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B U Z Z Rocco Forte Announces First Middle Eastern Property ne of Europe’s leading hotel brands, The Rocco Forte Collection, has announced the opening of its first property in the Middle East, set to open in Abu Dhabi in the fall of 2010, marking the 14th luxury hotel in the collection. The 281-room property, housed in a 12floor curving glass structure and designed by architect WS Atkins and Partners, is complemented by contemporary interiors by Dubaibased KCA International, featuring local artwork, accessories and fabrics hailing from the Middle East. Olga Polizzi, sister to CEO and Chairman Rocco Forte, oversaw the entire conceptualization of the new property as Director of Design for The Rocco Forte Collection. “We have spent twelve years building our O luxury hotel business in Europe, and are now greatly excited about expanding into the Middle East,” said Forte. “The opening of our new Abu Dhabi hotel next year will be a significant milestone for the company. The guestrooms will feature muted hues of terracotta, green and yellow, coupled with large leather panels behind the beds and curvaceous contemporary sofas flanked by works from local artists like Salwa Zeidan. Two renowned chefs, Mark Hix and Fulvio Pierangelini, will be at the helm of several Donald Trump Jr. and his team Abu Dhabi Skybar mutli-ethic restaurants including a modern Chinese and Japanese restaurant, an à la carte Italian restaurant, a tea and coffee lounge, a mezzanine bar and a Brazilian poolside bar and restaurant. Suspended on the fifth floor of 10-story atrium is the Sky Bar, offering sweeping views of both the city and the skyline below. — KT Donald Trump Jr. Welcomes Guests to Trump SoHo The Windy City Welcomes a New Hotel Palomar impton has announced the opening of a new Hotel Palomar in the heart of the River North neighborhood in Chicago, designed by Orlando Diza-Azcuy. K Hotel Palomar interior Featuring 261 guestrooms, the 17-story, art-themed new hotel features a seductive black marbled lobby, while the higher floors are washed in creamy warm tones echoed by cerused red oak and playful pops of color. Artwork includes images of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair while floor-to-ceiling windows engage the bustling streets of the surrounding neighborhood. In addition to 5,800 square feet of event space including a gold-toned ballroom, Kimpton’s new Hotel Palomar Chicago also boasts an indoor rooftop pool with expansive views as well as a green roof, celebrating a city-wide eco initiative. Covered with both vegetation and grass, the roof is designed to improve air quality, clean and retain rainwater, and offer a soothing vista. — KT 14 • boutique DESIGN may/june 2010 or months and months and months New Yorkers (and anyone in the hotel design biz for that matter) have been abuzz about Trump SoHo, a new condo-hotel tower to open in the trendiest of Manhattan’s villages. A building full of hotel rooms for sale which can only be occupied for a small portion of the year, the condo-hotel concept has been much contested and pondered over, especially in this difficult economy. But with things appearing to be on the up-and-up, the Donald Jr.’s hotel has opened and the industry’s curiosity about what it would bring has finally been sated. On April 6, a soft opening celebration took place in the David Rockwell-designed cavernous lobby whose ceilings have no bounds. The celebration also took place in the first NY outpost of Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, a popular eatery in South Beach, Florida, which serves Northern Italian cuisine from Chef Fabrizio Carro. Tours of the guestrooms were given by Rubenstein PR reps and Donald Trump Jr. gave a speech welcoming the property to the neighborhood. Rockwell and his team have done per usual in creating glitzy and glamorous public spaces with contrastingly understated rooms. There are furnishing touches that really enhance such as leather-lined elevators and calf-skin furniture (that isn’t real, so don’t get too worked up.) And whatever may be lacking in the gusto of the rooms is made up for by unparalleled views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. Anthony DiGuiseppe helped out in the design of public spaces like the spa, which is yet to open. See the full story with designer Q&A’s on page 28. — KH F Encore at Wynn Macau Opens Lobby M astermind hotel developer and art collector extraordinaire, Steve Wynn, unveiled Encore, his new, allsuites boutique hotel in Macau on April 20, in hopes to broaden the appeal of Macau as a tourist destination. Adjacent to sister resort, Wynn Macau, Encore has its own repertoire of dining, shopping and guestroom suites — 414 of them to be exact. In proper Wynn ambitious fashion, the hotel mogul’s goal was not only to increase the tourism dollars for Macau, but to “open the most beautiful hotel in the world.” “I am grateful to the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Macau who gave us this opportunity,” he said. “As a result, the loveliest hotel in the world is not in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York or San Francisco. It is here in Macau.” — KH

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boutique Design - May/June 2010

Boutique Design - May/June 2010
BD Launches ScanLife Technology
The Rocco Forte Collection
Kimpton Open Another Hotel Palomar
Steve Wynn Unveils Encore
NEWH Members Tour NYC’s Newly-Renovated Surrey Hotel
Novo Arts Hotels S.A.S. Studio Night to Benefit the Give Your Art Foundation
BDNY Advisory Board Meets to Tour New Building and Discuss Trade Show Launch
Business Sense
On the Boards: Sephen Jacobs and Andi Pepper Introduce the Upcoming Gansevoort Park
Q&A with Ed Bakos and Anthony DiGuiseppe
We Proudly Present the 2010 Boutique 18 - Read Their Story in Pictures
In Reflection
World by DESIGN
Bath and Spa
Amsterdam Film, UXUS Design, Transforms Napa Valley Garage Winery into Majestic Upscale Tasting Den, Merus
Calendar/Advertisers' Index

Boutique Design - May/June 2010