Today on the Hotel Design Podcast we have Lauren Rottet FAIA, FIIDA, founding principal and president of Rottet Studio. Lauren is one of the most celebrated interior designers and architects in the world and holds fellow status of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. Lauren is a Lifetime Appointee to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals for Design Excellence.
In addition to her extensive list of accolades, some of Lauren’s notable hospitality projects include the Langham in Hong Kong, Lowes Regency Hotel in New York, the Viking Odin Class Ships, the St. Regis Aspen Resort, and The Beverly Hills Hotel Presidential Bungalows.
Whilst her style is contemporary, Lauren treats each of her projects with precise detail and tailors design to the location and environment of the site. Sometimes when planning her designs, Lauren writes scripts and creates characters that move throughout the space so that she can look at the entire project through the eyes of the story’s incumbents.
She explains this process with regard to her plans for The Surrey in New York City – a historically protected building from the 1920s – which were ultimately inspired by Coco Chanel. The process led her to convince the owner to add a bar into the hotel’s design and has strong black and white accents throughout the building inspired by the iconic Chanel compact. Lauren intends for her designs to be timeless. A project designed correctly won’t date and will only become better over time.
Lauren concludes the interview with tidbits of advice for up-and-coming designers, reminding them to take the time to learn and think through their designs completely. Enjoy this fascinating interview with Lauren, one of the greatest practitioners in global architecture and design.