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Shangri-La Toronto Celebrates 1st Birthday With New Lounge Uniforms and VAWKtails

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  Site Where: 188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 0A3
September 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who can believe the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is one year old? They grow up so fast...

The hotel is marking its big birthday by partnering with Sunny Fong of luxury women’s wear label, VAWK, to create spiffy new Lobby Lounge outfits. Celebrities have traipsed down the red carpet in VAWK designs worldwide, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Grammy Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.

For the Shangri-La Toronto the designer drew inspiration for the sexy and sophisticated outfits from the “artwork in the lobby, the Ming vase tea library and the ornithological theme that is prevalent in the hotel, and the Zhang Huan ‘Rising’ sculpture.” The dress design borrows from traditional Asian design with shoulders reminiscent of the pagodas found in Chinese gardens and a sleeker silhouette of the traditional qipao with mandarin collar. The goal was to create something dramatic, almost theatrical, and holy-cremolely, he did achieve that.

And then there's the VAWKtail.

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A Modernist Mecca: Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen Hotel

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  Site Where: Hammerichsgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1611
July 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Jacobsen's Room 606

Few can deny that Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, creator of the Egg, the Swan and the Series 7 chairs, was one of the most iconic architects and designers of the modernist era. Could the Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen be his finest achievement? We went on an exploratory mission to check out what was said to be the “landmark of the jet age.”

The hotel opened in 1960 and was originally built by SAS to accommodate both its first airport terminal and its passengers who needed to stay overnight to catch a flight out of Copenhagen. After a night at the hotel, passengers would check in for their flight in the terminal building attached, and wait for the airline's shuttle bus to take them to the airport.

Today, the hotel still has the same clean lines and simple detail that it had back then. The famous Jacobsen Egg and Swan chairs, originally designed for the hotel, are still found throughout the very large black-and-white-marbled lobby and in the rooms. The elegantly curved white lobby staircase pushed the limits of technology in the late 50s and looks like it could be found in a loft from 2013. Other original details include the dark wenge wood found on the main floor of the hotel. Jacobsen designed everything from the cutlery and plates, bathroom fittings and door handles to the chairs and lighting fixtures.

(There are plenty of pics for you to see in the photo gallery!)

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DVF Adds Hayman Island Resort To Her Hotel Design Résumé

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  Site Where: Australia
October 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

Fashion queen of the world Diane Von Furstenberg has done it again. Though the Belgian-American designer is mainly known for her gorgeous dresses, textiles, furniture and jewelry, DVF is also an admitted hotel lover and in 2010, The Claridge's Hotel in London debuted a series of 20 DVF-designed suites.

The look was elegant, modern and heavy on the floral prints. We loved it.

Now, she's worked her magic over at Australia's acclaimed private island retreat, the Hayman Island Resort, where, this Saturday, DVF will show up to unveil her two-bedroom penthouse.

Though we're hoping, this time, the underage models will get left out of the picture.

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Lenny Kravitz Takes Us into His Design World as He Dishes on SLS South Beach

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've heard why sbe founder Sam Nazarian wanted to work with Kravitz Design Inc.—yeah, that'd be Lenny Kravitz to you—on SLS South Beach. But we wanted to hear from the designer himself. Who wouldn't, right?

Here's what Kravitz had to say about his work on the SLS SoBe penthouse and special bungalow suite...

What made you want to work on the SLS South Beach?
I have always loved this building. And Sam Nazarian is a great hotelier. I love the different things he is doing. Philippe Starck, what can you say? The design icon, guru, whatever you wanna call him, he has just done so much for the world of design and has been an amazing supportive figure for me. I love that we have Jose Andres doing the food — he is a mad scientist, an artist.

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A Look Inside the Rooms at Hyatt Union Square and More on Those Reversible Headboards

March 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Welcome to Design Thursdays! This is our day to focus on hotel design through photo tours, video walk-throughs and interviews with hotel designers. Got a cool hotel design story we should know about? Let us know.

Today we have a super special treat--a sneak peek inside the forthcoming Hyatt Union Square in Manhattan (above) AND an interview with Morag Macpherson, a textile artist based in Scotland who did the fabric designs and supply for the hotel's reversible headboard patterns. Yes, reversible! After all, this Hyatt did want to be design-forward than other Hyatt hotels. So now, let's dig in!

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The Greenbrier to Offer Hotel Dororthy Draper Decorating Classes Next Year

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  Site Where: 300 West Main Street [map], White Sulphur Springs, WV, United States, 24986
December 1, 2011 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our newest new feature, Design Thursdays! Thursdays are now our day to focus on hotel design through photo tours, video walk-throughs and interviews with hotel designers. Got a cool hotel design story we should know about? Let us know.

Hey there aspiring interior designers! Eager to get into the world of interior design or decorating but watching reruns of "Top Design" and "Million Dollar Designers" isn't cutting it? Then consider heading to the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virgina for their new one-week interior decorating courses named after the hotel's legendary decorator, Dorothy Draper.

The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating will offer limited enrollment for the weeks of February 26, March 25, April 29 and June 10. The classes will be specially created by Carleton Varney, the curator of The Greenbrier who was also Dorothy Draper's protege and who is current president of Dorothy Draper and company. Here's a bit on the class syllabus:

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When One Lenny Kravitz Hotel Door Closes, Another Lenny Kravitz Hotel Door Opens

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  Site Where: 56 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON, Canada
November 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even though Lenny Kravitz's Florida Room at the Delano Hotel is going bye-bye, the rocker turned hotel designer has another bigger project in the works. Kravitz's design firm, Kravitz Design Inc., will be designing an entire floor at the upcoming BISHA Hotel and Residences in Toronto.

The floor will be inspired by the music, art and travels of Lenny Kravitz. And judging from what he recently told the Toronto Star, we kinda wish all hotels could be as sexy as Lenny's hotels:

“It’s going to be plush and lush and comfortable and inspiring,” says the musician in a phone interview from Croatia, where he is on a European tour. “It’s going to be warm, it’s going to be soulful. It has to be elegant and sexy the moment you get off that elevator.”

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Kelly Wearstler's Favorite Hotel is Not a Viceroy (or a Tides)

Where: Paris, France
November 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

In perusing this month's Vanity Fair, we came across a "My Stuff" piece from one of our favorite hotel designers, Kelly Wearstler, the vision behind Viceroy Hotels and Tides Hotels.

Yet we found it very interesting that when VF prodded her for her favorite hotel, she listed neither of the hotels she's worked on or the ones that her husband, Brad Korzen owns or operates. Instead, her favorite hotel is:

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A First Look at Diane Von Furstenberg's Rooms at Claridge's

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  Site Where: 49 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom, W1A 2JQ
July 13, 2010 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finally! More than two weeks after the Diane Von Furstenberg rooms at The Claridge's Hotel were unveiled we have some amazing photos to show you. We hope you like prints!

These photos are of the Piano Suite which is the first DVF-designed room to be unveiled and which was done in collaboration with DVF's longtime friend and interior decorator Olivier Gelbsmann. The other 20 or so guestrooms will come online later. The fashionable rooms feature glasswork from Murano, handcrafted items from Bali, handcrafted rugs and photographs from DVF's own travels through Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle.

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Has Anyone Been Inside the DVF Rooms at Claridge's?

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  Site Where: 49 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom, W1A 2JQ
July 7, 2010 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

NOT designed by DVF.

The much-anticipated Diane Von Furstenberg rooms at The Claridge's Hotel in London has been garnering all sorts of press love--including some unsightly slobbering from us.

But the thing is, despite the numerous articles featuring Diane herself talking about her designs for the hotel and despite the A-list celeb party to celebrate the launch of the rooms, which was attended by Madge and Gwynnie, these rooms remain unseen.

The hotel's press team, who have been gracefully tolerant of our annoying photo requests, tell us the photos are coming very soon--possibly next week--but until then, the website is still showing old photos of the suites and we've yet to see even a swatch of the animal prints that DVF promises will be in the room. And there is no word yet on how to book these suites and how much they will cost.

We understand that in the fashion world you need to build up the buzz about your line but even fashion designers release sketches and send models down the runway before hanging their merchandise on the racks. We're waiting DVF but we can't say for how much longer. (Ok, fine, we'll wait but please it's killing us!)

Have you been inside the DVF rooms at Claridge's? What are they like? Let us know! Even better, send us pics!

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Diane von Furstenberg's Rooms at Claridge's Are Almost Ready

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  Site Where: 49 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom, W1A 2JQ
June 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Attention all fashionistas who fawn over Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dresses and fun prints: the wait for her first attempt at hotel decor is almost over--the DVF rooms at The Claridge's Hotel in London will be unveiled this Wednesday, June 23.

The WSJ got a sneak peek at four of the 20 rooms, including a three-bedroom suite, The Piano Suite:

Inside the grand suite, the characteristics of Ms. von Furstenberg's fashion soon become apparent. The curtains aren't fully up yet, but the valances already hung on the walls offer a taste of the contemporary prints that the designer will be using. Chinese florals in big and bold scale, as well as animal patterns, are just some of the styles revealed prior to the opening....

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Rock House Hotel Owner Dies; Hotel to Close for a Week

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  Site Where: Bay and Hill St., Harbour Island, Bahamas
June 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tragedy has struck the luxe Rock House Hotel in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The hotel's designer, J. Wallace Tutt III, was found dead on Saturday morning in a grassy area of Harbour Island, known as The Narrows. He was just 53. Police are investigating the death but the AP reports that the hotel will close for a week.

Tutt transformed a rental villa and former schoolhouse in the Rock House Hotel in 2003. But Tutt, who was also responsible for the interior designs of houses owned by Gianni Versace and Cher as well as the Angler's Boutique Hotel in Miami, didn't turn this into some sleepy island getaway.

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