Hospitality Design - July 2011 - 52
THE MANY MOODS OF METAL.
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music to your ears
There’s a new hotel on the block: MODO. Hoping to take a different approach to the lifestyle hotel, “music will be everywhere in subtle ways that guests will be genuinely surprised to recognize,” explains Chris Jones, chief development of cer for MODO. At the heart of each hotel is the music center, which will feature a culled collection of thousands of free selections by independent artists thanks to a partnership with Downtown Music. A sound system and headphones will allow guests to listen and share the music offered in MP3, CD, and vinyl formats. Restaurant-lounge RPM in full-service models will feature live entertainment, and touches like a replace, library, courtyard, and pendant lights inspired by the strings of a violin. The brand’s website will also have its own radio station. Design-wise, the hotels will have a Bauhaus-loft feel, with exposed beams, stained cork, exposed brick, distressed wood, massive windows, and polished concrete walls, all set against a warm neutral color palette and custom furnishings. In the next few years, the brand is set to roll out ve to 10 150-room hotels in Brazil in major metropolitan areas like Sao Paulo, Campinas, Vitoria, and Manaus. A sister hotel, focused on the budget lifestyle segment with more like 60 to 80 rooms, will be launched in India. And yes, U.S. markets like New York, Kansas City, and Miami are also targeted.
pretty in blue
The St. Regis New York has its own little blue box now—the Tiffany Suite. As Caroline Rippeteau, senior designer for the hotel brand explains: “We brought a contemporary feel and fresh look to the suite, creating a true representation of Tiffany’s modern aesthetic. It is a one-of-a-kind suite, which is both whimsical and luxurious. The suite is expansive, with 1,700 square feet of bright and airy space, featuring oor-toceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue with breathtaking views of Central Park. Not only were we inspired by the signature Tiffany blue, which we used throughout the suite, we were also inspired by Tiffany jewelry and incorporated jewel-inspired references including an intricate jewel-shaped mirror in the entryway, which hangs above a console and references one of Tiffany’s most iconic pieces, the engagement ring. Blue provides the perfect accent color for a serene and sophisticated range of subtle neutral colors including white, beige, charcoal gray, and silver. There are also a number of thoughtful details, from the blue glass beaded and silver leafed handmade wallcovering in the entryway, to the Tiffany accent pieces throughout. The dining room is certainly a standout, imagined to resemble a Tiffany blue box.”