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Latest Stylish Hotel Design in Madrid

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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The Principal Madrid,  
the latest five star hotel to successfully combine classic architecture with stylish, contemporary interiors ... the result being pure luxury. 

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A club like feel with dark and moody interiors, edgy wing backs and back lit bookcases.
So inviting ... so unlike a hotel !!

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Fabulous period detailing, high ceilings and large windows contribute to the luxurious ambiance.
Intimate spaces .. far from the madding crowd.

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Guestooms are a perfect combination of glamorous Parisian style french doors with iron balustrades, and sleek, contemporary, almost masculine furnishings. The classic butterfly chair in leather and up to the minute designer lighting of course add to the elegance. 

So simple yet so right !!


Designer: Pillar Garcia-Nieto and Barcelona based studio Luzio.


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salone del mobile 2014 ... the very best of

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Detail Hermes Silk Fabric

As you can imagine, everyone is talking Milan and the Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair at this time of year.  My inbox is flooded with many versions of the pieces and the designers that have supposedly stolen the show. These are the pieces that stood out for me.

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Hermes Club Bar

The glamour of this drinks cabinet defies belief.


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Alexander McQueen Rug by the Rug Co

Wonderfully over the top ... as one would expect.
 

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Hermes Lighting

Never before have Hermes ventured into lighting but here it is, a small and perfect collection. 


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Philippe Starck Folding Chair

I simply love this chair for it's extremely slick take on a very casual piece of furniture ... not to mention the unimaginable quality of the tan leather.


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Brunello Cucinelli

So interesting, the number of fashion houses doing furniture and homewares.



Images: Wallpaper 

mercedes benz furniture launched in milan

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, April 20, 2012

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Really not sure about the range of Mercedes Benz furniture....their first !!!!

It is being launched as we speak at the Milan Furniture Fair.

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In their own words they are describing it as dynamic, futuristic and having nice form and lines......and I am sure the ergonomics are brilliant, however it really just doesn't look terribly comfortable. 

Perhaps, the statement piece in a Mercedes Benz showroom or state of the art harbourside apartment !!

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The collection comprises chairs, chaise lounge, dining table, shelf for the home theatre system, drawers and bed. 

No doubt the quality is impeccable, however I suspect the prices may be approaching that of the smaller cars in the range.

Food for thought.....I don't think so.

the sartorialist does navy, black and tan

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Image: The Sartorialist 

Why is my eye always drawn to these colours together.  I think it is just so smart to have the subtle black, navy combination with a luscious tan contrast bringing it all to life. 

Tan has been big in Europe this winter but I love it anywhere, anytime.  I was thrilled when I did my dark inky blue woollen armchairs in our sitting room to then find divine tan suede Mulberry cushions to contrast. These, apart from the timber furniture, were the only colour in the room as the walls are the same inky navy blue.

I also love the colour that the natural IL Bisonte leather bags and diaries go after using them lovingly.....tan !!

One of my favourite projects recently was a Polo Clubhouse/Bar Lounge where I did large tan leather armchairs and sofas with brass studded trim ..... and chocolate and cream tartan woollen cushions.  It looked fabulous.....the building itself was spectacular....lots of dark timber rustic panelling, natural stone fireplaces and very large terracotta flagging.

I still miss the greatest source of woollen fabric ever ....... yes mainly shades of tan, coffee and caramel......Fabric Fantasy in Commonwealth Street, Sydney.  Sadly now closed.  It stocked bolts of Italian suiting fabric bought out from the mills at vastly reduced prices.  I couldn't stop buying it to cover furniture, make bedheads and valances and even tablecloths.  The colours were a dream !! 

 

 

 

 

where it's at......hotel 27, copenhagen

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, February 17, 2012

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I keep reading about Copenhagen and thinking what a truly stylish city it is. Danish design has always been at the forefront ....fashion, furniture, architecture and interiors not to mention the arts.

Hotel 27 is in the centre of the city.....a heartbeat from where it is all at.....both culture and shopping !!

As you know, I have more than a passing interest in hotel guestrooms having spent a large portion of my life as an interior designer working on their design or redesign.  Hotel 27 has the hotel guestroom sorted.  The timber floors underpin the use of colour in the furniture itself... so different to the standard hotel guestroom. So simple, elegant and so well designed.  The colours are gorgeous.....slick, young and fresh. The attention to detail is brilliant.

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Hotel 27 has the warmth and comfort factor so often missing in a lot of inner city hotels.  Designers put together a lot of hard finishes and think that opulent furnishings will be the icing on the cake.....so often the spaces may have the initial wow factor but are simply not inviting.

The Danes do timber well.  The use of either timber flooring, panelling or furniture (or all three) creates warmth and gives a space a certain character.

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And now for some really vibrant Danish design.....iconic furniture combined with gorgeous fabrics for the Bar....only in Copenhagen !!

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