Boutique Design - May 2017 - 36
4 Designer Mark Zeff's
vision for Hearth &
Dram, the Hotel Indigo's
includes a warm color
palette to help offset the
space's 20-ft. ceilings.
6 Puccini Group designers
sweetened the Cambria
hotel's public areas with
eye candy underfoot, in
the form of patterned
carpets, and overhead,
with a series of hanging
geometric light fixtures.
of walking through an oversized wine barrel," he
explains. "This sets the stage for letting guests know
that the restaurant is not going to be your typical
Serving as the vestibule's centerpiece is a conversation-starting sculpture titled "Wildwood Cronesong: Survival," by local artist Norman Epp, which
juxtaposes a black-cherry tree trunk with steel
elements. "The piece speaks to the surrounding
Colorado Rockies, while still harmonizing with the
hotel's clean and contemporary design," says Zeff.
Once inside the restaurant, Zeff sought to wow
patrons with such elements as 20-ft.tall, floor-toceiling windows and an open kitchen with a rotisserie. "We also placed the tables well apart from one
another and have banquettes that line the long
walls," he says. "That makes the space feel just a little
more formal-it's more of a bistro with a twist."
The restaurant is populated with artifacts and
graphic representations of the Mile High City's
mining-related past, a motif that is also found
throughout the rest of the hotel's interiors. Its
public spaces and guest rooms, for example, feature
murals depicting archival images of such things as
gold miners, surrounding landscapes and map
plats. In a similar vein (pun intended), the guest
rooms are home to polished concrete ceilings and
columns. "This was a reference to a bygone era that
decidedly was not luxe," says Zeff. "In addition, the
concrete lends itself to a modern yet organic feel."
CAMBRIA HOTELS & SUITES IN
EL SEGUNDO NEAR LAX
Airports near hotels are often bland refuges for
delayed passengers or short-stay travelers. To help
the 152-key Cambria El Segundo LAX rise above
that not-so-inspiring standard, designers at Puccini
Group worked to create a vibe that's so very SoCal
within the hotel.
"To accomplish that, we intermixed midcentury
modern accents and vibrant artwork that give the
hotel a unique personality reminiscent of 1950s Los
Angeles, with a lobby and pub lounge that
encourage guests to experience the lively yet laidback culture of the area," says Douglas Fu, senior
designer and project manager, Puccini Group.
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VIC TOR MOSS (HOTEL INDIGO); COURTESY OF PUCCINI GROUP (C AMBRIA HOTEL S & SUITES)
5 The guest rooms' walls
at the Cambria Hotels
& Suites in El Segundo
feature a variety of stylized
visual references to the
property's SoCal setting.