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Where Design Meets Hospitality

2nd Sep 2020

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Merge bespoke design with hotels and you have yourself a winning combination. Who wouldn’t want to escape to a space where noteworthy interiors make up for part of the whole experience? Continuously growing, the design-led hospitality sector has made a name for itself in the past few years. From hospitality brands commissioning international architects and renowned interior designers to redesign a space which evokes a narrative in its visuals, to seeing architects themselves tackle hotels as part of their portfolio, there have been numerous hotels popping up which are a piece of art on their own, and which we just had to share. From Antwerp, Amsterdam, Saint-Tropez and Copenhagen, the trend has redefined luxury getaway entirely, and we’re here for it. 

August Antwerp 

Vincent Van Duysen Architects

Antwerp, Belgium 

Set in the pedestrian-only green quarter of Antwerp and surrounded by immaculately maintained greenery, August Antwerp is an exceptionally designed hotel which beautifully showcases Flemish history and culture throughout. Vincent Van Duysen’s first hospitality project used the area’s rich history and added a modern touch to create a one of a kind hotel which triumphs in its final design. Originally a military hospital, the original framework of the structure was preserved in an incredible restoration with the help of Ghent-based practice Wouter Callebaut Architecten, in order to maintain its monumental building status. Accommodating 44 guest rooms, each which boast sleek lines, elevated ceilings and olive-green detailing, some of the stunning elements scattered throughout the various pockets include patterned floor tiles and furnishings from Molteni&C, lamps from Flos and handwoven rugs – perfectly in line with Van Duysen’s well-known low-key and minimalist aesthetic. Housing its own restaurant, which is nestled in a brick corridor running parallel to the bar, the menu is set around seasonal dishes that are created with locally grown and sourced ingredients. Vincent Van Duysen Architects have achieved architectural brilliance with their first hospitality project by beautifully marrying a historical structure with contemporary additions. Bravo.

Hotel Sanders

Lind + Almond

Copenhagen, Denmark

Nestled on a charming neighbourhood street behind the iconic Royal Danish Theatre, the location of Hotel Sanders pays tribute to and showcases the narrative of renowned Danish ballet dancer and owner Alexander Kølpin. A façade comprising of two townhouses which have been fused together, the boutique hotel houses 53 guest rooms, a restaurant, bar and roof terrace. Referencing his theatre past in the design, Kølpin teamed up with London-based designers Lind + Almond to design a hotel which represents a rich tapestry of his experiences. Gravitating towards using neutral colours to create a subtle and understated feel throughout, the materials in Hotel Sanders similarly follow classic tones – from stained timber, honed marbles, velvet and rattan. The artworks present within have been sourced by Lind + Almond and commissioned by Kølpin together with Dais Contemporary to enhance visualising Kølpin’s inspirations behind the interiors. With the hotel being just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Theatre, it was obvious from the onset that some of the collection had to connect with his personal experiences, from movement, music, dance, to the human form. Bringing together a refined aesthetic sensibility and ideology to a property which is deeply rooted to his creative history, the end result is an opulent yet discreet hospitality experience where authenticity and luxury are beautifully coupled. Well done to Kølpin on this superb creation. 

The Dylan Amsterdam

Studio Linse, FG Stijl, Remy Meijers 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Upon entering this hidden gem, based in the heart of the nine streets on the prestigious Keizersgracht, the grand courtyard and classic design immediately catch your eye for all the right reasons. Set in one of Amsterdam’s most historic locations, The Dylan consists of 40 rooms and suites, which have been designed in four different styles by various local architecture and interior firms, each adding their own touch. Seamlessly blending contemporary design with classic elements, the rooms features custom-made contemporary pieces which have been crafted from various materials including antique brass, marble and wood.  Set in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, stepping into the cobbled courtyard through an original stone archway evokes a sense of quality and design which is easier said than achieved. The gastronomy pockets within the hotel, Restaurant Vinkeles and Bar Brasserie OCCO, offer two completely different experiences but are united in their attention to detail, excellent combination of classic and contemporary styles and emphasis on using local and seasonal ingredients. Simply put, The Dylan triumphs in every aspect to provide a bespoke hospitality experience unlike anything else in the city. / / 

Lou Pinet

Charles Zana, Francois Vieillecroze, Jean Mus 

St-Tropez, France

Presenting one of the most fabulous collections of hotels, newly established luxury hotel group Maison Pariente opened Lou Pinet in July 2019 to mark a design and hospitality triumph. Set in one of the most popular summer destinations, the hotel is exceptionally positioned away from the island’s hustle and bustle to provide the ideal residence to unwind in. A laid-back and chic French charm and demeanor is discreetly evoked throughout all 34 rooms and suites, as well as the social spaces. As the central feature of the beautiful garden, the outdoor swimming pool is the largest in all of Saint-Tropez and creates the perfect spot for a poolside lunch or cocktail under the stars. Architect, interior decorator and designer Charles Zana brought sophistication and intimacy to the forefront to create a design which embraced natural light, pastel colours and the decorative arts heritage of the Provence. Together with architect Francois Vieillecroze and landscaper Jean Mus, the joined forces reinvented Hotel Lou Pinet to beautifully translate their love of the south of France, in particular of the French Riviera, in the design. The final result is a striking getaway that prioritses culture and taste for elegance within each pocket to encourage guests to enjoy the utmost level of serenity. / /