducing two new doorways on each side, the designers have introduced two avenues along the edge of the Palm Court rather than the one which previously sliced through the room. In between, the lounge is now raised and surrounded by an elegant Art Deco style balustrade giving patrons a sense of discreet separation from the trail of guests arriving through the Piccadilly entrance to make their way to reception on the other side of the room. The impressive vaulted ceiling with original stained glass panels and mouldings has been restored and enhanced by the addition of a mirrored surround below; new lighting helps brighten and articulate the space. Period details found in the heritage parts have been translated into new features in the Palm Court such as the striking carpet motif, Japonaiserie-style wallcovering and polished herringbone travertine floor. A background palette of warm neutral tones and burnished metallic finishes exude a soft glamour, offset by plush seating upholstered in rich shades of aubergine and tangerine velvet. Beyond the Palm Court towards the Piccadilly entrance, a previously unloved area has been converted into a welcoming lobby which also benefits from the
TOP: The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane looks directly onto Green Park.
two-way fireplace and from where there are entrances to the Smith & Whistle bar and Mercante restaurant on each side. Other rooms open up from the Palm Court, including the Tudor Rose room where Queen Elizabeth learned to ballroom dance as a young girl and the Oak Room with its listed ceiling. Mercante Mercante brings modern Italian dining to London’s Piccadilly with interiors that beautifully combine originality with the familial, elegance with informality, and the air of an authentic trattoria with the rediscovered stylishness of the refurbished Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. MKV Design has created the new restaurant from a previous ground floor dining room, as well as a function room, to the Piccadilly façade, extending these with an outdoor terrace. Thoughtful spatial planning has ensured an easy flow between the areas, from the original room with its lofty ceiling and exquisite timber mouldings, where hotel guests now take their breakfast, into the new area with its convivial ambience of an Italian farmhouse kitchen. An existing corridor between the two has been removed to become an enticing food display area that unifies the space, illuminated by an eye-catching wine bottle light sculpture designed by MKV in collaboration with C2C
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TOP: The welcoming lobby at the hotel’s Piccadilly entrance.
Gallery. The new plan also means that a direct link has been created to the hotel’s Smith & Whistle Bar on the opposite side of the hotel lobby. Taking their inspiration from the ‘market place’, to which the restaurant’s name alludes, the designers have introduced dark timber flooring and joinery combined with warm rustic tones in the furnishings off-set by fresh yellow and green hues throughout. In the original dining area, mouldings have been restored and the dark timber panelling to the walls has been painted in a simple cream tone, transforming the area into a light, uplifting space. The adjacent kitchen now benefits from an open egg station bringing action and further interest to the breakfast experience. The design of Mercante offers much to intrigue and entertain diners. In the new area, near to the Piccadilly entrance, a unique ceramic contrast tile has been used on the floor - a modern twist on a traditional Italian folk pattern. Here, vintage black and white framed photographs depicting bygone country life are playfully reminiscent of ‘grandma’s kitchen’ while an ancient trading map has been imaginatively transposed onto the white wall tiles. Striking black metal open shelving displays Italian culinary curiosities and a long buffet table, custom-designed by MKV, serves as the waiter station as well as food servery.
BOTTOM: Modern, informal Italian dining at Mercante restaurant.
Smith & Whistle Smith & Whistle is a story teller’s delight. Back in the inter-war years, a Detective Inspector Smith and his nemesis, the infamous scoundrel Mr William Whistle, partook in clandestine meetings at The Park Lane Hotel. Although on opposite sides of the law, they would trade information that might protect or profit the people of London while enjoying a few stiff bevvies in the process. The design narrative is born. Colours are clubby and masculine, copper pipe friezes at each end add a light industrial air and the bar, while beautifully crafted with layered timber pieces and a lacquered top, has echoes of bars in traditional public houses. A striking black and white timber floor is laid Art Deco fashion and the space is wittily accessorised with bowler hats and gentlemen’s umbrellas; cocktails and snacks are intriguingly themed. Together, Mercante and Smith & Whistle represent a compelling food & beverage offering on Piccadilly. With their street entrances and attractive outdoor terraces as well as welcoming, lively interiors, they are as inclusive to passers-by as to hotel guests.
“A DEDICATED RECEPTION AREA IS CLAD IN RICH DARK MACASSAR EBONY, CORIAN PANELS IN A BAS RELIEF PATTERN ADD A DECORATIVE TOUCH WHILE UNOBTRUSIVELY DISGUISING SERVICE LIFT DOORS AND A SERIES OF SPLENDID ORIGINAL ART DECO MOULDINGS HAVE BEEN REFRESHED IN A SUBDUED SHADE OF WHITE, AGAINST WHICH THE GRAPHIC ART DECO-INSPIRED CARPET DESIGN PROVIDES DELIGHTFUL CONTRAST. ”
The Club Lounge Conceived with today’s business traveller in mind, the Club Lounge conveys a finely tuned blend of formality and relaxation. It is an entirely new facility created within an area near reception that was previously redundant. Its design subtly draws on several of the Art Deco patterns to be found in the heritage Silver Gallery and Ballroom below; at the same time, it is replete with the latest technology and comforts to accommodate the needs of Club guests. A dedicated reception area is clad in rich dark Macassar ebony, Corian panels in a bas relief pattern add a decorative touch while unobtrusively disguising service lift doors and a series of splendid original Art Deco mouldings have been refreshed in a subdued shade of white, against which the graphic Art Decoinspired carpet design provides delightful contrast. The central area is an open, social space furnished with small tables, armchairs and sofas in warm neutral colours with burgundy accents. Restored wall lights have been mounted on slender mirrors set between vertical mouldings along each side of the room in an elegant rhythm. Cosy alcoves clad in rosewood timber and mirror and lined with book shelves offer intimate spaces for quiet conversation. A doorway at the far end leads to a compact modern kitchen and bar equipped for preparing breakfast and light refreshments throughout the day. Beyond this, there is a boardroom for formal meetings.
MIDDLE: Smith & Whistle Bar.
BOTTOM: The Club Lounge.
“FINISHES ARE OF THE FINEST QUALITY, WITH GRADE 1 EUROPEAN OAK PARQUET FLOORING AND LUXURIOUS HAND-TUFTED RUGS UNDERFOOT AND A CHINOISERIE-STYLE WALLPAPER IN THE DINING AREA. THE GRAND SUITE CAN BE OPENED UP TO ADJOINING ROOMS TO BECOME A THREE-BEDROOM, SELF-CONTAINED RETREAT.”
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TOP: The sophisticated living room of The Grand Suite.
BOTTOM LEFT: Guestroom at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.
Reception Entered from the main drop-off point on Brick Street, the reception lobby has been completely redesigned to create an open and welcoming arrival for guests, with a new layout that streamlines the space and increases flow from one area to another. The reception desks have been repositioned to look outwards to the street, while new glazed entrance doors and the de-cluttering of space around the full-length windows have greatly improved ingress of natural daylight and sense of connection with the Mayfair street outside. Materials and individual design elements refer to the inheritance of the hotel, from the polished Travertine floor laid in a herringbone pattern to the glossy Macassar ebony veneer cladding the walls and the magnificent silver fretwork to the large central ceiling light. However, the reception lobby is also a modern, polished and international space with a comfortable lounge and a media wall clad in lacquered veneer which incorporates a pop-out desk with computer for guests’ use. Ballroom, Silver Gallery and Function Areas The Grade ll listed ballroom is one of London’s finest examples of Art Deco design and a celebrity in its own right, regularly featuring in Hollywood movies and TV costume dramas. An exceptionally glamorous and elegant space, it retains many original features of the period including ornate coving and chandeliers. All existing details have been restored to their former
BOTTOM RIGHT: The Grand Suite features an impressive, Art Deco-style marble bathroom.
glory and paintwork and wall finishes refreshed, but other interventions have been kept to the minimum. One significant new feature throughout the function areas is the carpet, in a bespoke design that was created by MKV in collaboration with Brintons and draws on the colours and motifs of the Art Deco period. The decorative features that give the Silver Gallery its name have been revitalised bringing heightened star quality to this impressive hall and entrance from Piccadilly. Walls have been hand-finished with palladium leaf to complement the warm metallic tones of the striking ornamental artwork, while elaborate balustrading on the grand staircase has been polished to a glorious paginated sheen. Bedrooms The 303 guestrooms have been completely stripped back and redesigned in order to create a modern luxury hotel experience. The schemes are discreetly glamorous with art deco touches and the palette of materials is sophisticated and in warm neutral tones. There are polished silver finishes on the furniture, bevelled mirror panels above the bedheads and deco-inspired wall lights. Over the bed a silvered ceiling cupola with integrated lighting captures the same warm tones of the Ballroom and Silver Gallery. Guestroom bathrooms have generous showers and are finished in classic black and white tiling. Bathroom fittings and lights also subtly refer to the building’s Art Deco history.
TOP: The Grand Suite bedroom.
Suites The 21 suites have been reconfigured to make best use of the internal space and take full advantage of views over Green Park. Many now have the option of opening up into adjoining suites to accommodate large family groups. The Grand Suite is a statement in luxury, comprised of entrance lobby, master bedroom and bathroom, living and dining areas, study and guest WC. The door opens to a generous lobby space from where guests can access any area within the suite. Rooms are interconnected with double-width, sliding pocket doors enabling the entire suite to be opened into a single space. The main bathroom is an exceptional example of art deco design, with astonishing original marble finishes to the floor and a large restored bathtub. Furnishings are stylish and modern yet also make a restrained reference to the building’s heritage, for example in the proportions and curved forms of the living area furniture, the polished Macassar ebony cabinetry, decorative light fittings and carpet designs. Finishes are of the finest quality, with Grade 1 European oak parquet flooring and luxurious hand-tufted rugs underfoot and a Chinoiserie-style wallpaper in the dining area. The Grand Suite can be opened up to adjoining rooms to become a threebedroom, self-contained retreat. Guestroom corridors have also undergone a complete refurbishment and now have new carpet in a bold geometric pattern, refreshed paintwork, new decorative ceiling pendants and new door signage in an elegant 1920s typeface. Artwork displayed along the corridors consists of photographic images taken around the neighbourhood during the 1920-30s. “It was a privilege to be entrusted with this first full refurbishment of the Sheraton Park lane for many years,” says Maria Vafiadis, managing director of MKV Design. “We were very conscious of the hotel’s exceptional legacy and it was a joy to extract this, translating Art Deco essence into the newly created areas. Our ambition is always to create a great guest experience and we do this by combining modernity and heritage in a considered way that is unique in each project.”
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HONOURING A DAME LAUSANNE’S HOTEL ROYAL SAVOY OFFICIALLY RE-OPENS WITH INTERIORS BY MKV DESIGN. IMAGE CREDIT: > Robert Miller
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HÔTEL ROYAL SAVOY LAUSANNE
THIS PICTURE: The South facing facade of the heritage building of Hôtel Royal Savoy.
“FURNITURE IS DESIGNED WITH BELLE ÉPOQUE FLOURISH AND FURNISHINGS ARE PLUSH, IN A SOPHISTICATED COLOUR PALETTE OF WARM NEUTRAL TONES AND AZURE BLUE ACCENTS; A MAGNIFICENT MODERN GLASS CHANDELIER AND ILLUMINATED CEILING COFFERS LINED WITH GOLD LEAF WALLPAPER ADD FURTHER DRAMA.”
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THIS PICTURE: The double-height lobby lounge.
fter years of shuttered decay and a sevenyear rebuilding programme, Lausanne’s grande dame hotel, the Royal Savoy, has officially re-opened. Located in a beautiful private garden with set-piece views over the city to Lake Geneva, the original Art Nouveau building has been restored and sensitively modernised with architectural interventions revealing themselves as guests move through the building towards the glazed extension at the rear. From here, an entirely new building that has virtually doubled the footprint of the hotel becomes apparent, connected to the old building by a discreet, fully glazed walkway. The original building retains some of its early features, it is decoratively dressed and a little quirky in places; by contrast, the new building is sleek, streamlined and cleanly planned. Yet the two are clearly close kin, an elegant parent and a sophisticated off-spring. The Original Building – a grand chateau reinvented The existing property has six floors plus the ground floor, a lower ground level and, soon to be completed, a huge rooftop bar. Once a refuge for exiled royals and aristocrats, as well as a playground for rock stars and other celebrities, the hotel now impresses in its re-rendering of a gracious retreat for contemporary lifestyles. On arrival, the newly infilled porch at the front of the hotel, with its vaulted ceiling and inlaid mosaic to the floor, sets the tone. A large concierge desk takes pride of place positioned in front of an opaque decorative glass screen which serves to obscure the lounge behind. The lounge is the heart of the ‘chateau’, a grand double-height space revived as a showpiece, glamorous but in a pared-back vernacular that we prefer today. New plaster mouldings, in a style similar to the original, have been introduced while elegant hand stencilling replicates the simplest of the earlier decoration to the walls. Among the remaining original features are finely-detailed stained glass windows overlooking the lounge, now joined by a fascinating display of historic local art and antiques from the owner’s personal collection and a centuries-old tapestry which embellishes a corridor wall leading to the lounge. Furniture is designed with Belle Époque flourish and furnishings are plush, in a sophisticated colour
palette of warm neutral tones and azure blue accents; a magnificent modern glass chandelier and illuminated ceiling coffers lined with gold leaf wallpaper add further drama. There is new herringbone oak timber flooring, as was previously used extensively throughout the hotel; on colder days, a new stone fireplace warms the space. Another custom-designed glass screen, this one translucent, curvaceous and overlaid with a bronze Art Nouveau fretwork stands at the far end of the lounge. A signature of so much of MKV’s work is the company’s thoughtful space planning which achieves a natural flow through rooms and entire buildings. Hotel Royal Savoy is no exception. Directly on from the lounge is the bar, initially obscured from view in the lounge by the screen but then revealing itself as an impressive light-filled space. This is thanks to an imposing new double-height ‘glass box’ conservatory that has replaced an aging glass rotunda, which looks out on, and opens up to, the freshly landscaped terraces and garden. To one side, a new cigar lounge spans the length of the glazed wall. With dark wood panelling, inviting fireplace and sumptuous armchairs the lounge is a quiet
TOP: The freshly landscaped terraces and gardens offer al fresco dining.
MIDDLE: The pool flows from inside Le Spa du Royal into the gardens.
“OUR AIM HAS BEEN TO REINSTATE THE AMBIENCE OF THE PREVIOUS ESTABLISHMENT WITHIN A CONTEMPORARY HOTEL IN A WAY THAT IS RELEVANT AND EXCITING FOR GUESTS TODAY AND WHICH WILL ENABLE OUR CLIENT TO UNLOCK ALL SORTS OF POTENTIAL FROM BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW BUILDINGS.” MARIA VAFIADIS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MKV DESIGN
and deeply comfortable spot to enjoy a postprandial cigar. Modern abstract artwork by a local artist and collections of books provide pleasant diversion. Restaurant Brasserie du Royal, under the guidance of Michelin-starred signature chef, Marc Haeberlin, and executive chef, Julien Kraus, is an elegant, light-filled dining space. It compromises four interconnected rooms, providing quite different settings, both formal and informal, and allowing management to easily close off a room at quieter times of day. Old and new effortlessly merge. A modern open kitchen, for example, is juxtaposed with classic furniture detailed with a Swiss-embroidered motif and, while decorative lighting is contemporary and glamorous, an historical wall mural depicting a rural idyll has been relocated from the entrance lobby to provide a hand crafted ornamental feature in the central room. Demonstrating inventive reuse of space, a disused corridor alongside the restaurant has been transformed into a ‘Corridor of Senses’ – a promenade into the restaurant, lined with chill cabinets displaying regional wines, cheeses and cold cuts and with the names of the local vineyards spelt out in the delightful mosaic floor. Ballrooms & meeting rooms Hotel Royal Savoy now offers numerous function and meeting room options but such is the skilful planning and the integration of old and new parts, that the building quietly absorbs these spaces, never allowing them to overwhelm the dining and guest areas. The interior décor of the existing ground floor function and pre-function spaces combines cream and royal blue tones the plush appliqué curtains, complemented with decorative glass chandeliers and a contemporary graphic carpet design. The lower ground floor meeting rooms have a distinctive ceiling feature formed from recessed shards of illuminated alabaster. The new lower ground ballroom is now the largest function space. It can be divided into three rooms and opens onto a terrace with steps up to the garden.
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TOP: The contemporary and comfortable cigar lounge enjoys a private terrace.
BOTTOM: Heritage building guestroom balconies with original early 20 th century facades .
Guestrooms in the Original Building The 101 bedrooms in the historic building have been completely refurbished and updated. As befits the venerable old property, room shapes and sizes vary with bathrooms, bedrooms and dressing areas built out to tuck into the building forms. The new interiors are refined, with subtle tones of French grey and dark oak, a modern Nouveau style rug on herringbone oak flooring, and classic furnishings by renowned manufacturers. Photographs of the Royal Savoy as she once was add and intriguing insight the hotel’s past. Most bathrooms include both a walk-in shower and bathtub. Walls are clad in Perlino Bianco marble, and the floor, vanity and bath surround in anthracite stone while the shower floor is finished in hammered and brushed black granite. Guestroom corridors are enhanced with large black and white photographs of moments from sporting history referring to Lausanne’s inheritance as the location for the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters. Many of the historic guestrooms offer charming balconies within the highly decorated eaves of the early 20 th Century façade.
TOP: The original building’s guestrooms now feature refined new interiors.
BOTTOM: The luxurious bathroom in the three-bedroom rooftop penthouse.
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TOP: The roof terrace and wrap-around glazing of the penthouse offers panoramic views of the city and the original Hôtel Royal Savoy building.
BOTTOM LEFT: Geometric lanterns guide visitors through Le Spa du Royal’s corridors covered in strips of marble and timber panelling.
“THE SPA IS A RESOLUTELY MODERN FEATURE OF THE HOTEL, WITH DARK AND SILVERY TONED FINISHES INCLUDING NERO ASSOLUTO MARBLE FLOORING, IROKO AND OAK TIMBER AND MOSAIC TILES, SOFTENED BY COPIOUS SHEAR CURTAINING.”
THE NEW BUILDING Guestrooms + Suites The 96 bedrooms in the six-storeyed new building are more contemporary in style than their older cousins, while sharing most of the key elements with the original rooms. Bathrooms are finished with Crema Marfil walls, honed anthracite flooring, polished anthracite vanity tops and bath surrounds and Nero Assoluto on the shower floor. Many of the guestrooms benefit from generously-sized terraces looking onto the historic trees which grace the garden. Imposing grey leather padded bed heads, dark timber cabinetry with cream leather padded doors and a mirrored bathroom wall which reflects the treetop views through the fully glazed wall to the terrace combine to create an exclusive experience. A three-bedroom rooftop penthouse delights in wrap-around glazing and a roof terrace offering panoramic views of the city and lake in one direction and the historic hotel in the other. The apartment includes a gym and a spa room with a whirlpool sauna and two-person massage treatment area. Its master bedroom feels especially opulent with an outdoor whirlpool on the terrace.
BOTTOM RIGHT: ’Corridor of Senses’ leading to Brasserie du Royal.
TOP: Diversely textured flamed Nero Assoluto marble lines the floor. while sheer, water-resistant curtaining creates subtle zones in the spa.
A destination Spa Housed in the lower ground level of the new wing and opening up to an outdoor sunken terrace and garden, Le Spa du Royal provides an urban wellness oasis that is unique in Lausanne and is open to both local people and hotel guests. The 1500m2 space includes a beautiful swimming pool which flows from indoors into the gardens, eight treatment rooms, vitality pools, hammam, sauna and steam rooms, a “Ladies only” spa, two relaxation rooms, a hair studio and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The spa is a resolutely modern feature of the hotel, with dark and silvery toned finishes including Nero Assoluto marble flooring, iroko and oak timber and mosaic tiles, softened by copious shear curtaining. Summing up the achievement, Maria Vafiadis, managing director of MKV Design says: “We took our cues from the old building and honoured its history in our design thinking but we have, in so many respects, created a new hotel. Our aim has been to reinstate the ambience of the previous establishment within a contemporary hotel in a way that is relevant and exciting for guests today and which will enable our client to unlock all sorts of potential from both the old and the new buildings.”
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RESTORING A LEGEND MKV DESIGN REVITALISES BÜRGENSTOCK RESORT. IMAGE CREDIT: > Robert Miller
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THIS PICTURE: The Palace Hotel and Conferences’ ground floor public areas faithfully interpret their original design, whilst function areas and guestrooms are contemporary.
ne of Switzerland’s most legendary destinations, the Bürgenstock Resort, has reopened with MKV Design as a principal designer of this nine-year, multimillion-franc project. The studio was responsible for several highlights within the resort: • The Bürgenstock Hotel: architectural masterplanning and interior design • The Palaand Conferences: Interior Designce Hotel • The Palace Hotel: interior design • The Bürgenstock Alpine Spa: interior design • Grand Residence Suites: interior design • Sharq Oriental Restaurant and Shisha Lounge: interior design Chief amongst the considerable design challenges was restoring prestige to a resort that had been a legend since 1873, which had a fine pioneering heritage - Switzerland’s first electric railway, Europe’s highest outdoor elevator - and which had been synonymous with glamour and celebrity. It was here that, in the mid-20th Century, Audrey Hepburn was married, Charlie Chaplin regularly stayed, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti made their home and the Goldfinger film crew, including Sean Connery, lodged whilst shooting in the region. A plush sofa and wingback chair beckon guests to snuggle under a blanket with a book or soak up the breathtaking thrill of the Frankfurt skyline through full-height glazing. Flooded with natural light, the
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TOP: The Palace Hotel and Conferences overlooks Lake Lucerne.
suite is an ideal nook for working from window seats stretching the width of the rooms. However, as the 20 th Century grew to a close, the resort was losing its’ way. A lack of a renewed master vision, as well as investment, meant Bürgenstock could no longer live up to the expectations of guests who were increasingly well-travelled and familiar with the new luxury offerings of other resort destinations. Bürgenstock was in need of reinvention, one that was both visionary and in keeping with the 130-yearold narrative of the very large, 140-acre resort. Ten years ago, under new ownership, the plan was formed to renovate or, in some cases, demolish the existing buildings, to introduce new world-class elements and to upgrade all infrastructure. MKV was tasked with providing a guest experience that was specific to each part it was designing, buildings which nevertheless would “click” together to create a homogenous destination. Above all, the work was to reaffirm and celebrate what is unique about the Bürgenstock experience, adding new layers to this and thus ensuring longevity well into the future. “For my team and myself, our project at the Bürgenstock Resort has been exciting, challenging and enriching. Each of the buildings we have designed or redesigned is completely individual in character and offers a unique experience for guests and residents. However, as a collection, they represent one of the most visionary developments we have ever had the privilege to work on.” Maria Vafiadis, Founder, MKV Design.
“GREAT CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO CREATE COMFORTABLE SEATING AREAS WITH RUGS AND DEEP ARMCHAIRS TO SINK INTO, THERE ARE FIREPLACES TO GATHER AROUND AND THE COLOUR PALETTE IS REASSURINGLY EARTHY. THE DIZZYING MAJESTY OUTSIDE IS COUNTERBALANCED BY A SENSE OF ROOTEDNESS INSIDE.”
BÜRGENSTOCK HOTEL Public Areas The new Bürgenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa sits at the heart of the resort. It is where guests arrive via the legendary, and now renovated, electric railway and have their first unforgettable view of the panorama from the resort before proceeding to the piazza. The experience of the Bürgenstock Hotel is that of being in a helicopter or a bird in flight hovering above the sheer drop of the Bürgenberg Mountain into the valley and down to Lake Lucerne. An astonishing, modernist construct with over six-metres-high, fullyglazed walls that overlook the mountains and valley from the public areas, every aspect of scale, height and axis of views was considered by the designers when planning the massing, the shape of the building and its internal layouts. The scenery is everything and the interior design is deliberately held in check to allow the natural world to be the star. There is little to no artwork. After all, who needs artwork when nature is so completely engaging? Materials are natural, textural and local – stone from the mountains, for example - achieving a sense of uninterrupted transition from the view outside to indoors. Breathtaking views notwithstanding, the experience of the public areas is cosy. Great care has been taken to create comfortable seating areas with rugs and deep armchairs to sink into, there are fireplaces to gather around and the colour palette is reassuringly earthy. The dizzying majesty outside is counterbalanced by a sense of rootedness inside. The reception lobby inside the Bürgenstock Hotel is shared by The Palace Hotel and features desk pods constructed of curved sawn timber and surrounded by beautiful tactile bronze panelled walls. In the centre of the space is a round fireplace surrounded by an eclectic mix of seating. From here, guests can be directed to The Palace Hotel, which is linked by a “museum corridor” displaying the fascinating history of the resort.
TOP RIGHT: The Bürgenstock Hotel is an astonishing, modernist construct with fully-glazed walls over six-metreshigh that overlook the mountains and valley.
MIDDLE: The quiet beauty of the warm and natural materials in the Bürgenstock Hotel’s bedrooms complements the stunning views.
BOTTOM: The spatial flow of the Bürgenstock Hotel’s bedrooms leads to integrated window seats where guests can “touch” the majesty of nature.
Other key public areas in the Bürgenstock Hotel include: • Spices – a dedicated Asian restaurant situated on the Plaza level with virtually cliff-edge views of the lake. It is modern in design with Asian accents, a show kitchen with dark red, back-painted glass and extensive wine and accessory displays. • Cigar lounge – situated next to the main lobby, the cigar lounge follows the lobby in its style of furnishings and colour scheme. • Cinema – the intimate and deeply comfortable cinema has capacity for 16 people and its own dedicated bar. • Wine cellar with a wine tasting lounge Guestrooms All the hotel’s 102 bedrooms direct guests toward the view from the moment the door opens, with a
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TOP: Guests can soak in wonder in the Bürgenstock Hotel’s luxurious double-sized tubs.
perfect flow of spaces from arrival through lounge areas to bedroom and then onto the huge window with an integrated seat - a space to sit and “touch” the majesty of nature. Materials are warm and natural, including bronze, timber and stone; they are quietly beautiful, intended to match the stunning view, not to fight it. Floors are of dark walnut parquet, contemporary oak cabinetry is crafted with the finest Swiss attention to detail, there is a large walk-in closet and all the rooms are equipped with top-end technology including Bose sound systems. The bathrooms offer a similar flow towards the window where, in the luxury of a double-size tub, guests can soak in wonder. They feature an exquisite, deeply veined marble wall and an oversized rain shower, while between the bedroom and bathroom, shimmering sliding doors composed of bronze mesh encased in glass add discrete glamour.
BOTTOM: The Bürgenstock Hotel’s bathrooms enjoy an exquisite, deeply-veined marble wall, an oversized rain shower and sliding bronze mesh doors.
“THE LOUNGE HAS BEEN SENSITIVELY RESTORED TO REPLICATE THE ORIGINAL SPACE WITH ITS FAMOUS PINK MARBLE EFFECT COLUMNS. THE NEW FURNITURE HAS BEEN CUSTOM-DESIGNED AND IS COMPLEMENTED BY ANTIQUE PIECES AND ORIGINAL PAINTINGS FROM THE HOTEL’S VAST COLLECTION.”
THE PALACE HOTEL AND CONFERENCES The Palace Hotel has been reinvented as a synthesis of grand fin-de-siècle architecture and state-of-theart interior design. It opened originally in 1903, and is a magnificent example of classical architecture. Naturally, The Palace Hotel was refurbished several times through the course of the last century but, by the 21st Century, it was in need of complete renovation. While working in line with all the principles of historic preservation, MKV Design has essentially created a new hotel. The ground floor public areas have been recreated as faithful interpretation of the original, while the function areas and guestroom levels above are contemporary in style. Palace Lobby Lounge The Palace Lobby Lounge has been sensitively restored to replicate the original space with its famous pink marble effect columns. The new furniture has been custom-designed and is complemented by antique pieces and original paintings from the hotel’s vast collection. The colour palette has been returned to its original greens and gold. RitzCoffier Restaurant RitzCoffier is an homage to legendary haute-cuisine chef Georges Auguste Escoffier, who was at the helm of the resort’s earlier, much acclaimed Escoffier restaurant, as well as famed Swiss hotelier César Ritz. The restaurant abounds in restored memorabilia from the past – not least some 1,000+ vintage copper pots collected from across the Bürgenstock resort which have been brought back to splendid decorative effect. An original cooking range has been repurposed as the buffet counter and reclaimed elements, such as an antique hearth and imposing original timber doors, add historic gravitas to this new fine dining destination.
TOP RIGHT: The Palace Hotel and Conferences has been reinvented as a synthesis of grand fin-de-siècle architecture and state-of-the-art interior design.
MIDDLE: The sensitively-restored Palace Lobby Lounge replicates the original and is complemented by antiques and original paintings from the hotel’s vast collection.
BOTTOM: RitzCoffier honours the legendary Georges Auguste Escoffier, once chef at the resort’s acclaimed Escoffier restaurant, and Swiss hotelier César Ritz.
Function Areas The Salle Palace (the pre-function area) is adjacent to the lounge and provides a traditional interior for more formal events. By contrast, the 2,200 sq metre Conference Centre is modern in style. It includes the Lakeview Ballroom with its intricately carved timber cladding depicting a traditional Swiss mountain scene and wonderfully unique chandeliers that have been created using existing cut glass pieces from chandeliers that were once installed in the original resort. Guestrooms The Palace Hotel offers 108 superior rooms and suites. Designed to be comfortable and homey, the rooms have been created with built-in casegoods in natural oak, worn leather armchairs adorned with felt wool cushions and faux fur throws.
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TOP: The Palace Hotel’s bedrooms and suites were designed to feel comfortable and homey.
BOTTOM: RitzCoffier abounds in restored memorabilia, including 1,000+ vintage copper pots collected from across Bürgenstock Resort.
“DESIGNED TO BE COMFORTABLE AND HOMEY, THE ROOMS HAVE BEEN CREATED WITH BUILT-IN CASEGOODS IN NATURAL OAK, WORN LEATHER ARMCHAIRS ADORNED WITH FELT WOOL CUSHIONS AND FAUX FUR THROWS.”
GRAND RESIDENCE SUITES As the name suggests, the Grand Residence Suites epitomise the luxury of the Swiss grand hotel tradition transposed into residential living. Sited on the location of the former Grand Hotel, the suites are in fact entirely new behind the impressive 19 th Century façade. The 27 residences and two penthouses vary in size and design tone, from the loft-style, one-bedroom maisonette to the more formal and richly embellished penthouses on the top floors. That aside, however, they all share in exceptionally luxurious features, from finest silk fabrics, works of art by international artists and fine saddle leather to floors of smoked oak and beautifully veined marbles.
TOP: The Grand Residence Suites retain the impressive 19 th century façade of the former Grand Hotel but inside are entirely new.
BOTTOM: The Grand Residence Suites transpose the luxury of the Swiss grand hotel tradition into elegant residential living.
BÜRGENSTOCK ALPINE SPA Taking the heritage of spa at Bürgenstock to a new level, the design for the unprecedented 10,000 sq metre Alpine Spa is simply stunning. Built partly on the site of the previous spa, which was introduced in the mid-1970s, and extended by blasting a tunnel through the mountain which now emerges into a cantilevered glass box, the spa is perched on the side of mountain, 450 metres above Lake Lucerne. It is linked to the fourth floor of the Bürgenstock Hotel and extends across three levels. The wellness areas indoors wrap around the fully glazed walls providing the ultimate in rejuvenating views from the pool, L-shaped relaxation room, numerous specialist treatment rooms and sauna. On the landside, there is a state-of-the-art gym, hair salon and changing rooms, and in between, the spa restaurant connects the two wings and opens onto an outdoor terrace. There are also three pools; one inside and, outside, the Hollywood Pool as well as the spectacular InfinityEdge Pool with water maintained at 36 degrees. Guests may also enjoy a private spa terrace. The tunnel created a challenge for the designers: how to elevate a walk through a mountain into part of the spa journey for guests making their way from
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TOP: Indoor wellness areas wrap around the fully-glazed walls providing the ultimate in rejuvenating views from the numerous specialist treatment rooms.
reception to the lift lobby? The solution was to take the idea of a museum walk which links The Palace Hotel and the Bürgenstock Hotel and create a second museum walk through the mountain corridor of the spa. There is a magnificent reception desk carved out of a single piece of white Arabescato marble; smoked oak finishes and local stone abound. The spa restaurant remains in its previous location and is more traditional in style than the rest of the spa, in keeping with the earlier design. Swiss-style fabrics, worn leather upholstery and original furnishings complement the look with a touch of nostalgia and fond memories of the original spa. “Our inspiration for the spa was the magnificence and sheer power of Bürgenstock’s natural terrace,” explains Maria. “Our spa takes guests on a journey into ‘mountain hideaways’, except ours has been tamed and the journey translates into one of pampering and sensual discovery. Every step of the journey, from the entrance procession through the ethereal glowing rock face walls of the tunnel, to the breathtaking view of the pool and zen-like experience of the relaxation areas, celebrates the wonder of nature and the wellbeing of both body and soul.”
BOTTOM: The Alpine Spa enjoys one inside pool and, outside, the Hollywood Pool and Infinity-Edge Pool plus a private spa terrace.
“OUR SPA TAKES GUESTS ON A JOURNEY INTO ‘MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAYS’, EXCEPT OURS HAS BEEN TAMED AND THE JOURNEY TRANSLATES INTO ONE OF PAMPERING AND SENSUAL DISCOVERY.” MARIA VAFIADIS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MKV DESIGN
About MKV Design MKV Design is an internationally admired, awardwinning interior architecture and design practice specialising in the hospitality sector. The company is recognised for its authentic design which celebrates the location of each project, bringing this into the interiors in a considered manner. Skilful space planning, use of the finest new and traditional materials, layers of texture, original pieces by artisans and artists and the skilful integration of the latest technology are all signatures of an MKV project. The design team relishes opportunities to refine the spirit of luxury, creating unforgettable destinations, outstanding hotels and dream homes where each space makes perfect sense yet goes beyond the expected. MKV Design was founded in London by Maria Katsarou-Vafiadis in 2000. Today, she and her team work with a wide range of clients - property developers, private owners and hotel operators – who share their commitment to excellence and their pursuit of the extraordinary.
TOP LEFT & RIGHT: The resort’s previous, mid-1970s spa was extended by blasting a tunnel through the mountain that emerges into a cantilevered glass box.
BOTTOM: The Alpine Spa’s magnificent reception desk is carved from a single piece of white Arabescato marble.
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LOU by Toan Nguyen DEDON
goods | lasvit
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AN XMAS GLASS ACT INSPIRED BY THE RECENTLY-UNVEILED OTTO GLASSWARE AND CIPHER LIGHT COLLECTIONS BY YABU PUSHELBERG AND LASVIT, THE CUSTOM-MADE CHRISTMAS TREE INSTALLATION AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE UPPER HOUSE IS THE VERY EMBODIMENT OF CREATIVE CACHET AND CONSIDERABLE CRAFTSMANSHIP.
THIS PICTURE: Emblematic of the spirit of the season, The Upper House attraction embraces an uber-modern approach to the classic Christmas tree.
“IT’S AN ABSOLUTE HONOUR TO COLLABORATE WITH TWO ICONIC NAMES IN THE DESIGN WORLD. THE DUO BEHIND YABU PUSHELBERG HAVE BEEN GREAT FRIENDS OF OUR HOUSE FOR MANY YEARS, AND TO HAVE THEIR CONCEPT TRANSFORMED INTO A BREATHTAKING WORK OF ART BY THE CRAFTSMEN OF LASVIT IS SIMPLY INCREDIBLE.” MARCEL THOMA, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE UPPER HOUSE
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THIS PICTURE: This glass art and lighting installation is a cutting-edge convergence of heritage techniques, dramatic textures and contemporary forms.
his festive season, The Upper House launches its much anticipated collaboration with worldrenowned design firm, Yabu Pushelberg, and innovative glass manufacturer, LASVIT. Blending their creative prowess and commitment to quality craftsmanship, they present a stunning design and light experience with the creation of a bespoke Christmas tree, due to be unveiled on 21 November 2017 at the hotel’s entrance. Complementing the collaboration, guests can indulge in incredible stay experiences with exclusive shopping benefits, in-room treatments and House credit until 28 February 2018. THE UPPER HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE Now in its second year, The Upper House Christmas tree will take centre stage as it captures the spirit of the season. Based on the Otto glassware and Cipher light collections launched earlier in the year between Yabu Pushelberg and LASVIT, the design represents a balance between heritage techniques, dramatic textures and contemporary forms. A warm and illuminated entrance will receive guests before they commence their upward journey through the House. “It’s an absolute honour to collaborate with two iconic names in the design world. The duo behind Yabu Pushelberg have been great friends of our House for many years, and to have their concept transformed into a breathtaking work of art by the craftsmen of LASVIT is simply incredible,” said Marcel Thoma, General Manager of The Upper House. “We
TOP: Light glows within the slender cylindrical bulbs, which are hand-blown and hand-etched with clean-cut vertical lines, to create luminescent silhouettes.
are thrilled to have the creation displayed at our House for all guests to admire”. In the spirit of giving, the one-of-a-kind piece will be auctioned off by The Upper House to raise money for charity, with all proceeds going to local organisation The Society for AIDS Care. For more details and to participate in the auction, bidders may visit www.upperhouse.com. To kick-off the festivities, The Upper House will host an Up Close with Yabu Pushelberg on 21 November 2017, moderated by Suzy Annetta, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Design Anthology magazine, followed by the Christmas tree unveiling and cocktails on The Lawn (by invitation only). FESTIVE SHOWCASE Beautifully presented by Hong Kong’s leading home living and lifestyle store, colourliving, a showcase on Level 6 of the hotel will feature a selection of stemware from the Otto collection and lighting from the Cipher collection. The Upper House guests who book the Season of Illumination room package will receive a 20% discount on purchases, with gift wrapping and room delivery services. The Otto collection of stemmed drinkware features solid, weighty bases, precisely etched texture and clear Bohemian crystal. The Cipher collection features slender cylindrical lights, hand-blown and hand-etched with champagne-gold polished brass, and when lit create luminescent silhouettes.
goods | dedon
CARRIED ADRIFT SETTING A NEW BENCHMARK FOR OUTDOOR LOUNGING, THE LOU COLLECTION BY DEDON MERGES CLASSIC GOOD LOOKS WITH CUTTING EDGE MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY.
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THIS PICTURE: Durability and sophistication are part and parcel of the LOU collection’s allure.
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THIS PICTURE: Composed of state-of-the-art foam material, LOU’s plush cushions are weather-resistant and easily storable.
f a large chunk of your life happens to revolve around luxuriating in the great outdoors, DEDON might very well be your quintessential go-to furniture brand. Purveyors of uncompromising comfort, quality and style for a quarter of a century, this established German brand hits all the right notes with the recently launched LOU. Designed by Toan Nguyen, this exceptionally constructed lounge system brings Nguyen’s reputation as a master of modular systems to the fore. Made for small and large outdoor settings alike, the collection melds DEDON’s renowned craftsmanship with innovative cushion technology, offering users a practical and durable system that also epitomises timeless style. LOU’s winsome design, conceived as a series of overlapping horizontal strata, additionally features subtle reliefs in the seat’s woven structure that give way to armrests. Easy-care, weather-resistant, reversible cushions make LOU all the more desirable to utilitarian users; sensibly compact and stackable, they can be stored away with minimal effort come off-season. Another eye-catching highlight is LOU’s textile-like woven pattern which incorporates three different profiles of DEDON fibre in three different shades of grey. Together with hidden gliders, the semi-open weave conveys an audible feeling of lightness, giving the impression of being afloat and heightening the collection’s association with leisure. A wide range of matching accessories, including teak arm trays, a rich ceramic tabletop for the footstools, a solid teak top for coffee tables, powder-coated stainless steel side tables, grants users unrestrained access to the complete ‘LOU’ look and feel.
TOP: This powder-coated stainless steel side table is just one of the many elegant accessories created to complement the collection.
goods | niro granite
NIRO GRANITE’S MUSE EXUDES A FREE-SPIRITED, BOHEMIAN AESTHETIC, ALBEIT WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST.
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THIS PICTURE: For a dramatic flooring effect, think outside the box in layout by placing the Muse tiles on masse.
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THIS PICTURE: The gorgeously-patterned tiles, which add colour, pattern and movement, can easily add a creative boho vibe in a contemporary café.
he hippy days of the late 60s and early 70s are making a comeback. If you’re naturally drawn to free expression, unconventional displays, and vibrant colours, then the Muse may well be the answer to your floor or wall makeover. Muse is Niro Granite’s boho-chic, vintage-inspired tile series. Although the gorgeous flashes of colour are still apparent, the Muse tiles are firmly rooted in the 2010s. Rather than the in-your-face mishmash of colour that a traditional Boho style dictates, this contemporary version relies on simple geometric patterns in the natural hues of blue, brown and grey with varying levels of white, a combination that won’t fail to add colour, pattern and movement to any space. Offered in a hodgepodge of 16 different patterns printed on each piece of 60x60cm tile, Muse simplifies mixing the artful with the exotic to weave a patchwork which mimics the tapestry look of encaustic tiles. Advancements in the way tiles are manufactured have also resulted in an easy-to-maintain porcelain that will look great for years to come. Given its natural colour palette and small-scale patterns, Muse will appeal to even the most minimalist tastemakers as it allows for a versatile and contemporary approach to interior decorating. Whether you dominate the entire bathroom or living room floor with Muse tiles or use them for a splashback area or a feature strip, they are certain to guarantee the wow factor, and are perfect for those who enjoy a more eclectic take on their interiors.
TOP RIGHT: The patchwork mix of patterns in blue, brown and grey all work beautifully together for an eclectic take on the interiors.
TILE IMAGE: Available in three colours of hazel, marine and dusty, the Muse tiles measure 60x60cm and come in a matte finish.
goods | interface
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LVT, MEET CARPET. CARPET, MEET LVT. AFTER CREATING COUNTLESS STYLES OF MODULAR CARPET, INTERFACE WELCOMES LUXURY VINYL TILE (LVT) TO THEIR PRODUCT CATALOGUE. THIS PICTURE: Interface’s LVTs are built in the same dimensions as their modular carpet, allowing them to integrate seamlessly.
“THE BEAUTY OF INTERFACE’S NEW LVT OFFERING IS THAT IT FITS SEAMLESSLY INTO THEIR MODULAR CARPET SYSTEM. THE LVT TILES REQUIRE NO TRANSITION STRIPS WHICH MEANS THE FLOOR FLOWS FROM EDGE TO EDGE, SOFT FLOOR TO HARD, AND BACK AGAIN.”
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THIS PICTURE: With a variety of woodgrain and stone patterns to choose from, the Level SetTM Collection is a versatile selection of hard floor designs.
nspired by natural elements, the global flooring company’s very first LVT collection Level SetTM, comprises two pattern groups – Woodgrains and Stones, each containing a selection of natural and textured options to choose from. The beauty of Interface’s new LVT offering is that it fits seamlessly into their modular carpet system. The LVT tiles require no transition strips which means the floor flows from edge to edge, soft floor to hard, and back again. In a hospitality context, establishments can begin to save on material costs when they integrate carpeted areas with LVT. For example, the need to double up with a rug over hard floors can now be eliminated as the floor transits from hard to soft. This integration also opens doors to truly unique and customised floor designs for a space - guestrooms, corridors and lobbies with floors specially designed for a required purpose or style. On top of flexibility in design, these tiles all come together with glue-free adhesive strips called TacTiles®, which are applied on the underside of the
tiles to hold them together. Not only are they easy to use, they also contribute to better air quality within the space as they emit virtually zero VOCs and allow for an environmental footprint over 90% lower than floors with traditional glue adhesives. Whilst design makes up a huge selling point of Interface’s new LVT, its ease of maintenance rounds it off as a holistic flooring solution. If a tile needs to be replaced, or the floor beneath needs to be accessed, in-house staff can easily do so by simply lifting them to remove or replace. In line with the company’s philosophy in sustainability, and their new mission Climate Take Back, Interface made sure their LVTs are fully recyclable, and this can be done through their ReEntryTM program. Level Set marks an important milestone in Interface’s product offering and the next collections of LVTs are already on the drawing boards set to be released in the near future.
TOP: The World Woven carpet collection as an area rug beneath the bed, alongside Level Set Woodgrains, which furnishes the rest of the guestroom.
BOTTOM: Doubling up on flooring materials is no longer needed as Interface carpets work with their LVTs to fulfill the needs for both hard and soft flooring.
event | schiavello
Schiavello Opens New Showroom in Dubai
D3 Dubai Design District
choice | ode to art
NATURE IN BLOOM S
aenkom Chansrinual, born in Thailand, 1967 laid the groundwork for a new technique that he formally established. In his newer series of works, the artist starts by melting and squeezing solid acrylic before overlaying and implanting them into the canvas. This allows the paint to construct itself with a three-dimensional effect, augmenting the sense of depth. The experimental technique is furthered as the artist uses metallic colours to refine his work, instilling a modern tone. These techniques engenders a new appealing texture for his subject - his newfound inspiration for mountains. Chansrinual captures the majestical form and essence of the mountains, allowing the viewers to awe in gaze at the ethereal beauty it brings. The magnificence of the mountain scenery transport viewers to experience a placid sense of harmony. Mountains are adored by him for their nobility and quality of scenic beauty. He was inspired by mountain visits and sceneries from the peak, exuding a peaceful emotion amongst vast complexities present in the world. His latest ‘Grand Mountain’ series pays tribute to this remarkable phenomena, the greatness that mother nature has to offer for people. Chansrinual believes in true nature leading us to our pure emotions, a sanctuary where we seek resolution and comfort. His passion for nature will continue to relieve spirituality beliefs, as he progresses on the canvas with the spirit and creativeness of a true artist. The layering technique incorporated gives it texture and a new visual dimension. The layering of acrylic replicates the rugged crevices of the mountains. The lush pine trees surrounding the mountains gives the landscape an extra element along with the usage of the warm bronze paint, creating harmony and completion in the composition.
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THIS PICTURE: Beauty of Nature, 100 x 200 cm
THE PULSE OF INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY DESIGN