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sion. Then she develops scenes in which her characters live out the story line. For Denihan Hospitality Group’s ultra-luxury Surrey hotel in New York, she mixed the mood of E.B White’s “This Is New York” with strategic contemporary touches to make the beaux arts building fresh, but not self-consciously hip. “I could see Coco Chanel strutting into the lobby of her pieda-terre in New York, tossing her mink coat over a chair and strolling into the bar for a drink,” says Rottet. For Denihan’s upscale James Royal Palm in Miami Beach, it was a different story. “After eating in some Cuban cafes and talking with local artists, I started thinking about Jean-Michel Basquiat (the late grafti/neo-expressionist artist) meeting Virginia Woolf at the James and staying up long into the night talking about art and poetry.” That one-of-a-kind way of working resonates with clients like Brad Wilson,

who was coo at Denihan when Rottet was tapped for both projects (but since has moved on to become president and coo of Ace Hotel). “I was searching for a designer who could do a traditional space with a modern personality,” he says. “As I described the challenge, Lauren just smiled and said, ‘Have you seen my house in Los Feliz [Calif.]?’ There it was, just what I was looking for—and from a woman I think of as a pure modernist. She has an incredible taste and an eye the enables her to execute a beautifully minimalist lobby as easily as a detailed deco space.” Rottet’s art training (she had a dual major in art and pre-med before switching to architecture in her sophomore year at the University of Texas) as well as her architectural expertise give her that range. “I like to manipulate space through light, color and shape. I don’t think of interiors as static; I want them to be kinetic,” she says.

“So I use receding and protruding planes, mirrors, re ective surfaces and lighting to achieve that.” She also designs “art furniture” and frequently hires local artists/artisans to create custom FF&E to ensure that each project has a consistent and individual identity. A pioneer among left brain/right brain designers, Rottet has proven equally effective on the business side of design. “There’s still a problem in that some designers have let themselves be undervalued by reducing their fees and by behaving in an unapproachable manner. It’s time the industry gures out how to show clients that, with good design, their projects can be more ef cient, less expensive, healthier, prettier and, in the long run, a much better investment. We’re trying to do that by looking at statistics on the rate of staff turnover, employee satisfaction, brand loyalty, etc., before and after our renovation work.”

Lauren Rottet’s search for new materials for the James Royal Palm led to an artist who crafts furniture from tree trunks.

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Courtesy of Rottet Studio (James Royal Palm); Fred Licht (Beverly Hills Hotel)



Boutique Design - January/February 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boutique Design - January/February 2012

Boutique Design - January/February 2012
From the Editor
Contents
Boutique Design Editorial Advisory Board
In This Issue
Boutique Buzz
Call for Nominations: The Boutique 18
Novel Approach
Boutique’s Elite
Twelve Timely Trends
Worlds Apart
Vendor Profile: Hellman-Chang
DreamBook: Game On
Seating
Flooring
The Last Detail: Honeycomb restaurant
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Intro
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique Design - January/February 2012
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Cover2
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 1
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - From the Editor
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 3
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Contents
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 5
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique Design Editorial Advisory Board
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - In This Issue
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique Buzz
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 9
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 10
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 11
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 17
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Call for Nominations: The Boutique 18
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 19
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Novel Approach
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 21
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 22
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 23
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Boutique’s Elite
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Twelve Timely Trends
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 37
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Worlds Apart
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 41
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Vendor Profile: Hellman-Chang
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 45
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - DreamBook: Game On
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 50
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 51
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Seating
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Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - 55
Boutique Design - January/February 2012 - Flooring
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