Hospitality Design - March 2011 - 98
Clockwise from top left: Morimoto, designed by Thomas Schoos; the lobby’s bookcase rotates open to reveal the bar; dark wood louvres elegantly diffuse the outdoors; a suite at sunset; and outdoors at the Sunrise Patio.
Up the stairs there’s the Sunrise Pool, complete with lush vegetation and a large wood-paneled lanai; then up one more level to the Private Sunset Beach, where sand from surrounding islands and a circular lagoon overlooking the ocean combine to create a look and feel that’s more “Gilligan’s Island.” Inside, the 353 guestrooms and suites “are like a decompression zone,” says Yabu. The white on white rooms feature headboards reminiscent of mattress ticking; a huge shudder that divides the bedroom and bathroom; and oversized windows overlooking the city, pools, Yacht Harbor, and ocean. Echoes Pushelberg: “When you enter the room you breathe a sigh of relief.”
For those looking for a slice of Schrager’s signature nightlife flair, there’s industrial nightclub Crazybox, a concrete room with a giant cloud made up of thousands of recycled lightbulbs, and Morimoto, designed by Los Angeles-based designer Thomas Schoos. The design duo’s favorite part of the project though? “Working with Ian. The more you work with him, the more you love him. He has a love for good design and a desire to make things as good as they can possibly be.” And the feeling was mutual. Next up for the designers: the Miami Edition, a renovation of the old Seville Hotel in South Beach. hd www.yabupushelberg.com; www.schoos.com; www.editionhotels.com