Boutique Design - May 2017 - 52
Hayon Studio: Jaime
3 Design should be fun,
according to designer Jaime
Hayon. He puts that theory
to work with the monkey
in this guest room. Burnt
orange and white make for a
4 Using the art to inspire the
tones and shapes in the VIP
lounge unifies the space.
lighting creates intimacy
without cutting into the space.
offered Hayon a place to craft a new lingua franca for Spanish
design. The zebra-patterned sculpted bear in the lobby isn't just
cheekily tipping its hat to guests-it's also a nod to the city's coat
Throughout the property, classic references get the same
subversive treatment. Traditional artwork experiences a modern
update via photographs of people in historically influenced
costumes. Arches that evoke Moorish Spain offer peepholes into
bright, contemporary vignettes.
The last point in Hayon's narrative is that a sense of place is just
part of what makes the guest experience. "Yes, I want people to feel
that they are in the center of the city, but I also want them to enjoy
the space itself," he explains.
Playing with color is one way to do that. Multiple shades of
green in the lobby layer in detail to draw guests' eyes to focal
points. Pink, green and yellow chairs provide a geographically
Lighting is another visual signpost. A number of globe lights in
a grid shape behind the front desk work as a lightning rod for
attention. Robotic-looking heads become ceiling pendants in the
Garra Bar. Punchy art pieces add a final touch.
The takeaway? Today's and tomorrow's coolest hotels have to
move beyond not just dated ideas about locale, but also stale
concepts of what lifestyle means. Many guests today want to live
large-and outsize spaces suit that need perfectly.
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