Saturday, October 30, 2010

MAZZO!

This new cafe in Amsterdam called Mazzo caught my eye for several reasons. I love the mis-matched chairs, the overscale Moooi lights and the photography of people eating on the walls. I think the simple color scheme lets the eye focus on texture and detail, which is pulled off quite nicely. Overall it looks like my kind of place to hang out with a friend and grab a bite to eat. Warm and inviting, but still kind of quirky.

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Designers: Concrete Architectural Associates

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Loving These Lobby Designs

I’ve been swamped at work lately and apologize for not updating the blog more often. I’ve just started a project that will have me taking a new build office tower, and creating a lobby experience similar to that of a boutique hotel, as requested by the owner. A little unusual? Yes….but right up my alley. My initial research has led me to several inspiration images which I’m showing the client. So here is my first “photo dump” as us bloggers call it. The styles range from Minimalist boutique to Maximalist boutique. Which one is your favorite style?

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Please forgive me that I have not had the time to name all of the property locations and sources.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Back to the Beach?

Well the weather in Vancouver is getting cooler and the rainy season has started. But these photos of the Tanjong Beach Club in Singapore have me dreaming about summer already.

Tanjong-Beach-Club-interior-design-pool-styleAn almost mod / 60’s style motif on the cinder wall at the entrance.Tanjong-Beach-Club-interior-design-pool-styleAn infinity edge pool with luxurious cabanas and ocean views is the star outside.Tanjong-Beach-Club-interior-design-pool-style An outdoor bar is playful and airy. I love the fun lights and pattern on the bar top.Tanjong-Beach-Club-interior-design-pool-style The main dining space embodies casual poolside style.Tanjong-Beach-Club-interior-design-pool-style

I love how the screening on the windows was modelled after the actual palm tree husk patterns outside.

Designer: Takenouchi Webb

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Redbury Hotel Hollywood

I’m always torn whether or not I should showcase images of hotels that are new and different, but not necessarily my own personal taste. But I think it’s important to see what is going on out there in the design world. Where things are heading. What people are trying.

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Take this new hotel called The Redbury, which just opened in Hollywood. The inspiration is art, fashion, culture, and music. The vision comes from famous fashion photographer Matthew Rolston and SBE (a boutique hotel company) CEO Sam Nazarian.redbury LA Hollywood hotel interior design decor redredbury LA Hollywood hotel interior design decor redredbury LA Hollywood hotel interior design decor red redbury LA Hollywood hotel interior design decor black tile

Kudos for the boldness of the rooms. How many times can one report a new hotel that is completely neutral with a couple red toss cushions thrown in for good measure? This one blows color out of the water! And I’ve always loved pattern on pattern.

To me it may look a little bit Russian bordello meets gypsy meets Hollywood glam meets Grandma’s living room. But I know guests would not forget their stay.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Surfs Up (scale) Dude!

After much anticipation, the Edition Hotel Waikiki has finally opened. Edition Hotels will be a new lifestyle brand under the Marriott flag, with design from the boutique hotel Godfather Ian Schrager.

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Also on premises is Morimoto’s Waikiki. You can see a photo of it in an earlier post here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Black Rock Obsession

It’s funny how a little sample that arrives in the mail can quickly become an obsession. Sitting on your desk being admired day after day. Well that’s what has happened with a little hand crafted sample of wall paper I received from the Palm Springs based company Wallteriors. From their Guild collection, this pattern is called Horizon. The color shown is Black Rock. (It’s available in 5 additional colous). Isn’t it amazing as a featured wall behind the bed as shown? It almost looks like expensive marble. But it’s equally as beautiful close up as a textured paper.

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Check out some of the other amazing hand crafted wall papers at www.wallteriors.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

She Sells Seashells at Morimoto

Here is a sneak peak of the new Morimoto Waikiki Restaurant by renowned Iron Chef Morimoto. I love the colour scheme, simple elegance, and clever display of the suspended seashells in clear Lucite boxes.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Delightful Dreamy Dutch

You might think this hotel is just a crazy idea, but no, this building actually exists in reality. The 12 storey, 160 room Inntel Hotel in the city of Zaandam plays with shapes and iconography of classic Dutch housing. Inside though, a sleek, modern and simple decor is featured. Large graphics and a restrained palette of black, white, wood, and punches of green are used throughout.Architecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modern Architecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modernArchitecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modernArchitecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modernArchitecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modern Architecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modern Architecture-Inntel-Hotel-Zaandam-in-Netherlands design interior decor modern Architects: WAM

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I’ll Have My Coffee at 90 Degrees!

D’espresso coffee bar on Madison Avenue in NYC is really cool. Paying homage to to the nearby Mid-Manhatan library, the center band of floors and walls are covered in a bookshelf graphic, the herringbone flooring is applied to one wall, and the lights above the bar on the opposite wall protrude out into the space giving the illusion that the room is tilted on its side! Tilt your head to the right…you’ll see.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The “Greek Key” to a Successful Hotel

I love the look of the Ramonos Hotel, a new hotel in Starwood’s Luxury collection. Located in Gialova, Greece, this getaway pushes all the right design buttons for me. Here’s why:

A simple colour scheme pleases many and outlasts trends. The warmth of wood and sea inspired accent colours are calm and welcoming:

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Local flavour gives character that is undeniably appropriate. I love the contemporary take on the Greek Key motif on the headboards in the guestrooms:

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Catering to everyone’s needs. I love this children’s play and spa area. Makes travel easier and more relaxed:

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Adult’s turn!

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Ramonos Hotel Greece Interior Spa Design Decor Designer: MKV Design