SENSE OF PLACE: HBA SHARES GLOBAL PROJECTS WITH THOUGHTFUL NODS TO EACH LOCATION
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MAKING ORDINARY MOMENTS EXTRAORDINARY What is a sense of place? For me, it’s the right combination of different yet very essential elements: time, space, context, history and environment. These are all components that infuse meaning in a space, thus enabling it to communicate to its users.
ut what does it mean to create a space with the human experience specifically in mind? In what ways does design have the power or capacity to change up perspectives and enable one to experience the world differently? These are certainly questions that factor seriously in how firms and individual designers configure their respective approaches. One particular design studio that seems to be excelling at the fine art of place-making is Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), who also happens to feature in this issue’s pages. With 27 offices across four continents, this established international firm continues to raise the bar with respect to hospitality interior design, delighting the world’s most discerning users with spatial experiences that bring new meaning to luxury, comfort and innovation. I’d like to thank HBA for their kind participation in this edition. It’s been a pleasure, and I very much look forward to working with firms of the same calibre in upcoming issues. On that note, I’d also like to encourage submissions from design studios, product designers and manufacturers for H+R’s new digital live updates, soon to be launched this August. To serve our readers better, we’re always refining our approach to the magazine. As of late, we have been featuring the odd residential project, though our focus remains cutting-edge hospitality interior design. We welcome feedback on how we’ve been doing so do drop us a line with your thoughts. Biding you adieu until next time… Kenneth Khu firstname.lastname@example.org
ADAM by Carlo Colombo GIORGETTI
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BAY by Doshi Levien B&B ITALIA
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ROUND THE BEND
AT YOUR LEISURE
If there’s anyone who knows how to inject just the right dose of fun and frivolity into conventional furniture essentials, it would be Marcel Wanders. The Dutch design icon is at it again with the Boutique Botero. Designed to be as cosy as a loving embrace, this sexy sofa has curves in all the right places. Skillfully modeled,its remarkable cushy armrests are exactingly shaped and stitched to facilitate the comfiest recline.
A multi-talented designer in every sense of the word, Arne Jacobsen made his mark with singular designs such as the Pot chair for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. Over half a century after the design’s debut, this evocative piece is as timeless as ever, prompting its latest revival by Fritz Hansen. Maintaining Pot’s iconic shape, the Danish brand introduced a number of tweaks, enhancing the chair for modern comfort and durability.
Doshi and Levien know all about combining sumptuous shapes and beautiful textures. Subtly impactful, the Bay sofa for long-time collaborator B&B Italia showcases the design duo’s talents with aplomb. Created for the brand’s outdoor collection, this sculptural design pairs enveloping braided volumes with padded rock-like seats and soft cushions. Evoking the elegant feel of B&B Italia’s indoor products, Bay’s double braided appearance give rise to a casual flair and lightness.
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GETTING IN SHAPE
ON THAT NOTE
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Elegance and unparalleled utility is the name of the game with the recently introduced Astrum series from B&B Italia. Fashioned by Antonio Citterio as part of the brand’s Maxalto collection, this stunning table collection features varyingly shaped tabletops distinguished by a special ‘sawhorse’ base frame. Composed of two or three elements connected by a crosspiece, the base, finished in graphite or amber, sturdily supports Astrum’s diverse top components while proffering lightness and solidity.
If you’re overcome by the sudden urge to break into song, we don’t blame you. Inspired by the tones of a lyrical verse, the Ode chair by Giorgetti tends to have that effect. At once lively and luxurious in outlook and feel, this upholstered swivel seat amps up the drama with a monochromatic black and white palette in addition to voluptuous forms that place emphasis on its slyly whimsical character.
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A GRAPHIC ACCOUNT
WINGS OF GLORY
When Carlo Colombo was in the midst of designing the Adam for Italian furniture purveyor Giorgetti, he gave himself a fairly straightforward brief: to create a modular sofa with a strong and simple graphic line. Colombo’s boldly defined final c reation is exactly on point. The strong line that designer sought is clearly the dominating factor here, accentuated by the sofa’s understated neutral colour scheme. Covers come available in fabric and saddle leather.
Fashioned especially with portability and adaptability in mind, the Zefiro collection turns up the heat as one of the latest highlights from Flexform’s evolving range of exceptional furniture. Adhering to the theme of lightness, this family of dining tables and smaller tables was crafted in line with diverse spatial needs in and around the home. Supporting round, oval, square or rectangular wood tabletops, Zefiro’s slim metal legs make a serious style statement.
One look at the freistil 149 chair will instantly confirm why this stunning piece was dubbed the ‘miraculous sanctuary’ at the Cologne furniture fair. Shielding its user from excessive sensory distractions, this winged leather armchair provides the perfect respite from the chaos of modern urban life. Exuding vintage charm, the chair’s sculptural shape also recalls the living rooms of yesteryear – a time when expertly crafted upholstery was a given, not an option.
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ALONG THESE LINES
ISLANDS OF LEISURE
Embodying timeless Italian style, Tonino Lamborghini proudly celebrates its heritage through elegant and innovative design. Not for the faint of heart, its collections are intended for men and women of character. Swathed luxuriously in leather, the new HIDRA bed is a spirited new addition. Brandishing an upholstered headboard, vertical stitching and horizontal flaps, HIDRA’s pared down yet robust structure is complemented by dainty aluminum feet – an unexpected yet utterly chic touch.
Heavy on comfort, this two-seat sofa from the Aston Martin collection is a lounge lizard’s dream. That’s just, however, one of its many captivating qualities. This sophisticated piece boasts an arrangement of squared forms, brought to the fore by its pale gold metal framework and briarwood back. Customisable and charming from any angle, it comes in more than 50 colours and offers a choice of different shades of briarwood in either opaque or glossy finishing.
Designed as complements to sofas and armchairs, the Tabour ottomans by Doshi and Levien proved to be popular lounge accessories, as an extension of B&B Italia’s indoor range. Brought into open-air settings, these water-repellent outdoor versions of the original designs are made to stylishly weather the elements. Built with a central, oversized button that serves as a tray, the Tabour gives rise to endless afternoons of conversation and chill-out moments.
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CLEANSE AND GLOW
A CRAFTY TRIBUTE
A humdrum bathroom fixture, basins rarely warrant a second glance. Happily, that’s not the case with Mode Luxe, a fetching new model by Glass Design. A standout pick from the Italian brand’s Terra di Siena collection, this circular ceramic countertop washbasin is completely handmade, setting it apart from mass-produced counterparts. Characterised by slight differences in shape and colour, its choice of four metallic finishes will make washing your hands a daily thrill.
Exemplary of fine craftsmanship, it’s easy to see why the Lebeau table - first launched in 2003 - deserves a revival. Charged with its evolution, designer Patrick Jouin went to great pains to respect the table’s original shape and size while revolutionising its materials with the help of sophisticated machinery and manual handwork. A solid ash wood or transparent tabletop allows the piece to take on a new personality, making it the centerpiece in every room.
Renowned for designs that celebrate curvaceous forms and dynamic mechanics, Tonino Lamborghini’s approach can often be discerned in the brand’s furniture range as well as its famous cars. KATE comes as the perfect example. Marrying comfort and colour, this plush two-seat sofa features contrasting bright shades and ad hoc stitching. Flamboyant outlook aside, Kate also scores top marks for utility, thanks to a mechanism which allows one to adjust the seat and back accordingly.
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SPHERE OF LIGHT
BRIGHT NEW BEGINNING
RHAPSODY IN PASTEL
Bertjan Pot is no stranger to trying out new things in his line of work. The Dutch designer’s latest bout of experimentation recently gave way to an exciting new piece for Moooi: the NR2 Medium floor lamp. Showcasing Pot’s fascination for structures and patterns, this oval-shaped number emulates the feel of a glowing, translucent bubble. Its subtly webbed surface allows for a soft diffusion of light, lending atmosphere to any space.
Well-constructed and alluringly dramatic, Brand van Egmond’s light works never cease to fascinate. Created by founder William Brand, the Ersa collection is no exception. Named after the Greek goddess of dew, this brilliantly wrought design was inspired by one of nature’s most beautiful yet overlooked wonders. Depending on the angle or level of illumination, Ersa’s iridescent glass achieves a gradual change of colour, giving off an otherworldly glow that signals everlasting renewal.
An eloquent homage to the past and the present, the MUN chandelier’s very contemporary appearance belies the grand old tradition its make represents. Available either as individual ceiling lamps or an elegant cluster, this striking handmade design by VGnewtrend is the result of a harmonious alchemy between form and substance. Drawing from ancient techniques, skilled artisans contribute much to MUN’s uniqueness, giving rise to stunning light effects that cast a magical spell.
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GEOMETRIC BLOOMS Got springtime jitters? This flora-licious pendant lamp might just be the perfect way to light your way into the season. Composed of tulip-like flowers that subtly nod to designer Edward van Viletâ€™s Dutch heritage, the Chalice 48 was inspired by the fine beauty and infinite potential of glass. Nestled within copper plated chalices, dimmable LED lamps diffuse light in a natural way, casting playfully patterned reflections that illuminate and enchant.
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CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH A CAPITAL K INSPIRING DESIGNS, INVENTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, AND MADE-IN-EUROPE QUALITY ASIDE, KETTTAL HAS FURTHER UPPED THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE GAME WITH ITS NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART PRODUCTION FACILITIES.
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THIS PICTURE: Meticulous attention to detail, even in assembling a piece of furniture, is behind Kettalâ€™s ability to meet its clientsâ€™ requirements.
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THIS PICTURE: The new Kettal factory located in the coastal village of Bellvei, 45 km from Barcelona, resembles more of a comfortable office than a somber shop floor.
“FROM ITS HAND-CRAFTED COMPONENTS AND TESTING AND TECHNIQUES, WHICH HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST 50-ODD YEARS, TO ITS RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE AGILITY TO RESPOND TO CURRENT TRENDS, KETTAL’S ADHERENCE TO DETAILS HAS PLACED IT AT THE CUTTING-EDGE OF THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE INDUSTRY.”
rom its humble beginnings in 1964 as a family business, Kettal went on to acquire the brands Hugonet, Triconfort and Evolutif to form the Kettal Group in 2000. It is also a company that has demonstrated the importance of thinking beyond the bottom line to find success in the global outdoor furniture business. From its hand-crafted components and testing and techniques, which have been developed over the past 50-odd years, to its respect for the environment and the agility to respond to current trends, Kettal’s adherence to details has placed it at the cutting-edge of the outdoor furniture industry. Indeed, its new manufacturing facility located in Bellvei, a small coastal village in the province of Tarragona, clearly embodies Kettal’s mission to allow for an even more efficient expansion. In 2014, not only did the company’s modest 1967 building spanning 1000 m2 undergo a series of extensions that witnessed the factory floor size expand to 50,000 m2, its production facilities were also redesigned.
MIDDLE: The original factory building spanning 1000 m2 has been expanded to become a sprawling 50,000 m2 edifice.
BOTTOM: The aluminium frames of Kettal chairs are sanded to remove marks and other irregularities.
“CENTRAL TO THE KETTAL BRAND ARE ITS HAND-MADE STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS AND FINISHES, A POINT OF PRIDE FOR THE COMPANY AS IT PLACES A SIGNIFICANT EMPHASIS ON THE HUMAN FACTOR. AFTER ALL, 80% OF KETTAL’S PRODUCTS ARE HAND-MADE, A FORMULA THAT HAS WORKED WONDERS FOR THE COMPANY THUS FAR.”
A new production plant was also built, consisting of two connecting blocks fully geared toward production excellence to create a factory environment that resembles more of a sleek and spacious office rather than a somber shop floor. The taller of the two blocks is a mix of offices, services and showrooms. Sunlight streaming through its 1000 m2 glass façade bathes the interior with generous natural light, creating a pleasant and productive environment and reducing the need for artificial light during working hours. In addition, the building’s orientation blocks direct sunlight from reaching its interior, thus minimizing the greenhouse effect and keeping the building cool throughout the day. The block’s height also provides for a commanding view of the factory, which makes for a more efficient production management as this enables clients in the showroom to enjoy an unobtrusive view of the factory and the production processes. The production zone, service area and a test lab - where resistance of products is tested under simulated extreme weather conditions – are housed in the lower block.
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TOP: Manual processes predominate as 80% of Kettal’s products are hand-made.
BOTTOM: As all of Kettal products are developed for contract use, clients can choose from a wide variety of finishes, colours, fabrics and materials.
THIS PICTURE: Production processes, from soldering, honing, painting, manual braiding, needlework and final packaging, are carried out under the same roof.
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THIS PICTURE: The calyx-shaped metal shells feature carefully-organized holes made by punching metal sheet, rendering them robust enough to withstand the test of time and outdoor environments.
Central to the Kettal brand are its hand-made structural components and finishes, a point of pride for the company as it places a significant emphasis on the human factor. After all, 80% of Kettal’s products are hand-made, a formula that has worked wonders for the company thus far. Kettal also undertakes rigorous quality tests on all its products to guarantee product quality. Its outdoor products are made to resist extreme outdoor weather conditions. As all Kettal products are specifically developed for contract use, attention to detail as well as customized elements is key to meeting its clients’ requirements, with the finished products being both unique and exclusive. A company clearly intent on staying true to its roots, it is inspiring to note that a goodly number of its employees come from families who have been with Kettal for several generations.
TOP: From reception of the raw materials to the packaging of the finished product, the product pass from hand to hand without once touching the factory floor.
MIDDLE: Many of Kettal’s employees are members of families who have worked with the company for several generations.
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CINEMATIC EXPRESSIONS OF LIGHT
SITUATED AT THE 51ST FLOOR FOR THE RITZ CARLTON MACAU, LAI HEEN PRESENTED GREAT LIGHTING OPPORTUNITY. ILLUMINATE LIGHTING DESIGN WORKED CLOSELY WITH STRICKLAND TO REVEAL THE OPULENT SPACE, IN LINE WITH THE DECADENT FINE CHINESE, MACANESE AND PORTUGUESE CUISINE.
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THIS PICTURE: Lighting the highly ornate interior, lighting design is highly appreciative of the details.
Text: Illuminate Lighting Design
he great challenge for Illuminate Lighting Design was to balance rich textures, dark finishes and decorative pendant lights with the architectural lighting. To achieve the balancing act, the lighting designers were extraordinarily appreciative to the details. First, a hierarchy of light was established, then the designers had to understand materiality used by interior designers and determined suitable lighting approach to reveal its best qualities. All elements were brought to vision and assigned a purpose by light to help guests form their own perception. The end result was of a cinematic quality that tells a story about Macau, the wealthy trading port. Lighting revealed the spatial story in several layers. The entrance of Lai Heen introduced the intricacies of workmanship in this restaurant. To achieve the desired effect, Illuminate conducted numerous mockups to test the lighting penetration through porous carvings on the reception panels and light integration to thin glass shelves. Uplighting the vase shelves are the underwater fibre optic mounted onto the water feature backrop. The main dining area featured semi recessed articulated spotlights arranged in precision to accentuate the dining tables and complement the row of delicate display units. Illuminate was able to integrate these features whilst controlling the lighting on each table unobtrusively, creating an elegant and intimate dining atmosphere.
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TOP: Decorative vases that represent Macauâ€™s rich heritage were softly bathed with lightboxes and presented as an esteemed showcase.
THIS PICTURE: Ambient light from the uplit ceiling coffers, shelves, decorative lighting and platform float light leading the path lend a softly glowing atmosphere to the rich material palette in the space.
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THIS PICTURE: Within each pendant light, a light source was placed within each lantern to accentuate the vaseâ€™s sinuous shape within the glass encasement, whilst a minimal spotlight was positioned to illuminate the dining table below.
“WITH A BALANCED POSITIONING OF LIGHT AND CAREFUL LIGHTING TREATMENT THAT IS SENSITIVE TO THE FINISHES, LIGHTING WAS ABLE TO ELEVATE THE CARVINGS ON DARK TIMBERS; WITHOUT THIS PLAY OF LIGHT THE END RESULT WOULD HAVE FELT HEAVY AND ENCLOSED.” YANCHOO YEO, ILLUMINATE LIGHTING DESIGN
“With a balanced positioning of light and careful lighting treatment that is sensitive to the finishes, lighting was able to elevate the carvings on dark timbres; otherwise without proper lighting, this would have looked very heavy,” said Yanchoo Yeo of Illuminate Lighting Design. Adorning details of decorative screens and wall covers, prevalent throughout the space, were accentuated by washers and LED uplights to reveal the context and inspiration of the restaurant; whilst miniature downlights were positioned to light the tables and direct guests’ views. Ambient light from the uplit ceiling coffers, shelves, decorative lighting and the edg lighting to the platforms create a soft glowing atmosphere to the rich material palette in the space. As guests journey to the semi private dining rooms, light revealed more elements to the visual experience. The semi private dining rooms host more of the recessed spotlights coordinated into decorative lighting and light panels illuminating the artworks. Carved wall panels in the corridor are detailed with floor
TOP: Carved wall panels in the corridor are detailed with floor integrated linear graze light to set a backdrop for the semi private areas and provide wayfinding that leads the pathway towards the private dining room.
integrated linear graze light to set a backdrop for the semi private areas and provide wayfinding that leads the pathway towards the private dining room. Lai Heen private dining room features a large pendant with 3 light sources detailed within it allowing minimal intrusion to the intricate ceiling. The glass vases each contain G9 capsule lamps, LED striplight wrapping the inside of the rings to provide backlit glow through the mesh design looking from under the rings, and lastly recessed articulated spotlights to highlight the table. Floor integrated graze light is detailed here as well to lift the carved wall panels. Since its opening, Lai Heen has been awarded with many prestigious awards, including recently One Michelin Star Restaurant by Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2017. The Michelin Guide Inspector commented, “The ambition of the kitchen is … presented in a modern way and are a match for the sumptuous surroundings.” Lai Heen won gold for Macau Fine Dining Restaurant Award in 2016 by Hong Kong Restaurant Interior Design Awards. It has also been named one of the best restaurants consecutively in 2016 and 2017 by Hong Kong Tatler, part of Lai Heen’s allure was its ambiance.
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TOP: Semi private dining room, where light reveals more of the decorative elements.
THIS PICTURE: Architectural light, integrated within the custom chandelier, unveils the coffered ceiling and frames the view of the glittering city of Macau.
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DESIGNING THE FUTURE
HBA PAVES THE WAY FOR LANDMARK DESIGN, RAISING THE STANDARD FOR LUXURY HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD.
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BOTTOM LEFT: HBA worked with subdivisions Illuminate Lighting Design and Canvas Art Consultants for the sleek, modern NUO Beijing.
BOTTOM RIGHT: A handcrafted chandelier cascades through the central oval stairwell at Orient Jerusalem.
TOP LEFT: An elegant crystal installation guides guests through the corridor in JW Marriott Macau.
irsch Bedner Associates (HBA) began as a partnership between Howard Hirsch and Michael Bedner and has grown into the number one hospitality design firm in the world, according to Interior Design magazine. Launching in Santa Monica, California in 1965, the firm noticed a need in the hospitality industry for innovative interior design, branching from the generic design packages to which hotel brands often defaulted. The firm began their hospitality trajectory with the Beverly Rodeo Hotel in Beverly Hills and Chez Voltaire, a restaurant in Florida. The firm also expanded its services by establishing Studio HBA – which offers design services for mid-tier and limited-service hotel projects; HBA Architecture – specialized architectural design services; Illuminate Lighting Design – an architectural lighting design division; Canvas – art consulting and procurement specialists; HBA Resort – designing high end resort properties; HBA Graphics – providing graphic design services; and HBA Residential – crafting the world’s most luxurious custom homes. Most recently, HBA launched HBA PRODUCTS, which partners with leading manufacturers to create custom lines of luxury hotel products. The first collaboration, with Italian brand Gessi, offers a line of bathroom faucets and fixtures for contract hospitality projects. Today, the company employs over 1,700 designers and has 27 offices in various cities around the globe, growing larger each year. The firm has made its mark in Atlanta, Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Clark, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, London, Santa Monica, Manila, Melbourne, Miami, Mumbai, New Delhi, San Francisco,
Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, and continues to add new offices when the need arises. From continent to continent, each HBA interior is the result of a unique and sensitive response to location, architecture, and client vision. HBA specializes in more than just hotels, creating signature looks for luxury brands in the world’s most anticipated resorts, spas, casinos, restaurants, cruise ships, boutique properties and world-class residences. The firm remains keenly attuned to the pulse of changing industry trends governed by today’s sophisticated traveler. The company’s international presence, depth of experience, and detailed industry knowledge enables them to identify interior design trends at their source, make definitive predictions about new directions and innovations, and influence design standards at a global level. HBA’s ultimate objective is to add value, raise standards and enhance the brand of a project’s owner and operator. Some of HBA’s most notable projects include The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian; Alpina Gstaad; Galaxy Macau’s JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton; Four Seasons Kyoto; Kempinski Beirut; Fairmont Empress; NUO Beijing; Raffles Istanbul, Zorlu Center; Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai; and Marina Bay Sands. Over the years, HBA’s projects and designers has been honored by Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Visionary Award and HD Awards, Boutique Design’s Gold Key Awards, MEIDA Awards, China Starlight Awards, China Golden Pillow Awards, and Best D.E.S.I.G.N. Hotel Awards, to name a few.
TOP RIGHT: An oversized four-poster bed anchors the room and is framed by a copper headboard and mosquito net at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge.
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SURROUNDED BY INSPIRATION HBA DESIGNS THE LODGE AT EDGEWOOD TAHOE TO ‘DELIVER THE LAKE’.
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LAKE TAHOE, STATELINE, NEVADA, U.S.
THE LODGE AT EDGEWOOD TAHOE
THIS PICTURE: The Lodgeâ€™s grand centerpiece is a welcoming public retreat where warmth from the floor level fireplace is blanketed in expansive views of the lake and surrounding forested terrain.
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THIS PICTURE: The Living Room is a monumental space with 38â€™ tall floor-to-roof windows overlooking the mountains beyond.
embers of revered golf club Edgewood Tahoe won’t have far to travel to experience the lakeside links, now that new hotel The Lodge offers luxurious accommodations on property. HBA worked with CCY Architects to complement the existing golf clubhouse in a way that looks fresh and unique, yet could pass as having been on site for decades. The teams worked together to emphasize the architectural vision of a ‘modern lodge’ narrative and further defined the plan harmoniously. “We looked at our immediate surroundings for inspiration, crafting a traditional mountain retreat coupled with contemporary details and materials,” said Brooke Copani, an associate at HBA. “The new space connects with nature rather than overshadowing it, sporting plenty of stone fireplaces and rich leather furniture to enjoy its expansive views of the lake.” The entry sequence is stunning, beginning with a cantilevered porte cocherre roof, then extending along a stone-and-steel covered walkway, through a two-story glazed vestibule to reach the Living Room, a monumental space with 38’ tall floor-to-roof windows overlooking the mountains beyond. Upon entry, guests are first greeted with a fossil-inspired relief sculpture behind a monolithic stone slab reception desk. Glimpses of a nearby fireplace and rustic café invite guests to immediately feel at home. The casual café area connects to one of Edgewood’s prize amenities: the Adventure Center. Here, guests can sip their coffee while perusing seasonal sporting goods and consulting with an Adventure Concierge who seamlessly arranges outdoor activities, facilitates equipment rentals, and more.
“THE NEW SPACE CONNECTS WITH NATURE RATHER THAN OVERSHADOWING IT, SPORTING PLENTY OF STONE FIREPLACES AND RICH LEATHER FURNITURE TO ENJOY ITS EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF THE LAKE.” BROOKE COPANI, ASSOCIATE AT HBA
TOP: Cozy furniture and thoughtful design complements the natural beauty surrounding the hotel.
BOTTOM: Seating groups welcome hotel guests after a long day on the renowned Edgewood golf course.
Moving into the Great Room, the Lodgeâ€™s grand centerpiece is a welcoming public retreat where warmth from the floor level fireplace is blanketed in expansive views of the lake and surrounding forested terrain. The grand staircase makes the perfect bridal photo-op, while a row of custom chandeliers are thoughtfully designed with a subtle nod to the iconic architecture of the neighboring clubhouse. Elements of nature and daylight are thoughtfully and playfully refined to convey a peaceful, residential vibe. An intimate, masculine cocktail bar links the Great Room to the adjacent Bistro, where the atmosphere is vibrant and modern. With its cool color palette, contrasting warm woods, and nautical rope-inspired ceiling details, the Bistro focuses attention on its sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. Whether seated at the lively exhibition kitchen, the long communal-style table or within one of a series of private dining rooms, guests are invited to return again and again to enjoy a variety of dining experiences. Gala quality events will be held in the ballrooms, where the honest architecture is complemented with neutral tones and natural materials. Artful glass chandeliers lend a playful illumination, while the adjoining prefunction space boasts an elegant fixed bar which, when not in use, can be cleverly concealed behind an oversized sliding art panel. Located on the second level of the Lodge, the Edgewood Spa will be a destination for hotel guests and locals alike. A timber print silhouette representing strength and stability greets guests from behind the reception desk. Spa offerings include a complete bridal hair and nail salon, upscale changing areas with steam rooms, and peaceful mountain-view sanctuary space where guests can delight by the fire or relax on the terrace while waiting for their treatment.
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TOP: The hotel features several stone fireplaces that add to the comfort and woodsy nature of the design.
BOTTOM: Guests can choose to dine or enjoy a glass of wine by one of the hotelâ€™s many fireplaces.
“AN INTIMATE, MASCULINE COCKTAIL BAR LINKS THE GREAT ROOM TO THE ADJACENT BISTRO, WHERE THE ATMOSPHERE IS VIBRANT AND MODERN. WITH ITS COOL COLOR PALETTE, CONTRASTING WARM WOODS, AND NAUTICAL ROPE-INSPIRED CEILING DETAILS, THE BISTRO FOCUSES ATTENTION ON ITS SWEEPING VIEWS OF LAKE TAHOE.”
THIS PICTURE: The Bistro offers multiple seating options, including a lively exhibition kitchen or long communal-style table.
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TOP: Guests are greeted with a fossil-inspired relief sculpture behind a monolithic stone slab reception desk.
BOTTOM: A seating area in one of the guestrooms offers unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe.
“THE RUSTIC-YET-MODERN CHARM CONTINUES INTO THE GUESTROOMS WHERE YOU’LL BE GREETED BY THE WOODED ‘MUD ROOM,’ A WELL-APPOINTED CHANGING AREA WHERE YOU CAN SLIP OUT OF YOUR SKI BOOTS BEFORE WARMING UP NEXT TO YOUR PERSONAL IN-ROOM FIREPLACE.”
TOP: Artful elements like carved screens and unique wall art –using trees salvaged from site construction– work together to tell the Edgewood story.
BOTTOM: HBA used local, salvaged materials when possible to complement the actions the property is taking to protect the environment.
“WE USED LOCAL, SALVAGED MATERIALS WHEN WE COULD TO COMPLEMENT THE ACTIONS THE PROPERTY IS TAKING TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND LAKE TAHOE.” RICH KINNARD, ASSOCIATE AT HBA
The rustic-yet-modern charm continues into the guestrooms where you’ll be greeted by the wooded ‘mud room,’ a well-appointed changing area where you can slip out of your ski boots before warming up next to your personal in-room fireplace. Artful elements like historic local photographs, carved sculptural screening elements and unique wall art using trees salvaged from site construction, all work together to tell the Edgewood story in way that is authentic and personal. More contemporary spa-like touches can be found in the bathrooms where stateof-the-art fixtures complement clean lines, and the breathtaking outdoor views can even be enjoyed from the bathtub. The Cabins (or fractional ownership units) feel like the ideal vacation home away from home with fully equipped modern kitchens, rustic fireplaces, private terraces and living/dining areas that accommodate the whole family. “With this project more than 25 years in the making, we wanted to take great care in the quality and sustainability of the project,” said Rich Kinnard, an associate at HBA. “We used local, salvaged materials when we could to complement the actions the property is taking to protect the environment around Lake Tahoe.” Other unique Edgewood amenities include: a fitness center; a generously sized Kid’s Camp where families are invited to play along with their kids in a treehouse-inspired interior; a retail boutique; and an infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking world-class views of the Lake and surrounding peaks. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe is now open and offers a cozy mountain retreat year round.
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TOP: Artful glass chandeliers lend playful illumination, while an elegant bar invites groups to imbibe between meetings.
BOTTOM: An oversized table made of a tree trunk sits in front of an artful screen made of reclaimed wood.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe CLIENT: Edgewood Companies LOCATION: Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S. TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 169,000 square feet DESIGN TEAM: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) â€“ Meghann Day, Partner; Brooke Copani, Associate; Rich Kinnard, Associate PHOTOGRAPHY: Noah Webb FURNITURE: Aspire Hospitality; Fairmont Designs; Charter; JLF LIGHTING: Alger Triton; Hallmark; Coronet FLOORING: Durkan; Daltile; Stone Source
TOP: An infinity-edge swimming pool overlooks world-class views of the Lake and surrounding peaks.
BOTTOM: Gala quality events will be held in the ballrooms with an elegant adjoining prefunction space.
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HOLE IN ONE
FAMED GOLF RESORT PEBBLE BEACH ADDS NEW PROPERTY AS PART OF EXPANSIVE RENOVATION BY HBA.
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PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA, U.S.
THIS PICTURE: New guest cottages allow an alternative for multigenerational travel, or groups of friends traveling together.
head of its centennial anniversary, Pebble Beach Resorts is gearing up for the next 100 years of luxury with a multi-property renovation and the addition of a new accommodation – Fairway One. Drawing inspiration from the legacy and rich tradition of Pebble Beach, HBA created a refreshed, timeless design aesthetic for the property, while infusing thoughtful nods to its rich heritage. “We have paid a tremendous amount of time and effort to carefully and thoughtfully create a design aesthetic that speaks to the rich traditions of Pebble Beach, while incorporating modern touches that will elevate its timeless design for the next hundred years and beyond,” said HBA Partner Miguel Baeza. “The legacy of Pebble Beach Resorts is simply unparalleled; to reimagine a property of this magnitude and create a destination for the next 100 years was an honor for myself and my team at HBA.” Fairway One adds 38 guest rooms, including 30 guest rooms in three two-story buildings and eight guest rooms in two four-bedroom golf cottages along the first fairway of the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Fairway One complex also includes a meeting facility, anchored by a 2,500-square-foot meeting room. Located along the left side of the first fairway, Fairway One offers an enhanced guest room experience with additional privacy, oversized accommodations and spectacular ocean, garden, and golf course views. The cottages were designed with a uniformly white architectural palette made up of decorative trusses and moldings, contrasted by an authentic stacked stone fireplace and rich wood millwork, evoking an elegant beachside cottage. The designers utilized a soft neutral palette with rich earth tones and subtle infusions of classic patterns and details throughout the interior surfaces to create a soothing refuge. Oversized furnishings were grouped to welcome intimate gatherings or large events.
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TOP: Three two-story buildings and two four-bedroom cottages sit along the first fairway of the iconic Pebble Beach golf links.
BOTTOM: Rich leather furniture invites relaxation, while an outdoor patio beckons guests to watch the action on the first fairway.
“DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE LEGACY AND RICH TRADITION OF PEBBLE BEACH, HBA CREATED A REFRESHED, TIMELESS DESIGN AESTHETIC FOR THE PROPERTY, WHILE INFUSING THOUGHTFUL NODS TO ITS RICH HERITAGE.”
TOP: The cottages were designed with a uniformly white architectural palette made up of decorative trusses and moldings, contrasted by an authentic stacked stone fireplace and rich wood millwork.
BOTTOM: The cottages’ oversized furniture and comfortable dining areas make them a perfect option for entertaining.
“THE COLLECTION OF PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS PROPERTIES IS UNRIVALED, AND SIGNATURE DESIGN ELEMENTS CELEBRATE EACH PROPERTY’S INDIVIDUALITY, FAIRWAY ONE IS A DISTINCT PART OF THIS TRANSFORMATION, ADDING TO THE PROPERTY’S LEGACY AND WE’RE THRILLED TO HAVE TAKEN PART IN SHAPING THIS NEXT CHAPTER.” JACOB ROYSTER, PROJECT DESIGNER, HBA
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THIS PICTURE: The centerpiece of the new meeting facility is the 2,500-square-foot Fairway One Room with a capacity of 225.
The Fairway One complex also includes the addition of a meeting facility. Prominently situated along the arrival court, the meeting facility offers venues for a wide array of special events. The centerpiece of the facility is the 2,500-square-foot Fairway One Room with a capacity of 225, featuring floor-to-ceiling views of the first fairway and the first green beyond. HBA designers have employed natural materials and timeless design details to create meeting spaces that lend to an obvious sense of place, while maintaining a modesty that doesn’t overpower the events within. Local art, natural materials and hues, and tactile finishes are used throughout the facility to subtly reflect the character of Pebble Beach. “As Pebble Beach nears its centennial, HBA’s partnership with the resort focused on a new approach to a signature design aesthetic. The collection of Pebble Beach Resorts properties is unrivaled, and signature design elements celebrate each property’s individuality,” said HBA Project Designer Jacob Royster. “Fairway One is a distinct part of this transformation, adding to the property’s legacy and we’re thrilled to have taken part in shaping this next chapter.” Existing guest accommodations at The Lodge and The Inn at Spanish Bay are being renovated inside and out, with a new design approach for the interiors by HBA that refreshes the traditional look and feel that is Pebble Beach, while honoring its historic legacy as the country’s premiere golf resort and giving nod to its history-making future. The renovation of The Lodge includes 161 guest rooms, some ocean front, and corridors. To create a timeless design experience that outlasts the century, HBA designers focused on fine detailing, thoughtful touches, and neutral hues that lend an inherently peaceful vibe and emphasize the drama of the serene setting. HBA’s use of classic finishes and familiar patterns gives an air of richness and sophistication.
TOP: A warm fireplace offers a respite from a long day on the storied golf course.
BOTTOM: Prominently situated along the arrival court, the meeting facility offers venues for a wide array of special events.
“THE LODGE’S GUEST ROOM FURNITURE EMBODIES RELAXED ELEGANCE WITH OVERSIZED PIECES TAILORED IN NEUTRAL HUES AND INCORPORATING PATTERNS LIKE PLAIDS AND STRIPES THAT ARE STRUCTURED AND GEOMETRIC.”
HBA designers enhanced one of The Lodge room’s key elements, the fireplace, by adding a mantel to make it a focal point. They are also adding a built-in honor bar and a pocket door between the dressing and bathroom spaces to create a more open layout. The Lodge’s guest room furniture embodies relaxed elegance with oversized pieces tailored in neutral hues and incorporating patterns like plaids and stripes that are structured and geometric. Bathrooms showcase classic white marble, rich walnut vanities, and configurable shower systems. The purity and freshness of the room’s largely white painted surfaces are complemented by rich brown and black walnut finishes—all of which are be enhanced by the natural light filtering through the increased window openings and adjustable louvered panels along the entire window wall. The Inn at Spanish Bay’s guest rooms embody a more contemporary, coastal California design aesthetic and feature greatly enhanced and reconfigured window walls that allow guests to take advantage of expansive views of the ocean, Del Monte Forest and The Links at Spanish Bay. Illuminate, HBA’s lighting consultancy, worked hand-in-hand with HBA designers to create a tailored lighting program that complements the interior design, while enhancing the overall guest experience through the use of light. Fairway One was unveiled in August 2017, and subsequent phases of The Lodge and The Inn guest room renovations are slated for completion in 2019, coinciding with the property’s centennial along with its hosting of the 2019 U.S. Open Championship.
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TOP: Natural materials and timeless design details create meeting spaces that lend to an obvious sense of place, while maintaining a modesty that doesn’t overpower the events within.
BOTTOM: Neutral tones are met by dark woods to create an elegant guest bathroom.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Fairway One at Pebble Beach CLIENT: Pebble Beach Company LOCATION: Pebble Beach, California, U.S. TOTAL AREA/SIZE: Approx. 35,000 square feet DESIGN TEAM: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) â€“ Miguel Baeza, Partner; Meghann Day, Partner; Jacob Royster, Senior Designer; Marissa Wong, Senior Designer; Sarah Hullinger, Senior Project Designer PHOTOGRAPHY: Noah Webb FURNITURE: Cheng Meng Furniture; Delta Furniture; Summer Classics LIGHTING: Hallmark Lighting; Troy Lighting FLOORING: CM Hospitality Carpets; Stone Source; Da Vinci Marble
TOP: Fairway One offers an enhanced guest room experience with additional privacy, oversized accommodations and spectacular ocean, garden, and golf course views.
BOTTOM: Fairway One adds to the legacy of Pebble Beach, bringing the resort into its next 100 years.
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S.
HOTEL INDIGO LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN
STORYTELLING HOTEL INDIGO LOS ANGELES TELLS THE TALE OF A YOUNG STARLET IN HOLLYWOOD.
THIS PICTURE: Above the reception desk, a custom chandelier – brought to life by Illuminate Lighting Design – is composed of 30 large spokes and hangs horizontally with light bulbs shinning down their center.
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THIS PICTURE: Intricate lighting elements and a bold carpet pattern welcome meeting guests to the convention spaces that lie beyond.
“ILLUMINATE, HBA’S LIGHTING CONSULTANCY DESIGNED VINTAGE-STYLE LUMINAIRES WITH INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS WHILE USING THE LATEST LED TECHNOLOGY TO CONSERVE ENERGY. ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING IS INTEGRATED INTO THE BUILDING’S FORMS AND INTERIOR DETAILS TO EMPHASIZE THE MATERIAL AND CHARACTER OF EACH SPACE.”
arrative-driven design is a key element in HBA’s award-winning projects. Opening just last year, Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown is a powerful example of how the art of storytelling can impact the look and feel of a space. Four stories from the late 1800s to the 1920s influenced HBA’s design for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown – The Fiesta de las Flores parade in the late 1800s, the budding movie industry and vaudeville glamour, underground tunnels and speakeasies of the 1920s, and the starlets and directors of the time. The hotel infuses moments of each narrative with industrial undertones that speak to the direction that downtown is headed. “Being involved in the hotel boom that is happening in Downtown Los Angeles is an incredible opportunity for our office – we were able to reinterpret Indigo’s brand story by infusing whispers of Downtown Los Angeles’ famed history,” said HBA Associate Richard Tennill. “In addition to being able to design a project in our own backyard, we were able to create a look that is unique to LA’s past where visitors can discover and explore portions of the area’s history they have never before seen.” The lobby, grand by design, is an experiential progression through each of the four stories. The
TOP: An overhead view of Indigo’s prefunction space from the mezzanine above.
BOTTOM: Upholstered walls and wood veneers line the corridors to the meeting spaces.
entrance tells the story of carriages, bicycles, buggies and other moving machinery decorated with multiple flowers and displayed for the crowds at the Fiestas de las Flores, which has now evolved into the Rose Parade. Large murals with ghosted flowers over imagery of the decorated carriages and crowds cover the walls of the lobby lounge. Above the reception desk, a custom chandelier – brought to life by Illuminate Lighting Design – is composed of 30 large spokes and hangs horizontally with light bulbs shinning down their center, illuminating the freestanding, floral-decorated “penny-farthing” bike set on display. Illuminate, HBA’s lighting consultancy designed vintage-style luminaires with industrial materials while using the latest LED technology to conserve energy. Architectural lighting is integrated into the building’s forms and interior details to emphasize the material and character of each space. The lobby-level Metropolis Bar + Kitchen restaurant carries on the neighborhood’s story of 1920s secret tunnels and underground parties of the Prohibition era. The design splits its space into two by inserting seating and a passageway through concrete tunnels. The bar on one side of the tunnel is embellished with brass and copper metals reflecting on the 20-foot tall wall and ceiling cladded in pressed tin tiles. On the other side of the tunnels, a more intimate space with softer tones and a mural of jazz bands welcomes guests to a private event, an underground party reminiscent of a speakeasy during the time of Prohibition. Influenced by the theaters in Downtown Los Angeles and envisioned to be a place where Angelenos would decompress while enjoying 1920s signature drinks and the extensive view, 18 Social is a lounge and bar space located on the 18th floor and was designed with the comfort of luscious blue velvets and a modern interpretation of the era’s design. Patterns were modernized and eclectically mixed. The space, all in a dark blue tone, is accented by
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TOP: Locals and guests alike can enjoy 1920s signature drinks and an extensive view of Downtown Los Angeles from the lounge and bar space located on the 18 th floor, 18 Social.
MIDDLE: The hotel features a luscious dark blue color throughout, including the thoughtfully designed restrooms.
“BEING INVOLVED IN THE HOTEL BOOM THAT IS HAPPENING IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR OFFICE – WE WERE ABLE TO REINTERPRET INDIGO’S BRAND STORY BY INFUSING WHISPERS OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES’ FAMED HISTORY.” RICHARD TENNILL, HBA ASSOCIATE
THIS PICTURE: The lobby-level Metropolis Bar + Kitchen restaurant carries on the neighborhood’s story of 1920s secret tunnels and underground parties of the Prohibition era.
“THE MIXED SEATING ARRANGEMENT, WITH DIFFERENT CHAIR DESIGNS THROUGHOUT, ADD TO THE UNIQUENESS OF THIS SPACE AND PROVIDES FOR PRIVATE SEATING AREAS FOR EACH GROUP OF PATRONS.”
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TOP: 18 Social was designed with dark blue tones and accented by neon lighting and multiple metal finishes.
BOTTOM LEFT: The living area of the Presidential Suite, where we find the climax of Anna May Wong’s story. BOTTOM RIGHT: Mixed seating arrangements, with different chair designs throughout, add to the uniqueness of this lounge space.
neon lighting and multiple metal finishes. The mixed seating arrangement, with different chair designs throughout, add to the uniqueness of this space and provides for private seating areas for each group of patrons. In addition to being welcomed by framed old photographs of the theaters lining Broadway, a giant worm’s eye view of an iconic theater was placed on the ceiling of the lounge to give the perspective of an extended ceiling height. The guestrooms and suites were inspired by the movie starlets and famous directors of that period with a focus on Anna May Wong, who is considered the first Chinese American movie star. Both guestroom types are composed of mostly loose pieces of furniture to give rooms a residential feel and include a mural over the bed that imagines what the guest would have seen out their window during that time. These murals open up the space and introduce a view into the past. The first style of guestroom took inspiration from starlet Anna May Wong during her time living in Downtown Los Angeles and uses colors from the bougainvillea flower, which still grows in gardens throughout the city. For the executive guestrooms, the feel needed to be more masculine – the director – and uses tones of brown and maroon from leather and woods found in an office. The meetings and convention space takes inspiration from the formalwear patterns and textiles of the early 1900s pre-Hollywood galas and used those fabrics to upholster seating and carpet the floor. Down the long corridor facing a glass façade, giant images of precious stones are displayed, which shine in contrast to the dark blue painted walls behind them. Upholstered walls and wood veneers line the corridors to the meeting spaces. Following Indigo’s signature style, a substantial mural on the fourth floor showcases two large murals portraying the energy of dancers at the galas in an oversized manner leading to the outdoors. The final result is an award-winning property that tells the story of Downtown Los Angeles while simultaneously offering a gorgeous design and welcoming atmosphere to guests.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown CLIENT: Greenland USA LOCATION: Los Angeles, California, U.S. TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 332,623 square feet DESIGN TEAM: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) – Richard Tennill, Associate; Alex Kuby, Senior Project Designer; Valeria Lassalle, Senior Project Designer PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Walla FURNITURE: Aspire Provado-Senyuan; Foundation Hospitality LIGHTING: Diamond Life; Delightfull FLOORING: Rouse Company; Golvabia; Grato
TOP: Both guestroom types are composed of mostly loose pieces of furniture to give rooms a residential feel and include a mural over the bed that imagines what the guest would have seen out their window during that time.
MIDDLE: Many of the guestrooms use colors from the bougainvillea flower, which still grows in gardens throughout the city.
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UNMATCHED LUXURY HBA DESIGNS ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED LUXURY HOTELS IN ISRAEL LOCATED IN GERMAN COLONY OF WEST JERUSALEM.
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ORIENT JERUSALEM BY ISROTEL EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION
THIS PICTURE: An oval stairwell and cascading chandelier invite guests to an ark-like reception desk.
“THE EXPERIENCE OF DESIGNING THE INTERIORS FOR THE ORIENT WAS PARTICULARLY CAPTIVATING. BUILDING THE NARRATIVE FOR THE HOTEL WAS A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY THROUGH OLD JERUSALEM AND THE GERMAN COLONY.” SARAH WILLIAMS, HBA SENIOR DESIGNER
he Orient Jerusalem by Isrotel Collection is located in one of the world’s most sacred religious sites in Jerusalem, and opened July 2017. Located at the entrance to Jerusalem’s historically rich and increasingly cosmopolitan German Colony in Western Jerusalem, the landmark project is comprised of two distinctive 19th Century Templar buildings as well as a modern nine-story building. The Orient Jerusalem features high-end restaurants and bars, a museum, a boutique spa, a ballroom and event spaces, as well as a total of 250 guestrooms and an elegant rooftop pool and bar that crowns the building. HBA drew widely on reference to local color, materials and craft traditions, whilst keeping the vernacular of these spaces contemporary. Celebrating Jerusalem’s sacred culture, HBA designers took inspiration from the Templar settlers, who excelled in carpentry and blacksmithing trades and whose traditions continue today through the bustling local streets, colorful marketplaces, and eclectic mix of all things artisan. Golden hues of Jerusalem stone and the earthy olive groves on the fringes of the city provided a color palette of materiality and design. HBA designers were challenged to grace the new building’s modern architecture with the district’s rich heritage, while bringing the charm of the existing rooms in to the public areas and guestrooms of the new buildings. The result is a welcoming ambience, combining comfort on a personal scale with the polish of a world-class hotel. “The experience of designing the interiors for The Orient was particularly captivating. Building the narrative for the hotel was a journey of discovery through old Jerusalem and the German Colony,” said Sarah Williams, senior designer at HBA. “This is a city of cultures so entwined and rich in traditional craftsmanship, and we made sure that this inheritance touched every space.” The journey begins with a grand atrium of glass and Jerusalem stone – the purity of design is imposing. A high glazed ceiling lets in an abundance of natural light and is dressed with gently gathered drapery that lends softness to the space while also shielding guests from the midday sun and softening the acoustics. The rough-cut stone elevations of the lobby are allayed by illuminated strips of mosaic patterned tiles. Behind the ark-like reception desk stand three elegant wrought
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MIDDLE: The journey begins with a grand atrium of glass and Jerusalem stone.
BOTTOM: Natural warm tones and cool white marble tops decorate the lobby-level dining area.
THIS PICTURE: Three elegant wrought iron and glass display cabinets showcase collections of artwork from the neighborhood behind the reception desk.
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THIS PICTURE: Feature screens on each side of the bar have been specially designed to recall traditional local wrought iron work.
“THE GRAND LOUNGE BAR, KHAN, FLOWS FROM THE ENTRANCE LOBBY AN ATMOSPHERIC DOUBLE-HEIGHT SPACE WHICH IS A SYMPHONY OF REFLECTIVE AND TEXTURAL SURFACES. THE MAIN WALL IS AN ARTFUL COMPOSITION OF FRAMED VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ MIRRORS MOUNTED ON A TACTILE CORK BACKDROP.”
iron and glass display cabinets showcasing collections of artwork from the neighborhood. A handcrafted chandelier cascades through the central oval stairwell and is suspended above a reflection pool two floors below. The grand lounge bar, Khan, flows from the entrance lobby an atmospheric double-height space which is a symphony of reflective and textural surfaces. The main wall is an artful composition of framed verre églomisé mirrors mounted on a tactile cork backdrop. Reflections are captured across the room, enhancing the sense of space and creating a multidimensional ambience. Feature screens on each side of the bar have been specially designed to recall traditional local wrought iron work while the central an access cozy balconies where they can enjoy a drink while looking out over the delightful outdoor courtyard below. The Smadar Dining Room and Courtyard Terrace impressive space, with its natural warm tones and cool white marble tops, is at the heart of the hotel. Jerusalem stone walls carry through from the exterior facade to meet etched mirror-clad walls and semitransparent etched glass screens, posing a thrilling play of reflectivity, transparency and opacity. An elegant mosaic floor is the stage for a lively show kitchen. Olive wood from the groves nearby adds to the energy of the space and forms a striking composition of suspended panels with acoustic insulation for the double-height space. The dining room flows out into a triangular courtyard – an al fresco area with a chic courtyard that serves as a “secret olive grove.” The indoor lap pool sits at the heart of the spa and looks as if the cavernous space has trapped the very source of “Jerusalem Gold” between its faceted ceiling and Jerusalem stone walls. The grand design statements of the rough-hewn lava stone feature wall with its cascading waterfall and the golden crystalline structure of the ceiling capture elements of the volcanic. In contrast to this grandeur, the seven
TOP: A high glazed ceiling lets in an abundance of natural light and is dressed with gently gathered drapery that lends softness to the space.
BOTTOM: HBA designers took inspiration from the Templar settlers, who excelled in carpentry and blacksmithing trades and whose traditions continue today through an eclectic mix of all things artisan.
“THE INDOOR LAP POOL SITS AT THE HEART OF THE SPA AND LOOKS AS IF THE CAVERNOUS SPACE HAS TRAPPED THE VERY SOURCE OF “JERUSALEM GOLD” BETWEEN ITS FACETED CEILING AND JERUSALEM STONE WALLS.”
treatment rooms, including a couple’s treatment suite, are simple and calming. They combine warm timber floors with a stone envelope and a light projection wall to create spaces where the focus is all on guest wellbeing. Crowning the new building at the 10th level, the rooftop pool and Orientop bar offers spectacular views from the cabanas and pergolas by the poolside. The glamorous, electric blue and white tiled bar feature artisan ceramic tables discovered by HBA designers in the local markets. Each of the 39 guest rooms in The Templar Buildings are unique in their architectural form and detailing, challenging designers with creating 39 distinct spaces. Guestrooms combine luxury with local handcrafted authenticity that bring these buildings to life. The blue and ivory palette is meaningful and represents the “tekhelet” blue recalling the biblical blue of Judaism. Encaustic floor tiles that flow from the bedroom into the bathrooms are similar to those found in the original buildings during restoration. Crafted wrought iron bedframes are focal points in the bedrooms with a blue leather chaise longue at the foot of each bed adding a further touch of opulence. Many of the bathrooms feature a large window through which light streams in, illuminating the fittings that include aged metal basins and mixer taps, as well as a traditional free-standing copper-clad tub. The spacious guestrooms and suites in the new building reference local heritage and craftsmanship but within the context of a contemporary background. Studded headboards, for example, hint at the old doors of the city, lamps are artisanal, and table tops are of olive wood. Sliding glass panels add a visual link between bedroom and bathroom, opening up to allow guests to experience the balance of natural stone, olive wood, wrought iron and plush woven fabrics across the entire space. Each room has its own balcony from which guests can savor fascinating city views. The 24 suites provide an even more elevated experience in terms of materiality and detailing along with a spacious sitting room with deep sofas and in some cases a dining area of terrace. The Presidential Suite combines a bedroom, bathroom and dining area along with a lounge that features a fully glazed dual aspect outdoor terrace, providing uninterrupted views of Jerusalem.
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TOP: The relaxation space in the spa is outfitted with rough-hewn lava stone.
BOTTOM: The golden crystalline structure of the ceiling captures elements of the volcanic.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Orient Jerusalem by Isrotel Exclusive Collection CLIENT: Isrotel LOCATION: Emek Refa’im St 3, Jerusalem, Israel TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 182,426 Sq Ft DESIGN TEAM: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) – Sarah Williams, Senior Project Director; Constantina Tsoutsikou, Creative Director; Inge Moore PHOTOGRAPHY: Thomas Anderson FURNITURE: Novox; Ashap; Galilee Furniture; Interdecor LIGHTING: Ran Troim Lighting Design; Northern Lights FLOORING: May Sharon; Brintons; Renby; Dikla Carpets
TOP: Each of the 39 guest rooms in The Templar Buildings are unique in their architectural form and detailing, challenging designers with creating 39 distinct spaces.
BOTTOM: Aged metal basins and mixer taps, as well as a traditional free-standing copper-clad tub, provide a touch of opulence to the guest bathrooms.
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800 YEARS OF HERITAGE
HBA CREATES A DELICATE DESIGN FOR FOUR SEASONS KYOTO.
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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL KYOTO
THIS PICTURE: A trickling water feature dazzles guests through the bridal suite staircase.
our Seasons Kyoto is located within one of the best-preserved historic cities, with intact palaces, gardens, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Designed to be a haven of quiet dignity and discreet expression, the Four Seasons Kyoto’s design narrative was carefully planned surrounding the 800-year-old Ikeniwa Pond, inviting guests to engage with nature through its blueprint. A rich model of modernism resonates throughout the hotel while carefully maintain traditional Japanese conceptions of architecture. “At the start of the five year project, we began working on the design and immediately recognized the tremendous respect and honor the region and Ikeniwa Pond commanded,” said Agnes Ng, HBA partner and lead designer on the project. “Our concept paid respect to both aspects of the property with our understated, graceful design, which had minimalist undertones featuring intricate details. The hotel is meant to be a haven for contemplation – we designed every facet of it to open up to views of Ikeniwa, allowing the design to serve as a window to the pond, never detracting from it.” Guests are greeted into the hotel by an alluring bamboo forest that leads to a Japanese garden sanctuary. As one of the only cities in the world with four distinct and highly photogenic seasons, Kyoto flourishes with spring cherry blossoms, swaying bamboo in summer, brilliant red autumn leaves, and the blanket of winter snow – each one framed by expansive windows. Bringing the outdoors to the interior, the vast lobby space seamlessly adapts with every season to evoke constant, yet ever-changing emotions with guests. The use of locally sourced traditional shoji paper screens create interesting soft shadows as light casts through them. HBA designers used natural Aji stepping stones to pave the ground, reminiscent of a Zen garden.
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TOP: The vast lobby space seamlessly adapts with every season to evoke constant, yet ever-changing emotions with guests.
BOTTOM: The essence of the lobby lies in its simplicity and generosity of its gestures. The harmonious integration of space and environment lends to the importance of the site’s context – the pond.
THIS PICTURE: A restaurant designed by KOKAI STUDIOS overlooks the spacious lobby.
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THIS PICTURE: A vibrant purple hue, seen here in the carpet of the prefunction space, is used throughout the design, providing a stately and royal context for the country.
“OUR CONCEPT PAID RESPECT TO BOTH ASPECTS OF THE PROPERTY WITH OUR UNDERSTATED, GRACEFUL DESIGN, WHICH HAD MINIMALIST UNDERTONES FEATURING INTRICATE DETAILS. THE HOTEL IS MEANT TO BE A HAVEN FOR CONTEMPLATION – WE DESIGNED EVERY FACET OF IT TO OPEN UP TO VIEWS OF IKENIWA, ALLOWING THE DESIGN TO SERVE AS A WINDOW TO THE POND, NEVER DETRACTING FROM IT.” AGNES NG, HBA PARTNER AND LEAD DESIGNERIBUS CONSCIT. BATRIO INAM.
“The essence of the lobby lies in its simplicity and generosity of its gestures. The harmonious integration of space and environment lends to the importance of the site’s context – the pond,” says Ng. “Large discreet spaces of respite and dramatic linear views to the pond and beyond dictate the lobby space – the design orchestrates a sense a simple elegance, sensuality and discovery that reveals a further focal point to the pond.” A personal space inspired by tranquillity, the guestrooms at the Four Seasons Kyoto reflect the characteristics of a traditional Japanese house. The quiet and elegantly simple lines of wooden slats greet guests upon entering the space is enhanced by the deliberate shadows cast by light that sheds through. Fusuma screens decorated with artwork by local echo artists further celebrate the culture. The view to the outdoor sanctuary is framed by oak wood architrave that acts as a center point, immersing guests in Kyoto’s heritage. Traditional tatami was implemented in a modern way to preserve and respect Kyoto’s tradition by adding a Japanese pattern motif. A vibrant purple hue is used throughout the design, providing a stately and royal context for the country. Natural edge-carved oak wood flooring enhances the natural Japanese imperial villa experience. Restrooms are a luxurious space for guests to immerse themselves in the calming, soothing effects of water inspired by the pond. Decorative vertical stone walls and a luxurious rain shower create an oasis for guests to relax, simulating a waterfall within a bamboo forest. Inspired by the natural movement of swaying bamboo leaves, the wedding chapel evokes an emotional response that offers an engaging relationship with nature. The design works to embrace the
MIDDLE: The ballroom walls are adorned with locally sourced tapestries and artwork that references delicate bamboo leaves.
BOTTOM: An artfully designed ceiling resembles Shoji screens while providing a delightful surprise to guests who look upwards.
context between nature and the purity of spaces by framing the views and enveloping the interiors with motifs of bamboo leaves. The undulating structure envelopes around the space, while glass windows provide a frame for the soaring and sunlit spaces. Designed to be the gateway to celebration, the staircase offers a modern architectural form â€“ the fusion of contemporary design with traditional skills. The form of the staircase contrasted by the softness of the traditional washi paper partitions create a characteristic Japanese space that is soft and luminous. Locally sourced washi paper specially designed by local artisan Eriko Horiki, who uses traditional methods in creating traditional Japanese paper, gives an ambient atmosphere through the textures of shadows created by light filtering though. Complemented by the gentle sounds of the trickling water feature, the staircase draws guests to move about the space. Acting as a theatrical expression of seasons, nature and celebration, the ballroom walls are adorned with locally sourced tapestries and artwork that references delicate bamboo leaves. The show kitchen, designed as a tea house, sits within the space and enhances the traditional Japanese experience with refined design touches. Carpet flooring reflects the pond in another exercise in paying subtle homage to Kyotoâ€™s environment.
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TOP: The dramatic indoor swimming pool takes its design form from the pond, while a series of Japanese pavilions invite guests to lounge in an intimate setting.
BOTTOM: Inspired by the natural movement of swaying bamboo leaves, the wedding chapel evokes an emotional response that offers an engaging relationship with nature.
“THE DESIGN WORKS TO EMBRACE THE CONTEXT BETWEEN NATURE AND THE PURITY OF SPACES BY FRAMING THE VIEWS AND ENVELOPING THE INTERIORS WITH MOTIFS OF BAMBOO LEAVES.”
TOP: A VIP couples suite at the spa is a haven of Kyo no Iyashi, meaning ‘Kyoto healing’.
BOTTOM: The spa seating area invites guests to a quiet respite in an intimate setting.
“LARGE DISCREET SPACES OF RESPITE AND DRAMATIC LINEAR VIEWS TO THE POND AND BEYOND DICTATE THE LOBBY SPACE – THE DESIGN ORCHESTRATES A SENSE A SIMPLE ELEGANCE, SENSUALITY AND DISCOVERY THAT REVEALS A FURTHER FOCAL POINT TO THE POND.” AGNES NG, HBA PARTNER AND LEAD DESIGNER
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THIS PICTURE: The living room area of the Presidential Suite features warm, neutral tones juxtaposed by a vibrant purple hue.
The Spa at Four Seasons Kyoto is a haven of Kyo no Iyashi, meaning ‘Kyoto healing’ and features seven treatment and wellness-technology rooms, including a VIP couples’ spa suite. Roji path stepping stones to a waterfall cascading from a stone bridge usher guests into an oasis of calm and tranquility. The dramatic indoor swimming pool takes its design form from the pond, while a series of Japanese pavilions invite guests to lounge in an intimate setting. Referencing imperial palace architecture, meeting rooms serve as transitional spaces that offer formal privacy with a reserved, sophisticated touch. The overall simplicity of the space is juxtaposed with intricate carvings demonstrated though cedar timber doors that showcase Kyoto’s seasons.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto CLIENT: Four Seasons LOCATION: Kyoto, Japan TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 332,623 square feet DESIGN TEAM: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) – Connie Puar , Partner; Agnes Ng, Partner; Cristian Rubio, Associate Director; Kenneth Lai, Associate PHOTOGRAPHY: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto FURNITURE: Armani Casa; Ritzwell; Sakura Seisakusho; Gervasoni LIGHTING: Ricardo Lighting FLOORING: Brintons Carpet; Couristan Carpets AWARDS: Boutique Design Gold Key Awards: Best Guest Room, Best Suite; HICAP – Reggie Shiu Development of the Year; Hospitality Design HD Awards – Best Spa, Best Guest Room
TOP: Guestrooms at the Four Seasons Kyoto reflect the characteristics of a traditional Japanese house, such as this nod to traditional Shoji screens above the bed.
MIDDLE: The view to the outdoor sanctuary is framed by oak wood architrave that acts as a center point, immersing guests in Kyoto’s heritage.
BOTTOM: Varied seating elements provide guests a comfortable place to dine.
showcase | RESORT
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GRAND PARK KODHIPPARU MALDIVES
BAREFOOT LUXURY STUDIO HBA DESIGNS SECLUDED GRAND PARK KODHIPPARU, WITH 120 OVER-WATER AND BEACH VILLAS IN THE MALDIVES.
THIS PICTURE: Guest villas offer sunrise or sunset views, private pools and colorful accents inspired by marine life.
tudio HBA – a division of the world’s leading hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) – recently designed a stunning and luxurious resort in The Maldives – Grand Park Kodhipparu. The exclusive resort is located on a private island and features everything a guest may need to enjoy the beauty and charm of this iconic locale. The 120 idyllic villas feature traditional Maldivian elements and contemporary comforts paired with sunrise or sunset views. Two restaurants – The Edge and Firedoor – as well as a poolside bar offer openair dining overlooking the ocean. A holistic spa with traditional Balinese or Arurvedic treatments, and a space for yoga and relaxation adds to the resort’s impressive amenities. “Our entire thought process in designing the resort involved incorporating the natural elements we were presented with: the ocean and its marine life, the sky and sun and the gentle breeze,” said Rahul Shankhwalker, partner at Studio HBA. “This made our possibilities endless and allowed our concept to take many forms, keeping these key building blocks of the guest experience in mind. We wanted guests to feel out in the open, yet protected from the elements to promote a sense of calm and security. Local artisans created much of the décor, furthering the resort’s sense of place.”
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TOP: An infinity-edge pool and plentiful seating allow guests many opportunities to enjoy their surroundings.
BOTTOM: Macramé curtains and a minimal, yet strategic, use of patterns elevates the villa décor to a more playful level.
“OCEAN AND LAGOON POOL VILLAS ADD A PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL TO THE ALREADY LAVISH ACCOMMODATIONS. BEACH VILLAS, COMPLETE WITH A PRIVATE PLUNGE POOL, TRADE THE OVER-WATER EXPERIENCE FOR LUSH GREENERY AND POWDERY WHITE SAND BEACHES JUST STEPS FROM THE TERRACE.”
THIS PICTURE: Seating areas with swinging loveseats invite guests to take in the views of the open air lobby.
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THIS PICTURE: The Edge restaurant, situated next to the ocean, is contemporary and open, offering unobstructed views of its picturesque surroundings.
“OUR ENTIRE THOUGHT PROCESS IN DESIGNING THE RESORT INVOLVED INCORPORATING THE NATURAL ELEMENTS WE WERE PRESENTED WITH: THE OCEAN AND ITS MARINE LIFE, THE SKY AND SUN AND THE GENTLE BREEZE.” RAHUL SHANKHWALKER, HBA PARTNER
Guest arrival begins with a scenic 20-minute speedboat ride to the secluded island from The Maldives capital of Male. Approaching the resort, sophisticated architecture and contemporary exteriors are met with traditional high-ceiling palm fringed roofs. An open air reception area with a grand ceiling and soothing water feature creates a casual space to welcome guests. Seating areas complete with swinging loveseats and bright pops of color inspired by marine life invite guests to take in the ocean views. Villas have an inventive rustic appeal, with traditional influences of wood and rattan, a mostly neutral color palette, and locally made crafts to accent the tranquil atmosphere. Cerulean and bright orange details in the pillows and accessories are taken from the brilliant colors of the sunrise and sunset over the ocean. Macramé curtains, large circular artwork and a minimal, yet strategic, use of patterns elevates the
décor to a more playful level. Ocean Water and Lagoon Water Villas overlook a beautiful sunrise or sunset, respectively, which can be enjoyed from a private terrace with sun lounger and hammock. Ocean and Lagoon Pool Villas add a private swimming pool to the already lavish accommodations. Beach Villas, complete with a private plunge pool, trade the over-water experience for lush greenery and powdery white sand beaches just steps from the terrace. Expansive bathrooms in every villa feature an indoor and outdoor shower. Guests can enjoy three dining experiences during their stay. The Edge, situated next to the ocean, is contemporary and open, offering unobstructed views of its picturesque surroundings. Maldivian influences are reflected in the pine wood timber flooring, roof and ceiling features, and continue through the furniture and décor items created by local craftsmen. A variety
LEFT: Guests have opportunities for multiple dining experiences, including dining mere feet from the ocean’s edge.
RIGHT: Lounge seating invites groups to socialize while enjoying a cocktail from the resort’s bar.
“MALDIVIAN INFLUENCES ARE REFLECTED IN THE PINE WOOD TIMBER FLOORING, ROOF AND CEILING FEATURES, AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE FURNITURE AND DÉCOR ITEMS CREATED BY LOCAL CRAFTSMEN.”
of seating, from cozy indoor lounge seating to overwater private pods, is ideal for group mingling or romantic dinners. Set against tranquil, panoramic ocean views, Breeze is a laidback pool bar adjacent to the resort’s infinity pool. At sunset, Breeze transforms into an easy-going resort bar with an adjoining cigar room. Casual seating groups and a low-set bar offer plentiful options for groups or couples looking to enjoy an inventive cocktail. Cerulean, orange and bright green accents are inspired by the bar’s location, and match the festive tone of the casual space. Large trees and smaller planters of flowers bring life into the open room. Nestled in an intimate space away from the other resort facilities, specialty restaurant Firedoor sets the stage for a special celebration. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a hive of activity, with an open show kitchen and a central lagoon with schools of colorful fish. Subtle patterns and hints of color create a carefree and relaxed vibe as guests dine either indoors or alfresco. The Spa is a holistic retreat where guests go in search of health and a sustainable lifestyle. Treatment rooms with a view offer large soaking tubs, expansive ocean views, and space for couple or solo massage. A soothing palette of blue and white creates a tranquil space to relax and recharge.
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TOP: Traditional Maldivian elements and local art accent the resort’s open spaces.
BOTTOM: Subtle patterns and hints of color create a carefree and relaxed vibe as guests dine either indoors or alfresco.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives CLIENT: Amin Construction Private Limited LOCATION: Maldives DESIGN TEAM: Studio HBA Singapore - Rahul Shankwalker, Partner; Cher Macalinga, Project Director; Reggie Madestomas, Senior Designer; Maisarah Mamoon, FF&E Designer PHOTOGRAPHY: Harshan Thomson FURNITURE: Creative Living Bali FLOORING: Patodia India
TOP: Cerulean and bright orange details in the pillows and accessories are taken from the brilliant colors of the sunrise and sunset over the ocean.
BOTTOM: Expansive bathrooms in every villa feature an indoor and outdoor shower, and a large soaking tub.
showcase | HOTEL
ARTISTIC INNOVATION HBA LOOKS TO CHINAâ€™S RICH CULTURAL BACKGROUND OF ARTS AND INVENTION TO CREATE AND EDGY, SOPHISTICATED NEW LOOK IN LE MERIDIEN SHANGHAI, MINHANG.
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QIBAO, MINHANG, SHANGHAI, CHINA
LE MERIDIEN SHANGHAI
THIS PICTURE: Le Méridien’s lobby is a gathering place for creative minds to converse, debate, and exchange, an innovative and re-interpreted hotel lobby concept.
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THIS PICTURE: The lift lobbyâ€™s illumination is reflected in the flooring and mirrored walls.
“THE HOTEL’S EDGY AND DESIGN-FORWARD VISION UNLOCKS THE DESTINATION THROUGH ART, PRESENTING A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE TYPICAL LUXURY HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCE. LE MÉRIDIEN’S LOBBY IS A GATHERING PLACE FOR CREATIVE MINDS TO CONVERSE, DEBATE, AND EXCHANGE, AN INNOVATIVE AND RE-INTERPRETED HOTEL LOBBY CONCEPT.”
e Méridien Shanghai, Minhang features 240 chic guest rooms and spacious suites displaying contemporary artwork that blends with timeless furnishings to create a warm ambience. Designed to pay homage to the notable discoveries China made in the art of image capture, such as camera obscura and shadow play, all the finishes, details, and lighting schemes in the hotel reflect the unique history that lingers within the ancient town of Qibao in Minhang District of Shanghai. “This project challenged our design team to see through the lens of history, drawing inspiration from the pivotal strides in invention made from within the ancient town’s walls,” said HBA Associate Robbyn Carter. “Our team focuses more on experiential design by creating a new and unexpected experience, questioning the norm and disrupting our usual linear thought process. Qibao’s rich history of arts has made impactful discoveries in the art of image capture. We communicate history through art because art is a form of documentation.” The hotel’s edgy and design-forward vision unlocks the destination through art, presenting a new perspective on the typical luxury hospitality experience. Le Méridien’s lobby is a gathering place for creative minds to converse, debate, and exchange, an innovative and re-interpreted hotel lobby concept. Guests are surrounded by curated contemporary, high-impact art installations. This environment awakens curiosity and stimulates thinking with dialogue and interaction encouraged through distinctive seating arrangements.
TOP: A bold reception desk and interesting lighting elements entice guests into the lobby.
BOTTOM: The grey marble faceted feature wall defines the lobby space.
The grey marble faceted feature wall defines the space, with contrasting textures – natural timber flooring, with brass metal details, and metal mesh panels. The Lobby Lounge is the transitional bar which transforms from a daytime coffee lounge area into a night-time bar, accommodating various groups of furniture. Faceted brash mesh ceiling, timber wall and flooring, white marble counters, and black marble mosaic tiles create an interesting environment. A ‘Chinois Chic’ restaurant where Shanghai décor is fused with modern simplicity is a mix of contemporary and Chinese elements paying tribute to Shanghai’s vast history and thriving position in modern China. Industrial details in juxtaposition with Chinese traditional arts create an atmosphere of cosmopolitan allure. Shikumen inspired elements is an urban counterpart against refined finishes, and traditional Chinese screens transformed into overlapping patterns contrast next to a rustic and painted mural wall. The large private dining room is a patchwork of both imperial Chinese and colonial British influences. Colonial-style interior applications, combined with
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TOP: The lobby lounge area is a coffee bar by day and a lively spot to grab a cocktail by night.
BOTTOM: The large private dining room is a patchwork of both imperial Chinese and colonial British influences.
THIS PICTURE: Industrial details in juxtaposition with Chinese traditional arts create an atmosphere of cosmopolitan allure.
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THIS PICTURE: The ballroom uses lighting and shadow play to create a unique element for meetings and events.
“OUR TEAM FOCUSES MORE ON EXPERIENTIAL DESIGN BY CREATING A NEW AND UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCE, QUESTIONING THE NORM AND DISRUPTING OUR USUAL LINEAR THOUGHT PROCESS. QIBAO’S RICH HISTORY OF ARTS HAS MADE IMPACTFUL DISCOVERIES IN THE ART OF IMAGE CAPTURE. WE COMMUNICATE HISTORY THROUGH ART BECAUSE ART IS A FORM OF DOCUMENTATION.” ROBBYN CARTER, HBA ASSOCIATE
sophisticated contemporary furniture and an industrial warehouse aesthetic are balanced with soft oriental patterns and fabrics. The ceiling is inspired by Shanghai Art Deco and contrasts next to the Shikumen inspired wall finish. In the small private dining room, elements such as Shikumen inspired stone patterns while traditional Chinese paint brushes are arranged into modern details. Collections of ceramic are showcased to pay tribute to the rich connection between the history of the city and its waters. The facilities in Le Méridien Shanghai, Minhang continue the narrative – the spa and swimming pool utilize light and shadow, inspired by Qibao shadow plays. The natural light is cast into beautiful patterns that define space and create an ephemeral experience. Layers of natural material reflect the rich layers of history of Qibao, with cool stones to contrast against warm accents. The guestrooms and suites feature a sculptural shower with natural white graphical marble, accentuated
TOP LEFT: Marble plays a central role in the hotel’s design for its traditional, yet edgy and unique properties.
TOP RIGHT: Standalone round sinks and oval mirrors provide an unexpected elegance to the hotel’s bathrooms.
BOTTOM: Lounge furniture and an intricate light installation enhance the hotel’s pool area.
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“WE MIND-MAP IDEAS AND CONCEPTS BASED ON THESE INSIGHTS AND APPLY THEM TO VARIOUS DESIGN DETAILS THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL FROM FURNITURE TO FINISHES AND SPACE PLANNING.” ROBBYN CARTER, HBA ASSOCIATE
IMAGE CREDIT: > EK Yap
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TOP: Dynamic marble walls lead to the guest bathrooms, which house sculptural showers.
with warm wood, brass metal and white marble as the background including an open wardrobe, artful furniture, lighting fixtures, and monochromatic rug. “A considerable amount of contextual research was necessary in realizing the concept and executing it effectively,” said Carter. “We mind-map ideas and concepts based on these insights and apply them to various design details throughout the hotel from furniture to finishes and space planning.” Qibao is located in the center of Minhang District of Shanghai, only 18 kilometers (11.18 miles) from the downtown area. As the only ancient town forming part of greater Shanghai, it is considered by some imperative that the arts and rich history of Qibao are documented and preserved.
BOTTOM: A playful mix of patterns and materials provides a surprising, yet polished appearance in this suite.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang CLIENT: Powerlong LOCATION: Qibao, Minhang, Shanghai, China TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 34,000 sq meters DESIGN TEAM: Robbyn Carter PHOTOGRAPHY: Le MÃ©ridien Shanghai, Minhang FURNITURE: Fujian Senyuan LIGHTING: Kamtat Lighting FLOORING: Haima Carpet
TOP: Guestrooms feature natural white graphical marble accentuated with warm wood, brass metal and a monochromatic rug.
BOTTOM: This dining area mixes luxurious marble with more subdued, warm tones to provide balance.
showcase | RESORT
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HANGZHOU CITY, ZHEJIANG, CHINA
AHN LUH QIANDAO LAKE
AHN LUH OPENS ON QIANDAOHU, OR THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE, ALONGSIDE CLEAR, CALM WATERS AND LUSH TROPICAL GARDENS.
THIS PICTURE: A warming firepit and a view of the lake entice guests into the lobby.
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THIS PICTURE: Pops of red in the otherwise neutral space symbolize energy and vitality.
“THE PALETTE USED THROUGHOUT THE RESORT WAS INSPIRED BY THE COLORS OF NATURE, CAREFULLY SELECTED TO ENSURE A GENTLE MERGING OF EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR SPACES, ACHIEVING A SERENE AND PEACEFUL OASIS WITH A FLAIR OF SOPHISTICATION AND ELEGANCE.”
ive star Ahn Luh resort on the secluded and exotic Qiandao Lake, or Thousand Island Lake brings a new level of sophistication to the brand, while maintaining a tranquil environment to blend with its lush surroundings. The man-made lake, located in the Zhejiang province, has over one thousand islets that sustain exotic wildlife, caves and mountains filled with flourishing trees and plants. The resort maintains harmony with its environment, blending into nature with a gentle footprint. “Our natural color palate and use of the expansive and ubiquitous views gives the guest an immersive experience,” says HBA Partner Connie Puar. “Bespoke furniture was created to be harmonious with the land, yet contemporary and sophisticated to match the brand aesthetic.” Ahn Luh focuses on the legacy of China’s rich history, traditions, heritage and culture to richly evoke the past and present, creating a sense of place with genuine indigenous motifs. The palette used throughout the resort was inspired by the colors of nature, carefully selected to ensure a gentle merging of exterior and interior spaces, achieving a serene and peaceful oasis with a flair of sophistication and elegance. Surrounded by the beautiful, calm water of the lake and its green gardens, guests will be greeted with bamboo trees that line the pavements to their villas. A serene sanctuary for the senses unfolds into a welcoming lobby, with a central outdoor fireplace sitting in the middle of a reflecting pool. Latticed windows, bespoke dark wood furniture and stunning artwork set the tone for a rich influence of Jiangnan architecture, making lasting memories in the finest resort at Qiandaohu.
MIDDLE: Calming tones and a revitalizing art installation draw guests into the spa.
BOTTOM: Red niches with white art installations resembling a school of fish punctuate the wall to direct guests to the semiprivate dining area.
“BESPOKE FURNITURE WAS CREATED TO BE HARMONIOUS WITH THE LAND, YET CONTEMPORARY AND SOPHISTICATED TO MATCH THE BRAND AESTHETIC.” CONNIE PUAR, HBA PARTNER
A Chinese Medicine Room is located next to the lobby lounge and is staffed by professional and experienced Chinese medicine consultants. The palette was transpired from ancient Chinese medicine rooms, with warm grey tones taking center stage for upholstery, and red throw pillows to symbolize energy and vitality. Local dark grey stone lines the floor and a Chinese herbal apothecary chest made of dark wood gives a warm contrast in this room. Surrounded by lush greenery with a view of the lake, this space embodies thousands of years of Chinese history. The villas harness a perfect balance between historic and modern design entities inspired by China’s years of rich heritage of culture and craftsmanship. All villas are manicured with beautifully kept gardens and a courtyard with a balcony that faces the spectacular views of Qiandao Lake. A rich color palette emulating the colors of the calm lake includes hues of warm grey, Ming blue and turquoise. Elegant, dark grey local stone and dark wood carry throughout the property. All villas are thoughtfully designed and equipped with the modern traveler’s security, comfort and productivity in mind. In addition to the latest technological amenities, walk-in wardrobes, ensuite laundry and marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs and glass-enclosed rainforest showers pamper guests. Villas are the heart and soul of the resort, fulfilling guests’ sense of pleasure and making them feel at home.
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TOP: A central outdoor fire pit and calm pools of water are a tranquil entry to the resort.
BOTTOM: A round window looks out onto Qiandao Lake.
THIS PICTURE: A Chinese Medicine Room is located next to the lobby lounge and is staffed by professional and experienced Chinese medicine consultants.
“A RICH COLOR PALETTE EMULATING THE COLORS OF THE CALM LAKE INCLUDES HUES OF WARM GREY, MING BLUE AND TURQUOISE. ELEGANT, DARK GREY LOCAL STONE AND DARK WOOD CARRY THROUGHOUT THE PROPERTY.”
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THIS PICTURE: The walls and columns of the dining area are lined with grey Chinese bricks, handmade from local kiln, while local, dark grey stone in a natural finish makes up the floors.
The all-day dining space is situated next to a contemporary Chinese courtyard. Bamboo-inspired interiors create a fusion of local culture and modernity. The walls and columns are lined with grey Chinese bricks, handmade from local kiln, while local, dark grey stone in a natural finish makes up the floors. Red niches with white art installations resembling school of fish punctuate the wall to direct guests to the semi-private dining area. Ahn Luh’s spa rituals originate from the healing traditions of ancient China, exotic Bali, spiritual India and the sacred land of Tibet. Authentic oriental health care, a well-designed environment and supreme service allow guests to relax, meditate and recover physical strength. Ahn Luh Spa conjures the relaxation of body and soul, balancing with nature both physically and psychologically. In the Tai-Chi room, traditional Chinese medicine and a rejuvenating pool supplement one’s overall health needs. Guests can choose to enjoy services in a typical treatment room, or in a relaxing treehouse-like VIP room.
TOP: Marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs and glassenclosed rainforest showers pamper guests.
PROJECT DETAILS PROJECT NAME: Ahn Luh Qiandao Lake CLIENT: Shanghai Golden Union Investment Group Co. Ltd LOCATION: Hangzhou City, Zhejiang, China TOTAL AREA/SIZE: 18,500 sq meters DESIGN TEAM: Hirsch Bedner Associates - Connie Puar, Partner; Hazlin Ahmad, Senior Associate; Patrick Ho, Project Director PHOTOGRAPHY: Will Pryce FURNITURE: Shanghai D-Perot Furniture Co. Ltd LIGHTING: LEOX Design Partnership
MIDDLE: Villas are the heart and soul of the resort, fulfilling guests’ sense of pleasure and making them feel at home.
DESIGN LIBRARY ODE TO OUTDOOR LIVING BY KETTAL COOL CASCADES BY ZAZZERI FLORAL EVOLUTION BY VGNEWTREND ALL THINGS GLAM BY FORMITALIA QUARTZITE DELIGHT BY NIRO GRANITE
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CALA COLLECTION by Doshi Levien KETTAL
design library | OUTDOOR FURNITURE
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ODE TO OUTDOOR LIVING
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR-FRIENDLY FURNITURE, THE CALA COLLECTION COMBINES LOW-MAINTENANCE AND COMFORT WITH THE RIGHT KIND OF LOOKS FOR ALL THINGS AL FRESCO.
THIS PICTURE: With its fanned-plume backrest, the Cala armchair, designed by Doshi Levien, is inspired by the peacock wicker chair featured in the French film “Emmanuelle”.
“THE OPEN WEAVE OF THE ROPE PROVIDES A LATTICED WINDOW, CONVEYING VISUAL PRIVACY WHILE MAINTAINING A CONNECTION TO THE SURROUNDINGS. THE OPEN AIRY DESIGN ALSO ENABLES SUMMER BREEZES TO COOL DOWN ITS OCCUPANT.”
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THIS PICTURE: The Cala collection comprises of dining chairs, sofas and ottomans, as well as dining and coffee tables.
ettal has taken yet another real step forward to make the outdoors more comfortable and chic with its Cala collection. The Cala high-backed armchair which kicked off a series of outdoor furniture, debuted in the Milan Design Week 2016 and was developed exclusively for Kettal. Apparently, the designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien were so enamoured by the peacock wicker chair featured in the 1974 French film “Emmanuelle,” they had it tacked to their inspirational board. A subdued version of the “Emmanuelle chair,” the Cala armchair is framed by a coated aluminium structure and features exquisitely open woven details, with its head-framing seat accessorized with back and seat cushions.
TOP: The monolithic tables stand in sharp contrast to the sprightly seating pieces, and come in a variety of timber and marble options.
BOTTOM: The dining chairs come with teak legs or an aluminium pedestal.
The open weave of the rope provides a latticed window, conveying visual privacy while maintaining a connection to the surroundings. The open airy design also enables summer breezes to cool down its occupant. The winner of EDIDA 2017 has since paved the way for a dining chair, a series of tables, low foot stools, and two sofas to form a complete collection in time to grace the IMM Cologne 2018. With a wide array of metal coatings, rope colours and cushion fabrics to choose from, the pieces can be customized to cater to a variety of indoor and outdoor projects. The monolithic tables are a perfect foil to the sprightly metal and latticed rope weave chairs as are the foot stools, and come with a variety of wood and marble tops. While Kettal will continue to launch stunning pieces with each new collection, it has also remained true to its central philosophy of protecting the environment by using ecologically sound paints and wood from managed forests.
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TOP: The 3-place Cala sofa wonâ€™t fail to blend effortlessly with the outdoors with its elegant contours and exquisitely-finished open weave design.
THIS PICTURE: With its wide choice of metal coatings, rope colours and cushion fabrics, the Cala pieces can be tailored to suit either outdoor or indoor projects.
design library | SHOWER APPLICATIONS
WITH A DAZZLING ARRAY OF SHOWER APPLICATIONS AT THE BATHERâ€™S DISPOSAL, THE Z316 COLLECTION BY ZAZZERI IS THE MOST STYLISH WAY TO GET SQUEAKY CLEAN.
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LEFT & RIGHT: Boasting a tubular design that celebrates its sturdy steel make, the Z316 collectionâ€™s family of shower applications are well-suited for indoor and outdoor areas alike.
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THIS PICTURE: A variety of wall and ceiling compositions can be achieved by mixing and matching two or more elements. Each showerhead version also revolves for added convenience.
s a material, steel never fails to impress. Sleek, tough, dependable and endowed with a high resistance to corrosion, its manifold qualities make it indispensible when it comes to everything from industrial to architectural design. Making effective use of the material’s physical and aesthetic properties, Z316 is a new collection of unique bathroom fittings by Zazzeri. Stunning fashioned by designer Roberto Innocenti for the up and coming Italian brand, this future-forward range gets to the essence of steel’s materiality with a tubular design that is ideal for indoor and outdoor areas. Equipped with Zazzeri’s patented Flyfall system, the finely crafted showerheads showcase not just cutting edge style, but also downright innovation. Utilising the Flyfall nozzle, created specifically to facilitate downward-oriented water flow, the vertical showerhead features wall and ceiling versions. Enjoy a luxurious outdoor cascade with the freestanding showerhead, which boasts two progressive mixers – oh, did we mention that one of these even fulfills a footbath function? The horizontal version is, meanwhile, fitted with standard nozzles with downward tending water jets. With the option to mix and match two or more elements for customised compositions, this versatile collection carries out wall and ceiling shower functions with aplomb, making a splash in every bathroom.
design library | CHANDELIER
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FLORAL EVOLUTION A PAEAN TO NATURE AT ITS MOST LUMINOUS, THE BOTANICALLY INSPIRED FLOWER POWER PHALAENOPSIS BY VGNEWTREND IS A ONE-OFA-KIND CHANDELIER THAT ENCHANTS UPON FIRST GLANCE.
THIS PICTURE: Flourishing clusters of artificial white Phalaenopsis flowers are the main protagonists of this sophisticated new addition to VGnewtrendâ€™s distinctive Flower Power chandelier collection.
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THIS PICTURE: This impeccably custom-made light piece was designed for domestic and contract spaces alike, perking up interior areas with its vibrant dose of wild nature.
f the onset of spring has you craving a closeness with beautiful blooms after a dreary winter season, Italian lighting brand VGnewtrend has got you covered with a solution that doesn’t even require stepping outdoors. Designed as a light sourcecum-interior enhancement for both private and public environments, the Flower Power Phalaenopsis is the newest highlight from VGnewtrend’s evolving collection of floral-inspired chandeliers. A standout picks from Salone del Mobile 2018, the eye-catching piece underscores the elegant beauty of the white Phalaenopsis, a monopodial orchid that grows from a singular stem and is native to tropical Asian countries. Exclusively custom-made, VGnewtrend’s whimsical tribute to this graceful flower brims with modern flair and sophistication, owing to its finely crafted composition. Consisting of countless artificial white Phalaenopsis blooms, the striking design is also dotted with harmoniously situated Murano glass lamps with LED lighting. Be it for aesthetic or practical purposes, this remarkable piece makes a bold statement by doing double duty as an efficient means of lighting and a bewitching work of art. Have a soft spot for another variety of flora? From tulips to power ivy, VGnewtrend’s Flower Power chandelier collection features a choice selection of flourishing blooms, covering a wide range of tastes.
MIDDLE & BOTTOM: Coupled with transparent Murano glass lamps that subtly contain LED lighting, the organically shaped blooms are fitted to a fixing plate and suspended gracefully from the ceiling.
design library | GLAMOUR COLLECTION
ALL THINGS GLAM Tag
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CRAFTSMANSHIP, REFINED MATERIALS AND ITALIAN PROVENANCE MAKE THE NEWLY UNVEILED GLAMOUR COLLECTION BY DAINELLI STUDIO FOR FORMITALIA A SIGHT TO BEHOLD AND A PREMIUM FURNITURE MUST-HAVE.
THIS PICTURE: Oozing charm and understated opulence, the Formitaliaâ€™s new Glamour collection features a distinctively neutral palette, exceptional finishes and extremely clean lines.
“IMPECCABLE MANUFACTURING IS BEAUTIFULLY PAIRED WITH A SELECTION OF OPULENT MATERIALS, RANGING FROM METALS, QUALITY MARBLES AND WOODS WITH A DIVERSITY OF LUXE FINISHES.”
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THIS PICTURE: Arranged together within the confines of an open living area, the Overseas sofa, Tag table, Pouf Cigar footstool and Sunrise chair make for an unforgettable combination.
n the areas of fashion, food or architecture, there are many who would argue that Italians do it best. If the country’s prolific world-class fairs are of any indication, high-end furniture design also belongs in the aforementioned category. Proving the point and proudly flaunting Made-in-Italy provenance, Formitalia’s new Glamour collection recently held court at the Salone del Mobile 2018, stopping design connoisseurs in their tracks. Designed by Dainello Studio for the established Italian luxury interiors and accessories brand, this exquisite selection of essential furniture pieces notably represents a bit of a departure from the sumptuous exuberance of Formitalia’s signature aesthetic. Streamlined and sporting clean contemporary touches that celebrate the beauty of pure forms, Glamour boldly illustrates that less is more without skimping on the brand’s characteristic flash effect. Showcasing its own unique personality, each piece sets itself apart while simultaneously complementing the rest of the collection. Draped in Nappa leather, the Overseas sofa brandishes a ‘capitonnée’, underscoring the deluxe material. The Pouf Cigar, a footstool characterised by a metal framework with an open compartment, is also a highlight as is Tag, a small table featuring metal finishes anchored by a marble or onyx base. With Glamour, impeccable manufacturing is beautifully paired with a selection of opulent materials, ranging from metals with a diversity of luxe finishes, quality marble and natural woods. Lavish options such as black Marquina marble and titanium finishing with a glossy effect or Nappa leather, available in more than 50 colours, conjures up, with ease, visions of the dream living space.
design library | PORCELAIN TILE
QUARTZITE DELIGHT MURALE MERGES THE QUINTESSENTIAL BEAUTY OF QUARTZITE WITH THE VERSATILITY OF PORCELAIN TILES TO CREATE AN ELEGANT AND TIMELESS APPEARANCE THAT BELIES AN EXCEPTIONAL DURABILITY.
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THIS PICTURE: A minimalist spatial design blends with the soothing shades of Opal Gray and Cameo White tiles to impart a restful and elegant atmosphere in this bathroom, while the more intense metallic tone of Caviar Black tiles on the feature wall injects depth and boldness.
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THIS PICTURE: Quarry Gray tiles won’t make a strong statement but will delicately highlight the sleek modern décor of the living room and make the space look airy and light.
look at the latest tile trends seems to suggest that the fixation for stone-effect porcelain tiles is showing no signs of letting up. And little wonder, given that today’s versions are the holy grail for both the home builder and the home owner: A dead ringer for the real McCoy — thanks to the recent development of cutting-edge digital technology — they offer the practicality and versatility of an old workhorse. Murale by Niro Granite is a quartzite-effect porcelain collection for flooring and covering solutions inspired by this natural trend. Characterised by elegant shades, gorgeous details and soft veining that replicate the authentic diversity of natural quartzite, Murale offers designers a range of choices to create a classic or contemporary look. The collection is available in a neutral palette of Cameo White, Opal Gray, Quarry Gray, and Caviar Black, with mesmerizing veins of grey winding through to pristine white and moody dark. Mimicking marble’s swirls but with a streakier texture, the Murale is sure to evoke visual interest wherever it is applied. Available in two finishes, matte and structured, and offered in 30x60cm, 60x60cm and 60x120cm sizes, this sumptuous series gives way to a multiplicity of laying options that can meet every need of modern residential or commercial architecture. Whether used to trick out an entire floor or wall of a bathroom, or for accenting a foyer or living room, the result is a fresh modern aesthetic with a timeless appeal. The porcelain tiles also provide the practicality of being exceptionally hard and impermeable, making them highly resistant to moisture, stains and wear. They are also easy to install and can withstand temperature extremes, making them suitable for both interior and exterior applications.
TOP: The moody dark hue of Caviar Black tiles on the floor will help ground the space, and add a sultry vibe and sophistication in a minimal room.
choice | ode to art
A JOURNEY OF TATTOOS S
haped by his personal experiences and events that he has been confronted by, Wu Qiong’s work is an intimate glimpse into the artist’s thoughts and feelings. The artist’s pieces never have a fixed narrative - he believes that there is no emotion that a viewer should feel, because all humans experience the same kind of emotions. Instead, Wu Qiong considers his painting complete when a viewer feels any emotion, whatever it may be. Wu’s latest series, Tattoo Boys, illustrates his thoughts about individuality in sculpture. In normal sculpturemaking, multiple versions are cast in several editions, each identical to the last. In his Tattoo Boys series, Wu Qiong wanted to do something different - he wanted each of his patrons to view and possess a unique piece. To fulfil this, he customised ten separate editions of the sculpture – while all the Tattoo Boys share the same gestures, they each have personalised, hand-painted tattoos, as well as different coloured hair and pants. A series of paintings with the same motifs were done after the sculptures, which evoke a sense of childish playfulness against a stunning seascape, with a play of shadow and light giving depth. The series also draws inspiration from Japanese culture, by dreams and aspirations, and by a journey into the unknown.
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THIS PICTURE: Three Brothers, Oil on Canvas, 90cm x 120cm
SENSE OF PLACE: HBA SHARES GLOBAL PROJECTS WITH THOUGHTFUL NODS TO EACH LOCATION
Published on May 17, 2018
SENSE OF PLACE: HBA SHARES GLOBAL PROJECTS WITH THOUGHTFUL NODS TO EACH LOCATION