We explored a prominent pattern in hospitality today in our July-August issue, : fashion’s stake in the sector. It’s a trend that’s showing no sign of stopping. Saint Laurent has opened a permanent Paris café neighbouring its new boutique in the space concept store Colette once lived, and womenswear brand Mansur Gavriel has a Ladurée eatery in its West Hollywood boutique.
There are aesthetic trends to mention, too. From Aspen to Amsterdam, the 1970s are seeing a spatial resurgence in the hotel world. Both W Hotels and FG Stijl credit the decade for inspiring the interiors of the recently opened W Aspen and Park Centraal, respectively; in our last hospitality Openings list, we featured Sinner, for which interior designer Tristan Auer proclaimed the same.
Read on to see more hotels, dining spaces – and even a medical gym in London – which have caught our eye as of late.
[+] PENANG: THE PRESTIGE HOTEL
For the interiors of The Prestige Hotel (cover image) in Penang, a Malaysian island-state, Singapore-based Ministry of Design wanted to create a modern-day Victorian feel: the hotel is set within the core zone of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage site and is surrounded by 19th-century English colonial buildings. The Design Hotels location includes 162 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop infinity pool, events pavilion and terrace, as well as an era-inspired dining and retail arcade.
[+] PARIS: SAINT LAURENT RIVE DROITE CAFÉ
Paris’ iconic now-closed concept store Colette at 213 Rue Saint-Honoré has been taken over by a Saint Laurent boutique and exhibition space. On the corner between the address and Rue du 29 Juillet is a permanent open-air café, designed in-house by the luxury fashion brand. Each coffee cup has a QR code which gives access to a weekly playlist created by Saint Laurent’s tastemakers.
[+] AMSTERDAM: PARK CENTRAAL
Amsterdam’s Park Hotel has been rebranded – and spatially transformed – as Park Centraal, a hospitality destination that celebrates Dutch design across 189 guestrooms and eight meeting rooms. Local studio FG Stijl handled the interiors of the ground floor and food-and-drink spot Bar Claes, interpreting iconic ‘70s design with a modern flair and incorporating work from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks.
[+] LOS ANGELES: LADURÉE AT MANSUR GAVRIEL
Women’s fashion brand Mansur Gavriel teamed up with Paris-based patisserie Ladurée to develop a renewed dedicated hospitality area in its Los Angeles store, previously a space called Café Flora. The West Hollywood boutique now features a pink-and-green Ladurée café with indoor and outdoor seating able to accommodate 28 guests. This marks the patisserie’s fourth L.A. location.
[+] HANGZHOU: HEYTEA GUODA PLAZA
An interior ‘tea garden’, Heytea Guoda Plaza is the first location for the popular café brand in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Nota Architects wanted to encourage creative use of the space though its flow: low planters and high installations are modelled like tea tree bushes and visitors can choose from terrazzo steps, soft seats or outdoor seats – the garden extends out into the shopping mall it’s in.
Location Guoda Plaza 1st Floor, 1F01, Yan’An Road No 609, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
[+] LONDON: NOVOTEL GOURMET BAR CITY SOUTH
Novotel Hotels is taking a new, gastronomic direction with its public areas, indicated by Gourmet Bar City South in London. Designed by local studio Takagicapéran, the interiors both celebrate the history of the nearby Borough Market – with industrial glass-and-metal treatments – as well as the craft of cooking, with the use of timber, antique brass details and installation of a central bar.
[+] FORT LAUDERDALE: THE DALMAR
Tribute Portfolio Hotel The Dalmar is a 209-room metropolitan alternative to the beach hotels of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale. Canadian studio DesignAgency, together with Wurzak Hotel Group, delivered an interiors which reference the golden age of American travel and symbols of South Florida and the West Coast. The hotel doubles as a cultural hub, offering an American bistro, artisanal coffee shop, and three bars – one, retro-themed on the 25th floor rooftop. In the reception area (pictured), a mixed media by artist Thrush Holmes is centre stage.
[+] SHANGHAI: HOLILAND PATISSERIE
Holiland Patisserie is a recent hospitality addition to Shanghai's Vanke mall. The interiors were handled by London-based Universal Design Studio: Holiland is its first project in the city. The designers opted for a clean, geometrical space, creating moments of 'retail theatre' through internal windows which allow cusomers to see baked goods being made.
[+] TIANJIN: STARBUCKS RESERVE
Starbucks’ first Reserve location in Tianjin, China took three years to realize. The company worked with local historic preservation experts to retain the original architecture and interior components of the setting, the 1920s-era building Riverside 66 designed by architect Shen Liyuan. The end-space achieves Starbucks’ continuing goal to provide people with a ‘third place’ and features multiple coffee and Teavana bars.
Location Former Zhejiang Xingye Bank, No.237 Plus No.1, Heping District, Tianjin, 300000
[+] ASPEN: W ASPEN
The W Brand’s design team collaborated with interior design firm Nemaworkshop and architects Rowland + Broughton to complete the second global W Mountain Escape, opened in Aspen. Following W Verbier in the Swiss Alps, W Aspen is a re-imagination of the traditional ski chalet: it has 88 guestrooms, 11 branded residences and one suite, all which evoke the warmth of traditional Swiss architecture and wink at the decadence of Aspen in the ‘70s.
[+] LONDON: LANSERHOF AT THE ARTS CLUB
London’s The Arts Club has a new state-of-the-art facility to offer its members: a medical gym. Ingenhoven Architects and The Lanserhof Group developed an architectural concept that combines a lounge, areas for sports training and others for health treatments. The lounge interiors are seamless with those existing in The Arts Club, while the rest of the establishment stays in line with specifications set for Lanserhof medical spas.
This Openings piece is part of a series of St-Wweb posts dedicated to showcasing new retail and hospitality destinations. Check out past Openings here, and keep an eye out for future highlights.