hotel design Columns

June 1, 2015
Bambi Sloan was given free rein to recreate the Saint James Paris, built in 1892

While in Paris touring the renowned design show Maison & Objet, I spent one glorious night at the Saint James Paris hotel. I ran up the steps of this magnificent chateau, situated in its own magical garden, to be welcomed into another world. The lobby is pure theatre . . . a grand staircase painted black and white, red walls, dark panelling, velvety plush furnishings, huge mirrors and a cluster of chandeliers create a riveting scene....(read more)

March 16, 2015
ANTONIO SABA / THE PENINSULA HOTELS
L'Oiseau Blanc, the rooftop restaurant at the Peninsula Paris Hotel, employs an aircraft-oriented theme that matches a new trend.

I recently attended Maison & Objet, the annual lifestyle trade show in Paris. There are literally acres of displays that showcase the future trends in style and decor for the home.

This year, the trend toward “masculine” decor — especially engine parts — was noteworthy. There were plane wings constructed as table tops and whole engines masquerading as end tables. Engine parts could be found in lamp bases, shelving and lighting too. About 20 stands had bikes in their decor......(read more)

September 1, 2014
Aman Canal Grande hotel’s historical décor shows the magical union of east meets west, one we can all share.

We are fortunate today to have so many inspirational designs, styles and all their essential elements literally at our fingertips. We have unlimited access to architecture and decoration from around the world through the Internet, magazines and books. There is nothing like physically being in another country and culture, soaking up the ambience and the history first hand. But while travelling the world is not always an option, reading and viewing photographs is available for everyone....(read more)