Design Hotels in Australia

Design Hotels in Australia

Since 1993 Design Hotels™ is uniting distinct boutique hotels around the globe to offer authentic and meaningful hospitality experiences to design-driven travellers. Hotels recognised by Design Hotels™ is a hand-selected collection of privately owned and operated hotels that ensure unique creative expression, cultural authenticity, and most importantly, they bring vivid, audiovisual storytelling.

So far, Australia has three hotels that meet requirements to hold the Design Hotel namesake. Each of them is unique and exceptional in their own way.

OLD CLARE
Sydney, NSW

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Raising on the site of former Pub and Carlton United Brewery in the trendy neighborhood of Chippendale, The Old Clare Hotel showcases semi-industrial feel and unpretentious luxury tastefully respecting the building’s heritage.

The Hotel Concept is a bold vision of a hotelier Loh Lik Peng and a local architectural team Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. The 62 rooms offer an embracing mix of bespoke handcrafted items with an authentic, old-world feel, and serve as a base from which one can experience arguably the best rooftop bar and pool in the city, as well as three unique restaurants, which include the inspired work of chef Clayton Wells.

The hotel features muted colour schemes of greys and whites emphasized with exposed brick, concrete, and warm timber panelling.

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Ovolo Nishi
Canberra,
ACT

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 Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, in collaboration with Japanese Suppose Design Office, Ovolo Nishi is materialised on concepts of sustainability, diversity, and urban lifestyle.

Ovolo Nishi is located in the New Acton, Canberra’s cultural hub, a favourite mingling place for travel enthusiasts and culture lovers visiting Australia’s Capital. Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis in collaboration with the Suppose Design Office from Japan, Ovolo Nishi is materialised on concepts of sustainability, diversity,  and urban lifestyle. The design was realized by accomplished filmmaker Don Cameron, who brought his exceptional eye for framing, color, and texture to construct engaging visual narratives. 

The main hotel feature, a grand stair, is crafted from reused and salvaged timbers opening up to an inviting foyer that inspires gatherings and socialization. All public spaces in the hotel are designed with simple materials highlighting creativity and craftsmanship, while reclaimed and restored furniture, commission art and curated objects featured in every of 68 uniquely designed rooms create refined and cultivated ambience.

Throughout the hotel, Australian Landscape and Diversity are showcased in designs and patterns on the furnishings and across the walls. Performing in sustainable manner, materials and finishes used in the hotel create a feel of raw materiality and contribute to the quality of stay. From clay rendering that purifies the air, to cork, and wallpaper composed entirely of natural fibres, each room brings a brings a unique ambiance.

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ADELPHI, Melbourne
VIC

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A well known name on Melbourne’s Boutique Hotel Scene, Adelphi, has turned a new chapter on its 21st birthday in 2014 as the world’s first “dessert” hotel.

Designer Fady Hachemn subtly infused this decadent theme  in all areas of the hotel, featuring rich, chocolate-toned furnishings, rugs in shapes of cakes, “licorice allsorts” stools, followed by the delightful smell of baking in the air.The hotel has been renovated several times throughout history preserving simple, elegant design and pioneering as a first minimalist 34-room boutique hotel in Australia in 1993. Adelphi’s latest refurbishment in 2014 retained the bulding’s original warehouse style featuring metal windows and concrete façade, while the interior took on the artistic, funky vibe.
One of hotel’s most attractive features is a glass-bottomed rooftop pool sticking out two meters from the hotel’s façade, raising high above Flinders Lane. 

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BLINDS IN PRINT

Blinds in Print- Creative Concept For Unique Results

A Young Sydney Based Company brings a Breath of Fresh Air to Australian Custom Roller Blinds Scene 

 

 

 

 

Blinds in Print started in 2017 with a mission to turn the simple one-coloured blind from a standard fitting to a design feature. From an amazing pattern or logo to promote your business, Blinds In Print bring variety and possibilities to your homes and offices.

Blinds In Print feature work of most recognized Australian textile and wallpaper designers such as late Florence Broadhurs, Margot Warre and  Patricia Braune.

Apart from from an endless array of traditional screens, blackouts, and amazing designer prints, Blinds in Print have a unique a design your own service that allows you to put a one-of-a-kind signature to your space. Think your own work of art, your child’s drawing, or a customized colour block scheme featured on your roller blinds. The possibilities are endless and are now just a click away with Blinds In Print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to HP Latex 3200 Printer & patterned water-based ink, Blinds in Print deliver high-quality prints in vibrant colours suitable for outdoor and indoor use. The quality of Blinds in Print is superb; they have incredibly high colour fastness to light allowing to print screen, and light filtering fabrics without ‘show through. Furthermore, Blinds in Print comply with the Building Code of Australia and are high adhesion and abrasion resistant (Martindale and Wyzenbeck Rub Tests).

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Blinds in Print screens offer 95% UV protection and are formaldehyde and lead-free. Moreover, they are accredited with Greenguard Gold, meaning they are suitable for use in sensitive areas such as schools and healthcare facilities.  

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PREMIUM INTERIOR FABRIC

Amazing Fabric that will Bring Value and Security to your Home

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Window treatments are the last piece of the puzzle when designing our homes; we use them to make the desired mood in the room and to create a barrier between our homes and the outside world. Curtains and blinds provide privacy and give a sense of comfort, control light and glare, and act as additional insulation.

When it comes to textile materials from which sheer curtains or drapes are made of, there is a big difference in performance and characteristics.

Alluring traits of natural materials such as linen and silk, perfectly complement both traditional and contemporary interiors with their elegant appearance. The smooth surfaces of the fibrils on silk reflect light at many angles, giving it a sheer natural effect; while linen emits airy and cool effect which makes it perfect for roman blinds and panel curtains. The downside of natural fabrics is their delicacy; they should be carefully maintained and dry cleaned. For this reason,  natural fibres are often mixed with synthetic fibres (PES) which results in a natural looking material that is more resilient and easier to maintain.

However, sometimes not even mixed materials nor durable synthetic materials,  cannot endure harshest weather conditions to high sun exposure. Regular Blackout drapes tend to quickly show signs of damage and allow sun rays to enter through its cracks.

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Trevira CS

Thanks to the modern technology development, today we have artificial materials that imitate natural fabrics, both in texture and appearance, making it extremely difficult to tell the difference, even by touch, yet, their performance and durability are outstanding. This new generation of high performing materials in the long-term is the most cost-efficient curtain solution in hot destinations such as Queensland, Australia. On the other hand, maintenance is easy as a breeze with these fabrics as they do not require ironing and can be machine washed.

 

Trevira CS/ Sheer Curtain

One of such highly developed fabrics is Trevira CS, an inherently flame-retardant polyester with a strong environmental profile due to its permanently flame-retardant properties.

 

Unlike fabrics that receive a surface treatment at a later stage, the flame retardant agents are firmly anchored in the molecular chain of Trevira’s fibres and filament yarns and cannot be removed or worn out. As a result, Trevira CS offers long-lasting security.

The flame retardant Trevira fibre ensures that Trevira CS furnishing materials satisfy all relevant international fire protection standards. In the case of fire, curtains and upholstery made out of Trevira CS will remain intact. Furthermore, Trevira CS is certified to the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard (product label for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances ). 

For this reason, Trevira CS is predominantly used in hotels, healthcare facilities,  and other public spaces. Complete interior furnishings can be executed in Trevira CS and these improve protection against fire both in public buildings and in private homes. All this can be achieved with no compromises in terms of comfort.In hospitals the demands are even higher, as fabrics must be easy to clean, they must last a long time despite frequent washing, and be suitable for sensitive skin conditions. Thanks to all before mentioned characteristics as well as the endless array of designs of sheer curtains, drapes and upholstery, Trevira Cs is a perfect fabric for residential spaces. Moreover, among the range of blackouts on the market Trevira CS Blackout Curtains are a favourite choice in design-conscious homes.

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DESIGN | ALL ABOUT WALLPAPER

All About Wallpaper

During the decades of the 20th century, the popularity of wallpaper kept changing, reaching its peak in the pattern rich period of the sixties and seventies.  Eventually, at the end of the century,  its popularity faded when the trend of minimalism and white walls took over. Wall-coverings returned at the beginning of 21st century featuring bold floral and damask patterns, flock and foil paper as new decorative elements. In the years that followed wallpaper was reinvented. The possibilities and the range of the materials, designs and combinations on the market today are endless.

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They are made to stand out, not to blend in!

At present it’s all about making a statement and there is no better tool to do so than by using the wallpaper. Wallpaper is both a traditional and an innovative decorating tool that allows for endless creativity. In addition, wallpaper is one of the easiest and inexpensive way to add personality to the space. Whether you are on a tight budget or want to add extra luxury to your high-end interior, finding the right wallpaper design for your home shouldn’t be a problem.  With contemporary technology, the range of choice is growing continuously and keeps surprising. Wallpaper is mostly used as a feature wall or a focal point of the room nowadays , however, there are many beautiful and subtle essential pieces in every collection that complement statement pieces and serve as a neutral background. For example,  if you plan to hang a lot of frames, artwork or other decorative objects on the wall, than neutral, slightly textured, wallpaper would be the perfect backdrop.  If you are not a fan of patterns, choose relief, cloth or textured patterns; they come in a broad ranges from organic to metallic textures, creating an elegant and refined ambiance.

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Wall murals and 3D photo murals are a fresh and popular decorative element, and with reason, they fill the room with character.  You can choose your favourite photo and make the mural out of it, or you can pick among all the varieties on the market, anyhow, the result will not disappoint.

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Wallpaper Types

Walpaper can maximize the potential of your home, hide its downsides and highlight its qualities. When used as a focal point, it will steer the attention from other, less attractive details. Depending on the type and the material, wallpaper is applicable in every room. 

Vinyl wallpaper is the most suitable for bathrooms and kitchens.  It is tough, durable, plastic – coated paper, which makes it washable and resistant to steam and water.  Wallpaper can also be placed as the background of the glass backsplash for a contemporary kitchen look.

Flock Wallpaper has a velvet-like texture that is printed on the back of the paper that creates a three-dimensional effect. Flock is delicate and not washable wallpaper and as such is the most suitable for dining room or bedroom.

Foil or metallic wallpaper is a paper with metallic sheen giving an impression of real metal.  A design is printed on the top of the metallic surface. It is a great solution to brighten up a dark space or to create a feeling of spaciousness. This type of wallpaper will make wall imperfections come to the fore so it is not an ideal wallcovering for damaged walls.

Embossed wallpaper features raised, textured effect that is achieved by printing design on the back of the paper. As opposed to metallic one, this wallpaper hides most wall imperfections what makes it a great solution for rooms with slightly damaged wall surfaces.

Nonwoven wallpaper is made of the combination of natural and synthetic fibres.  This is the most commonly used wallpaper that comes in endless varieties of colours, patterns, and styles.  The nonwoven paper is suitable for all rooms as it is durable, eco-friendly, and easy to install and repair.

Cloth is a natural, handcrafted wall-covering. Grass-cloth, linen, silk or wool is applied to a paper backing. Modern versions are manufactured with a durable paper backing for easy hanging. Cloth wallpaper gives a unique and distinguished look every time as natural materials vary in colours and textures and seams are visible. Natural Cloth wallpaper is very delicate wallcovering that requires careful handling.

Toile de Jouy is a highly decorative print originated in 18th century France named after its birth city (translated “Cloth from Jouy”). It is one of the most famous and recognisable wallpaper prints. Traditionally it consists of the landscape and figure motifs in shades of muted colors on a neutral background.

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Apart from the aesthetic impact, we can use wallpaper in various ways to improve the overall impression of the space.

Reflecting surfaces will boost the light around the room making it seem deeper and larger, while metallic wallpaper will give the room a touch of luxury.

Light colors and small prints will open up the small space.  Vertical stripes will visually add height to the space, and horizontal stripes will make the narrow room seem wider.  Large patterns make high ceilings seem lower, so they work best in large spaces where pattern repetition can come forward. Dark and rich colours are another excellent  solution for big and wide spaces that need to be warmed up.  In large multi-functional open spaces, different wallpaper are a great solution to create divisions and to zone functions, as an office space within the living area or a dining area within the kitchen. 

 

If there is a room in the house where wallpaper can be used to enhance joy and excitement,  it’s a children’s room. Kids’ rooms are perfect spaces to go brave and bold.

Placing a big mural of your child’s favorite cartoon character across the wall or different playful motifs will boost their imagination and creativity . In a shortage of wall space, you can always go with wallpaper with a beautiful and harmonious pattern that will cheer up the room and grow with your child. Bright motives and a happy atmosphere are essential elements for healthy  development and you can’t amplify them enough.

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First Impressions Last

By installing wallpaper in the entry hall, you will make a strong first impression of your home and give a hint of what is coming next. So make the wallpaper in your entrance part of the same picture as the rest of the interior, but keep a dose of distinctiveness and surprise.  First impressions last so make a small but meaningful moment of surprise.

When designing your interior, you are telling a story, and wallpaper and textiles are vital parts, they give it the tone. Remember that most balanced schemes usually do not engage more than three main colours and three different patterns in fabrics and wall-coverings. You won’t go wrong with combining stripes, checks, and florals as long as there is harmony in scale and one common colour that provides balance.

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If there is a blank wall in your home that just seems empty and craves for some character, it’s a perfect place for wallpaper.  Among leather, silk, animal prints, and all kinds of stone wallpaper, from hand printed to non-woven paper, choosing the right one can be a challenging task. You can tackle it by yourself, or simply hire a professional decorator, to help you tie all components together.

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4 Uniquely Designed High-Fashion
Retail Destinations

These amazing fashion boutiques have captured the essence, the story and the vision of the brand and offer much more than an average shopping experience.

#1 The House Of Dior, Seoul​

Christian Dior’s Flagship store in Seoul, South Korea, is the work of French architect Christian de Portzamprac and Peter Marino who designed the interior. The high fashion boutique is situated inside a six storey building shaped in Dior’s haute couture silhouette.

The interior decor features wood, leathers, lacquers, sensual weaves and innovative melanges, accentuating the feminine character and Dior’s signature style. The focal point of the interior is the curving staircase envisioned as an unfurling ribbon that guides shoppers to the upper level to reveal the newest women’s and men’s departments.

Apart from the fashion house, the House of Dior includes an exhibition place and a Dior Café situated on the top floor. The Café is run by a famous Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé who has developed an exclusive menu for the House.

 

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#2 Armani Flagship Store, Milan

Designed by Giorgio Armani himself and his team of architects, the focus was to keep the historic geometrical features of the building and to lead it into the interior as well.

The store spreads over 1,082 square meters and 3 floors. Sales area covers 1000 square meters with ground floor dedicated to women’s clothing, menswear on first, with separate fragrance and accessories departments within, and areas for made-to-measure and pret-a-porter gowns. The complete store was customised and furnished with the latest designs from the new Armani Casa collection.

  A grand elliptical staircase is definitely the heart and the highlight of the space. The essence of Armani’s refined luxury is captured in this custom made a high-impact design in metal with platinum-finish steps in extra-white onyx. Every room is customised, flooring made of marble and onyx, matching the printed silk lining on the walls shifting in colour from petrol blue, silver, dark green to ivory.

 

 

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#3 Hermes Flagship Store, Hong Kong

Hermès flagship store located in the heart of Central Hong Kong, at the street corner of Landmark Prince’s building,  spans across three floors on more than 836 000 m2.         

 As the biggest store among forty Hermes stores in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, it features all products that Hermès has to offer; from silk items, leather goods and jewellery, to furniture,  and a private lounge for made-to-measure customers. 

The building features a captivating facade in brand’s signature colour, forming a big, vibrant orange box to the backdrop of the concrete jungle. Designed and built by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI under the artistic direction of Denis Montel, the building design draws its stylistic influences from local architecture. Inspired by bamboo scaffolding construction techniques, the copper-coloured anodised aluminium façade asserts the rhythm and verticality of bamboo.

 

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#4 Gucci Garden, Florence

Alessandro Michele, Creative director for Gucci, is a mastermind behind this unique project that blends fashion, interior design and gastronomy within one vibrant conceptual experience. For this venture, Michele has redesigned the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence, which dates back to 1337.

Gucci Garden houses a fashion boutique with one-of-a-kind products, a museum, archives area, phantasmagorical souvenir shop, and a bookstore.

The concept also includes a unique dining experience which is the first gastronomy venture for Gucci. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura is headed by triple-starred Michelin chef Massimo Bottura.

With Gucci Garden, Alessandro Michele wanted to pay homage to Florence, the brand’s birthplace.

 

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