Hotel Kabuki: A Taste of Japan in San Francisco, California

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hotel-kabuki-taste-japan-san-francisco-california/markzeff_hotel_kabuki_09/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/MARKZEFF_Hotel_Kabuki_09-810x540.jpg" alt="Hotel Kabuki: A Taste of Japan in San Francisco, California" /></a>
                                Designed by interior design and branding firm <a href="https://markzeff.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MARKZEFF</a>, the <a href="https://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/san-francisco/hotel-kabuki" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hotel Kabuki</a> recently underwent a new interiors update that’s inspired by Japanese influences. Mark Zeff, Principal of his eponymous firm, says:
After learning about the culture of the area, and drawing on knowledge of Japanese architecture as well as my own affinity for the beat generation, we were able to reinvent and modernize the interiors of the hotel in a sophisticated way.
While Eastern influences are certainly abundant throughout the hotel’s interiors, there are also many details that pay homage to San Francisco’s music scene in the 60s, its hippie culture, and its counterculture movement of the 60s and 70s. In the lobby, a black and blond color palette inspired by the Japanese technique of shoutouts sugi ban sets the tone for the interiors. Carbonized black, alligator skin-textured walls are juxtaposed with blond wood floors. A Japanese calligraphy-inspired carpet delineates
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21Spaces Works with Local Craftspeople to Breathe New Life into The Alex in Dublin

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/21spaces-work-local-craftspeople-breathe-new-life-alex-dublin/design_milk_the_alex_dublin_13/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Design_Milk_The_Alex_Dublin_13-810x810.jpg" alt="21Spaces Works with Local Craftspeople to Breathe New Life into The Alex in Dublin" /></a>
                                Dublin-based interior architectural and design firm <a href="https://www.21spaces.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">21Spaces</a> has recently transformed one of Dublin&#8217;s most established hotels The Alexender into <a href="https://www.thealexdublin.ie/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The Alex</a> – a series of contemporary spaces that reflect the changing pace of life in the Irish capital. &#8220;The refurbishment of The Alex could not have been better timed,&#8221; says founder and director John Henry Boyle. &#8220;The demand on a central location and the demographic shift following the relocation nearby of multi-national companies such as Twitter&#8217;s European Headquarters has meant that since the redesign The Alex has become a busy and lively all-day destination.&#8221;
The concept for the 105-room hotel draws inspiration from the heritage of the local area, including a tramline that once ran right past the hotel, and local 1950s interiors (the building itself only dates from 1990 despite appearing much older). “We went out and looked at the other buildings in the neighborhood, and there were
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Monochromatism at the Redstone Hotel in Riga, Latvia

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/monochromatism-redstone-hotel-latvia/1_redstone_by_annvil/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/1_Redstone_by_Annvil-810x540.jpeg" alt="Monochromatism at the Redstone Hotel in Riga, Latvia" /></a>
                                In the old town of Riga, Latvia, the new <a href="https://redstone-hotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Redstone Hotel</a> has recently opened its doors. Designed by <a href="http://www.annvil.lv/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ANNVIL Interior Architecture</a>, the boutique hotel has taken on a very interesting design choice in which each of the top four floors containing the 11 guest rooms are all designed in a monochromatic color scheme.
The hotel’s restaurant, the St. Petrus, serves modern Latvian cuisine and is located on the first two floors. After that, there are no textures and no shapes. The third floor takes on the color of the Baltic sea. The fourth floor is tickled in English pink. The fifth floor is a minimalistic milky white. Finally, the sixth floor uses tones of a blue lagoon. The idea of the monochromatic floors was conceived because the hotel wanted to highlight the most important thing in the room: the guest! Also, because each room itself is monochromatic in design,
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Savona 18 Suites: A 20th Century Milanese Building Turned Modern Hotel Designed by Aldo Cibic

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/savona-18-suites-20th-century-milanese-building-turned-modern-hotel-designed-aldo-cibic/savona-18-suites-milan-6/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/savona-18-suites-milan-6-810x540.jpg" alt="Savona 18 Suites: A 20th Century Milanese Building Turned Modern Hotel Designed by Aldo Cibic" /></a>
                                Italian architect and designer <a href="https://www.cibicworkshop.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Aldo Cibic</a> has turned an abandoned 20th century building in the heart of Milan into a design hotel called the <a href="https://www.savona18suites.it/en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Savona 18 Suites</a> for <a href="http://www.bluhotels.it/en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Blu Hotels</a>. The new building now feels like an art gallery with its contemporary furnishings and accessories, while the main courtyard retains the authentic Milanese feel of a casa di ringhiera (a traditional tenement with a communal balcony).
The interior design of the hotel takes on a funky, graphic approach which you’ll notice at the start in the lobby where you’ll be greeted with a large Tibetan-style cabinet, a yellow mosaic bench, and bold wall art. Throughout the living room and cafe, sofas, carpets, chandeliers, mirrors, and accessories signed Aldo Cibic and Paolo C. by Aldo Cibic outfit the spaces. The open-air courtyard acts as hub for travelers to mingle in the spirit of a Milanese casa di ringhiera. Guests can enjoy
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Hawaiian Hospitality Gets a Neon Makeover at the New Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hawaiian-hospitality-gets-neon-makeover-new-shoreline-hotel-waikiki/shorelinehotel_interiors_highres-26a/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/ShorelineHotel_Interiors_highres-26a-810x569.jpg" alt="Hawaiian Hospitality Gets a Neon Makeover at the New Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki" /></a>
                                Designing for hospitality in Hawaii can often lean very cliché. I bet you&#8217;re already thinking of lush green Monstera and palm leaves, pink bulbous hibiscus flowers, cowrey shells and prints reminiscent of kitschy Hawaiian shirts, am I right? Not that those aren&#8217;t iconic motifs of Hawaii but hotels that incorporate these elements as the main focal points in their interior design run the risk of looking like every other hotel on the island, aka boring and overdone.
Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design made sure you would never use those words at their recently completed project, the brand new Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. An explosion of neon and nature, this 56,000-square-foot, 135-room boutique hotel takes the concept of Hawaiian-inspired design and transforms it into a modern day interpretation that still feels authentic. Guests check in at the open-air lobby and pass through ever-changing backdrops of multi-colored fluorescent hallways and stairwells of tropical wallpaper prints.
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The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/serafina-beach-hotel-celebrates-sand-surf-culture-san-juan-puerto-rico/serafina-beach-hotel-11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/serafina-beach-hotel-11-810x540.jpg" alt="The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico" /></a>
                                From <a href="https://design-milk.com/icrave-office-by-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">offices</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/modern-pool-house-retreat-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">pool houses</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/cerno-icrave-debut-new-lighting-collection/" data-wpel-link="internal">lighting collections</a>, New York-based design and branding studio <a href="https://www.icrave.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ICRAVE</a> does it all. One of the company’s latest projects is the completion of the interiors for the <a href="https://www.serafinabeachhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Serafina Beach Hotel</a>, a stylish property embodying the sun and surf culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In collaboration with San Juan-based LA Architects, ICRAVE stripped the building down and remodeled everything, including the building’s systems, facade, and pool deck areas. The team took inspiration from the views of the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring Laguna del Condado, as well as the trendy Condado district, to give the hotel its fresh new facelift. Tones of blue, sea-glass greens, foam whites and driftwood greys begin in the lobby, extend into the lounge, known as PiñaCo, and out into the pool deck. Upon checking in, you’re greeted into a double-height reception area that features a canopy of woven El
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The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/serafina-beach-hotel-celebrates-sand-surf-culture-san-juan-puerto-rico/serafina-beach-hotel-11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/serafina-beach-hotel-11-810x540.jpg" alt="The Serafina Beach Hotel Celebrates the Sand and Surf Culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico" /></a>
                                From <a href="https://design-milk.com/icrave-office-by-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">offices</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/modern-pool-house-retreat-icrave/" data-wpel-link="internal">pool houses</a> to <a href="https://design-milk.com/cerno-icrave-debut-new-lighting-collection/" data-wpel-link="internal">lighting collections</a>, New York-based design and branding studio <a href="https://www.icrave.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ICRAVE</a> does it all. One of the company’s latest projects is the completion of the interiors for the <a href="https://www.serafinabeachhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Serafina Beach Hotel</a>, a stylish property embodying the sun and surf culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In collaboration with San Juan-based LA Architects, ICRAVE stripped the building down and remodeled everything, including the building’s systems, facade, and pool deck areas. The team took inspiration from the views of the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring Laguna del Condado, as well as the trendy Condado district, to give the hotel its fresh new facelift. Tones of blue, sea-glass greens, foam whites and driftwood greys begin in the lobby, extend into the lounge, known as PiñaCo, and out into the pool deck. Upon checking in, you’re greeted into a double-height reception area that features a canopy of woven El
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The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World’s First High Rise Exoskeleton

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/morpheus-hotel-zaha-hadid-architects-worlds-first-high-rise-exoskeleton/02_zha_morpheus_photo-virgile-simon-bertrand/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/02_ZHA_Morpheus_photo-Virgile-Simon-Bertrand-810x591.jpg" alt="The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World&#8217;s First High Rise Exoskeleton" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> has a way of designing buildings so intricate and complex that the photographs look like renderings rather than completed architecture. Their latest unveiling is <a href="https://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/en/stay/morpheus/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Morpheus</a>, the flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau.
While the sculptural design of Morpheus was inspired by China’s centuries-old tradition of jade carving, the structure of the hotel hardly resembles any structure or building we see today. Zaha Hadid Architects describes it as “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton.” ZHA’s project director Viviana Muscettola explains:
Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form. The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.
The structure of the 40-story building consists of two internal vertical cores that connect at the top, bottom and mid levels. From the outside, the building abstractly resembles a figure 8, an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese numerology.
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The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World’s First High Rise Exoskeleton

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/morpheus-hotel-zaha-hadid-architects-worlds-first-high-rise-exoskeleton/02_zha_morpheus_photo-virgile-simon-bertrand/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/02_ZHA_Morpheus_photo-Virgile-Simon-Bertrand-810x591.jpg" alt="The Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects: The World&#8217;s First High Rise Exoskeleton" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> has a way of designing buildings so intricate and complex that the photographs look like renderings rather than completed architecture. Their latest unveiling is <a href="https://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/en/stay/morpheus/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Morpheus</a>, the flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau.
While the sculptural design of Morpheus was inspired by China’s centuries-old tradition of jade carving, the structure of the hotel hardly resembles any structure or building we see today. Zaha Hadid Architects describes it as “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton.” ZHA’s project director Viviana Muscettola explains:
Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form. The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.
The structure of the 40-story building consists of two internal vertical cores that connect at the top, bottom and mid levels. From the outside, the building abstractly resembles a figure 8, an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese numerology.
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The Anadu Hotel in Huzhou, China

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/anadu-hotel-huzhou-china/anadu-hotel-architecture5-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/anadu-hotel-architecture5-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Anadu Hotel in Huzhou, China" /></a>
                                At the foot of the Mogan Mountain in Huzhou, China, sits the <a href="http://www.anadu.net/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Anadu</a>, a luxury rural resort designed by <a href="http://studio8-sh.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio8</a> where the element of water is the unifying theme throughout the hotel’s interiors and themed guest rooms.
Studio8 designed the Anadu guest rooms with four different themes, each unique in their own space and inspired by the room’s surroundings. The Tea room faces the white tea harvest so its interiors reflect materials and colors that reinforce the tea theme. The Mountain room faces the mountain on the south so it features natural stone and a dark grey color palette reminiscent of the distant mountains. The Bamboo room faces the bamboo forest in the east; naturally bamboo is the featured material here. Lastly, the Sky room located at the very top of the building is surrounded by an infinity water feature that behaves like a mirror to reflect the sky
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The La Peer Hotel in Los Angeles Also Serves as the Designer’s Studio Gallery

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/la-peer-hotel-los-angeles-also-serves-designers-studio-gallery/la-peer-lobby-livingroom-seating-chandelier-couches-details-ba1dda30/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/la-peer-lobby-livingroom-seating-chandelier-couches-details-ba1dda30-810x458.jpg" alt="The La Peer Hotel in Los Angeles Also Serves as the Designer’s Studio Gallery" /></a>
                                Located in West Hollywood’s thriving Design District, the <a href="http://www.lapeerhotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">La Peer Hotel</a> is a new boutique Kimpton Hotel that takes inspiration from its neighborhood’s emphasis on design, art and style. Designed by <a href="http://gullajonsdottir.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Gulla Jónsdóttir</a>, it also serves as the designer’s studio gallery on the ground floor where guests can check out and purchase the bespoke art and furniture found throughout the hotel.
Jónsdóttir used earth tones and natural materials like concrete and leather walls, white oak wood flooring, plaster walls, liquid surfaces, and bronze columns to create this urban retreat. Custom-made furniture and fixtures, like the hanging lanterns, six-foot round light sconces, curved brass ceiling details, and a leather cocoon wall add to the hotel’s unique sense of space. The 105-room hotel features guest rooms with white oak herringbone wood floors, free-standing tubs, living room spaces, high ceilings, and Jónsdóttir’s own furniture collection “Heimaland” in the penthouse suite. Guests can
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Casa Fantini Lake Time: An Italian Boutique Hotel Inspired by the Slow Pace of the Lake

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/casa-fantini-lake-time-italian-boutique-hotel-inspired-slow-pace-lake/casa-fantini-lake-time9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/casa-fantini-lake-time9-810x540.jpg" alt="Casa Fantini Lake Time: An Italian Boutique Hotel Inspired by the Slow Pace of the Lake" /></a>
                                Italy, with its picturesque landscapes and historic palazzos around every corner, is like a siren’s call for those looking for an idyllic vacation. The allure of such a beautiful country is not lost on most, though, and it can be hard to find a city to visit that’s not completely overrun with tourists during the busy summer months. However, if you travel just an hour outside the popular city of Milan to Lake Orta, you’ll find <a href="http://www.casafantinilaketime.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Casa Fantini Lake Time</a>, a 5-star, 11-suite boutique hotel that combines the beauty of traditional Italian architecture with the breathtaking views of the landscapes at the foothill of the Alps.

Photo by Elisa Piemontesi and Lorenzo Lucca

Italian architect, art director and designer Piero Lissoni of Lissoni Architettura worked with Daniela Fantini, CEO of Fantini Rubinetti, to carry out her vision for this unique hotel which was inspired by the philosophy of
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Lagranja Design Revives the 1930s Hotel Terramar Back to Its Historic Mediterranean Roots

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lagranja-design-revives-1930s-hotel-back-historic-mediterranean-roots/hotel-terramar-sitges-lagranja-design-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/hotel-terramar-sitges-lagranja-design-9-810x456.jpg" alt="Lagranja Design Revives the 1930s Hotel Terramar Back to Its Historic Mediterranean Roots" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/sitges/me-sitges-terramar/index.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hotel Terramar</a> in Sitges, Spain is a historic property belonging to the <a href="https://www.melia.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Melia</a> hotel chain that dates back to its opening in the 1930s. Back then, a bourgeoning beach culture activated by avant-garde artists and modernists revived the town and created the concept of “chiringuito” (a Spanish term for open-air beach bar), or so they say. In an effort to restore the hotel&#8217;s storied past, <a href="http://lagranjadesign.com/?lang=en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lagranja Design</a> gave the hotel an updated facelift that highlights the aesthetic of the Mediterranean, like ceramics, wicker, clay, macramé, terra cotta.
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There were many custom projects that were involved in the restoration of the hotel, including the marble-covered bar, the wood screening, the pottery wall hangings, and the fish installation art. The hotel now features 213 rooms in 18 different layouts, spread out over six floors. Lagranja also designed the furniture for the hotel, including the sofas and Basic XL armchairs, which now
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The Hôtel Parister: A Refined Boutique Hotel in the Middle of Paris’ New Creative Neighborhood

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hotel-parister-refined-boutique-hotel-middle-paris-new-creative-neighborhood/parister-hotel-30/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/parister-hotel-30-810x497.jpg" alt="The Hôtel Parister: A Refined Boutique Hotel in the Middle of Paris&#8217; New Creative Neighborhood" /></a>
                                The Faubourg Montmartre neighborhood has become a bourgeoning center for Paris’ creatives. For traveling creatives, they can also partake in the neighborhood’s creative energy by staying at the <a href="http://www.paristerhotel.com/photo-gallery" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Hôtel Parister</a>, a boutique hotel that gives a modern spin on the old world charm of Paris.
Designed by architect Aldric Beckmann of Beckmann N’Thepe studio, the ground floor of the Hôtel Parister is home to the hotel’s “Les Passerelles,” an open space of libraries and lounges so that travelers can unwind outside of their guest rooms. The interior is filled with wooden benches upholstered with velvet, terrazzo tables, and brass accents that define elegant hospitality. The 45 rooms, suites, and duplexes are generous in size (unheard of in a city like Paris) and the minimalist theme from the first floor continues into the guest rooms. There are three duplexes, each equipped with either a hammam, a sauna, or a private
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