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Fettle is a boutique interior architecture and design firm specialising within the hospitality sector. They work with a variety of clients, from one-off operators and start-ups to large commercial brands. They create beautiful, functional spaces which portray their history, their location and their ethos. From their offices in London and Los Angeles, Fettle provides a full spectrum of services, from space planning and project feasibility studies to bespoke lighting and furniture design.
Fettle has worked in collaboration with Ennismore to design The Hoxton Portland, the sixth hotel in the brand’s portfolio. Located on the site of a former 1920’s theatre in the historic Chinatown district of the city, the studio was appointed to design the public spaces of the hotel, including the restaurant, cocktail bar, lobby, cafe and ‘apartment-style’ meeting spaces. Keeping true to the hotel’s style and ethos, the design studio took inspiration from the surrounding location, known for its industrial, gritty backdrop juxtaposed with areas of surrounding natural beauty.
The fabric and history of the structure also played a large part in the inspiration behind the designs of the project. The hotel is a combination of an old 1920’s theatre and a new build tower which houses the hotel rooms. The old part of the hotel features beautiful heavily textured wooden columns, old plaster finishes and textured concrete which have been retained and restored as part of the design concept. In contrast, the new part of the building features a clean and industrial presence with a striking glazed facade. The combination of modern design paired with traditional style and features underpins the iconic Hoxton Hotel House style.
The public spaces showcase distinct personalities yet stylistically connect to one another through material, fixtures and furniture design. The heart of the hotel, the lobby, is a community hub and place for socialisation for guests and locals alike. The interior’s open planned design includes an expansive brick wall featuring an integrated central fireplace, a focal point around which the colourfully upholstered mid-century inspired furniture is orientated. The pendant lights that feature within the space were custom designed by Fettle for the project and are complimented by Armstrong’s Tectum wood/wool ceiling panels, coloured in a soft and inviting Bella Pink hue.
The bar and restaurant interiors sit to the front of the building and are surrounded on two sides by the full height glazing of the existing facade. A large timber topped bar with colourful teal underside stands prominently on one side of the space, while reclaimed timber flooring, sourced locally from Pioneer Millworks, runs through from the lobby.
The restaurant ‘La Neta’, is located at the opposite end of the room and features walls clad in dark painted timber panelling, adorned with Latin-inspired artwork curated by local art consultant Upfor Gallery. Simple freestanding banquettes, upholstered in aged green leather, are coupled with timber and tan leather chairs and oak dining tables. A bespoke black, white and gold patterned floor tile differentiate the restaurant from the bar space.
Catering for meetings and events, ‘The Apartment’ has four rooms in varying sizes the lead out to a central pantry-style kitchen. Classic Mid-century teak furniture dresses the rooms, easily configured to accommodate a diverse range of uses. Homely touches such as the introduction of colourful and contemporary artwork, books and foliage create a relaxed environment that encourages visitors to make it their own. The central kitchen, the hub of ‘The Apartment’ continues the same aesthetic with fully stocked cupboards and fridge, surrounded by soft velvet upholstered lounge seating and a kitchen island with five velvet barstools allowing guests to sit and socialise in the heart of the home.
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Can Bordoy is a small hotel located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca. OHLAB did a complete renovation of an abandoned building that has been intervened throughout its more than 500 years of history.
OHLAB is an award-winning company devoted to the urban analysis and cultural research of contemporary society through design, architectural practise and urban strategy. The company has been awarded the Interior Design firm of 2019 by Architecture Masterprize, selected as one of the best 6 emerging interior design studios of 2018 by Dezeen and has been previously described by the Chicago Atheneum as one of Europe’s most important emerging architects.
The renovation of Can Bordoy was made in order to evoke the experience of visiting a house more than a hotel. Hence, rather than being at the hotel reception, visitors meet at the entrance hall of the house, and instead of a restaurant, there is a residential dining room, bedrooms and living rooms are the same as the ones one finds in a home.
Inspired by Kintsugi – the traditional Japanese technique of repairing broken antique porcelain with gold dust that does not hide the fracture – the project carefully preserves the romantic and decadent atmosphere found in the building and is deliberately contrasted with interventions and elements from different epochs. The proposal respects the existing centenary architectural crossbreeding, maintaining the traces of the past and avoiding a false recovery of a glorious past that the house never had.
A series of architectural strategies were designed and developed throughout the building as a collection of theatrical and distinctive contemporary interventions in dialogue with the existing building.
The eclecticism of the architecture is reflected in the furniture with pieces from very different eras and origins that coexist with contemporary furniture as a collection of beds and bars designed by OHLAB specifically for Can Bordoy.
To find out more about OHLAB check their website here.
With an experience in the design of over 30 years, Eliská Sapera’s interior design is known and in demand all over the world. Eliská is renowned for her ability to combine both contemporary and traditional styles, creating a unique and timeless look with hints of subtle luxury.
Eliská began her design career in the fashion industry, translating her success into interiors and home styling. Currently based in London, the designer has a successful design practice and a boutique shop in the United Kingdom. A constant presence in the Top Designer’s Lists of London, Eliská is a powerful design force with a vast experience in the manufacture and combination of fabric and textiles!
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As a reflection of her worldwide tastes and experiences, Eliská combines different cultures, converting them into the design. Eliská mixes English, European, Middle Eastern and Asian features, creating a unique interior design style.
Subsequent to becoming a mother, Eliská was unable to travel as much; for that reason, she started designing fabrics and textiles which lead her to room sets and in due course to interiors.
“I’ve always been very curious about different times, fashion, and interiors. That is why I like mixing.”
Here are two projects that showcase Eliská’s design talent and unique style:
Eliská Design Associates were asked to create an alfresco Cigar snug for Home House Private Member’s Club in Portman Square, London. The studio delivered an elegant and enduring space that could be used by guests all year round. Finishes were paramount- the client asked for a contemporary version of the classic Chesterfield buttoned banquette, and to create as many seating options as possible within a limited space. Slick, but comfortable, with a resonance of this iconic club’s architectural heritage- the studio was asked to focus on bold leather details evocative of heritage luxuriousness and to describe through design the timeless combination of leather and tobacco.
Eiská collaborated for this project with a London based architect. The bar was being split into two separate entities and Eliská worked with the clients to coherently differentiate the spaces through clever design, to a budget. The clients were installing a craft beer and Prosecco on tap bar as the ground floor and wanted an atmospheric cocktail lounge in the basement.
The entrance bar brought together a cool-toned monochromatic colour scheme and industrial accents such as metro tiled walls, exposed steel and wooden bar tops and embossed pressed tin panels to the bar front. Eliská involved a lighting designer to produce playful industrial fixtures in the bar- such as tap fittings which featured as lights. This industrial feel was contrasted to the basement lounge bar, where mood lighting and a scheme of deep amber was complimented by the bespoke, riveted copper bar with matching accessories.
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Eliská is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design and featured in the Sunday Times as one of the Top 30 Interior Designers in England, whilst her London based practice has been shortlisted for the International Hotel and Property Awards. You can see her work here. Stay updated on more hospitality news by subscribing to our newsletter! For more luxury hotels, hospitality design and best hotel projects, don’t forget to visit our Pinterest and Facebook!
Cretan Malia Park Hotel, located in Crete, Greece, was designed by Vana Pernari Architecture Studio, being shortlisted for The International Hotel and Property Awards 2020 as well as for Frame Awards 2020.
Located on a what used to be a campsite, Cretan Malia Park is surrounded by lush gardens that date back to the late ’70s. The buildings are modernist structures scattered amongst those gardens, were originally built in the late ’80s by Antonis Stylianides of 3SK Stylianidis architects, who once worked alongside German Architect Gropius.
Cretan Malia Park was fully renovated by Vana Pernari Architecture Studio. The wild Cretan, and in specific Malian flora, with palm trees, Indian figs and local banana trees, are part of beautiful exotic Mediterranean gardens which remain until today a strong reference point and a source of inspiration for its architecture and style.
Vana Pernari Architecture Studio‘s approach is always aesthetic, functional, experimental, respecting nature and its balance, aiming at creating meaningful spaces. They are constantly searching for more light, space and green. Inspired by Van Gogh‘s quote ‘The Mediterranean has the colour of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don’t always know if it is green or violet, you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or grey.’, the colour palette of a typical Mediterranean area is very much present at the hotel.
Material-wise, Vana Pernari Architecture Studio used natural materials like marble, cotto, wood and brass avoiding artificial materials while creating bright spaces with relaxed, earthy and slightly boho mood but with a touch of colour and elegance, to bring inside the colours and joy of the hotel’s amazing gardens as well as the colours found on the murals and artworks of Crete’s Minoan palaces presented in an exotic way.
To find out more about Vana Pernari Architecture Studio and their amazing projects, check their website here.
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Elicyon is a Top luxury interior design studio based in London that offers Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Project Management services. They aim to create unique and exclusive environments tailored to their clients’ requirements, crafted with precision and care, in some of the most desirable, prominent locations both in the UK and worldwide.
Sri Lanka Boutique Hotel Restaurant, by ELICYIONThis multidisciplinary studio creates Luxury Interior Design projects by providing a comprehensive, diverse and extensive service with the objective of achieving the client’s dreams and expectations. ELICYON was founded by the architect Charu Gandhi, that finds her inspiration in historical references and cultural details via travels and people, architecture, sculpture and theatre.
Bellow, You’ll find some examples of their exquisite Luxury Interior Design projects.
Based in Sri Lanka‘s rich heritage, this Luxury Interior Design project modelled on a fusion of the British old colonial style with references to a traditional English manor house. The layout comprises of a series of luxurious yet charming spacious country bungalows and planters cottages, arranged around the central space of the elegant and sleek Manor House, with beautiful four-poster beds, bespoke chandeliers and bold fabrics keep the space feeling contemporary with a nostalgic glamour of a time gone by.
This Luxury Interior Design is part of a project that ELYCION made for Chelsea Barracks. The grand hallway at Whistler Square was curated in a way that prevents the space from being too imposing, with an elegant opened up seating area to the immediate left upon entering, and then a more private and discreet layout of seating areas nestled further down along the hallway, it provides the residents with a clear choice as to what sort of area they want to relax in at that moment.
Curated to provide the Chelsea Barracks’ residents with the most exclusive lifestyle, The Garrison Club is a Luxury Interior Design project that features bold statement pieces and varying specialist materiality have been used, to markedly connect the space with the desired experience in mind. For example, the two boardrooms within the business amenities, are inspired by the botanists and collectors living and studying in Chelsea in the 17th and 18th century. This Luxury Interior Design project takes inspiration from the many treasures that were brought back from all corners of the world, reflecting this in the curation of objet, use of pattern and rich spice-based colour palette.
BG Studio International is a hospitality design firm, specialised in upscale hospitality, multi-family, nautical and commercial interiors. Founded by Francesca Bucci, she brings twenty-five years of experience, incorporating diverse influences with the best design practices, construction and an ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects across North America and Europe.
BG Studio is equipped to handle new-builds, renovations, conversions and adaptive-use projects, being highly regarded for delivering exceptional concepts that meet budgetary and scheduling requirements. So it is no wonder that their project Flora is a front runner for the Frame Hospitality Awards 2021.
BG Studio created Celebrity Flora with the aim to celebrate luxury interiors co-habiting with the eco-mandates for travelling to the Galapagos Islands. The Studio used textures and elements that reflect the topography, marine and animal life, as well as sustainable materials and locally-sourced furnishings.
Care is taken to minimize guests’ eco-impact: the need for plastics is reduced via in-room water filtration and by converting seawater into air conditioning into freshwater; guests use recycled water bottles and all interior lighting is LED. In addition, spaces must perform while being exposed to sun, sea and rigorous activities: swimming plus excursions.
The Vista, the outdoor lounge, is where guests can glamp via Private Cabanas and Ocean Grill, provide space for lounging and outdoor dining. The spacious, glass Observatory Lounge, allows to view and enjoy the sea life. Flora has four top-tier suites: two royal suites with bed and living rooms, private veranda; plus two penthouse suites, offering sublime modern luxury with floor to ceiling windows, spacious wrap-around terrace and jacuzzi.
In short, there is no other operating sea vessel that compares to Flora, combining a contemporary aesthetic with sustainable design at the luxury level. This effort represents the first of its kind by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a gamechanger in the cruise industry who relied on long-time interior designers and architects. The exquisite interior draws inspiration from the Galapagos Island, incorporating sustainable materials from local sources, meets rigorous requirements, maximizing interactions with nature and the sea.
To find out more about BG Studio International, check their website here.
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Established in 1985, David Collins Studio is an architectural based consultancy that continues the legacy of its founder, David Collins, an Irish architect that specialized in designing interiors for hospitality projects in London and around the world. Although he’s no longer with us, David Collins Studio continues his work towards redefining luxury interior design on a global scale.
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The David Collins Studio’s work gets its inspiration in many different sources, without ever being too obvious, like art, cinema, music, fashion, architecture, literature, philosophy, geography, and history. Their skill is in distilling all of this into an environment which belongs to no specific era or discipline. It is the instinct to look to the past without nostalgia. To reference history without the slide towards pastiche.
David Collins Studio has created unique projects for a wide range of clients both in the commercial worlds of high fashion as well as the design of some of London’s most loved and revered restaurants, hotels and bars. Works for private clients are no less impressive, designing homes for those who appreciate beauty, comfort and attention to detail.
The reputation the David Collins Studio has built reflects their passion for design, hard work and interesting challenges that express their creativity. In 2014 David Collins Studio joined Walpole British Luxury. In 2013 Walpole honoured David Collins with the lifetime achievement award.
Opened in April 2010, the Delaire Graff estate lodges and spa sit within the Helshoogte mountain pass outside cape town. Created for Laurence Graff Obe, owner of the Delaire Graff Estate, the design of each lodge is inspired by the local cape Dutch architecture with a palette that takes inspiration from the backdrop of the wine lands. Grass papers, end grain flooring, polished plasters, hand-woven rugs and textured leathers create a refined feel using indigenous materials. The hotel comprises a series of ten lodges that feature a collection of furniture designed by David Collins Studio and fabricated locally in South Africa. The Delaire Graff Estate is the winner of the “best grape estate” from wallpaper* magazine and was included in the “best new hotels 2011” by travel & leisure.
Opened in April 2011, Bassoon explores the parallels between music and design. The bar is at once contemporary and elegant but never takes itself too seriously, featuring a 20-foot grand piano-bar. The bar has been created for Corinthian hotels with 60 covers. The hotel sits on the site of the former Metropole Hotel.
Created in 2008 for the Maybourne Hotel Group, the Connaught bar comprises three rooms featuring hand-dyed degrade leathers, metal-studded black leather tables, and silver leaf mirror artwork created by David Collins studio. The bar is panelled in a hand-painted Hibernian landscape designed in collaboration with atelier Pierre Bonneville and realised in dusty pink, pistachio green, and pale lilac all framed in platinum silver-leafed oak panels, representing the Irish landscape. The bar is the recipient of many awards including “best interior design of the year” (Elle Decoration) and best bar for sealing the deal (esquire man at the top awards).
David Collins Studio is definitely a global synonym of beauty and luxury, with its founder vision guiding the team’s vision towards a design that it’s impossible to be defined by an era. You can visit their website here.
Chateau de Vignee was previously a classic hunter’s hotel strategically located between Brussels and Luxembourg. The brief WeWantMore received was to transform it into a top destination for travellers in the luxury segment in the Belgian Ardennes region, offering an all-encompassing high-end hospitality experience. The project brief included the interior design of a boutique hotel with twenty-five bespoke rooms, a bar area, a Gault & Millau listed restaurant, a private dining, two event venues and an in- and outdoor wellness area.
It was key to appeal to both the modern–day traveller with high-end design needs in the luxury segment as the more conventional existing hunting clientele of the estate. Furthermore, the requirements set by Relais & Chateaux needed to be met within the context of the 17th-century chateau building. The old chateau building and the courtyard were completely restored, while a new-build element was added to the estate to host part of the rooms and the entire wellness area.
Chateau de Vignée was set on becoming a luxury retreat for its guests to escape a fast-paced society. Unwinding there means surrendering to nature because the strong-willed landscape of the Ardennes is truly undeniable. So, WeWantMore positioned Chateau de Vignée as an entity in sync with its natural surroundings. The design concept sprouted from the hotel’s history and impressive surroundings.
Intrigued by the Chateau’s century-long link with hunting, WeWantMore imagined the sensorial experience of a hunter exploring the Ardennes. The visual perception of sunlight breaking through the leaf canopy. A ray of light strikes one spot but leaves its surroundings in the dark. Like a natural claire obscure effect. The sounds of the misty forest awaking. The lingering suspense of an unexpected encounter. The design studio aimed to capture this feeling in the design of the interior and branding because it is sensation hotel guests will resonate with during their stay in the Ardennes region.
WeWantMore expressed the hunter’s journey throughout the interior. Entering the main chateau building immediately sets the tone. A seasonal faux flower installation descends from the sky in the lobby. Rays of sunlight seem to pierce through the greenery. In the bar section, a custom-designed bas-relief in the back bar catches the eye. The hunting scene is made up out of Ardennes sourced BlueStone.
WeWantMore opted for native marbles and natural stones like Rouge Belge and Gris d’Ardenne throughout the entire project to add to the main design concept. The tailor-made terrazzo flooring in the lobby is entirely composed out of marble fragments of the former hotel rooms. The hunter’s journey continues in the lounge, where the custom-designed lighting branches out across the ceiling conjuring the same early morning, gloomy forest atmosphere. The interior design of the rooms echoes the fluid beauty of the Ardennes region. Expressive and flamboyant on occasion, but equally pure and tranquil at other points in time.
Since it was key to appeal to both the modern-day traveller as the more conventional existing clientele of the estate, WeWantMore searched for the right balance between heritage and marvel. The design studio wanted to make it genuinely fun for guests to be there, but still, respect the history of the building and site. So, WeWantMore interpreted classic hunting and natural elements in a novel way. The visual identity draws from the same hunting narrative. Just like Chateau de Vignée’s surroundings, all branding elements, as well as the installations, are updated every season to align with the overall guest experience. While some hotels offer a sense of escapism by keeping out the outside world, a Chateau de Vignée, WeWantMore consciously pulled it indoors to enhance the connection with nature. The interior design and visual identity combined, reduce the boundaries between out- and indoors to a minimum adding to the unwinding experience of Chateau de Vignee.
To find out more about WeWantMore’s work, check their website here.
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Zaha Hadid Architects is one of the biggest Architecture Firms in London and it was founded by one of the most amazing and powerful female architects in recent history. This firm has contributed to the world’s Architectural and Design scene with its creative approach to shapes and architectural design!
Even though Zaha Hadid is no longer with us, her legacy and creative spirit are well alive within her Architecture Studio, continuing to help shape London’s appearance! Find out some of the projects of Zaha Hadid Architects, including the latest hospitality work: The Morpheus Hotel in Macau.
As the name suggests it, Zaha Hadid Architects is an international Architecture and Design Firm founded by the late architect Zaha Hadid! Known worldwide for her Modern and Powerful Designs, Hadid helped shape today’s Architecture. Zaha Hadid Architects was responsible for some of the most stunning design projects all over the world, like the London Aquatics Centre, the Evelyn Grace Academy and, most recently, the incredible Morpheus Hotel, in Macau.
Influenced by the fluid shapes found in China’s tradition of jade carving, the Morpheus design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion.
After the death of Hadid, her Team kept her Legacy and her Firm alive. They continued to work on the projects started by their mentor and led them to completion. Till this day there isn’t one single project started by Hadid that her team didn’t finish in her memory and following her directions! In the new projects, the Zaha Hadid Architects strive to achieve the vision of Zaha Hadid and her attention to futuristic detail and, by doing so, they continue to be considered a reference within the Architectural and Design industries.
An example of this is Christos Passas, that has won this year’s Brit List Awards for the Best Architect.
Having worked at Zaha Hadid Architects since 1998, Christos Passas has won many projects and competitions as Project Director of the firm. He is at the forefront of design research and often participates in design juries at universities around the UK. Most recently, he has been awarded the title of 2020’s best architect by the Brit List Awards.
Zaha Hadid Architects continues its founder’s legacy, creating architectural works of art that bring inovation and creativity to the world. Check their website here. For more luxury hotels, hospitality design and best hotel projects, don’t forget to visit our Pinterest and Facebook!
Atelier Hammerl Dannenberg accompanies museums, institutions and companies in their projects such as exhibitions, museum planning, corporate design and corporate architecture or in the scenographic implementation of brand worlds. The Atelier is a competent and experienced partner from concept development and budgeting to drafting and planning to construction supervision.
The Soller Business Hotel is located in the middle of the Munich Airport Business Park in Hallbergmoos. The location is undergoing a transformation from its original rural structure to a location with high-tech companies.
The new owner-managed hotel is a home for business guests and travellers. After a long day, the hotel Soller is a place to relax and take a deep breath. The concept is based on human needs. It combines the sustainability of nature with modern standards.
Atelier Hammerl and Dannenberg created spaces which radiate peace and well-being. Therefore the hotel is designed in natural materials and colours. The fauna and flora of the Isarmoos was the Atelier’s inspiration with its colours, shapes and light effects for the interior design.
The guests live in large, calm rooms with high-quality oak fixtures. All standard rooms have their own writing places and tea stations, whereas the suites are equipped with pantry kitchen for long stay guests. The colours of the standard rooms are in the natural green tones of the nearby moos. In contrast, the suites on the top floor show the colours of the typical fog.
All around the house, guests find Illustrations of natural elements, which had been drawn according to the Atelier’s specification. The graphics were used individual for wallpapers, carpets and murals. Thematically, the images are part of the orientation system, from the fish in the cellar to the birds in the attic.
In the lobby, guests should feel at home. A large, cosy sofa landscape, partly covered with velvet, invites you to stay longer. An eye-catcher is the over 7m large carpet specially designed for the hotel. In the restaurant, deep, upholstered benches and dining sofas create a cosy atmosphere.
Atelier Hammerl Dannenberg‘s project Soller Business Hotel is a front runner to the Frame Awards 2021!
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The Brit List Awards winners of 2020 were announced last Wednesday, November 12th, during its online event, that counted with the digital presence of hundreds of professionals in the field; architects, designers, hoteliers, developers and suppliers all tuned in to find out which of the nominees would take an award home that night.
This year, the Brit List Awards winners were announced in a digital event, filmed at the Minotti London’s Fitzrovia showroom (where a private Winners Party will take place on April 29th), due to the covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines. These have had an impact, especially on the hospitality industry.
“If anything, the pandemic has made our nationwide search that much more meaningful.” – Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs and host of The Brit List Awards 2020.
Hosted by Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs, the Brit List Awards winners were selected by a handpicked jury composed by international experts of hotel development, designers and architects.
The first half of the event consisted of the revelation of The Brit List 2020 and the second half consisted of the announcement of each individual winner.
Here are The Brit List Awards winners of 2020:
The Brit List Awards are the culmitation of Hotel Designs’ year long efforts to find the UK’s leading designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers and this year’s edition is the 4th time its organized.
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