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GOLD KEY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

thinkers who happen to be good at each
of our disciplines, so it's all the thought
that goes into the process before pen
goes down onto paper that makes it work
for us. We-senior architects, junior
architects, senior interior designers,
junior interior designers-are all
constantly collaborating.

we said Ben is a regular at the hotel.
He might be at breakfast, or he might
come over at night after hunting in the
wilderness. He'll dress up in beautiful
attire, but you'll notice a scar on his arm
from one of the battles he just had with
an alligator. It's meant to be fun and
tongue-in-cheek.

What inspired the design narrative for
the Ben? The Ben was a hotel way back in
the early 1900s. This was when Florida
was very much a frontier land, with no
electricity, no telephones, no railroads.
Byrd Dewey, a writer and aristocrat,
built a hotel in the Palm Beach area and
called it the Ben Trovato. In Italian, Ben
Trovato translates, in short, to 'don't let
the truth get in the way of a good story.'
We thought it was fantastic, especially
for a place that was pushing the
boundaries of hospitality, and decided to
use it as the mantra for the property. The
more we found out about Byrd, the more
we wanted to apply to the story. But we
don't create monuments to bygone eras.
What we would rather do is interpret
history in an interesting, quirky way-as
in, what would it be today? In this case,

How does Proper Grit tie into this story?
It comes back to Southern comfort,
Southern food, and Southern hospitality
and the whole notion of propriety in
the South, the manners and poise,
with a gritty overlay. There's a story
of a mailman who walked from Palm
Beach all the way to Miami barefoot
delivering mail. He figured out that
barefoot was better than wearing boots
because there was so much mud in the
area. This guy was constantly tromping
through areas that were completely
alligator infested. In our dining room, we
have a massive alligator head, because
that's actually what Ben would hunt,
protruding out of the ferns done in this
beautiful gold color. It's a little bit exotic,
a little bit bizarre, but it's all about the
conglomeration of stories. BD

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From the Editor
Front of House
2020 Gold Key Winners and Finalists
Leading Edge
Products: 2020 BD Product Design Competition
Ad Index
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