Fourteen cutting-edge projects took the top prizes in the seventh annual Boutique Design Awards.
By Matthew Hall
Hotel Alfonso XIII
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates
This historic Spanish hotel first opened in 1929 and was last renovated in 1990 in a pan-European style that included few references to its locale. In its latest update, HBA’s London office brought the Moorish and Andalusian influences that pervade the hotel’s home city of Seville back to the forefront of its interiors.
Judge Jeffrey Ornstein, founder and ceo of J/Brice Design International, lauded the project as being “timeless, light and authentic,” while Personality Hotels president and ceo Yvonne Lembi-Detert described it as “an Old World statement elegantly brought to the present.” (For more on this hotel’s renovation, see “Royal Treatment,” page 34, in the September+October 2012 issue of Boutique Design.)
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Located in a historic hotel renowned for giving guests the sense of being in a luxurious private residence, this Wolfgang Puck restaurant by Rockwell Group features a marble-clad hearth as its centerpiece, along with the addition of an indoor/outdoor patio.
The 40/40 Club
Jeffrey Beers International
Baseball meets bling in hip-hop superstar Jay-Z’s 15,000-sq.-ft., bi-level venue, in which designers from Jeffrey Beers International intermixed a luxe nightclub vibe with a state-of-the-art sports bar (complete with a display of custom gold baseball bats on its second level).
Iridium Spa, St. Regis Saadiyat Island
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates
Located within St. Regis’ first resort property in the Middle East, this 37,000-sq.-ft. spa by HBA’s Atlanta office features 12 luxurious treatment suites, including themed Moroccan, Thai and contemporary spaces with their own private terraces and pools.
Best Hotel Lobby/Reception Area
Hotel Palomar Phoenix
This hotel’s interiors feature a neutral color palette inspired by sun-bleached wood and desert colors—a nod to its Arizona locale—and textured finishes that designers say create depth and add intimacy. Those intermingled elements take center stage in the lobby.
Best Big-Brand Hotel with a Boutique Feel
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Stonehill & Taylor
Designers utilized a “hyper-local” approach to updating this Hyatt locale that incorporates design elements referencing the region’s culture and industries. Judge and 555 International president James Geier praised the project’s use of “natural materials in
a clean, modern environment.”
W Paris Opera
Rockwell Group Europe
To explain why this hotel should win this particular honor, judge Jeffrey Ornstein used one word: “Duh!” The sophisticated guest experience within this 1870s-era building is clearly foreshadowed by its immaculate and elegant exterior.
Hotel Castello di
Casole – A Timbers Resorts Hotel & Residences
J Banks Design Group
Built out of the ruins of a 10th-century castle in Italy, this five-star locale evokes an authentic Tuscan feel via its wood-beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls, reclaimed wood flooring, terra cotta tile
and glass mosaics.
Best Outdoor Space
Infinity pool, Conrad Koh Samui
Located on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand, this luxurious cliff-side resort offers guests maximum access and exposure to the outdoors, including this tranquil infinity pool.
Best Guest Room
Bentley Suite, St. Regis New York
Here’s a room with a vroom: This suite, in the St. Regis New York, features design elements based on its namesake British luxury car brand. Among those details are rich wood finishes, black leather tile flooring and a mirror whose design is inspired by a wheel rim.
Morris Lapidus Suite, Washington Plaza Hotel
This bathroom features bold patterns behind the bathtub and on the vanity mirror that channel the famed architect’s mid-century Miami vibe.
Salvage Bar & Lounge
Tima Winter Inc. Design
and Straight Designs
Housed in a 1928 Roosevelt loft building in L.A., this aptly named establishment is outfitted with fixtures, furniture and finishes made of recycled and reused elements from the building, such as a bronze elevator door converted into
a bar top.
Best Decorative Element
Flaming chairs, W San Diego
Mister Important Design
Designers sought to create a “wild coast” environment in renovating this San Diego hotel. In keeping with that motif, this riff on the classic beach bonfire was placed on the property’s rooftop deck.
Best Visual Element
Men’s room graphic, Le Clervaux Boutique & Design Hotel
The renovation of this Luxembourg boutique hotel involved injecting various spaces with a mixture of
stylized Baroque elements with contemporary twists—including
this eye-opening graphic in one
of its men’s rooms.
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