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We recently stopped by the Boutique Design New York show (BDNY) to see what's new and different in the world of, well, boutique design. We found a new products coming to the market, as well as design firms that have been around for awhile but have new collections to show off. But here are a few notable items we could totally see in a hotel setting, in the New York area and beyond.
1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)
1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)
Just when you thought you'd seen enough Andy Warhol artwork in a hotel, now there's an entire Andy Warhol Collection of wallpapers, offered by Brooklyn based Flavor Paper. Flavor Paper has a wide range of creative hand screened patterns and digital imagery on paper, and we've seen their work in the Wythe Hotel and W Seattle, and the company reportedly added SLS Las Vegas to their list of projects. This Warhol collection was made possible via special licensing agreement with the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Fogo Island, a remote and rugged island south of Newfoundland, put itself on the savvy (and well-to-do) traveler's map with the striking, stilt supported Fogo Island Inn, which opened last year. Just getting to the 29-suite, five-star inn is an excursion right up the adventurist's alley - island hopping (via ferry or charter plane) is a prerequisite.
But now it's upped its design appeal, as the inn has launched a furniture collection that is now available to purchase on or off the island.
This photo, of the Vampire Room at Propeller Island Lodge in Berlin, leaves little to the imagination, and we cannot imagine why someone would want to pay to sleep in a coffin, at least sooner than they have to
Today is Halloween and of course that makes for a perfect Funky Friday edition. In this case rather than choosing a single photo - which is tough to do on Halloween - we created a photo gallery dedicated to hotels whose designs, for better or worse, suggest that the spirit of Halloween should be a year round offering.
For this photo roundup, and we expect to add to it over time, we stayed away from some of the more obvious haunted hotels, such as The Stanley (aka "heeerree's Johnny!") because we know you already know about these places. And their designs do not necessarily suggest anything out of the ordinary. These do, whether it be a lighthearted approach, so to speak, or plain drop dead creepy, so to speak.
So here's our first gallery of unusual accommodations created for guests who want to experience some fright night fun or fear any day of the year. Not necessarily in that order.
We recently shared the news, and our excitement, about the upcoming Kahema Bay Portals resort in Majorca, opening in early 2015. With this new hotel well underway, we have another new hotel to look forward to, the Kahema Grand Zurich, opening in Spring, 2015.
This is the latest hotel to be delivered by the team of Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group, tecArchitecure as architect, and Marcel Wanders, as interior designer. Having just received renderings of the Kahema Grand Zurich, we think this 'Mod Squad' of talent and vision may have another hit on their list.
Not exactly a desk, but totally sexy – the map of Singapore on the coffee table at Sofitel So Singapore
One thing we’ve noticed over recent coverage of millennial hotel brands and trendifying revamps – hotels think the way to pull in punters is to focus on design. And to focus on design, plenty of hotels are considering doing away with what most people take for granted in a hotel room: the steadfast hotel desk.
There’s just one problem: people like desks. They need them, too, if they’re grownups. First case in point: our room at Moxy Milan a couple of weeks back. Instead of a desk, there was a shallow glass plate poking out of the wall, just big enough to balance a laptop on. Instead of a chair, there was a stool – as in a footstool – under the glass shelf. It was an impossible set up, if you were planning to work – uncomfortable on the back, and with no space for anything like papers. (There was also a giant, sexy swivel armchair by the bed – great for Instagram, but impossible, again, for work.)
Second case in point: the current Le Méridien refresh program with slimmer, stand-up desks.
Third and final case in point: the Westin redesign, which has shrunk desks. Westin says its research shows that people are abandoning desks. If our comments this time, and last time we discussed this, are anything to go by, there’s a sizeable group of us that isn’t. So while hotels are rushing to court millennials, they risk alienating their already loyal customers.
Problem is, other than the general downsizing of rooms, this move seems to be based on the premise that hotel desks are ugly. But they don’t have to be! Hotel designers, here are some ideas for how to have trendy rooms, but keep the desks. We present:
The Ultimate HotelChatter Compendium Of Sexy Desks
Pet lovers, and you know who you are, and dedicated followers of (hotel) fashion, and you know who you are, we've got good news. It had to happen sooner or later but there is a 'bone fido' design hotel especially for your four-legged best friends. The Petaholic Hotel, and we love the name, is all yours if you happen to live in Taipei City, but designers everywhere take note - this is one cool pet pad.
Welcome to Hotel Shabby Shabby, the name given to a group of 22 individually designed, pop-up hotel rooms that were scattered about Manheim, Germany during the recent Theater der Welt Festival.
These quirky temporary hotel rooms - aka cabins - were available for booking for 17 days and were a popular feature during the festival. No kidding. The event (always a competition when designers are involved) drew submissions from around the world and a select group of designers were then invited to build their shabby designs. No prize was awarded that we know of other than glory.
The rules of the game were that each entrant use recycled materials and that the total cost to create the room must not exceed 250 Euro. That's one tough budget right there, which may partially and understandably explain the hotel design event's name. No doubt, thinking outside and inside the box led to some off beat and highly creative solutions.
Here are a few of the designs that popped up during this popular lifestyle festival in Manheim.
We've got Milan on our minds today
The "young and rich" luxury brand that is ME by Melia is in the midst of a global expansion, making powerful modern design statements (to put it lightly) in each city it debuts.
With hotels like ME London, a futuristic class act by Foster + Partner; the recently opened sexy cool ME Majorca and ME Ibiza; and the mind-altering ME Dubai, coming in 2016, it should be no surprise that when ME Milan Il Duca opens next year, it, too, will be something very special.
Kempinski Hotels are now accepting reservations for their largest and their most striking hotel to date in China.
The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing is located about an hour’s drive from Beijing’s city center and shares the site of a larger complex of Kempinski managed hotels overlooking the picturesque Yanqi Lake.
The design of the hotel—and this escaped even our eagle eyes—draws inspiration from the rising sun and other symbolism in Chinese culture. The architect, Shanghai Huado Architect Design Company, led a 60-day pow-wow with 60 designers from around the world, seeking a worldly perspective to come up with this unusual design, pictured above.
The 60 designers concluded that the hotel should resemble a scallop (anyone see a snail?) which is a symbol of good fortune in Chinese culture. The large bull’s eye in the center of the hotel’s outside wall represents—we are told—the rising sun, which in turn reflects the rising Chinese economy.
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HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le Méridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le Méridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share. We showed you Le Méridien yesterday. Now it's Westin's turn..
The coming Westin Hotels 2015 refresh continues on the themes of aiding and abetting your travel well-being.
Westin has long wanted guests to leave healthier than they arrived, and to help continue that desire, the brand is giving guests plenty of ways to recharge while in their new guest rooms.
Here are three things that got our attention as we walked through the model room and checked out their new hotel design schemes.
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HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le Méridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le Méridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share, starting with Le Méridien.
Le Méridien is in the midst of a design refresh. The theme? Mid century modern. The influences? French film, Monocle magazine, and eclairs.
The LM brand is banking on the fact that people have the desire to experience their destination, and want to do so even if they are in town for 36 hours, most of which will be comprised of business meetings, meaning most guest time will be spent at the hotel.
Here are 5 design details that got our attention as we walked through the model room and new hotel design schemes.
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Nothing like 269 pieces of modern art by 36 local artists to light up, so to speak, a former tobacco warehouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Autumn is officially upon us and for most of the eastern U.S., the temperatures are getting cooler while the colors are getting hotter. Fall foliage expeditions have always been popular (some may call it "leaf-peeping") and the scenery each year is never quite the same, as Mother Nature ultimately decides the color palette.
Yet, some of the regular hotel options along the fall foliage trail are rather "basic". You know, a little too much pumpkin spice and not a lot of actual pumpkin.
So we've decided to break away and seek out some less ordinary hotel options.
Here are five hotel picks for this season, each with its own story to tell.