Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 127

the visionary
The Palm Court at the Relais Henley in Henley-on-Thames,
England, complete with arched mirrors and fringed armchairs
The Quarterdeck Bar at the Relais Henley features
original wood beams and green accents
Grace Leo
Managing Partner, Relais Retreats
President + CEO, Grace Leo Consultancy
Launching a new business at the start of a pandemic would be
daunting for any entrepreneur, but Grace Leo, the visionary known for
developing, repositioning, and managing bijou properties across the
globe, was up for the challenge. Leo opened Hotel Montalembert, one of
Paris' fi rst boutique hotels, in 1989, and helmed design-led destinations
in places such as Mustique, St. Barth, Bali, New York, Marrakech, and
Switzerland. In 2014, Reignwood Investments called on her expertise to
spearhead the transformation of London's Port Authority landmark at
Ten Trinity Square into a Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
Today, she is not only president and CEO of Grace Leo Consultancy,
but also managing partner of Relais Retreats, a new hotel group
founded alongside Singapore-based shipping magnate Tim Hartnoll,
who also owns Indonesia's eco-island resort Bawah Reserve. Relais
Retreats' brand DNA weaves worldly perspectives into English
waterside escapes within two hours of London. " Tim is passionate about
anything near water and collects vintage yachts, " says Leo. " For me, it
goes back to my Chinese roots and using feng shui elements of wind
and water in the search for good fortune, harmony, and abundance. "
Relais Retreats' fi rst property is the 40-room Relais Henley located
along the course for the famed Henley Royal Regatt a on the River
Thames. The 16th-century former coaching inn caught Leo's eye prepandemic
but was already under contract. That fell through in March
2020, and when businesses reopened the property became hers. " When
I see a building, it speaks to me, and I can easily visualize what it could
become, " says Leo. " I am someone who can make decisions quickly. "
This approach meant that in less than nine months and during two
lockdowns, the nearly 500-year-old Grade II relic was restored with
expertise from Nicholas de Klerk and Sze Wei Lee, cofounders of
London-based Translation Architecture, and Paris-based Pascal
Allaman, Leo's frequent design partner.
The same team is renovating the brand's second hotel, the 45-key
Relais Cooden Beach in Bexhill-on-Sea, formerly the 1930s holiday
home of the infl uential De La Warr family, who put the locale on the
map as the home of British Motorsports. Interiors are partially inspired
by the aesthetics of seaside towns Nantucket, Massachusett s and
Montauk, New York, as well as Deauville in Normandy, France.
" There's a renewed desire to discover places on our doorstep, " Leo
points out. " Looking back onto our own shores and heritage is positive
for the future, and there are many places in the UK I hope to help
people discover. "
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Photos by GREGOIRE GARDETTE and ALICJA KORBINSKA
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - July 2022

contents
from the editor
behind the design
cityscene: chicago
sketchbook
interview: firm spinoffs
interview: anniversaries
interview: danny meyer + matthew goodrich
interview: designers at home
hdac spotlight: maya bird-murphy
hd expo recap
hd expo recap: people
hd expo recap: design spotter
hd expo recap: conference highlights
hd expo recap: iida/hd product design competition
designer profile: moran munyuthe
casegoods
surfaces
lighting
furniture
the lifestyle leader: brian de lowe
the strategist: federico toresi
the storyteller: little wing lee
the visionary: grace leo
the experience maker: randall cook
the rising star: felipe riccio
the power couple: eric höweler + j. meejin yoon
the risk taker: roman alonso
the tastemaker: michael stillman
the veteran: shirli sensenbrenner
the empire builders: jerrod, molly + r.j. melman
the entrepreneurs: alina roytberg + lev glazman
the futurists: anab jain + jon ardern
the rebel: imana
the f&b disruptors: camille lindsley + telly justice
ad index
back space: mitchell hochberg
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - Intro
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - Cover1
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - contents
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - behind the design
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - cityscene: chicago
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - interview: firm spinoffs
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - interview: anniversaries
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - interview: danny meyer + matthew goodrich
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - interview: designers at home
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - hdac spotlight: maya bird-murphy
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 78
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - hd expo recap
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - hd expo recap: people
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 81
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 82
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - hd expo recap: design spotter
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - hd expo recap: conference highlights
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - hd expo recap: iida/hd product design competition
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 92
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - designer profile: moran munyuthe
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - casegoods
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - surfaces
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - lighting
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - furniture
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the lifestyle leader: brian de lowe
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Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 118
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 119
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the strategist: federico toresi
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 121
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 122
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 123
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the storyteller: little wing lee
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 125
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 126
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the visionary: grace leo
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the experience maker: randall cook
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 129
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 130
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the rising star: felipe riccio
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the power couple: eric höweler + j. meejin yoon
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 133
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the risk taker: roman alonso
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 135
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the tastemaker: michael stillman
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 137
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the veteran: shirli sensenbrenner
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 139
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the empire builders: jerrod, molly + r.j. melman
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 141
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the entrepreneurs: alina roytberg + lev glazman
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 143
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the futurists: anab jain + jon ardern
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 145
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the rebel: imana
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - the f&b disruptors: camille lindsley + telly justice
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 148
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 149
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - ad index
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - 151
Hospitality Design - July 2022 - back space: mitchell hochberg
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