When you leave a hotel to return home from a week-long break (or a two-week long break, if you're lucky), the quality of your stay is right at the forefront of your mind. You'll think about the friendly concierge, the polite hotel maids, the extremely affable porter or the restaurant staff, responsible for providing you with memorably mouth-watering meals, and the impact they had on your holiday.
You're less likely to have considered how the hotel interior designers made your stay one you'll never forget though. The work of hotel interior designers is often sadly overlooked.
Typically they're responsible for working with an architect to bring the hotelier's grand ideas from pad to reality. Though their role is limited to work purely within the interior of a hotel, hotel interior designers will liaise with architects when it comes to major structural features - this is incredibly common during the creation of a hotel within an existing structure.
For example, hotel interior designers working with to create a post-modern aesthetic for a hotel in an old factory building might look to an architect, to advise them on which of the structure's original features to keep and which ones to get rid of or rework.
Hotel interior designers also need to consider logistics and practicality when working. A hotel that looks very chic and classy is great, but if it isn't functional guests are likely to go away unsatisfied - a situation that the majority of hoteliers would probably want to avoid. Hotels are hectic environments at the best of times, so hotel interior designers also have to look carefully when choosing the materials they use. Materials that are flimsy, fragile and are likely to need regular repair aren't likely to be much use. Similarly, the widespread use of floor coverings that don't provide a great amount of sound proofing is also likely to be avoided.
The use of furniture is also likely to factor highly in the interior design of a more upmarket or boutique hotel.
In these types of establishments hotel interior designers are usually given license to be as creative as they want. This is evidenced by the wonderfully quirky chalkboard ceilings found in the foyer of the Mama Shelter hotel in Paris, or by the magnificently grand black staircase - created by Marcel Wanders - at the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami.
Other fine examples include the quirky interior of the Harbor Crane - yes, you didn't read that wrong, it's a hotel situated in what was formerly an operational crane - or the artsy experimentation displayed in the Propeller Island hotel in Berlin, where it's clear the hotel interior designers has been allowed to let their minds run free with amazingly bizarre results.
Situated in the Netherlands, the Harbor Crane relies heavily on brightly coloured industrialised surfaces; meanwhile Propeller Island features abstractly themed rooms. There's one laden entirely with mirrored walls, whilst another has been designed to create an illusion of being upside down.
Upon seeing such wonderful examples of hotel interior design it's hard not to marvel at the brilliance of hotel interior designers. So remember, next time you go on holiday to think about the efforts of the hotel interior designers that made the accommodation so magnificent to look at.
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Though the hotels they've worked on accommodate thousands of guests each year, the work of hotel interior designers is often overlooked on a deeper level. This article looks at how they work and some examples of brilliance in hotel interior design.
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