JOI-DESIGN: TIMELESS QUALITY, COSMOPOLITAN CHARISMA JOI-DESIGN | REVIVING THE GLAMOUR OF THE GOLDEN TWENTIES | RELAXED LUXURY, NESTLED IN NATURE REFRESHING A LAKEFRONT HOTEL | SPRINGING TO LIFE ON THE BALTIC SEA | A TALL ORDER | A RARE BIRD ISSUE
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Brand van Egmond was founded by William Brand in 1989. The atelier, based in The Netherlands, is well known for their artistic and sculptural approach towards lighting.
As all lighting is created by hand, there is also the opportunity for tailor-made lighting: allowing for a perfect customised lighting sculpture for any given space.
Every year new collections are born, and find themselve in some of the most beautiful spaces across the globe. Their clientele ranges from Royals till Rappers. Luxury firms like Louis Vuitton, Chopard and the W Hotels have invited Brand van Egmond to lighten up their spaces, but also some of the most exquisite private residences have embraced their characterful designs.
Visit their dedicated Brand van Egmond showroom in Kuala Lumpur, where guests can experience their lighting sculptures and receive professional advice.
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DESIGN AND DISCOVERY AT YOUR LEISURE Going hand in hand, travel and hotel stays have known to transform and rejuvenate. At best, a memorable sojourn in a foreign land or just a quick jaunt to an unknown local port of call may even hold forth ‘the experience of a lifetime’.
here one chooses to temporarily hang one’s hat can, however, make or break even the most open-minded traveller’s first impressions of a place. For this reason, hospitality design has expanded its reaches and become more relevant than ever. In this issue, we are incredibly honoured to be given an in depth glimpse into the ethos and ever-expanding portfolio of JOI-Design, a Hamburg-based boutique firm with an audibly global perspective. While its talented team is equally versed in residential, commercial and technological spaces, JOI-Design’s forte is clearly hotels. From the wellness-driven Öschberghof nestled in Germany’s tranquil Black Forest to Ginger Goa, the recently completed “lean luxe” design hotel in India, its penchant for devising practical, tailor-made spaces that place emphasis on cultural authenticity, solid design and high-quality materials has made JOI-Design a much sought-after firm in international circles. Curious? The following pages will confirm why this 40-strong German outfit is one to watch for. Before signing off on this issue, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2020. Observant readers might have noticed a bolder new masthead logo and our first-ever tagline: Trendsetting Hospitality Design. As we veer into the start of the exciting decade ahead, we look forward to upping the ante in terms of the magazine content as well as its overall look and feel. It’s going to be quite a journey and we hope you’ll come along for the ride! Kenneth Khu firstname.lastname@example.org
FREISTIL 136 SOFA by ROLF BENZ
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ENGAGING ALL FIVE SENSES
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CREATING AN EXPERIENCE-BASED WORKPLACE WHILE THE FOCUS IN WORKSPACES PREVIOUSLY WAS ABOUT WORK PRODUCTIVITY AND COST EFFICIENCIES, THE WORKPLACE TODAY IS A MASS OF BLURRED BOUNDARIES BETWEEN WORK, LIFE AND PLAY. ABOVE THE FOLD INSPIRED BY JAPANESE ORIGAMI, OREE INFUSES SIMPLICITY AND STRENGTH INTO ITS HIGHLY VERSATILE DESK SYSTEMS TO CREATE OFFICE LANDSCAPES THAT ARE BRIMMING WITH PERSONALITY. MAKE YOUR MOVE AN INTELLIGENT SIT-STAND WORKSTATION, ACTIVE.T IS DESIGNED WITH MULTIPLE WELL-CONCEIVED FEATURES TO ENSURE EMPLOYEES STAY ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE. OFFICECONCEPTLIVE.COM - MORE LIVE UPDATES.
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TEAM & PARTNERS
editorial MANAGING EDITOR Kenneth Khu DEPUTY EDITOR Pang Yin Ying EDITOR Christine Lee design ART DIRECTOR Eric Phoon SENIOR DESIGNER Sandy Liew
credits PHOTOS: Except otherwise noted, all photos and drawings are owned by photographer or design studio or project owner. acknowledgement COVER: Fraser Suites by JOI-Design
contributors WRITERS Adele Chong, Lily Wong DESIGN STUDIO JOI-Design sales & marketing SENIOR SALES MANAGER Edward Chen SALES EXECUTIVE Kelvin Ong publication PUBLISHER Kenneth Khu enquiries ADVERTISING email@example.com SUBMIT EDITORIAL firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTOR email@example.com SUBSCRIPTION firstname.lastname@example.org website www.hrdesignlive.com | www.kennethmedia.asia contact KENNETH MEDIA SDN BHD 1002 Block D Tiara Kelana Jalan SS7/19 Kelana Jaya 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia. T: +603 7887 4525 printer PERCETAKAN IMPRINT (M) SDN BHD No.538, Jalan 20 Taman Perindustrian Ehsan Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. permit number KDN PP18850/09/2015(034307) MCI(P) 103/01/2019 magazine H+R | HOTEL & RESORT is published three times a year and is circulated throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Opinions expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. copyright notice All rights, including copyright, in the content of this publication are owned by Kenneth Media Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. You are not permitted to copy, broadcast, download, store in any medium,transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change any in any way the content of this publication for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of Kenneth Media Sdn Bhd, Malaysia.
LE MÃ‰RIDIEN HAMBURG by JOI-DESIGN
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MÉLANGE | PRODUCTS
TIME TO UNWIND
Flexform’s sturdily fashioned Vulcano sofa is an outdoor dweller’s answer to a leisurely day spent supine. Featuring the notable woven pattern defining much of the Italian brand’s existing indoor collection, the sofa is composed of a marine plywood base and a special stainless steel framework made to weather the hardiest outdoor settings. From earth tones to olive green, Vulcano’s chicly hued palette is perfect complement to Vulcano’s water-repellent and highperforming qualities.
Unfurling like a flower in bloom, Hana’s plush and rotund design invites would-be sitters to sink right in. Envisioned by designer Simone Bonanni as more than just an armchair, the softest piece in Moooi’s illustrious repertoire is simply a much-needed refuge from the pressures of daily life. Composed of cushiony curves, this elegant and luxuriously upholstered number firmly embraces the sitter’s body, allowing for extended periods of daydreaming and unrestrained relaxation.
Elegant, robust and versatile, Cassina’s Cotone range is long beloved by design connoisseurs for good reason. A brand new addition to the well-received series, this minimally crafted sofa by designer brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec emerges as a bold new highlight. Featuring the distinctive Cotone extruded aluminum frame, this unflappably dapper number boasts an industrially sophisticated internal structure as well as plush leather or fabric upholstery, proffering utmost style and uncompromised comfort.
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TRANSFORM AND TRANSCEND
TRIUMPH OF FORM
Created to accommodate every lounge-worthy moment imaginable, Skyline takes the notion of rest and repose to exciting new heights. Designed by long-time Giorgetti collaborator Carlo Colombo, this spiffy modular system scores instant points for its emphasis on cutting-edge details and modern lines. Equipped with supporting elements that double as comfy armrests, Skyline’s transformative capacity seemingly knows no limits. A special headrest reclining mechanism additionally ensures for prolonged and seamless relaxation.
Sumptuous new living area scenarios are directly at one’s fingertips, thanks to the Daniels seating system by Christophe Delcourt Design. Minotti’s new modular gem not only raises the stakes in a highly aesthetic sense, its utilitarian qualities also set it apart from other systems in this category. Likened to a landscape design project, this innovative arrangement composed of varied elements, such a removable ottoman, gives rise to a new domestic scenery.
A harmonious marriage between small armchair and a chaise lounge, the Pablo chair’s appeal knows no bounds. Created by Vincent Van Duysen, this eyecatching design features a playful balance between straight and curved lines as well as hard and soft materiality. The raw-cut leather seat is dramatically suspended within the light wood frame. An accentuated depth and a slightly inclined front play up the chair’s unique shape, giving off the impression of comfort and firmness.
MÉLANGE | PRODUCTS
REUSE AND REJOICE
Giorgetti’s penchant for fusing creativity and craftsmanship is embodied by the Italian brand’s meticulously fashioned pieces. Opus is no exception, exhibiting timeless elegance and remarkable artistry through its one-of-a-kind design. Complementing the creamy leather or fabric upholstery, the characteristic walnut canaletto insert was conceived through an ancient technique of steam-bending solid wood. Exuding a sense of visual symmetry, this stunning detail also underscores Giorgetti’s attention to woodwork and conscientious treatment of the material.
Moooi isn’t big on convention, if its repertoire is anything to go by. Truly typical of the Dutch design house’s sensibility, the Liberty table takes on tradition, but with a twist. Designed by Atelier Joep Van Lieshout, the expansive piece features clean lines and an exacting Arts-and-Crafts-inspired construction. Composed entirely of American walnut, the table boasts an extraordinary splayed leg base, evoking classic countryside vibes as well as cosmopolitan dinner parties.
Inspiration is readily found in everyday settings, as evidenced by Nendo’s newest chair design for Fritz Hansen. Whilst devising this curvy, stackable number for the Danish upscale brand, the Japanese design studio quirkily took a cue from a scrap of creased paper that just happened to be lying on the designers’ worktable. Made from processed recycled plastic, the distinctive shell may be broken down and recycled again, making the chair both chic and eco-friendly.
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AT YOUR LEISURE
Looking for an exceptional sofa that will accommodate all of your lounging needs? Recently launched by Rolf Benz, Freistil 136 paves the way for a whole new level of ease and relaxation. Envisioned by Beck Design, this stellar piece exemplifies craftsmanship of the highest quality in addition to flawless aesthetics. Featuring a low backrest, a deep seat and upholstery with matting, this all-position lounger is as sophisticated and utilitarian as they come.
Having won over design lovers with its well-received Alison, it was no surprise to Flexform fans when the Italian brand inevitably introduced an outdoor version of one of its most popular armchairs. Maintaining the original design’s characteristic features, this lightweight, Carlo Colombo-designed gem incorporates hardy materials such as extruded aluminum, polyurethane rubber and marine plywood to bolster it against the elements. Fine upholstery, care of Flexform’s dashing outdoor textile collection, lends a winsome yet practical touch.
Introduced in 1919, Poltrona Frau’s famed Capitonné continues to enchant a century after the iconic armchair first put the Italian furniture company on the map. Breathing new life into the wingback classic, designer Roberto Lazzeroni’s impressive reinterpretation of Capitonné honours tradition while delivering a fresh new take on the chair’s handcrafted features. From the carefully hand-wrought leather to its distinctive backrest motif, the chair’s finest details have been exuberantly brought to the fore.
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B&B Italia’s Maxalto collection represents exclusivity, urbane style and unmatched quality. Embodying these exacting hallmarks, Tesaurus, the collection’s newest storage units reiterates frequent collaborator Antonio Citterio’s extraordinary design approach. Perched on a die-cast aluminum base, the three handsome pieces feature varying heights and widths and curved doors that open to reveal slightly protruding shelves. Taking on sophisticated hues over time, the specially inlaid parchment surface means Tesaurus is rendered ever more beautiful with age.
Taking audible inspiration from a kettledrum, the design of Rolf Benz’s distinctly shaped Freistil 157 coffee table is imbued with musical vibes. Its rounded, earthbound format deliberately shuns convention, enabling the piece to double as modern sculpture. Available in two impactful sizes – a lower and a higher variant – Freistil 157 is the ideal choice for those in the market for a central conversation piece for either the living or waiting area.
Friendly and approachable from the get-go, Buddy’s amiable moniker says all we need to know about this appealing collection by Pedrali. Created by designer trio Busetti Garuti Redaelli, this unique family of soft modular seats puts laidback lounge sessions centre stage, delivering heavily on high style and uncompromised comfort. A voluminous feel is achieved through Buddy’s generously padded backrests and pouf-like base. The optional addition of a turning tablet adds to the collection’s versatile nature.
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Giulio Marelli has left a bold mark on premium homes and high profile commercial spaces all over the world. Made specifically with such upmarket settings in mind, the brand’s Clipper collection is composed of comfortable sofas and modular elements designed to amp up the atmosphere of spaces large and small. Clipper makes a stark impression upholstered in plush fabric or leather, and its sofa base – a characteristic feature – adds to the effect, rendered in either wood or metal.
It’s no easy task, pinpointing the exact detail that sets Minotti’s Grant apart from its counterparts. Fraught with distinguishing traits, this unusual coffee table is in a category of its own. Constructed out of metal, Grant’s crown-shaped frame features a polished chrome or a painted black finish and legs tapered at the bottom. The textured tabletop emerges in sharp contrast to the frame’s glossy materiality, showcasing organic hues such as mulberry and olive.
An unapologetic celebration of geometric forms and dynamic lines, Kettal’s Geometrics fabric collection represents subtle elegance at its finest. Alluding to abstract masterpieces, Block and Line, two distinctive outdoor rug designs delve into space and layers via a careful fusion of lines and solid colours or tiny vibrant blocks that culminate in a fine mélange. Created using the same special weave technique, the rugs complement one another and may be combined or showcased as standalone pieces.
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AS NIGHT FALLS Launched by Kettal, the Half Dome lamp is a scintillating piece borne of clean lines and understated finesse. Inspired by the moon’s many phases, this outdoor light work neatly marries style and function. Designer Naoto Fukasawa succeeded in creating a lamp that alluded to delicate shifts in moonlight as well as the dimensions and diameter of the moon. Enchantingly subtle, Fukasawa’s timeless design is available in two versions and 34 aluminium colours.
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MÃ‰LANGE | OUTDOOR FURNITURE
POETRY OF LUXURY
AUTHENTICITY, MODERNITY AND NATURE ARE THE HALLMARKS OF SILVERSANDS, INTERPRETED USING INSPIRED DETAILS AND SIGNATURE PIECES BY KETTAL TO CREATE SPACES THAT BALANCE BETWEEN PRIVACY AND CONVIVIALITY.
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THIS PICTURE: At the poolside, Kettal Landscape chaise longues by Kettal Studio as well as Parasols by Kettal Studio infuse a distinctive contemporary appeal.
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THIS PICTURE: Below a large white canopy resembling sails, Kettal Cala chairs by Doshi Levien complement the wooden deck seating with their blue lattice-like backrests.
long the powdery shores of the Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, Silversands Grenada evokes an unforgettable adventure for the senses. With nature as its muse, the resort is a wonderland for travellers touched by a tinge wanderlust, yet its intimate setting proves to be just the perfect home away from home to get away from life’s chaotic hustle. It is this inspiration that precipitated the resort’s remarkable design helmed by award-winning architects AW2, one where heart-stirring vistas of the ocean and island life coalesce with contemporary features. Upon arrival, guests are immediately greeted by a grand wood-lined hallway that leads to the lobby before being drawn into a sequence of outdoor spaces - gardens, patios, beach decks and terraces that invite curiosity and further exploration. Spatial configuration aside, the beauty of the resort’s key spaces is brought to life with the inclusion of Kettal’s timeless pieces ranging from exquisite weather-friendly furniture for the outdoors to designer seating options that fit gracefully indoors, outdoors and the spaces between.
TOP: Silversand Grenada’s breathtaking infinity pool leads to Grand Anse Beach, one of the top beaches in the world.
BOTTOM: To maintain the breezy look, Kettal Bitta dining chairs by Rodolfo Dordoni serve up a casual yet elegant look to complement Asiatique Restaurant’s interior theme.
The open-plan lobby with its pale wood details and striking vignettes takes full advantage of the sea views and ocean breeze that are present all around. Next to the reception area, the waiting lounge features two pairs of Kettal Cala armchairs with high backs by Doshi Levien placed symmetrically against a wood backdrop that frames a stunning 100-metre infinity pool â€” the longest in the Caribbean which leads to the Grand Anse Beach. At the poolside, Kettal Landscape chaise longues by Kettal Studio and Kettal Bitta chairs by Rodolfo Dordoni key in a unanimous modern look that blends in with the nature-inspired concept. The Kettal Bitta collection by Rodolfo Dordoni is seen once again in Asiatique Restaurant, a fine dining establishment with an artistically elegant yet laid-back theme. At the restaurantâ€™s indoor dining area, white Kettal Bitta dining chairs by Rodolfo Dordoni set off a
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TOP: The Kettal Maia chair by Patricia Urquiola has a natural lightness and elegance, fitting in effortlessly with the open dining space at the Grenadian Grill.
BOTTOM: Kettal Bitta dining chairs by Rodolfo Dordoni reflects a sense of simplicity that highlights the atmosphere at the Asiatique Garden Terrace.
OUTDOOR DINING AT THE ASIATIQUE GARDEN TERRACE PRESENTS YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE IN THE TRANQUIL ATMOSPHERE PREVALENT IN THIS RESORT. KETTAL BITTA DINING CHAIRS BY RODOLFO DORDONI CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHARMING POOLSIDE AMBIENCE, HIGHLIGHTED BY THE SPARKLING INFINITY POOL.
THIS PICTURE: White Kettal Bitta dining chairs by Rodolfo Dordoni contribute to the modern ambience at the Asiatique Restaurant, enhanced by the vibrant art pieces on the feature wall.
THE WAITING LOUNGE FEATURES TWO PAIRS OF CALA ARMCHAIRS WITH HIGH BACKS PLACED SYMMETRICALLY AGAINST A WOOD BACKDROP THAT FRAMES A STUNNING 100-METRE INFINITY POOL â€” THE LONGEST IN THE CARIBBEAN WHICH LEADS TO THE GRAND ANSE BEACH.
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THIS PICTURE: Hand-braided in wicker, the Kettal Basket chair by Nanna Ditzel makes a cosy place for chilling out and relaxing in the Beachfront Villa.
chic outlook to complement the artworks that line the main feature wall. Outdoor dining at the Asiatique Garden Terrace presents yet another opportunity to take in the tranquil atmosphere prevalent in this resort. Kettal Bitta dining chairs by Rodolfo Dordoni contribute to the charming poolside ambience, highlighted by the sparkling infinity pool. A few steps away, the Grenadian Grill and Beach Lounge excite the senses with more than just their Mediterranean-inspired menus; the restaurantâ€™s decorative aesthetics also hint at sheer beachside pleasure. Right below an off-white canopy resembling sails, the Beach Loungeâ€™s cool and breezy outdoor dining area features a series of wooden deck seats and blue-hued Kettal Cala chairs by Doshi Levien, adding on to the minimalist lines and solid surfaces
TOP: Two pairs of Kettal Cala armchairs by Doshi Levien are placed symmetrically against a wood backdrop that looks out to the stunning 100-metre infinity pool.
BOTTOM: Beautifully furnished, the Beachfront Villas are the perfect accommodation for couples or multi-generational families with adult children.
in this space. Inside the Grenadia Grill, Kettal Maia dining armchairs by Patricia Urquiola steal the show with their sleek woven design and timber legs. Guestrooms as well as Silversandâ€™s beachfront villas denote a new age of luxury living, designed as living spaces which deliver the opportunity to commune with nature. Breath-taking Grenadian island views and natural light stream through the floor-to-ceiling windows while beds are meticulously oriented to capture the best outdoor views possible. At the Penthouse Suites, Kettal Basket chairs by Nanna Ditzel complete the living room decor, bringing a sense of modern tropical feel to the overall theme. Fully equipped with luxurious fittings which include a deep soaking tub, bathrooms are designed with all the modern comforts possible, with space, privacy and light working in hand-in-hand. Throughout, a cohesive yet distinctive palette of light wood is prevalent, enhanced by an interplay of light and textures.
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TOP & MIDDLE: A versatile piece designed with a touch of simplicity, the Kettal Basket chair by Nanna Ditzel fits into both outdoor and indoor spaces elegantly.
BREATH-TAKING GRENADIAN ISLAND VIEWS AND NATURAL LIGHT STREAM THROUGH THE FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOWS WHILE BEDS ARE METICULOUSLY ORIENTED TO CAPTURE THE BEST OUTDOOR VIEWS POSSIBLE.
THIS PICTURE: To balance out the streamlined forms and minimalist theme in the Penthouse Suite, Kettal Basket chairs by Nanna Ditzel are used in tandem with plush furnishing.
PROFILE | JOI-DESIGN
Partners from Left to Right: Thomas Scholz, Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, Heinrich Boehm, Sabrina Voecks and Peter Joehnk
LAUNCHED IN 1984, JOI-DESIGN NOW HAS THREE TALENTED PARTNERS, THOMAS SCHOLZ, HEINRICH BOEHM AND SABRINA VOECKS, TO CONTINUE THE THIRTY-FIVE-YEAR LEGACY OF FOUNDERS AND CO-MANAGING DIRECTORS, PETER JOEHNK AND CORINNA KRETSCHMAR-JOEHNK.
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KEEN OBSERVERS OF THE WORLD ONE OF EUROPE’S LEADING DESIGN STUDIOS, JOI-DESIGN HAS DEVELOPED MORE THAN 500 HOTELS IN ITS 35-YEAR HISTORY, FROM INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUES TO TRENDY HOTSPOTS TO DESTINATIONS FOR THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED LUXURY BRANDS.
OI-Design is the creative catalyst behind numerous prominent, internationally-renowned hotels, restaurants and spas around the world. The globally-minded, Hamburg-based studio teams with owners, developers and both boutique and well-known brands to design award-winning, one-ofa-kind hospitality interiors that weave each locale’s distinct spirit with the comfort and belonging valued by all cultures. From bijou, privately-owned boutiques to trendsetting destinations for community-minded guests to glamourous landmarks for celebrated luxury brands, they design spaces people love and return to time after time. Comprising interior, architecture, engineering, graphic and product experts, the studio also creates serviced apartments, high-concept offices and, through Products by JOI-Design, signature pieces produced by respected, high-quality furniture, lighting and equipment makers for the wider marketplace. Highly regarded thought-leaders and sought-after consultants, JOI-Design benefits and shapes the future of the design industry by sharing their deep insider knowledge and enthusiasm with fellow professionals. Their designers embrace the motivations and goals of clients so that as partners, they realise the optimal and sustainable solutions that make every project special. Keen observers of the world, JOI-Design understands how spaces affect people’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing, which empowers them to reflect the modern-day zeitgeist through unique designs that elevate the human experience. Launched in 1984, JOI-Design now has three talented partners to continue the thirtyfive-year legacy of founders and co-managing directors, Peter Joehnk and Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk.
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FRASER SUITES HAMBURG
REVIVING THE GLAMOUR OF THE GOLDEN TWENTIES THIS PICTURE: Gilded reception desks were placed to the right of the entrance, versus straight-ahead, to create a relaxed energy.
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THIS PICTURE: The soothing palette of the bar and restaurant help diners disconnect from the cityâ€™s hustle and bustle and relax in sophisticated style.
THIS FIVE-STAR DESTINATION IS LOCATED IN AN HISTORICAL LANDMARK, THE FORMER HEADQUARTERS OF THE REGION’S TAX AUTHORITY. COMPRISING 154 INDIVIDUAL APARTMENTS SUITED FOR LONGER BUSINESS STAYS OR EXTENDED CITY TRIPS, THE LUXURY HOTEL BRINGS THE ROARING TWENTIES TO LIFE WITH ART DECO INTERIORS THAT CELEBRATE THE ERA’S CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE AND ARTISTIC VALUES WHILE HARMONISING WITH MODERN-DAY AESTHETICS.
n the heart of Hamburg, Germany’s first Fraser Suites opened its doors in the former headquarters of the city’s tax authority. The listed landmark from 1907 begins a new era as a 5-star hotel transformed by interior architecture studio, JOI-Design. From the moment of entry into the impressive double-height reception hall, this luxury hotel is exceptional amongst Hamburg’s grand dames. Rich with high-quality materials and architectural details, the building sets a stunning stage for JOI-Design’s homage to the Golden Twenties, as this decade is called in Germany. Velvets in slate blue and platinum contrast with chocolate-hued marble cladding and plush carpet, all enlivened with gilt accents such as the scalloped wall panels and a twinkling galaxy of illuminated ceiling lights. This palette of complementary colours brings a fresh lightness to the lobby’s heavy timber and stone elements and alludes to the many waterways of the maritime Hanseatic locale. Designed to honour the culture, architecture and arts valued by 1920s society, the interiors of the Fraser Suites feature streamlined Art Deco touches that harmonise with modern-day aesthetics. Gilded reception desks shaped as undulating ribbons introduce gentle fluidity. Their decentralised placement to the right of the entrance, versus straight-ahead, creates a more relaxed energy that encourages locals to enter the building rather than be intimidated by the imposing architecture. A modern chandelier made from golden-tinted glass appears to float from the ceiling, further emphasising the sense of lightness. From the entrance, the view sweeps through the original double doors onto the lounge seating and warm illumination of the restaurant, which welcomes both visitors and Hamburgers. The composition of the contemporary and the protected continues with vintage timber display cases complemented by pale, cool tones that brighten the ambience. From ivory leather insets above the banquettes to white marble console tables with golden frames to seating in fresh
MIDDLE: The former headquarters of the Hamburg’s tax authority have been transformed into a 5-star hotel.
BOTTOM: Corridors lead guests through time, combining 1920s. 1950s and modern-day design elements.
turquoise, blue and silver hues, all help diners disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and rest in sophisticated style. Recessed seating nooks offer particularly comfortable nooks for relaxation. A golden screen with Art Deco starburst filigree separate the dining and bar areas to give each a distinct identity and sense of intimacy in the large, oval-shaped space. Elegant lounge chairs and barstools invite guests to linger over cake or cocktails, while clever zoning creates multiple “islands” so that guests do not feel isolated when occupancy is low. Comprising 154 apartments across seven room categories, the Fraser Suites can be booked for any length of time. Designed for business travellers as much as families, each apartment is individually accessed via a walk-through dressing area. An integrated kitchen increases guests’ quality of stay, since they can eat and dine according to their dietary preferences whenever they wish. Like the public areas, the apartments’ design revives the refined lifestyle of the Twenties. Original high ceilings, carved mouldings, and coffered wood fittings provide a graceful backdrop for the high-quality furniture, fine Art Deco elements and individual art selections in the light-filled rooms. The design language is polished and delicate with shades of taupe, pearl
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TOP: Elegant lounge chairs and bar stools invite guests to linger over cake or cocktails.
BOTTOM: The conference room holds restored original furniture retained from the building’s 1950 renovation.
A GOLDEN SCREEN WITH ART DECO STARBURST FILIGREE SEPARATE THE DINING AND BAR AREAS TO GIVE EACH A DISTINCT IDENTITY AND SENSE OF INTIMACY IN THE LARGE, OVAL-SHAPED SPACE.
THIS PICTURE: Sit back and enjoy travelling through time over tea and tipples.
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THIA PICTURE: High ceilings and floors located just above the water line inspired interior architecture details and furnishings that recall the classic style of historic Hamburg apartments.
THE DESIGN LANGUAGE IS POLISHED AND DELICATE WITH SHADES OF TAUPE, PEARL GREY AND PASTEL BLUE PUNCTUATED BY BLACK AND GOLD ACCENTS. GUESTS ARE OFFERED A CHARACTERFUL YET CONFIDENTLY TIMELESS STYLE THEY CAN PERSONALISE TO FEEL LIKE HOME DURING LONGER STAYS.
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THIS PICTURE: Nearly all the apartments have different configurations, meaning the hotel comprises 98 different room types.
grey and pastel blue punctuated by black and gold accents. Guests are offered a characterful yet confidently timeless style they can personalise to feel like home during longer stays. The Fraser Suites’ comfortable library mixes casual furniture in a spectrum of warm grey upholstery with parquet flooring, a cool white floor-to-ceiling bookcase, and a fireplace clad with a blue-tinted marble from Carrara, Italy: a quiet space to recharge in the public areas. This is adjoined by the Writing Room in which chairs, tables and lamps are dipped in a saturated sapphire blue, a contemporary use of colour-blocking to create a calming climate for maximum concentration. The storey above contains three conference rooms complete with restored 1950s furniture from the building’s former life, while the basement holds a sauna, relaxation room and gym. JOI-Design has created an elegant haven where guests and locals can escape the “taxing” pace of city life and feel soothed by the cultivated atmosphere of Germany’s first Fraser Suites.
TOP: With its calming colours and curated design, the library offers a space for focused concentration and quiet conversation.
BOTTOM: The restrained design expresses the quiet confidence, tailored elegance and personal touches of classic Hamburg apartments.
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THIS PICTURE: Guests and locals can take the time to enjoy life in the Moxy Frankfurtâ€™s wild mix of furniture and design details discovered upon second glance.
A NEW LIFESTYLE HOTEL IN THE HEART OF THE METROPOLIS WITH STREET-STYLE GRAFFITI FROM HERAKUT, THE INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED ARTIST DUO HAILING FROM FRANKFURT. THE PUBLIC AREAS INVITE EVERYONE TO PARTY, WHILE THE GUESTROOMS ARE ALL ABOUT DETOX AND DECELERATION. “BULL AND BEAR” SYMBOLS OFFER A NOD TO THE STOCK EXCHANGE, WHILE NEWSPAPER REFERENCES ALLUDE TO THE BUILDING’S PAST AS THE FORMER HEADQUARTERS OF THE FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU.
he new-build Moxy Frankfurt City Center features a design that represents the next generation of the Moxy brand. The original, primary goal for the project was two-fold: JOI-Design was commissioned to develop new standards for the brand’s guestrooms in Europe, and then also to bring these to life through this specific hotel. The design team considered the movement of the brand’s target market towards the lifestyle of digital nomads, one in which people usually only stay in one place for a couple nights. The interiors were also required to meet the client’s brief of creating an all-important sense of place. This rethink of the guestrooms also led the designers pursuing another goal: the development of the brand’s next generation of public areas, elevating their spirit and style to better synergise with the feel of the streamlined guestrooms. GUESTROOMS JOI-Design’s brief to develop new European guestroom brand standards resulted in a space where guests can “detox” from the party downstairs through a polished, organised calm with maximum efficiency and minimal wastage. Muted colours, indirect lighting and natural felt, cork and recycled leather fit with the streamlined layout. The design team considered the movement of the brand’s target market towards the digital nomadic lifestyle, one in which people usually only stay for a couple nights. The implications of this shift are realised in the interior design: there is no need for a closet, since travelling light means minimal storage is required. A latticed “functionality wall” with hooks for hanging clothes, leather straps for tying-off items, fold-out timber ledges, and bulletin boards for pinning important documents suggest “camping in the city”. The table folds against the wall to create space for the provided yoga mat, another nod towards evolving lifestyle preferences. The innovative feature allows visible reminders and easy access to important
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MIDDLE: With assorted styles, fabrics and textures, all seating configurations were designed to encourage social interaction.
BOTTOM: Community dining tables inspire guests to make friends with locals.
THIS PICTURE: Design details reference the siteâ€™s former life as the headquarters of the newspaper, the Frankfurter Rundschau.
MUTED COLOURS, INDIRECT LIGHTING AND NATURAL FELT, CORK AND RECYCLED LEATHER FIT WITH THE STREAMLINED LAYOUT.
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THIS PICTURE: The efficient simplicity of the compact layout create a relaxing, feel-good vibe while retaining the high quality expected of modern city hotels.
items, as well as smaller guestroom footprints that enable a greater number of keys, and therefore, increased ROI for the client. Natural materials and the wall’s subtle reference to camping introduce biophilic touches. Charging points for digital devices are plentiful, and the demand for wellness is met by providing an oasis where guests can be calm, meditate, and have quiet time with minimal distractions so that they can refocus and recharge their bodies and minds. PUBLIC AREAS JOI-Design’s development of the next generation of Moxy hotels was a process of predicting the future. Reassessing the design of the guestrooms also led to a new approach in the public spaces, with clean lines and architectural influences coming to the fore. The interiors meet the client’s brief to create that all-important sense of place, yet rather than feeling stuffy, this was expressed through a light-hearted method of storytelling using graffiti and art to attract the young and the young-at-heart to the energy and vibe of the hotel. The studio fused the urban with the urbane, picking up on the street culture and warehouse aesthetic prevalent downtown. Visible ceiling pipes and exposed concrete walls create “industrial chic” with a coordinated mix of stylish furniture, loud beats, humorous touches and textured details discovered upon second glance. Guests form a relaxed community to work, eat and enjoy the atmosphere of the multifunctional public areas. The designers addressed the challenge of serving a diverse range of guests by
TOP: The “camping in the city” feature wall provides easy access to important details while adding to the spaciousness of the room.
BOTTOM: Cosy bedrooms let guests recharge after last night’s party in the Moxy’s public areas.
zoning the open plan into four areas varying from soft to loud noise levels, which allows people to choose the section that best suits their moods and activities. It was also important they feel comfortable and not “deserted” when visitors number are low, so each zone has niches that provide a sense of protection and intimacy. Zoning flows naturally from one area to another, while linear open-frame dividers, cushions in geometric patterns hung above the sofas and variations in energyefficient lighting help each space maintain its own identity. The hot pink colour typically associated with Moxy public spaces has been judiciously downplayed to give the décor a higher quality feel. Influences from the site’s former life as newspaper Frankfurter Rundschaut’s headquarters appear through allusions to typography and journals in the interior décor. The nearby stock exchange also comes into play with bull and bear animal motifs referencing the rise and fall of market share values. An abstract, geometric sculpture of a bull hangs on a bare concrete lobby wall, while a gigantic stuffed teddy bear in front of it welcomes guests with a wink.
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Located at the hotel entrance to attract the attention of passers-by, the public areas’ main attraction is a graffiti mural by Herakut, an internationally acclaimed artist duo with roots in Frankfurt. The interior designers specified the art should relate to the bull and bear theme and reference the stock exchange while meeting the brand requirement of instilling an impression of the locale. The result is a street art-styled mural that shows two children playing in bear and bull costumes – a young-spirited approach that hints at German fairytales and helps establish the lively, light-hearted atmosphere that attracts not only guests, but also locals wishing to work, relax or meet others. The result is a balance of high-energy, social public spaces, and the quiet retreat of the guestrooms where travellers can recharge their batteries. References to the city’s business and cultural characteristics are interpreted in fresh, modern ways. The lively,lighthearted atmosphere and variety of experiences attracts a wide range of people so that guests can get a sense of “real” Frankfurters from all walks of life.
BOTTOM LEFT: Not all the Moxy’s design touches are obvious: many cause happiness when discovered upon second glance.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Art made from alphabet letters recalls the typesetting facilities of the former newspaper headquarters.
ZONING FLOWS NATURALLY FROM ONE AREA TO ANOTHER, WHILE LINEAR OPEN-FRAME DIVIDERS, CUSHIONS IN GEOMETRIC PATTERNS HUNG ABOVE THE SOFAS AND VARIATIONS IN ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING HELP EACH SPACE MAINTAIN ITS OWN IDENTITY.
THIS PICTURE: The dining area is a place to communicate surrounded by industrial chic style and assorted types of illumination.
SHOWCASE | RESORT
RELAXED LUXURY, NESTLED IN NATURE
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THE ÖSCHBERGHOF, DONAUESCHINGEN, GERMANY
THIS PICTURE: Completely renovated, the luxury hotel Öschberghof was reimagined as a response to society’s growing need to slow down as an antidote for hectic lifestyles.
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THIS PICTURE: The challenge was to maintain the character of the existing hotel while creating a new, modern persona positioning it as a contemporary wellness destination for future generations.
GUESTS ARE INVITED TO RELAX AND RECUPERATE IN THE FORMER RESIDENCE OF PATRON OF THE ARTS AND THE FOUNDER OF ALDI SUPERMARKETS. THE COMPLETELY RENOVATED HOTEL ENJOYS SPACIOUS SURROUNDINGS WITH GOLF, SPA AND CULINARY LUXURIES, ALL INSPIRED BY THE BLACK FOREST SETTING. CENTRAL TO THE CONCEPT IS A SENSE OF WELLBEING, STILLNESS, AUTHENTICITY, SIMPLICITY AND OPEN SPACES WITH ROOM TO BREATHE.
OI-Design completely renovated the four-star, family-run Öschberghof golf and spa resort, taking inspiration from the natural environment of its Black Forest location in Donaueschingen, Germany. Their concept focuses on the growing need of guests for “deceleration” and brings the relaxation of the golf course and outdoor world into all of the hotel’s spaces, including its 5000-square-metre spa, multiple restaurants and conference areas. Formerly the residence of art-lover Karl Albrecht, founder of Aldi grocery stores, a creative touch was required that would preserve the original character of the property while infusing into it a new, modern, innovative design which would make the guests feel at home. To maintain a coherent style, JOI-Design created custom pieces inspired by the materials and forms from the hotel’s existing fixtures and its Black Forest surroundings. For example, roof shingles are similar to ones from local farmhouses, and in the quietly elegant lobby, handblown glass pendant lights hint at the “pinecone” pulls used to wind the region’s famous traditional cuckoo clocks, creating an authentic sense of place. High-quality FF&E from companies like Lasvit, Walter Knoll and Max Alto are used in lively and more private spaces so that guests can have a sense of wellbeing in their preferred atmosphere. Each floor of the hotel is dedicated to a different artist, with standard guest rooms decorated with prints and the suites featuring original artwork. Many pieces have been created by regional artists, a reflection of the operator’s goal of supporting local enterprises and therefore strengthen the hotel’s community relations. A curated collection of books related to the ancient German territory of Baden can be checked out from the library, and the giftshop sells local products and copies of the hotel’s artwork. The guest rooms were designed with a relaxed fusion of nature and luxury to create a residential atmosphere in which all areas have views of the landscape outside. A spaciously-designed dressing
BOTTOM: Interior spaces adopt the colours and forms of the landscape vista to reflect natural harmony.
and changing space leads to a living room where the connection with nature lessens the stress of from working from a small desk or the sofa. Solid wood, oak floorboards, virgin wool, and carpets made from natural materials create an understated atmosphere of luxury and wellbeing - a stage to experience the nature outside. The Ösch spa connects golf resort’s guests and locals with elegant layers of wellbeing, different worlds that complement the Black Forest’s restorative nature. Here, guests can forget all that is digital and recharge their internal batteries. Quiet design details inspired by the treatments themselves highlight the textural, acoustic and sustainable integrity of four zones that together form a journey of progressive healing. The spa extends the hotel’s focus on shared healthy activities, yet also gives guests and locals different experiences tailored to personal preferences. User-friendliness is the top concern in the layered design of the Harmony, Energy, Asia and Ladies zones. Spatial flow, how materials feel, temperature, lighting levels, furniture styles, fabric textures: all were considered for their physical, sensual, psychological and mental effects upon guests. The ability for people to relax in comfort and feel good about their naked bodies was essential. The Ladies’ area offers women greater privacy with many specialized treatments. Overlapping rows of sheer curtains, for example, offer degrees of light transparency so highly modest women can still enjoy social bonding in the relaxation lounge. Technical convenience means mobile devices and their owners can recharge simultaneously. In the fitness rooms, running competitions can be digitally streamed with gym-goers across the world. The former residence of an art-loving retail magnate, the hotel features creative works everywhere, including the spa. Local artists are intentionally represented to strengthen community ties, with replicated pieces sold in the gift shop. Extensive use of local manufacturers also reduces the spa’s carbon footprint. Granderbrunnen mineral water, famed for its health benefits, is used for treatments and is also on tap for free, which encourages post-treatment rehydration and helps eliminate the use of plastic bottles. The most important aspect of the project is the idea of having design features inspired by the spa treatments themselves. A thorough understanding of the treatment processes and benefits allowed the creation of spaces with stronger immersive qualities. Guests enjoy a deeper sense of the healing effects as they “design” their own sequence of experiences amongst the four zones.
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TOP: Clever space planning creates the sense of spaciousness for spa-goers.
BOTTOM: Wellness areas encourage full relaxation with cosy, modern designs in soft colours.
THE LADIESâ€™ AREA OFFERS WOMEN GREATER PRIVACY WITH MANY SPECIALIZED TREATMENTS. OVERLAPPING ROWS OF SHEER CURTAINS, FOR EXAMPLE, OFFER DEGREES OF LIGHT TRANSPARENCY SO HIGHLY MODEST WOMEN CAN STILL ENJOY SOCIAL BONDING IN THE RELAXATION LOUNGE.
THIS PICTURE: Changing rooms are both sexy and sporty with room to store equipment such as gold clubs.
THE GUEST ROOMS WERE DESIGNED WITH A RELAXED FUSION OF NATURE AND LUXURY TO CREATE A RESIDENTIAL ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH ALL AREAS HAVE VIEWS OF THE LANDSCAPE OUTSIDE. A SPACIOUSLY-DESIGNED DRESSING AND CHANGING SPACE LEADS TO A LIVING ROOM WHERE THE CONNECTION WITH NATURE LESSENS THE STRESS OF FROM WORKING FROM A SMALL DESK OR THE SOFA.
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THIS PICTURE: Large bathrooms with freestanding tubs and a separate shower are the right place to leave the sports behind and get ready to start a glorious evening.
In the Harmony space, a backlit salt rock wall casts a warm amber glow, while the Microsalt air diffuser strengthens immunity, skin health and respiratory systems. Salt rocks have a reputation for naturally cleansing the air, particularly from pollutants from digital devices, as well enhancing mood and promoting restful sleep. Inspired by elements of fire and earth, the revitalizing Energy zone’s foot bath prepares the body for the ice room and saunas, including a 388 sqft central event sauna with full-height glazing and natural timber. Discreet lighting enhances the Asia area’s focus upon body and mind. Decorative lanterns, an ornate gate and backlit bamboo pillars set a dramatic stage for immersion into Asian spa culture, including an onsen pool filled with heated Grander water. The Ladies’ zone features a steam bath, various showers, an ice fountain and a relaxation room. Adjustable semitransparent sheers in the open-plan space provide an additional layer of wellness – privacy - while tranquil hues and soft textures create a cozy, living-room feel. The calm of private living spaces extends to the 82 ft indoor pool and 67 ft outdoor saltwater pool, the high-tech 5920 sqft fitness space and the changing rooms, making workouts feel less stressful. The spa also includes numerous treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and outdoor sauna, a hammam, relaxation spaces, a hairdresser, a fitness area and a reception lounge with a shop. It was important to avoid pastiche and a “Disneyland” effect when developing the design concepts for the four different spa zones. Equally, the designers wished to convey the underlying inspirations in a sophisticated manner that would emphasize wellness. Although each area’s design in distinctly different
and complete in itself, the concepts also needed to harmonize with other zones so guests could enjoy pleasant transitions in their spa journeys. Careful coordination of natural materials, muted palettes and adjustable lighting levels while refraining from the use of obvious motifs and references, resulted in a conceptualized, but not overtly thematic, range of cohesive spa immersions. The designers also needed to preserve the original character of the former residence yet infuse it with a sense of modernity. Inspiration for the design vocabulary was drawn from the existing property’s fixtures and fittings as well as materials used in rural Black Forest homes and their natural terrain. This is particularly evident in the outdoor sauna. The greatest efforts went into perfecting apparently minor details. For example, rooftop shingles similar to those used in regional farmhouses reappear in a lighter, more restrained interpretation in the interior gabled roof. Biophilia was central to the spa’s concept. The designers’ aim was to instill a sense of wellbeing inspired by connections with the elemental forces of nature, the restorative effects of stillness, the freedom of spaciousness, the calm of simplicity, and an appreciation of the Black Forest locale through authentic references. It was essential guests could get away from it all and unplug from the digital matrix. They also wanted to create opportunities for guests’ enrichment, using design to pique their interest in trying new kinds of treatments without being overwhelmed by the sheer variety. The result is a story of transformation where guests can not only explore the repertoire of spa services, but also carve out the time to discover their internal worlds.
TOP: With their subdued palette, the suites are places to chill out by, for example, reading newspapers on the sofa, watching TV from the bed, or sipping a nightcap at the round table.
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LE MÉRIDIEN, HAMBURG
REFRESHING A LAKEFRONT HOTEL
THIS PICTURE: Smooth shapes and a palette of watery tones were inspired by Hamburg’s network of canals.
THE REIMAGINED PUBLIC AREAS OF THIS MODERN HOTEL ON THE BANKS OF AUSSENALSTER LAKE DRAW UPON HAMBURG’S MARITIME HISTORY AND CULTURE, CREATING A SOPHISTICATED APPEAL FOR BOTH INTERNATIONAL GUESTS AND LOCALS. THE ENTRANCE AREA IS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE INTERACTION, NETWORKING, OR JUST SITTING AND SNACKING. INTERIORS REFERENCES THE LOCALE WITH WAVY LINES, DIAGONALS, TRIANGLES AND PRISMS THAT ALLUDE TO THE SAILS AND ROPES OF BOATS, WHILE A NATURAL, CALMING PALETTE SUGGESTS GLINTS OF SUNLIGHT ON THE WATER.
OI-Design reinvigorated the public areas of Le Méridien Hamburg, a modern hotel situated on the banks of Aussenalster Lake in Germany. Drawing upon the maritime history and culture of the region, the team created a welcoming entrance and attractive lounge spaces that appeal to guests and local residents alike. The studio’s concept for the redesign was very much inspired by the myriad of waterways, canals and rivers that define Hamburg’s status as an international trading port, with the lounge areas proposed as a ‘HUB’ that connects visitors from the world over with local city residents – an ideal place to meet, network and socialise. HOSPITABLE HANSEATIC CHARM The reconfigured reception area has been completely transformed into a bright, expansive oval space furnished at one end with a pair of prominent timberclad reception desks. Behind these, a specially commissioned large-scale artwork by UK artist Debbie Smith is an eye-catching backdrop; thousands of fine metallic threads criss-cross the surface to illustrate a map of the world, with select lines emphasised to indicate key international shipping routes of today. Small clusters of contemporary seating allow guests to relax in comfort within the welcoming lobby.
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THIS PICTURE: Helpful and functional details are cleverly considered to bring smiles to guests’ faces.
THIS PICTURE: Wall decor and floor coverings draw inspiration from Hamburgâ€™s flair. While the rush hour outside causes stress, guests inside this haven enjoy cosiness and quiet akin to the refreshing effect of Hamburgâ€™s soul as a city connected by water.
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TOP: The reception hall offers extraordinary spaciousness to breathe, with delicate filigree touches and clean-lined light fixtures.
SUBTLE PATTERNS OF DIAGONAL LINES, TRIANGLES AND PRISM SHAPES REPEAT ON SURFACES AND IN FURNITURE DESIGNS, ALLUDING TO THE ROPES AND SAILS OF SEAGOING VESSELS.
A PLACE TO CONNECT & UNWIND AT ANY TIME OF DAY The spacious HUB lounge is configured to offer a range of possibilities for different types of gatherings. Generous sofas are paired with elegant lounge chairs, while tables at varying heights are suitable for working, casual meetings or enjoying a light snack. Furniture is contemporary in style, with simple yet chic designs in high-quality finishes juxtaposed with quirky occasional pieces. Seating areas have been individually accessorised with luxurious rugs and decorative light fittings to create inviting spaces in which to relax and socialise. A central feature of the lounge is the new ‘Latitude’ bar, an all-day coffee and snack servery that transitions to wine and aperitifs in the evening; the extensive countertop and display cabinet is perfect for presenting afternoon treats and evening tapas. DESIGN THAT COMMUNICATES A SENSE OF PLACE Many playful associations with the adjacent lake and nautical history of the region are evident in the new interior scheme. Subtle patterns of diagonal lines, triangles and prism shapes repeat on surfaces and in furniture designs, alluding to the ropes and sails of
TOP & BOTTOM: The auditorium features natural and artificial sources of indirect illumination and art made from light fixtures.
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LEFT PICTURES: The conference room has many interesting design details.
THIS PICTURE: The conference room conveys the feeling of sailing. The waves on the floor, the wooden light installations and filigree details open minds, ears and hearts.
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THIS PICTURE: Far away and nearby, nearby and far away; life is not always straight in mind, but definitely in design.
WOOD AND STONE SURFACES IN WARM NATURAL TONES AND TEXTURES CONTRAST WITH SOFT FURNISHINGS IN WATERY HUES OF TURQUOISE AND AQUA, WHILE WALLS FINISHED IN STUCCO LUSTRO AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL ADD TO AN OVERALL AMBIENCE OF REFINED LUXURY.
seagoing vessels. Wood and stone surfaces in warm natural tones and textures contrast with soft furnishings in watery hues of turquoise and aqua, while walls finished in stucco lustro and mother-of-pearl add to an overall ambience of refined luxury. Unique ornamental accessories suggest a collection of interesting objects gathered on travels across the globe. With this first phase of an extensive refurbishment of the hotel, JOI-Design has created a new design language for the public spaces, one that imbues the hotel with a definitive sense of place and reaffirms it as an inviting destination for people to connect and unwind, whether a local resident or voyagers who have travelled from afar. Further phases of work also designed by the studio will involve a new-build conference facility and a soft refurbishment of the guest rooms and spa, all with concepts inspired by the beauty of their lakeside setting.
TOP, MIDDLE & BOTTOM: Wooden walls and furniture communicate with the visitor. The material reminds to wooden sailing boats and contains useful hints for orientation, following the requirements of functionality.
SHOWCASE | HOTEL
REINCARNATION OF THE GINGER GOA
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GINGER GOA, INDIA
THIS PICTURE: An interactive design approach brings guests together in unconventional ways.
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THIS PICTURE: The view from the open ceiling path shows the different areas to eat and drink, openly separated by anchored by floor-to-ceiling ropes.
THE STUDIO’S FIRST COMPLETED PROJECT IN INDIA, THIS VIBRANT HOTEL REVEALS THEIR VISION FOR TRANSFORMING GINGER HOTELS FROM A BUDGET MODEL INTO A LIFESTYLE BRAND, ONE THAT REFLECTS THE YOUNG-SPIRITED CONFIDENCE OF THE COUNTRY’S BOOMING BUSINESS AND TOURISM SECTORS. INFUSED WITH LOCAL INFLUENCES, THE ARTISTIC AND COLOURFUL DESIGN IS AIMED AT YOUNG INDIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MILLENNIALS, DIGITAL NATIVES, CITY HOPPERS AND COSMOPOLITAN FAMILIES WHO LOVE TRAVEL AND EXPERIENCING INDIAN CULTURE.
ith 45 existing properties in India and 46 in the pipeline across 33 Indian locales, Ginger Hotels are thriving with a reimagined persona. Taj Hotels brought interior design and hotel consultants JOI-Design on board to transform the former budget model into a lifestyle brand. Drawing on the creative, cultural and technical expertise of the company’s studios in Mumbai, India, and Hamburg, Germany, the new Ginger reflects the young-spirited confidence of India’s booming business and tourism sectors. “We created a vibrant, happy concept defined by pure colours, linear structures, the local trend of ‘tape art’ and, at every reception area, a symbol of that region’s cultural identity,” says Peter Joehnk, comanaging director, JOI-Design. “In the case of Goa, tiles allude to the city’s Portuguese craft heritage, rather than having a classical style, they were specially made to complement the hotel’s contemporary palette.” Bright and bold, strong and optimistic: the new Ginger prototype is aimed at young Indian and international millennials, digital natives, city hoppers and cosmopolitan families who love travel and experiencing the culture of India. The team developed a “lean luxe” model in which custom designs were tailored as much as they would be for luxury hotels. “The design concept is unique and new to the Indian market,” says Deepika Rao, managing director and ceo, Ginger Hotels. “Every element is well thought-out for the brand’s persona, seamlessly switching between the passion points of work and play; individual and collective; and digital
BOTTOM: Meet me at the dining area.
and analogue. Modern finishes and experiential zones blend effortlessly with local influences to create a match of efficiency and engagement.” The updated Ginger concept attracts business travellers looking for uncomplicated, affordable and design-oriented places to stay, yet also makes social interaction a top priority. An interactive design approach brings guests together in unconventional ways. Playful details such as swings instead of chairs and benches, rope cables hung from the ceiling, and guitars just waiting to be played add to the easy-going spirit. Humorous details create a light-hearted atmosphere that doesn’t take itself too seriously: small animal figurines typical to the region, handwoven carpets with graphic patterns, wallcovering in a spectrum of hues, and in the window frames, installations made from taut, colourful threads that serve as visual screens. All Ginger properties will feature a variation on the “tree of life” motif as a symbol of unity and a celebration of life. In Goa, this appears as a “tree” installation above a dining table.
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TOP & BOTTOM: A long communal table with multihued, bevelled veneers and guitars hung on the walls.
THIS PICTURE: Polaroid cameras invite strangers to become friends and share photos with those beside them.
“WE CREATED A VIBRANT, HAPPY CONCEPT DEFINED BY PURE COLOURS, LINEAR STRUCTURES, THE LOCAL TREND OF ‘TAPE ART’ AND, AT EVERY RECEPTION AREA, A SYMBOL OF THAT REGION’S CULTURAL IDENTITY.” Peter Joehnk, Co-Managing Director, JOI-Design
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THIS PICTURE: You can choose between private communication and open social zones.
Anchored floor-to-ceiling ropes divide the public areas into zones for relaxation, dining, and work, yet still allow for casual interaction. Polaroid cameras clipped on the ropes let travellers capture the moment, creating memories with snapshots can be posted alongside “tape art” on the lobby’s feature walls. Small seating islands from cosy nooks where guests can enjoy moments of privacy, intimate conversations and focused concentration for work. Compact yet comfortable guestrooms hold everything needed in a well-organised layout: king-sized beds, wall-to-wall sofa benches, height-adjustable shelves with a flat-screen television, and a closet with a safe. An integrated luggage rack allows quick and easy sorting, and a trolley functions as a platform for working and eating, or a storage space. Custom wallcoverings give each guestroom floor its own personality, yet overall, the palette is calmer so travellers can relax and recharge for the social scene downstairs.
TOP: Long tables encourage long conversations about love, life and vacations.
BOTTOM: Tradition meets modern lifestyles: The handmade tiles were specially made to complement the hotel’s contemporary palette.
“The Indian Hotel market has long waited for a lifestyle hotel in the budget sector,” says Gaurav Premchandani, managing director, JOI-Design India. “Our cross-cultural teams merged knowledge of European approaches to changing guest demands with analysis of India’s evolving hospitality industry. As a result, we turned the idea of a traditional, low-budget Indian hotel upside down and created a new Ginger brand tailored for India’s maturing travel market.” JOI-Design has created a new lifestyle brand tailormade for India’s entrepreneurial optimism, with colourful artistry shaped by local influences, interactive elements and thoughtfully-integrated details. By combining European and Indian know-how, Ginger hotels have become inspiring places for discovery.
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TOP: The rooms are a bit toned down so guests relax after an inspiring, communicative day.
THIS PICTURE: Bright and bold, strong and optimistic: All public spaces reflect the happy and vibrant design.
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SPRINGING TO LIFE ON THE BALTIC SEA 84
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ARBOREA MARINA RESORT NEUSTADT, GERMANY
THIS PICTURE: The multilevel design, materials and colours promote communication.
JOI-DESIGN CREATED THE INTERIORS AND DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE WORLD’S DEBUT ARBOREA RESORT LOCATED ON THE BEACH AT THE BALTIC SEA’S LARGEST PRIVATE MARINA. IT REPRESENTS THE FIRST OF 19 NEW DESTINATIONS PLANNED FOR THE NEXT DECADE THAT WILL CENTRE ON SHARED HOLIDAY EXPERIENCES OF NATURE, SPORTS AND DISCOVERY. “THE STAIRS” ARE TIERED PLATFORMS WHERE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE, WHILE A RESTAURANT OFFERS COOKING LESSONS WITH ITS CHEFS AND THE BAR HOLDS A “WORKSHOP” WHERE GUESTS CAN TINKER WITH REAL TOOLS.
OI-Design has created the interiors and design guidelines for the world’s first Arborea Resort: a new hotel brand aimed at encouraging guests to come together and share holiday experiences of nature, sports and discovery. The Arborea Marina Resort Neustadt is located directly on the beach at the Baltic Sea’s largest private marina. Developer Orange Lion appointed interior architecture studio JOI-Design to transform its initial brand identity into a clearly recognisable design language that can be applied to any location in the group’s ambitious plans to have 19 new resorts in the next decade. ARBOREA RESORTS’ BRAND IDENTITY Derived from the Latin word “arbor”, which means “tree” in German, the name “Arborea” inspired the brand’s motto, which translates as “made from one wood - yet so different.” All Arborea resorts are “carved from wood”: they have the same values, yet feature different details individually adapted for their respective locations. With diverse sports activities, yoga spaces and fireplace lounges for chilling out, Arborea is a place where guests should feel like friends from home who go out, feel free to be themselves, and enjoy surprise adventures. The lack of hierarchy that defines the brand identity means guests should perceive employees as “buddies”. Everyone, whether staying at the hotel or not, is invited to join the young, laid-back community. Sustainability also features prominently, with all Arborea hotels to be fuelled by 100% green energy sources.
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BOTTOM: Your personal place in the sun, equipped to read, eat or talk.
THIS PICTURE: The Steps offer opportunities to communicate on a new level, or two, or three or even more. The public spaces are as varied as daily life.
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THIS PICTURE: Sailors are dreaming of such a restaurant. They will feel welcomed here although fish on dry land.
NATURAL MATERIALS AND PALETTES EVOKE RELAXING CONNECTIONS TO THE OUTDOORS. PALE SHADES OF TIMBER MIXED WITH BEIGE AND TAUPE TONES FORM A CANVAS FOR CHEERFUL SPLASHES OF COLOUR AND PATTERN.
ARBOREA MARINA RESORT NEUSTADT DESIGN CONCEPT JOI-Design’s concept for the Arborea Marina Resort Neustadt was developed to promote casual conversation. Making a grand impression upon arrival in the lobby’ is “The Stairs”: an amphitheatre that invites visitors to perch on its large wooden steps. The tiered platforms easily adapt according to guests’ needs. Colourful, strategically-placed cushions create seating “constellations” for playing board games or planning activities with new friends met at the breakfast buffet. Integrated rugs made from recycled fishing nets support the brand’s commitment to sustainability and the rising steps’ suggestion of incoming tides at the coastal locale. Natural materials and palettes evoke relaxing connections to the outdoors. Pale shades of timber mixed with beige and taupe tones form a canvas for cheerful splashes of colour and pattern. Guests are free to rearrange the diverse types of seating, encouraging them to feel at home in the informal ambience. Directly in front of the amphitheatre is the reception desk, which doubles as a bar where those arriving are checked-in by a bartender who helps start the festivities. The entry lounge’s freestanding fireplace by the bar offers a cosy sanctuary to warm up and reminisce about the day’s energetic activities in the fresh air. The adjacent space is home to the first of the hotel’s two restaurants, the vibrantly-coloured Deli Cara. Should they wish, guests are invited to join the open kitchen and learn for themselves how to prepare the recipes on the menu. Next to Deli Cara is Arborea’s second restaurant, The Grand Grand Grill, which overlooks the harbour. Patterned mosaic tiles on the counter façade and the floor meet dark-stained timber parquet and clean-lined dining furniture, resulting in a modern, industrial and loft-like elegance. It too has an open kitchen where employees interact with guests to strengthen the sense of community.
BOTTOM: The bar that doubles as a workbench for fixing all of life’s problems.
DESIGNED WITH HINGES AND TWO HANDLES, THE SEAT UNFOLDS TO BECOME A DAYBED OFFERING FURTHER SPACE TO LOUNGE – ESPECIALLY ADVANTAGEOUS FOR FAMILIES.
Away from the culinary delights, the basement offers a completely different experience. Muted colours, dim lights and rustic materials add flair to The Docks. This is bar where tinkerers’ dreams come true, as it features a real workbench where people can repair into the evening hours. The ground level above holds the conference area. In a relaxed atmosphere with flexible seating and a football table, creativity unfolds in the best possible way. The marina setting is reflected here, too, with colourful ship propellers found by local fishermen adorning the boardroom’s decorativelypainted red wall. Contemporary, practical and uncomplicated, the guestrooms’ design enhances the flow between indoors and outside. The bed’s unconventional orientation towards the window, versus the typical hotel room’s space-saving configuration along the opposite wall, encourages holidaymakers to truly switch off and soak up the soothing panorama of the sea, harbour and marina.
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LEFT: Built-in timber components create the illusion of being on board a boat. Ships ahoy!
RIGHT: Decorations and furniture in maritime materials and colours let your soul come out.
THIS PICTURE: Quirky wall designs above the beds are a brilliant invitation to sail into dreams.
PATTERNED MOSAIC TILES ON THE COUNTER FAÃ‡ADE AND THE FLOOR MEET DARK-STAINED TIMBER PARQUET AND CLEAN-LINED DINING FURNITURE, RESULTING IN A MODERN, INDUSTRIAL AND LOFT-LIKE ELEGANCE.
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THIS PICTURE: The lighting and decoration even top the maritim illusion. All senses are focussed on sea and sailing life.
The picturesque views are truly “framed” as if art in the bedroom, with the window’s oversized timber surround integrated with a bench where guests can relax, read or sleep. Designed with hinges and two handles, the seat unfolds to become a daybed offering further space to lounge – especially advantageous for families. An adjustable work and dining table in the framed window niche brings additional practicality for checking emails, writing postcards, waking up to a leisurely breakfast, or savouring a nightcap. Extending the wall paint onto the ceiling envelops guests with a sense of restorative protection as they unwind from their active days. Reminders of the sporting adventures offered by the resort are woven into the décor. For example, a paddle on the wall becomes a quirky touch; fitted with a flexible strip for hanging clothes, it provides extra storage space for those with overstuffed suitcases. JOI-Design’s cohesive and thorough concept for the Arborea Marina Resort Neustadt has created a comprehensive immersion encouraging guests to connect with nature, family and friends, and themselves.
TOP & BOTTOM: The materials and colors have been carefully choosen to support the good feeling. Vacation time, even for a weekend trip. It is easy here to forget daily plastic life.
SHOWCASE | HOTEL
A TALL ORDER
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PARK INN SKY SUITES BERLIN
THIS PICTURE: Up on the 37th floor, up in the sky, you got a heavenly view on good old Berlin and the whole wide world.
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THIS PICTURE: Modern design pays a homage to an artwork from decades ago - Best thing: It works: It grows together and builds up a new era.
THE CONVERSION OF THE UPPERMOST, 37TH FLOOR OF THE PARK INN HOTEL, THE CITY’S TALLEST BUILDING, HAS RESULTED IN THE CREATION OF BERLIN’S HIGHEST SUITES. THE LIGHT-FILLED INTERIORS PLAY WITH VIBRANT SHADES AND CLEARLY DEFINED LINES THAT HINT AT BAUHAUS ARCHITECTURE, RESULTING IN A SUBTLE BACKDROP THAT LETS THE IMPRESSIVE VIEWS OF THE CAPITAL BECOME THE MAIN PROTAGONIST IN THIS DRAMATIC STAGE SET. GUESTS FEEL DEEPLY CONNECTED WITH THE CITY, YET ALSO COCOONED FROM ITS HUSTLE AND BUSTLE.
ocated in the uppermost level of the capital’s tallest building, the Sky Suites in the Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz were renovated by interior architecture studio JOI-Design to celebrate their remarkable, 37th storey, 110-metrehigh locale. Whether dozing, waking, working, relaxing or bathing, guests can soak up dream views from 16 spacious, modern and light-filled suites. With 3.2 m-high ceilings and footprints ranging from 45-57 sqm, the open-plan rooms are zoned to feel like private apartments where visitors can enjoy much more than an overnight stay. “The expanse and the view are key,” says Jürgen Gangl, general manager, Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz. “Guests live independently in the suites and have their own breakfast lounge. If they prefer, there is no need to interact with the rest of the hotel.” From the bed, sweeping views of the skyline can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows. As Berlin’s highest vantage point, nothing interferes with the breathtaking panorama. A cosy sofa corner invites guests to linger over a morning coffee while checking out the Alex, Berlin’s famous TV tower or, in the evening, relax and watch movies. And when work must be done during the day, the bird’s eye perspective onto the city fascinates and inspires. The chilled-out calm of the airy bedrooms provides a counterpoint to the turmoil of the streets 37 stories below, creating a soothing sanctuary where guests can rest and release their stress. Orthogonal shapes
MIDDLE & BOTTOM: Explored by chance: This original artwork inspired the choice of colours of floor and furniture.
hint at Bauhaus style, while abundant sunshine, a light palette, playful details and modern touches create cosiness. Time stops here to create a momentary escape from everyday life. In the bathroom, the generosity continues: modern, high quality interiors with full-height glazing provide create an open yet private wellness experience. Whether soaking up the view from a bubble bath in the freestanding tub or lingering on the bench in the walk-in rain shower, the depth of field behind the glass means guests are safe from prying eyes. Slip-resistant floor tiles with a blue and white floral pattern give the â€œwet roomâ€? a comfortable, residential character.
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MIDDLE & BOTTOM: The interiors combine elegance and modern lifestyle touches.
“GUESTS LIVE INDEPENDENTLY IN THE SUITES AND HAVE THEIR OWN BREAKFAST LOUNGE. IF THEY PREFER, THERE IS NO NEED TO INTERACT WITH THE REST OF THE HOTEL.” Jürgen Gangl, General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
THIS PICTURE: High above the stressful, it is good to have a place to escape from the world.
“NOT ONLY WAS IT EXCITING TO DESIGN THESE LUXURIOUS AND CONTEMPORARY SUITES, IT WAS A THRILL TO FIND THIS NEARLY 50-YEAR-OLD ‘TIME CAPSULE’ AND BRING SMILES TO THE FACES OF THE NOW 75- AND 76-YEAR-OLD ARTISTS WHO FIRST CREATED IT.” Peter Joehnk, Co-Managing Director, JOI-Design
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THIS PICTURE: Indirect light and such an awesome view make the face and mind shine.
Reserved for use exclusively by Sky Suites guests, the Executive Breakfast Lounge holds a secret treasure uncovered during the renovation. A sculptural wall relief composed of nine sections of fired tiles in vibrant hues dates to 1971, the era of East Germany’s German Democratic Republic. Naturally, JOI-Design revisited their interior concept to incorporate the rediscovered art, finding and then commissioning the original two artists to restore it. “Not only was it exciting to design these luxurious and contemporary suites, it was a thrill to find this nearly 50-year-old ‘time capsule’ and bring smiles to the faces of the now 75- and 76-year-old artists who first created it,” says Peter Joehnk, co-managing director, JOI-Design.
TOP: Not on vacation? This elegant secretary motivates guests to finish work successfully.
BOTTOM: The luxury bathrooms don’t need walls - they are face to face with the sky.
SHOWCASE | RESTAURANT
A RARE BIRD
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WILD DUCK RESTAURANT AT HOTEL VIER JAHRESZEITEN ISERLOHN, GERMANY
THIS PICTURE: The restaurant features a rustic yet timelessly modern interior which comes complete with unique details and modern industrial touches.
RUSTIC YET REFINED, MODERN YET TIMELESS – THE INTERIORS OF REFURBISHED RESTAURANT WILDE ENTE, WHICH TRANSLATES AS “WILD DUCK”, SHINE WITH NEW BRILLIANCE. AS A LONG-ESTABLISHED GETAWAY DESTINATION, THE HOTEL ENJOYS A COMFORTABLE FAMILIARITY THAT HAS BEEN INTERPRETED AFRESH THROUGH THE RESTAURANT’S DOWN-TO-EARTH REDESIGN. MODERN INDUSTRIAL TOUCHES CREATE AN EASY-GOING, YOUNG-SPIRITED ATMOSPHERE – AN IDEAL BACKDROP FOR THE CULINARY FOCUS UPON SEASONAL, HIGH-QUALITY AND LOCALLY-SOURCED INGREDIENTS.
ustic yet refined, modern yet timeless – the interiors conceived by JOI-Design for the refurbished restaurant Wilde Ente, which translates as “wild duck”, shine with a new brilliance as the first milestone has been achieved in the studio’s extensive renovation of the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Iserlohn, a city in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state. Located in an idyllic stretch of grassland by Seilerseelake, a favourite spot where locals mingle with guests and enjoy outdoor recreation, the foodie destination sets a new benchmark for the regionand offers an amusing nod to the pesky mallards that shamelessly overtake the adjacent miniature golf course and surrounding terrain. The freestanding building blends sympathetically with its environment, from its existing stone façade to the natural feel of the new interiors. The design was created to reflect Wilde Ente’s ethos of using high-quality, seasonal products from the region, including its own beehives for harvesting honey and cultivating ancient apple varieties. The result is a down-to-earth restaurant with a comfortable flair, modern industrial touches and an easy-going, young-spirited atmosphere as suitable for casual weekend lunches as it is for private parties or the live streaming of important football matches. The structure’s maisonette-style layout runs across two storeys connected by a self-supporting stairway. On the ground floor is the restaurant, a small retail section, a bar accessible to indoor clientele as well as those relaxing outdoors, the kitchen and the bathrooms. The restaurant continues with a
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BOTTOM: Inspirations from the outdoors make the interiors calm and define the dinner atmosphere.
THIS PICTURE: This is a very special birdâ€™s-eye view. Assorted furniture, materials and lights create comfort and a sense of humor - a sense of life.
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THIS PICTURE: Step by step designed and realized, by using strong, stabile materials.
handful of additional tables at the gallery level above, forming a space that, along with the outdoor terrace, can accommodate private parties. The soaring ceiling and loft-like feel emphasise the generosity of space and create an interplay between guests on the different levels. Distinct areas accommodate a range of needs and moods. In the dining space, rustic timber tables invite guests to linger over a relaxed lunch or dinner, whilst taller tables for guests to stand by the bar create a more social atmosphere. Beneath the stairs are soft seating, stools made from mixed timber scraps, and plenty of blankets and cushions, which together form a cosy “living room” nook for warming up with hot chocolate or mulled wine by the contemporary black fireplace. Ventilation pipes and cables within the structure are intentionally exposed and strengthen the restaurant’s rustic yet contemporary signature. This industrial style continues through enormous steelframe windows that flood the whole room with light.
TOP: A study of contrasts: soft haptic details, light colours, and references to the name, Wild Duck.
BOTTOM: The loft feels spacious with a vaulted ceiling.
Establishing a harmony between the outdoor landscape and the industrial modernity of the materials and palette was essential to creating a balanced design. JOI-Design’s solution was to use abundant quantities of restrained, natural finishes such as warm timber tones, flamed black steel, linen textiles, and untreated stone to create a calm, comfortable ambience. Ambient lighting from assorted pendants hung at varying heights playfully connects the two levels and brings a dynamic energy to the space. The small retail corner offers locally-made sundries as well as those crafted at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Iserlohn, whilst providing tables where guests can perch over a snack or beverage. The sense of style was not forgotten in the public bathrooms, with the ladies and gents’ facilities each offering their own monochromatic flair with shades of black, grey and white that forma clean, cool contrast to the lively atmosphere of the restaurant. From season to season and morning ‘til night, Wilde Ente is passionate about serving guests creative, high-quality and locally sourced cuisine within a modern yet friendly and relaxed setting.
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TOP: Far away from bold and heavy architecture, the “Wild duck” seems to instantly fly towards the sky, looking out for a yummy, friendly place to land.
BOTTOM: The furniture supports the idea of lightness.
DISTINCT AREAS ACCOMMODATE A RANGE OF NEEDS AND MOODS. IN THE DINING SPACE, RUSTIC TIMBER TABLES INVITE GUESTS TO LINGER OVER A RELAXED LUNCH OR DINNER, WHILST TALLER TABLES FOR GUESTS TO STAND BY THE BAR CREATE A MORE SOCIAL ATMOSPHERE.
THIS PICTURE: During the meal you may even become best friends with a duck. Some handsome elements are obvious, but others are hidden to discover upon second glance. Bon appetit!
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VDL PAVILION by KETTAL
DESIGN LIBRARY | TIMELESS FURNITURE
SCULPTURAL HARMONY THE KEY CENTREPIECES IN THIS HOTEL ARE ENLIVENED BY THE INTEGRATION OF INTUITIVE SEATING LANDSCAPES, FORMED BY UNIQUE FURNITURE PIECES THAT EMPHASIZE ORGANIC LINES AND UNORTHODOX FORMS.
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THIS PICTURE: Designed with sensual curves, Circle is complemented by a collection of Seating Stones armchairs characterized by their large backrests and unique appearance.
WITH EXCEPTIONAL SIGHTS WITHIN ITS SPACES, BESPOKE YET TRENDY FURNITURE IS CALLED FOR TO COMPLEMENT ITS AMBIENCE OF GRANDEUR AND STYLE. WALTER KNOLL’S COLLECTION OF SEATING PIECES FIT RIGHT IN, ELEVATING THE HOTEL’S KEY SPACES INTO A CHARMING SENSE OF CHIC COMFORT.
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verlooking the Spree River Bank in the heart of Berlin-Mitte, the Radisson Blu Hotel takes cue from its cultural surroundings, infusing a contemporary interior concept with an urban appeal. From its lively lounge and bar to its guestrooms and facilities, the hotel ingeniously keys in on its vibrant environment, while pulling in the attention of guests, visitors and passers-by via a spectacular cylindrical aquarium – touted as the largest in the world, placed centrally at the main bar and lounge. With exceptional sights within its spaces, bespoke yet trendy furniture is called for to complement its ambience of grandeur and style. Walter Knoll’s collection of seating pieces fit right in, elevating the hotel’s key spaces into a charming sense of chic comfort. In the central space where the aquarium is set atop the circular bar, the sculptural Circle sofa piece plays up the key elements in the bar area, elegantly reflecting the rounded forms around it. There’s more to Circle than
just its curvilinear sensuality as its unique shapes can be configured up to six different elements. Circle is made more complete with the presence of Seating Stones armchairs which feature high backrests against a smooth and unique form. Moving towards the bar area, the Turtle collection beautifully complements the upbeat setting. Turtle barstools with their sweeping lines align with the curvilinear form of the counter, further enhancing the glam outlook of the space. A few steps away, Turtle bucket seats share the spotlight with Lox chairs to generate a cohesively cosy atmosphere at the guest lounge. Sculptural in shape, minimalist in materials, Lox is characterized by a clear silhouette with its flowing lines. On its exterior, the sweeping buckets support the back while the seat and backpads are designed for ultimate comfort and a personalized appearance.
TOP: Placed against an exquisite backdrop, the Lox bucket seat engenders a classy atmosphere with its clear flowing lines and sturdy frame that offers comfort, support and style all in one chair.
BOTTOM: Anchoring the hotel bar and lounge area, Radisson Hotel’s AquaDom, the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium is a sight to behold.
THIS PICTURE: At the bar area, the Turtle barstools stand out with their bucket-like shapes and polished footrest, aligning elegantly with the curvilinear counter.
DESIGN LIBRARY | LOUNGE SEATING
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
VERSATILE WITH A TOUCH OF SIMPLICITY, INSIT UPHOLSTERED BENCHES EFFORTLESSLY CREATE DIFFERENT SEATING LANDSCAPES TO ENHANCE THE ATMOSPHERE OF LOUNGES AND LOBBIES.
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THIS PICTURE: Featuring a streamlined design with cosy curves, Insit creates inviting spaces and seating options for hotel lobbies and lounges.
TO MEET DIFFERENT SPATIAL REQUIREMENTS, INSIT OFFERS A WIDE SELECTION OF MULTI-SEATER VARIATIONS. THERE’S THE OPTION OF SEATING LANDSCAPES WITH A LINEAR ARRANGEMENT. HOWEVER, CURVED OR 90-DEGREE ANGLE CONFIGURATIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE, ALL OF WHICH CAN BE LINKED WITH ONE ANOTHER.
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THIS PICTURE: Whether it’s placed in the a busy waiting area or a quiet lounge for guests to relax in, Insit’s optional curved backrest allows multiple seating possibilities.
TOP: There’s a wide range of multi-seater options including linear, curved or a 90-degree angle all of which can be linked with one another, enabling a variety of different configurations.
hether the hotel lobby serves as a waiting space or a social space, lobbies and lounges are now more than just utilitarian elements. Many hoteliers and designers are updating and reinventing these public spaces into flexible, multifunctional places that offer a distinctive experience. Designed by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger, Wilkhahn’s Insit upholstered collection translates the classic upholstered chairs and benches into a versatile and multipurpose collection that meets the functional and aesthetic demands of modern hotels and resorts. Featuring a firm, ergonomic form with gentle curves, Insit benches are designed with 45 cm seating height, resulting in a flexible seating solution where resting, having conversations, eating and drinking can be carried out at normal table heights and in combination with chairs. To meet different spatial requirements, Insit offers a wide selection of multi-
seater variations. There’s the option of seating landscapes with a linear arrangement. However, curved or 90-degree angle configurations are also available, all of which can be linked with one another. This makes way for a variety of different sectional seating styles. For example, large open lobbies can be easily divided into different zones, enabling a truly dynamic public space that feels spacious, yet warm and welcoming. To offer even more possibilities, the range also features three-seater models with high backrests as well as benches with open ends that provide space towards the front. Benches can also be configured without backrests to create roomier seating areas while the integration of inline connectors and connecting panels on the benches enable a full suite of seats for larger lobbies or lounge setting.
BOTTOM: Insit’s 45 cm seating height offers an ergonomic and flexible seating area for relaxing, having conversations, eating and drinking at normal table heights and in combination with chairs.
DESIGN LIBRARY | MILLWORKS & FURNISHINGS
DESIGNED WITH ULTRA-LUXE DETAILS AND QUALITY THAT THE BULGARI BRAND IS KNOWN FOR, THE OCEAN-INSPIRED BULGARI RESORT DUBAI PAYS HOMAGE TO AN ECLECTIC MODERN MEDITERRANEAN STYLE COMPLEMENTED BY B&B ITALIAâ€™S SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTIONS.
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THIS PICTURE: Fusing Mediterranean style with Middle Eastern luxury, Bulgari Resort Dubai draws inspiration from its ocean setting to conjure a nautical-inspired oasis.
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THIS PICTURE: With its natural woven appearance, the Canasta â€˜13 collection enhances the outdoor patio of the Beach Villa.
uaintly bespoke with a glamourous Mediterranean tone throughout, the luxurious Bulgari Resort Dubai is a shimmering oasis sprawled across an idyllic island shaped like a seahorse at Jumeira Bay. Impeccable ocean vistas surround the resort, bringing forth a nautical spirit that inspires the 5-star hotel’s core design. As one of the largest Bulgari Hotels in the world, Bulgari Resort Dubai has garnered a host of awards. Designed by the Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Studio, the resort features 101 elegantly designed rooms and suites, 20 ultra-luxe residential villas and a 50 berths marina. From its outdoor spaces and public areas to rooms and villas, the resort’s interior spaces have all been beautifully brought to life using B&B Italia Contract Division’s meticulous selection of sophisticated furnishing and furniture pieces which include special edition pieces from B&B Italia, Maxalto and Outdoor collections.
TOP: Designed by the Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Studio, Bulgari Resort Dubai is the largest Bulgari Hotel in the world.
MIDDLE: Surrounded by amazing ocean views, Bulgari Resort Dubai sprawls luxuriously across an idyllic seahorse-shaped island at Jumeira Bay.
With its Middle Eastern-meets-modern European ambience, the resort is the ideal vacation spot for design-focused travellers seeking relaxation with a touch of luxe and a place with plenty to engage the visual senses with. An outstanding coral-like soleil brise graces the main faĂ§ade of this 1.4-millionsquare-foot resort which sits in harmony with its stunning ocean-fronting context. At every angle, each structural detail is designed to complement the serene skyline that lies just beyond Jumeira bay. Looking out to the magnificent sea views are the outdoor dining terraces designed with oak wood planks reminiscence of a shipâ€™s deck. These maritimethemed spaces are enhanced further with a stylish combination of Crinoline armchairs and tables from B&B Italia Outdoor. Inside, the bars and restaurants continue the charming oceanic inspiration, but are toned down to evoke a more intimate and elegant atmosphere for guests to wine and dine in. Seats,
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TOP: The Bulgari Suite is styled using B&B Italia furniture pieces to create a feeling of a home-like private residence.
MIDDLE: The Bulgari Suite bedroom looks out to a lush outdoor terrace complemented by cosy Mirto Outdoor chairs.
THE VILLA OPENS OUT TO A PATIO WITH A PERSONAL POOL WHICH IS DESIGNED FOR OUTDOOR DINING AND AS A SECOND LIVING AREA. HERE, CANASTA ‘13 OUTDOOR CHAIRS ADD ON A CHIC OUTLOOK TO COMPLEMENT THE SPACE.
THIS PICTURE: The 2-bedroom Beach Villa is fitted with B&B Italia’s furniture collection which includes sofas, chairs and tables.
SEATS, TABLES AND FURNITURE PIECES FROM B&B ITALIA â€“ FOR INSTANCE MUSA CHAIRS AND ARMCHAIRS FROM MAXALTO, INFUSE THE UPSCALE INTERIOR THEME WITH A COSY YET LUXURIOUS LOOK AND FEEL.
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THIS PICTURE: The IL Cafe terrace features a collection of the curved-shaped Crinoline armchairs and tables for outdoor dining.
tables and furniture pieces from B&B Italia – for instance Musa chairs and armchairs from Maxalto, infuse the upscale interior theme with a cosy yet luxurious look and feel. For the rooms, suites and villas, B&B Italia pieces play an even more significant role to carry out a distinctive decorative outcome that is unique to the Bulgari brand. In the 2-bedroom Beach Villa, the 250 sqm accommodation is fitted with B&B Italia’s furniture collection which includes sofas and chairs, writing desks, tables and bedframes. The villa opens out to a patio with a personal pool which is designed for outdoor dining and as a second living area. Here, Canasta ‘13 outdoor chairs add on a chic outlook to complement the space.
TOP: The Il Bar terrace expresses a brighter ambience with a light-toned palette and warm woven textures from the Crinoline collection.
MIDDLE: Inside Il Cafe, Musa armchairs from Maxalto blend beautifully with the wood-dominant interior highlighted by linear elements and woven details.
DESIGN LIBRARY | LUXE SEATINGS
SPECTACULAR MIX CHOSEN BY CHEF ALAIN DUCASSE HIMSELF, PEDRALI’S EXQUISITE COLLECTIONS INFUSE A STYLISTIC VIBE INTO MIX, THE CHEF’S FIRST FINE DINING ESTABLISHMENT IN DUBAI.
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THIS PICTURE: Ester and Laja armchairs work harmoniously together to create a glamourous dining environment that matches miXâ€™s gastronomic offerings.
AMID THE SPECTACULAR DÉCOR, PEDRALI COLLECTIONS – ESTER, VIC AND LAJA WERE SELECTED BY CHEF ALAIN DUCASSE HIMSELF TO CREATE A BESPOKE DINING ENVIRONMENT THAT MATCHES MIX’S IMPRESSIVE GASTRONOMIC OFFERINGS.
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THIS PICTURE: Ester bar stools line the bar counter, generating a modern-meets-futuristic outlook against the backlit surface.
n inherently tasteful ambience reverberates throughout miX, where the opulence of Islamic Mocarabes style is translated in a modern-meets-futuristic way. Set in the prestigious Emerald Palace Kempisnki in Palm Jumeirah, miX is starred Chef Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in Dubai, designed in close cooperation with Clavel Arquitectos architectural studio. Spanning three levels, the restaurant features an exemplary luxurious atmosphere that incorporates delicate yet memorable details – for instance, the huge egg-like dome that anchors the space in the middle. Amid the spectacular décor, Pedrali collections – Ester, Vic and Laja were selected by Chef Alain Ducasse himself to create a bespoke dining environment that matches miX’s impressive gastronomic offerings. These collections were chosen for their refined design portraying classic details and soft shades that blend in while respecting the neutral palette of the restaurant, so that the true art pieces – Chef Ducasse’s dishes can shine.
TOP: Vic stools ensure total ergonomic comfort with its large upholstered seat and its characteristic back that lifts up.
MIDDLE: Laja armchairs feature Alessandro Busana’s unique design that combines a sturdy steel structure with cosy upholstered seats.
DESIGNED BY PATRICK JOUIN, ESTER’S REFINED DETAILS ARE REFLECTED IN ITS SOFT AND SINUOUS SHAPE WHICH COMPRISES SLENDER ALUMINIUM LEGS AND SEAT MADE OF POLYURETHANE FOAM WITH ELASTIC BELTS.
In the main dining area, Ester armchairs and Laja chairs complement the gold-rimmed features and central dome-like focal element in the centre. Designed by Patrick Jouin, Ester’s refined details are reflected in its soft and sinuous shape which comprises slender aluminium legs and seat made of polyurethane foam with elastic belts. Over at the bar counter, Ester bar stools line the backlit surface to engender a sophisticated look. Laja armchairs, designed by Alessandro Busana complete the interior theme via their a sleek silhouette interpreted using a solid steel structure and seat with crossed elastic belts. To enliven the atmosphere, Vic stools designed by Patrick Norguet evoke a sense of lightness that balances the more voluminous forms in the restaurant. The back lifts up from the seat while remaining tied only at the ends, resulting in a lightweight form that can be handled with ease. Legs in solid ashwood further enhances the stool’s lithe outlook, fitting into the white-themed bar area effortlessly.
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TOP: Pedrali’s Ester, Laja and Vic collections were chosen by Chef Alain Ducasse to enhance miX’s interior spaces.
BOTTOM: Laja chairs are defined by its stylistic simplicity which blend into the restaurant’s unique theme beautifully.
THIS PICTURE: Elegant yet trendy, Ester armchairs feature leather seats complemented by sleek aluminium legs.
DESIGN LIBRARY | OUTDOOR FURNITURE
ABOVE AND BEYOND KETTALâ€™S VDL PENTHOUSE IS A PERFECT REPLICA OF ITS ORIGINAL PREDECESSOR, AUTHENTICALLY DESIGNED TO RETAIN EVERY ELEMENT THAT GIVES THIS BUILDING ITS UNIQUE FORM YET UPDATED TO FULFIL CONTEMPORARY REQUIREMENTS.
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THIS PICTURE: Completely transparent, the VDL Pavilion features similar design as the VDL Penthouse but without glass walls.
“I WANTED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HUMAN BEINGS, BR OUGHT TOGETHER IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, CAN BE ACCOMMODATED IN V ERY SATISFYING CIRCUMSTANCES, TAKING IN THAT PRECIOUS AMENITY CALLED PRIVACY.” Richard Neutra
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THIS PICTURE: The VDL Pavilion incorporates vertical fins on one side to provide shading against strong sunlight.
TOP: The VDL Penthouse is characterized by predominant horizontal lines, emphasised by wooden strips running across the structure.
oised atop the iconic VDL Research House, the VDL Penthouse is a glass masterpiece that looks out to the hilly landscape of Los Angeles. Designed by renowned architect Neutra and his son Dion in the 60s, the penthouse was intended as a space for relaxation and connection to nature. Featuring a distinctive architectural form established upon Neutra’s biorealism theory, the penthouse was also built using Neutra’s sophisticated design strategies. “This house – in its free relation to the ground, the trees, the sea – with constant proximity to the whole vast order of nature, acts as a re-orientator and ‘shock absorber’ and should provide the needed relaxations from the complications arising from daily problems,” Neutra explained. This outstanding penthouse is now brought to life again by leading outdoor brand, Kettal who partnered with Dion to replicate the building using present-day materials and construction techniques
while maintaining the key architectural elements that characterize the penthouse. Spanning across 12×4 metres of space, the replica of VDL Penthouse features the building’s original layout as well as structural details that embody Neutra’s design approach. Predominant horizontal lines emphasised by the wooden strips along with strategically placed columns, chimney and trellis structure on the roof have been maintained to preserve the characteristics that define the penthouse. However, Kettal also included new, updated details which have been incorporated under the Dion’s supervision – for example, an automated smart home system to control the lighting, air conditioning and heating in the penthouse. Along with the replica of VDL Penthouse, Kettal also developed the VDL Pavilion which is built without glass walls to create a stronger inside out spatial experience.
MIDDLE: An automated smart home system has also been designed to control the lighting, air conditioning and heating.
DESIGN LIBRARY | REVOLUTIONARY SEATING
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BOWL OF BLISS MORE THAN JUST A SUPERBLY COSY CHAIR, THE BARDI’S BOWL CHAIR IS A REVOLUTIONARY SEATING PIECE THAT EVOKES A MORE INFORMAL AND RELAXED WAY OF LIFE.
THIS PICTURE: Designed by Lina Bo Bardi in 1951, The Bardi’s Bowl Chair was produced for the first time by Arper in 2012.
WHILE MODEST AND SIMPLISTIC IN FORM – THE BOWL-LIKE SEATING AREA WAS ONLY SUPPORTED BY A THIN METALLIC RING STRUCTURE THAT EXTENDS INTO FOUR LEGS; THE BOWL CHAIR PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN TRANSFORMING THE WAY PEOPLE SAT IN CHAIRS.
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TOP: Hand-crafted by highly skilled manufacturers, the Bardi’s Bowl Chair is available in a limited and numbered edition of 500.
TOP:Featuring a semi-spherical seat with a variety of colour options, the chair harmoniously blends into every environment.
nviting and pleasurable at first impression, the Bardi’s Bowl Chair beckons you to immerse into its plush semi-spherical seat as it cocoons your entire body into ultimate comfort. Designed in 1951 by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, the chair was conceived with an essential frame and universal shape that reflect Bo Bardi’s vision to create a luxurious seating piece which places human interaction above all else. The Bowl Chair became a revolutionary piece in the 50s, diverting away from the standard angular forms and upright chairs that prevailed during that time. While modest and simplistic in form – the bowl-like seating area was only supported by a thin metallic ring structure that extends into four legs; the Bowl Chair played a significant role in transforming the way people sat in chairs. Its perfectly rounded shape was designed to induce a more natural and
relaxing posture, which set forth a cultural change that encouraged a more casual, informal way of life. Under Arper’s creative care, the brand teams up with the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi to recreate the Bardi’s Bowl Chair using contemporary advancements in technique and manufacturing while maintaining every aspect of Bo Bardi’s original design. Today, there is only a limited and numbered edition of 500 pieces of these chairs - each hand-crafted by highly skilled manufacturers. The chairs are also individually identified by a serial number, marked on the shell and inside both cushions in order to ensure authenticity. Available in three new elegant colour palettes: sand, shiny blue and iridescent brown, these colours can be combined with two different sets of fabric cushions: monocolour and nuance.
BOTTOM: The eye-catching Bardi’s Bowl Chair collection includes a black leather edition and a fabric version.
DESIGN LIBRARY | LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
MISSION ZERO ACCOMPLISHED. HERE ARE OUR LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE Â®
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THIS PICTURE: Interface has announced their success on Mission Zero® after 25 years. Now they’re working on their bigger, bolder mission – Climate Take Back™ – and it’s all hands on deck.
n November 4, 2019, we proudly declared our Mission Zero® success ahead of our original 2020 target. Over the past 25 years, we drove significant improvements across all key sustainability metrics internally and throughout our supply chain to help meet our objectives. And we galvanised others along the way to implement more sustainable business practices. This created a positive ripple effect that helped us not only achieve but also extend Mission Zero far beyond our original intentions – our direction and influence has helped countless others reduce their environmental footprint and work toward net zero impact within their own organisations. Based on 25 years of effort and commitment in pursuit of sustainability, we published our Lessons for the Future report, which provides a roadmap for other companies to Live Zero and a path to the future for our next moonshot, Climate Take Back™. In it, we dive into nine lessons we’ve learnt along our Mission Zero journey – nine ways to change your business and the world. These include shooting for the moon – setting bold, uncomfortable goals for your business and thinking beyond incremental results; being transparent – and talking about challenges and
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TOP: To change everything, you need everyone. Here, an Interface Thailand employee from the yarn preparation team taking care to minimise yarn waste.
successes so your industry can scale faster; taking a circular approach – creating a circular system for materials and products to become a more sustainable company; how a wrong turn can lead to the right result; and more. MISSION ZERO PROGRESS After our founder Ray Anderson’s famous “spear in the chest moment” in 1994, we created aggressive sustainability targets, working swiftly to develop a plan to reduce our business’s impact on the environment. We focused on reducing impact in three key areas of the business: our factories, products and suppliers. Over the last 25 years, we’ve made remarkable progress in these areas, greatly reducing our footprint in nearly every capacity, including: • 69% reduction in carbon footprint of our carpet tile products • 96% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions globally • 89% renewable energy use across our factories globally, with 100% renewable electricity • 99% renewable energy use in our U.S. and European manufacturing sites • 46% reduction in energy use per unit of production to make products globally
BOTTOM: Create a ripple, start a wave. Interface has sought to measure and share the positive impacts they’ve made on others using the SHINE Handprint Methodology to translate this influence into tonnes of carbon.
“WE ARE EXCITED TO SHOW THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO CREATE A PRODUCT THAT IS ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL TO THE ENVIRONMENT. IF WE CAN DO IT, ANYONE CAN DO IT. AND IF ANYONE CAN DO IT, EVERYONE SHOULD.” Jay Gould, CEO, Interface, Inc.
• 89% water use reduction per unit of production in factories globally • 92% reduction of waste to landfill across global business *Note: All numbers are through 2018 and applicable to the production of Interface carpet tiles only. As of January 2019, we achieved an important milestone. Every flooring product that we sell—carpet tile, LVT and rubber sheets and tiles—is now carbon neutral across its full lifecycle. After significantly reducing the carbon impact of our manufacturing operations and supply chain, we compensate for the remaining emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets.For a complete outdoor seating landscape, the modular sofa pairs elegantly with Apsara outdoor coffee tables. With different heights and shapes - round, square or rectangular top, each of them features steel frames with top in Peltrox or in grigio oriente marble. CREATING A RIPPLE EFFECT Along this journey to zero, we have done much more than reduce our own environmental footprint. Through sharing our progress and mentoring others,
we have influenced countless others around the world to create change within their communities and their businesses. We’ve sought to measure and share these positive impacts using the SHINE Handprint Methodology to translate this influence into tonnes of carbon. We created the conditions needed to exceed our Mission Zero goals in two areas quantified and verified using the SHINE Handprint Methodology: our supply chain and through a landfill gas project. In the first area, we collaborated with our nylon supplier to develop a yarn with recycled content, the positive effects of which extended more broadly through the industry as the supplier sold this yarn to others. Additionally, looking for a replacement for natural gas, we worked with the city of LaGrange, Ga. to develop a local landfill gas project, creating a ripple effect when the city sold excess gas to another manufacturer. The impact of these two projects alone created a handprint of 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) during the years they were active. Learn more about how we’ve created a ripple effect in Lessons for the Future.
LOOKING FORWARD Proud of the progress made thus far with our moonshot goal Mission Zero, we set our sights even higher with Climate Take Back in 2016, which aims to create a movement to reverse global warming. We are working ardently to develop processes and products that create a positive impact on the world, and in 2018, set out to become a carbon negative company by 2040. We look forward to creating more positive impacts through our product portfolio and to working with you to spread these ripples through partnerships and collaboration. In the words of our CEO, Jay Gould – “We are excited to show that it is possible to create a product that is actually beneficial to the environment. If we can do it, anyone can do it. And if anyone can do it, everyone should.” Read and share our Lessons for the Future report at Interface.com. And if it speaks to you or inspires you in any way, we’d love to hear how. Do get in touch with us – together we can create a climate fit for life.
TOP: Ray Anderson, Founder of Interface.
CHOICE | ODE TO ART
In and Out
MASTER OF ILLUSION BY PATRICK HUGHES
atrick Hughes, born in 1939, held his first solo show in 1961 in London. From the 1980s, he started to explore the difference between perspective and reverspective. For the last 25 years, his 3-D reverspective paintings have been exhibited around the world and are featured in many public and private collections. The experience of seeing a Patrick Hughes sculptured painting in reality is to experience unreality and the paradox of illusory space and movement. Patrick Hughes creates paintings that come alive through the motion created by optical illusions. Each plane of his pictures shrinks or expands to accommodate the movement of the onlooker, in perfect harmony, like a good dance partner. Patrick Hughes uses his ground-breaking sense of perspective as a means of enabling a strange relationship between the spectator and the picture - a dialogue of sorts. To him, it is about motion and movement. “I’m not ultimately interested in skyscrapers or picture galleries, they are just a beginning. The beautiful thing to observe is when people are looking at them and moving and, I suppose, thinking and wondering.”
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Kettal Pavilion used in a corporate office
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