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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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hotel guest rooms ... the latest in layout

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, August 25, 2014
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Many hours have been spent by designers thinking about how to improve .. or even just vary, the layout of a hotel guest room.  Let's face it .. they are all pretty much the same in layout, everywhere.  There is definitely rationale for the way they are .. and it works.  The only problem is that it is rather boring to walk into a hotel guest room, no matter where in the world and find the same layout .. entry hall, bathroom to the left or right, bed, desk etc

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The only variation on the theme appears to be where the constraints of existing architecture (in a building not purpose built for a hotel) dictate a change !!! And how refreshing it is to find a bathroom built where a dressing room may have been.  

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In defence of the tried and true layout, there has been considerable success with the opening up of the fully enclosed bathroom to capture natural light and possible views. The introduction of a glass panel/sliding glass panels or even shutters to the guest room and view beyond has been fought for by designers, however not always embraced by hotel operators.  

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The layout above makes a lot of sense in this environment. It reflects the casual beach holiday lifestyle. The shower cubicle with frosted glass panelling, separate to a freestanding bath and basin .. what better way to capture the amazing light and beautiful view.

Lets hope designers keep thinking of ways to reinvent hotel guest rooms or at least try for a little creativity .. particularly where the geography is conducive.




images: bill & coo hotel, mykonos
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ilse collection for georg jensen launched milan 2012

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, May 07, 2012

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Designer Ilse Crawford's collection for Georg Jensen comprises a set of universal objects that frame simple daily acts. Studioilse's design starts with the human being at the centre. The video attached to her 'website in the making' is beautiful and shows the pieces above .... in her own words "design can influence the way we behave and feel."   

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Because I love her design so much .... I do try to keep an eye out for her latest projects. Her interiors for Soho House which originated in London and included High Road House, Chiswick and Babington House amongst others .... were to me ....perfect !! ....pared back, yet glamorous .... so different to anything else being done in London at the time. 

Such a success Soho House now has a much larger network.   

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Her latest is the Ett Hem Hotel in Stockholm, due to open about now. The above two photos are a little preview.  Designed with the feel of staying in someone's private home ..... a feeling not many hotels manage to achieve or even set out to achieve.  Personally it is my only criteria when selecting a hotel to stay in.  I really don't want to feel as if I am staying in a hotel at all.

Ilse Crawford's pet hotel hate is more about how the hotel is run.....if they are unloved by the staff....whether the lighting levels are right !!  I can definitely relate to that.  I may have said this before but I can never bear to go back once the doors of a hotel open .... at least one I have worked on.

 

 

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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Ilse Crawford Style Personified

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kranzbach Hotel by Studioilse

Not only is this a magnificent photograph but I know you will enjoy reading about this amazing Designer and looking at her other work.  I can pick her work in a minute.  It is pared back, somewhat Scandanavian and always edgy...opulent, there really are not enough words to describe!!

 

 

 

 

Stylish London Hotel takes Inspiration from the Pin Stripe Suit

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Eccleston Square Hotel, London

 

Wallpaper Magazine has listed it's Editors Top Hotels for travel.  This look I adore!!!

There is something very slick about simple grey (or shades of grey) and crisp white. The bedcover reminicent of the pin stripe suit and the drapes look very much like grey flannel to me.

 

 

Neutral Palette for 5 Star Hotel Guestroom Patagonia

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 02, 2011

Wallpaper Magazine Editors Travel Picks - Patagonia, Chile

You may well think I am hooked on the neutral palette given yesterdays fashion post from the Sartorialist.  Those of you who know me also know that neutral is my great love in  life, both fashion and home.  When I do venture into 'colour', people comment.  It is very out of character for me.

I do adore this guestroom.  I have spent many years designing hotel guestrooms....most of which do not have this view!!!  I could see this working somewhere like Lake Jindabyne.  

It is very sometimes difficult to convince hotel groups - the words are simplicity and elegance and yes !! a neutral palette. Some even still insist on 'dressing' the bed.....what could look more divine than this crisp white bedlinen....and hotels have the capacity to have it crisp!!!  I strive for this ....however never achieve this level of crispness.

I will share more of these beautiful hotels with you over the next few days.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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