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GORGEOUS GEORGE
Unlike other tourism-heavy areas across the globe, it's unusual for South
Africans to meet, drink, or dine in local hotels, says Tristan du Plessis,
founder of his namesake Johannesburg-based design studio and the mind
behind the Gorgeous George Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. With
indoor-outdoor restaurant Gigi, " we aimed to create our rooftop as the
living room of the neighborhood, " he says. Crowning two buildings-one
Art Deco, the other New Edwardian-it boasts a sumptuous green palette
that juxtaposes inviting wood details. " Hopefully, [it's] the start of a new
local hotel culture, " he says.
The public areas continue the fusion of old and new, accentuating a raw
and refined aesthetic that mirrors Cape Town's bustling downtown. Both
buildings were peeled back entirely, exposing concrete beams and columns
" that had stories to tell, " du Plessis says. " We used this raw texture as a

constant throughout the design. " Its accents, however, build to Gigi's more
naturalistic narrative, with luscious fabrics, floral carpets, and art with
bold splashes of color that offset the calming neutrals of the structures'
original construction. " Stitching two different buildings together from
two different eras was painstaking, " he points out. " A lot of design-inthe-moment had to be done as things were discovered and uncovered
throughout the process. "
In the 32 guestrooms, for example, the industrial vibe blends with
Victorian design elements, while nearly all the furniture and accessories
were sourced from local businesses. Additionally, South African artist
David Brits was commissioned to create handpainted wall art for each
room. " I like to think the hotel embodies South African design not as a
theme, " du Plessis says, " but as an organic expression of our contemporary
design culture. "
Guestrooms are decked out with expansive
windows and locally made furnishings

Bookshelves line the library of
the Gorgeous George hotel

Photos by CLAUS BRECHENMACHER & REINER BAUMANN

Suspended plants and touches of metal and glass
pop against brick on the airy Gigi Rooftop

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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021
contents
from the editor
behind the design
sketchbook
places: secondary u.s. cities
places: upstate new york
brand identity: kimpton
interview: space copenhagen + chef sergio herman
interview: on our radar
by the numbers: moynihan train hall
profile: lori weitzner
made in america
casegoods
flooring
wallcoverings
far and away
far and away: overview
far and away: japan
far and away: africa
far and away: italy
far and away: china
far and away: nashville
far and away: mexico
far and away: copenhagen
ad index
back space: antionette carroll
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Intro
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Hospitality Design - February/March 2021
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Cover2
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 1
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 2
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 3
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 4
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - contents
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 6
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 7
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - behind the design
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 11
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 12
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 13
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 14
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - places: secondary u.s. cities
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 25
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - places: upstate new york
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - brand identity: kimpton
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - interview: space copenhagen + chef sergio herman
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 48
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - interview: on our radar
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 50
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 53
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 54
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - by the numbers: moynihan train hall
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 56
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - profile: lori weitzner
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 58
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - made in america
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 60
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 61
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - casegoods
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 63
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - flooring
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 65
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 66
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - wallcoverings
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 70
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 71
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 72
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: overview
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 75
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: japan
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 78
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 79
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 80
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: africa
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 83
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: italy
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 87
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: china
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 90
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 91
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: nashville
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 94
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 95
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: mexico
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 98
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 99
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - far and away: copenhagen
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - 101
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - ad index
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Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - back space: antionette carroll
Hospitality Design - February/March 2021 - Cover3
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