More than designer chairs and paintings in the hallways, each member of Design Hotels™ offers a specific experience where every elements come together to form a consistent and thought-provoking concept. Following are some of the new selections curated by the company.
La Maison Champs Élysées
From fashion house Maison Martin Margiela comes a surreal hotel in the heart of the Parisian Golden Triangle. Simplicity meets dramatic illusions and whimsical experiments with proportion and perception, featuring elements such as Persian rugs woven into the carpets, wallpaper from black and white photographs, and squares of painted light to give the illusion of sun streaming in from the windows.
Seventeen of the rooms and suites belong to the Couture Collection, Maison Martin Margiela’s first interior project, and each of them is unlike anything that has been done before. One suite has the walls painted black and the parquet oak floor has been stained to match, with yellow light over the bed giving off a hauntingly intriguing atmosphere. In another, a large landscape is printed on the wallpaper, reflected on an entirely mirrored wall opposite the bed. In the White Cover Suite, everything is delicately covered with white cotton, giving stage to the Ural alabaster lights on the bedroom ceiling in the evening.
Dramatic and theatrical might be the apt description of the chic boutique hotel set in two adjacent buildings, even more so when you consider the rich and colorful past of The State Theatre on the lower levels. The stage lights are on and the heavy stage curtains are open. QT Sydney plays with heritage items along with an edgy design style by setting the original façade features with graphic contemporary art, drops of drama and whimsicality through quirky pieces of furniture and pops of color.
The public areas are decorated with an unusual but captivating mix of design elements, from geometric patterns to bold, contrasting colors. A deep palette of reds, oranges, yellows and whites feature throughout the unique rooms. Retaining the timber floors, the rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches and embellishments. Meanwhile the State Theatre rooms boast exclusively designed carpets and rugs, along with light, playful touches like bowler hat lamps and light fittings.
Hong Kong, China
Taking inspirations from the Wong Chuk Hang area’s industrial past and keeping the spirit of the warehouse-turned-hotel building, Ovolo Southside uses the exposed concrete and brick façade to its design advantage. Each room is unique in shape and size, just like the warehouse’s original structure, and comes with a monochromatic theme. Mid-century inspired utilitarian steel furniture is complemented by heavy-duty fixtures and fittings, but the rooms are far from gloomy as the loft-style windows let in plenty of daylight.
To represent the city’s creative spirit, graffiti and art installations by both local and international artists are spread throughout the hotel’s public spaces. Hong Kong-based collective Parent’s Parents have also animated the hotel’s corridors with graphic motifs and stenciled messages that play on daily routines. As with all good design, the hotel does not take itself too seriously. That’s why you will find a Mao-style meeting room that offers reclining leather armchairs against an exotic Chinese fabric wall, instead of boardroom style seating.
Rooms Hotel Tbilisi
Rustic and regal, old and new, Rooms Hotel Tbilisi is a marriage between Georgian tradition with modernism. The sophisticated 8-floor property feels like New York in the 1930s with its handmade wallpapers and rich wooden floors, rife at the same time with old-world Tbilisi charm.
Local architecture firm Adjara Arch Group brilliantly restored the old publishing house. From its entrance, the building is very much in keeping with its neighbors, featuring the salvaged wood along with post-industrial window frames typical to the city. Sections of the hotel, showcasing original Georgian art, have been given gallery-like treatment featuring atrium-style walls that allow for plenty of daylight.
For the public spaces, expect rich leather with velvety textures and just the right amount of popping colors amidst the washed out palette. The restaurant features a rough-but-sophisticated artisanal interior, with long communal tables and home kitchen atmosphere, hence the name “The Kitchen”.
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